Clean, Rub and Buff with a Good Quality Product (part 2)
Conditioning leather: choose a water-based, pH neutral conditioner. Don't skimp here! Purchase ahigh-quality leather conditioner that does not contain silicone, petroleum distillates or waxes. The purpose of using a leather conditioner is to replenish the natural oils; choose one with top-quality ingredients. Cheaper leather conditioners may leave have a greasy finish.
Perform a spot test!!! (see part 1 from yesterday; do not take a chance ruining your leather or any part of your car!) Always spot check, check with your owner's manual and use less not more and be very cautious with perforated seat covers. Always follow the advice of the cleaning product manufacture and that of your owner's manual.
Condition your seats. ...[more]
Is an grimey, yucky, greasy messy engine a red flag? NO! Is a clean one a good sign? NO!
Ever open a hood and see a sparkling clean engine? Are you envious? Does it always mean the car you're looking at is in good condition? Hell, no. Even if it looks like Aunt Tillie has just waxed and polished it, is it an absolute good deal? Nope.
Sure, it looks great and your thinking, "man, this baby is clean and kewl looking." Not so fast. Car dealers and buyers might be using a little psychology on you.
In January, 2011, 106 St Tire & Wheel became the only tire dealers in Queens, NY to have a free, informative, cutting edge, e-book downloadable from their website to offer empowering information for customers and community and assist them with money saving tips.. Please see our home page (middle of the page for a free copy). At that time, gas cost more per gallon then it does now, of course, however, since climate change has been recently acknowledged by the world, thinkin ...[more]
Got No Wiper Fluid?
Here's a quick "recipe:"
- 1 and 1/2 cups rubbing isopropyl alcohol
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 Tablespoon of liquid detergent (best kind? the ones that degrease dishes and pots)
you can double the above and get one gallon, however, don't over use the alcohol which may damage your wiper blades so take that under advisement. This is a quick fix in a pinch. CAUTION: label and store properly; isopropyl alcohol is poisonous but is needed in this recipe as an anti-freeze agent. USE ONLY AS AN EMERGENCY for auto safety only. Keep kids and pets away from this, please!
What you need to know about lease returns!
Yesterday, our blog contained some insightful information from Men's Health about leasing a car. In a word, the magazine said: DON'T.
Today, we are talking about what if you do and the lease is up. What's good lease return advice? Well, 106 St Tire & Wheel can help you not get stung by a dealer. And don't tell us you have a great rapport with the dealer....truth is, the dealer does NOT check in your car, an independent agent does. So don't kid yourself. If the car's condition is less than what that person wants, you will foot the bill. And, by the way, who is that person? No one you know, let us assure you.
You know this, right? You do not own your LEASED CAR.
You are LEASING it; the dealer is going to sell your car when you retur ...[more]
...Another FAQ article in a series from the pros at 106 St Tire & Wheel about choosing the right wiper fluid
The most critical facets about choosing the best windshield wiper fluid for your car is this:
1) freeze point
2) removal of oil, bug guts, dirt, bird droppings, road grime that cloud vision
b) do not expect all windshield wiper fluids to be created equal...READ THE LABEL!
c) consider the unpredictability of the approaching winter and what kinds of temperatures you will face
The critical thing to co ...[more]
Green is GOOD!
a few quick tips on helping earth heal:
- keep tires properly inflated
- replace filters regularly
- change oil regularly
- check your gas cap
- recycle/dispose of engine oil, old tires, batteries properly
- if you have serious engine problems chose a used or rebuilt engine
a better tomorrow for our kids is a choice we make TODAY!
FAQ series from 106 St Tire & Wheel:
8 Tips to Extend the Life of your Car
1) Check and change your oil regularly. There's some controversy on how often. 106 St Tire & Wheel advises you to check your owner's manual.
That's the best place to get accurate information specific to YOUR CAR. If your owner's manual is not around, Google it and you will probably find it
online in a downloadable format. Example for searching for it online?
- Google example: Owner's Manual 2009 Toyota Camry. That kind of search is bound to turn it up.
And remember, there's no single step in auto maintenance that will help your engine last more than regular oil and oil filter changes w ...[more]
Sure, gas is cheap now....but will it always be that way? Emissions and green house gases are a factor in climate change. Could you use a few extra bucks in your pocket at the holiday season? With more drivers on the road at the holidays, 106 St Tire has to caution you that increased traffic, a faster pace and poor tire performance could cause some serious issues...these factors could contribute to an accident.
Queens 106 St. Tire & Wheel, Inc is continuing its innovative role as a community educator by supplying information about gasoline prices, how to save money on gas and using better judgment while driving to improve gas mileage and driver and passenger safety. It’s also adding a host of free services to customers.
In J ...[more]