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The Hidden Costs of Auto Service and Repair

The Hidden Costs of Auto Service and Repair

If you’ve visited a car dealership recently, you’ve probably been blown away by the comforts and conveniences that many offer - some nicer than a luxury home! With putt-putt courses, computer lounges, bakeries, fancy drinks, and courtesy rental car programs, these large dealerships look like they're taking great care of their customers. In the end, however, you might end up footing the bill later for a lot of things you don't want or need. Someone will need to pay for all those lavish perks - and they usually end up boiling over into the costs of auto service and repair. Adding Up The Costs of Car Auto Service and Repair Would you rather spend a lot less... or pay for someone else’s perks? Here are just a few of the things that look free, but might actually end up inflating your repair or service bill:   Multi-Million Dollar Facilities Huge franchise fees Fancy, plush computer lounge Courtesy cars Children’s play area Entertainment areas wit ... read more

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When Hybrids run out of Gas

When Hybrids run out of Gas

It’s happened to everyone: you’re rolling down the highway, blasting the radio, when the low fuel warning light catches your eye. There are no gas stations or rest stops for miles, and you don’t have a can of extra gas in your car. You’re about to run your tank dry. When a conventional engine runs out of gas, it’s just an inconvenience. All you need to do is get some more as and you’re on your way. But when your hybrid runs out of gas, it can cause long-lasting engine problems. If you own a hybrid vehicle, you need to be aware of the risks. When A Hybrid Runs Out Of Gas If your hybrid runs out of gas, you might assume that giant battery will help you out. However, most hybrid engines simply weren’t designed to operate on electricity alone. They aren’t electric cars after all: the gas engine and propulsion battery are engineered to work in tandem, not on their own. Every hybrid engine runs a little differently, so every hybrid vehicle w ... read more

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Extended Warranty FAQs

Extended Warranty FAQs

If you purchased an extended warranty from a dealership, they might have told you that you should always come back to them for servicing. Most of the time, that’s simply not true. AutoAid might be the more affordable or convenient option—but you’ll never know for sure unless you ask us. Read on to find the answers to all your most pressing extended warranty questions! Where Can I Purchase an Extended Warranty? You will usually be able to purchase an extended warranty when you buy your vehicle, whether it’s from a used lot or a new car dealership. Your insurance company may also offer an extended warranty, so ask around a little before you commit. Do I Need To Visit A Dealership for Regular Maintenance? After your extended warranty runs out, AutoAid will be happy to help with any issues you encounter on the road. When the ... read more

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A Word From The Mensch with the Wrench

Coins, Cans and Kids Disaster Relief

Coins, Cans and Kids Disaster Relief

With the Holiday Season just around the corner, thousands of families who lost everything to the recent hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes, need our help. From now through the end of this year AutoAid will be collecting, and Direct Relief and the Salvation Army will be distributing the following: Coins: Loose change long forgotten in cup holders, purse bottoms, etc Canned Foods: Something Yummy for the Tummy Kids: Clothing, diapers, baby supplies and Toys (New Please) AutoAid will also add a dollar for every service invoice we write for repairs and body work from now through December 31st, 2017. Schedule your appointment today at http://autoaidrescue.com/appointments or 818-290-8057 and bring your goodies when you come in for service. Together, we can inspire Hope and bring Happiness to families and children in the devastated regions throughout this Holiday Season

Buying a used car? Get a Pre-Purchase inspection first!

Buying a used car? Get a Pre-Purchase inspection first!

Buying a used car might be a good choice, especially if you can find a great deal on a vehicle with low mileage. But not everything is always as it appears. While a car may look good on the outside, you could also be inheriting someone else’s problems. You don’t want that fantastic deal to turn a money pit. Before you buy a used vehicle, get a pre-purchase inspection for your Car, Truck, SUV or Hybrid at AutoAid. Do Your Research You read, you research and you consider all your options. You’re an educated consumer, and you know that it’s a smart idea to have a solid plan in place. If you need help, check out Edmonds.com, which offers a handy 10-step guide to buying a used car. Their 8th step is particularly important: have the car inspe ... read more

How To Avoid Auto Body Repair Scammers

How To Avoid Auto Body Repair Scammers

Remember the days when a few guys in a truck would drive around a parking lot asking if you wanted to buy some stereo equipment? Dealing with auto body repair scammers is very similar. You might park your car, all set to run into a store to do a few errands, when a guy notices that your car has some damage. He offers to repair it right then and there, telling you it will be a perfect job and save you a lot of time and money. All you have to do is pay him “X” amount of cash. Politely but adamantly tell him “no thanks,” then walk away. This is a classic scam. These “dent repair” scammers—or “dent gypsies,” as they are sometimes called—prey on people who are in a rush and not as informed as they should be. These scammers will either take your money and disappear the moment you are out of sight, or they will do a horrible job and make your car look and even run worse than before. Bondo, colored wax, and cheap paint is not the cor ... read more

Should I Pay For Accident Repairs Out Of Pocket Or Through Insurance? (Part 2)

Should I Pay For Accident Repairs Out Of Pocket Or Through Insurance? (Part 2)

It happens to everyone...that moment when you accidentally back into something you did not see, or mis-navigate a turn in a parking structure. So now you have to ask yourself: should I file an insurance claim when I’ve damaged my own car? If you have caused no other property damage and the only damage is to your own car, you will now need to decide whether you should pay for the repairs out of your own pocket or go through your insurance, which could, of course, raise your rates. While this is frustrating, at least you are the sole decision maker. Dealing with another party, if another vehicle is involved, can be much trickier. In that situation, you may not have a choice about whether you should go through insurance or pay for the repairs yourself. Should I File An Insurance Claim When I’ve Damaged My Own Car? In order to completely answer this question, you need to be informed about the condition of your car. This means going to a reliable and trustworthy auto body sh ... read more

Five Tips from AutoAid for Fall Car Care Month

This October is Fall Car Care Month, and here at AutoAid, we want to remind you to take a little bit of time to be “Car Care Aware,” as the team at CarCare.org put it. Every year in April and October, CarCare.org celebrates a month of vehicle maintenance awareness, in the hopes of reminding drivers like you that taking a few simple steps now can save you the trouble of an emergency breakdown – not to mention more than a few bucks on the cost of repairs – down the road. Whether you handle some of these tasks yourself or prefer to trust Jack, David, and the expert team at AutoAid of Van Nuys, CA for your auto service & maintenance needs, we recommend these important steps to take this Fall Car Care Month to ensure your vehicle performs well all year long. Battery. Check your connections, and make sure they are tight, clean, and free from cor ... read more

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Should I Pay For Accident Repairs Out Of Pocket Or Through Insurance? (Part 1)

Should I Pay For Accident Repairs Out Of Pocket Or Through Insurance? (Part 1)

You were just involved in a minor accident. After you realize that no one seems to be injured and that the damage appears to be minimal, one question always comes up: Should I file an insurance claim or settle out of pocket? The answer depends on several things, including who was at fault. Clearly, if it was your fault, you would prefer not to see your insurance rates go up. You may plead with the other party to handle the repairs privately and not report it. And if it was their fault, they may do the same with you. Regardless, there are several steps you must take. Should I File An Insurance Claim Or Settle Out Of Pocket? Get All The Information Before You Decide The first step is to not leave the scene before you exchange all information with the other party, including phone numbers. You should also take photos of all of the damage, so nothing additional can be claimed after the fact. In these kinds of situations, information and knowledge are key. So as soon as you can, get an e ... read more