The Best Family Car of 2017

There are so many different types of vehicles and it is key to find what fits your family the best. CarLife values buying a vehicle that is the best fit for you and your family, as well as one that has great automotive maintenance and repair options.

Style: Cars

Every car has a different style, feel and focus. The following cars were found to be the best family cars of 2017 by U.S. News. After examining the reliability, professional reviews, safety ratings, cargo volume as well as family-friendly features, the following were chosen out of a list of over 200 cars:

*Best Compact Car: Kia Soul
*Best Hybrid Car: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
*Best Large Car: Kia Cadenza
*Best Large Luxury Car: Cadillac CT6
*Best Luxury Midsize Car: Cadillac CTS
*Best Midsize Car: Chevrolet Malibu
*Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

If, as a family, you feel a bit of a bigger vehicle is in order, there were several SUV and minivan style vehicles rated as well.

Style: SUV/Minivan

When deciding on a vehicle, if a car will not fit what you are looking for, getting a bigger vehicle may be beneficial in many ways. These larger vehicles are equipped with parking sensor systems and back-up cameras to eliminate blind spots. The top larger vehicles include:

*Best 2-Row SUV: Ford Edge
*Best 3-Row SUV: Honda Pilot
*Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V
*Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid
*Best Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
*Best Luxury 2-Row SUV: Lincoln MKX
*Best Luxury 3-Row SUV: Infiniti QX60
*Best Luxury Compact: BMW X3
*Best Luxury Large SUV: Cadillac Escalade
*Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey
*Best Subcompact SUV: Honda HR-V

Whatever you family needs, there are plenty of options to fit your needs and desires. For quality, affordable service for all vehicles, contact CarLife today!


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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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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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Stay Cool in the Heat

The worst time for the air conditioning in your car to go out is when the temperature outside reaches into the hundreds. A malfunctioning AC creates an unpleasant driving experience in such hot weather. This can ben even bigger problem if you need to present yourself professionally or well dressed when you arrive at your destination. Carlife understands the need for quick, efficient, and quality repairs for your car, especially with the heat in Arizona (Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Gilbert, Scottsdale).

Diagnosing AC Issues

Having the air conditioning go out in your car can definitely ruin your day. You may be hoping and pleading that this is not the case, that for some reason the fact that your car not getting cooler is just a minor fluke. There are a few things to pay attention to in order to see if it is indeed your AC that has given up. These include:
Your Car is Cool Not Cold: If you have set the control to max AC, but the air is only slightly cold, this is a sign that something may be off. From here you can:
*Check that the cabin air filter isn’t clogged
*Check that the condenser or radiator cooling fans are running when AC is on
**Ensure the condenser is not clogged with leaves, bugs, or debris that could be blocking airflow
*Compressor Clutch: When the AC is set on high with fans blowing, it is important to be sure the clutch on the compressor is being engaged.
*Leaks: These are the most common problems when air conditioning is not working.

While these are the three most likely problems to diagnose if the air conditioning is not working, there can be another common area causing issues.

Recharging AC

Your air conditioning may be running low on what it needs in order for you to get good, cold air blowing. The heat depletes your car of its juices and overtime the refrigerant leaks out of the lines in the engine. This is a common wear and tear problem for vehicles but thankfully it comes with an easy fix. Putting more refrigerant back in can solve all kinds of things. It is a quick, simple fix and can also be the least costly.

At Carlife we believe in providing efficient, productive, and cost effective solutions to all your car needs. We want to be your automotive repair you know and trust. Contact us today if you feel your AC could use a boost to keep you cool!


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Cutting Edge Car Technology

With the first car being invented around 1885, we have come a long way. Technology for cars have become more efficient, effective and exciting. When driving the streets of Scottsdale or Phoenix we see this technology come to life in the Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, and other luxury cars that pass you by. Carlife believes in continually moving forward, being able to create custom services for your automotive needs, and is excited for the advanced technology coming out. There is no way to stop the progress that the car industry has be capitalizing on, and it will continue to get better and better. We love that those with the smartest minds are set to build vehicles with new, unique, safe and fun enhancements. As the tech industry becomes more inventive on their tech, the automotive industry is close behind.

Where It Happens

A lot of the big innovations for the car industry come from specific power centers. The places that employ the smartest minds focused on the automotive advancement include Detroit, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Tokyo, Japan; and Stuttgart, Germany. Manufacturers are touching base with the creative intellectual minds to reach new and higher heights with automotives. From these center spots, they are creating simulated roadways to test out the ideas that come up in their high tech meetings.

Most Cutting Edge Technologies

With the prospects we can all dream up from flying cars to self driving cars, there are some of the most impressive technology advancements that have already been created. These include:
*Advanced Dashboards-fully customizable digital panels are starting to replace the digital gauges.
*Video Mirrors- A high resolution camera has been placed the back of some vehicles to increase visibility behind the car.
*Parental Controls- The location of the car and systems of how the car is working are able to be sent back to the parents so they can keep watch on their teenagers.
*Sensors- Our eyes are limited in what we can see so having sensors on the car helps to lessen collisions.
*Driver Override Systems- For when drivers get distracted, there is technology for automated braking to avoid collisions or hitting pedestrians.
Along with the above technology, there are so many positive advancements and too many to list. It is amazing the type of creation that is coming up to improve driving, safety and air quality.

To stay on top of the latest and greatest technology coming out, Carlife researches the engines, and works to know how to best service the new automotives being released.

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Our Belief at CARLIFE

CARLIFE Auto Repair is an Arizona-based automotive service and repair company serving the Glendale/Peoria, Scottsdale, and Gilbert/Mesa communities . We are dedicated to unparalleled customer service and communication and are the premier auto care and repair company in Arizona. Our staff is not content until you are fully satisfied and we strive to please our customers and make their experience a fantastic one. Our customers are of the utmost importance to us; we value your business and want to earn the right to be your life-long, auto repair company!

Our Firm Belief
You are our #1 priority! We believe our Phoenix auto repair should focus on our client’s needs. Quite simply, we are here to take care you, and your transportation needs. Your vehicle is a tremendously important asset and we are honored to have the privilege of serving you, our customer.

How are we different?
We are innovative, and want your experience to be worry-free. We strive to combine ‘Old-fashioned’ friendly service, coupled with a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

You should expect nothing but the best when it comes to Auto repair, whether it’s in Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Glendale, or Scottsdale, we have you covered. We have three Valley locations and we are here for you.

You’ll love the way we do business!

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Our Community Matters!

At Carlife Auto Care we strive really hard to be excellent citizens; we are in the Auto Repair business because we are passionate about helping others. We love what we do and we love people! One of our core values is to be ‘of Service’ to our customers and the neighborhoods they live in. We are able to serve and help people through ensuring their cars are running efficiently and effectively. A good automotive makes life less stressful and allows for fun to be had.

We are one of the premier Auto Repair facilities in the Phoenix area. We have 3 convenient locations in the in the Greater Phoenix metro area. We service the Glendale/Peoria, Scottsdale,and Gilbert/Mesa communities. We have years of experiences in various types of vehicles of different makes, models, and years.

Our strongly held belief is to be an integral part of the community. It’s one of our the cornerstones of our business philosophy. While our focus is clearly Automotive Repair, there’s still so much more to life than work! Through this we love to connect with people not only over business, but through our shared interests in cars.

Carlife Auto Care is proud to have programs that address community needs. We love getting involved with our neighbors, schools, and churches.

If you have ideas about how we might support you and your organization, we would love to hear from you!

We all need more good neighbors to make each neighborhood great!

Please contact us at info@carlifepro.com or 602.850.7300 to hear more about what we do here at Carlife and how it can benefit you.