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Were The Cars Of Yesteryear Giving You A Smoother Ride?

I hear a lot of people coming in and saying that compared to the cars they drove back in the 70’s and 80’s, the new cars they drive cause them to feel every bump in the road. Someone told me they missed the ride of their Cadillac from that era, compared to the ride of their new Nissan Maxima.

It is true that back in the 70’s GM was know particularly for it’s mushy suspension. The large engines of those days also helped make things cushy as they had to do little work to move the car down the road. One of the main reasons cars are noisier today is for that very reason, we have smaller engines in our cars and they need to work a bit harder to get us where we need to go.

If you think your car’s engine is running a bit too loud, even for a new car, come in and see us! You may need a tune up or just some new spark plugs to make your car a little more quiet. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Is It Better To Hand Wash Your Car?

So let’s say you and your partner decide it is time to clean the car. How should you do it? Would it be better to hand wash it or take it to one of the automatic car washes?

The answer is that, unless you are using steel wool, it is better to wash your car by hand. The brushes at automatic car washes are harsher on your car’s finish and can lead to scratches and a loss of finish over time. Washing your car by hand is much gentler on your car’s exterior and also allows you to do a better job. Those large brushes make very general sweeps over your car’s exterior, hand washing let’s you clean the entire surface of your car.

If you’d like us to take a look at your car’s exterior, to see if you need a paint job or a waxing, we’d be happy to help you out! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Will A Phone Charger Affect My Car Battery?

A lot of people wonder, if they connect their phone charger to their car, is it going to have a negative effect on their car’s battery. The answer is – no! A car phone charger typically uses about one amp of power. Car batteries tend to last about five years and you can even leave your phone charger plugged in all the time as no power is drained if a phone is not connected to the charger.

If you would like to put it into perspective, if you charger has an LED light to let you know it is plugged in, then it will use some power when a phone is not connected, but the amount of power for the whole day would be as much as pulling your car over and putting on your flashers for ten seconds.

If you think it is time for a new battery, or if you are having any electrical problems with your car, please come in and see us. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Why Do My New Car’s Tires Sound So Loud?

This is an interesting phenomenon that people can experience when they purchase a new car. Just because you have a new car doesn’t necessarily mean that everything about it is going to be quiet. Of course, it’s great to not have a lot of sound while you are driving so you can listen to your favorite tunes, but sometimes the tires that are made for your car have some characteristics that can make them louder than other tires.

The reason for this are the rubber formulations used for making the tires. Some formulations make the tire stickier, which is good for off road driving, and some tires and made to be smoother, to allow for better gas mileage. If you find that the tires that came with your car are too loud for your tastes, then come in and see us! We can get tires that give you the driving environment you want! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Cars In Davy Jones’ Locker

Last September, off the coast of St. Simons Island, a cargo ship turned over on its side with an exclusive cargo on board. That cargo was only cars! About 4,200 of them to be exact.

The boat was full of Kias and Hyundais that were headed for the Middle East to be sold. You might ask, why were cars the only cargo on a ship? It’s interesting. This particular ship was designed so that you can drive cars on, ship them halfway around the world, then drive them off!
That easy! All you need are a bunch of people with valid driver’s licenses to do the moving.

You may also think that you could get one heck of a deal if you could lay your hands on one of these new cars. However, the news is not so great. They have all been waterlogged and due to mold and engine damage are completely unusable. The shipping company and the manufacturer’s are going to half to unload them all and junk them, though. Why? Because they all have oil and gas in them and are a significant environmental hazard.

Make sure you avoid getting your car involved in a flood, if at all possible! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

This Year’s Consumer Electronics Show Has Some Automatic Cars!

In Las Vegas there has already been a major show of the year. It was the Consumer Electronics Show that showcases new gadgets and technology for consumers. Not surprisingly, cars were part of the spectacle! And what cars they were!

It is very clear now that self-driving cars are going to be here and are going to be here to stay. Perhaps the only question we should be asking is if we are going to be required to drive them or rather, have them drive us!

In addition to self driving cars there was also a self driving shuttle, to take people around resorts, corporate campuses and airports. Perhaps the most interesting new gadget for the auto world was the Smart License Plate. It will literally put the word STOLEN at the top of the plate if the car is reported stolen. This begs the question, will there be a lot of practical jokers?

Whatever you drive, or have drive you, come in and see us for a spring tire check! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

You Don’t Need An SUV To Get A Good View Of The Road

Many of us like to have a good view of the road while we are driving, That is why many of us purchase and drive around SUVs. They offer that extra lift and some additional safety features that make us feel safer carting our kids around.

However, you don’t need to buy a less-than-ideal gas guzzler like an SUV to get a good, upper hand view of the road. There are several sedans currently on the market that offer that additional seat height and stellar view!

The Hyundai Kona is a car that has some good height to it, being 61 inches tall. Kia also makes a car that looks a bit different, called the Soul, which gives a good view, as well. The Subaru Crosstrek, which hearkens back to the days of the station wagin, is 63.6 inches tall and the Chevy Volt comes close at 62.9 inches tall.

Whatever you drive, come in and have your wiper blades checked. Wiper blades often need replacing after the ice windshields of winter. We want to make sure you can see the road, no matter what you drive! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

New Car Safety Features Will Be Computerized

Technology is always advancing and its application to cars, trucks and SUVs is no different. Up to the time we reached the Digital Age, car safety improvements were all about us, human beings. Manufacturers developed seat belts, air bags and, independently, child safety seats.

In addition to the devices to hold us in place and minimize impacts, the structure of the vehicles themselves were greatly improved, allowing for things like crumple zones. These allow the vehicle to collapse in on itself, absorbing a majority of the impact in a collision.

Technology is now setting out to do one better. There are systems currently in development that will eliminate most collisions. That technology is, basically, sensor technology. Vehicles will be able to detect when another object or person is going to collide with each other, and will simply stop the vehicle. It may be a bit of a jolt for us passengers, but will save lives not to mention lots of property damage.

Come in and make sure your current safety systems are up to speed with a safety check. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

Trucks Will Never Have Great Gas Mileage

You would think with all of this technology and research and development going on that someone would find a way to make trucks more fuel efficient. In fact, many people jump for joy when they see their new truck will get 16-18 mpg on the highway. Then they take a moment and think, wow, my friend who just bought a Corolla is getting 32 mpg. What gives?

That being said, trucks are slowly improving their fuel efficiency. Back in 2008 the Ford F-150 was only bragging about 14 mpg on the highway. Today it is up to the industry standard of 16-18 mpg. The bottom line is that with a truck you are moving around a lot more metal and components than you are with a sedan or even an SUV.

Whatever you drive come in and make sure your fuel filter is clean. That is one way you can make sure you are getting the best fuel economy out of your vehicle, truck or car! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!

What Is Autonomous Intelligent Driving?

This is a new technology that made its first appearance at the Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. What this technology does is to fuse Artificial Intelligence (AI) with multiple sensors to create a self-driving automobile. The industry is working on quite a short deadline. They want to be able to produce completely self-driving cars by the year 2021. Fortunately, the technology for this is not too far off.

There are, of course, concerns that self-driving cars will cause lots of accidents and many of them perhaps tragic. No technology is perfect and we have all heard stories of self-driving cars being involved in fatal crashes more often than we would like.

What do you think about self-driving cars? Would you be comfortable in one? For now, bring your car that you drive in yourself and we will make sure it’s inspected and ready for the rest of our Vermont winter! If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!