Low Profile Tires And Things That Go Bump On The Road

OK, so nobody thinks that a station wagon is the sportiest looking thing on the road. We can all agree to that. However, many automakers are trying to convince you otherwise by putting – low profile tires on their station wagon models! These may make mom the coolest mom at the end of soccer practice, but they can also cause some unwanted headaches.

Perhaps the most common complaint we hear about low profile tires is how they amplify every bump in the road. Yes, it is true, since the tires have less air/space in them, they provide much less of a buffer when you go over those potholes and bumps. If you have a bad back, you may want to think twice about that low profile sleek look!

Other than comfort issues, low profile tires are notorious for allowing rims to get bent. That same air/space that keeps you buffered from bumps also keeps the rims protected from gashes and being dented. It all seems a hefty price to pay to look cool!

If you tires, low profile or otherwise, are wearing thin, or your rims look bent, come in and see us, we can get you a new rim and put safe tires on your 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!

Have You Seen The Backs Of New Cars?

Design is a wonderful thing! Everybody loves the fresh look of new lines and sharp tones in that latest model release from your favorite auto manufacturer. But, have things gone too far? Is it possible that designers have taken one step too many?

If you look at the back of most new models, you will notice that the tail lights and the rear bumpers are very complexly designed. The use of very noticeable angles, colors and patterns all figure prominently in the design of new cars. However, there is no actual benefit to performance for any of this. For some reason, auto manufacturers believe that a car has to look “complex” and “interesting” to be one that people will want to purchase. Is it true? I guess that’s up for each of us to decide!

if you tail lights are out, or your blinker isn’t working right, come in and see us, no matter how complex the back of your car is designed! 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 Revving Cars Before Parking At Night A Good Idea?

This is one of those myths from long ago that most young people have probably never even heard of. Some old timers may have heard, and may still believe, that revving your car before putting it to rest at night is a good idea. This comes from an old and incorrect adage that carburetors had a “float bowl” that would fill with gas if the engine was revved making it easier to start the car the next morning.

The truth of the matter is that the float bowl, in the old cars that have carburetors, is always full of gas, and revving it does little more than annoy your neighbors! If you have an old car, we’d love to help you keep it maintained as they are a joy to look at and even more of a joy to drive.

If your engine isn’t purring the way it should, or if you think there is something up with your gas lines, 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!

What Can A VIN Number Tell Me?

Let’s say you are out shopping for a used car and you find one, either from a dealership or an individual. You know that VIN numbers are good to have for a prospective vehicle purchase, but what information can you actually get from one? The answer is – a lot!

A vehicles VIN number is most useful in looking up that vehicle’s build. You can use a VIN number on many Internet sites. Once entered, a VIN number will tell you the vehicle’s specifications. These can include engine size, bed size, transmission, interior specifications and even factory options. You can also get a history of the car’s title through the VIN number, which will tell you if an insurance company owned the car, which likely means it was involved in an accident.

However, be aware that if you do research with a VIN number online, you will probably be charged for any information, and it may not even be complete. If you have any questions about purchasing a new or used car, 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!

My Tire Is Constantly Losing Air But Has No Holes

Let’s say you have a tire that is constantly needing to be pumped up. No matter what, every few days it’s gone a bit flat and you have to stop at the local convenience store and inflate it. One day, you get fed up with having to continually put those quarters in that air pump and you go to your mechanic to get the tire plugged. The surprise is that… there are no holes in your tire! Nothing to plug!

You may wonder what on earth could be the cause of the leak? If it’s not a hole or nail in my tire, what could be causing the continual loss of air? In many cases, the answer could be the wheel itself.

Sometimes it is possible to scrape the side of your wheel against a curb so badly, that it actually dents, or deforms the rim. This causes there to be a small break in the seal around the rim that the tire can’t close, because it no longer fits seamlessly. In this case, you need a new rim and the tire is still probably good to go for another 10,000 miles, at least.

If you notice a tire that is constantly in need of some air, or a dent in your wheel, 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!

My Back Was So Hot This Summer Against The Car Seat

Cars have become far more comfortable than they were back in the fifties and sixties. Back in those days most car seats were vinyl and you would fry the backs of your legs on the seat if you were wearing shorts in the summer! After those days cloth came along and made the seat a lot more comfortable. However, on summer days, your back can still get super sweaty and uncomfortable on those long drive, even with the air conditioning on.

Fortunately, there is a remedy for this! You can now purchase ventilated seats. They do a great job of keeping air circulated around you body allowing you to cool evenly and not get that annoying sweat mark on your back.

If you do purchase a ventilated seat, we recommend you purchase one where the seat itself is ventilated as well as the back. Here’s to driving in great comfort!

If you have a power or reclining seat that isn’t working property, 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!

First Turn Signal Invented By Female Movie Star

It’s true! The very first turn signal was invented by the actress Florence Lawrence. She was a very successful actress who was able to afford a car, which she loved. She even compared her vehicle to a human being, saying it was just like a person to her.

She called it an “auto-signaling” arm and it was attached to the rear bumper. Through a couple of push buttons installed on the dash board, the arm would be moved side to side to indicate either a right or left turn, based upon the button selected. However, Florence didn’t apply for a patent and her initial version of the turn signal never caught on.

For decades, motorists would use their arm, like someone on a bicycle to signal their turning intentions. It wasn’t until 1929, when Oscar J. Simler invented a device that not only showed the intended turn of a driver, but also lit up a red light when the brakes were deployed!

If your turn signal isn’t working, or you have a turn signal or brake light out, 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!

How Long Will My Prius Battery Last?

Just like the batteries in our phones, the batteries in our car will degrade over time and eventually lose their ability to hold a charge. During that period, the amount of charge that can be held declines as well. It’s just a long slide down to the battery trash heap!

There are cars that can easily go 250,000 miles before they die, and there are Prius batteries we’ve seen go 250,000 miles before they need replacing. Your car will tell you, in any case. A warning light will appear letting you know that your battery is going to need to be replaced soon.

Fortunately, the cost of replacing Prius batteries has come way down. You can get a new one for about three thousand. You could also buy an aftermarket replacement battery for about half of that cost.

So, the answer to the original question is: about 150,000-200,000 miles. That’s how long you can expect your Prius battery to last. 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 My Used Car Worth?

We have a lot of customers who just feel it is the right time for a new car. Their car may be running just fine, but it is a decade old or even a few years old and they just want a new ride. So, before they go off to a dealership they casually ask, what do you think my car is worth?

There are two ways to determine your car’s approximate value. One is to go to a site like Kelly Blue Book and look up your car’s trade in value. You should compare that to your car’s private sale value. It may be worth selling your car yourself and taking that cash to the dealership as a downpayment.

Next is to check what price your vehicle is selling for on the current used market. The best ways to do that is to check Craigslist and Cars.com for what similar vehicles are selling for. Once you have the facts, you can then make an informed decision as to what to do with your old ride.

Until you decide to sell your car or trade it in, make sure you see us every 3,000 miles to make sure you get to your next ride safely and surely! 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 Does My Car Require Premium Unleaded?

Many people out there think that if their car “requires” them to use premium unleaded gasoline, that it is some sort of marketing gimmick and they really don’t need to use it. They couldn’t be father from the truth.

The reason certain cars require premium unleaded gasoline is that they have high compression engines. Yes, these are indeed performance engines and you won’t find them in your run of the mill Honday Civic or Ford Fusion.

High compression engines can fire before a regular compression engine because of the higher pressures within the cylinders of the engine. Coincidentally, premium unleaded has a higher ignition point and is therefore adaptable and suitable for high compression engines.

If your car is knocking or pinging, or you are not sure what type of fuel is best for your car, 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!