The average age of a car on the roads in the United States is now 11.8 years. There are a few different ways to interpret that statistic. One is that cars are clearly made better today, with better machining, better build quality and engineering. That’s compared to vehicles from the 70s and 80s, when interior materials would oxidize and disintegrate, bodies and frames would rust and engines would wear prematurely.
The more likely reason for that higher average longevity, though, is that more people are reluctant to take on debt and car payments and are more inclined to get more miles out of their vehicles. Indeed, those cars from the 70s and 80s only had five-digit odometers, hinting at a service life of 100,000 miles and no more. Today, 200,000 is “the new 100,000&rdqu ...[more]
At Pueblo Tires & Service in Brownsville, TX, we know that some folks find it a dicey proposition to decide on the right auto repair shop. There are 50 years’ worth of horror stories about auto repair shops that are out to scam drivers and fleece them with unnecessary services, slipshod work or ridiculously high prices for parts and labor. In light of that, here are some things to bear in mind when you’re looking for a great auto repair shop – and some cautionary notes on things to look out for in a not-so-great one.
· ASE and iCAR certifications: These are two leading industry-group accreditations, from the Nationa ...[more]
You may not know it, but the Car Care Council has declared April as Car Care Month. They set aside October and April to heighten awareness of car maintenance, with the winter or hot weather coming along right after those months. Here are some things to be aware of…
· Wipers: Even good-quality windshield wipers are only good for about a year before they start to wear out from normal use and the sun’s UV rays. If your wiper blades are starting to look cracked, chipped or are losing strips of rubber, go ahead and replace them.