Five myths and realities of car care

There is no question that if you want your car to go the distance, you need to take care of it. But even with good intentions, you may be spending extra money on car care that isn’t necessary. Here are five maintenance myths and the money-saving truth behind them.

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• Myth: Change your oil every 3,000 miles.
Reality: Car Service Stations put those 3,000-mile reminder stickers on the cars after each oil change, but it’s usually not necessary. Their profits depend on not low-cost oil changes. The smart money is on sticking to the service intervals recommended in your car owner’s manual. More frequent oil changing doesn’t hurt engine, it can cost a lot of extra money and consume more petroleum.

• Myth: Air conditioning will hurt fuel economy
Reality: There has been much debate about whether to drive with the air conditioner on or keep the windows open in order to save gas. Using the A/C does put more load on the engine, but in our tests, we found just a slight decrease in fuel economy and no measurable difference when opening the windows.

• Myths: You’ll get more gas for your money if you fill up in the morning
Reality: A common tip is to buy gasoline in the morning, when the air is cool, rather than in the heat of the day. The theory is that the cooler gasoline will be denser, so you will get more for your money.

• Myth: Inflate tires to the pressure shown on the tyre’s sidewall.
Reality: The figure on the side of the tyre is the maximum pressure that the tyre can safely hold, not the automaker’s recommended pressure, which provides the best balance of braking, handling, gas mileage, and ride comfort. If the tyre pressure is down 10 psi, our testing has shown that it can make a 1 mpg difference in fuel economy. But far more significant is the impact on handling, braking, and wear–all of which can cost you one way or another. Check the tyre pressure monthly after the car has been parked for a few hours.

• Myth: Premium gas is better for your car.
Reality: Most vehicles run just fine on regular-grade fuel. Using premium in these cars won’t hurt, but it won’t improve performance, either. A higher number simply means that the fuel is less prone to pre-ignition problems, so it’s often specified for hotter running, high-compression engines. Some cars truly require premium, meaning you’re stuck paying extra.

Source: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/07/five-car-maintenance-myths-and-the-money-saving-truth/index.htm

Car Service Centre Tips

How to use a Car Service Center and what to do when you need one?

1)Your car is likely to be one of the largest investments you’ll make, preserve its value by having it repaired professionally.

2) Never drive a car that could be unsafe because of damages, most insurance companies will pay for a vehicle to be towed to a Workshop as part of the accident claim.

3) Some insurance companies may request that you visit a drive through claims office or have an estimate written by a specific Car Service Station

4) You are not required by law to obtain more than one estimate.

5) You have the right to have your car repaired at the car repair centre of your choice. Your insurance company cannot require you to go to a particular car service centre.

6) Ask if the car service centre offers a repair warranty.

7) Let the accident repair service centre you choose help you negotiate your claim with the insurance company, this often leads to a better end result.

So if you find yourself needing some car body work, or you just want to get the car repainted and restore some of its shine, do what we do, send enquiry to MeriCAR.com or call at +91 8750156356 (Delhi) or +91 7303313322 (Mumbai). We’re confident that you’ll find their work as excellent as you want.

Source: http://lansingcarcare.blogspot.in/

Signs that indicate brake repair

Car Brakes are important part of your car. When your car brakes need repaired, get them fixed. A single moment of grip loss could mean hospital time or worse. When you know your brakes are not in optimal condition, bring your car into the workshop for inspection and repair.

There are a number of signs that indicate brake repair. The most common signs are the easiest to detect. A steering wheel that wiggles could be a sign of brake problems. Brake rotors don’t need to be changed as often as brake pads, but should still be replaced every few years.

Another sign of brake damage is high pitched squeaking. When your car squeals anytime you apply pressure to the brake pedal, this could be an indication of bad brake pads. To be safe, they should be changed within two to three weeks.

If you begin to notice it takes more time to come to a complete stop in your car, this means you have worn through the indicators on the brake pads. This is another common sign of brake malfunction. This is a serious sign that requires immediate attention. It is extremely dangerous to drive with brakes this bad, especially in bad weather.

If you ever observe any signs that are similar to the ones we’ve just discussed, then please bring your car into car service center. Never risk your life or other lives by driving on unreliable brakes.

Source: http://www.mainstreetautotech.com/blog/common-brake-repair-warning-signs/

Multi brand car servicing business in India : Corporate with franchisee model

India is poised to overtake Japan as Asia’s No. 2 vehicle market by 2016 according to new estimates (by WSJ). Car sales in India are projected to rise to 4.88 million vehicles by 2016. Car servicing business is growing faster to meet increasing demands from large car population.

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Serving to car owners with all makes would definitely bring more business to car service center than serving to one. According to reports, only one-third of the cars go back to the dealerships post warranty and rest search for other good workshop. There is huge potential in after-market for multi-brand workshops.

Small car workshops serve multi brands. Normal servicing and running repair is possible at any service station but arrangement of genuine parts is not easy for everybody. Car manufacturer recommends genuine spares. Availability of genuine spare parts difficult for multi brand workshops and customers prefer dealer workshop.

Over the years, Indian Auto Spare Parts sector has witnessed a slow yet steady growth. Spares parts of different brands are available in the market. Small workshops use non-branded cheapest parts, some believes they are same genuine parts without labels.

Corporate like Bosch, Mobil1, Castrol, Carnation, Carz are running multi brand authorized workshops. Some are building own multi brand workshops and others are making franchisee all across India. There business model varies, some are supplying tools and other lubricants to these franchisee workshops.

There is estimated over 19000 multi brand workshops in India, and estimated 5000 are worth. All corporate search for these 5000 worth workshops to make them franchisee or try to acquire them.

Maruti has 2992 authorized workshops all across India. Currently Maruti vehicles are more than others, but workshops which are not doing good in business starting servicing to multi brand customers.

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Customer Focus at Maruti Authorized Service Station

Maruti believes after-sales service is important to let customer decide when they buy their vehicle. Maruti has established a network of car service centers in India. There are 2992 car workshops authorized by Maruti in India.

In Gurgaon, some of good workshops have established very good brand with specialized service for Maruti. Qutab Automobiles is one of them.

Qutab Automobiles is an ISO 9001:2000 Certified renowned Car Service Center in Gurgaon providing state-of-the-art automotive diagnostic and repair services. We are a Maruti Authorized Car Service Center in DLF Phase – IV, Gurgaon.

Qutab has dedicated vans for car breakdown, anywhere in Gurgaon or DLF City, just dial to qutab helpline numbers and get car problem fixed within no time

The prompt and efficient service provided by Qutab Automobiles Service Center in Gurgaon has earned them a repute that stands for honor and commitment to the customers. With same day turnaround for most Automobiles repair services, Qutab Automobiles can also be accredited to be the preferred choice of most.

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