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Watch Out for These Dealer Tricks When Buying a Car

Watch Out for These Dealer Tricks When Buying a Car

There are two types of car buyers. There’s the buyer who loves to go to the dealer to haggle the price on a used car. Then there’s the person who hates going to the dealer so much that they’ll drive that old jalopy for years past its expiration date. For the latter,...

Go Electric and Keep the Mercedes Luxury

Go Electric and Keep the Mercedes Luxury

When you want to go electric with your car, because it seems to be the right thing to do, but you don’t want to give up all the luxury of your Mercedes Benz, there is now a solution. Mercedes has gone fully electric with their EQC brand. The Fully Electric Mercedes...

Should You Flush Your Car Radiator Yourself

Should You Flush Your Car Radiator Yourself

Flushing your car’s radiator is a fairly simple procedure, so you might be tempted to do it yourself to save money. But is that such a good idea? Flushing Your Car’s Radiator Your car’s radiator should be flushed periodically. Your car’s manual will tell you how often...

When to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades

When to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blades are something that isn’t discussed much. You’re told how often to change your oil, but how often do you change your wipers? When to Change Your Wiper Blades The simple answer is once per year. The exception would be if you’re spending time up...

Auto Repair Insurance vs Extended Warranty

Auto Repair Insurance vs Extended Warranty

You might have been asked to purchase auto repair insurance or an extended warranty when you purchase your car or truck. These two things are very different. Which should you choose? Auto Repair Insurance Geico and Mercury Insurance are two companies that offer auto...

Worst Used Cars to Buy in the Bay Area

Worst Used Cars to Buy in the Bay Area

If you’re doing a little car shopping for a used car, you should probably avoid any of them listed on the worst used cars to buy list. While the price tag might be extremely low, the repair bills will not. Take a look at some of the worst of the bunch. Worst Used Cars...

Know Your Lemon Law Rights

Know Your Lemon Law Rights

The state of California has a lemon law that protects consumers from getting stuck with a car that has many things wrong with it and the manufacturer can’t or won’t make it good. You do need to take action, so know your lemon law rights. Know Your Lemon Law Rights It...

Car Talk Lives On

Car Talk Lives On

It was with great joy that we would gather around the car radio and listen to the latest Car Talk episode on NPR. This informative and always hilarious show about auto repair started in 1977 and was ended in 2012. If you miss Car Talk, all is not lost. The Ways Car...

Big Brother Has Access to Your Car Hard Drive

Big Brother Has Access to Your Car Hard Drive

The future of auto insurance is Usage Based Insurance (UBI). Your agent might have already asked you if you’d like to lower your insurance rates by using a driving app for several weeks for a discounted UBI rate. If you think you can completely opt out of this type of...

What Is a Smog Abatement Fee in California

What Is a Smog Abatement Fee in California

What is a smog abatement fee? California requires every vehicle to get a certification that the vehicle’s emissions meet the state’s pollution standards. The abatement fee will allow you to skip getting these certifications. There have been some changes in this...

Car Repair Estimate Laws in State of California

Car Repair Estimate Laws in State of California

There are laws that auto shops must follow in the state of California. These laws are in effect to protect consumers from fraud and general misunderstandings. If it isn’t in writing, then there's going to be confusion on both the mechanic's and the customer’s end....

5 Causes of Car Turning Off While Driving

5 Causes of Car Turning Off While Driving

If your car turns off while you’re driving, you certainly have a problem going on. It might be an expensive one, and it might not be an expensive one. This is how you can tell. Car Turns off While Driving From the obvious to the obscure, here are some things that...

Telltale Signs the Car Head Gasket is Blown

Telltale Signs the Car Head Gasket is Blown

There are worse problems than a blown head gasket, but a car head gasket problem is bad news, for sure. If you’d like to try to rule out this costly repair, here are some signs that let you know it's probably a blown gasket. White Smoke White smoke coming from the...

What to Do About that High-Pitched Squeal

What to Do About that High-Pitched Squeal

If you’re having a high pitch squeal when you drive, should you stop driving and start freaking out? Naw. It is a warning sound that you should pay attention to, but it doesn’t mean your car is going to blow up or that aliens are about to land. Although, it does sort...

6 Causes of Poor Gas Mileage

6 Causes of Poor Gas Mileage

Here are some of the most common reasons you’ll suddenly start getting poor gas mileage. The odds are the cause is one of these, but if you rule these out you’ll need to get some help diagnosing the problem. Hopefully, it is one of these easy things to fix and you’ll...

This is How to Dispute a Parking Ticket in Sunnyvale CA

This is How to Dispute a Parking Ticket in Sunnyvale CA

It's never a good day when you get a parking ticket, but it's a particularly bad day when you are ticketed without cause. There is a way to dispute a parking ticket, providing you take care of it right away. How to Dispute a Parking Ticket There are plenty of ways...

Where Can I Buy Classic Cars?

Where Can I Buy Classic Cars?

The oldies are the best cars ever. They were stylish, expertly crafted out of real wood and steel and drove like a boat floating on water. At A1 Performance Auto Repair, we love the classics, too, and love to work on them. So, “Where can I buy classic cars?” you ask?...

Do You Want a Great Deal on an Oil Change?

Do You Want a Great Deal on an Oil Change?

Prices for oil changes for cars and trucks are all over the place, as most shops have their own unique pricing formula. So, where do you go for a great deal for this type of maintenance on your car or truck in Sunnyvale? Oil Change The best place in Silicon Valley for...

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