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How to Switch Lanes Safely

When it comes to driving, any safety tips or techniques that we can teach can benefit everyone on the road. We have all seen it - the driver who switches lanes without even looking, moving across several lanes without a blinker on, expectedly all other vehicles to move out of the way. Although it may work sometimes, this is a dangerous and risky way to drive.    Acronyms are a great way to remember key phrases, and the acronym S.M.O.G. was created for how to switch lanes safely. Remembering this acronym is easy and will make sure that you always change lanes on the road in a safe manner!   S - Signal  Always make sure that your blinker is on, signaling the direction that you are changing lanes. Try to have your signal on 3 to 5 seconds before actually changing lanes.   M - Mirrors Check all mirrors, including rearview mirror and side mirrors, for cars nearby.    O - Over the shoulder Check over your shoulder in the direction of where you ... read more

Check Your A/C Before Summer Driving

Nobody wants to get stuck during the spring or summer warmth without working air conditioning. If you try to turn on your A/C and no air blows out, or maybe only hot air blows out and it never gets colder, there’s something wrong with an A/C component. The A/C system is actually very complex, and therefore there are a number of different reasons why the system can fail. Here are some of the top causes of A/C system failure:  Refrigerant leak Failed compressor Deteriorated refrigerant hoses Mold or mildew buildup Faulty cooling fan Broken seal or hose The best way to ensure that your vehicle’s air conditioning will work properly throughout the spring and summer is to have your system inspected by one of our experts regularly. Routine A/C inspections will allow us to catch small problems early on before they turn into more expensive issues.  If there is a problem with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, you may notice one or more of the following sy ... read more

Strange Smells to Pay Attention To While Driving

A strange smell coming from your car can be hard to bear, especially when it is coming through your air vents and smells terrible. Although it isn’t uncommon to get a random whiff of a regular car scent one in a while, a persistent smell while driving your car can indicate an issue with a major component.  Here are the most common smells associated with car issues and what they can mean: Moldy - If you notice a moldy or musty stench when the air is turned on, chances are that mold or mildew has actually formed somewhere in the air vents. This should be cleaned right away as breathing in mold particles is extremely bad for you.  Burning smell - A burning smell can come from a few different places, but most commonly can indicate a timing belt or drive belt issue. It can also indicate engine and transmission problems.  Rotten eggs - The smell of rotten eggs can indicate an issue with your emissions system, and more specifically the catalytic converter. This is an ... read more

Epic Car Quotes to Inspire

Epic Car Quotes to Inspire

Inspirational quotes or encouraging sayings help us focus on a positive life even when circumstances can be difficult. We all need encouragement at times, and we know of great quotes that include cars! CarLife, located in Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale and Glendale, is passionate about all types of vehicles, and believes in providing the best affordable automotive repair services to fit your needs. Car Quotes Life is an adventure, and everyone has their own path. A few things to help you along the way: *A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up. -Florence Griffith Joyner *I couldn't find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself. -Ferdinand Porsche *It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. -E. L. Doctorow *J ... read more

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The Best Family Car of 2017

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 ... read more

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Car Facts We Bet You Don’t Know

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 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 ... read more

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Mistakes When Buying a Car

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 o ... read more

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BMW Beauty

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 ... read more

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Get Your Car In Line!

Get Your Car In Line!

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 ... read more

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The Best Way to Deck Out Your Vehicle

The Best Way to Deck Out Your Vehicle

Owning a vehicle is not a right, it is a privilege. When we have the privilege of owning a car, we like to give it a personality that reflects our own. The many accessories available to us allow us to add our own splash of personality to our vehicles. CarLife not only works to excel at giving the best automotive repair services possible in Gilbert, Scottsdale, and Glendale but we also like to appreciate the personality of the cars we work on. Why Car Accessories? There are various reasons that someone invests in accessories for their car. Accessories can show personality through a ... read more

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