Blog

 

Best Songs for Driving

Posted on 06/01/2018

Very few things can make us feel freer than driving with really good music playing. It's a great opportunity for our inner rock stars to get their time in the limelight! Choosing the right tunes that get the good energy flowing through our bodies is essential. Here are some tunes that are sure to make your time in your vehicle feel like a mini rock concert:

 

1. "Ramblin' Man," the Allman Brothers Band

 

This popular musical anthem is sure to move you into the fast lane. Let's face it, we were all born to ramble.

 

2. "Good Vibrations," the Beach Boys

 

Any driver is sure to pick up the good vibrations with this popular 60's tunes. Those Beach Boys are in rock n' roll history for offering their enthusiastic listeners a healthy dose of "excitation."

 

3. "Panama," Van Halen

This risque tune is an ode to fast vehicles, tropical weather, and other hobbies that depict the fast life. This anthem is particularly effective if you're actually traveling to Panama.

 

4. "Bad to the Bone," George Thorogood

 

Listening to this tune on the road is definitely not a b-b-b-b-b-bad idea. There's a reason this catchy tune has become a popular anthem for a biker.

 

5. "American Girl," Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

 

Whether you're an American girl OR an American boy, it's almost impossible not to belt this classic tune when you're driving on the open roads.

 

Here are some more tunes that are to keep your time in the car rockin':

 

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

“Little Red Corvette” by Prince

“Truckin'” by Grateful Dead

“Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire.

“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads

“Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

“Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

 

If you have any other questions about music recommendations or have auto repair needs, feel free to contact us at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. Our skilled mechanics have been offering quality services for Tempe drivers for over 25 years, and we welcome you to experience our 5-star customer service for yourself. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!

What Determines Gas Prices?

Posted on 05/01/2018

It seems like every time we visit the gas pump that prices vacillate. Why is this? Below are some of the significant factors that determine gas prices:

Refining costs: The cost of refining diesel fuel can be remarkably more expensive than the price of refining normal gasoline. Marketing and distribution play a big role in this. Crude oil is shipped to refineries and gasoline is transported from the refineries to distribution points and then to the service stations. The cost of transportation is in the hands of the consumer. Marketing the brand of the oil company is also added to the price of the gas you purchase.

Taxes: State and Federal governments have excise taxes on gasoline. There are some extra costs that could also include:

  • State sales taxes

  • Oil inspection fees

  • Underground storage tank fees

  • Gross receipts taxes

  • Miscellaneous environmental fees

 

Crude oil: Crude oil is the biggest portion of the cost of gas and is determined by countries in the world that are oil-exporting nations. Gas prices can still increase even if there is plenty of crude oil available. This oil can be classified as light or heavy and as sweet or sour. Light and sweet crude oil is less expensive to refine, but supplies can run low. There's plenty of heavy and sour crude oil available in the world. However, the refineries have to undergo pricey retooling to handle it.

 

Station markup: It probably doesn't come as a surprise that some of the money you spend at the gas station goes to the shop. There's no set rule of thumb for how much service stations add on to the price. It usually averages a few cents per gallon. There are markup laws in some states created to protect small gas stations from being put out of business by bigger chains that have the money to cut prices at specific locations.

 

If you have any other questions about gas prices or have auto repair needs, feel free to contact us at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission. Our skilled mechanics have been offering quality services for Tempe drivers for over 25 years, and we welcome you to experience our 5-star customer service for yourself. American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!

Weekend Road trips Near Tempe

Posted on 04/01/2018

 

If you're looking for a weekend getaway near and around Tempe, good news! there are a wide array of places to visit for a quick vacation that would delight the most seasoned traveler. Here are some recommendations:

Sedona, AZ

If you're into hiking spots, jeep tours, and a respite from the boiling Tempe temperatures, Sedona, Arizona could be the perfect fit. On top of that, this area has become a spiritual mecca for artists and healers. Even if you're not a new age type, it's hard to deny that there are some pretty powerful energies in Sedona. Whether you have a spiritual awakening or not, you'll be sure to have a rejuvenating time away among the backdrop of sculpted red rock, pine forests, deserts, and canyons.

Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Sonora, Mexico

Located in the Mexican State of Sonora, Rocky Point is a beautiful coastal town that offers incredible kayaking, sailing tours, snorkeling, diving, and fishing charters in the Gulf of California. Lodging and food are relatively inexpensive. Depending on your vacation tastes, you can go to the Old Port and haggle with the merchants, check out the Biosphere Reserve, or just spend all day catching some rays and drinking on the Playa. Since you will be crossing the border, make sure that you have your passport.


Flagstaff, AZ

 

Flagstaff is just two hours away from Tempe and is one of the only places in Arizona that gets snow. It's home to Humphrey's Peak, the states highest point. Wanderers and travelers are drawn to this area with its hippie-boho culture. From touring the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail to eating and drinking at Lumberyard Brewing Company, there’s something for everyone in this little piece of the world.

If you want a tune-up before you hit the road, call American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission or schedule an appointment so we can assist can get your car ready for the trip. We’re located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to your visit!

Next >Last >>