Monday, January 26, 2015
Does your company do a lot of over the road hauling? What about delivery of parts and accessories for your repair shop? Whatever industry you are in, if you do a lot of driving a fuel card could be what your business needs to streamline fuel purchases and keep track of fuel usage more effectively. What’s a fuel card? For those of you that don’t know, a fuel card, or gas card as some people call it, is simply a credit card used specifically for fuel purchases. They can be used by almost anyone and can help you keep track of your fuel purchases.
Why not just use a credit card you ask? A fuel card is a credit card of sorts but it is designed just for fuel purchase which can get you some really good perks every time you use it. Many fuel cards offer special discounts on fuel purchases such as 10 cents off per gallon which can really add up if you drive a lot or if your business offers delivery services. Add to that the ability to use the fuel purchase card at thousands of filling stations around the country and the benefits of reward points and you have a card that makes all of your high interest credit cards look bad.
Fuel cards are as easy to obtain as a credit card and the application process is the same. Fill out some information online and get an instant approval in most cases. It really is that easy! And not only are fuel cards easy to apply for, they make your life easier as well. Remember how I mentioned earlier that they would streamline your fuel purchases and give you better fuel management tracking? A fuel card will make it possible for your business to see when fuel was purchase, where it was purchased and how much fuel was purchased. If you have a separate fuel card for each employee or each vehicle, you can get even more detailed fuel usage reporting.
Adding a fuel card to your wallet is a useful, effective way of saving money and managing your fuel purchases on a daily basis. Find a reputable company and get your fuel card today.
Posted by Ed at 1/26/2015 01:12:00 AM
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Here’s a post that I was going to dedicate to all of you engine builders out there getting your cars ready for the coming race season, but as I thought more about it, this post is really written for everyone who owns a car, truck, bike, boat or trailer. In fact, if you own a motorized vehicle of piece of equipment of any kind, this post is for you.
When you have worked on, rebuilt and brought back from the dead as many engines as I have, you tend to know what works, what doesn’t and what you can get away with. I have worked on small engines, 2 stroke and 4 stroke dirt bikes, inline engines, V’s and even a W block and no matter what I am doing to it, there is still one thing that I recommend to every owner when they pick them up; proper lubrication. Don’t put cheap oil in your car just because you are trying to save money, then you end up seeing me and spending a lot of money to fix what they cheap oil did. And do yourself a favor and skip the snake oil additives that the parts guy is trying to sell you; they don’t work. There is only one oil additive that I use and I use it not just because it is backed by science, but because it works! That products is GO-15.
GO-15 is a revolutionary oil additive that can be used with all types and forms of lubricating oils, gear oils, motor oils, compressor oils, lubricating grease, hydraulic fluids and so on. In fact, GO15 is safe to use on any metal-to-metal friction generating application regardless of who made it or how you use it and it is designed to improve all of the related fundamental operating efficiencies of internal combustion engines.
Does this product sound too good to be true? I promise you that it really does do what they claim. If you have an old compressor that has been sitting in someone’s shop unused since the days of Woodstock, GO-15 is what you want. If that old rat rod you planned on flipping is actually taking roots in your garage as a keeper, you had better get some GO-15 for it. GO-15 will help keep your engines and all other moving parts operating at peak efficiency longer and with much greater results than just oil alone.
When you think about it, your oil has a hard job and it takes some abuse. Why not give it every chance possible to do its job properly and provide the necessary lubrication to make your engine run stronger, longer.
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GO-15 uses "MetalLubricity Technology®" that utilizes the heat and friction in your engine to produce a thermal reaction with the metal surface being treated. This reaction creates a chemical condition known as Boundary Lubrication and a change in the chemical composition of the metal surface creates a new metal boundary surface that is free of most defects and friction points.
You don’t have to be Bill Nye the Science Guy or even a NASA engineer to understand what that means for your car or bike’s engine. Less friction means more less heat build-up, less wear and tear on metal parts and a lot more power.
Don’t listen to the naysayers who tell you that oil doesn’t affect your car’s performance, it does. Think about it, less friction means that your car’s engine is having an easier time doing its job. When your engine can do what it needs to easier and with less struggle, you really feel it in the gas pedal.
This technology isn’t just for power either. Take that very same thought and transfer that to fuel efficiency. When your engine can work easier to make the power you need to go down the road, you will use much less gas and that equals savings you can see and feel. Who doesn’t want to save money on gas?
Now, you can take it from me or try is for yourself, but either way, you will see that GO-15 is the best stuff for your car, truck or SUV and it can do wonders on an older engine that seems to have lost some power over the years.
GO-15 isn’t a wonder drug for your car and it won’t fix any problems that your engine has; no product can do that. What GO-15 will do is make your engine run cooler, more efficient and give it much longer life when properly maintained and cared for. Try it today and see what you think; if you like it, tell them you saw it here on Ed’s Garage Blog!
Posted by Ed at 1/18/2015 01:14:00 PM
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
How many of you have seen those new Mercedes Sprinter vans around? You know the ones, they look like an oversized work van and have enough room inside for someone to stand up in the back while getting out tools, equipment or anything else they are carrying.
I am considering buying one for the mobile repair service we are opening later this year and have been actively searching through the Mercedes Sprinter reviews to see what others think about them and how well they hold up for the trade industry. I have even seen a couple of them turned into airport transfer vehicles and party buses for proms, weddings or football games. I like them and I think that, set up right, it could hold enough tools and equipment for many mobile vehicle and cycle repairs. I might even be able to install a motorcycle lift right inside for those rainy days!
The problem with the Mercedes Sprinter van is that every dealer wants a small fortune for them and they don’t have a wide selection in stock ever. I should say every dealer except one; Sprinter Guy Boston. Now, I don’t want to sound like an advertisement for Sprinter Guy, but he does offer more Mercedes Sprinters at some of the lowest prices in the country. And he will even ship one right to my door saving me the trip to Beantown!
From the popular Cab Chassis and Cargo Van, to the Crew Vans and Passenger Vans that the limo companies are lining up to buy, Sprinter Guy Boston has them all. In fact, nobody sells more Mercedes Sprinters than Sprinter Guy Boston because they offer the lowest price guaranteed and their customer service is tops in the industry. Don’t believe me? Give them a call and find out for yourself. It only took me a couple of minutes on the phone with them to realize that they knew what they were doing and they were really concerned with my satisfaction, not just out to make another sale.
If you are in the market for a new or used Mercedes Sprinter work or passenger van, visit Sprinter Guy Boston either online or in person and see what they have in store for you. You will be surprised by their low prices and blown away by the level of service and support you will get. Whether you need one van or one hundred, Sprinter Guy Boston can get you the Sprinters you need at prices you can afford. Call them today!
Posted by Ed at 1/13/2015 11:53:00 PM
Thursday, December 25, 2014
In the Indian car bazaar, the most flourishing segment is the hatchback segment. Almost every car maker has stepped foot here and a cut throat competition is extensive and totally an exciting sight for a car fanatic. It has been very clear since a long time that Maruti Suzuki Swift has owned the throne here. However, the newest entrant into the market has made Swift worry a bit. Toyota Motors has arrived with Toyota Etios Cross hatchback, which is a sheer delight to eyes. The perfect combination of sportiness and elegance takes away the cake.
Toyota Etios Cross Exteriors vs Maruti Swift Exteriors
Starting with the appearance, both the car are no less than each other. But here, Toyota Etios Cross manages to charm everyone. The sporty appearance is the highlight here, which is absent in Swift. The front façade of Cross has strong character lines with persona that steals the show. The headlights are bright and big, while the chrome hints at the grille is done with perfection. On the other hand, Swift’s front is simple and a bold bonnet and big headlamps. The rear end of Cross is enhanced with a nice-looking rear spoiler.
Toyota Etios Cross Interiors vs Maruti Swift Interiors
The interiors of both Swift and Cross are spacious and airy. However, the sportiness that was seen in Cross on the outside, is continued on the inside too. The front cabin is designed smartly with a lot of space for the driver and front co-passenger. The technologically advanced features like multi functional steering wheel, power windows with one-pinch down function, exclusive audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB support and Aux-in are done to perfection. The air-conditioning system is much efficient and quicker than what is present in Swift. The cooling is quick and even all around the cabin.
Toyota Etios Cross Engine vs Maruti Swift Engine
Engine department has a strong competition here. Both these hatchbacks are available in petrol and diesel variants. However, the mileage is what makes one of them the winner. The petrol variant of Swift manages to deliver an awesome mileage of 20.4kmpl as compared to 17.71kmpl delivered by Cross. On the other hand, Swift takes away the cake in the diesel variant too. The diesel model of Swift comfortably gives away peak fuel economy of 25.2kmpl, while Toyota Etios Cross gives 23.59kmpl. Therefore, if mileage is your priority, then Maruti Swift hatchback is one made for you.
Toyota Etios Cross Price vs Maruti Swift Price
Coming to the price, Maruti Swift wins big time with a huge margin. Swift price tag starts from Rs. 4.6-7.2 lakh. Alternatively the starting price of Toyota Etios Cross is Rs. 6.0 lakh and goes up to Rs.7.5 lakh.
Therefore, Maruti gets the cake in terms of cost and mileage. But if sportiness and elegance is what you demand for, the go for Etios Cross.
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Posted by Ed at 12/25/2014 11:31:00 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
I never knew how useful a USB flash drive could be until I actually used one. For those of you who don’t know what that is, check this website out and see. I got mine from a trade show and have used it extensively since; let me tell you the story.
I was at a local auto trade show for dealers and parts representatives and one of the companies was handing out what looked like key chains. Now, normally I avoid the giveaways because they are usually cheap pens and rubber key chains emblazoned with a company’s logo and contact information. Don’t misunderstand me, there isn’t anything wrong with that, I just don’t need all of the extra clutter ending up in my glove box or falling beneath the seats in my car.
What caught my eye about this particular parts dealer was the long line they had just to get one of their “key chains”. I decided to stop and see what was going on and what made their giveaway better than anyone else’s. What I found was that they weren’t giving away key chains at all, but custom made flash drive that were shaped like engines! How cool is that?! I had to have one so I waited in line and asked the rep where he got them.
I soon found out that they were supplied by a company called usbthumbdrive.com and that they make a wide range of custom designed USB flash drives for businesses all over the world. You can get them in the shape of a car, truck, or anything else you think would represent your company. Handing out a custom made USB flash drive at the next trade show is sure to garner some extra business for your company as people will be more apt to use it and remember you for it than a cheap plastic pen.
To see what usbthumbdrive.com has to offer, check this website out. They are a good company to do business with and they can make some really cool promotional tools for your business. Give them a try today and see what they have to offer; you’ll be glad you did and your customers will be too!
Posted by Ed at 12/02/2014 02:23:00 AM
Friday, November 28, 2014
Let me know if this has ever happened to you? You have a long day at work and all you want to do is go home, have dinner and crash in front of the TV. You get out to your car and you have a flat tire! Your hopes and dreams of a hot meal and a comfy couch are gone as you get ready to change your tire right there in the parking lot. You pop the trunk and move years of accumulated stuff out of the way only to find that the stock factory supplied jack is held down by a rusted wing nut. Finally you manage to remove it and just as you reach for the spare tire, you see that it, too, is flat! Now what? Call a tow truck, hitch a ride from a stranger? Your night is ruined and you are stuck at work much later than you expected.
If this has ever happened to you, there is a product that could have had you back on the road in no time and never having to worry about a flat or leaky tire again. It’s called AmerSeal Tire Sealant and you can get it online from Affordable Tire Sealants.
Affordable Tire Sealants carries a full line of AmerSeal Tire Sealants in a variety of sizes. From the single use size, all the way up to the “I own a tire shop and I need a lot of this stuff!” size. The sealant can be used in any air filled tire, it can seal tread punctures up to 6MM and can seal all of your rim and bead leaks maintaining tire pressure and saving you gas!
AmerSeal Tire Sealants last as long as the tire and the product has an indefinite shelf life meaning you can keep it in your garage or trunk for years and use it only when you need it. The best part is, AmerSeal is manufactured right here in the USA!
Be prepared for that next flat tire, get AmerSeal Tire Sealants from Affordable Tire Sealants today! When you want the lowest prices, friendly customer service and a company that cares about the environment, visit Affordable Tire Sealants online today and see what they have in store for you. You can even find AmerSeal Tire Sealant on Amazon HERE.
Head on over to Affordable Tire Sealants’ website right now and watch a video of AmerSeal Tire Sealant in action; you’ll be amazed at how effective it is!
Posted by Ed at 11/28/2014 07:56:00 PM
Friday, November 21, 2014
This week’s blog post goes out to my readers in California and it is of particular interest to those of you who hate standing in line at the DMV and waiting hours only to find out that you brought the wrong paperwork or that you were in the wrong line to begin with. In California, there is a better way to deal with the DMV and you can do it almost anywhere that you have a WiFi signal.
How’s that you ask? There is a company in California that offers a fully online, automated DMV registration service that thousands of driver use every year. It’s called simply enough, Quick Registration Services and they provide instant online vehicle or shop registration that can be accomplished in less than 5 minutes right from your smart phone!
Quick Registration is out of Sacramento but they serve drivers from all over the Bay area. They have been around for over 30 years and have had many satisfied customers. Whether you are a driver, chauffeur or auto repair shop owner, Quick Registration can help you get your registration quickly and easily.
Is Quick Registration for real? Yes, and they are registered BPA with the California State Department of Motor Vehicles and are the first fully online DMV registrations service that can be completed totally online. For quick, reliable online California vehicle registration service, use Quick Registration today.
Using Quick Registration means no more:
· Long Waits On The Phone
· No Long Smelly Lines
· No Numbers To Pull
· No More Hassles
Is Quick Registration easy to use?
Anyone driving a California registered vehicle can register their car online with their computer, tablet or smartphone. Instantly after registering, they will receive and email confirmation with a cop of their new registration which they can print out and keep with their vehicle. Any within just a couple of days of registering online, they will receive their license plate tags in the mail. You get all of this and you get to avoid the lines and hassles of the DMV for just $29! Why would you register your vehicle the old fashioned way anymore?
So remember, if you live in California and you don’t like to wait in those long, slow moving DMV lines, use Quick Registration and save time, hassles and headaches today.
Posted by Ed at 11/21/2014 11:02:00 PM
Let me see a show of hands, how many of you have seen a car, or done this yourself, pulling into a driveway or parking lot and it scraped its underside on the pavement below? I do this all of the time and don’t really think twice about it anymore. That was until I was underneath doing some suspension work last week and noticed that a lot of the plastic shielding under my car was worn away and I was doing some damage to my transmission pan! Is my car lowered or just lower than every other car on the road? No, it’s a stock sedan with stock wheels and tires and it still scrapes like a Lamborghini!
And what about the Lamborghini owners out there? (Rob, I know you are reading this, what do you do with yours?) How can Lamborghini owners pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for one of the fastest and most beautiful cars on the planet and have it get scraped up every time they pull into a parking lot or their own driveway? That would kill me every time I heard that sound!
That got me thinking, what do owners of lowered, exotic cars do? Do they back in? That would seem worse since they can’t really see well behind them and there always seems to be a crowd trying to snap some pictures and ask questions about the cars.
I called my friend Rob who happens to own two Lamborghini’s and asked him what he did to avoid it. His answer, he called AutoMods out of Sarasota, Florida and ordered up a one of their skid plates which he now swears by!
AutoMods offers a complete line of front bumper skid plates for the Lamborghini Murcielago, Gallardo, LP640, LP570, LP560 and Huracan. When installed properly, they can help prevent damage to your expensive front bumper. You don’t even have to remove the front bumper to install it!
Every skid plate AutoMods makes is 100% made right here in the USA and comes with everything you, or your mechanic, needs to install it. Are these quality parts worthy of your exotic supercar? They are made of a marine-grade polymer that is stabilized to resist saltwater, chemicals and any UV damage and they are very thick and even pre-drilled to make installation quick and easy. How’s that for quality? These aren’t parts you get that you have to take to a body shop to have them cut and drilled to fit; these are custom-fit pieces that are guaranteed to fit your Lamborghini perfectly.
If you own a Lamborghini Murcielago, Gallardo, LP640, LP570, LP560 or Huracan, do what my buddy Rob and thousands of other Lamborghini owners have done, call AutoMods today and order a skid plate to protect your front bumper now.
Posted by Ed at 11/21/2014 01:45:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Due to the astounding results that we had from the previous post, AutoAuctionReview.com-The Information Your Dealership Needs, I decided to do some research into the site that my guest blogger wrote. Having worked many of the dealer auctions for local auto dealerships, I feel that I understand the ins and outs of the auction game and could hold my own against some of the larger (read better financed) dealers out there.
At any rate, I decided to check out AutoAuctionReview.com myself, just to see what they offered. What I found is a lot of very useful information, tips and reviews that can help out any dealership, whether they are new and just starting out, or they have been around for a while.
AutoAuctionReview.com also has a very well written blog and a message board platform where dealers and other auto auction personnel can go to keep updated on the latest news from auctions near them. Just being able to know about what certain makes and model are selling for in your area is worth the price of admission (which is free, by the way).
While I was at AutoAuctionReview.com, I decided to read through some of the reviews, they are a review site after all, and there were some that sounded very accurate about the auctions in our state. I have never been to any of the auctions out West, but they sound very heated and almost difficult to find what you want if you are a smaller shop not in the know. That’s the beauty of AutoAuctionReview.com, these reviews are there to tell you what to expect and maybe even make you a more successful dealer.
If you are a used car dealer and you have been struggling at the local and out of state auctions, check out AutoAuctionReview.com and see if maybe the problem isn’t you, it could be that everyone is struggling at that particular auction and you might want to avoid it if possible.
Head on over to AutoAuctionReview.com today, register for your free account and see what all the hype is. You will find that their website will help you become more successful at auction by knowing ahead of time what to expect.
Posted by Ed at 11/11/2014 04:32:00 PM
How Does a Radiator Function?
Description: Describes the importance of the Radiator and how it keeps your car cool.
Have you ever wondered how your radiator works? How it is able to maintain your engine running without it seizing up? Throughout the article, we will be briefly discussing the functionality of your engine and how the radiator plays a big role in keeping your car moving. In today’s society, keeping up with the maintenance of our vehicle is essential to do our daily lives. Whether that is heading to work, picking up the kids from soccer practice or getting some groceries to feed the family, our vehicle helps us get to where we want to be.
What a car engine does is it burns fuel and uses friction to give you car motion. By doing so, this process creates large amount of heat that is building within the engine. As the heat builds within the engine and is not diverted, it will cause the cylinders to snap which will cause your engine to break down. Here is where the thermostat of front of the engine comes into play. The thermostat has a preset temperature and once the heat reaches to that point, the thermostat will open. Doing so, the thermostat will allow the coolant and water to flow within the engine into the cylinder, causing the heat to reduce in the engine. The coolant and water is held by the radiator and once the coolant/water goes through the cylinders in the engine, it is diverted back into the radiator. If the radiator would fail for any reason, the engine would overheat and would cause the issues mention earlier in the article.
At Santa Monica Radiator, there highly trained employees are experience and posses the knowledge to perform car repairs on your vehicle.
Here are the following services that the mechanics of Santa Monica provide:
o Radiator Repair
o Water Pumps
o Air Conditioning Repair
o Timing Belt
o Engine Repair
o Axles & CV Boots
Posted by Ed at 11/11/2014 03:20:00 PM