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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Auto Events in the Valley

Want a way to enjoy your passion without having to deal with auto repairs? What about a place to see the beauty of different vehicles, get tips for your own needs and have some fun with the family? Carlife (serving Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria, and Glendale) is more than auto services and is here to be your fun guide for the summer. There are various car shows you can check out this Summer throughout the valley if you’re brave enough to combat the heat.


Car Shows

Whether you want to participate in car shows by showing off your gem of a car, or you want to come to ogle what is out there, we have the best spots for you!


5 & Diner Car Hop for live music and great cars
When: Every 1st Friday starting in June
Where: 5220 N 16th St. Phoenix, AZ
What Time: 6pm
Cost: Free to attend, drivers get 50% off their entree


-Hillbank Grand Opening Car Show

When: June 3rd
Where: 2180 W University Dr. Tempe, AZ
What Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: Free
All classics, hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and exotics are invited to attend. There will be prizes, trophies, lunch and door prizes involved!


-Rock & Roll Car Show
When: Every Saturday
Where: Scottsdale Pavilions, 9140 E Indian Bend, Scottsdale, AZ
What Time: 4:30pm-10:00pm
Cost: Free
Whether you’re coming to look at the cars and bikes, or to get tips, this is a family, friendly event with shopping and food all around.


-Holbrook Route 66 Festival & Gunslinger Car Show

When: June 10th
Where: Downtown Holbrook, AZ
What Time: 8:00am-7:00pm
Cost: Free
This is a family friendly event where classic cars from across the nation come.There is live entertainment and food vendors along the historic route 66.


Whether you are wanting to participate with your car, or just go to the events to let your eyes feast on vehicular beauty, go to enjoy! Carlife looks forward to hearing about your adventures!



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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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