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September 25, 2014 @ 12:00am

Fall car ChecklistIt’s officially fall! As the changing winds usher in cooler temperatures they also bring a change in driving conditions. Do you have travel plans that include your vehicle this fall or for Thanksgiving? 

At Bunge’s we encourage you to take a look at a your oil and your battery before the really cold weather arrives.

Regular oil vs. Synthetic oil

Did you know that most oils used today are either synthetic or semi synthetic? It used to be that the common recommendation for oil changes was at every 3,000 miles. Today, most shops recommend checking with your vehicle’s manufacturer for suggested intervals. Due to advances in technology some autos can go as far as 15,000 miles before changing the oil, for instance when they use extended life oil. But there’s a catch—“You must check the oil and you must add oil,” says Steve Wright, owner of Bunge’s.

Steve adds that while it can make sense to change the oil with less frequency in this day and age, his mechanics have noticed that 30% of autos in for service are low on oil. Many times the check engine light will cause a customer to call and come in. Often times the cause is low oil, which causes low oil pressure that can throw the timing off. It’s very important to check your oil between changes.

You may not know that Bunge’s recycles the oil from oil changes to help heat the shop in winter. And they offer a discounted oil chang

August 04, 2014 @ 12:00am

Is it safe to use regular or mid-grade gasoline instead of premium?

Grades of Gas for your car.You arrive at the gasoline pump and notice that premium gas costs 20 cents more per gallon than mid-grade gas, and even more than regular gasoline. Naturally, it’s tempting to fill up with go ahead and fill up with regular and save $4 or even $5 right here, right now.

Premium, mid-grade or regular?

How does premium differ from mid-grade or regular gasoline? In most states premium gasoline is defined as gas having an octane rating of 91 or 92. In contrast, regular gasoline typically has an octane rating of 87. Mid-grade falls in between, usually around 89 octane.

Is it “safe” to use a lower octane gasoline? The answer is maybe.

According to Business Insider, engine knocking can result from too low a fuel grade.  “Whatever the test, the point is that knocking needs to be avoided at all cost. If allowed to continue, it can quickly cause an engine to disintegrate.” http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-premium-gas-2012-9#ixzz39RxiN4Am

Most would agree that a disintegrating engine will cost a lot more than saving $4-$5 at the pump today and each week for years to come. If you were to calculate $4.50 times 52 weeks per year times ten years the cost would come in around $2,340. Replacing an engine is likely to cost substantially more money.

Required vs. rec

May 27, 2014 @ 12:00am

Chicago Pothole DrivingYou endured the brutal winter of 2013/2014. Now it's time to survive the potholes winter left behind. It's worth mentioning that if you carry collision insurance you may want to contact your automotive insurance carrier to see if pothole damage is covered.

Here are expert tips related to those pesky potholes: 

Keep an eye out so that you can slow down before the pothole. Watch out for potholes hidden in puddles. Don't brake once your vehicle is in contact with the pothole. Hang on tightly to your steering column to safely maneuver out of the pothole. Check your vehicle for damage after encountering potholes, especially deep potholes.

What are signs my vehicle has damage?

Damage to wheel rims. Warn tires, sometimes with bulges and punctures. Alignment issues that can affect steering. Damage to the underside of your vehicle. Wear to shock absorbers and struts, possibly resulting in broken parts. Possible engine damage.

After all of that, here’s a little pothole humor.

Photo credit to Bozsoki András:


April 30, 2014 @ 12:00am

Bunge’s Top Six Green Car Care Tips

Here are a number of smart things that you can do to be more environmentally conscientious, and more economical when it comes to your vehicle.

6. Plan your trips ahead of time and include errands 

You can save fuel by organizing your trips. Simply running your errands in one trip can save money and time, too. Less time driving means less pollution.

5. Be sure your tires are inflated properly

Improperly inflated tires can waste as much as one gallon per every 20 gallons of gas you use. The tire pressure is listed on the side of your tires.

4. Change your oil regularly

With new oil in your vehicle it runs more efficiently. The more efficient your vehicle runs, the less fuel you waste, and the better for the environment. Keep in mind that Bunge’s recycles used oil, too.

3. Maintain the cooling system

If your cooling system is running inefficiently your vehicle can’t run as well. A car running hot or cold will have an effect on gas mileage efficiency.

2. Help your air conditioner work well: use a sunshade during the hot months of summer!

Keeping your vehicle cooler when you have it parked can help you plus help the environme

March 24, 2014 @ 12:00am

Spring into a road trip

As we start to make the much needed and wanted transition to spring, hitting the the road for road trips and even summer vacations is starting to look like fun again! But before you hit the road, here are a few things to take car of first.

Get that oil checked and changed if needed

Before the day of your getaway, be sure to check the oil. If you are not comfortable with this task, come to Bunge’s for help. You don’t want to find out the day of the trip, or worse yet, during it, that you lack oil or need an oil change for a safe trip. And don’t forget the windshield wipers while you are at it!

Get the winter out of your car

You may no longer need (hopefully) all the winter emergency gear in your vehicle: no more blankets and mittens and candles, not to mention all the road salt on the exterior. A good vacuuming of the interior will start you off comfortably on the road.

Have your car checked out before hitting the road

How does this sound: a bad battery, or flat tires, engine woes, and no air conditioning (let’s hope you need it!). The best way to avoid any of that is to have your vehicle checked before you take off. Bunge’s can help you make sure you are safe to go. Contact us before you go.