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Bunge's Automotive Blog

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 environ

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.

November 08, 2013 @ 12:00am

Being prepared for late fall driving conditions can help keep you and your family safely on the road.

Good braking distance

The moment that you find out that this guy, Mr. Deer, is stepping out in front of your vehicle at dawn or dusk is NOT the time to find out your brakes need work. At Bunge's we belive in providing good quality parts because we know it is best for you AND more economical. Better parts means less replacements costs for parts and labor.  We want to earn your good will and trust with every service.

How's your tire tread?

YIKES don't let this be you!Wet road surfaces and frost can create black ice conditions that spell d a n g e r for you and yours. Here at Bunge's in Elgin we can get your vehicle set with the right tires for your needs. All weather tires, winter tires, touring tires--we stock many and can order more. In fact, you can search right on our website for tireshttp://www.bungestire.com/search-for-tires

We are dealers for Goodyear, Dunlop, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Kelly Springfield, Uniroyal, Continental and General. We also offer Pirelli and Yokohama, Firestone, Bridgestone, Hankook, Kumho, Cooper and

September 30, 2013 @ 12:00am

At Bunge’s in Elgin are always thinking ahead. Notice the crispness in the air and the leaves starting to change? That means it’s time to think about maintenance for your vehicle to prevent larger, more costly problems later—in the winter.

Consider which changes in the weather can affect your vehicle’s performance. They are cold, snow and ice.

Batteries

Take the following steps to extend the life of your battery (battery tips taken from howstuffoworks.com):

If possible, store your vehicle in an insulated garage. Remove the cables and keep the terminals clean. This provides a better connection. Insulate the battery itself. Keep the battery tray clean and be sure the battery sits securely in place.

Tires

Maintaining your tires makes great sense for safety and financially. Take these steps to protect your family and your bank account.

Properly inflate your tires. Tires that are inflated to specification help with stopping distance, ride and handling, fuel economy, and tread wear. Rotate your tires. This will increase the wear on your tires and therefore their lifespan.

At Bunge’s we have a long reputation for quality parts and service at reasonable prices. If you are in the Elgin, Il area, stop by for Goodyear, Dunlop, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Kelly Springfield, Uniroyal, Continental, and General tires.

And the list of tires at Bunge’s doesn’t stop there. We also