Save it or Scrap it? When to Get Rid of Your Car

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Owning a vehicle is second only to owning a house in terms of initial investment and continuous maintenance. You probably consider it a privilege to own your car and care for it through regular maintenance for as long as is feasible. There may come a time in the life of a vehicle that it is costing more to maintain than it is worth to the owner. Several things can compromise the value of any vehicle and cause the owner to question if it is worth trying to bring it back to life or accept the fact that it is gone. Major mechanical or body issues can occur that require making a decision to get rid of the vehicle inevitable. Some problems cannot just be ignored or overlooked. Financial considerations usually play a major role in replacing a compromised vehicle with a new one. When everything is taken into account, certain …

5 Surprising Things Your Car Wants You To Know

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A Letter From Your Car To You Dear Human, There are a few things that car owners do that just irritate the tires right off of us cars! We want to tell you once and for all…. Speaking of tires, let’s start there. How often do you check your tires and the tread? Do you have any idea what happens when you don’t have enough tread? I thought not! Tires need that tread to keep you on the road!  Add a little water, and you might as well be driving on an ice rink.  Believe me, Vegas drivers, it shows.  You guys and gals CANNOT drive in the rain.  It’s like you’ve never seen the stuff before. But back to tires without tread: they have no protection from road hazards and any little thing can put a hole in the tire!  Even a little screw. So put tires on the calendar for a regular pedicure. Next …

Time to Top Off Your Oil Level

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Your car can run like a well-oiled machine We all know how important regular car maintenance is in extending the life of our cars. It’s not enough to just take care of the outside of the car. Your first instinct may be to take it to the car wash every week, but if don’t take care of what’s under the hood, your car won’t last.  We recommend that you check the amount of oil in your car every two to three months. Oil Color Not only should you be sure that the oil is up to the right level on the dip-stick, but you should check its color too. Clean oil should appear as a transparent, amber color. But if your oil is dark and opaque, it may mean that there is something wrong with it and it needs to be changed. As oil becomes contaminated, its viscosity decreases slowing down your car’s performance …

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Top 10 Car Repair Rip-Offs In Las Vegas

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It is harder than ever to do car repair work yourself. But when you take your car into a Las Vegas repair shop, you face a different problem: you run the risk of getting ripped off when the mechanic overcharges you or they try to up-sell possible unnecessary items that they say your car needs. The Top Ten Car Repair Rip-Offs You Can Avoid In Las Vegas 1: The Oil Change Even if you don’t know anything about how your car’s engine works, you can learn to change its oil. The process is simple, easy, and doesn’t risk damaging your car, so you can learn it and perform it yourself instead of taking the car to the shop. Don’t pay for this at a shop when you can do it yourself. 2. The Tire Change Changing tires is a lost art. It is another simple repair once you know how …

Heavy Traffic in Las Vegas Inevitable

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Las Vegas Roads: Traffic Crisis in the Making If you think that just because Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert, driving is a piece of cake? Guess again. The traffic in this area is horrific. As a driver, you must be alert, engaged, and able to make quick decisions while maneuvering throughout the city.  But how can you be all those things with so much happening in Sin City? Las Vega Population Boom Over the last 40 years, the population in Las Vegas has increased more than anyone would have expected.   With more than 2 million residents, Las Vegas is quickly becoming one of the most populated cities in the United States. Too Big Too Fast Think of the term “bottleneck” and imagine that’s our city streets.  In 2013, the I-215 that encircles the valley was completed. In theory, this allows commuters to make it from one side to the other within …

Compare Auto Repair Shops

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Las Vegas Auto Repair Shops Compared Choosing the best repair shop in Las Vegas can be difficult. How do you decide? Let’s examine Desert Oasis Auto Repair against Ted Wiens; two of better-known repair shops in Las Vegas. Company Introductions Desert Oasis European Auto Desert Oasis European Auto is an affordable family-operated, reputable substitute to any dealership in Las Vegas for European luxury auto repair and routine car maintenance in Las Vegas. They specializes in Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, Jaguars and Land Rovers. Customers get free shuttle service throughout Las Vegas. The company is known (as evidenced by online reviewers) for its use of the latest, automotive technology. Desert Oasis operates from its flagship location at 2079 Rainbow Blvd. Their shop is a four-bay garage staffed with ASE-specialized team. Ted Wiens Tire & Auto Ted Wiens is among the oldest companies in Las Vegas. Wiens established itself in the …

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Why Does My Car Stall While I’m Driving?

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6 Reasons Your Car Stalls A car that stalls while you’re driving is a dangerous situation no matter where it happens. If you’re in traffic; even slow traffic, and your car stalls you might get rear-ended. If it stalls on the highway, you could be involved in a very serious accident. If your car stalls, check out the 6 most common reasons why, how to diagnose the problem and resolve it before you cause an accident. Number 1 – Bad Battery A bad battery is one of the most common reasons that cars stall. Most people think that if a battery is dead, the car won’t start. Truth is, if your battery is going bad,your car will run but you’re at risk of stalling out. When your battery is not putting out enough power, the alternator has to work harder to keep the engine running. When the alternator overworks, it stresses the car’s engine. It is the …

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Common Audi A4 and A6 Transmission Problems

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The following common transmission problems are usually accompanied by the appearance of the “Check Engine” light on the dashboard of your Audi A4 or A6. Do not ignore this warning. Instead, take your car to a shop such as Desert Oasis European Auto Service and Repair as soon as possible. Some of the more common issues Audi car owners should know are covered here. Torque Converter Clutch The torque converter’s clutch begins to slip over time in Audi A4 and Audi A6 models. The root cause is typically a faulty seal and, after slipping for a short time, the clutch gets destroyed. On occasion, the clutch could also jam. If you are experiencing trouble with your torque converter clutch, you may feel a slight jolt when you’re driving as your Audi switches gears. Unless you catch the problem right away (generally before the warning light) you will need to completely replace the clutch. Torque Converter Needle …

Mercedes Benz’ Common Problem

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“My Mercedes Benz refuses to start when I turn the key” Driving a Mercedes Benz is a great pleasure. Despite this brand’s high quality, though, Mercedes’ can develop problems with or without regular car maintenance.   There are a few theories about why your Mercedes refuses to start when you switch the key in the ignition. Signs of a Car Problem It is infuriating to slide behind the wheel, turn the key, see dash lights blink, but the engine won’t turn over.  When you least expect it, running late on your way to a special event, you try turning the key again.  This time, you have enough power to activate accessories like the interior lights, the windshield wipers, and the windows but still no engine. In many Mercedes models, a relatively minor problem that occurs in its electrical system disables the entire. This might have happened to you. Could you turn the ignition key all the way to the start position? Did the vehicle lock …