New, Free, Online Search Tool Tells If Your Car Needs To Be Recalled

Millions of vehicles are recalled each year in the United States due to safety defects or noncompliance with federal safety standards, but a new search tool aims to help car owners, shoppers, and renters easily learn if a specific vehicle has a safety defect that needs to be fixed.

The free, online tool using Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly determine if their personal vehicle or a used vehicle they are thinking about buying is at risk due to an uncompleted recall, was announced earlier this week by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched.

“By making individual VIN searches readily available, we’re providing another service to consumers – the peace of mind knowing that the vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying or renting, is free of safety defects,” David Friedman, the agency’s deputy administrator said in a statement.

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Throw Back Thursday.. A tribute to the oldies but the goodies..

Do you remember your first car? How about the first car you had to buy yourself? It seems we used to have much lower expectations for those first cars we purchase for our children.  As marketing increases, expectations arise.  Here is our tribute to some of the best “oldies but goodies”

Happy #TBT

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Do speed bumps damage your car?

We’re supposed to be living in greener times. But speed bumps aren’t green, they encourage inefficient driving. Every time you use/apply a brake you are wasting fuel. There are one or two cars, like the Toyota Prius, that use regenerative braking – storing the potential energy in a battery – but they’re the exception not the rule.

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Smooth driving is the key to fuel economy and a healthy engine. If you think ahead, and drive at the appropriate speed for the conditions, you shouldn’t need to touch your brakes that often. All that speeding-up and slowing-down for speed humps, is just wasting fuel.

They also do harm to your car. The most common faults of hitting speed bumps too quickly are damage to the suspension parts and cracked sumps. What you’ve got to remember is that you get four knocks when you hit a bump at speed: the first impact when the front wheels hit and you get a bottoming-out, the knock to the suspension as it jolts upwards and then a second bottoming-out with the rear wheels and a subsequent knock.

A third of cars fail their MOTs because of damage to their suspension. I’d reckon most of that damage will come from hitting speed bumps, or misjudging the kerb when driving into a driveway.

Cracked sumps can be messy. The sump is a pan beneath the engine that stores the used oil before it’s pumped back into the engine. There are two types of sump: dry sumps are external. Crack this and you’ll drop oil around the place but it can easily be replaced. It’s not a big job but it’s not something you want to happen if you can avoid it.

A wet sump is actually in the bottom of the engine. Crack this and you’ll drop oil around the place and you’ve got a potentially expensive repair job.

You can fit rubbers to protect suspensions from damage caused by speed bumps but to be honest they’re a waste of money. My advice would be to take speed bumps as slowly as you can. If the road has a downhill gradient, coast in a low gear to save fuel. Much as I like getting work, it’s better for your car, and for your pocket, not to hit speed bumps in the first place.

How do I choose the right autobody shop for my collision repair?

ICC Collision Centers, Inc provides auto collision repair services in Southern California and Arizona. It offers towing services, vehicle replacement service, and automotive collision repair services, as well as automobile damage claims support. The company also provides a wide variety of added value programs for it’s client base. ICC Collision Centers operates collision repair centers in 7 locations providing services to its customers, insurance partners and affiliated new car dealers. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.

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Geico’s Auto Repair Xpress program takes the hassle out of filing an auto accident claim

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We know that an auto accident—big or small—can trigger many decisions and complications in your life. We can’t guarantee that you’ll never have an accident, but GEICO can help remove the anxiety with our Auto Repair Xpress program. The program is designed to provide you the highest quality repairs with the fastest possible service—it means quick and easy help, just when you need it.

If you choose to have your vehicle repaired at a GEICO Auto Repair Xpress® shop, you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing that the repairs are being completed by highly qualified technicians. GEICO Auto Repair Xpress® locations are shops known to have an established reputation for good service and high quality repairs. The shop’s trained technicians and painters are equipped with state-of-the-art tools to repair today’s high-technology vehicles.

The adjuster and shop will begin the repair process as soon as you drop off your vehicle at the Auto Repair Xpress facility, and you’ll get regular updates on your car’s repair progress. The whole process relieves you of stress and inconvenience!  When you use an GEICO ARX shop, you can rest easy knowing that:

  • You have the convenience of a single location to get a quick and accurate estimate, have your vehicle repaired, and pick up a rental car;

  • The GEICO Auto Repair Xpress® facility is determined to make your claim experience as worry-free as possible, and committed to delivering ourpromise of a customer service experience that is second to none;

  • Your on-location GEICO adjuster is committed to keeping you informed throughout the process; and

  • GEICO will guarantee the repairs for as long as you own your car!

If you’ve had an accident and want to take advantage of the Auto Repair Xpress program, tell a claims representative and we will schedule an appointment for you to meet with an adjuster and drop off your vehicle at ICC Collision Centers.  We have seven locations in both Arizona and California.

GEICO’s fast and fair approach to auto repair is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

GEICO’s Auto Repair Xpress (ARX) program maximizes convenience.

At an ARX shop, like ICC Collision Center, you will receive priority treatment including a service experience that is second to none.

STEP 1: Drop Off
A GEICO claim adjuster will meet with you at the repair facility to:

  • Evaluate your vehicle’s damage.

  • Explain the repair process and answer your questions.

  • Arrange for you to leave your vehicle for repairs and go home in a rental vehicle*

STEP 2: Repair
As your car is being repaired, your adjuster will:

  • Facilitate the repair process directly with the shop to ensure speed and quality.

  • Keep you informed of your car’s repair status.

  • Perform a quality inspection of the completed repairs before you pick up your car.

STEP 3: Pick Up
When your car is fully repaired, you will:

  • Return to the repair facility in your rental car.

  • Receive copies of all repair documents, including your damage estimate.

  • Leave with the reassurance that GEICO and the repair facility guarantee the repairs for as long as you own your vehicle.

 ICC Collision Centers

1426 N. Eliseo C. Felix Jr. Way
Avondale, AZ 85323
888-894-4203 phone
623-882-3203 fax

http://www.icccollision.com/avondale.htm