Bunge's Automotive Blog
Today, nearly 66 percent of automobile purchases are used vehicles. The reasoning behind this is fairly simple: lower cost. The majority of us cannot afford to pay the thousands upfront for a brand-new vehicle and don’t want to deal with financing options and their additional fees.
Buying a used vehicle is a great option as long as you do your homework. Before purchasing a vehicle that has a few years — and miles — on it, always:
1. Get a CARFAX report. If there’s a history of an accident, thoroughly inspect the vehicle to determine if it’s still in good condition. Last year, I was shopping for a used vehicle with my wife and came across one she was interested in. After reviewing the CARFAX report, I checked out the vehicle with body damage top of mind. The right rear door had obviously been worked on and didn’t properly close or line up with the rear fender. Without the report’s help, I probably wouldn’t have noticed and could have ended up making the mistake of purchasing that vehicle.
2. Take the vehicle on a long test drive. Operate it under a variety of circumstances, like on the expressway, in traffic and in the country, for fifty miles or so. Make sure it accelerates properly and operates smoothly. Keep your eye on the temperature gauge to make sure the cooling fans are working. Put the windows down if possible, and pay
As we head into the warm, summer weather keep in mind that winter isn’t the only season that’s hard on your vehicle. At Bunge’s the summer months bring customers in for battery replacement almost as much as winter.
As you may know, the job of the battery is to get your car started. Once the car starts it is the alternator that performs the “heavy lifting” and keeps your car and all of its systems running. That includes your lights, wipers and, of course, your air-conditioning system.
When you come in to Bunge’s, we regularly check tires, brakes, wipers and batteries and if needed other systems because we believe in keeping our customers safely on the road. We try to catch things before they become a “surprise” of the unpopular kind. Whenever possible, we provide tips to help you save time and money.
Imagine driving on a hot, dark summer night in a rainstorm. Not only are your headlights and possibly fog lights running, but also running are your wipers and…if you have your air conditioning cranked that can put a lot of stress on your alternator. By stressing your alternator in this manner you can cause parts like wi
Can you believe it? Soon we’ll be in air conditioning weather full time. And with warm weather hopefully just days or weeks away, here at Bunge’s we’re offering coupon for $40 off ANY air conditioning service...to help you and your family aviod the situaion in the photo below.
That may become a useful offer to those customers who discover the air conditioner isn’t functioning so well this spring. With any luck your vehicle simply needs a freon recharge.
Ford Escape Owners
For those of you who own or operate a Ford Escape, here’s an even better deal. At Bunge’s we’ve noticed that some Ford Escapes have a potential air conditioning issue.
In conversations with Ford technicians we’ve learned that a point of failure may exist within the air conditioning system of these vehicles. We’ve noticed that the desiccant bag can break within the receiver/dryer. When that happens the air conditioning system ceases to cool because the desiccant clogs the other parts in the system. Unless the condenser and compressor are also replaced, the Ford technicians report poor results. In other words, the entire air conditioning system needs to be replaced.
If you own a Ford Escape, Bunge’s can offer a suggestion to help you avoid a more costly repair. Replace the condenser as preventive maintenance. The cost
Want to avoid a big repair bill? Check your oil between changes.
If you’re like most people, keeping the cost of vehicle ownership down is important to you. No one enjoys an unexpected repair bill, especially a costly one. That’s why it’s important to check the oil on your car between changes…just in case it’s low.
Here’s a quick guide on how to do just that.
- Be sure you have a paper towel nearby.
- Allow your car to run for a few minutes.
- Park your car on a level surface to get an accurate reading.
- Wait about 5 minutes for the oil to settle into the engine’s reservoir.
- Open the hood.
- Locate the oil dipstick. It’s usually bright yellow or red.
- Carefully pull the dipstick straight up or straight out—don’t be shy.
- Using the paper towel, wipe the dipstick clean. Examine the clean dipstick. You’ll see two markers, on it. The one furthest from the bottom is the “full” line. The lowest mark indicates the minimum oil level.
Bunge’s has been taking care of our customers since 1919, and that includes helping you stay smart during winter weather. As Midwesterners, we know how tempting it is to think, “I can handle this snow. I’ve been driving in it all my life!” But even the most experienced winter drivers can run into trouble in unsafe conditions. Other than always remembering to drive a safe speed in snowy and icy conditions, there are some other things you should keep in mind to protect both yourself and your car.
The first is to make sure that, if you are replacing just two tires, they go on the back of the car – even if you have front wheel drive! This might sound confusing, since in a front wheel drive vehicle the front wheels are responsible for steering, transmitting acceleration and providing most of the braking forces. But the truth is that it’s much more dangerous when your vehicle’s rear wheels lose their grip on the road – in those cases, the driver often loses control and their car begins to fishtail. That means that your safest bet is to keep the new tires with better traction in the back. Another added benefit is that leaving your old tires in the front forces you to slow down a bit, since they ca