Archive for September, 2017

It may not seem like winter is coming, but nighttime temperatures in the 60s means that it won’t be long before we get the occasional freezing temperatures here in the Valley of the Sun. Now’s the time to bring your vehicle into a Chapman Arizona service center to take care of a few items that will help you have a problem-free winter.

Is it Time for New Anti-freeze?

If you haven’t had a coolant flush in the past 30,000 miles or so, there’s no time like the present to do so. A pressurized coolant flush is different than just draining your system and replacing the anti-freeze. Pressure helps force out all the gunk and corrosion that can build up over time. The pressure also helps identify any pin holes in your hoses that can lead to big problems further down the road. A fresh batch of coolant will help you protect your system from freezing and keep you going on through the winter and next summer.

How are the Hoses and Belts?

Even though the sun doesn’t get to shine on your hoses and belts, the extreme heat has a way of speeding up the disintegration process. While your vehicle is in a Chapman Arizona service center getting the coolant flushed, your technician will inspect all the rubber products on your car, including the hoses, belts and windshield wipers. An ounce of prevention will keep you from being stuck alongside the road with a broken fan belt or leaking hose.

Summer Takes its Toll on Batteries

Another victim of the extreme heat of the desert is your car battery. It’s not uncommon for a car battery to only last two years in the desert, no matter how long the warranty might be. A battery and electrical system check-up will head off any problems that might leave you stranded when you’re out doing your holiday shopping, or worse yet on a weekend drive through the desert.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

If you spend a lot of time driving around the state, now is the perfect time to prepare an emergency preparedness kit for your car. Living in the desert lets people sometimes forget what it’s like to deal with ice and snow, so a few simple steps now will help in case you run into an unexpected blizzard. Your kit should include a blanket, some gloves, an ice scraper, flares, jumper cable and a first aid kit. It doesn’t hurt to always carry a gallon of water, either for you or your vehicle should it overheat. Remember to keep the gas tank at least half-full in case you get stranded in a snow storm and need to run your heater for several hours. The best news? Summer is almost over and we can finally remember why we live in the Valley of the Sun.

While the initial cost is still a challenge for some, more and more people are opting to move from traditional gas-powered vehicles to all-electric or hybrid power. Most hybrids are in the mid to upper 40 mpg range, with some even surpassing 50 mpg. While it might take a while to make up the initial price outlay in gas savings, that’s not the only consideration for moving to hybrid power. Check out the large selection of new and used hybrid vehicles on the Chapman Arizona website.

Hybrid Batteries Last a Very Long Time

One of the original fears against purchasing a hybrid car was the need to replace the expensive batteries. Now that hybrids have been around for well over a decade, that fear has proven to be completely unfounded. Taxi companies frequently put more than 300,000 miles on their hybrid vehicles without needing to replace the batteries. Most auto manufacturers also put lengthy warranties on the hybrid batteries, something they no doubt wouldn’t do if they were prone to early replacement.

It’s Like a Bumper Car Without the Bumps

You’ve all driven those bumper cars at a carnival. You press the pedal and they go. You take your foot of the pedal and they stop. Essentially, that’s the same way a hybrid works. When you press the accelerator, the electric motor silently kicks in and you start moving. Release the accelerator and they stop, often without need to work the brake. They are remarkably easy to drive with no shifting necessary.

There’s a Wide Selection of Vehicles

No longer is the Toyota Prius the only game in town. Most automakers, including Ford, Hyundai, VW, BMW and Porsche all offer hybrid options. You can go inexpensive or top of the line luxury; it’s a buyer’s market out there.

Hybrids Make Financial Sense

Since most cars are financed, the best way to see if a Hybrid makes financial sense is to compare payments between a hybrid and gas-powered car, and then figure out how much money you’re saving on gas. If you pay $3,000 more for the hybrid and finance for 60 months, that’s an average of $50 per month. If you spend more than that on gas with the cheaper car, then buying a hybrid makes sense.

Save the Planet

You don’t have to be a tree hugger to want to do the right thing for the planet. Whether you believe in climate change or not, it’s just common sense that fewer emissions in the air will result in healthier air for everyone. While all-electric vehicles offer zero emissions, hybrids come a lot closer to that number than gas-powered cars. Give some thought to a hybrid, do your research and then visit the Chapman Arizona website when you’re ready for a great deal.