New Cars Don’t Have CD Players

Here’s what may be a terrifying fact out there for audiophiles. New cars are ditching CD players! It’s true!

We recently had a 2019 Toyota Camry come into the shop for an oil change. We couldn’t help but notice there was no CD player in the dashboard and the owner told us there wasn’t a CD changer anywhere in the car, either. With a little bit of Internet digging, we discovered that most everyone is putting their music on their phones. Nowadays Bluetooth is the way to play music. In many ways it is much safer than CDs. You don’t have to fish for the right CD and take it out of the case, etc. Most phones have voice commands that will instantly play whatever song you wish to hear that is stored on your phone.

You may have to ditch the CD player in your car, but you don’t have to ditch excellent service! Keep coming in and seeing us for your regular maintenance needs. 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!

There’s An App For Road Injured Animals

We all hate to do it, but occasionally the wild critters out there run smack in front of our vehicles and we cannot avoid hitting them. However, not every time we run into a wild animal does it die. For those larger animals that survive and the smaller ones that don’t take a direct hit, the good folks at Animal Watch, a non-profit animal advocacy group, have developed an app to inform you about the nearest animal rescues to your location.

The app is called Animal Help Now! and is available for iPhone OS and Android. In additional to providing contact and location information for animal rescues, it also provides information on what to do for different specific types of animals that are injured. Once you have your injured animal taken care of, come in and see us to have your car evaluated for any damage that may have occurred. 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 Noticed Your Rental Car Interior Is Always Black?

We love to drive our own cars, always have, always will. However, on those occasions when we travel we often get to rent a car, which can be a thrill if we get something cool, or a drag if we get a generic sedan. No matter what you rent, you will notice one thing in common with every rental car. They all have black cloth interiors. This is something the industry figured out ages and ages ago, and the reason is probably clear now that I mention the prevalence of black rental car interiors.

The reason all rental cars have black cloth interiors is, you guessed it, to hide those coffee stains! And, of course, whatever other stains a family of four may put on the seats. If your kids get too crazy and grind jelly beans into the hot summer seats, you may have to pay a cleaning fee. Check with your credit card company, many offer insurance on rentals that cover such accidents. As always, bring your own car into our shop for a wiper blade check. Necessary for those summer thunderstorms! 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!

I’ve Lost My Owners Manual, Where Can I Find A New One?

This is something that rarely happens, as most of us keep our owners manual in the glove compartment of our vehicles, but occasionally we can take them out, use them and then forget to put them back. If you have lost your owners manual, you can rejoice! For there is a place on the Internet where you can get a virtual replacement!

Over the years a website has slowly built up a PDF compendium of product manuals from all kinds of industries. Fortunately, cars is one of the major focuses of this endeavor. A PDF is a sort of virtual book that can be read in most web browsers or by downloading an app. They are free to use and free to read. If you go to manualslib.com you can search for your owners manual and download it. You can read it, search it or if you really want to, print it out. When you are done getting your PDF manual, bring your car by and have us check the tires. With the heavy rains happening, you want to make sure your tire treads are still deep enough to grip the road. 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!

Should I Tighten My Lug Nuts?

If you change your own tire in an emergency situation, you should come in and see us about tightening your lug nuts. There is a science to tightening lug nuts and you just don’t go around in a circle, you have to tighten them like you would cut a pizza. We won’t go into details, but suffice to say, if you tighten your own lug nuts you could end up having them missing or getting your car way out of alignment. It is really important to do this correctly not only for the longevity of your tires, but also the longevity of you!

If you replace a tire in an emergency situation, come in so we can rotate and balance your tires, if needed, and make sure that your tire is attached securely and correctly to your vehicle. If you notice any tires leaking, also come in and see us for either a plug or replacement. 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!

I Smell Burning Oil. Where Could It Be Coming From?

Let’s say you are driving down the road and you come to a stoplight. Suddenly you notice a very pungent smell and it makes you slightly lightheaded. You search your memory and realize quite quickly that is it the odor of burning oil. You get to your destination and open the hood, but nothing sticks out, you don’t see any major leak.

When this happens, the cause is usually gasket related. If you are lucky, it is a valve cover gasket issue, which is not a huge repair. If it is a cylinder head gasket issue, that is a big deal and constitutes a major repair. The leak may not even be that big, all it takes is a drop or two of oil hitting the exhaust pipe to create one nasty aroma.

If you do notice a burnt oil odor, bring your car in and we will determine the cause and give you options with how to repair the issue. Remember, it is not good to inhale those vapors, so come in and see us right away. 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!

Make Sure Keyless Ignition Is Off

A tragedy occurred in Florida recently when an elderly couple in their eighties died from carbon monoxide poisoning. They had parked their new Toyota Avalon in their attached garage and left the ignition on. This happens quit a lot with keyless ignition cars as they are often very quiet or the hearing of the occupants isn’t that great, or the garage door drowns out the sound of the engine. Over the course of the evening, their bedroom was located next to the garage in their one floor home, filled with carbon monoxide and they passed away.

When you have a car with keyless ignition, it is always important to double and triple check that you have turned off the ignition. Clearly, someone passing away is an extreme and rare outcome. Much more likely is that you run the car’s battery down and you need a jump start. In any event, if you notice any issues with your car starting, keyless or otherwise, make an appointment and 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!

Lost My Credit Card In The Seat?

This has happened to all of us, we put our credit card on the console between the seats and gas up. Then, when we are ready to pay, we reach for the card and accidentally knock of off the console and it goes into the dreaded abyss between the seats. What’s worse, when we go fishing for it, we don’t see it! Even when we use the flashlight app on our phone, there’s not even a glimpse! What gives?

Well, to let you in on a little secret, the card is most likely under the carpeting in the cabin! How is this possible? At the four points where the seat is attached to the floor, there are cuts in the carpet, large enough for something like, a credit card, to slip into. If you move the seat all the way forward and reach into one of those cuts, you will most likely find your card, and probably a lot of change too!

If you have lost anything in your car, or your seats are giving you any trouble, 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!

A Tip For Next Winter

Most of you probably already know this, but since our fair state of Vermont got some May snow, we thought we’d share a winter driving tip with you, if for no other reason than it will be useful next winter. If you know that winter weather is coming, and your car is going to be parked outside for any amount of time, make sure you lift up your windshield wipers. This will keep them from getting stuck to the windshield and having their effectiveness reduced by being torn off of the windshield when it is time to get your car going. It’s a little tip that can help your wiper blades go a long way!

Always have your car checked out for all of its safety features at least once a year. Even if it’s during an oil change, have your wipers, brakes and emergency brake inspected to make sure they are working properly and don’t need replacing or repairing. 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!

If You Need A “Lyft” To The Vet, Check With The Driver First

Let’s say your car is in the shop, or you don’t have a car, and you need to take your pet to the vet. Though this is not technically a car issue, it is related to cars and it is something to consider, so we thought we’d mention it.

Lyft and Uber operate as a business which employs independent contractors. In other words, every driver for Lyft and Uber is their own “boss” and can set their own rules. If you want to take your pet to the vet in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you may be met with a “can’t do that” when you are picked up. Some drivers may have allergies, some may be afraid of your pet, and some may just not want to take the chance that their car get scratched up. So, it is best to let the driver know you are going to be bringing your pet somewhere, and if that is OK with them. If you do have a car, bring it in for a windshield wiper check, as those summer rains are coming! 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!