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Buying a Used Car? Six Things to Look at First

Buying a Used Car? Six Things to Look at First

If you’ve ever put off an oil change, a tune-up or getting your brake pads replaced, you may have well thought, “Well, what’s the big deal, really?” Maybe it isn’t a big deal, depending on how long you have put off your car maintenance. But if you’ve ever bought a used car, what’s the first – beyond the price – that you find yourself wondering about? Boy, I hope the person who owned this car before me took good care of it… That’s something to keep in mind, the next time you ask yourself, “Is it really a big deal that I’m putting off getting my tires rotated and that I’m going to hold off on the oil change I’ve been putting off for a while now?” Yeah, it kind of is. It’s a big deal for your car, and you’ll likely be able to sell or trade in your car someday, if it is well maintained – rather than have to someday drive it, or have it towed, into a salvage yard. Are you ... read more

Five Things to Teach Your Teen About Car Maintenance

Five Things to Teach Your Teen About Car Maintenance

When you are teaching a teenager to drive, you’re naturally focused on some of the most important things about being behind the wheel. Like, maybe you’re constantly shouting, “The brake is on the left. The LEFT!” But somewhere in the middle of showing your teenager how to drive and handing them the car keys to motor off to who knows where on their own (unless you have a tracking device on their phone), you really should show your teenager how to take care of a car – especially if they have their own wheels. You don’t want to someday pick up your kid, waiting for you on the side of the road, and learn that he’s never had the oil changed. So, with that in mind, here a few things you might want to remind your teenager to do when taking care of a car. Get the oil changed. We’ll start with the easiest and most obvious thing first. You know it’s important. Your teenager probably knows, too, but if you never discuss get ... read more

Happy Brake Safety Awareness Month!

Happy Brake Safety Awareness Month!

August is Brake Safety Awareness Month, which is a great time to make sure your car’s brakes are in proper working order.  Although the issue of if your brakes are functioning correctly sounds like an easy question, there are several things to monitor when looking and listening for signs that perhaps you need new brakes. Are you seeing or hearing the following? Thin brake pads. You can actually tell by looking at your brakes if you likely are going to have problems. All you need is a ruler. If your brake pads are less than a quarter of an inch thick, you should replace them. Low brake fluids. If the brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low, you may have a problem. Another red flag that you probably need new breaks is if there’s a copper content of 2000 ppm or greater in your brake fluid. Scraping or grinding noises when you press down on the brakes. If you hear this, it’s time to get brake pads as soon as possible. If you don’t, you could do enou ... read more

Why Invent the Wheel? Franchise It, Instead

Why Invent the Wheel? Franchise It, Instead

If you’ve thought many times about starting a business but quickly dismissed the idea, there are probably some logical reasons holding you back.  Fear of failure, having the proper guidance and being able to market and sell your product or service could all be reasons why you hesitate in starting your own business. One possible solution to overcoming many of these fears is by looking into franchising. That is, running a business that is part of a regional or nationwide company. As you presumably know, McDonald’s is a franchise. So is Subway, Ace Hardware and Circle K. In fact, there are over 3,000 types of franchise brands in a wide range of industries. When you own a franchise, you’re the business owner – but it’s a little similar to being a condominium owner. In that situation, you own the property and have a lot of leewa ... read more

Why Your Car Needs Oil

Why Your Car Needs Oil

Everyone knows a car needs oil. But you may not know why your car needs oil, and if you don’t know, it becomes easier to put it off. After all, the thought is you’ll get around to it sooner or later. A little later may not hurt your car – too much. But again, there are good reasons to take your car’s oil needs very seriously. Your oil keeps your engine working smoothly. We at Milex Complete Auto Care aren’t just talking figuratively but also literally. Your engine has a lot of metal parts that move and rub against each other. When your car engine is properly lubricated, the metal against metal isn’t an issue. Everything works, and your car moves. But without oil – if you just stopped getting oil – eventually, those metal components would rub up against each other, create friction, heat and a lot of trouble. Things in your engine would break. This leads to your car having ... read more

Why You Shouldn’t Put off Repairs and Replacements

Why You Shouldn’t Put off Repairs and Replacements

“It’s time to get that replaced.” Those are words that no car owner wants to hear. After all, replacing – or repairing -- a car part means that you’re going to spend money, and if you’re short on cash, you may understandably be tempted to put off getting something fixed. After all, if your car is fully functioning, and money is tight, why not wait a little while longer? Indeed, sometimes the answer is, “Why not?” But, take it from us, at Milex Complete Auto Care, unfortunately, sometimes the answer is: “It better not be much longer.” That’s because some car parts, when they start weakening, can set off a chain reaction and cause other problems with your vehicle. Sometimes trying to save a $60 repair job can translate into a few months from now, or in even a few days, having a $600 problem. Putting off a car repair or delaying in getting a car part replaced is often aki ... read more

Why Wheel Alignment is So Important

Why Wheel Alignment is So Important

  You hear a lot about the importance of wheel alignment, sometimes called tire alignment – mostly from car mechanics. But like a dentist who implores you to brush your teeth regularly, the automobile mechanics of the world are right. Wheel alignment is very important to the health of your vehicle. If your wheels aren’t aligned, it’s a little like ignoring a cold that turns into the full-blown flu. Why wheel alignment is important. If we go with the health and body analogy, think of your wheel alignment as your spine. If your back goes out, it’s hard to walk, bend over or do much of anything. If your vehicle’s suspension system goes out of alignment that can lead to trouble with your tires, your vehicle and even your steering wheel. Wheel alignment is basically your car’s back. Here’s what generally will happen if your wheel alignment is out of sorts. Your tires will become uneven. Maybe not right away, but as you driv ... read more

How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

At some point, if you keep your car long enough, your battery will need to be replaced. It’s just the circle of battery life. You’ll never keep it going indefinitely, past the usual three to five-year time frame that most of them last. Still, there are strategies you can try, if you’re really interested in keeping your battery around as long as possible. Some of those strategies include… Don’t leave your car out in the heat. Sadly, if you live in, say, Phoenix, your car battery probably won’t last as long as if you live in Minnesota. In other words, the heat can take a toll – and so if you park outside on hot, humid summer days, you may be prematurely aging your car battery. Take longer drives. The longer your car drives, the more your battery becomes fully charged. Now, nobody’s suggesting that if you have to run out to get some cold medicine at the pharmacy two miles away that instead you make it a 900-mile road trip ... read more

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Noticeable Symptoms of Worn Shocks

Noticeable Symptoms of Worn Shocks

Have you ever felt like you were driving inside a blender? That is, your car started shaking uncontrollably? If that’s ever happened to you, you probably needed new shock absorbers. Shock absorbers do exactly what they say they do – they absorb shock, which means that you can control your car. Without shock absorbers, your car is going to bounce. It’s going to be hard to steer, especially on turns. When you brake, you may find your car dips downward a bit. Driving a car with shocks that are falling apart is a little like going on a ride at an amusement park, without the amusement. So how can you tell if your shocks are worn and need replacing? Obviously, if your car is shaking uncontrollably, you probably need shock absorbers (or maybe struts, which is similar to a shock absorber but a little more complex of a fix). And if you don’t need shocks, you at least need to take your car to your ... read more

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Thinking of Starting a Business? Consider Joining the Moran Family of Brands

Thinking of Starting a Business? Consider Joining the Moran Family of Brands

Owning a business isn’t for everyone, but for some, it’s a calling. You know who you are. But if you haven’t started a company but have thought about being a business owner for years, it’s probably because you’ve been thinking, what do I sell? How do I get started? What if I build a business and nobody comes? Those are all good, smart questions. We’ve all read the statistics about how numerous businesses fail. Which is one reason a lot of business owners think about franchising. Of course, franchises can flop, too, for a variety of reasons (Blockbuster never saw Netflix coming…), but generally, if you buy into a good one, you at least have a strong brand name going for you and a business mo ... read more

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