Category Archives: Handy’s Service Center

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!

I Can’t Reach My Lug Nuts, The Cover Is Stuck!

Lots of folks don’t like the idea of having their lug nuts showing as they are not very stylish. Lots of folks also take care of this issue by buying chrome lug nut covers that hide the lug nuts and make the wheel look much better.

The problem is that these covers are very thin and they can rust out easily and get stuck on the lug nut making it impossible to remove the lug nuts when you need to change or rotate tires. There is a fix for this!

Since the lug nuts are very thin you can use a screwdriver or chisel to break away the lug nut covers and access your lug nuts. If you really want you can purchase new lug nut covers to replace the old ones and keep the stylish look of your wheels!

If you have any rim or tire issues, come in and see us. We will help you keep your tires in tip top roadworthy shape. 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 Are There Inches And Millimeters In Tire Sizes?

If you have ever bought tires, and believe me most of us have, you may have noticed that the width of the tire is stated in millimeters but the hole in the middle of the tire is described in inches. This may at first not be noticed but once you think about it, why not be consistent and either use English measurements or metric?

The answer has to do with two different factors. One is that in America we have stubbornly held onto our English measurement system while the rest of the world has gone metric. If you cross the border north into Canada, you will see that everything there, including speed limits, are posted in metric.

The other factor that comes into play is that it is an actual statute that to sell tires in the American market, the hole in the middle of the tire must be described in inches. Voila! There you have the reason for there being multiple measurement systems in our tire sizes.

No matter what kind of tires you drive, come in and see us to make sure they are roadworthy or if they need a rotation! 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!

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!