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Blue-Windshield

Surely we’ve all been driving down the road, come to hear a large “thump” on the windshield that scares you to pieces. And then, you go to check for damage and sure enough, there’s a crack on the windshield! How frustrating.

… Not necessarily. There are some good companies who know how to help you with any windshield issues.

Of course, people always ask, “Well, with small cracks, can’t I just fix it myself? There are ton of DIY repair kits that look easy and will save me money.”

To answer honestly, yes you can. However, it’s not necessarily easier or cheaper. I’ve gone both routes and so let me explain by comparing what it’s like using a DIY kit with an experience I had with a shop who repairs auto glass in Greenville, SC.

Blue-Windshield

When you’re using a DIY kit, you really never know what you’re gong to get. And that’s because you’re not the expert. The entire process can be sticky and messy and come out looking even worse than you started. Of course, if you’re careful, you should be able to avoid some of this mess. However, even if you don’t wind up with a big mess, you still have to worry about the quality of the job.

If you don’t seal a crack well enough or you find yourself in extreme and sudden changes in weather condition, your windshield could crack even further. In this case you’ll definitely need to seek help from a professional. In which case, you could have just gone to one in the first place.

The company I dealt with in Greenville, 20/20 Auto Glass, was able to not only do a great job but they also have a satisfaction policy where if any of the windshields they have worked on leak, you not only get a re-service for free but they will also give you $100 extra dollars. (This should tell you something about how confident they are in their work).

On top of this, most windshields should be able to be replaced for free! 20/20 Auto Glass, did a wonderful job of making sure I didn’t pay anything out of pocket. They did all the work as far as handling my insurance which is usually my least favorite part.

A DIY kit isn’t even necessarily easier than finding an expert to help either. For example, 20/20 came to me to fix my windshield! It really doesn’t get any easier than that. So next time you’re in the market, look for a company who can compare and get the job done right.

Fresh motor oil

Fresh motor oil

As of late, I’ve had several people asking why exactly we need to get an oil change. Because of this, I thought it would be wise to write a post on it so everyone who has been wondering this same thing can finally understand.

It’s funny because I really hadn’t ever received this question before. Everyone knows that we need oil changes. But nobody ever asked why. It leads me to wonder whether or not people already knew or if they simply didn’t care. (It is mostly people in the younger generations asking).

Anyhow, oil changes are very crucial to maintaining the health of your car. If you don’t want to pay a maximum “fine” for neglecting to keep up with the oil, it’s good to be very diligent and get it taken care of as often as needed. This can vary from car to car, and usually there will be a sticker on the upper right hand corner of your windshield. (Near the driver’s head).

Fresh motor oil

Fresh motor oil

Now, to answer the question, oil helps to lubricate the moving parts of the engine. This lowers the amount of friction felt by the engine which will in turn lower the amount of heat. So you could say that regular oil changes help to keep the engine nice and cool. It also keeps grit and small particles from scratching some of the more tightly-fitted parts which has to do with the general wear and tear of the car.

If the oil isn’t changed, the resulting heat will make the oil brake down or can make it turn either (or both in worst cases) gummy or watery. Of course, neither of these consistencies are good for lubricatioin. And the longer this goes on, the worse and dirtier it gets.

It’s also important to change the oil because you’re not just getting new oil. As the name suggests, you’re changing the oil out so actually replacing the old with new. When you flush the old oil out, you also flush away any grit or dirt in it which helps to keep the engine clean.

Tire Kingdom suggests that, “Getting your oil changed regularly is probably the single best thing you can do for your engine. To reduce repairs and improve performance, follow your manufacturer’s oil change recommendations listed in your owner’s manual.”

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Man oh man, let me tell you. I just got a new “new old” girl, a 1975 2002 BMW. I knew going into the purchase that I would have to get the transmission replaced. (I would be upset, but it’s hard to be when you got a deal like I did). Of course, it’s still never exactly fun to have to worry about any type of repair. But I got just about as close as possible.

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First of all, let me start with mentioning that I’ve had some very bad experiences in the transmission world. I’m a sucker for older cars which can naturally get you in trouble if you’re not very careful. But it’s also about who you hire to get the job done.

The company I found is All-Trans Transmission. am so grateful to have stumbled across this particular company for the job. These guys are the real deal; transmission experts who know just about all there is you need to know on the subject. They can work on just about any type of transmission and somehow still get the job done fast every time.

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I imagine this is due to the fact that they keep a lot of parts in-house to ensure that there’s a quick turn-around. Now, I’ve heard other companies make the same claim without any way to back it. But these guys had me on the road within half a day.

On top of this, all the folks at All-Trans were very friendly and enjoyable to work with. Turns out they’ve been servicing the Greenville area since 1985. This should tell you something about their customer satisfaction. It takes a special company to last that long; especially in a growing area like Greenville. They really have that “Southern Hospitality” that I moved into the area for in the first place.

And as some of you may be wondering, the price was good. Of course, I didn’t expect it to be cheap as I’m dealing with a classic. But the price at least matched the price that I was hoping to hit. (And I dream big). For those in the area, I suggest you giving these guys a try if you ever find yourself in need of a transmission repair or replacement. Anyone who lives outside of Greenville, I hope you can find someone just as good. “May the odds be ever in your favor.”