Living on the Go

There is an emerging trend in the younger generations of today to “live small”. The idea is to sacrifice a large mortgage and larger type of home in order to spend that money traveling and/or doing things you want to do while living in a more modest home. In that spirit, this oil change Peoria services company thought it would be neat to talk about some of the types of “homes” available today for those who want to live small and also travel around in mobile homes.
 
Tricycle home
 

That’s right, it’s the home we have all been waiting for: the Tricycle Home! Made by People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO), picture the comfort of living in one’s own home with the convenience of going anywhere you want to go. It folds out like an accordion so it can be expanded or made compact and is lightweight enough to tug it around on a trike! PIDO even makes towable gardens that you can bring around with you, as well. According to weburbanist.com, the Tricycle Home comes with a sink, stove, bathtub, water tank and transforming furniture which are all manually powered.
 
Ecocapsule
 

 
This egg-like living space can be towed around behind a car like a camper and has all the essentials needed in a home from a toilet and shower to a sink and stove. According to its website, the Ecocapsule is powered through solar power, a wind turbine, and rain collection. If you have an electric car, the Ecocapsule can charge it. Go green or go live in your normal shaped home! Does the Ecocapsule intrigue you? If you’re interested, there are pre-orders are available. The first 50 will go for 79,000 Euros (approx. $84,000). Significantly cheaper than a house, it can make sense for those wishing to not have a mortgage for years to come.
 
Idaho Sheep Camp Wagons
 

 
It’s about to get old school up in here. This one is for the pioneer in all of us. According to choicehomewarranty.com, these beauties feature “stoves, electricity, sleeping areas, storage, and more.” The Idaho Sheep Camp Wagons are a cool nod to the past. Would you want to live in one? That’s up to you. But like their name suggests these can be used to just go on short trips for camping or other activities which could definitely be a neat experience. And don’t worry, these wagons are designed to be towable on freeways, too. But why would you do that when you can be pulled by horse?
 
House Bus
 

 
It’s the magic…house bus? In our last feature, we have what was once an ordinary school bus now turned into a pretty unique living space. According to wpicreative.com it is a, “beautiful, 1978 International, 35′ bus with custom, all-wood interior, full kitchen and living space, wood stove, and roof deck (everything but a bathroom).” This is a quality refurbishment that seems to have been done really well. Unfortunately, this puppy has already been sold. It’s still pretty neat, though.
 
Has this lifestyle intrigued you?These homes may not be for everyone but it’s cool to see what other people are doing and how they are choosing to live life. Need an oil change? We have oil change Peoria services so stop on by! Have fun on your mobile living adventures!

Gilbert Mesa Could Use Food Trucking

The food trucking industry has been an exciting development in the food world and has gained a lot of popularity. Statistics from 2015 show that the food truck industry brings in over $1.2 billion a year. That’s a good amount of cash. The business model of the industry has allowed its vendors to create unique and delicious foods. If you’re from the Gilbert Mesa area then you might not have seen many food trucks and if you don’t know much about this industry yet, here is a little peak on what it is like for the food truck owners.
 
A New Frontier
 
As you might imagine, running a food truck is less expensive than running a restaurant. There’s less staff and a smaller kitchen. Smaller expenses means there is less risk and less risk leads to less stress among other benefits (not to say that it isn’t stressful). The smaller expenses allow more cooks to get their foot in the door and gain an audience for their products which will help them open up a restaurant later on if they so desire.
 
Momentary Monetary
 
The income can waver, however. Trucks who operate where it gets cold and snowy in the winter (which is definitely not here in Gilbert Mesa) can go through a bad winter season. Sales can drop as much as 50%, according to the President of the National Food Truck Association (NFTA). Yikes. So food truck owners have to plan for the off season while things are going well.
 
Going Curbular
 
Trucks can sell at curbside as well as at events. If they’re going curbside they’ll be driving around for spots where they think they will get the most customers. Of course, if an area is known to be good business among the food trucks scene, then the food trucks may have to fight to get a spot in their favorite areas. You might think that this means food trucks would have a hostile attitude towards each other but according to an interview by spoonuniversity.com of the President of the NFTA, there is actually a sense of “community and camaraderie.” The President of NFTA supported this by mentioning, “If one truck can’t do an event, the owner will pass it along to another food truck.” It’s nice to hear about people helping each other survive out there in the food world. Speaking of events…
 
Planning Ahead
 
Serving at private and corporate events is another way that the Food Trucks can make money. This way is less spontaneous and risky (in terms of knowing whether or not there’ll be sales) but it costs more time in planning and communication. Also, festivals may charge food trucks to sell at their locations. An interview on blogto.com with a food truck owner states, “Many charge food trucks a flat fee to be there (anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars) and some even take a percentage of their sales.” These expenses can get pretty high so they are another thing for the trucks to consider.
 
The food truck life seems like an interesting one. It is a good route to go for those weary of opening a restaurant and it has resulted in a lot of unique, delicious, and uniquely delicious foods. Mmm food… is anyone else hungry now?
 
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Driving in Style

You know what goes great with cars besides speed, wheels, and Gilbert Mesa auto repair? We’re talking luxury baby, that’s right. Sweet, sweet luxury. Everyone wants it but how many can afford it? While most of us may never make the kind of cash to own top-of-the-line luxury vehicles, let’s take a moment to live vicariously through the upper echelon of society.

 

First of all, you can get those cars with the doors that open up at slanted angles. Yes, the classic “I’m rich and I don’t care who knows it” doors. The press-a-button-to-open kind. An obvious must-have feature of any true luxury enthusiast. You’ve probably seen them in movies like the Dark Knight where Bruce Wayne rolls up in his fancy car that costs more than most of us make in a year. Are they necessary? No. Does it matter? Not when you’re Batman.

 

The 2011 Volvo S80 comes complete with a heartbeat sensor, according to autobytel.com (AB).This safety feature is capable of detecting heartbeats, as you may have suspected. It’s purpose is to let the owner know if someone is hiding in their car. Because if you’re rich you’re more likely to have kidnapping problems. Nobody wants to be kidnapped. #richproblems

 

If you’re rolling up in a Rolls Royce these days, a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead to be exact, you’ll be riding in style. TheRichest.com (TR) states that these vehicles can come installed with a lit up car ceiling designed to look like the night sky. And who wouldn’t want that? Plus, it only costs $12,000. A steal!

 

We’ve all heard of cars with fancy leather but what about Granite? Yes, according to TR, while used mostly in homes, granite trim is also an option for your vehicle. Because it’s not just about what’s on the outside. The inside matters, too. Gotta love granite.

 

And did you know the 2014 Honda Odyssey comes with a built-in vacuum cleaner? Oh yeah, luxury cleaning at its finest. According to Odometer.com, it’s real. Some doubted it, but where are they now? Driving their dirty cars on the road, that’s where.

 

This last feature is functional and awesome at the same time. Here’s a hint: it’s night vision. AB states that the navigation display of a 2011 BMW 7 Series vehicle will go all Navy Seals on those dark and scary roads so you can navigate your way easily at night. Plus, it comes coupled with a Pedestrian Detection system that detects if animals and pedestrians are on the side of the road. And it alerts you. It’s the kind of feature perfect for those rich, tactical espionage types.

 

Well it’s time to come back down to reality folks, where ceilings look like ceilings and doors have to be opened by hand. But don’t let this paradigm shift get you down. Yes, we might get kidnapped in our own vehicles because we didn’t have enough money to afford a heartbeat sensor and, yes, we might have to look at the actual night sky. But, what we do have is each other! Aww… So have a good day, drive safe, and if you’re ever having car problems stop by your favorite Gilbert Mesa auto repair shop!

 

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Real Car Stunts in Film

Explosions, mass destruction, and more explosions are some of the many compelling, larger-than-life cinematography done in movies that really bring in a “wow” factor. With the quality of special effects these days, it can be difficult to discern what is real and what is computer generated. Did that car really jump over that helicopter? Was Alderaan really blown up by the Death Star? Did Tom Cruise really hang on the side of that airplane? By the way, he actually did… In the movie-stunt world, car stunts have been around for long enough to have their own legacy within the silver screen. And with CGI messing with everyone’s judgement these days, we thought it would be fun to point out car stunts that actually happened.

Fair warning: the video clips in this article contain foul language

 
 

The Car with the Golden Jump

 

The James Bond franchise has tons of stunts in it, as we all know. However, one film in particular has one of the best car stunts in the franchise albeit that it’s in what is commonly regarded as one of the worst movies of the franchise. In “The Man with the Golden Gun,” Bond sees that he can get across a river by jumping his car off of a broken bridge and landing on the other end of the bridge. Something everyone has had to do at one time or another. Due to the the bridge being broken, and both ends twisted, his car is spun in a corkscrew effect as he launches off. Of course, Bond pulls it off in style, landing smoothly on the other side. An impressive feat in itself, according to IndieWire.com (IW), the stuntman landed it first try.

 
 

Furious Vaulting

 

You can’t make an article about car stunts and not include one of the most famous (if not the most famous) car-movie franchises of all time. While a lot of the high-flying, fast-paced action may come across as too unbelievable for some audiences, you might be surprised about what the films actually do pull off. In this clip below, drivers are actually towing a vault behind them destroying nearly 200 vehicles, according to IW. That’s a lot of cars to fix for an auto repair Mesa AZ!

 
 

The Car Chase Blues

 

Wait, a comedy movie has a real worthwhile automobile stunt? Well yes, it does. “The Blues Brothers” contains more than one sequence of car action but at around the 2:15 mark in this video is a car pile of car piles that you might not expect to come from a Saturday Night Live spin-off.

 
 

Helicopters Die Hard

 

“Live Free or Die Hard” contains a vehicle collision that even people who aren’t diehard Die Hard fans (just let that sink in for a moment) can enjoy. According to IW, while some elements of these scenes are embellished, such as the guy jumping out of the helicopter, they did actually launch a car into a helicopter. Pretty cool!

 
 

We have nothing against CGI here at your Carlife auto repair Mesa AZ, but there will always be something special about automobile stunts that are done for real. We hope you have enjoyed watching these real car stunts. Stay tuned for more on all-things-cars!

 

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How Dangerous is Drinking and Driving?

There are a lot of things in this world that work well together. Cookies and milk, Batman and Robin, hugs and kisses, Lady and Gaga, and auto repair Peoria and you have all proven to be some of the most successful combinations out there. However, not all dynamic duos are meant to be. Ranking amongst the top ten of least successful combinations in the world is drinking and driving.

 

Most people don’t intend any harm when they decide to drink and drive. However, while harm may not be intended it cannot always be avoided. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded that in 2014 nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths occurred from alcohol-impaired drivers. Their statistics also show that the younger a drunk driver is the more likely they are to be in a fatal crash. Other substances can influence our driving besides alcohol, as well. Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes have involved drivers under the influence of drugs (legal and illegal). So make sure to check if any prescribed medicines may influence your driving capability.

 

What if it’s only a little alcohol? Would it really impair a driver that much? An article on WebMD.com states, “…Drivers who tested positive for blood alcohol at levels well-below the legal BAC limit were more likely to be in severe car accidents than sober drivers largely because they drove significantly faster, were less likely to be appropriately using a seatbelt, and were usually driving the striking vehicle.” The CDC reports that even .02% blood alcohol concentration can impair visual functions and multitasking abilities.

 

Drinking and driving is very dangerous. Designating a sober driver or using taxi-type services such as Uber can instead mitigate the risk of drunk driving. So why take a chance? Thank you for driving safely and drinking responsibly.

 

Interested in travel destinations? View this Peoria auto repair’s blog on our site titled Travel Destinations: Arizona.

 

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Formula 1: Can I drive one?

Formula 1 (F1) racing is the fastest circuit racing in the world right now and it doesn’t look like it will be surpassed anytime soon. F1 cars are made for speed. Every aspect of the vehicle is designed to aid in its performance on the circuit track.

 

F1 racecars have been recorded going up to 225 mph while on a circuit. Outside of racers, it is probably hard for most us to imagine even going that fast in a vehicle let alone going that fast during an actual race.

 

Got a thing for speed? Then take a look at our blog about the Fastest Car in the World.

 

According to HindustanTimes.com, the difference between Formula 1 cars and street cars is pretty extreme.

 

“Four wheels and steering. Yes. That’s about the only common thing between a road car and a Formula 1 car.”

 

For comparison’s sake, they talked about how the average hatchback will struggle to get to about 70 mph in 12 seconds while F1 cars can reach about 186 mph in under 12 seconds. That’s a huge difference in acceleration!

 

Above is an image from the Hindustan Times explaining in further detail the differences between an F1 car and street cars.

 

Speed and acceleration aren’t the only differences between an F1 car and an average street car. For instance, the brakes of an F1 vehicle are capable of some serious stopping power…maybe too much?

 

Just a fair warning, this next bit is kind of gross.

 

“The corresponding G-force, which sometimes can be over 4.5 times that of gravity, can sometimes force a tear from your eye and splatter it onto the visor.”

 

Yep, that’s a thing apparently… No Mesa auto repair can fix that! Maybe sticking to normal vehicles is the best option for most of us.

 

With that, this has been your local auto repair Mesa Az wishing you a good day. Drive safe!

 

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Fastest Car in the World?

Ahh cars… they are a way of life for the average American. If you live in Arizona you likely own one since no one wants to ride a bike in that heat! You can even cook breakfast going from Gilbert to Mesa under that solar oven we call the sun! Ok, maybe not exactly. Either way, cars have become an essential part of life for many of us. We use them every day. With this frequent use, over time a very important spark begins to flicker out of the deep, dark corners of the farthest reaches of our minds and it asks one very important question:

 

How fast can this thing go?

 

Some of us know the answer that question… and hopefully if was by looking it up on the internet and staying safe on the road! You might own a pretty fast vehicle yourself but most likely there is something out there even faster, especially if it’s a supercar. According to GlobalCarsBrands.com, the current fastest supercar known to man is the Koenigsegg Agera R clocking in at a top speed of 273 Mph! It’s pretty fast. It’s not the typical vehicle you would find at your Glendale Peoria auto repair shop. So how does that compare to the other fastest land speeds out there?

 

A quick Google search will show that Usain Bolt has run at a speed of 28 Mph, a cheetah can get up to 75 Mph, and Formula 1 cars have been recorded going at speeds of up to 225 Mph while on a circuit (racetrack). If you’re faster than a Formula 1 car, you’re going pretty fast. And the best part is…the Koenigsegg Agera R is available for purchase! Now you and all your neighbors can own one! That is, if you and all your neighbors pitch in for the price of just one. This puppy will cost a pretty dime at a little over $1.1 million. Mortgages are so last month!

 

While the 273 Mph is the current supercar record, there is no doubt that it will soon be surpassed by future supercars. We might not all get to experience that kind of speed firsthand and likely some of us are perfectly happy that’s the case. Of course, there’s no shame in being safe. With that, this has been your Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Glendale Peoria auto repair shop keeping it real! Stay safe!

 

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Travel Destinations: Arizona

How often do we take the time to enjoy what our own state has to offer? If you’re reading this you are likely a resident of the one and only Grand Canyon State. We see this desert wilderness everyday because we live in it and that can make it easy to take for granted. There are a lot of beautiful destinations here that are unique to us and cannot be experienced anywhere else. How many of us have actually seen Monument Valley? And, no, television doesn’t count. It’s easy to let these places slip by on our vacation destinations list because they are on our turf. Hopefully, however, we can manage to behold what makes our own state unique. So, in no particular order, here’s a list of some of the best travel destinations to visit in our very own backyard.

 

1. Antelope Canyon

 

Our first attraction lies outside of Page and consists of two slot canyons, which are formed by the passing of water through multiple layers of rock. These natural, colorful canyons make for great photos whether you are a professional photographer or taking pictures for your home. To visit either canyon requires signing up for one of the various tour options available inside the Navajo Tribal Park.

 

2. Sedona

 

This scenic town is a great spot to go hiking and enjoy the beautiful red rock mountains in the area. Residents of Gilbert, Mesa, and the general Phoenix area can all make a fun day trip out of it as it is located a short hour to hour and a half north of Phoenix and the general Phoenix area. There are plenty of activities to do for the adventurous and for those who want to keep things more urban. Plus, Sedona comes with its views, including the iconic Cathedral Rock which can be hiked to via Cathedral Rock Trail.

 

3. Havasu Falls

 

Dropping 100 ft into a beautifully colored pool of water is our next entry, Havasu Falls. The water has a distinct bluish-green hue due to a high concentration of a certain mineral. Reaching the Falls requires a hike of around 10 miles each way there and back but it can also be incorporated into a larger hike of up to around three days if you would like to visit the local village, creek, and the multiple waterfalls on the way.

 

4. Monument Valley

 

We have all seen this sightseeing destination portrayed on the big screen in old westerns and otherwise. Monument Valley is one thing to see on screen and another to behold in person. Sunrise and sunset both provide especially breathtaking views where the entire valley is glowing in color. The scenic route can be filled with drivers so it is advisable to also hire one of the park’s authorized guides to catch the scenic views all by yourselves.

 

5. Grand Canyon – North Rim

 

Ah yes, how can there be an Arizona travel destination list without the Grand Canyon in it? Because this location is so well known, we thought that we would mention the lesser traveled “half” of this wonder. The North Rim gets less visitors than the ever popular South Rim subsequently provides a less crowded experience when enjoying the beautiful views it has to offer. The North Rim also comes with its own sights and hikes (big and small) and may provide a more pleasant Grand Canyon experience.

 

Each of these travel spots comes with its own sights and wonders. Hopefully, you are now feeling more inspired to check out the destinations our state has to offer. Even though they are relatively close to us, they can be just as enjoyable of a trip as anywhere else. Before you travel to these destinations, make sure to stop by your local auto repair in Glendale, or wherever you may be, so you don’t have to worry about car troubles on the road. The views are definitely nicer when the car is running.

 

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Staying Cool in the Heat – A/C Is Your Friend

Glendale, Arizona has a hot desert climate. Shrub lands cover most of the area, with a notable lack of the natural shade and cooler climate offered by a greener landscape. The average daily high temperature is above 98°F from the beginning of June to the end of September. There is little to no cloud cover on most days, and air conditioning is a must-have in both your home and vehicle, not a luxury! When they need A/C repair, Glendale AZ residents come to CarLife Professional Auto Services.

 
Four Peaks Offroading Arizona
 

The hottest day of the year is July 4, with an average high of 107°F and low of 80°F. The fourth of July is traditionally a family holiday, with many families taking trips to see other family or friends. A great majority of folks want to spend that holiday outdoors, if temperatures allow. Can you imagine packing up the family vehicle with kids, suitcases, coolers, and perhaps even the family pet, and suddenly realizing the air conditioning is not working properly? Nothing can ruin a road trip faster than being uncomfortable! For auto air conditioning repair, Glendale AZ families have been trusting their family vehicles to CarLife for years, with great results.

 

The highly trained, professional staff of auto technicians at CarLife understand your family’s need for a comfortable car, truck, or SUV to make those special holiday road trips, and to have for your everyday trips around town, as well. Spending time in the car together can be fun, and road trips can help build stronger relationships between family members. We know you value the time spent building meaningful relationships with your family, and we want to give you that time. That’s why we not only work hard to keep your family vehicle in shape, we do our best to do any work necessary as quickly as possible, and turn your car, truck, or SUV around fast.

 

We value our relationships with our customers. We promise to do our utmost to provide you with the ultimate customer service experience every time you come to us for your necessary auto repairs. Glendale depends on us to keep them cool when things heat up. Give us a call today at (623) 223-1691 and experience the CarLife difference.

What it’s like to be a Stuntman

We all know movies are better with explosions. It’s a simple fact of life. Like how the sky is blue and snowboarding is more difficult in the Summer. Most movie-goers can conjure up an image of James Bond walking casually towards the screen as a building is blown to pieces in the background. The Silver Screen is often filled with explosions, high-flying action, and life threatening situations which, in real life, would be pretty intense! But because so many are familiar with the tricks-of-the-trade of the movie biz (CG animation, safety wires, and the like) the audience can be left wondering just how dangerous or how real a stunt really was. Every stunt-filled movie has a team of brave stuntmen and women who put themselves in harm’s way to make fictional characters like James Bond look like some of the coolest cats around. People still say that right?

 

Even though stuntmen fill in for the big names in a picture film, their life on the set isn’t always so luxurious. As this article on HowStuffWorks.com states, “A shoot can often take place in uncomfortable situations — they might spend hours partially submerged in water or have to do a location shoot on an icy mountain or a hot desert…Only a very few top tier stunt people make six figure annual incomes.” Filmmakers and stuntmen alike want to make sure stunts go as smoothly as possible without injuries. And that takes planning and preparation. Without the necessary precautions things can go bad–like how they did for Hal Needham when working on a stunt involving flipping a car on a beach.

 

It probably doesn’t sound like the craziest of stunts right? They just gotta flip the thing over. But since the stunt will be filmed on a beach they can’t do it the conventional way. Using a ramp, for instance, is only possible if it can be hid behind bushes or something similar. So now there’s a problem. Hal has to figure out how to flip this car over using unconventional means. So all of a sudden, explosives are in the picture. The idea was that Hal would have some people weld a cannon through the bottom of the car on one side so that the explosion from a shot would flip the car over (Jalopnik.com).

 

What you might have thought would not be among the most life-threatening stunts in Hollywood just got a lot more dangerous. Long-story short, they end up putting too much powder in the cannon and the car flies about 30 feet in the air with Hal inside it! As you might have guessed the car was pretty damaged. Probably beyond the capabilities of any Phoenix auto repair shop! The end of that work day for Hal concluded with “a cracked vertebra, six broken ribs, and a punctured lung,” …with the added bonus of missing teeth. Ouch!

 

Yeah, unfortunately this Phoenix auto repair shop can’t fix that either!

 

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