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What Happens During a Pre-purchase Car Inspection

What Happens During a Pre-purchase Car Inspection

Performing a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) before purchasing a secondhand car is critical. Inspection and testing alone will not tell you whether a car has mechanical or safety issues if you are unfamiliar with automobiles and their mechanisms. What is a Pre-purchase Inspection? Before making a purchase, a buyer performs a pre-purchase examination, as the term implies. Before purchasing a used car, it's a good idea to have a mechanic inspect the vehicle's exterior and inside. Buyers who aren't familiar with automobile mechanics can't tell if a secondhand car requires repairs or if it has any other issues. Because the PPI is designed to prevent you from getting a lemon, its goal is to ensure that you do not. What Happens During a Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspection? Pre-purchase vehicle inspections are recommended for all used car purchases. Getting to know the car's history and condition can help you decide whether to buy it. To av ... read more

What Does A Catalytic Converter Do?

What Does A Catalytic Converter Do?

A catalytic converter is a device that's fitted to the exhaust system of your car. It allows your vehicle to operate more cleanly and efficiently by burning off harmful pollutants before they have an opportunity to pollute the air around you. Catalytic Converters are required on all vehicles, new and old. For a while now, cars have been required to have catalytic converters with them at all times (which is why you may see the name on your vehicle's engine). Catalytic converters use an oxidizer such as a special type of varnish made from ammonia, urea, and water. This substance reacts with gasoline to create an air-fuel mixture that can be used in an internal combustion engine. The converter does not actually burn the fuel; it simply tricks the car's internal combustion engine into making it think that it has already burned all of the fuel in its cylinders by releasing small amounts of unburned gas back into the intake system. With greater efficiency comes reduced emission ... read more

How To Successfully Buy a Used Car

How To Successfully Buy a Used Car

From this title, you may be confused about what we mean when saying, "successfully" buying a used car. The reality is that buying a used car can be risky, and it can come with a lot of headaches if you're not careful. When you're looking to buy a used car, especially from a private seller, there are certain things you should do beforehand to solidify your decision. Do Your Research - You may find a vehicle that fits below your price range with better mileage or quality than you ever expected. Sometimes, all of it can seem too good to be true, and you don't want to get scammed. So please remember to research the seller, the specific make and model, and compare prices before replying to the listing. Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection - You've reached out to the seller, and you go to look at the car yourself. Unless you're a professional mechanic, it may be hard to tell the true condition of the vehicle's parts. We offer pre-purchase inspections at Prestige ... read more

6 Signs That Indicate Your Car Needs Suspension Repairs

6 Signs That Indicate Your Car Needs Suspension Repairs

For comfortable, smooth, and safe driving, you're going to need functional suspension parts. To be specific, your springs, shocks, and struts play a major role in absorbing the impact of bumps in the road. If any of your suspension components, you're going to notice a difference in how your vehicle drives. Below are some symptoms that indicate you need suspension repairs: Drifting Drifting during your turns is a cause for concern. If you experience trouble maneuvering your vehicle, your suspension could very well be the culprit.  Bouncy or Bumpy Drive If hitting minor bumps in the road, or even speed bumps, causes continuous springing, it is a major sign that your suspension is in trouble. Your shocks and struts are supposed to tame the effects of this. Uneven Tire Wear Your car's tires may have trouble properly making contact with the road with faulty suspension parts. Therefore, you may notice uneven tire wear and bald spots. Nosediving If you notice your ca ... read more

Vehicle Valentine's Day Gifts for Someone Special

Vehicle Valentine's Day Gifts for Someone Special

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show that special someone in your life how much you care about them. If your significant other happens to be a car enthusiast or is someone who is in desperate need of some car care help, why not give a car-themed gift for your Valentine's Day gift! If your loved one has trouble getting to the shop or isn't always on top of their vehicle maintenance, we have an idea for you. Why not gift them a gift certificate for a vehicle service that they've been putting off. Better yet - ask to borrow their car for a few hours. Bring their vehicle into our shop, and we'll take care of that service for you. They'll be overjoyed that you took the time to get their car running safely and took that burden off of their shoulders. Another idea is new windshield wipers or car mats. Windshield wipers typically need to be replaced every 6 months or so, so they are probably due for a new set. Car mats are also a great gift to keep their ... read more

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