Category Archives: Handy’s Service Center

Why Radar Detectors Are More Annoying Than Useful

In many places the use of radar detectors is illegal and therefore you are not allowed to use them. However, even if they were legal everywhere there is a very good reason why you probably wouldn’t want to use one anyway. That reason is: false alarms!

It’s true. There are so many things on the road nowadays, and specifically in cars and perhaps even YOUR car, that would cause a radar detector to beep and chirp and give a false alarm. Among the technological wonders that can set off a radar detector are parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. All of those can and most likely will set off a false alert. Given how many new cars are on the road, it goes from being an annoyance to sounding like you are driving in a video game from the eighties!

Whatever your drive, don’t speed and don’t forget to keep your car up to speed by having Handy’s Service Center check its safety features and tires. Come in for a checkup and stay safe on 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!

If You Give Your Teen A Car, Make It An Ugly One

So your kid is turning sixteen or seventeen and he or she has been begging you for some wheels. After months of unrelenting pleading you finally give in and say you will buy them something. But what should it be?

Perhaps the best advice would be to get your kid something that is both safe… and ugly!

The safe part goes without saying. You want your kids to be safe and you want them to survive their first accidently, which statistically they ARE going to get into!

You might ask, why ugly? The reason is simple. If you give your kid a status symbol, like a Mercedes or Corvette, right off the bat, it will give them the illusion that they have made it and are successful. Help them work towards their goals of success by letting them experience a ride but hunger for something just a little better. And whatever ugly duckling of a ride you choose, make sure to bring it in to Handy’s for regular maintenance!

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 Cruise Control Have An On/Off Switch?

This is a question that has been asked before, and more often than you might think. If your car has cruise control, why do you have to turn it on to turn it on? I mean, why can’t you just “set it and forget it?”

There are a couple of reasons why you have to turn on your cruise control before you set it. The main one being, what if you are in city traffic and you accidentally hit the “Resume” button when the last speed you were cruising at was 70 MPH? That could be cause for some “interesting” driving!

Also, if you are on a country road, same thing, you accidentally engage the cruise control and wonder why the car keeps going when you take your foot off the accelerator.

It’s basically just an added safety feature to make sure you want to use the cruise control. It may be a nuisance, but ramming the car in front of you in traffic is definitely going to slow your day down more! 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!

Back In The Day, Did “Woodies” Actually Have Real Wood?

We have all heard of the legendary classic cars that were considered to be “Woodies.” Sedans or station wagons that had real wood on the exterior. Or was it?

Today we see fake wood everywhere – inside the car at least. Most non-basic trims for many vehicles have fake wood on the dash or door, perhaps on the console. As far as exterior fake wood goes, it basically left in 1996 with the last Buick Roadmaster Estate.

However, as far as those classic cars to, the wood on the outisde was actually real! And you had to care for it as being real as well.

If your car, with or without fake wood, needs to have a tuneup or oil change, make sure to 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!

Electric Cars Equal Low Maintenance

It is something you may not realize right away. Even though electric cars may be cutting edge. the engines themselves are way simpler than gas run engines. Just for starters, there are no valve seals or head gaskets to blow!

Yes, if you purchase a totally electric car, you will be purchasing a machine that has a much simpler enginer in it thanyour gas powered vehicle. It is, therefore, much easier to maintain. You will never have to replace a hose, exhaust system or oil leak again. However, don’t think you get away from us that easy!

You will still need to have your battery checked and your computer system monitored. Those are the biggest problems you will face with your electric vehicle, at least at the current moment.

Whether you need an oil change, a computer check or a battery inspection, come in and see us this winter, thanks!

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!

In China, Car Shows Are BIG!

The Chinese love cars! In fact, the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition is such a large automobile show that it takes up NINE HALLS!

In addition to hot new designs from Chinese auto makers such as Wey and Hongqi (never heard of those? Right?!) they love the classic American cars too, such as the Ford Mustang.

Among other favorites are the super luxury cars from Aston Martin and, of course, Mercedes. Another big trend taking off in the Chinese auto industry are customized, really luxurious vans. The kind with pillows depicting tranquil Chinese streams and trees.

Whatever you drive, be it a Wey, Hongqi, Honda or, yes, Ford(!), bring it is to have its wipers and tires checked for the current winter season.

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 Get High Mileage Motor Oil For My High Mileage Car?

This is something that gets asked often. People will bring in their Toyotas, Hondas and occasionally Fords (!) with over 150,000 miles on them and ask if they should put what is sold as “high mileage” oil into their engines.

The truth of the matter is that it really doesn’t matter what type of oil you use as long as it is the type specified by the manufacturer of your vehicle. Let’s face it, if you have leaky valves or seals, there isn’t any oil on the planet that is going to fix the problem for you. What is important is that you change the oil according to the protocol of your vehicle’s manufacturer.

When it is time for that oil change, make sure you come in and see us. We can accommodate you quickly and reasonably. Give us a call and set up an appointment for an economic and quick oil change.

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 Kind Of Gas Should I Use In An Old Muscle Car?

Let’s say your dad or grandpa left  you their classic ’69 Chevelle SS. A real muscle car, for sure! Let’s say that it runs great and that you take it to the pump for your first fill up with the new wheels. The question you ask yourself is, what kind of gas should I put in this beast?

The most important thing to remember here is that you want to make sure that the car does not ping. Pinging occurs when some fuel combusts in a cylinder before it’s supposed to. You can experiment with different octane levels to see which one your car operates most quietly at. Hopefully, for your wallet or pocket book, you can use 87 octane gas!

If you have an older vehicle, make sure to come in and have your fuel lines checked. Leaking fuel can be dangerous and certainly inefficient!

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!

When Parking On A Hill, What Order Do I Brake In?

There can be some confusion as to what order you should perform the parking ritual when parking on a hillside. On flat surfaces we rarely think of engaging the parking brake, but on a hillside most of us are “inclined” xD to do so!

The way to park on a hillside is simple if you remember these three easy steps. First put your foot firmly on the brake and put the car in Park. Once the car is in park, the engage the parking brake. Once you have the parking brake engaged, you can then take your foot off the brake.

The best way to remember the protocol is foot on brake first, foot off brake last!

Come in and see us to have your brakes checked for the upcoming winter, and remember, wet leaves  can be as slick as ice!  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!

Sears Once Made Cars!

It was sad to hear of the recent bankruptcy filing by Sears, that once giant retailer that was the Amazon of its day.   The original founder of Sears didn’t make cars but his successor tried getting into the market with the 1909 Sears Motor Buggy.

The buggy was well liked and here is an actual review of one from 1910:

I received your motor car in August last; am much pleased with it and it does all you claim it will do. Last season I ran the car about 1,500 miles without a break or bog, and it crossed the Blue Mountain and also the Broad Mountain out in the coal regions with ease. We have rough and hilly roads here in Pennsylvania and the Sears stood all kinds of tests.

Like so many salvos into new markets, the buggy was not profitable and Sears discontinued it after 1912. Who knows. Will Amazon develop its own 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!