The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 14, 1996 · Page 22
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 22

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, October 14, 1996
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'GAR'CARfc 1 * J MONDAY, T OCTOBER 14, 1996 .U.) "ADVERTISING -THECSALINA JOURNAL ADVERTISING; SUPPLEMENT TO THE SALINA JOURNAL MONDAY, OCTOBER 14,1996 •' GAfe CARE .'9 ' How To Communicate For Repairs and Service As fall arrives, many motorists will be having their vehicles serviced before colder weather sets in. Here are some tips from the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) on communicating effectively with repair shops. DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE TAKING YOUR VEHICLE IN FOR REPAIRS OR SERVICE: •Read the owner's manual to learn about the vehicle's systems and components. •Follow the recommended service schedules; keep a log of all repairs and service. USE ALL OF YOUR SENSES TO INSPECT YOUR CAR FOR: •Unusual sounds, odors, drips, leaks, smoke, warning lights, gauge readings and worn tires, belts and hoses. •Changes in acceleration, engine performance, gas mileage and fluid levels. •Problems in handling, braking, steering and vibrations. NOTE WHEN THE PROBLEM OCCURS: •When did the problem first start? Is it constant or periodic? When the vehicle is cold or after the engine has warmed up? •At all speeds? Under acceleration? During braking? When shifting? ONCE YOU ARE AT THE REPAIR ESTABLISHMENT: •Be prepared to describe the symptoms, but do not suggest a specific course of repair. •Do not be embarrassed to ask questions. •Don't expect an on-the-spot diagnosis, but ask to be apprised of the problem, course of action and costs before work begins. Be sure you understand policies regarding diagnostic fees, labor rates, return of old parts, guarantees, etc. A note about ASE: The mission of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. Certified technicians wear ASE shoulder insignia Their employers often display the ASE sign. Study Shows Asphalt Roads Can Be Safer When Wet A study in Europe five years ago showed that when a road is constructed with a special-purpose mixture called open-graded friction course, or porous asphalt, it contains a relatively large percentage of air voids. The open structure of this mix drains rainwater effectively, thus reducing the splash and spray and eliminating aquaplaning. It also reduces noise. All of this means increased safety. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, in many locations, pavement surfaces are wet between 12 and 15 percent of the average year. During this time, the number and severity of accidents decrease if roadways are constructed with this open-graded friction course mixture. & Reiiii ~ •Tune-Ups •Flush & Radiator Service •Brakes •Fuel Injection Service_& Cleaning •Shocks •Exhaust Auto Sorvioo 8c Repair 119 S. Eighth • Salina • 825 0300 insure your car insure your home Ask About Additional Discounts JEAN CURRY 2737 Belmont 823-5129 We'll always be there for you. Shelter Insurance Cos., Home Office: Columbia, Mo. Your Total News Source fUci Salina Journal If you should be involved in one that requres expert body work, we'll do a bang- up job of making your car look as good as new, at a price that won't make a huge dent in your budget. • I-Car Certified • Repair • Foreign & Domestic • Painting • Frame Straightening Free Estimates We Buy, Sell, Trade Used Cars HAPPEN Insurance Work Welcome The Latest In Continental Frame Aligning Equipment 70 Years Combined Exprience 125-2148 Auto Body, Inc. 615 E. Pacific, Salina Smart Tips for Leasing a Car Here are ten key points to help you get the best lease contract for your needs: 1. Before you visit the dealer, decide the make and model car you want, how long you will keep the car, and the options you want. You shouldn't pay for options you don't request. 2. Ask about payment requirements: ie. first month's payment, security deposits, registration fees, service charges at the end of the lease and any other costs. 3. Estimate your annual mileage needs and don't accept a contract with a lower limit Most contracts allow 15,000 to 18,000 miles per year. 4. Avoid "equity leases", which ask you to pay more cash up front By doing this, you lose the chance to earn interest on this money. 5. Find out about financial penalties for terminating the lease before the contract ends. 6. Set the price for your "option to buy" at the start of the lease agreement. This price should equal the residual value (the value of the car at the end of the lease period), not the purchase price. 7. Shop and compare for insurance. You'll more than likely find a less expensive insurance plan on your own. 8. Have gap insurance included in the contract If the car is totaled or stolen you won't have to pay for anything your insurance doesn't cover. 9. Shop and compare for maintenance. Private auto repair services are usually cheaper. 10. Don't feel pressured to sign the contract on the spot. Take the contract home and read it fully. Engine "Transplant" An Option MEYER SNOW PLOWS m Service 1-800-800-1909 1218 N. 9th Salina, KS CINDER HYDRAULIC When Al and Nancy B. searched for a vehicle in which they could travel comfortably after retirement, their selection narrowed to a used van. The appearance of this 10-year-old customized beauty belied its 160,000 miles. It had everything the couple had been looking for at a price below what they had planned to spend.The body and interior had been well cared for but it needed major engine work. After a few phone calls they found they could have a completely remanufactured engine installed for about $2,000-$2,500. The most important component of the van, consequently, would be like new with a warranty. The retirees made a decision: go for it! As new car prices escalate, buyers and/or owners of older vehicles face similar repair vs. replace decisions. Instead of shopping the car dealers, suggests the Car Care Council, first ask for the expert opinion of your automotive technician. He (or she) can estimate the extent of repairs needed. "Because most car owners are familiar with the most common mechanical repairs, like replacing spark plugs or drive belts, we usually can take these services in stride," says Council President, Don Midgley. "Having an engine replaced with a like-new one is a procedure that has become familiar to many owners as they realize the economic benefits." A remanufactured engine, as the term implies, is one that has new or reconstructed components. In addition to using many new components, other durable parts such as the block and crankshaft are cleaned and machined to factory specifications. Typically, the pistons, rings, bearings and timing chain or belt are new. After the rebuilt engine is installed, fuel, ignition and cooling systems are checked to be sure everything under the hood is in top operating condition. The economic benefits of installing a remanufactured engine vs. "trading up" go beyond purchase price, concludes Midgley. You'll save on sales tax and insurance as well. Our Technicians Are ASE Certified Wheel Alignment Come in today and take advantage of our Hunter 4 Wheel G III Wheel Alignment Machine. Our work is done by certified technician, ke Alexander. passenger car 4 wheel alignment | Shims extra. Pickups & vans slightly higher. '50 front or rear Free Brake Inspection .On Most Vehicles You Won't Get A Better Brake Job For Twice The Price... We also turn Rotors with a swirl finish so why pay more? We will inspect wheel cylinder, check hoses and install pads. We turn rotors and pack wheel bearings. 30,000 mile warranty, some vehicles slightly higher. We have 80 Transmissions in Stock. GM 200, GM 200 R4, GM 700, Ford C-6, Ford C-4, Chrysler 727, Chrysler 904 *199 GM350 carry out price Out Of Town Customers Call: 1-800-748-8171 We also do front wheel drives and overdrives for GM, Ford & Chrysler All overdrive transmissions that we install carry a one year unlimited mileage warranty. You Can't Get A Better Transmission For Twice The Price. KWIK LUBE "The Oil Change Korner" Full Service oil and filter change includes: Check & fill all fluids, check belts, hoses, vacuum, clean exterior windows, check tire pressure, check air filter and anti-freeze. Open: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-6 pm, Sat. 8 am-5 pm TUESDAY IS LADIES' DAY $3 Off Full Service CRAWFORD & OHIO L a°n% 0 ra"ed d 827-3076 WINTER ADVISORY! Do you realize that most 4-wheel drives are neglected? Due to adverse weather conditions such as snow, mud and water, 4-wheel systems can become worn out or damaged. At least once a year you should have your front wheel bearings and axles repacked. 4x4 Front & Rear Drive Shaft Most Models In Stock Raima's Own 4*4 Specialists! TINK'S AUTO REPAIR AND 4 WHEEL DRIVE CENTER 729 N. Santa Fe, Salina / 827-6Z04

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