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Best Songs for Driving

Best Songs for Driving

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 ... read more

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What Determines Gas Prices?

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-ex ... read more

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Weekend Road trips Near Tempe

Weekend Road trips Near Tempe

  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 ... read more

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Flying Cars Might be Here Sooner than You Think

Flying Cars Might be Here Sooner than You Think

If you heard that flying cars could be a reality within the next 10 years, you might dismiss it. Don't assume too fast. because of the giant strides being made in the auto industry, it's possible that we will see flying cars used for recreational in about 5 years. These flying vehicles used to just in the movies. The future has arrived because these flying vehicles are soon to be a reality.   The availability of incredibly advanced technologies that weren't available in the past has allowed for the flying car to come to life. there have been attempts to get automobiles in the air last 100 years. However, it was just a fantasy prior to the technological age. Within the last 5 years, at least eight companies have been conducting tests and other companies are following.   Start-up is catching on too. At least 15 of them are involved in the development of flying cars. Most of the companies are in America. However, some are also in Germany, Japan, Russia, France, I ... read more

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Valentine’s Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentine’s Gifts for Car Lovers

  If a special someone in your life is a car enthusiast, there are fun, practical, and entertaining gifts out there for your automobile lovin’ friends and family for Valentine's Day. Here are some suggestions for presents that will certainly be well received by your Valentine.   1) "Behind The Wheel: The Great Automobile Aficionados"   This book goes in-depth into the stories behind the 80 iconic figures in the car world, including such legends of the automotive industry as celebrity car aficionados like Steve McQueen, Henry Ford, and popular nonfiction personalities, such as James Bond. The author of this book, Robert Puyal, a car journalist for 30 years, wrote a book that is concise, fun, and guaranteed to take the reader for a ride.   2) “Love the Beast: A Man and His Car” Australian Actor, Eric Bana, had a 25-year love affair with his first car. The connection was so real that he made a documentary about this man/car love s ... read more

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

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

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 prim ... read more

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Top Safety Tips For Holiday Driving

Top Safety Tips For Holiday Driving

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 y ... read more

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

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

  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 b ... read more

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October Things To Do In Tempe, AZ

October Things To Do In Tempe, AZ

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 tappi ... read more

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What’s the Difference Between a Major Service & a Minor Service?

At American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission, many of our customers bring their vehicles in for both major and minor service. But what does that mean for your vehicle?   To be perfectly clear, check the Owner's Manual of your car for factory-recommended service. For most vehicles, minor service is recommended every 7500 miles, and major service is recommended every 15,000 miles. Both minor and major service provides preventive maintenance that will greatly lower the risk of your car having a breakdown.   Think about it this way, minor service is like going to the dentist’s office to get your teeth cleaned. When you see the dentist, you’ll get your teeth inspected for cavities, undergo a good cleaning, and your dentist will tell you about the areas where you can improve your dental hygiene, like flossing every day. Similarly, major service is when your dentist notices that big cavity and recommends scheduling a root canal so you can extend the life ... read more

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