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Helpful Tips to Find a New Car that Suits Your Needs and Lifestyle

Posted on 01/01/2018

There are so many options to choose from when you’re looking to purchase a new car. There is a car out there for every shopper, but which vehicle has that special fit? Do you need a car for children? How important is fuel economy to you? Do you need a vehicle that can hold a lot of luggage? Will the car fit in your garage? These are just some of the things to consider when you're ready to make that purchase.

 

Here are some other things to consider when buying a car that’s right for you:

 

What Kind of Car Do You Want?

                                                        

Cars are an extension of our own personalities. You’ll probably veer towards a vehicle that fits your uniqueness. Is having a hot little sports car important to you? Is safety your primary consideration? Ask yourself the honest questions. For example, would it make more sense to have a little red sports car or a vehicle known for safety features?

 

What Kind of Car Do You Need?

 

We do need to be realistic and consider the needs of the lifestyles we’re living. If you have young children, you’ll have to be sure that car seats and carpools will fit in the vehicle!

If you’re in the business world and drive clients around, you might consider a more upscale vehicle. If you drive long ways to work, you’ll want to think about getting something with good fuel mileage. Although a subcompact makes sense for a metropolitan city it wouldn’t make a lot of sense in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice.

 

What can you afford?

 

Obviously car buyers need to consider the price range that is feasible for them. It’s wise to focus on the total price of the automobile, including insurance, registration, maintenance, and fuel prices. Monthly payments are an option but you’ll pay thousands more in interest and lessen your ability to get a vehicle when you want to.

 

If you have any questions about purchasing a car that’s right for you, visit American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. We’re happy to discuss options with you! Call us or schedule an appointment so we can assist you. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!

Top Safety Tips For Holiday Driving

Posted on 12/01/2017

With the holidays approaching, it’s wise for drivers to make sure that their automobile is ready for the journey! A malfunctioning vehicle shouldn’t be putting a damper on this joyous time of year. Here are some tips on what to be mindful of before you and your family hit the road:

 

Have Basic Maintenance done

Getting some basic maintenance done before you head off will certainly provide some peace of mind during the winter travels. Some parts of the car that should be inspected:

 

  • Check tire pressure and tread depth

  • Test Battery

  • Check engine

  • Replace wiper blades

  • Make sure you have a brake check and oil change before you leave home

 

Check on the weather

Check the conditions from your home to your destination. For example, if you’re driving through some mountain passes, you’ll want to know what to expect.

 

Make a winter emergency road kit

Should problems arise, it’s best to have an emergency kit on hand to keep you and your family as safe and comfortable as possible. Here are some things to include:

 

  • Jumper cables, an ice scraper

  • Sand

  • First aid kit

  • Shovel

  • Blankets and warm clothes.

  • Jumper cables

  • Ice scraper

  • Flashlights and extra  batteries

  • Paper towels

  • Phone charger

  • Drinking water and energy snacks

 

Protect your valuables

Unfortunately, burglaries do take place over the holidays. A car full of presents and other items is a big attraction for thieves. Don’t tempt them and keep your valuables in the trunk or covered.

 

Keep the children safe and occupied.

Be sure the booster seats, safety seats, and seatbelts are functioning properly and capable of protecting the little ones. Bored children can be distracting for a driver so be sure you’re prepared for ways to fight their boredom. For example, games, books, and DVD’s will keep the kids busy for miles!

 

Take a break every few hours

Grown-ups need to stop too! You’ll remain more alert if you take a break around every 100 miles. Stretch your legs and grab a bite so you can show up at your holiday destination safe and ready to celebrate!

 

If you want an inspection before you’re off for your holiday travel, visit American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. Our skilled mechanics have been offering the most quality auto repair for Tempe drivers for over 25 years, and we welcome you to experience our 5-star customer service for yourself. Call us or schedule an appointment so we can assist you. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!

Why November Is The Ideal Time To Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter

Posted on 11/01/2017

 

With winter coming, it’s always wise to have your car prepared for the colder weather. Even though we’re in Tempe, many of our clients at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission take road trips to colder areas and need to be prepared with a car that can handle the harsher conditions of the winter season.

 

Below are five ways that the at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission suggest getting your prepared for the colder season:

 

Check tire pressure

As the temperatures become more frigid, tire pressure will decrease. A tire that is underinflated can lead to dangerous scenarios on roads covered in wintry precipitation. Consider getting winter tires which are made to withstand snow and ice.

 

Have your battery tested

In colder temperatures, the capacity of a battery greatly decreases. To ensure that it’s functioning optimally, it’s a good idea to have it inspected in advance. The battery will handle the weather better if it’s parked in a garage. It’s also to your advantage to have jumper cables available for a jumpstart. Plus, it allows you to help other motorists on the road who need some help getting their battery working.

 

Check windshield wipers

Making sure that your vehicle’s windshield wipers are in working order is important before your car is in winter conditions. They might need to be replaced in order for them to be able to handle the array of cold weather elements. Using a washer fluid that is specifically for colder temperatures is also recommended. Making sure the defrosters are working optimally is also suggested.

 

Put a coat of wax on your vehicle

Wax is particularly helpful in protecting your car from salt and dirt. Because of corrosion, road salt can cause major damage on your car. Road salt It’s recommended to put wax on the front grill, the wheels, and quarter panels because these lower parts of the vehicle are where ice builds up.

 

Inspect headlights and brake lights

When dealing with fog and snow, it's crucial to be certain that your headlights and brake lights are in working condition. Not only does it give you good visibility on the road, it also allows you to see other drivers.

 

If you want an inspection before you’re off to colder parts of the country, visit American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. Our skilled mechanics have been offering the most quality auto repair for Tempe drivers for over 25 years, and we welcome you to experience our 5-star customer service for yourself. Call us or schedule an appointment so we can assist you. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!

October Things To Do In Tempe, AZ

Posted on 10/01/2017

October is Car Awareness Month. Not only is it a great time of year to get preventive maintenance to ensure your safety, it’s also a great time to show off your car in the fall! Tempe and nearby communities have so many interesting things nearby that give you the opportunity to hop in your car, enjoy the weather, and enjoy the season.

 

Autumn is one of the best times of year in Tempe. The entire family can enjoy the many fall events and festivals that are happening in the cooler weather. From the Howl-O-Ween event at the Phoenix Zoo to watching the incredible athletes competing in the  Ironman Arizona, there are multiple things to experience in see in our area. Here are some suggestions:

 

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

October 13 - 15

Celebrate German-style with three days of live music, brats, and beer and extra fun like dachshund races, keg tappings, karaoke, carnival rides and more.

 

Fall Concerts at Scottsdale Quarter

October 7, 14, 21, 28

This is a free event with live music featuring popular local acts. It’s at The Quad at Scottsdale Quarter.

 

First Saturdays for Families

October 14

Families with kids ages 4 – 12 are welcome to participate in artistic projects at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe.

 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

October 28

Hosted by The American Cancer Society, this three-mile walk that raises funds and awareness is dedicated to fighting breast cancer. Donations and pledges also go towards American Cancer Society research, patient support, advocacy programs, and education to beat the disease. The walk will be at Tempe Beach Park.

 

Performances at the Museum

October 6, 28

East Valley community’s performances at the Tempe History Museum offers a variety of performances. Events include classical music concerts, children’s plays, kid and adult film series. Plus admission is free!

 

Phoenix Fashion Week

October 5 - 7

There will be 30 fashion shows that will feature holiday and spring collections. You could certainly show off your car here as participants include celebrities, retailers, media, and fashionistas.

 

If you want an inspection or need auto repair before you’re off on you fall adventures, visit American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. Our skilled mechanics have been offering the most quality and preventive maintenance for Tempe drivers for over 25 years, and we welcome you to experience our 5-star customer service for yourself. Make an appointment or call us at 480-725-2836. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!

 

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