A snowier and unseasonably cold winter could be an uninvited guest for the 2015-2016 winter season. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter could look a lot like last year in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold conditions over the Great Lakes. While we don’t like to be reminded of the cold and snow quite yet, it’s paramount that your tires are roadworthy anytime you drive but especially when driving in snowy and icy conditions. Need new tires? Have you driven more than 30,000 miles? If you answered, yes, then you could be due for new tires. The life of your tires depends on your driving and braking habits, road conditions and how old the tires are (regardless of miles driven). Here are four quick tips to determine if you need new tires.Check the tre ... read more
On a recent service visit at our Glenview location, a young couple expressed concern about how to maintain tire pressure on their family van. They stopped in after they returned from a weekend day trip to a corn maze. Before they left on this autumn adventure, they filled up their gas tank, checked the oil, buckled in the kids and then hit the highway. A glowing orange light on their dash almost kept them from reaching the maze. After checking their owner’s manual, they discovered this was the tire pressure light indicating that one or all of their tires might be low. Every time you stop to buy gas, you should check your tire pressure. This light that usually looks like an exclamation point (!) is a warning indicator sign that your tire pressure may be low. With fluctuating temperatures as the season changes from summer to fall, dramat ... read more
Next time someone honks at you as you’re enjoying a ride around Evanston or Glenview, listen closely. Do you hear the musical note F? Car horns emit a specific pitch—most likely an F—that can be written down as a musical note. Listen to these vintage horn sounds! But if that other driver is steering an older-model vehicle, he might be trying to get your attention with a C-sharp note. That’s because car horns have evolved through the years. During the early 1960s and 1970s, car horns emitted a C-sharp, but carmakers raised this to a higher pitch to ensure motorists could hear horns through closed windows. “Ah-ooo-gah” probably is the most famous car horn of all time. Model T drivers made that noise when squeezing their vintage bulb horns.
Know that panicky sensation you get when your gas-gauge needle hits “E”? Then imagine how it must feel for families facing an everyday fuel crisis: hunger. The good news is: We can all help. And at CARS of America, and we’ll reward you in return. Simply donate three non-perishable food items and you’ll save $10 on any service of $50 or more. CARS of America’s goal: Pack one of the company’s courtesy shuttles full of food by Thanksgiving. CARS of America’s goal: Pack one of the company’s courtesy shuttles full of food by Thanksgiving. CARS of America has partnered with two community food pantries as food collection/donation sites. Our Glenview location is allied with the Northfield Township Food Pantry in Northfield, while our Evanston facility is working with Hillside F ... read more
Before you purchase a used vehicle, save time and money by getting a pre-purchase inspection. Whether buying a second car for the family or your college bound son or daughter, you’ll want to do more than just take the car for a test drive. Take it in for a used vehicle inspection before you buy. Before you buy, get it inspected One of our ASE-Certified Master Technicians at CARS of America in Glenview or Evanston can outline the good, bad and ugly of your used vehicle. Your technician will determine what (if any) preventative maintenance is due now or should be scheduled soon. The technician also will tell you what auto repairs are needed and share his expert opinion on the overall state of the car. Is it impeccable? Probably not! That’s why you’ll want to get an expert opinion on any hidden defects. Our methodical inspection includes a review of the su ... read more
Homeowners planning to finally paint that dining room probably would head to their favorite hardware stores to pick up paint, brushes and drop cloths. But will those supplies be sufficient to complete the job? What about painter’s tape, for example? Is one gallon going to be enough? Hardware retailers wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t guide customers through the purchasing process to ensure they head home with everything required to complete the task at hand. Similarly, your automotive-service experts at CARS of America want to help guide you in your car-ownership journey so you can hit the highway with confidence—without breaking the bank. Here’s how we go to work to provide the best budget-fitting auto-repair advice for you and your family. An apple a day keeps the mechanic away? When you come in for an oil change, we ... read more