Car Facts We Bet You Don’t Know

There are so many things to know about cars, it would take years to learn everything. Each car has its own mechanical systems, its own unique driving experience, and its own visual appeal. CarLife (serving Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Glendale area) knows what makes cars tick and the most efficient way for them to run. We also found some great fun facts about cars for you to enjoy, just because. Check them out.

Fun Facts

Currently, there are around one billion cars in use on the earth.
*An estimated 165,000 cars are manufactured each day.
*That new car smell we all know and love, is made up of over fifty organic compounds.
*Up to nineteen girls can be packed into a smart car.
*The average car has 30,000 parts.
*The first car accident happened in 1891 in Ohio.
*The inventor of the cruise control, Ralph Teetor, was blind.
*The world record for miles on a car goes to Irvin Gordon, whose 1966 Volvo has over three million miles on it.
*95% of a car’s lifetime is spent parked.
*In the early 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that cars were seen as the “green” alternative.
*Up to 80% of an average car is considered recyclable.
*In 1895 the world’s first automobile race occurred, where the top speed was 15mph.
*In 1896, the world’s first speeding ticket was issued. The speed limit was 2 mph, and the driver was going 8mph.
*By U.S and European law, electric cars are required to make an artificial noise, in order to be safer for pedestrians.
*The Mini Cooper’s first sketch design was drawn on a napkin in Switzerland.

There are hundreds more crazy facts we could add to the list above.Maybe your vehicle has hidden little secrets? Contact CarLife today for all your automotive needs and to find out more about your vehicle!


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Mistakes When Buying a Car

A car is one of those possessions that can mean a lot to people in terms of how they present themselves to the world. Your car choice may be a representation of your personality, status, or individuality. Owning a car can give you a sense of freedom, of responsibility and maturity. When you get the chance to buy a new or used vehicle, it can be a like a clean slate. You will get to paint a new or upgraded picture of how others see you. You get to choose a new color, more technologically advanced options, or add a unique blend of your personality to the car through accessories. Whatever the reason, buying a vehicle is exciting, but it can also get some people in trouble. CarLife can give you the best services for car repair in the Scottsdale, Glendale and Gilbert areas, as well as help help educate you on some important factors to consider while car shopping. When it comes to buying a car, there are several areas people often forget to consider that we will look at in this article.

Not Researching

People frequently walk into dealerships without any idea of what a car is worth, what they are looking for, or what they can afford. This is a recipe for getting a poor deal on a car that you will end up unsatisfied with. To avoid buyer’s remorse and get a deal you are thrilled about, you need to first gain an understanding of your wants and needs in a car, and then look at your budget to see what you can comfortably afford. Then, you need to do your research! What are the safety ratings on the car you are interested in? Will the car require repairs, and how much will that be? Check out competitor pricing on your desired vehicle. Resources like Kelly Blue Book and CarFax will help you get a better understanding of the type, value and history of a car you are interested in.

Not Evaluating Your Budget and Finances

It is best to go over your finances in detail before you even walk into a dealership or start researching the kind of vehicle you would like. Exploring your finances will help you understand what you can afford monthly for a car payment, including taxes and insurance. Do not make a decision based on what you are approved for or what the dealership would suggest. You should know your budget, what you can afford monthly. Do not let yourself be swayed from that amount! It is great to get a new vehicle, but it is terrible to get one you cannot afford.

If you plan to trade in your current vehicle, research beforehand how much it is worth and what you owe on it. Coming to the dealer with your numbers aligned will help you get the best deal possible.

You will also want to research possible scenarios for financing. Find out from a credit union or your bank what kind of financing you could get so you will be able to compare rates when you get to the dealership. Considering insurances is also beneficial. Call up several car insurance companies for quotes on the new vehicle you have chosen.

Impulse Buying – Bad Idea

When we see something we like, it can be hard to not let the excitement take over. The worst thing you can do when buying a car is to impulse-buy. This is when you have not done any research on the car or scouted around at different dealers for the best price. It is very possible you will find a better deal if you wait instead of buying what is right in front of you, right now. A car is the often second largest life purchase behind a home, and it is important to make a wise decision.

The best thing to do when purchasing a vehicle is to take your time, consider all your options, know your budget, and do the research. Do not let anyone push you into a vehicle you don’t like or know anything about. Make sure you leave feeling empowered in your decision by being prepared.

Carlife not only wants the your car to run extremely well, we also want to see owners who are happy with their vehicle choices. See us today for all your repair and servicing needs!


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BMW Beauty

The BMW is one of a kind and in a class of its own. It is a brand that is known worldwide for reliability, capability and luxury. Here at CarLife, we are privileged to get to regularly maintain, service and repair a wide range of vehicles, including BMWs. What makes a BMW stand out from the crowd of vehicles manufactured? Let’s find out.

History

Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) was founded in 1916 in Germany, with an initial focus on building aircraft. They moved into building motorcycles in the early 1920’s, and finally cars in 1928. After World War II they established themselves as one of the world’s top manufacturers of line engines, sports cars, motorcycles, and luxury vehicles.

What is Special About A BMW?

BMW is a widely known brand across the world, but why? Exquisite attention to detail from the inside to the outside is what makes them stand out. They have a sleek, luxurious appearance that is instantly recognizable. BMWs have a distinct kidney-shaped grill, and a well-known white, blue and black emblem that stands for class, power and excellent driveability. Not only do they look good, what makes them really special becomes clear once you get in. Upon entering the vehicle, you are wrapped in luxury with heated seats (optional) and a driver-oriented ergonomic design for maximum comfort. That is all before you turn the key to engage the engine. The engines are designed with power for an excellent, smooth ride, but with a classy ease to them that keeps your space quiet. You don’t have to worry about hearing your conversation partner—that is, unless you turn on the top-of-the-line stereo.

On a more practical level, BMWs are built to last. They are reliable vehicles created to outlast many others on the road. Whether you purchase a brand new BMW 7 series, or find a used convertible BMW 1 series, they are worth the time and money.

CarLife sees the benefits of purchasing a vehicle that is known for excellence in its engines, design and reliability. See us today for all your repair needs, or to show off the beautiful BMW that you drive with style.


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Get Your Car In Line!

When our lives are out of alignment, we feel unsteady. The same goes for our cars. We need them to be in alignment for safety and a smooth ride. CarLife, located in Gilbert, Glendale and Scottsdale, knows the perfect balance for your car! We are passionate about keeping cars running as smooth as possible.

Importance of Good Alignment

When it comes to keeping your car maintained well, having great wheel alignment is important for your tires, gas mileage, and maneuverability. Driving on poor road conditions, hitting large bumps in the road, having erratic driving, or getting in an accident can cause your tires to come out of alignment.

How to Tell If Your Car Is Not Aligned

When you are driving, it is easy to tell if your car is out of alignment. If you let go of the steering wheel for a second or two, and your vehicle starts to move to the left or right, there is a good chance there is misalignment. Your car, when aligned to its precise design, should continue to steer straight without pulling one way or another if you briefly let go of the steering wheel. Another telltale sign of misalignment includes feeling vibration while driving, especially in the steering column.

Getting Aligned

CarLife has professional tire technicians who are more than capable of tackling the intricate systems in your car to get the proper alignment. Our professional staff is extremely knowledgeable in all the systems that work together to keep your vehicle running in tip top condition. We are able to conduct tire alignment efficiently, so only a quick visit is needed. Tire alignment is recommended every time you get new tires for your vehicle, when you feel your car pulling to one side or the other, when you feel vibration, or every 6,000 miles to stay safe.

CarLife knows how busy life can be, and we want to be there to help you take care of your vehicle while avoiding any inconvenient time constraints or costs. Come see us today for a proper tire alignment, a tune up or any other services you need for your vehicle.


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Regular Tune Ups for Your Vehicle

The purpose of going to the doctor for an annual health check up is to ensure your body is in the best shape possible. Likewise, regular check ups are important for your vehicle in order to prevent any unnecessary repairs, costs, or mishaps. CarLife recognizes the need for a regular tune up for our own bodies as well as for our vehicles. We are dedicated to providing the most effective and cost efficient auto repair services in Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, and Mesa. Why do we need regular tune ups for our vehicle? Let’s find out!

What is a Tune Up?

When you get a tune up, you are giving your car a boost of energy and checking it over for any flaws that could cause issues in the future. A tune up checks over your brakes, tires, fluid levels, fuel filter, air filters, and important valves. As-needed tune ups look at your timing belt, spark plugs, hoses, and wires. During the tune up, if something is seen as less than ideal, the specific concern is adjusted and fixed to ensure a smooth running vehicle.

Why Regular Tune Ups?

Every electronic or mechanical piece of equipment needs regular maintenance to continually work effectively and efficiently. When you rely on your vehicle to get to work, school, or to be reliable enough to run a loved one to the ER, the last thing you need is for it to break down. Without regular tune ups, you can lose thousands of dollars in repairs and suffer unbelievable headaches. Reasons to get regular tune ups for your vehicle include:

**Avoiding Accidents: Regular check ups include looking at your tires and brakes. If your tires are wearing thin or your brakes are worn down, they could lead to a very dangerous situation. If you are on the freeway with tires that cannot handle the road, or if you don’t have appropriate brakes, you could find yourself in trouble and causing major accidents.
**Avoid Breaking Down: When you are in a rush to a meeting, have to bring a loved one to the hospital, or are picking up your child, the last thing you need is unexpected time constraints. By getting regular maintenance, you will avoid the hassle of a last minute breakdown and will be able to drive without concern.
**Cost Less: When you are having regular maintenance, you can easily prevent major issues from coming up. When major issues with your engine arise, it can easily cost hundreds to thousands of dollars.
**Less Repairs: When having preventative maintenance for your car, you are affording yourself to needing less repairs in the future.

By giving your car regular maintenance, it not only saves you money but it keeps you and your loved ones safe while giving you a peace of mind. It is worth it to know that you have a reliable vehicle that will not be causing you problems.

CarLife is dedicated to effective, efficient tune ups to ensure you have the best service for your vehicle. Contact us today and let us give you peace of mind about your vehicle being in tip top shape!


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Car Battery Basics

When your engine isn’t running quite right or if you feel power leaving your car when turning it on, you may have a battery issue. Just like when a body is not being fed and it tires out, you need to ensure that your car battery is charged with the energy it needs to help run the vehicle. CarLife knows how important excellent service is for all your automotive repair needs. We are dedicated to helping the Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, and Mesa areas get the best car service possible. Batteries play a critical role in keeping your car running in tip top shape and, unfortunately, Arizona’s heat can take a toll on them. Let’s look at some of the basics of batteries.

A Few Basics

It helps to start off with the basics of knowing your battery and how it functions. For over a 100 years, the lead acid battery has been consistently used to power vehicles. The lead acid battery is made up of lead oxide, lead, plates, and has 35% sulfuric acid with 65% water solution. The solution is called electrolyte which creates a chemical reaction resulting in electrons. When testing a battery, you are looking for the amount of sulfuric acid that is in the electrolyte. If the acid is low, it means the reaction creating the electrons is lacking. At this point, the rest of the sulfur ends up resting on the plates of the battery so that, when it is recharged, the sulfur returns to electrolyte allowing your battery to run smoothly again.

Battery Lifespan


With the high energy output needed for vehicles these days, the battery lifespan of lead acid batteries has been decreasing. The average battery, however, can last from 6 months to 48 months. If you are maintaining your battery to what is required, your battery will have a longer life span. Some maintenance tips to improve your battery life include:
*Clean out the cable connections and tighten them since dirty and loose connections often cause battery issues.
*Check the fluid level of a serviceable battery. Ensure you are using distilled water for the best results.
*Prevent corrosion of the cables on top-post batteries by using silicon sealer for the post, petroleum jelly for the washer, and grease exposed cables at the end.
*Don’t overfill battery cells due to natural expansion with warmth.
To get the most out of your battery, maintaining it to its specific requirements is key. Taking care of your car is just like taking care of your body; you do certain things to ensure long life and health along the way.

Carlife knows what is best for your car and can help you care for your engine and battery. Come see us today.


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Ode to the Future

As far back as we can think, there has always been the fantasy of flying cars, or what we would think cars of the future would look like. The movie, Back to the Future, had a flying car that came out in 2016 with great doors that open up. It was a classic movie and a classic time. It is now 2017 so where are the flying cars? Well we may not quite have cars that fly like in the movies, but new technology is creating self driving cars. We here at Carlife. serving Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler, are fascinated by all the new technology that will come out, better ways to repair cars, and what we will see in the future.

Self Driving Car

There has been so much technology advancement since the car was invented, that I bet they couldn’t even fathom cars that drive themselves. This is certainly a newer concept, or one that is feasible and possible. The goal is that by 2035, there will be around 21 million autonomous vehicles for sale. This self driving technology is being continually developed so that when going on road trips, the driver themselves can take a nap. With the smartest of minds working diligently for autonomous vehicles, they are propelling us into the future whether we want to be or not. The new vehicle design will focus on having safer roadways as well as reducing fossil fuel consumption with better air quality.

Google is one of the companies that already has the latest and greatest technology in working order. Surprise surprise. They currently have driven over three million miles on city and highway roads in autonomous vehicles. The company is working to create technology for vehicles that are equipped with a driver that is always alert and never distracted. This would create incredibly safe roadways and decrease the amount of traffic fatalities.The vehicles themselves have significant sensors on all sides of the car looking for pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and even road work. Not only do the sensors detect the things around it, but it also works to predict the behaviors of other vehicles or pedestrians. Early rider programs are in place in Phoenix Arizona to continue working with public and car safety.

Early Riders

Google is continuing to create a safe healthy environment with the autonomous car, and is now offering public trials. There is an early rider program in Phoenix Arizona where people are allowed to be a part of the testing and shaping the future of autonomous vehicles.


With the advancement of technology, we ask ourselves, am I able to let go of control and trust a machine? That is the question, but it certainly is an interesting question. Carlife is excited for the future of cars and the types of details that will come out with them. Tell us your thoughts on this!


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Glendale and Scottsdale BMW owners

If you are a Glendale BMW driver or a Scottsdale BMW owner, you might be aware of the Roadrunner Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America. At CarLife Professional Auto Services, we love all cars, and know how much BMW owners love their German engineered machines, so we thought we’d share a little information about a popular BMW car club in Arizona.

The Roadrunner Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America was organized in 1987 and is a non-profit, volunteer organization that serves Arizona BMW enthusiasts. The club hosts a number of educational, social, driving skill, and charity events throughout the year. This active group provides a great setting for members to share information, stories, and memories related to BMW automobiles.

The parent organization, BMW Car Club of America, began in 1969, of which the Roadrunner Chapter is one of 67 chapters nationwide. The Roadrunner Chapter adopts the mission of the BMW Car Club of America, which is to “…to enhance the BMW ownership experience for members by providing publications, services, support, information and activities that promote camaraderie and encourage social awareness and individual responsibility.”

Such a mission makes this an attractive organization to be involved with. Their many events support the mission. From social events like the Bimmers and Breakfast, to an auto detailing clinic for do-it-yourselfers, to a track event providing driver education and some track time in a controlled, safe environment at the Arizona Motorsports Park, there is something for every BMW owner. Click here to learn more about their upcoming events.

If you are a BMW owner in the Phoenix metro area and want the best for your performance sedan, SUV, or roadster, we have three CarLife service locations to serve you. Give us a call today and experience the CarLife difference.

• For Peoria & Glendale BMW service: In the Arrowhead Mall area – 7909 W Campo Bello Drive, Suite #2, Glendale, AZ 85308 – (632) 223-1691

• For Scottsdale BMW Owners: Pavilions at Talking Stick – 8830 East Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250 – (480) 270-5930

• For Mesa & Gilbert BMW owners: 4461 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234 – (480) 800-3171

An Ode to the Past

They say the future is the way to go, that everything hopeful is to look ahead. However, if you do not pay attention to the past, you miss out on great treasures. Here at Carlife we have an avid appreciation for classic cars, and not just the auto repair side of it, but the character that is etched into each historical car. There is so much more behind a car, and the cars of the past have stories that could speak for themselves. If you look hard enough, pay attention, the past can teach us some powerful things, and give us a new perspective on life.

With the car being invented in 1885, since then there has been vast improvements and additions. There are thousands of makes, models, styles, and sizes of cars. Today we are going to highlight one of the thousands from the past that brings out a deep character we love. Meet the beautiful, character infused Packard 901 Sedan from 1932.


Packard 1932

The Packard Motor Car Company was located in Detroit Michigan, and sought to create a new model for the year to boost their marketing during the depression. They built this car to compete with other higher end models of the day. The Packard 901 series was a four door, five passenger sedan, or a two door 2/4 passenger, priced at the time from $1,750 to $2,485 depending on the model, light eight or standard eight.


The Depression

The Packard Sedan of 1932 came at one of the largest economic downturns in history. The great depression began in the United States and became worldwide news with the stock market crash October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). The great depression affected the rich, the poor and everyone in between. International trade plummeted extensively, and the unemployment rate in America rose to 25%. The depression hit industry really hard. People lost their jobs, farmers prices were cut to a dangerous level and families struggled to feed their children.
Throughout the devastation, Packard sought to come out on top by creating their 1932 series. This series was at the end of the depression age and the company worked to bring about customers to the new model. The car was not ful luxury, but offered many amenities that could compete with the other models geared toward upper middle class individuals of the time.


Character

The cars today are not created out of a depression, but out of other motivations. The interesting aspect of the Packard 901 Sedan from 1932 is what it saw during its invention. The economy was devastated, families were just trying to come back, jobs were starting to come back around, and there was hope in the air that things could change. The Packard Sedan of 1932 not only is a beautiful design, but it represents a time that struggled, toiled and worked to find hope in a hopeless time.

Recognize the beauty and the story from everything around you, including classic cars. They have their own brand, their own style and their own story. Find out what it is, and come to Carlife to tell us!



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Craziest Cars

Have you ever wondered what people have come up with when creating or inventing cars? Let’s find out! Here at Carlife, we love everything about automotives from repairs, to services to custom cars. We love to embrace what people have done and the way their minds work. Everyone has a mind that works entirely different that anyone else, and is wired so specifically, like each car. When we look at the past cars from the 1954 oldsmobile to the present 2017 Audi R8, we realize the beauty behind the make up. Each part was individually designed in the vehicles and took creative minds to build such beauty.

Craziest Car Ideas

People have come up with amazing ideas and ways to improve their vehicles. Just a hand full of ideas we have found are:
-Grass car-covered in grass from top to bottom
-Double Car- a car stacked on top of another car. Pretty scary if you ask me.
-Telephone Car- shaped and created like an old school telephone
-Wooden Car- the body is made entirely of wood.
-Art Car- all of the craziest types of art in order to express who they are was all over.

The point is that people get creative. They release whatever is in their heart onto their vehicle. It is impressive, noteworthy and admirable.

A vehicle is not just about transportation. People are passionate about their cars because the car becomes a part of their motivation of moving forward in life. It creates opportunities for people to be seen in a different way, a way to express who they are, and who they want to be.

In what way does your vehicle express who you are? How is your personality shown in your car? Come to Carlife and let’s chat about your car and what we can do for you!


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