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Car Hacks That Will Change Your Life!

As much as we love to drive, we understand that owning a car comes with a lot of maintenance. This maintenance can not only be time consuming, but it can also cost you a pretty penny. We wanted to make your driving lives a little easier, and have comprised a list of cars hacks that, once you read, you simply won’t be able to live without!

1. Brush Your Teeth… and Your Headlights!

If you find that your headlights are becoming cloudy, use toothpaste to clean them! It’s as easy as applying the toothpaste to the headlight and rubbing it all over with a cloth. After you rinse the toothpaste off, your headlights will be clear as day light!

2. Never Forget Where You Parked!

We have all found ourselves in the situation of turning on our car alarm just to find where our car is parked. If you find yourself doing this more often than not, than the iParkedHere app is just right for you! This app allows you to put where your car is in both an indoor or outdoor parking lot. In other cases, if your car has bluetooth and your phone has iMaps, and they’re both connected, your iMaps will automatically remember where you’ve left your car.

3. Coffee Filter + Olive Oil = a Sparkling interior

Drop a little bit of olive oil into a coffee filter to get the perfect cleaning product for the interior of your car! Not only is this cost efficient but it will capture all of the dirt that’s been sitting in your car for weeks!

4. A Little Nail Polish Can Go a Long Way!

Minor chipping or scratching on your car is inevitable, but luckily, the fix is easy! Grab the closest nail polish that’s the same color as your car and apply the polish to the small chip/scratch. Voila! It’s as if it never happened. If you happen to get a bigger scratch that nail polish can’t fix… You’ll want to visit us!

We would love to hear if these car hacks have helped you! If you find yourself in need of our auto collision repair services, please do not hesitate to give us a call, or stop by one of our 3 convenient locations and we’ll get you back on the road in no time!

The Sobering Realities of Impaired Driving & How You Can Prevent It!

April is a very significant month, not only because it marks the beginnings of warmer temperatures, but because it is marked “Alcohol Awareness Month.” April is dedicated to teach, spread awareness and reduce stigmas about alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. In the spirit of alcohol awareness month, we want to bring attention to the dangers of driving under the influence and how you can prevent it.

You Can’t Deny the Facts!

According to the CDC, excessive alcohol use is responsible for 88,000 deaths in the US, each year. There is nothing wrong with consuming alcohol if you are of age, but it is important to drink it in moderation. Furthermore, it is never okay to be under the influence of alcohol when driving. Did you know that 1/3 of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related? There 1.4 million arrests and 1.1 million convictions for drunk driving each year! These facts are sobering, and show the devastating reach that impaired driving has amongst US citizens. The only way to see these numbers decrease, is to prevent it before it happens!

You Have Options

If you know you will be drinking and need a source of transportation, it is important to plan ahead! There are a number of options available to you if you ever find yourself in need of a ride.

Plan to have a Designated Driver

Establishing a designated driver before your night begins will alleviate any stress or rash decisions when needing to get home. You can agree amongst your friends to alternate who the designated driver is, so you will always have a safe ride home.

Uber/Lyft/Other Ridesharing Apps

Uber and Lyft are known for efficiency and convenience. If you find that you are unable to drive or that your driver for the night is under the influence, a ridesharing app will be a quick and easy solution.

Public Transit

If you are on a budget, then public transit will be a great option. With the busses, subways and rail systems, public transit offers a versatile way to travel to your destination.

April marks a month of change, and this is why it is fitting to represent alcohol awareness. We want to change how people view excessive alcohol consumption, especially when under the influence of driving. Let the change start with you: always plan your ride ahead if you will be drinking and if you see someone getting into their vehicle under the influence, offer them an alternative option.

Marina Auto Body wants you to remain safe behind the wheel, but if you ever find yourself in need of our collision repair services, please do not hesitate to give us a call or stop by one of our 3 convenient locations and we’ll get you back on the road in no time!

Ways to Reduce Your Gas Usage!

If you read our last blog (link to last blog once live), you learned that 2017 is going to be a year of higher gas prices. While the use of our cars is something we can’t avoid, this increase will lead to more money out of our pockets! What if there was a way, however, to avoid spending more money at the pumps? We have comprised a list of easy steps that you can take to significantly decrease the amount you spend on gas!

Don’t Drive if You Don’t Have to!

The best way to reduce fuel usage, is to not use fuel at all! If you have the option to
not drive, then don’t. There are a number of practises you can do to avoid
driving entirely such as:

Car Pool – By Carpooling you can save up to 30% of gas usage. Sharing a ride to work with a
friend can effectively double your fuel economy. Not to mention, it’ll get you into the carpool lane!

Public Transit– This can include riding the bus, biking, walking instead of driving!

Online Shop – Take advantage of the resources available to you and do errands through the internet! Amazon is a great place to get all your household needs, and there are a ton of online groceries websites, too!

Change Your Driving Habits!

Changing driving habits is an easy and effective way to save a ton of money on fuel usage. Change bad habits, into money saving ones, including:

Not Using Your Air Conditioner – Using the air conditioner increases fuel cost from 13% to 21%. Instead, open your windows!

Eliminate Extra Weight – a heavier car causes more gas usage. Take some time to clean it out and remove any unnecessary weight.

Slow Down – You would be surprised with how much fuel you waste by driving fast! If you simply travel 60 mph instead of 70 mph on a 20 mile highway commute, you will save 103 gallons of gas at the end of 5 days!

Make Sure Your Car is Running Properly!

Regular maintenance on your vehicle will ensure that your vehicle is achieving its best fuel economy. Do this by:

Making Sure Your Tires Are Inflated:  Tires that are not inflated properly can reduce fuel economy by up to 5%. It is estimated that if all Californians had properly inflated and aligned tires, we would save 300 million gallons of gasoline a year. It’s that easy!

Replacing Dirty Air Filters–  believe it or not, dirty air filters cause your car’s engine to
work much harder than it has to. These inevitably results in poor fuel economy.

Don’t let this year’s high gas prices get in your way! Let us know if our tips have helped you, we would love to hear your story! If you ever find yourself in need of our collision repair services, please do not hesitate to give us a call, or stop by one of our 3 convenient locations and we’ll get you back on the road in no time!