What Is the Difference Between a Muscle Car and a Sports Car?

A lot of people use the terms muscle car and sports car interchangeably, but they are actually two very different things. While you’ll see sports cars all over the world on the roads, there is only one muscle car left on the market. Here is the difference between the two and why the Challenger is so unique.

The Definition of Muscle Car

The definition of muscle car is something that has been debated since the phrase was coined in the 70s. Some demand that it only refers to big fast cars in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, but others claim that the term can apply to cars that we can still see on the roads today. The generally accepted definition of muscle car is a two-door vehicle built solid and bulky, flashy, and with a V8 engine designed for speed and drag racing.

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Are American Cars Really American Made?

Once upon a time, nearly all Americans pushed to buy “Made in the USA” products. Even though you probably haven’t heard about this trend in a while, this desire is starting to make its way back into business strategies throughout the country. Manufacturers are working hard to bring jobs and parts back to our shores for a variety of reasons.

Most people realize that you can’t get a car completely made in America. Most cars and trucks are going to have at least a few parts that are manufactured elsewhere, so what does American mean? 

Made in America According to Public Survey

A survey done in 2013 found some interesting facts about what people think “Made in America” means. The study found that 3 in 5 people believe that items only receive that stamp of pride if all of their parts and labor were within the 50 states. In addition, one-third of those surveyed said that they believed a product must have all parts and assemblies within borders to be considered made by that country, even if it is not the U.S. 

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4 Maintenance Points to Check Before Your Summer Road Trip

Are you planning a last minute summer road trip before the kids go back to school? Before you rush to get on the road, make sure that you hit these four maintenance points while you are still within reasonable distance of our repair shop.

Check your fluids.

Are any of your fluids low? Do any of them look dark, dirty, or otherwise discolored? If so, you should contact us right away to get your car in to be checked by one of our experienced mechanics. Minor issues like a small gasket leak or loose hose can be caught and repaired inexpensively, but they can become dangerous and expensive problems if you ignore them and hop on the interstate.

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Reputable Mechanics Will Have These 3 Qualifications

Have you been shopping around for a reputable and experienced auto repair shop? If so, it is important that you know what you should be looking for. Not all mechanics are equal, and not all shops make sure that they have the best like we do. Here are the qualifications that your mechanic really should have.

ASE Certification

ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence. There are different levels of this certification type, with the most experienced and knowledgeable mechanics receiving the Master Mechanic certification. 

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Top Domestic Sports Cars of 2020

Although the best sports cars are foreign made and extremely expensive, you can get an affordable sports car in Everett. Domestic sports cars may not be as fancy or high performance as imported cars, but they are much cheaper to purchase, insure, and maintain. Here are the top three domestic sports cars of 2020.

Ford Mustang

Is it really a surprise that this model is at the top of our list? The Ford Mustang has long been one of the most preferred sports cars on the market. The Mustang has gone through a lot of changes and updates over the years, but the 2020 model is a unique combination of newer and older models. This is a very good looking, popular, and high performance sports car.

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How We Take Customer Service to the Next Level

What sets an Everett mechanic apart from the rest? In addition to employing expert certified mechanics, we take customer service very seriously, much more so than other auto repair shops in Everett. Here are just a few ways that we take customer service to the next level.

Loaner Vehicles

We know that you have a busy life, and being without a vehicle makes that life very difficult. That’s why we offer loaner vehicles to all of our customers while your vehicle is being repaired.

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How You Can Help Your Mechanic

“Doc, it hurts when I do this.” We all know the end to that dad joke. But in reality, how is the doctor supposed to give any kind of diagnosis or advice without more information? Your mechanic is in a similar situation. Your car has a lot of parts and processes, and your mechanic really needs your help to narrow down the problem. Here are some ways you can speed up the diagnostic process.

Write down all of the little details.

Before ever thinking about calling a mechanic, you should make notes of what your car is actually doing. When a problem first starts, make note of the symptoms and the date. If other symptoms show up, record the same information for them. As symptoms change or develop, make note of each. When you talk to your mechanic, they’ll be happy to have the history of the issue to give them a starting point for diagnosis.

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What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself When Buying a Used Car

Whether you’re buying your first car or buying a car for your teen, there are some definite things you need to know before going shopping. Many used car dealers, especially the ones with the seemingly best deals, have shady business practices. They might show you a vehicle that has severe mechanical or electrical issues without being upfront about what they are. Here are some ways you can protect yourself.

Look for signs they are hiding something.

There are some signs that the used car dealership is trying to hide problems with a vehicle. The most obvious is a perfectly clean engine. If you open up the hood and everything looks shiny, that car has been completely cleaned. There really isn’t any reason to do this except to hide signs of deeper problems. A used car is going to have some old oil and such on the engine. If it doesn’t, you should be questioning why.

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Potential Reasons for a Battery or Charging System Light

While the battery light may not be as concerning as the check engine light, it is still an indicator that you should not ignore. If your battery is bad or there is a problem with your charging system, it is just a matter of time before you are likely to end up stranded, unable to start your vehicle. There are different reasons that your battery or charging system light might come one, most of which require fairly minor or inexpensive repairs. 

Loose or Corroded Battery Cable

The first thing to check when your battery light comes on is the battery cable connections. Sometimes removing and firmly reattaching the battery cables can be enough to make the light go off. If your battery cables are corroded, you can easily clean them with a cleaner from any automotive parts store, or with straight original Coca-cola. (Other sodas will not work.) If the battery cables appear to be severely corroded or damaged, you’ll want to have a mechanic take a look.

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How to Maintain Your Cooling System

How often do you think about the cooling system in your vehicle? Most people just take this function of their car for granted, but the cooling system is actually very important. The combustion of fuel and conversion of fuel to energy generates an enormous amount of heat. 

If the cooling system is in disrepair, that heat can damage or fuse parts, rendering your vehicle completely useless. If that happens, you will most likely be better off getting a different car than paying for repairs. Here’s what you can do to maintain your cooling system and lengthen the life of your car.

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