4 Ways To Improve Your Car’s Performance

In these days of high fuel prices, it may seem ridiculous to consider ways to increase your car’s performance as they are almost always associated with increased fuel consumption. However, there are four ways to increase performance that do not have to negatively impact your gas mileage. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

1. Reusable Air Filters. Landfills are stuffed with items we use once and then throw out. Auto air filters are one such item and through the life of a car you can go through 6-12 of them with no problem. For approximately three times the price, washable and reusable air filters are a great alternative. When you purchase one it likely will be the last air filter your car will ever need. Reusable air filters enable you to gain slight increases in horsepower and acceleration as well as to impact the environment in a positive way.

2. Performance Chips. All new cars are operated by a computer chip that tells how much torque and horsepower can be displaced. Performance chips or recalibrations of your current chip can produce significant increases in horsepower and torque for your vehicle.

3. Performance Exhaust Systems. Cat-back or “catalyst-back exhaust systems” are a great way to free up trapped torque and to unleash horsepower. Keeping all the important emissions parts in place, a cat-back system incorporates large width exhaust pipes and low restriction performance mufflers into your car thereby lowering exhaust back pressure.

4. Cold Air Intake. A cold air intake is an under the bonnet modification that helps to reduce the temperature of the air entering the car for the sole purpose of increasing the power of the engine. Side benefits include enhancements to the appearance of the engine bay as this part can be attractive and colorful.

Costs for each of these performance enhancements can vary greatly. Shopping online with a trusted wholesaler is one of the best ways to find top quality parts at the lowest possible prices. You can try doing the work yourself, and you may possibly save a little bit of money that way.

It is much safor though to use a qaulified mechanic for any major modifications, reapairs and regular servicing use . Always ensure your vehicle is serviced and maintained properly. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

5 Tips for a Clean Garage Workshop

You park your car in the driveway and you still have to work on your projects in the back yard. If you don’t use your garage for its designed purpose, why not turn it into a tidy workshop? Here are five steps to turn your garage in a perfect small home workshop:

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1) Create your own workbench from an old door, some sawhorses or scrap wood.

2) Mount a pegboard on the wall to store your tools. Complete Vehcile Services tidy tools It would be a great idea to mount it above your workbench. Strategically place pegs according to the type of tools you will be placing on the board. After hanging your tools, trace around them with a marker so you will know where each one goes.

3) Use old jars for holding nails, nuts, bolts and screws.

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4) Make a storage box for the rags because they tend to accumulate in the working area.

5) Use a small tackle box for transporting items such as screws and nails as you move around the shop.
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For any major reapairs and regular servicing use a qaulified mechanic. Always ensure your vehicle is serviced and maintained properly. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

Little Things You Can Do To Save Money On Car Fuel

Nowadays, car fuel prices are always on the rise and consumers are suffering. Gone are the days when you can carelessly drive your car without worrying about burning up too much fuel.

There are important procedures that you, as a car owner, can take in order to improve fuel mileage. The following are practical tips to conserve petrol or diesel:

Close Windows – Windows that are open can create air drag that can decrease the fuel consumption by 10%.

Avoid Bumpy Roads – Rough roads should not be taken as much as possible. Dirt, bumps, rough roads and gravels can cause 30% increase in fuel consumption.

Keep Your Car Light – Take out unnecessary baggage. The boot should be kept clean, any gadget, tools or loads that are not needed should be taken out. 100 pounds (about 50kg) of extra baggage can affect fuel economy by two percent.

Drive Efficiently – Just drive reasonably within the speed limit. Remember that speeds of more than 100 Kilometers per hour increase fuel consumption. The speed limit on the open road is 100km/h anyway, but most drivers will exceed this every once in a while. Now you have even more reason to stick to the speed limit as it will help you keep your fuel bill in check.

Do not do sudden starts, accelerations and stops. Acceleration should be done gradually. The gas pedal should not be stepped on more than one fourth of the way down. This will allow the engine to function most efficiently. Fuel conservation could reach up to 5 percent if sudden stops, jerks and accelerations are avoided. Make use of gears for overdrive and cruise control as needed.

Check Your Car Regularly – The car should always be maintained. The engine should be given a regular tune up, the tires should always have the right air pressure and efficiently aligned, the oil should be changed when needed and air filters replaced regularly. Clogged filters can affect petrol consumption adversely by up to ten percent.

Don’t Burn Fuel Unnecessarily – Turn off the engine whenever there is an opportunity. Idle engine wastes fuel. There are instances where the engine could be turned off; stopping for petrol, waiting for someone, changing tire pressure, caught in stand-still traffic and a lot more.

Don’t Warm Up Too Long – Lengthy warming up of the engine should be avoided. 30 to 45 seconds should be enough time.

By following these simple tips, you will be surprised at how much money you can save on your car fuel consumption. And guess what? The money really adds up if you continue to follow these simple practices for conserving car fuel!

Always ensure your vehicle is serviced and maintained properly. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

Installing New Sheepskin Seat Covers

Installing your new seat covers can be a pain at time. But by following these simple instructions you will find the installation will go a lot smoother.

First off, if your car has removeable headrests you will need to take those off first. Most of the time there will be a release button at the top of your seat.

Now once you have the headrests off, if there were any, it’s time to start putting on the seat covers. Just follow these easy 7 steps.

1. Begin at the top of the seat, slowly pulling the seat cover down over the shoulder of the seat. Take a moment to make sure that the seat cover is centered on the seat.

2. Take the centre straps and push them through the space in between the backrest and the seat cushion. You will need to reach around and pull them all the way through from the other side. This process can be done easily by kneeling on the seat cushion to create a larger space, or tilting the seat back.

3. From the back of the seat, grab the center straps and hook them to the underside of the seat. The hooks can be fastened to the springs or any metal edges down there. Note: Do not hook the straps to the sliding track of the seat or any electrical wiring there may be.

Be careful to keep your head clear when attaching the straps, if they slip out they can shoot back and cause injury.

For 2 door cars, be sure to leave enough slack for the seat to move forward, allowing people to get into the back seat. If the straps are too taught, they may break when the seat in tilted forward.

4. Now take the side straps and push them through centre at each side of the seat. Pull the straps down and back and hook them to the underside of the seat, again being careful not to put the straps in the way of the sliding track.

5. Pull seatcover forward and smooth out over seat cushions and sides. Pull straps at front and hook to underside of the seat.

6. Sit down in your seat and check to make sure that the cover is fitted properly to the seat and not off centre.

If your car has adjustable headrests, you may now need to get a sharp knife and make a small cut to allow you to re-insert your headrests. This can be done from sitting in the back of the seat. Line up the knife with the headrest holes in the seat and then move the sheepskin away from the seat (by lifting up) when cutting holes. Make sure you cut through the sheepskin and lining.

You’re done, now go for a drive and enjoy.

Always ensure your vehicle is serviced and maintained properly. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

Your Tires Count !

The Automobile Association has recently stated that as long as your vehicle has tires that are in good working condition, you would be able to have a good fuel economy and extend the life of your vehicle as well.

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Tire Awareness was launched so as to assist drivers in understanding the basic tire care. Aside from this, the fact remains that there is still that need for proper tire maintenance. From research done, the statistics have shown that around 85 percent of drivers do not actually check their vehicle’s tire pressure properly.

Engineers at the Automobile Association state, “Not knowing the condition of your vehicle’s tires is equal to pouring money down the drain. Proper tire inflation is necessary to for safe driving and to reduce petrol costs.Under inflated tires can cut fuel economy by up to two percent per pound of pressure below the recommended level. During every fill up, motorists should walk around their vehicles and check tires for uneven or excessive tread wear and proper inflation. Drivers can refer to their vehicle’s doorjamb or glove box for original specifications or the manufacturer of the replacement tire for tire pressure inflation.”

As per statistics that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has, nearly one out of every three vehicles on the roads and highways has a significant under inflated tire. Aside from this fact is that there are some 600 fatalities and around 33,000 injuries that happen every year. These are results of low tire pressure related crashes.

Check your tire pressure regularly, and always ensure your vehicle is serviced and maintained properly. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

Is Your Automatic Transmission Working Well?

The automatic transmission system is simply one kind of transmission system for a car or vehicle. The other type is the manual transmission system. Now, the main difference between the two is that with the automatic transmission system, you would not have to change your gear ratios for the auto-system would do the shifting for you as your go about driving your car. In addition, there are semi-automatic systems which allow you to shift gears manually AND run your transmission automatic.

Part of your car’s automatic transmission system is the automatic transmission fluid and this is also known as the ATF. Automobile experts suggest it is important that you do check this regularly. However, if you do feel that your automatic transmission system is not shifting gears as smoothly as before, then it is recommended that you your car’s ATF checked properly by an authoruised technicion Like Simon from CVS.

To check your car’s ATF quickly, you should first park your car on level ground. Then start up your engine. You should also leave the gear in neutral or in park. Have a little patience while your engine warms up.

When you have achieved so, try to locate the ATF dipstick. This is usually located at the back of your car’s engine. You would know it is the ATF dipstick because it is much shorter compared to the engine oil dipstick. Pull the dipstick out and remove it. Then, wipe it off clean using a rag. After that, put it back in the engine and push it all the way. Then remove it again.

It is now time to scrutinize the dipstick tip. You would see that there are actually two marks there – one is for cold readings while the other is for warm readings. You should set your sight on the one marked ‘warm’. You should see that the ATF should come up until the line that has been marked ‘Full’. If not, then it is time to add your ATF for your car.

Always make sure you use the appropriate ATF for your vehicle Make and Model, in order to avoid damaging your transmussion or making your car’s warranty void. In any case, it is best to let an expert do that for you.

Always maintain your vehicle in the best possible mechanical condition. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

Protecting The Value of Your Car

There are many accessories you can purchase to protect your vehicle. Those mentioned here are just some of the most often chosen. Whether you are looking to protect the interior or exterior, measures taken to keep your vehicle looking its best and at the same time insuring retention of the vehicle’s top value will be highly beneficial when it comes time to trade it in or sell privately. Even if you are not looking at future values for sale, using accessories like new seat covers, floor mats or a car bra will make you proud to be seen in your vehicle as well as the protection these accessories will provide.

The front-end car bra is an accessory that will provide protection for your vehicle’s front end. Specially ordered for your vehicle, the car bra is made to fit snugly and perfectly for maximum protection. Its value is in its ability to act as a guard from road hazards such as bugs, chemicals such as tar and gravel on roadways and from pitting damage on your automobile’s grill and paint surfaces. The bra, while having an important protective feature, also gives your vehicle a classier appearance. Usually constructed of heavy vinyl and a firm padding underneath, the car bra will stand the test of time. Most vehicle bras are easy to install and remove. The benefits in adding value, protection and a sleek look to your vehicle are well worth the small investment of a car front-end bra.

Bug shields are yet another valuable protective piece you can add to your vehicle. Modern bug shields are designed aerodynamically to not only compliment the look of your car’s front end, but they also maximise fuel usage. By not allowing a pushing type of air force against the vehicle, aerodynamically made shields create an ease in air flow so that your car doesn’t have to use extra fuel to compensate for the additional pressure or work. Bug shields are great for protecting your car from road debris, excessive bug collection and chipping from stones or other road hazards.

A car cover is an essential accessory if you must leave your vehicle outside in the harsh elements of the sun, rain or snow. It will protect your car from wear and tear and the hazards of extreme weather conditions when garaging or cover protection like a carport is not available. It should fit snugly around the normally exposed portions of the vehicle. Car covers are usually made of heavy duty protecting materials that will keep the damaging weather elements away from the automobile’s painted surfaces and will protect from the above mentioned weather hazards. Car covers are especially valuable if you use them while the vehicle is parked anywhere someone or something can bump into the vehicle and create paint or body damage.

Floor Mats are the perfect accessory to not only give your interior a new or more finished look, they are indispensable in the protection they provide against wear and tear on the floor carpet. You can purchase floor mats in most any variety of colours, styles, and designs. They are available in materials such as rubber, clear plastic or heavy duty carpet material to name a few. Floor mats can be made specific to your vehicle or purchased at auto parts stores. The benefits to having floor mats cannot be overstated. They can aid in comfort when driving on long road trips, they protect from shoe damage in the acceleration area of the floor and they keep everyday dirt and grime from attaching to your vehicle’s original carpet. A purchase of floor mats at nominal prices can give your vehicle protection from years of floor or carpet damage in the vehicle.

No matter what part of the world you live in, tinting your vehicle’s windows can offer protection in many ways. Window tinting has long been known to reduce the heat coming into your vehicle. Anyone that owns an automobile in New Zealand will tell you that the sun’s heat (and damaging ultraviolet rays) is not only destructive, it is downright uncomfortable. So in these two ways, tinting can increase your comfort while driving and decrease fading or discolouration of the interior’s vinyl or fabric work. If you choose a safety film, you will get even more protection.

A safety film on your vehicle’s windows has been known to reduce injuries to occupants from flying shattered glass in auto accidents. If you have a large object hit your windshield, safety film may deter the object from coming directly into your vehicle and hitting any passengers.

Lastly, but certainly not less important, seat covers have numerous benefits. Seat covers protect the material that covers the original fabric of your car’s seats. This is very important for owners that live in sun drenched areas, work in conditions where your clothing is contaminated with dirt, grease, or other destructive materials and for those owners that participate in activities such as biking, hiking, or swimming (the chlorine alone is severely damaging if you are not fully dried off). Seat covers are not just about protecting, they can also provide a tailored and clean look to your vehicle’s interior.

Your vehicle will look well kept and well taken care of if you purchase seat covers before damage occurs. You can pull them off before selling or trading in your vehicle for that eye-appealing look that says you the owner took very good care of the car. Sometimes a nice and fresh looking interior will sell a vehicle even if the exterior is a bit worn.

While there are many other accessories out there for your vehicle, the ones mentioned here will go a long way in giving you peace of mind. You will know that you have done what you can to insure that your vehicle will look close to new even when it is ten years old. If you want to sell your vehicle someday, you have applied accessories that will most likely bring you maximum dollar at selling or trade-in time. You can never lose by adding protective accessories to you car.

Always maintain your vehicle in the best possible mechanical condition. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

Best Ways To Check A Used Car

What is the best, most effecctive way to check a used car prior to purchase?

Since its inception, the market of used cars has suddenly escalated at an unprecedented rate for the past few years. In fact, surveys show that the number of people who buy used cars is almost tripled when compared to the number of people who buy new cars.

However, it does not necessarily mean that buyers will just take the process of selecting used cars for granted. Hence, it is important to take note of the ways to check the car prior to the closure of the deal.

Therefore, if you wish to know the different ways on checking the condition of the used car, here are some pointers:

1. Test drive

There is no better way to check the condition of the car than to do a test drive. In this way, you will be able to know the actual condition of the car and its parts like the brakes, accelerator, etc.

Also, you will be able to detect at once if there are some “clunks” and rattles on the used car, even if the test drive is just a short trip.

2. Personal inspection

Aside from test-driving, it is also important for you to personally inspect the details of the body make-up and its condition.

In this manner, you will be able to identify any signs of rusts and damages, the condition of the tires, oil leaks, etc.

One extra tip – if you can ask a friend to stand behind the car and observe the exhaust pipe carefully, while the car is idling at start up, pump the gas a few tines hard, and if your friend reports the exhaust gas appears blue-ish and has a foul smell it could be an indication the engine is burning oil – expensive repairs are awaiting !

3. Mileage check

Usually, an average user or driver will consume 25,000 to 45,000 kilometers in a year. In this way, you will be able to know the approximate age of the car by looking at its mileage. Check the tread on the car tires, a car with 25,000 kilometers on the clock but almost bald car tires should raise your suspicion!

4. Mechanic check

The best way of checking the condition of a used car prior to its purchase is to seek the help of a qualified, and New Zealand Certified Mechanic. This may cost you a little bit of money, but it will be money spent very wisely.

Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally the condition of the used car you wish to buy. For Peace of Mind when purchasing a used car book your “dream-car” in with Simon and let him give it a thorough check. This way you may avoid some nasty repair bills later, and some disappointments. Call Simon now on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment or contact Simon directly at https://complete-vehicle-services-paraparaumu.com/booking

Should you install a car alarm?

It is estimated that in New Zealand a car is either stolen or broken into every minute. It is therefore not surprising that car alarm system manufacturers are constantly finding ways to improve the theft deterrence abilities of their products. But while it’s amazing how car alarm systems have evolved form their simplest beginnings, it’s even more amazing how car thieves still manage to get around them. Are car alarm systems really too simple to provide any protection?

Basic car alarm systems work by using simple circuitry technology – if someone forces the car door open, the circuit is closed and a siren sounds off. More sophisticated car alarms have added more sensors to capture every possible threat by being more sensitive to light vibrations or pressures. Shock sensors cause the alarm to go off when someone or something hits or moves the vehicle. The alarm will go off in patterns dependent on how strong the shock is – the sounds go anywhere from a short beeping sound to a very loud, non-stop alarm. Because shock sensors are very sensitive to any movement in and around the car, it often goes off accidentally; when someone leans on your car while waiting for a cab, for example, or when a huge truck passes by and causes the ground on which your car is parked to vibrate.

Whether they effectively deter thieves or not is subject to debate. Some experts say that shock sensors make car alarms go off unduly, and that this has caused people to become immune to them. Studies show that car alarm sounds have become so ordinary that almost nobody notices them anymore.

Manufacturers of car alarm systems are going full speed on their development of new and more innovative alarms that are more proactive. These alarms have the power to stop a stolen vehicle or send signals by themselves so that the owner and the police can track its location.

According to AA Insurance, a car without an alarm is 1.3 times more likely to be stolen than one with an alarm installed. A survey of members revealed that half of Kiwi Drivers leave their car unlocked outside their house, with 13% admitting they never lock their car no matter where it is parked. Simon of Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu has some very basic, common sense advice for you to prevent your car being stolen:

* Always lock your car, even when parking at home

* Keep all valuables and your car keys out of sight

* Park in a well-lit street or secure car park

* Install visible security such as an alarm light or steering lock

* Never leave your car running when unattended

Always maintain your vehicle in the best possible mechanical condition. Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally your car. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE

In-Car Entertainment Can Soothe Passengers

Imagine turning “Are we there yet?” into “We’re there already?” A growing number of families are doing just that by adding rear-seat entertainment technologies and other conveniences to their vehicles in time for the summer vacation season.

In spite of the increased cost of fuel, Kiwis are expected to hit the road in record numbers this summer, just as they have in virtually every year since the late 1950s. In fact, estimated annual kilometers driven by consumers reached 120 million in 2013, nearly three times the kilometers logged during the 1960s. Yet, in spite of the growing allure of distant theme parks, beaches and interactive museums, families still face the challenge of keeping kids happy while strapped into their seats.

“A bored child can make any drive seem harder for everyone,” said Mark Boyle, director of marketing, Aftermarket, for Visteon Corporation, manufacturer of a broad range of mobile electronics technologies for passenger vehicles. “Making the driving experience more comfortable is an important goal for automakers, dealerships and consumer products manufacturers-and we’re seeing the results in the form of truly innovative entertainment technologies.”

One of the most recent products-Visteon’s Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy® Advance-marries the popularity of in-car movies with the 750-plus game titles available for Nintendo’s wildly popular Game Boy® Advance platform. The system can be seamlessly integrated into the car’s headliner, but also can be removed in a matter of seconds for use in another vehicle, outdoors or anywhere else. The system is offered with wireless game controllers and wireless headphones.

Automotive industry studies have shown that video games rank among the most appealing in-vehicle entertainment options, along with movies and music. Combining all three in a single platform (the Visteon system also plays MP3 files) demonstrates the lengths to which manufacturers are going to answer consumer demand for more relaxing road trips, according to Boyle.

The range is not limited to expensive and sophisticated systems like the above mentioned, a simple portable DVD player for the car can now be purchased for under $100. For a one-off “investment” you could get yourself more comfortable, stress-free driving. Could be well worth your while…

If you are planning to go away in the upcoming holidays make sure you get your car checked and serviced first by Simon at CVS in Ihakara Street. Simon is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can technically and professionally check up on your car’s safety. For Peace of Mind contact Simon today on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment, or contact Simon directly at CLICK HERE