Archive for March, 2015

car tinting windows

Some dealers charge as much as $500 (labor only) to get your windows tinted! You can keep that money in your pocket by doing it yourself. One of the major benefits of tinting your car windows is that it keeps your car cooler in the summer. Here are some DIY tips to have your tinting job look professional.

Before you begin, you will need the following supplies: the actual window tint sheet, tint application solution, sharp razor knife, scraper blade, lint free cloth, application squeegee and a heat gun. Ideal conditions for tinting would be in a dust free spot maybe a garage that isn’t too hot or too cold. Humidity should be as low as possible.

1. Is It Legal?

You need to confirm if it is legal to tint windows in your state. Some states only allow dark tinting on the back windows, others do not allow dark tinting at all. Be sure you are complying with your state laws before you begin tinting.

2. Clean Windows

The windows must be completely clean and free of any debris before you begin your tinting job. Keep an eye out for any weather stripping or caulking that is jutting out. Any type of antennas would have to be worked around.

3. Cut and Trace

Cut the tinting film to the shape of the window on the inside of the car. You can use nylon paper to trace out the shape and then transfer it onto the tinted film and cut it to the correct size.

4. Applying The Tint

Spray the inside of the window with soapy water and then position the tint sheet on the window, peeling back approximately one third of the sheet. Spray adhesive solution onto the window. Pay special attention to the edges; they might require more adhesive solution or it will peel after the tint goes on. Don’t touch the surface of the film itself when tinting. Line up the edges and make sure there are no air bubbles.

5. Pat It Down

Once the sheet has been perfectly laid out, use the squeegee or lint free cloth to pad down the solution. Wipe away any moisture.

If bubbles happen to appear or if there is solution still on the film, use the heat gun to gently warn the area and move the squeegee over the bubbles to the nearest window edge.

Simply repeat this process until all windows are tinted.

Still not sure about doing this tinting job by yourself? Visit Chapman AZ for your tinting and other car servicing needs.

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Put Your Right Foot on a Diet

Eliminating jackrabbit starts and stops is the single greatest thing a driver can do to improve a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Gently press on the gas when you take off from a standing stop and try to time lights and avoid stopping completely. Driving aggressively may be a stress reliever, but it can cut your gas mileage by a third out on the open highway. It’s also important to stay within the speed limit. The optimum speed for best mileage is different with most cars, but efficiency starts to decrease rapidly once you get past 50 miles per hour. If you have a newer car equipped with a real-time gas mileage indicator, practice a more gentle touch and see how much it improves your overall mileage.

Keep the Cargo Inside

Although large cargo haulers come in handy for extra luggage or sporting equipment, they are absolute death on your gas mileage. A big cargo box acts like a snowplow cutting into the wind, reducing the aerodynamic benefits of your vehicle by up to 10 percent in the city and almost 20 percent on the highway. If you really need extra storage, consider a rear-mount cargo carrier that attaches to a trailer hitch. Those have a much lower effect on fuel economy than rooftop storage containers.

Dump the Ballast

If you’re carrying around a set of weights, bags of sand or some cement blocks, expect your gas mileage to be less than desirable. It’s estimated that for every 100 pounds you carry in your vehicle, your gas mileage is reduced by 1 percent. Larger vehicles are better able to handle extra weight than smaller ones, but every pound counts.

Keep Vehicle in Top Shape

A happy vehicle is a fuel-efficient vehicle. Bring your car into any of the Chapman Arizona for a total checkup before taking off on that summer vacation road trip. A proper tune-up, new air filter and emissions check can increase gas mileage by anywhere from 4 to 40 percent.

Inflate Tires to Manufacturer’s Specification

Under-inflated tires create more drag and can lower your mileage by up to .3 percent for each pound of inflation lost. Tire pressure specifics can be found both in your owner’s manual and on a sticker in the driver side door jamb. Also remember to rotate your tires with every oil change, recommended at 3,000 miles for regular oil and 5,000 miles if you use a synthetic. Even tread wear is another contributer to good gas mileage.

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Inspect Coolant System

Just as a body needs water to survive during a hot summer day, your car needs to have quality coolant flowing freely to keep the engine operating at normal temperatures. Before summer comes, take 30 minutes to inspect all the hoses, belts and the radiator cap. Hoses should be firm and not feel collapsed or overly soft. Belts should be free of fraying and still have some elasticity. The radiator cap’s rubber gasket should be free of cracks and gaps. If your coolant system hasn’t been flushed in the last 40,000 miles, now is the time to get it done. Getting rid of rust and replacing worn-out coolant with fresh anti-freeze goes a long way to making sure you don’t get stranded alongside the road.

Have the Battery Checked

If you live in the desert southwest, you’re playing with borrowed time if your battery is more than two years old. Your mechanic should do a battery check as part of your regular oil changes. If not, any auto parts store has the equipment and willingness to examine your battery for dead cells. If you do have cells that won’t hold a charge, replace the battery now and avoid a headache later. The mechanics at the Chapman Arizona dealerships are ready and waiting to give your battery a thorough inspection.

Make a Disaster Kit

No one needs a disaster kit until they do, but at that point it’s too late to make one. A few simple items will give you peace of mind this summer, especially if you are driving long distances across remote parts of the desert. Your number one friend is water. Put at least a gallon of water in your kit and then bring another fresh gallon with you whenever you go on a trip. Also pack a flashlight, road flares, jumper cables, duct tape, a screwdriver, can of flat fix and a pair of pliers. You can use the duct tape for a temporary repair on a busted hose.

Check Your Tires

Even if they don’t have a lot of miles on them, tires that are more than several years old can become rotted by the sun. Check the sidewalls for rotting and cracking, and replace all your tires if necessary. Make sure and inspect the spare as well. It doesn’t help much when you have a flat if your spare is toast as well.

Do a Safety Inspection

Have a friend help you inspect the vehicle to make sure all the lights are in good working order. Replace the wiper blades if needed and inspect the windshield washer reservoir. De-haze the headlights, if necessary, and check the brake fluid reservoir. If it’s been more than 40,000 miles since your last brake job, take the vehicle to a competent mechanic like the ones at Chapman Arizona dealerships and get a complete brake inspection.

weekend getaway cars

For anybody out there familiar with the 9 to 5 grind, the countdown to weekends could never begin soon enough. Even for those who absolutely love their jobs, there’s always that one thing that nags you –– an annoying co-worker, a lazy boss or a main office printer that has you tearing out all your hair.

Whatever the reason, we know you are always ready for the weekend. For all the outdoor enthusiasts out there, not only do you want to escape work, you desire a total change of scenery. This could mean taking the kids camping, heading out of state or even just a mini hotel getaway.

However, escaping for a weekend adventure requires more than an excuse and a bag. You need a vehicle, and not just any old vehicle. You also need something big enough to haul your significant other, kids and all other items you deem necessary for a long trip. Rugged, tough and classy are all characteristics Chapman Arizona looks for in a weekend warrior vehicle.

 
Tinted Windows

Discretion is the aim of the game when you are doing your thing. Who needs nosy bodies? Get a ride with tinted windows so you can move in silence, keeping your weekend getaway plans on the down low. Whenever looking for that terrific vehicle, tinted windows is high on the list.

Low Mileage

Let’s be honest, you don’t want a vehicle with excessive mileage from other people’s family adventures. You want to be the one racking up the miles. Look for the perfect ride that has been well cared for and maintained by the owner. Seeking a vehicle with low mileage allows you room to create plenty of your own adventures on the road. Consider also the newer models that offer great gas mileage. Estimate that the average vehicle is driven somewhere in the region of 15,000 miles a year.

Stay within budget

In an ideal world, there would be no such thing as a car payment. However, that’s only a thought suitable for your dreams. In the real world, you will need to fork out money every month for a car that suits you. Stay within your budget. Don’t get saddled with such a high a payment that you can’t afford to go on weekend getaways and make new memories. Spend within budget and leave plenty of room for life’s road adventures.

Gas Mileage

Nothing works your nerves worse than a car that guzzles up gas like it’s going out of style. To preserve your hair and some of your sanity too, check out vehicles that offer great gas mileage. If you can land anything in the neighborhood of 30 mpg, you are sitting pretty. Every dollar saved on gas goes towards your weekend escape money jar. It eventually adds up!

Spacious Trunk

Anybody who goes on weekend getaways understands the importance of trunk space. Space can fill up fast with any kid’s items, water coolers, suitcase, sports gear, camping gear, and other items. Therefore it may be appealing to contemplate buying a SUV that offers 2nd or 3rd row fold down seats as additional storage space if necessary.

wash car at home

One of the simplest ways to maintain your car is to keep it clean. If you decide to clean your car at home, the tips below will make your finished job look like it was done by pros.

Here is what you need to get started:
1. Car wash soap – No dish wash soap as it has chemicals that can damage your paint job.
2. Wash mitt/sponge – Sheepskin, microfiber cloth or sponges work well.
3. Wheel & Tire cleaner – Use cleaners made specifically for tires as they remove brake dust and metal shaving better than regular car soap.
4. Two buckets – One with the soap and water mix, the other with plain water. Use the water-filled bucket to rinse out any dirt that accumulated on the mitt/sponge.
5. Drying cloth – Lint free absorbent cloths are great for removing excess water.

Optional Equipment:
1. Bug/Sap Remover – If required apply before washing the car. Undiluted car wash soap works well too.
2. Soft bristle brush – For wheels and any stubborn debris stuck on rims.
3. Microfiber towels – Use after the drying cloth to fully dry the vehicle.

 
Time to Wash

Roll up all windows. Park car in a shaded area and make sure it is cool to the touch. Washing in direct sunlight will dry the car too fast resulting in ugly water spots.

Always wash the wheels first to avoid getting dirt on an already clean car. Wet the wheels then apply the wheel and tire cleaner. Leave on for about 30 seconds then begin gently scrubbing with a soft bristle brush to remove any built up dirt and grime. Completely clean one wheel first before going on to the next, this way you avoid having the soap dry as you move onto the other 3 wheels.

Rinse the car from the roof down. This removes small particles and prevents them from damaging the car while soaping. Begin soaping the roof first, and then move on to the panels. Use firm but gentle motions that will remove the dirt without scratching the paint. Rinse in clean water after every panel is clean then dip back in soap water and continue until all panels are cleaned.

Do a quick once over with soapy water after the last panel. Remember to rinse mitt after each panel.

Rinse vehicle from roof to tires using low-pressure water. Remember to rinse the wheels again, since soapy water might have run on to them from the washing.

Dry with an absorbent cloth. Just lay it flat and pull it over the finish. It should remove most of the water while not scratching the paint. Use microfiber cloths to remove excess water. Don’t forget about the inside of the doors and trunk where water might have trickled in during washing. Dry wheels with a separate cloth.

It’s that simple! At Chapman Arizona we understand the convenience and simplicity of washing your car at home. Also not to mention the amount of money you save just by doing it yourself! Getting a detailed cleaning is important in keeping your vehicle beautiful.

new-car-sales

GMC Division Sales Jump 18 Percent

The light truck division at GMC had a great month to boost General Motors’ overall sales by 4.2 percent. The Chevy Silverado pickup line also did well, helping to negate a slight slump in the Chevy and Buick car divisions. Although Buick didn’t do as well as hoped in the United States, it is being very well received by a Chinese audience hungry for affordable luxury cars with a sporty design. Analysts say the strong showing by GM and some other automakers portends well for a U.S. economy continuing to rebound from the recession of 2008.

Fiat Chrysler America Reports February Increase

Although not as significant as the GMC sales bump, FCA still reported a modest 5.6 hike from a year ago. The utilitarian Jeep carried the majority of the load, up 21 percent for its best February sales total in history. Jeeps, pickups and SUVs continue to dominate FCA sales, accounting for 72 percent of all company vehicles sold in the U.S. in February. Analysts believe that falling gas prices accounted for much of the popularity of larger vehicles, and expect the mix to shift back to economy cars if fuel prices continue to rise.

Mini Propels BMW to Huge Sales Jump

BMW’s popular Mini Cooper rode the redesign of its two and four-door models to a 51 percent sales hike in February. This helped the German automaker to an overall 18 percent hike for the month. BMW’s X Series of SUVs also did very well, posting a 24 percent increase while the BMW auto sales were up more than 10 percent overall. Chapman Arizona dealerships provide a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, including the popular models listed here. Stop in for a test drive and see why shoppers are continuing to set new car sales records.

Average Car Price Nears $34,000

The average price for a new car in February, according to industry authority “Kelley Blue Book,” was $33,299. That’s up 4 percent from the same period last year. As car prices continue to rise, consumers are securing loans for longer periods to make the monthly payments affordable. While that bodes well for financial institutions collecting interest payments, it can keep shoppers out of the car market for longer periods of time. An extended payment period means it will be longer before a vehicle owner has any equity, resulting in an “upside down” scenario that makes it difficult to trade a vehicle in on a new one.

mismatched tires

Tires play a major role in determining the safety of your drive. It is essential that you pay attention to the condition of the tires before you buy a car or if you own a car, that they are checked at regular intervals. There are great risks involved in the case of mismatched tires. Therefore it is mandatory that you reduce these risks by always inspecting the tires.

Mismatched tires are fine in some instances, especially in the cases of two wheel drives. The front and rear pairs can be mismatched in the case of 2-wheel drives, as the rate of wear out varies based on the vehicle. However, periodic tire rotations must be performed to ensure that all the tires wear out at an equal rate.

Along with tire rotation, the alignment of wheels must also be checked, as misaligned wheels would increase the rate of wear and tear. In case there is a mismatch among the tires, be aware that deterioration is also different among different tires. Driving with uneven tires would have a great impact on the overall drive quality.

The best and safest thing to do would be to change all the four tires at the same time. By changing tires at the same time, there is no risk of mismatch or different levels of wear among different tires. Another strategy is to check the tread of the tires to evaluate their condition. Making sure the tires are in proper condition will avoid the tires from wearing out excessively and becoming a potential driving hazard. To make sure that tires stay in good condition, it is also necessary that the inflation, alignment, wheel balance, and suspension of the vehicle be evaluated. If any one of these functions is not up to par, excessive damages to the tires may occur.

Before you purchase a vehicle, always be aware of the tire’s condition. In addition it would be useful to know about other aspects that qualify a good purchase, such as proper alignment, condition of suspensions, and other important driving factors.

Inspect the tire tread, as it will provide you with a lot of information about any tire mismatch. It is not at all advisable to use mismatched tires on your vehicle. Instead, consider doing a tire rotation or tire replacement whenever you notice mismatched tires.

Alongside the advice above, it is highly recommended that you consult a tire mechanic whenever you suspect that you need assistance. Make sure your vehicle is checked at regular intervals or whenever you plan to go on a long drive.

At Chapman Arizona, we want you to have a worry-free driving experience. Keeping the tires of your vehicle healthy and in good condition is a surefire way to maintain your car’s fitness.

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As a driver, chances are you will be faced with the option of buying a new or used car at least once in your life. They are an enormous amount of questions and concerns that are involved in the process of buying a vehicle. They all boil down to one key question, new or used? Check out this short guide to help you in making your decision between a new or a used vehicle. There are advantages to both and here at Chapman Arizona we want to make sure you are getting what you want most!

Advantages of Buying a Used Vehicle

Price: One of the most obvious pros to buying a slightly used vehicle is the price! A previously owned vehicle is going to be less expensive than a new option. A lower cost can mean a lower payment or the option to buy the vehicle outright. Unfortunately, cars lose their value with time. With a used vehicle, there normally isn’t off the lot depreciation that can be experienced with a newer vehicle.

Insurance Rates and Registration Costs:: Insurance rates are often affected by the year of your vehicle. Used cars tend to be less expensive for insurance costs. A used vehicle also tends to have lower registration and licensing costs. Be sure to do your research for insurance options or discuss them with our professionals at Chapman Arizona to ensure you are choosing the best insurance options.

Options: You may not have the ability to have a used car built to order, but perhaps you prefer an older model style or design that is more fitting to your taste. Check out our used cars for sale for excellent previously owned vehicle options.

Advantages of Buying a New Vehicle

It’s Brand New: Obviously, this is an appealing advantage over a used vehicle. A new car has never been in an accident, there is no wear and tear, it comes with a clean history, and of course- it has the new car smell. Many car buyers are looking to be the first owner of a vehicle, which is where a new car can be advantageous.

Design Options: For those seeking to add a more personal touch to their vehicle, buying a new car can provide the opportunity for personal preferences on interior or exterior options. Many new cars have the option for upgrades or additional enhancement packages that can be tailored to fit a car buyers needs or preferences.

Warranty: A major appealing factor of purchasing a new vehicle is the warranty that comes with it. New cars always come with a manufacturer warranty that can provide comfort and peace of mind for new car drivers. No doubt, there are warranties available for used cars as well, but none are quite like the ones that come with a brand new vehicle.

Not quite sure which option is the best for you? Contact our professionals at Chapman Arizona to guide you through the new and used car buying process!

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If it Doesn’t Fit, it’s Time to Split

After you’ve done your online research, it’s time to start checking out the cars in which you have an interest. The first test is to simply sit in the driver’s seat and see how the car fits. Is there a seat position where your arms and legs are comfortable? Does the front bolster catch you in a supportive spot underneath your thighs or does it leave you hanging. Can you see out the front, back and sides? These are all important questions before you make a big investment in a car. Get in and out of the car a few times to make sure you don’t bang your head. If the car’s comfortable, adjust all the mirrors and put it through its paces. If the car isn’t comfortable, either try another model or go back to the drawing board. Visit a Chapman Arizona dealership and take as long as you like to make sure the car of your dreams isn’t the beginning of a long nightmare.

Be the Master of Your Test Drive

Most salespeople will have a pre-determined route for a test drive, which is fine, but realize that you are the one buying the car so you should be able to do what you want (within reasonable boundaries). Try and find a route that most accurately mirrors the daily use the car will receive. If you are a freeway driver, see how it merges up an on ramp. If you drive in a congested urban area that has limited parking, take it on some tight streets and see how you do with parallel parking.

Have a Checklist, Mark it Off

It’s easy to get caught up in a conversation with a salesperson and forget to look for things that are important to you. Create a checklist of things you need to review and mark them off. Some important points to consider are:

  • Acceleration: Does it have enough power to get around large trucks and out of dangerous situations?
  • Braking: Does the car stop smoothly and evenly as you apply the brakes?
  • Handling: Can you feel the road as you go around tight corners or does the front end release and feel sloppy?
  • Trunk space: Is it adequate for your needs? Does the rear seat have a pass through feature for long objects?

The sales representatives at Chapman Arizona dealerships are trained to allow you plenty of time to really get the feel of a vehicle and put it through its paces. There’s an old car sales axiom that “the feel of the wheel makes the deal.” Take your time and find the car that feels right to you.