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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5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

It is officially spring! After a long and cold winter, we are ready to be met with the warm sunshine and budding flowers that the springtime brings us. Despite temperatures still hanging out in the 30s, it is time to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning. Our homes aren’t the only thing in need of some spring cleaning - our vehicles are too! Cars experience a lot of wear and tear during the harsh winter months so it’s only fair that we give them a little TLC when the weather clears up.  Here are 5 tips to help get your car ready for the spring:1) Clean Out the Trunk Now some people may not use their trunk as a place to store things, and others do. If you are one of the latter, then this tip is for you. Get a big empty box and a garbage bag and go to your trunk. Begin to sort through the things that you want to keep and put them into the box. Any garbage or things you want to throw out go into the trash bag. After you have done that ... read more

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Car Ownership

If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

Being the owner of a hybrid vehicle, you may or may not know that the most important element “under the hood” - or in this case, in the trunk- is the hybrid battery. Up until a few years ago, your only option when that battery failed was to replace it with a brand new battery pack that could cost up to $3,500. Yes, we know your jaw just dropped when you read that price tag, ours did too! If you find yourself with a failed hybrid battery, do not panic. Here at CARS of America, we can rebuild or recondition your hybrid battery for less than half the price of a new one and we guarantee it for 3 years. Check out our "stress test" machine we use to see if your hybrid battery is in good health (right).  Now how’s that for some serious cost savings? But, how will you know if your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced? Here are four tell-tale signs: 1. The gasoline engine kicks on more often than it used to. When the ... read more

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Hybrids

Can you Repair a Car That's Been Flooded?

Can you Repair a Car That's Been Flooded?

With the recent storms leaving many Chicagoland neighborhoods underwater, there have been many questions and concerns regarding how to salvage an automobile that has been immersed in flood waters. Better yet, is a vehicle even salvagable after it's been soaking in water.This article from Popular Mechanics says it all and will give you the information that you are looking for. "We've all seen it on TV: rainstorms of biblical proportions sweeping entire villages into the sea, and damp, devastated flood victims being interviewed in front of a pile of sodden furnishings and clothing. But then it happens closer to home—and this time it's your car, not the entire village.There's a high-water line halfway up the windshield, and several inches of mud in the int ... read more

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Vehicle Damage

Help!

Help!

                                                    The auto repair business is historically slow from January 15th until March 1st. If you help us fill our bays, we will help you ...Save Money. If you have  existing recommendations, 15% to 20% off. ask about details. Got a concern?  No problem. 10% off all concern solutions. Mention that you saw the $$$$ off offer on the website or FaceBook.  see store for details may not be combined with other offers only applies to recommendations date prior to 2/9/18 Limited time offer (until we get busy)

5 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Car Lover Needs

5 Valentine's Day Gifts Every Car Lover Needs

  With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, you may be scrambling to get your loved one the perfect gift. Ditch the cliché cards, flowers and chocolates and get your partner something they will really enjoy - a brand new car! JUST KIDDING, that is one hefty investment many cannot afford to make for a small Hallmark holiday. Instead, get your car lover something else they will enjoy, here are some ideas: 1) A New Snow Brush It is no secret that here in the Midwest we can get snow all the way through April. Why not get them that fancy snow brush they saw in a magazine and mentioned would be “cool” to have but never actually went out and got it for themselves. BONUS GIFT: Wipe their car off in the morning with their new snow brush and you will be sure to put a giant smile on their face (that is, if there is snow where you are living).     2) A Car Wash If your partner loves cars, then keeping&n ... read more

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Car-Themed Gifts

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked?

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked?

When Is The Last Time You Had Your Tire Pressure Checked? Did you know that neglecting even simple routine maintenance, like changing the oil or checking the coolant, can lead to poor fuel economy, unreliability, or costly breakdowns? It can also void your warranty and we know nobody wants that! Not to mention, some avoidable automotive mishaps happen and cause accidents, further piling onto the damage. One serious malfunction that could cause a lot of damage is a tire blowout ... read more

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

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