October is “Be Car Care Aware” Month!

Haglin Automotive is an approved AAA auto repair facility. To celebrate “Car Care Aware” month, AAA members bring your vehicle in to our shop during the month of October for a FREE inspection! Call for details and to schedule your appointment!

Results of community car care events held throughout the country show that many consumers are neglecting their cars. The non-profit Car Care Council reminds car owners not to let their vehicles’ service and repair needs fall by the wayside by signing up for its free customized service schedule.

car“Chances are if you own a car, it needs some work. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, following a preventative maintenance schedule will improve the safety and dependability of your vehicle, helping to avoid more costly repairs down the road,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Our online service schedule is a free resource to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.”

Car care events held throughout the country in 2011 found that more than eight out of 10 vehicles failed at least one component of the vehicle inspection process. By utilizing the council’s customized service interval schedule and e-mail reminder service, motorists will get the reminders they need to stay on top of periodic vehicle maintenance.

“Fall Car Care Month in October is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs before harsh winter weather strikes,” said White. “Following our service schedule will help keep your vehicle dependable, safe and on the road longer.”

To help consumers become more comfortable with the auto service and repair process, the Car Care Council also introduced a new video entitled “Auto Service and Repair: What to Expect” that provides a wealth of information on such topics as finding the right auto repair facility, what to expect at the shop and what questions to ask. The video also covers the real truth about consumer rights and the manufacturer’s warranty.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

It’s Too Doggone Hot!

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Is it too hot to leave your dog in the car today?

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car – even for “just a minute” – while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than ten minutes! Cracking a window does not make that much of a difference and on hot days, cars parked in the shade can still be unsafe.

What to do?

It’s best to leave your pet at home while running errands during hot weather. If you absolutely must leave your pet in a car, please do the following;

Open windows and vents as wide as possible without providing an escape route or, put your pet in a well- ventilated cage inside the car and open the windows fully.
Provide plenty of fresh water.
Check the car every 10 minutes.
Park in the shade.
* Information provided by C.A.R.E. (Community Auto Repair Experts). For more information about C.A.R.E. visit www.facebook.com/CommunityAutoRepairExperts

FREE pet thermometer for your car!

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Come into Haglin Automotive today and pick up a FREE car pet thermometer!

Just because it is blue, doesn’t mean it won’t freeze

When you get your car ready for winter dont forget the windshield washer fluid. Last year one of our customers filled his reservoir with water over the summer and in December his windshield washer would not work. We found that the water froze and he had a huge ice cube stuck in his reservoir. It took many hours to defrost the ice cube, we put hot water in the top to melt it down and suctioned out the melted water. It was a very slow process. Once it was emptied and the correct fluid was put into the system his wipers worked great. Obviously this was a costly mistake for this customer. At Haglin Automotive every time your car comes in for service we top off all of your fluids including windshield washer fluid.

Buyer beware

We just got an Isuzu in this week for a “steering on it’s own” complaint.  She just purchased the vehicle a couple of months ago and did not have it inspected by a third party.

After our inspection we found that the rear trailing arms had completely broken away from the frame and that the rear quarter of the frame was completely rusted out.  This car is unsafe to be on the road.

She is now fighting with the dealership to get some kind of help.

Remember, when you buy a used vehicle it is “As Is”.  So make sure to have a pre-purchase inspection done, they usually run around $100 and will help you make a better deal and keep you from having major issues.