Monthly Archives: September 2009

Good for the Environment, Great for Your Car!

Drive away a little ‘greener.’

No matter what color you come in with, you’re leaving our collision shop a little ‘greener.’ That’s because we use high quality DuPont Cromax® Pro waterborne products that emit less volatile organic compounds than traditional solvent borne products.

Although waterborne paint is not yet required in Oregon, we believe in doing our part to reduce VOC emissions and protect the environment.

Serving You and Our Environment.

We believe that being a responsible steward of the planet goes hand in hand with being technologically innovative. Sikkens Autowave is a superior auto paint whose goal, like ours, is protecting the environment every day. Serving customers like you means delivering exceptional results in ways that are environmentally responsible.

What’s the Difference?

If you’ve heard of “waterborne” and “solvent-borne” paints you’ve probably wondered how they are different, and if choosing one means better results and the other means it is safer for the environment.
Solvent-based coatings use chemical compounds as the main solvent for thinning pigment solids. Although effective, this method releases Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) into the atmosphere. Waterborne coatings use water as the primary solvent which greatly reduces VOC emissions.

The Informed Choice.

By becoming a customer at A Street Automotive & Collision, you are making an informed choice—we are the first shop in the area to successfully make the switch to a waterborne paint system. We hope that by setting the bar high when it comes to environmental responsibility, others will begin to follow our lead.

You can feel proud when your vehicle is repaired at A Street Automotive using Sikkens Autowave, a waterborne paint system that is fully compliant with the strictest legislative regulations. We’d like to thank you for the important role you’re playing in protecting the environment.

Maintenance or Payments?

Making the decision to keep your vehicle long term can be a wise one.

After your vehicle is paid off it can give you a return on your investment that is not available to consumers who simply trade their vehicles off. Not having a car payment can open the door to some new monthly revenue that was previously going out the door. This new-found money could be a lasting resource if you make the right decision to preventatively maintain your vehicle. This means that giving a little money back will keep your vehicle in dependable and eye-pleasing condition.

The common pitfall for many consumers who pay off their vehicles is that they forget to invest any money into their automobile. This scenario will certainly result in a major breakdown or a vehicle that is not eye-pleasing or comfortable. In these cases the owner usually trades the vehicle off and starts on a new payment book. There is no capital to be gained in this case.

It is a well known fact that most automobiles can be maintained at a very dependable level to over two hundred thousand miles. An approximate cost to maintain the average vehicle is about $1,200 to $1,400 per year. These figures can vary depending on the present condition of your vehicle. Doing preventative maintenance should result in 3 to 4 visits to a professional repair facility. Yes, this is a commitment but if you do the math it is well worth it.

To take the guesswork out of preventative maintenance, Factory Maintenance Schedules are available for your vehicle at our service counter, free of charge!

Vehicle Inspections

For most auto buyers, purchasing a used vehicle can feel like entering a Black Hole. One wrong move and there will be no “Return On Investment.”

We offer a comprehensive used vehicle inspection that will ward off even the deepest of Black Holes! The problem that we have found with vehicle inspections is that many people will not take the time to bring in a used vehicle for proper pre-purchase inspections. We are also aware that many purchases develop very quickly.

In an effort to give consumers some piece of mind we have a do-it-yourself used vehicle inspection form. Our form will allow you to ask the right questions and quickly inspect the critical areas of a used vehicle before purchasing it. This form will not take the place of our comprehensive inspections but it will allow you to hit all of the hot spots and make a much more informed decision to buy.

We have seen too many consumers go into the used vehicle Black Hole without any protection. The result can be a devastating automobile budget blow. Don’t let this happen to you: Stop by and pick up our inspection form, or call to have one faxed.

Fuel Miser? Be Wiser!

Tips on choosing the right octane for your vehicle duty.

The cost of gasoline is on the rise again. Why you ask? We won’t go into that, but what we will go into is fuel octane versus vehicle duty. With the rising cost of fuel many consumer are switching back to lower octane fuel to help offset the price. This is a more economical way to get you from point A to point B but can lead to costly repairs in some cases.

Higher octane fuels have more additives in them for cleaning and providing your engine with the potential to make more power. A more even and controllable flame front in your engines combustion chamber is what enables it to produce power well beyond the limits of standard unleaded fuel.

Before you fill you gas tank with low grade fuel the vehicle and the conditions under which it will be driven should be considered. Heavy duty towing vehicles should always use a higher grade fuel, without it costly internal engine damage can occur when the engine is under load. Light duty trucks and passenger cars should use a higher grade fuel whenever they are used under load conditions. Extra weight in the vehicle and steeper road grades can put a tremendous power demand on the engine, which makes it vulnerable to internal damage.

Here are some driving tips to help with your fuel economy:

[Actual fuel mileage is best determined by calculating the fuel consumed and mileage driven over three tanks of fuel or more.]

  • Fill your tank fully each time, get your fuel at the same station each time (if possible) and use your normal driving habits.
  • Cold weather and the use of oxygenated fuel will increase your vehicleÕs fuel consumption on a seasonal basis.
  • Taking short trips of three miles or less will decrease your fuel mileage.
  • Prolonged engine warm up periods and excessive engine idling will increase fuel use.
  • Stop & go city driving will decrease fuel mileage appx. 17% below freeway driving.
  • Freeway driving over the posted speed limit will decrease average fuel consumption by appx. 2.4 MPG for every 10 MPH increased above 40 MPH.
  • Loading down your vehicle with extra passengers or weight will decrease fuel mileage, especially if you are driving on hilly terrain.
  • Increasing the frontal area of your vehicle with even a light load will increase wind resistance, which will decrease fuel mileage accordingly.
  • Installing bug deflectors and other add-on items increases wind resistance and decreases fuel mileage by approximately 1 to 2 MPG. Faster speeds have a greater effect on mileage when these components are installed.
  • Driving your vehicle with the Check Engine Light in the instrument panel illuminated will cause poor fuel mileage and driveability issues.
  • Driving with your left foot resting on the brake pedal even lightly will cause decreased fuel mileage and premature brake lining wear.
  • Under-inflated tires will increase rolling resistance and cause a loss of up to one mile per gallon.
  • Tires should always be inflated to manufacturer’s specifications.

Remember, with the high price of fuel even a small change for the positive in your driving habits could make a significant difference in your fuel bill each month.