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.


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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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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Acura Car Repair Scottsdale

If you live in Maricopa County, and need dependable Acura auto repair, Scottsdale, AZ residents swear by CarLife Professional Auto Service for convenient, quality auto repair. With everything you have to do on a daily basis, like shuttle your kids to school, extracurricular activities, grocery shop, run countless errands, and get to work on time, the last thing you need is a car that decides it isn’t going to work properly.

When your car, truck or SUV refuses to move, it can really throw a wrench into your plans. We depend on our vehicles to get us where we need to go, when we need to get there. When something you rely on day in and day out breaks down, you need a professional you can count on to take care of the problem, quickly and economically.
At CarLife, we understand your need for a vehicle you can depend on, and we place great value on our relationships with our customers. We understand that they are the lifeblood of our business, and we want everyone who trusts us with the health of their vehicle to know that their car, their time, and their loyalty mean the world to us.

When you need reliable, professional auto repair, Scottsdale CarLife Professional Auto Service can put you back on the road fast. When you want the ultimate in friendly, courteous, professional service with a company that treats you like a VIP, give us a call.

Do you drive an Acura? Scottsdale CarLife can help keep your Acura running smoothly with regularly scheduled maintenance like oil changes, whether you drive a compact sport sedan or luxury crossover SUV. For the best in professional auto service, visit the Pavilions at Talking Stick, 8830 East Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250, or call us today at (480) 270-5930 to schedule an appointment.

A/C Repair

When the temperature starts to climb and your car, truck or SUV air conditioning decides it doesn’t want to work, it can be really bad news if you live in a hot climate. In places like Arizona, when people need auto air conditioning repair, Glendale AZ residents and businesses turn to CarLife Professional Auto Service to get cool. We know you depend on your vehicle to do more than just get you from point A to point B; you want to enjoy the ride as well, and you can’t do that if you are sticking to your car’s interior! When your A/C goes out and it is summertime, it can literally be life threatening not to have a car with a functional air conditioner in Arizona’s infamous triple digit heat.
Imagine trying to commute to work and arrive looking fresh when your car feels like the inside of an oven set to 450 degrees. If you are responsible for toting toddlers or elderly folks, there is a real threat to their health and safety, as younger and older individuals tend to react to extreme temperatures more severely. You need a vehicle you can depend on, and one that is cool and comfortable as well as safe to use for either day to day travel around the city, or longer trips around the state or around the country. At CarLife, we place the highest value on our relationships with our customers, and we want to help you stay cool and comfy this summer. We want everyone who trusts us with the health of their vehicle to know that we place a high value that trust, and do not take it for granted.

When you need reliable, professional AC repair, Glendale CarLife Professional Auto Service is here to serve you and put you back on the road in a cool, safe, comfortable vehicle quickly and affordably. When you need to turn to someone you can trust, you can have confidence knowing that we will give you the “red carpet” treatment.

Whether you drive a car, truck, SUV, RV, or custom sports car, you can trust CarLife to help keep your vehicle running smoothly year round, with regularly scheduled maintenance like oil changes, tire rotation, and fluid checks, and when the hot weather hits, we can service or repair your air conditioning system. For the best in professional auto service, visit the Pavilions at Talking Stick, 8830 East Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250, or call us today at (480) 270-5930 to schedule an appointment.

Automobile Air Conditioning

Arizona summer temperatures reach into the triple digits on a regular basis, and that is not the time when you want your car air conditioner to go on the fritz! For auto A/C repair, Gilbert AZ depends on CarLife Professional Auto Services at 4461 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234. We have been serving area residents for years, and are very proud of the solid reputation we have earned for our exemplary customer service. Check out all our five star reviews! One customer recently said, ‘My A/C was not working, and caused battery or alternator problems. CarLife fixed the issue in a couple of hours, and I was back in business’. This is what we do; we help people who need it get back on the road and back in business as quickly as possible.

Imagine the thermometer showing over 100 degrees one sunny day, and your vehicle’s air conditioner suddenly stops working. That is bad news for anyone, but even more so if you have small children or older people in the car with you. Younger and older people are more sensitive to extreme temperatures, and need to be protected from the effects of intense heat. You cannot afford to take a chance with the health and safety of your loved ones during times of extremely hot weather, and we understand that; that’s why we are here to help get (and keep) your car’s A/C system working properly.

Whether you have one personal vehicle, or a whole fleet of cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, or other vehicles that need service or repair, we can help. You don’t have to live in or around Gilbert to take advantage of our team of experts, either. If you need auto repair in Glendale AZ, you can visit our location at 7909 W Campo Bello Drive #2, Glendale, AZ 85308 for the same experienced, skilled service and repair for your vehicle.

For the best auto repair and service in Gilbert, or Glendale car repair, visit CarLife today. We will take good care of you and your vehicle, and give you an estimate of what needs to be done before any work is started. Give us a call in Gilbert at (480) 800-3171, or in Glendale at (623) 223-1691. We look forward to adding your name to our long list of satisfied customers.

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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An Ode to the Present

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but let us show you what we see as beautiful. We looked back at the raw history sown into the design in the Packard Sedan, now we want to look at the beauty in the newest 2017 models. The prize: the Acura NSX. Carlife is an auto repair store where we appreciate how to save you money to get your car running the best it can, but we also like to dream and talk cars. Any type of cars. Today’s highlight is a treasure.


Acura was the first luxury brand of the Japanese automaker Honda. It was introduced into the United States in 1986 where it sought to market as high performance. In 1990, the brand launched the NSX marketed as an exotic sports car that is more practical in order to rival other exotic European sports cars. Honda has been looking to reinvent itself after a few dark years and get its mark back in the luxury model cars.
The second generation of the NSX was launched in 2015 with a twin-turbocharged mid engine, nine speed dual-clutch transmission and a sport hybrid. This newer update on the NSX rivaled many other cars of the same style and was set to be a high performance car. The NSX brand and style of car has been used in many races, and shown to be in the top ranking of a high premium. With the positive improvements of the car over the years, they are continuing to reinvent themselves with their new 2017 model.

2017 Acura NSX

This car has shown some fortitude over the years. It has gone through body style and engine remakes over the years, but coming out in the top ten performance for premium sports cars. Creation of this model began two years ago, where a smaller work crew in Ohio spent countless hours together pouring over every detail of the car. This is a car you drive with style!
A few facts about the car itself include:
Vehicle Type: Mid-engine, front and mid-motor, four-wheel drive, 2 passenger, 2 door coupe
Engine Type: twin turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection.
Performance: zero to 60mph 2.9 seconds; zero to 100 mph 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 191 mph
Fuel Economy: EPA city/highway, 19/26 mpg
Estimated Base Price: $155,000
The specifications of this model have made it a high luxury performance car that rivals the 911 twin turbo porsche and the McLaren 570S.

The Acura NSX is a work of art. It shows of the blood, sweat and tears poured into every aspect of the vehicle. It is true beauty combined with phenomenal technology. To talk more vehicular genius, come to Carlife and let’s dream together!

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Old Fashioned Customer Service

What is a business without positive, kind customer service? Nothing. We here at Carlife believe in providing the best auto repair services and also the best customer service. There is nothing like feeling comfortable and being able to trust the person who is working on your vehicle. We believe that is highly important. A lot of places can get lost in business transactions and forget about the human interaction that should take place. Let’s look at the best ways Carlife helps to ensure you feel safe, comfortable and happy with your service.

Best Customer Service

1. We want to ensure that you as the Customer always come first.
No matter what business transactions take place, how busy we are, or what we have going on with inventory, we ensure that you as the customer come first. We miss the good old fashioned customer service where the people in the store knew your name, knew about your family and could ask about your dog. Carlife is avidly working to bring that back. Remember when you knew your neighbors? Well we want to be the friendly auto repair business that you come to, not only for business, but also to be known, seen, and to socialize. You are our business and we appreciate you!

2. Carlife actually wants to help you
We believe in a business that is focused on doing it’s best to care for your needs. We are not looking to just make money, but to also help you in whatever your need is. We know that when we help you, it creates loyalty and we want to be someone you can trust. We believe highly in honest work, and working with a good mood. We put our personal or professional frustrations aside and want you to know that you, in front of us, matter and we are grateful for your business.

3. Customer Appreciation
Without you as the customer, we would not be here. We are genuinely so grateful and excited to be able to do business with you. It is an honor, and we do not take that lightly. We see the loyalty of our valued customers and are so appreciative. We want to focus on being in the moment with you during your needs, and to focus on you as the customer.

Customer service is about loyalty, gratefulness, and recognizing what are the true priorities. The true priority in our business here at Carlife is you, the customer. We are so grateful for you, and want to be the friendly neighborhood auto repair business that knows your name, your family and even your pets. Let’s create the good ole days together where people actually knew each other. Come to Carlife and see the positive customer service for yourself.

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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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