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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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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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Nissan Launches New 2018 Leaf - Electric Car Sales Projected to Skyrocket

Nissan Launches New 2018 Leaf - Electric Car Sales Projected to Skyrocket

It is no secret that electric vehicles will be the choice car of the future, but just how soon will that future become our reality? For the year 2017, The Consumer Federation of America has projected that the sales of electric vehicles will increase by more than 100 percent against the 2016 numbers. As you probably know, Nissan just launched the 2018 Leaf. The Nissan Leaf is known as the world’s all-time best-selling highway-capable electric car in history with over 250,000 being sold through 2016. It is the only 100% battery powered car in Nissan’s lineup to date, sparking other car manufacturers to follow suit and launch their own versions of electric vehicles. Launching in 2010 with high projections in place, t ... read more

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Not too shabby!

Not too shabby!

The 2017 GM Chevy Bolt EV's price tag is $37,495, before incentives and tax credits, and has an advertised range of 238 miles. In 1971, GM created, produced and supplied a Electric-powered Lunar Rover for the first manned rocket to the moon. It cost $38M to create and build. Range was 57 miles. Would you call that progress or economy of scale?  

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79 years old woman drives a hybrid-electric Fi Race car!

As reported in National Oil & Lube News  https://noln.net/2017/07/20/79-year-old-woman-becomes-oldest-person-drive-f1-car/ Rosemary Smith, a veteran Pro Rally Driver, tooted around a race course in Southern France in a 596kW Formula 1 race car to accomplish that distinction. Not just any F1 race car, but a hybrid electric race car. By comparison, many Prius models  are rated around 95 Horsepower for the 1800cc 4-cylinder gas engine, plus 96 horsepower from the 73kW electric motor. So the F1 is  electrically, 11 times more powerful,and the 2,400cc  internal combustion   V-8 engine  that develops 750 HP at 18,000 RPM is 8 times more powerful. that isn't a typo; 18,000 RPM! The Prius rides better, but doesn't should quite as good as the Formula 1,  for those of you that are familiar with the sweet sound of a 2.4 liter V8 at @ 18,000r ... read more

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Hybrid Batteries and Hot Weather

Ironically, most people identify cold weather with vehicle battery failures. In all reality, most batteries are damaged in the hot weather, but since batteries are more efficient when warm that when cold and vehicles are easier to start in warm weather than cold weather, the damage doesn't show up until the following Winter. Hybrid Batteries are no exception, but a lot more  sensitive to the heat. A conventional lead-acid battery, used since the 1900's  is located under the hood, next to a gasoline engine where the exhaust manifolds approach 1400 degrees F on the highway in the summer. Nickel Metal Hydride Hybrid batteries, on the other hand, are located in the passenger compartment and start to deteriorate at 110 degrees F. Some , like Ford products, have their own little heater/A-C system to maintain the temperature.  On the other extreme are early model Hondas that had no cooling or ventilation system and suffered higher failure ... read more

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