If you enjoy reading about cars and other related topics, we’d love to share our Auto Care Blog with you. At CARS of America, Inc., our highly trained auto mechanics deliver the very best in auto repair services through our two locations in Glenview. One way we accomplish that is in the time we take to help educate our customers so they feel confident making auto repair decisions. Our Auto Care Blog is just one way we meet that goal. Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to hear more about!

 

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The Dirty Truth About Your Car's Cabin Air Filter and Magnesium Chloride

The Dirty Truth About Your Car's Cabin Air Filter and Magnesium Chloride

  I recently spent the day in the Glenview store helping on the phones - I should say helping check tire pressure. With the advent of tire pressure monitoring systems and self service gas, about the only time that tire pressure gets checked is with an oil service. With the longer intervals and peoples' tendency to go even longer than the longer recommended interval, as soon as it gets real cold, we have one person checking air pressure just about all day long. Almost every vehicle I checked pressure on was 3 or 6 months overdue for the oil service date on the sticker, so that means it was 9 to 12 months since the last oil change... YIKES.   Having grown up in the Chicago area and having been a "car guy" for 56 of my 71 years, I know that two things happen around here in the winter;   First, they salt the heck out of the roads, more accurately, they "Mag Chloride the heck out ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Motorists Should Be Aware of the "Rules" if They are Playing the Car Game

Motorists Should Be Aware of the "Rules" if They are Playing the Car Game

Motorists Should Be Aware of the "Rules" if They are Playing the Car Game   According to the University of Michigan, 65% of a vehicle's depreciation occurs in the first 4.5 years. That study is dated, but time has not affected the concept, other than the fact that the average price of a vehicle is now $30,000 instead of $20,000.   It is not a coincidence that vehicle manufacturers have trained the consumer to trade, on average, every 4.5 years. The dealers make their maximum profit by giving the current owner the trade in value, aka the depreciated value and reselling the used vehicle at retail. So Rule #1 is if you like to get a new car every few years, do not buy, stick with leasing - it lowers your depreciation cost. Another place where consumers hurt themselves is not understanding that the new car manufacturer and dealer ... read more

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Automotive News

It’s Snowing - Time to Winterize Your Vehicle

It’s Snowing - Time to Winterize Your Vehicle

If you’ve watched the news lately, the weathermen already have begun uttering the “s” word. That’s that four-letter word that us Chicagoans have a love-hate relationship with. The word “snow” conjures up more dread than the Bears losing to the Green Bay Packers or a month without a mouth-watering pizza from your favorite pizzeria. Okay, maybe it’s not that bad, but it comes awfully close. Now is the time to winterize our vehicles. Don’t be fooled by these lingering warm and sunny days. Old Man Winter will soon be taking up residence and raging his weather war for the next few months. Maximize your car’s performance this winter against snow, sleet, ice and frigid temperatures by taking steps now to ensure your car is operating optimally. Here are five must-checks before winter begins: 1. Is your battery in good shape? Check the terminals and cables for any signs of corrosion. Look at the label to determine the a ... read more

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Winter Car Care

CARS of America is the Premier Choice for Auto Care

CARS of America is the Premier Choice for Auto Care

We all rely on our cars. The things we do in a normal day would not be possible without them. That is why we stress the importance of regular maintenance to ensure everything is functioning properly. When it comes down to choosing an auto repair shop, you want one that offers outstanding customer service along with the highest quality work. All of them claim to be the best, but how do you know who truly is the best?   At CARS of America, we have no doubt that we are the premier choice for auto repair in Chicago’s North Shore. We have been providing 5-star service since 1972. With 2 convenient locations in both Glenview and Evanston, we are always ready to care for your car.Our goal at CARS of America is to give you the best auto repair advice for you and your needs – accurate, unbiased and without regard for “the sale.” This sound advice will save you more money in the long run than any cheap repair. That’s why we take the ... read more

Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closed Thursday 11/23 for staff to spend time with their  familes. We will be open our regular hours on Friday 11/24 from 7a until 6p. Happy Thanksgiving everyone

4 Timely Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Safe This Winter

4 Timely Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Safe This Winter

Some timely tips that fall into the category "why make life more difficult than it is already"Tip #1 - Most vehicles are equipped with a 5-year battery. Most replacement batteries are 5-year batteries. Unless you have a definite plan to replace the vehicle in the near future, if your battery is 5 years old, we highly recommend replacing it proactively to prevent a break down and to avoid stressing the alternator. There are several reasons why. 1) There is no test fee if the shop is performing preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance prevents test fees and breaking down. 2) Most shops will inspect the date and test the battery condition as part of a fall oil service, and  offer an incentive to proactively replace a battery that is due. 3) It's a lot easier for the vehicle owner. Unless you are a handy person, with jumper cables or a jumper pack in the trunk and able to go h ... read more

Urban Myth Busting - Hybrid-Electric Cars Need No Maintenance

Urban Myth Busting - Hybrid-Electric Cars Need No Maintenance

Urban Myth Busting - Hybrid-Electric Cars Need No Maintenance False. However, it is not more or less false than the misleading information consumers have been getting from the new car manufacturers for the past 110 years or so.   There seems to be two schools of thought on performing Preventive Maintenance (PM) on anything mechanical, especially Hybrid Vehicles; people that do it, and those that do not. For a third-party opinion with no ulterior motives for their research, please refer to the 2004 University of Michigan study on Automotive Life Cycles where it was demonstrated that the cost of keeping a conventional car longer by maintaining it, saves up to 60% ( $5,300/year versus $1,800 per year) in the annual cost of ownership compared to trading it in  every four and a half years. The savings are even more on a Hybrid Veh ... read more

It's October - Time to Start Prepping Your Car for Winter!

It's October - Time to Start Prepping Your Car for Winter!

    As we welcome October, it is finally beginning to feel like fall. The 80 degree days are behind us (hopefully), and it is time to start bundling up and enjoying a nice warm drink near the fire.   Although it may seem to be a little early to be talking about winter, when it comes to you car, October is the perfect month to make sure you have everything in place to ensure that your vehicle keeps you warm and safe.   Tires are the one of the most important parts of your car. Without them, your car would not be able to get very far - or go anywhere for that matter. It is crucial that your car has tires on it that have enough traction to drive smoother and safer throughout slippery conditions. It is recommended that these tires have a tread of 5/32” for maximum traction.   In addition to having the appropriate tires, you need to have your brakes tested to ensure they are fun ... read more

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Safety

Congratulations, Pete Sonzero!

Pete - On behalf of the entire team at CARS of America, I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You!" and Congratulations" on spending the past 17 years with us, about 15 in the Glenview location and about 2  years in Evanston. We're all looking forward to another

Hybrid Cars Date Back How Far? The History of the Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid Cars Date Back How Far? The History of the Hybrid Vehicle

Have you ever wondered how hybrid cars came about? We seem to be seeing them and hearing a lot about them in recent years, but are they really brand new?   You would be surprised to know that hybrid vehicles, a car that is powered by both gasoline and an electric engine dates all the way back to 1898. Yes, you read that correctly, the first hybrid automobile was created in the 1800s!   Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was the first to construct a car made up of  gasoline engine and electric powered motor. This car was successful and was able to drive up to 40 miles, which back then was a lot.       The Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid - the first hybrid vehicle to ever exist     Not long after Porsche launched this vehicle, European automakers began creating their hybrid version of cars too. By 1905, Henry Ford was creating and mass-producing gasoline powered vehicles that were more affordable and thus but an end to the hybrid car revolution ... read more

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Hybrids
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