Why Isn’t My Car’s Air Conditioning Working?

Posted on August 03, 2021 by Suzanne Carroll

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On a hot summer day, a car’s interior temperature can get dangerously hot. That’s why it’s important to make sure your car has a functioning air conditioning system. If you’ve noticed that the A/C isn’t running as well as it used to (or has stopped running entirely), there could be several reasons for the problem. Sometimes, A/C repair is an easy fix you can do yourself, but other causes require a trip to the mechanic. Here are some tips to help you solve your car’s air conditioning issues: Read more

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Do You Have a Great Mechanic?

Posted on May 30, 2021 by Chris Bjorklund

You might think your auto mechanic is providing everything that your car needs, but how can you be sure? Listen to this mini podcast by Chris Bjorklund, the Savvy Consumer, for some advice on what to look for in an auto repair shop. Read more

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Summer Travel = Rental Car Rigamarole

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Chris Bjorklund

I’ve rented a lot of cars over the years, but I’ve never seen what I’m seeing today. Prices are high due to low inventories, and in some cases, no cars are available at any price. The strategies I’ve used in the past to save money have been upended by unanticipated consumer demand. The rental car industry sold off large numbers of vehicles during the pandemic to stay afloat, and those same companies are now having trouble ramping up with new cars due to manufacturing delays. This shortage in some popular destinations could last through the summer. Read more

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Lessons Learned From Selling Two Used Cars

Posted on April 27, 2021 by Chris Bjorklund

For reasons I won’t go into here, my husband and I recently found ourselves in possession and taking care of five automobiles. For a while, my nickname in the family was “Fleet Manager.” One of the vehicles was sent to the East Coast by transport to our son, but that still left us with two extra used cars. We decided it was time to sell my 2015 Honda Fit and my husband’s beloved ’69 Volkswagen Beetle. (He was the original owner!) Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Auto Insurance Advice From Auto Body Experts

Posted on February 09, 2021 by James Florence

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Nobody wants to pay for auto insurance, but it’s a necessary protective cushion when it comes to dealing with the consequences of an unforeseen accident. Since auto insurance is something you must have, it makes sense to assess your policy and make the most of your investment. Also, when working with an auto insurance provider, it’s helpful to collaborate with someone who can show you how to navigate these sometimes-confusing waters. Read the following insurance-related tips from five Diamond Certified Experts in the auto body industry. Read more

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Auto Maintenance in the COVID Era

Posted on February 04, 2021 by Suzanne Carroll

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Chances are you’re driving a lot less than you were a year ago. California’s COVID-related regulations mean that more people are working from home and in-person socialization is discouraged. Additionally, those with serious health concerns are mostly homebound. In these circumstances, it can be easy to forget about your car. However, vehicles need regular maintenance no matter how often you get behind the wheel. Here are some ways to make sure your car will still run optimally even if you don’t drive very often. Read more

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Replace or Maintain? Calculating the True Cost of Car Maintenance

Posted on December 15, 2020 by James Florence

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Upon receiving an unexpected car repair bill, you might start wondering if it’s time to replace your current vehicle for something newer that requires less maintenance. However, while it’s natural to react this way to an unforeseen financial burden, it’s important to make such a decision based on information, not emotion. Read more

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