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2017 is Expected to See an Increase in Gas Prices in the US

While forecasting fuel prices has always been a challenge, everyone agrees that 2017 is a year that gas prices will peak in the United States. Why? Read on!

Since 2012, gas prices have been slowly going down! Unfortunately, that trend is set to stop, according to GasBuddy, a mobile app that tracks the price of gas around the world. They predict that the national average price of gasoline is expected to significantly increase this year, and especially in California!

Why is this happening?

The November 30th agreement by the Origination of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is responsible for the surge in prices this year. This agreement cuts oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting this year. A decrease in production equals a decrease in supply, meaning that by simple economics, prices will go up!

What to Expect:

The country should expect that gas prices will trend higher as the year goes on. This trend might not be a steady increase and you should expect sudden peaks in price as the seasons change. For instance, the season switch from winter blend to summer blend, as mandated by EPA and the Clean Air Act, will be one of the causes of a sudden spike. It is expected that the national average gas price will rise 35 to 60 cents between mid-February, and will peak in May.

While the West is still home of the most expensive gasoline states, California is the 2nd most expensive state at $2.76 a gallon, next to Hawaii, who is the most expensive with a statewide average of $3 a gallon.

We know that this increase in price will have a negative impact on most people, but stay tuned for our next blog where we give you tips on how to reduce your gas usage!

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!

Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and so is the pressure to get a thoughtful and sentimental gift for your partner! If your significant other is a car lover just like we are, it might be difficult to know what to get them. Lucky for you, we have listed the top 5 things that car enthusiasts will love!  Who needs flowers and chocolates, when you can give them these?

  The No Blind Spot Rearview Mirror

Help your partner focus more on the driving they love and less on checking their blind spots with the, “The No Blind Spot Rearview Mirror,” This cool gift is used by police officers and race car drivers alike. Offering a field view of 180 degrees, it’s the perfect gift for someone who enjoys driving.

LED Interior Underdash Lighting Kit

For someone who takes great pride in the look of their car, the LED Interior Underdash Lighting Kit will bring the inside of their car to life! With 7 different color brightness levels, 3 strobing modes, and a sound activation mode, there is no doubt that every car lover would adore this gift.

Customizable Shift Knobs

Does your significant other drive a manual car? Then getting them a unique shift knob is the way to their heart. The shift knob can be screwed onto their gear shift and create an entirely new interior car look with many colors and designs to choose from. This gift can be unique to your partner’s personality and preference!

Model Cars

Every car enthusiast was once a kid crazy about cars and how do you think that kid expressed this passion? Through model cars! This gift not only offers nostalgic value, but it also shows your partner that you were actually listening when they were telling you about all of their favorite cars.

Merchandise From Their Favorite Car Manufacturer

 

This is a very easy, but effective gift for any car enthusiast and all it takes is knowing their favorite car manufacturer! Does your partner love Lamborghini? Then you cannot go wrong with buying them a Lamborghini T-shirt or hat! BMW? Maserati? Ferrari? There’s gear for them all.

We at Marina Auto Body wish you luck on your Valentine’s gift search! Let us know what you get! 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!

 

5 Ways You Can Help Support Heart Month

 

Every February, Americans celebrate Heart Month and join the battle against heart disease, as it is the leading cause of death in the United States! We believe that it’s time to put it to a halt, so this month, we encourage you and your loved ones to help build awareness for the cause! To make this easier, we’ve come up with ways you can help and/or contribute! Check them out below:

Wear Red

On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, join the American Heart Association for their Go Red Wear Red Women’s Day, which specifically helps raise awareness for heart disease in Women. Participation in this movement is as easy as choosing to wear the color red that day! Sound easy enough right? Why not take it one step further? The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women website has a Tell 5 Application that helps you spread the word to five women you love about the risks associated with heart disease. After sharing it to 5 women you love, ask them to share it to 5 more! Start a life-changing chain reaction that could save someone’s life!

Advocate

We believe that everyone has a story to tell. With heart disease as the leading cause of death in America, it hasn’t left many families unharmed. If the disease has affected you or a loved one personally, take this opportunity to become a spokesperson and help raise awareness amongst fellow citizens. This is one scenario where we believe that what they don’t know will hurt them! However, you have the power to change that!

Volunteer

The American Heart Association depends on the time and talent of volunteers to help them create a healthier world, free of heart disease and stroke. Whatever your capabilities, interests or schedule may be, they have a volunteer opportunities for everyone! From hosting a fundraiser, to lending a hand in their support network, you can help make a difference! Sign up today!

Be A Living Role Model

Don’t stop at speaking out about the cause! Take this opportunity to adopt a healthier lifestyle and set an example for others to follow! Take extra care of your heart this month, by eating healthy and phasing out any bad habits! Here are a few recommendations we have:

  • Choose foods with little or no salt (eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day).
  • Cut back on food high in trans fats or dietary cholesterol.
  • Choose low-fat dairy products.
  • Cut back on food and beverages with added sugar.

Donate

Whether you plan to give once, or on a monthly basis, we believe that every little bit helps! Your donation goes towards supporting life-saving efforts, such as research, education, and advocation. Additionally, it will help improve patient care and help reach other populations at risk, meaning you have the potential to help change/save the life of millions! Donate today!

Take charge of your life today and join us in raising awareness this month! We can’t wait to hear about how you contributed to Heart Month! At Marina Auto Body, we always have your safety and the safety of others in mind. If you are in need of collision repair services give us a call, or stop by one of our 3 convenient locations today!