NEW BLOG POST: Tips for Getting Your Car Ready for Winter in the Bay Area
Why Are There So Many Auto Recalls These Days?
Clients of our Hawaii auto parts store are often flummoxed by what they perceive to be an increase in the rate of auto recalls. Has the industry shifted? Why are more and more manufactures issuing recalls? Even more importantly, what can you do to shop smarter, drive safer, and protect your investment? Also, if you’re searching for a part that’s been recalled, what alternative parts can you use in place?
Read the whole article here: Bay Area Auto Recycling
Remember Where You Parked
Finding your car in the grocery store lot might not be that hard, but when you’re in a giant structure or enormous stadium parking lot, things get trickier. Sure, you could always just snap a photo of your section in the lot, but you could also use apps like Park Me Right or Valet which offer a ton of extra smart parking features. If all else fails, though, you could always do the ol’ “walk through the lot pressing your panic button.” Don’t forget to amplify your remote’s signal with your head while you do it.
Keep It Clean the DIY Way
It’s remarkably easy to clean and detail your own car, even if you don’t have professional-grade cleaners lying around. In fact, you can clean almost your entire car with nothing but shampoo, baking soda, and water, with a bit of nail polish remover to get that sap off (or seltzer water for bird poop). Toothpaste will work on some of those scratches and foggy headlights, but if there’s one tool every car detailer should have in his or her arsenal, it’s a razor blade. Take one of those suckers to your windshield or windows (not the car body!) and you can get just about anything off. Photo by Eduardo Sciammarella.
Save Money On Your Next Car (and Your Commute)
All of these are nice if you already have a car, but what about when it comes time to buy a new one? They may not be DIY hacks in the strictest sense, but we’d be remiss not to mention ways to save money on a new ride. The biggest tip we can give is: haggle. Cars are one of the top items you should absolutely negotiate for, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort either—two simple bits of research can save you hundreds. You can bring the price down by avoiding those extra fees, too, and—if you’re feeling a little evil—screwing with the salesmen. Not in the market for a new car? Well, at least you can save some money on your commute. Photo by Joe Belanger(Shutterstock).