Car Inspection And Buying A Car For Your Kids

Car Inspection And Buying A Car For Your Kids

 

What You Should Know About Buying A Used Automobile  and Car Inspections

When parents begin preparing to get their kids ready for school, one of the subjects that often arises with older children is that of a vehicle. Once a child is of age and responsibility to drive, having a car of their own can often make sense for the whole family. If you are considering purchasing one for your teen, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

Have an inspection prior to making a buying commitment

First of all, unless you are able to easily purchase a new car, you will be getting a used vehicle. Anytime you are purchasing an item that has been used by another, it is vital that you have it inspected well prior to making a commitment. This can help you to avoid a wide range of potential problems.

You will need to decide what type of car or truck you are going to get your youngster. Although your kid may be concerned with what looks cool, you need to keep the choice rooted in practicality. For instance, what type of gas mileage does a vehicle get? If you live in rugged terrain, factor that in accordingly.

Used car lots affiliated with car dealerships can sometimes be a great place to find used cars. These generally have the older cars that customers have used to trade in for brand new ones. Look for ones of the same brand as the dealership. You might be able to find one that has only had one owner, which is a definite plus!

Alternatively, you might start checking your local classified ads to find a car for your kid to use. Utilize both print publications and online ones to maximize your search.
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Once you have found a vehicle you are considering, check out the suggested price to be sure that it is in the appropriate range for the year, make and model of the vehicle. Don’t forget about any option packs that might be added on or other factors that will influence the value.

Use A Qualified Mechanic For An Inspection

An accident report is essential as is an inspection. Many people overlook the inspection, though it is one of the most important things associated with purchasing a used car. You can have a qualified mechanic check over several points regarding the operation of the vehicle.

Although not a guarantee that nothing will malfunction, these inspections can reveal a great deal of valuable information. The tires, alignment, brakes and more are inspected. You might use the information to negotiate a lower price or to take care of certain repairs immediately. The information will pay for itself in this way!

You want to know that your child is driving around in a safe and dependable vehicle. Check out the history of the specific car you are planning to buy and of the line, in general, to be sure that no recalls occurred. Also, have a skilled mechanic perform a full diagnostic inspection for you. These steps will help to ensure your kids are getting a good car that you can trust.

Car Craft offers a full inspection report to help you determine whether the car is a good option for you and your driver

Truck and Car Air Conditioning Repair Tips

Truck and Car Air Conditioning Repair Tips

 

If your air conditioning in your car or truck is acting up, then before you take it to the garage for some air conditioning repairs, there are a few things that you could try at home. Often, your air conditioning will break because of a damaged switch or thermostat and depending on the make and model of the car that’s an easy thing to sort out.

 

Give Your Air Conditioning a Performance Check

 

If your vehicle air conditioner doesn’t run well, then this can lead to refrigerant break down, and to wear and tear on the compressor as grime and dirt infects the rest of the unit. If you don’t notice this and fix it early on then, you’ll end up in a difficult position – because a damaged compressor can be a costly repair.

 

That’s why it’s important to check the status of your air conditioner the moment you start experiencing problems. Weak airflow, for example, isn’t just going to make you hot and sweaty – it’s something that can be incredibly problematic for the unit itself, but the cause is easy to fix.

 

Check for mold and mildew in the evaporator core (or pay someone to do it for you) and the vents, if you can clean them, do so.  Check any hoses attached to the unit. Sometimes, they can come loose so they don’t blow as strongly as they should.  Check the fans, too – ball bearing fans break easily, and if one of them isn’t blowing then the air flow for the whole unit will be poor.

 

Check the seals, too – sometimes they can break down and let air escape. If a seal has broken, take your car to get  unit repaired – because even one broken seal compromises the entire unit.

 

Poor Temperature Control

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If your air conditioning seems to be working, but is just not very cold, or starts cold and then gets warm again, this could be a sign of a blown fuse, a vacuum leak, a failed condenser or any one of a number of other symptoms.

 

If you have a situation where moisture and refrigerant can mix, then you could be at risk of some pretty serious issues with your air conditioning unit because they can cause corrosive chemicals to eat away at seals and tubes. Depending on which parts are damaged, the repair process could be lengthy.

 

The best option for you, as a vehicle owner, is to take good care of the unit from day one and to get the performance of the unit checked regularly. If you notice issues, get them looked at as soon as possible. It’s better to have one of our mechanics inspect your air conditioning  – when your unit is just ‘not as cold as it used to be’ than it is to wait until it’s broken.

Schedule an air conditioning inspection before the weather is scorching.
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Automatic Transmission Service

Automatic Transmission Service

When do I need an Automatic Transmission Service?

We often take our automatic transmissions for granted until they stop working properly. This is unfortunate considering how much work they do and the tough conditions they are exposed to. Did you know that your transmission can reach in excess of 200 degrees F and up to 300 degrees F in summertime stop and go city driving?

This excessive heat can be a big problem for your automatic transmission. The hotter your oil gets the quicker it breaks down. This leads to advanced deterioration of the soft components of your transmission. It can also result in varnish and sludge build up that will impair performance. Proper maintenance prevents this and protects your transmission.

Car Craft professionals insist on using TerraClean products when servicing your automatic transmission.

Based on the thousands of automatic transmission services performed TerraClean products have proven themselves time and again. You can count on them to remove the unwanted build-up that impairs your transmission’s performance or leads to a costly breakdown. We trust them so much we use it in our own vehicles.

You can read more about TerraClean and their products by clicking here.

Remember, the best way to ensure hassle free driving is to have a well maintained vehicle and that includes your automatic transmission. You can put your vehicle and your faith in the trained professionals at Car Craft. We keep you on the go.

 

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.”

Lavana

I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft.

Wayne Donecz

Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work.

Alex Labreque

Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy.

Murray Neuman

Professional, courteous, competent and friendly

Shirley Gordon

I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you.

ANONYMOUS

Norm has been very professional.

Bob & Lynn Houle

Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us.

Kate

I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future.

ANONYMOUS

Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service.

ANONYMOUS

Well done and great service

Frank Sebastian

Friendly staff and very knowledgeable

Roxanne

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Lifetime Protection Plan

When you have your vehicle serviced by Car Craft using TerraClean products you are eligible for a Lifetime Protection Plan that protects you against Brake System Failure. Make sure to ask your service adviser for the details.

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Brake Fluid Service

Brake Fluid Service

When do I need a Brake Fluid Service?

Brake fluid performs a vital function in your vehicle. Without it your brakes won’t work. Every time you press down on the brake pedal, the fluid transfers energy from the pedal through to the cylinders or calipers where the pads press against the drums or rotors to stop the vehicle.

Brake fluid has to handle thousands of pounds or pressure, operate in constantly changing temperatures from below zero to several hundred degrees and perform perfectly every time.

Why do you need to change your brake fluid?

Brake fluid is hygoscopic – meaning it attracts and holds moisture. Excess moisture and heat can lead to fluid oxidation and deterioration. Modern brake systems equipped with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) are sensitive to the brake fluid breakdown and it can lead to system failure. More importantly, your brake system performance may be compromised when you need it the most.

A National Health Traffic Safety Administration survey found that the brake fluid in 20{13b7f4089d78c9206be66a1d2fad338a02c0cc7328cbebd1ae526a394418886d} of 1,720 vehicles sampled contained 5{13b7f4089d78c9206be66a1d2fad338a02c0cc7328cbebd1ae526a394418886d} or more water. So the risk of moisture in your brake fluid is very real and worth doing something about it.

Eliminate Moisture and Contamination

Changing the brake fluid eliminates the moisture and contamination that may be present in your brake system. Manufactures recommend the brake fluid be replaced periodically to eliminate moisture and contaminates from the system.

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.”

Lavana

I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft.

Wayne Donecz

Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work.

Alex Labreque

Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy.

Murray Neuman

Professional, courteous, competent and friendly

Shirley Gordon

I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you.

ANONYMOUS

Norm has been very professional.

Bob & Lynn Houle

Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us.

Kate

I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future.

ANONYMOUS

Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service.

ANONYMOUS

Well done and great service

Frank Sebastian

Friendly staff and very knowledgeable

Roxanne

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Lifetime Protection Plan

When you have your vehicle serviced by Car Craft using TerraClean products you are eligible for a Lifetime Protection Plan that protects you against Brake System Failure. Make sure to ask your service adviser for the details.

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Coolant Flush Service

Coolant Flush Service

What is a Coolant Flush Service?

Your vehicle’s engine has a optimum temperature range where it likes to run in order to give you peak performance.  That’s where your cooling system comes in. Internal combustion engines such as yours develop immense heat during the process of generating power.  The primary role of your cooling system is to dissipate enough of the heat so that your engine does not overheat.

So in the summertime your cooling system cools your engine. However, in the wintertime when the temperatures drop to subzero your cooling system will actually help warm up your engine. As mechanical parts will wear much faster when they are cold, your cooling system circulates the warmed water throughout the engine compartments. This circulating warm water is a welcome function as it provides the basis for the hot air generated from your heater.

The coolant in your cooling system is also used to lubricate your vehicle’s water pump.

Why do we recommend a Coolant Flush Service?

Your cooling system is subjected to extremes of heat and constantly circulating around moving and stationary parts. This will eventually cause your coolant to deteriorate. It will accumulate scale, rust and corroded materials. Unfortunately the result will be a decreased ability to dissipate the heat. This could lead to serious damage to your cooling system.

What happens when we perform a Coolant Flush Service?

Your Car Craft professional will use a TerraCool Flush Machine and TerraClean combination to flush your cooling system. Once the old, worn out and deteriorated coolant has been flushed out it will be replaced with fresh coolant. The TerraClean is a cooling system treatment that will provide extra protection. It helps to prevent rust and corrosion. It also inhibits formation of debris and deposits.

The fact is your engine needs a cooling system that is capable of doing its job. Talk to our Car Craft professionals so we can help you protect your vehicle with a Coolant Flush Service.

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.”

Lavana

I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft.

Wayne Donecz

Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work.

Alex Labreque

Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy.

Murray Neuman

Professional, courteous, competent and friendly

Shirley Gordon

I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you.

ANONYMOUS

Norm has been very professional.

Bob & Lynn Houle

Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us.

Kate

I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future.

ANONYMOUS

Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service.

ANONYMOUS

Well done and great service

Frank Sebastian

Friendly staff and very knowledgeable

Roxanne

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When you have your vehicle serviced by Car Craft using TerraClean products you are eligible for a Lifetime Protection Plan that protects you against Brake System Failure. Make sure to ask your service adviser for the details.

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Differential Service

Differential Service

 

What does your vehicle’s differential do?

 

 

 

Power is delivered from your vehicle’s engine through the transmission and on to the differential to turn the wheels. A differential allows the wheels to rotate at different speeds. This is important when you are turning a corner as the wheels on the inside of the corner must rotate at a slower speed than the wheels on the outside.

Just as your engine needs to have its old oil changed, the differential fluid (a very thick type of oil) also needs to be changed. Over the course of time, the differential fluid oxidizes and breaks down, loosing its ability to lubricate the gears and bearings in the differential. This can lead to expensive repairs.

We’re mechanics and we love to repair vehicles but we’d be happier maintaining your vehicle so that it never needed those costly repairs.

Preventive Maintenance

We can protect your differential from oil breakdown by performing a differential service with TerraClean Gear Oil Treatment. It improves the transfer of heat in the system, which reduces oxidation. It also protects the system components from moisture build up.

It helps prevent metal to metal wear that can lead to expensive damage in your differential.
Our technicians replace old differential fluid with fresh differential fluid, ensuring that moisture and dirt are removed from the system.

TerraClean Gear Oil Treatment is added to the differential. For Limited Slip (Positraction) or Locking Differentials, TerraClean Limited Slip Treatment is applied.

Benefits of a Differential Service

  • Your differential will be cleaned of contaminants that can damage your components.
  • Your differential will have better heat transfer and the oxidization process will be slowed on the new fluid increasing the life of these valuable components.

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.”

Lavana

I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft.

Wayne Donecz

Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work.

Alex Labreque

Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy.

Murray Neuman

Professional, courteous, competent and friendly

Shirley Gordon

I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you.

ANONYMOUS

Norm has been very professional.

Bob & Lynn Houle

Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us.

Kate

I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future.

ANONYMOUS

Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service.

ANONYMOUS

Well done and great service

Frank Sebastian

Friendly staff and very knowledgeable

Roxanne

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Lifetime Protection Plan

When you have your vehicle serviced by Car Craft using TerraClean products you are eligible for a Lifetime Protection Plan that protects you against Brake System Failure. Make sure to ask your service adviser for the details.

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