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March 10, 2017

How Long Do Wiper Blades Last?

By | Car Maintenance

Windshield wiper blades are one of the hardest working — yet least durable — parts of your car.

Having fully-functional windshield wipers is an absolute necessity for the safe operation of any motor vehicle. But over time, they can become less effective due to wear and tear.

Most drivers aren’t aware of this until they go to turn their wipers on in the midst of a rainstorm, only to find that their blades have essentially become useless.

So how long do wiper blades actually last–and when should you replace them?

How Long Do Wiper Blades Last?

Obviously, the life of wiper blades is a generalization depending on use and climate, but most cars and trucks will need new wiper blades every two to three years. You may, of course, need to change them more frequently than that if you tend to drive in a lot of really hazardous weather conditions.

How Can I Tell When My Wiper Blades Are Ready To Be Changed?

If you see streaks across your windshield, that means the wipers are falling apart and it’s time to replace them. If your wipers leave paste on the windshield, that means it is definitely time to invest in new blades!

Preserving the Life of Your Wiper Blades

Believe it or not, you can actually extend the lifespan of your wiper blades with a little bit of routine maintenance.

  • Wash your windshield regularly, especially removing things like bird droppings or caked-on dirt and grime.
  • If your car ends up with snow and ice on it, take a minute to scrape away the build-up around your blades. Forcing your blades to try to cut through layers of ice can cause them to become dulled or corroded well before their time.
  • Finally, take a few minutes to rub your blades with a clean cloth dipped in just a bit of rubbing alcohol. This is a small and easy way in which you can care for them and keep them running a bit longer than they might otherwise.

Of course, you will have to replace your wiper blades sooner or later. The good news is that blades are fairly inexpensive and installation is often pretty easy. If you have any questions or uncertainties about your vehicle’s wiper blades you can always consult your local auto professional.

What questions to ask when buying a used car

Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

By | Uncategorized

What questions to ask when buying a used carIt’s estimated that a new car loses 11 percent of its value once it’s driven off the lot. For many, that makes buying a used car worth doing the homework.

Start by asking some basic questions, especially when you’re buying from a private party. The answers can help you determine whether it’s worth a trip to take a closer look. Any strange answers should put you on guard.

8 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

1. “How many miles has it been driven?”
If the vehicle was driven more than 20,000 miles per year or less than 5,000, ask why. Long highway commutes are easier on a vehicle than a lot of short trips or ‘stop-and-go’ driving. Still, take any claim with a grain of salt. Low mileage is nice, but is no guarantee of gentle care.

2. “How is it equipped?”
Whether they’re listed in the ad or not, ask about key features: trans­mission type; A/C; antilock brakes; air bags; sound system; power windows, locks, seats, and mirrors; cruise control; sunroof; upholstery material; and so forth.

3. “What is the car’s condition?”
Start with this broad question and see where the seller takes it. He or she could bring up something you wouldn’t have thought to ask about.

4. “How about the body and interior?”
If these areas weren’t covered in the discussion above, ask about them specifically.

5. “Has it been in an accident?”
If yes, ask about the extent of the damage, the cost of repairs, and the shop that did the work. Don’t worry too much about minor scrapes, but think twice about a car that has been in a serious crash.

6. “Do you have service records?”
You want a car that has been well cared for. It should have had maintenance performed at regular intervals manufacturer-specified intervals. If the owner claims to have done the maintenance but can’t produce any receipts for parts, be skeptical. Ask for receipts for any new muffler, brakes, tires, or other “wear” parts that have been replaced.

7. “Has the car been recalled?”
Ask if any safety-recall work was performed or, more important, still needs to be done. Dealerships keep records of that. Additionally, perform your own research. Search online for issues affecting the vehicle you are interested in buying.

8. “Why are you selling the car?”
Look for a plausible explanation rather than an interesting story. If the answer sounds evasive, be wary.

If you’re looking for tips on buying a used car, check out this helpful infographic. It includes 11 more questions to ask when buying a used car and a used car checklist to help you inspect a car for the first time.

car maintenance schedule

AAMCO Car Maintenance Schedule

By | Car Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance is probably the single thing you can do as a car owner to keep your ride happy and save money on repairs in the future. But, we understand that it isn’t always easy to remember what you need to do and when you need to do it.

We’ve found that keeping a car maintenance schedule and log is helpful. Find out if your car is in need of any up and coming services with this handy infographic, shared by AAMCO Colorado.

car maintenance schedule