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Monthly Archives: March 2013

New York International Automobile Show

New York International Automobile Show

If you are a car enthusiast like us here at B&W Service Center, we recommend you check out The New York International Automobile Show. The show features an eclectic mix of new vehicles from manufacturers both domestic and foreign, including concept cars, alternative fuel vehicles and the 2013 car of the year. Founded in 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America’s first automotive exhibition. For over a century, it has consistently pioneered a tradition of bringing innovative automotive ideas to a world stage. Within the last decade, the show has increased the amount of vehicles it presents, heightened its media attention and broken attendance records. Due to the fact that New York is one of the nation’s largest markets for new car and truck sales, the International Automobile Show has become one of the most important automotive events in the world. In addition to being a world-class public show ... read more

How to Detect Odometer Fraud

How to Detect Odometer Fraud

Odometer fraud can be a buyer’s worst nightmare. You think you just snagged the car of your dreams for the perfect price, only to have it break down on the freeway two weeks later. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate, one in ten vehicles have had their odometers rolled back at one point in their life. While the digital meters found in most modern vehicles were thought to be less susceptible to tampering, they turned out to be even easier to manipulate for a fraudulent odometer reading. Since digital odometers have no visible moving parts, detecting fraud is a lot more difficult than a mechanical odometer. Auto manufacturers originally developed the digital odometer to fight tampering; like any new technology, scam artists quickly found a way to use it for the wrong reasons. Digital odometer calibrators can easily be purchased online, and despite disclaimers from sellers, are being used to reset digital odometers. Just like a ha ... read more

12 Ways to Save on Gas

12 Ways to Save on Gas

Gas prices. Nothing causes American motorists more financial frustration than seeing that number on the side of the gas station go up: “it was just $3.20 yesterday, how the heck is it already $4.50?!” The price of gas is on a steady climb upwards; just this month, there was a 14% spike in the price of a gallon. Luckily, there are a number of little solutions that, when added together, can save you lots of gas. Here at B&W Service Center, we never miss an opportunity to tell our customers about these 12 things you can do to save your pocket some stress: Drive Sensibly: aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) not only ruins your breaks but wastes gas as well. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Use Cruise Control: using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and therefore save gas. Keep the Windows Rolled Up: many people thi ... read more

Car Maintenance Tip 14: Follow The Ultimate Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Car Maintenance Tip 14: Follow The Ultimate Preventative Maintenance Checklist

The thought of car maintenance can be overwhelming for some people, but in reality, it’s quick and easy. A few minutes spent here and there can add years to the life of your car and save loads of stress on you and your wallet. When you go to the mechanic, always let them know of any problems you are having. It makes our life a lot easier when a customer is able to give us a detailed description of symptoms. This cuts down diagnostic time and saves you money. Make sure to follow our ultimate preventative maintenance checklist to maximize the potential of your vehicle. MonthlyCheck Engine Light: watch for this and take appropriate action. Windshield Washer Fluid: take off the top of the wiper fluid reservoir and re-fill to the level indicated. While you’re pouring, put some on a rag and clean the bugs and gunk off the wiper blades, too. Remember, use washer fluid only, never water. Tire Pressure: ... read more

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