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Parents: Beware of the Risk of Teen Drivers' Car Accidents During the Summer Months

Parents: Beware of the Risk of Teen Drivers' Car Accidents During the Summer Months

Based on recent research by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, car accidents involving teenage drivers are substantially increasing during the summer due to teen distracted driving.  They call it "100 deadliest days" - the study found that on average 1,022 people died in accidents involving teenage drivers during the 100 days after Memorial Day. The main reason for such an increase is because more teenagers are driving on the roads during the summer; they are traveling with ... read more

8 Things You Should Know About Tires

8 Things You Should Know About Tires

How long should tires last? Any reputable tire retailer will have knowledgeable people behind the counter to help you when it’s time to choose new tires. They will look up your car in their database to check the wheel and tire size, then tell you what options they have in stock for your vehicle. It helps to have some knowledge before you get to that point. As part of National Tire Safety Awareness week, AskPatty recommends that you should know the type of tires you need, what you may sacrifice by buying cheaper tires, and what you get by going up the price ladder. If you’re not sure if your tires need replacing, use a penny. Tires with 2/32&Prime ... read more

How To Guides: Selling Your Used Car

How To Guides: Selling Your Used Car

Have you decided that it’s time to part ways with your beloved (or not so beloved) used car? Perhaps you are ready to get into something better or maybe you’re moving and you just can’t take it with you. Whatever your reason, there are a few things you’ll want to know as you’re getting ready to sell your car. Value and Specifics The first thing that you’ll want to know about your car is its value. To you, it might be worth a great deal, but finding someone to pay that “great deal” might not be so easy. Various websites publish objective, industry-standard valu ... read more

National Pet Month: Keep your Pet Safe While Traveling in the Car

National Pet Month: Keep your Pet Safe While Traveling in the Car

Only 10 years ago, about 19 percent of owners were bringing their furry pals along with them on road trips. Since then, that number has more than doubled, as 37 percent of owners say they take their dog in the car with them, rather than leaving him behind when they travel. According to the 2015-2016 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 million homes. Of those, pets, 77.8 million are dogs and 85.8 million are cats, and an increasing number of these furry companions accompany their families on in the car. As part of National ... read more

All Parents Should Know These 7 Safety Rules of Driving With Kids

All Parents Should Know These 7 Safety Rules of Driving With Kids

  As a parent, you probably know that accomplishing everyday tasks is a little bit more challenging when children are in the picture. A simple trip to the grocery store or even taking a shower can be a feat when your little ones are around. And so it goes with driving… Although you may have a good decade or more of driving experience under your belt, you quickly learn that operating a vehicle with your kids in the backseat is a whole other ballgame. Not only is it more difficult to stay focused, but the need to drive safely is even greater because you hold their lives as well as your own in your hands. So, before you jump in the car with your children, take a few minutes to review these safety rules that will help keep everyone safe. Discuss Driving Safety Rules with Kids As soon as you can begin teaching your children safety rules of the house, you ... read more

With More Rain Coming....

  With more rain coming, we welcome you to bring in your vehicle for a FREE rain essential courtesy check. We will check your tires, brakes (visual check), wipers, lights, defroster and battery. These components are critical to safe driving in the rain and flooded roadways.  Even though we offer Body and Collision Repair service and work with any insurance company, we would prefer you minimize the risk of an accident by knowing your vehicle is ready for inclement weather.  Please call or go on-line to make an appointment for this courtesy offer and share it with a friend. 

Good Practices for Today's Drivers

Good Practices for Today's Drivers

Driving is a daily task for most of us, and staying safe on the road is important. Your car is also likely one of your largest investments, so taking care of it should just be common sense. However, when you spend so much time in your car, it can be easy to overlook even the most basic safety and maintenance issues. These are great habits to get into so that your car will serve you well for years to come, and yet overlooking these simple tasks are some of the most common mistakes drivers make. Check Your Oil Frequently Everybody who drives knows that cars need an oil change from time to time. However, many drivers really neglect this fact. They know what needs to be done, but they don't do it. Why? While you might read that motor oil needs to be changed every 5,000 miles ... read more

You Need A Different Vehicle. Should You Buy, Lease, or Consider Moving Into A Quality Used Car?

You Need A Different Vehicle. Should You Buy, Lease, or Consider Moving Into A Quality Used Car?

  For one reason or another, your vehicle’s deterioration and/or failure to meet your daily needs may be forcing you to consider its replacement. To complicate this further, the consistent evolution of the auto industry to meet the ever-changing needs of the sometimes fickle American auto consumer in today’s precarious economy can make it difficult to clearly understand the ins and outs of buying versus leasing new vehicles. Making sense of the many factors involved in making a wise choice between buying or leasing a new car can be difficult. And in some cases, it may even be smarter to consider purchasing a quality used car. In an effort to make this decision easier for you, we are providing a comparison of these three considerations. However, before we do this, you must analyze your specific auto needs and financial abilities. Take some time to try to answer these two questions ... read more

Max Bulko helping in the Family Business using ASL

The youngest Bulko boy, Max, decided to study ASL (American Sign Language) in High School instead of Spanish or Chinese. Much to my surprise his newly acquired skill came in very handy when a customer appreciated that someone on our staff could communicate with him using sign language. I'm very proud of Max for doing so well in his class, using what he's learned in a real life situation and for sticking to his guns when selecting a language unlike any other