Safe Travels for Thanksgiving!

     Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Tomorrow is the big day, and hundreds of thousands of people will be traveling. Either you are already at your destination, or you will be getting there soon. While you are out and about on this holiday safety is key. Here is a list of 15 Best Family Cars for Thanksgiving!

     Thanksgiving is one of the few days that American families are guaranteed to be driving, which makes that day the family car’s time to shine.

     Last year, AAA projected that 48.7 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home for Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with the year before. That was the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007 and was spurred on by an improving economy and gasoline that was $2.16 per gallon.

     Roughly 89%, or 43.5 million Americans, planned to drive. That was an increase of 1.9% from the year before, even though gas prices were just $2.05 per gallon they. In fact, gas prices have actually risen somewhat steadily since Thanksgiving 2008, when they were $1.85 per gallon on average.

     So how will families get over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this Thanksgiving? In vehicles roughly the size of hotel rooms. Cambridge, Mass.-based car research and shopping site CarGurus recently found that parents who have to ferry multiple kids around in sedans are generally less satisfied with their cars than those driving larger minivans and SUVs. Roughly 21% of sedan owners said their car does not meet their family’s needs, while only 7% of both minivan and SUV owners felt the same about their vehicles. Of all the respondents reporting that their current primary car does not meet their families’ driving needs, 62% said it’s because their car is too small.

     That would be easy to write off if the numbers didn’t bear it out. During the last year, with gas prices hovering around $2.50 per gallon or less, sales of cars of any size have dropped 1.8%, according to MotorIntelligence. Midsize car sales are down 12.3%, and small car sales are down 9.3% after helping lead automakers out of the recession.

     “Cheaper gas prices may push some sales of bigger cars, but with capacity being a main driver in the car purchasing decision, low running costs really just make the decision to buy a car that fits the family’s needs easier,” says Matt Smith, editor at CarGurus. “In the end, this decision is based more on prioritizing space over fuel efficiency.”

     The combination of both has made crossover SUVs extremely popular. Sales are up 6.3% year-to-date as drivers with more gas money in their pockets spring for more space. Minivans, meanwhile, have seen sales drop 12.7% as Nissan killed off the Quest and new minivans from Chrysler and Kia found their footing. While minivans still a relatively small portion of the market (they’re little more than 10% the number of crossovers sold during the same period), they outsell all but midsize non-crossover SUVs.

     For their part, families are using all of that space. The majority (56%) of parents with middle-school-aged kids report they are driving their kids to and from school or activities at least five days per week. One-in-three middle school parents spends 4 hours or more per week driving their kids around. That’s more than eight days of driving per year, or two round trips from Boston to San Diego.

     Remarkably, the majority of those hours aren’t being spent in silence as the child in the back stares at a tablet. Almost half of parents surveyed (45%) said they are most likely to have a conversation with their children about their day while driving in the car as opposed to the dinner table or at their child’s bedtime. In addition, most parents allow their children to eat in the car (78%), read in the car (73%), use mobile devices to play games or watch media online (70%) pr choose the music for the ride (60%).

     “We were surprised to see that while bells and whistles are often what’s marketed and advertised, they were not the primary factors in this decision for families,” Smith says. “A small percentage of respondents communicated that these types of features were crucial, with only 12% noting that entertainment technology features like Bluetooth or video screens and 9% stating that convenience features like an automatic tailgate lift were very important factors in their car buying decision.”

     However, that’s meant a very slow death for the family sedan. Car sales of any kind are down 10.5% this year, and automakers like General Motors (GM) , Mitsubishi and Volkswagen continue to trim sedans from their lineups in favor of crossovers.

     “Looking at sales trends, soccer field parking lots and school drop-off lines, it’s clear that families have moved on from the family sedan, and now the modern family car is an SUV,” says Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “As SUVs have grown more comfortable and fuel efficient over the years, car shoppers  have demonstrated an increasing preference for the elevated driving position, superior cargo versatility and higher profile of SUVs, which make them more functional as family cars than traditional sedans.”

     Families want safety, cargo capacity and fuel economy — and they want them all at a reasonable price. With that in mind, we consulted automotive research and shopping sites Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book and came up with the Top 15 family cars available around this Thanksgiving holiday:

Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt

Starting price: $36,620

Combined miles per gallon equivalent: 119

Electric charge range: 238 miles

Cargo capacity: 16.9 cubic feet

    Forget the Chevrolet Spark or Volt: This vehicle is GM’s first serious swipe at Tesla.

     With 200 horsepower, fast-charging capability, satellite radio, OnStar information and communications with 4G Wi-Fi, automatic climate control, remote liftgate release and an 8-inch passenger information system, the Bolt is built as if it wants to attack Tesla’s Model 3 head-on. However, with safety features like lane departure and collision sensors extra and with cargo volume restricted to 16.9 cubic feet with the seats up, the Bolt is leaning heavily on that range — which still falls short of the more powerful Model S.

Kia Soul

Kia Soul 

Starting price: $16,100

Combined miles per gallon: 28.5

Cargo capacity: 18.8 cubic feet with all seats up, 49.5 maximum

     This wasn’t such a great family car in its early years, when it basically looked like every other boxy neo surf wagon on the street. That’s why why Kia gave the Soul a character-altering overhaul this year that made it look like a wagon, dropped horsepower down from 138 to 130 and modestly improved mileage (27.5 mpg combined). It still has nearly 50 cubic feet of total cargo space, but don’t let the subcompact price fool you. With high output headlights, LED taillights, heated and ventilated seats, pushbutton starter and the 8-inch touchscreen UVO information and entertainment system, the Soul offers lots of perks at relatively low cost.

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

Combined miles per gallon: 27.5

Cargo capacity: 30.9 cubic feet with all seats up, 59.6 maximum

     Mazda sells fewer than 300,000 cars here, which means most major automakers’ midsize sedans outsell the entire Mazda line. However, its crossovers saw sales increase this year with help from this sporty little SUV.

     Under the hood is a 4-cylinder, 155-horsepower engine whose 30.5 combined mpg are every bit befitting a lightweight compact. However, it’s the CX-5’s in-car features that do the heavy lifting. The CX-5 is teeming with wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, Pandora Internet radio and navigation system, pushbutton starter and three power outlets. The ample rear seating and up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down aren’t exactly throwaways, either.

Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe

Starting price: $47,215

Combined miles per gallon: 19.5

Cargo capacity: 15.3 cubic feet with all the seats up, 94.7 maximum

Families really don’t care how much Wi-Fi you put into a car this large. They don’t care that you can fit nine people in it and that stability features make it far safer than the trucked-up SUVs of yore. Even if they have a camper or a boat, that towing capacity can now be found in cheaper, more efficient cars. That said, the 15% increase in sales of large SUVs like this one since last year shows that families care about the total package. If this apartment on wheels can do it all, they’re going to take it.

Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

Starting price: $25,836

Combined miles per gallon: 24

Cargo capacity: 38.4 cubic feet with all seats up, 148.5 maximum

Its versatile cabin seats up to eight, with second-row seats that can be configured to fit three child seats. The Odyssey’s removable center console offers a useful flip-up trash-bag holder, and there’s also a “cool box” beverage cooler to accommodate chilled refreshments. Best of all, an in-cabin vacuum is an available option for parents who just know that a healthy percentage of that trip’s road snacks are going to end up on the floor.

Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek

Starting price: $24,510

Combined miles per gallon: 29

Cargo capacity: 22.3 cubic feet with all seats up, 51.9 maximum

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since Subaru introduced the last link to its wagon-shaped past, but the former Crosstrek XV has come a long way. Sure, the four-cylinder engine still seems a bit undernourished at 170-horsepower. Sure, the Starlink multimedia system and its four speakers still leave much to be desired. But there’s 55 cubic feet of total cargo space (though just 20 with the seats up), its mileage sits at a noteworthy 29 mpg combined and all-wheel drive remains standard. Even by just giving folks an easier interface for their smartphones and slightly more room to breathe, Subaru made some much-needed upgrades to a vehicle begging for them.

Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Starting price: $44,625

Combined miles per gallon: 27.5

Cargo capacity: 13.8 cubic feet with all seats up, 83.2 maximum

This Camry-based crossover helped kill the lumbering conventional SUV when it was introduced little more than a decade ago and continues to trim the fat, especially in hybrid form. That mileage complements features like a panoramic moonroof, power liftgate, three-zone climate control and backup camera without sacrificing the Highlander’s 94 cubic feet of storage space or three rows of seating. the NHTSA and IIHS both give it their highest safety ratings for good reason: This seven-seater is an absolute tank.

Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica

Starting price: $28,595

Combined miles per gallon: 23

Cargo capacity: 32.3 cubic feet with all seats up, 140.5 maximum

Death to the Town & Country. Chrysler is really gunning for the whole “luxury minivan” angle here by offering features like leather seats, a three-panel sunroof and noise cancellation. At it’s core, though, this is still a family hauler: Stow-and-Go seats that fold into the floor, electronic safety features, handless sliding doors, an available vacuum, 3,600 pounds of towing capacity and a whole lot of interior cargo room leave us wondering why the minivan hasn’t performed better as a category this year.

Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

Starting price: $28,850

Combined miles per gallon: 23

Cargo capacity: 39.1 cubic feet with all seats up, 150 maximum

It’s terrible mileage, but great space. Toyota’s Sienna uses an upright folding seat in the second row to squeeze in as many as eight passengers and its entire second row slides up to allow third-row access. With power sliding doors, keyless entry, power liftgate in the back, second, row climate controls, a sliding center console, panoramic moon roof, backup cameras and Entune entertainment and information system all available, the Sienna is keeping the heat on its rival Honda Odyssey.

Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

 

Starting price: $29,990

Combined miles per gallon: 23.5

Cargo capacity: 18.5 cubic feet with all seats up, 109 maximum

This is why the standard SUV is shrinking into a nice: Lots of space, terrible mileage. The Pilot got huge upgrade for 2016 because the 2015 version was even more terrible. The folks at Honda’s plant in Lincoln, Ala., trimmed 300 pounds off its frame between generations, brought combined mileage up from 20 mpg and maintained 27.5 inches of legroom in the back and 4.5 inches of headroom. It’s spacious, if still a bit sluggish.

Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V

Starting price: $19,215

Combined miles per gallon: 31.5

Cargo capacity: 23.2 to 24.3 cubic feet with all the seats up, 55.9 to 58.8 maximum

This small crossover comes with LED brake lights, heated side mirrors, the HondaLink app suite, a 7-inch touchscreen entertainment and communications center, voice texting, wheel-mounted controls, multi-angle rearview camera and options including a power moonroof, heated seats and automatic climate control. It isn’t the biggest wagon out there, but it’s a nice middle ground between the CR-V and the subcompact Fit.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Starting price: $19,215

Combined miles per gallon: 29.5

Cargo capacity: 37.2 cubic feet with all the seats up, 70.9 maximum

Hail to the king. We end up writing about this car and its competitors, the Ford (F) Escape and Toyota RAV4, for the same reason station wagons received a lot of press in the ’70s, minivans soaked up a whole lot of ink in the ’80s and far larger SUVs garnered attention in the ’90s… they’re the family cars for their time. They’re the top-selling crossovers in a fast-growing category, and the CR-V’s cargo space and amenities like a leather interior, moonroof, Pandora-connected information display, heated seats and rearview windows and navigation system with controls mounted on the steering wheel have kept it ahead of the pack.

Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona

Starting price: $26,400

Combined miles per gallon: 21.5

Cargo capacity: 33.9 cubic feet with all the seats up, 142 maximum

This minivan entered the U.S. market in SUV-flooded 2002 was bold, but received a far better-timed makeover in 2015. After making the exterior look a bit meaner, giving the Sedona xenon headlights, LED taillights and accents, Sirius-XM satellite radio, a touchscreen information and entertainment system, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted controls and a backup warning system, sales jumped quickly. Its cargo space and mileage still trail the category’s leaders, but Kia’s gamble is paying off.

Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder

Starting price: $29,830

Combined miles per gallon: 23.5

 

Cargo capacity: 16 cubic feet with all the seats up, 79.8 maximum

As recently as two years ago, the Pathfinder was still being built to compete with the Chevy Blazer and Ford Bronco. It was hopped up on trucks, still getting a paltry 18 miles per gallon and it still firmly believed a 4.0-liter V6 is something anyone wants in a family vehicle. Recently, it joined the rest of the modern automotive world by switching to a car-platform crossover, trimming to a 3.5-liter V6 and cutting fuel economy to a combined 23 miles per gallon. It still has seven seats, the second row moves up five inches for easy rear-seat access and there’s three-zone climate control to go with an available three-zone entertainment center.

Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

Starting price: $22,990

Combined miles per gallon: 26.5

Cargo capacity: 30.7 cubic feet with all seats up, 60 maximum

You can throw in all-wheel drive for $1,500 and this CUV still wouldn’t break the $25,000 barrier.

Meanwhile, features including rearview camera, Sirius-XM satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity make lovely freebies, the UVO information and entertainment system and backup warning system also can still be had within the $25,000 price range. A redesign recently gave it 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and 60 altogether, but it also made it look a little less like a soccer shuttle and a little more like a fun beach buggy you might actually enjoy owning.

I hope you enjoyed the article!

I wrote the first paragraph, but I got the rest of the information from: https://www.thestreet.com/slideshow/14352139/1/15-best-family-cars-for-thanksgiving-travel.html

The article was written by Jason Notte on November 13, 2017 for TheStreet.

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Scary Cars

     It’s the spooky month of October and Halloween is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate the season then some scary cars!

     Here are our Top scariest cars. They came through and were even kind enough to tell us for whom exactly the cars are scary. Read on, if you dare (imagine spooky laughter here)…

1969 Ford Mustang

Scary for: Bystanders and other drivers

     Looks like an early Ford Mustang, right? It is, on the outside anyway. The inside, however, is all Ford Falcon, a pedestrian vehicle if ever there was one. So what, you say? Well, drop a Boss V-8 into a Ford Falcon and what do you get? An overpowered car that doesn’t have the shocks, brakes or structural rigidity to turn or stop well. In other words … look out!

1969 Pontiac Trans Am

Scary for: Bystanders and other drivers

     Garish? Sure, but that’s not our complaint. This was the height of muscle-cardom. This was when American car manufacturers figured out how to make humongous, powerful engines. Sadly, they hadn’t yet figured out how to do handling, so you had an overpowered rear-wheel-drive car with no weight in the rear end. As a result, when there was half a drop of rain on the ground this thing spun around like Dizzy Dan from the Battling Tops. Anything but perfect weather, and it was totally uncontrollable.

1971 Ford Pinto

Scary for: Firefighters and plastic surgeons

     What could possibly be scarier than a car endorsed by both the Shriners’ Burn Ward Fundraising Division and the League of Asbestos-Clothing Manufacturers? These cars had an unfortunate tendency to explode when hit from behind, since that’s where the gas tank was located. Ford did eventually fix the problem, but the damage was done, so to speak. Being anywhere near a Pinto still gives us visions of Robert Duvall calling in airstrikes in “Apocalypse Now.”

1973 Volkswagen Microbus

Scary for: Drivers

     Here’s a scary idea: Design a car so the occupants’ legs are the very first line of defense in a frontal crash. Then add poor stability. Shaped like a pizza box standing on end, the Microbus blew around on the highway like Calista Flockhart in a wind tunnel. Drivers never had time to worry about these issues, though; they were too busy trying to keep themselves warm in the chilly Bus.

1974 Volkswagen Thing

Scary for: Onlookers

     Just take a gander at this. No wonder they named it the Thing; it was styled by the same guy who invented the cookie sheet. Thankfully, they rusted quickly enough that few remain to invoke PTSD for former owners.

1980 Chevrolet Monza

Scary for: Mechanics

     The Monza was designed as an economy car, so it was built to have a four-cylinder engine. Unfortunately, when sales slowed down, some geniuses at Chevy decided that what the Monza needed was a V-8, so they shoehorned one in there. The result? Half the spark plugs are almost impossible to reach; to get at them you need rappelling equipment and an air chisel. Whenever one of these beauties reared its ugly grille in front of the garage, every mechanic with more than six weeks’ experience would go running for the men’s room and lock the door.

1986 Suzuki Samurai

Scary for: Drivers

     Rolling over is fine if you’ve got personal knowledge of Knuckles Goldberg’s wrongdoings and you’re heading into the witness protection program. Rolling over at 70 miles per hour on asphalt, when you’re swerving to avoid an errant chipmunk? Not so good. These cars were cheap, so they were purchased mostly by young drivers — the people most likely to end up hanging from the seat belt with four wheels in the air. Scarier still, the Samurai wasn’t that much worse than other SUVs of the era.

1987 Ford Festiva

Scary for: Drivers

     Take a good look at this car. Kind of small, wouldn’t you say? Now imagine yourself in a Festiva surrounded by amphetamine-snacking tractor-trailer drivers. Going 75 miles per hour. At night. In the rain. Scared yet? We sure are. We once got in trouble for saying this car came right from the factory with a funeral wreath on the grille.

2005 Pontiac Aztek

Scary for: Onlookers

     Well, now we know where the designers of the Volkswagen Thing went to work after VW canned their sorry butts. Take a good look at this vehicle — it’s a tribute to the art of unfortunate compromises. Someone at GM said “take a minivan, whack off a few corners and make something we can call a utility vehicle.” The car itself was not bad — rather utilitarian, actually — but it pinned the needle on the visual pollution scale.

     These are not the views of R. H. Willson, but a comical article dealing with Halloween and Scary Cars.

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     I got this information from https://www.cartalk.com/content/top-10-scary-cars.

 

How to prevent your car from overheating?

During this heat, you take precautions for your skin and body; but some people forgot about their vehciles. They get negative side effects from the heat. Below are some ways that you can take action against the heat and save that vehicle of yours.

  1.  Park in the shade

You can feel the temperature difference between the shade and the sun – and so can your car. Parking in the shade not only keeps you cool, but can prolong the life of your car. No shady spot? Use a sunshade to reduce heat inside the car.

  1. Tint your windows

A local dealership or auto body shop can apply tinted windows to help keep your car cooler, and protect your interior from sun damage.

  1. Use a sun shade

Keeping a sun shade in the car is helpful because you can’t always guarantee that you’ll find a shaded or covered area to park in. These UV heat shields will keep the interior from getting super-hot, plus it protects your interior from the damaging effects of the sun. You might even consider getting a custom-made sun screen that is designed to fit your make and model of car. These special shades can be more effective at keeping all of the rays out.

  1. Get rid of hot air

Closed windows trap hot air, and the glass serves as a conductor that helps heat up the enclosed space. Leave your windows open slightly so the air can escape – and if you have a sunroof, crack that, too. Make sure the opening is not large enough for someone to reach through. If you leave your windows cracked, remember to keep an eye on the weather – one sudden summer storm could lead to a soggy interior.

  1. Turn the floor vents on

Most people get in the car and turn the upper vents on “high” to get the air flowing. But you’re actually better off directing the air through the floor vents. Hot air rises, so switch to the bottom vents and put your blower on the maximum setting to push that air out. Then, once the car begins cooling, you can open the upper vents again.

  1. Use the fresh air setting on your A/C

Using the re-circulation setting means you’re just moving that hot, trapped air around your vehicle, so that’s something you want to use after your car has had the chance to cool down. Give it 10 minutes or so, then switch over.

  1. Keep your eye on the temperature gauge

 Located on the dashboard, the device has a needle that should always be pointing toward the center. If it points toward hot, pull over, turn off the engine and let the car cool down.

  1. Turning on the heat

Turning on the heat may be the last thing you want to do on a hot summer day, but it can pull hot air from the engine compartment and cool the engine. It won’t fix the underlying problem, but it’s a good measure for long drives.

  1. Add engine coolant

This is especially important in hot months. To check the coolant level, open the hood and locate the coolant reservoir. The coolant level is shown by indicator lines on the reservoir. If too low, simply add the appropriate amount of coolant and reattach the cap. Engine coolant is often sold as a 50/50 mix of water and coolant. You can also buy concentrated coolant and mix it yourself.

 Safety tip: Never add coolant to a hot engine. Wait for the engine to cool before removing the cap or pouring in coolant.

  1. Have your cooling system flushed by a mechanic

Even if you keep engine coolant at the right levels, it will eventually get dirty and need to be replaced. Flushing involves draining old coolant from the radiator, cleaning it with flush fluid and adding new coolant. Mechanics recommend a flush every 40,000 miles, but check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.

  1. Consider replacing your battery

If your car battery is older than three years, it may not be providing the power it once did, so your car has to work harder and can overheat. Your mechanic can help you determine whether you may need a new battery.

If you find yourself in a situation where your car overheats, follow these steps to ensure you and your vehicle remain safe:

  • Pull over, park your car and turn off the engine as soon as possible. Let your car cool for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Open the hood of your car to allow the heat to clear out quickly.
  • Once your car has cooled off, turn the ignition to its first position (don’t start the engine). If you see that the temperature gauge is within a normal range and engine fluid levels are sufficient, try to start the engine.
  • If the engine makes unusual sounds or it does not start at all, it’s best to stay on the safe side and call for roadside assistance to have your car towed. This will allow for a mechanic to inspect it and make the necessary repairs.

What can cause your car to overheat?

Hot temperatures alone might not be causing your vehicle to overheat. If your car’s cooling systems aren’t functioning correctly, it can lead to serious damage to your engine and expensive repairs. Here are a few common engine problems that can cause your car to run hot that you should know about:

  • Coolant: Every car has a cooling system to help keep the temperature of the engine down. If your cooling system has a leak, blockage or pump malfunction, the coolant might not be able to circulate properly. Cooling system malfunctions aren’t just problematic when it’s hot out; very cold temperatures can cause coolant to freeze and prevent circulation.
  • Thermostat: Another possible issue could be a problem with the thermostat. A vehicle’s thermostat is responsible for regulating the amount of coolant flowing through the engine. A broken or malfunctioning one can easily cause your car to overheat.
  • Low Oil: A car’s oil does more than just lubricate moving parts. It also helps to remove excess heat from the engine. If your vehicle has low oil, it might be causing your car to run hot.
  • Radiator Fan: If your cooling fan isn’t turning on or running at the right level, it can case your car to overheat. Radiator fans usually run on electric motors, so any motor mechanical problems can lead to your fan not providing enough cool air flow.

Of course these aren’t the only possible problems that can cause a car to overheat. It’s a good idea to find a reliable mechanic who can diagnose and service your car, and get protection in case your car overheats while you’re on the road.

This information is from Nationwide Blog (Vehicle – Maintenace from June 4, 2017)

https://blog.nationwide.com/how-to-keep-your-car-from-overheating/

The Salvage Yard

     This month’s blog post is about R. H. Willson. The past blog posts focused on different ways that the salvage yard recycles.  There are always more ways and more items to recycle, but I just wanted to have this month’s post focus on the business.

     My grandfather opened this business in 1954. He started off by selling auto parts. Overtime the business grew to have up to three different buildings. Down the road my parents bought the business in 1996 and expanded even further. In 1998 they started an auto repair on the premises. Bringing in different customers and staying competitive in the industry. One big change was computerizing everything. Changing all the paperwork from pen and paper to computer generated slips. That was a big change for the industry and everyone working here. Overtime people learned to love computers because it made work faster and more organized. With the help of the computers, the parts industry expanded. Now people can buy their parts online, over the phone, or walking in. The expansion was a necessary progression, but there were other avenues the salvage yard also explored.

     The auto repair was another great expansion to the business.  Fixing cars and buying parts go hand in hand allowing for our customers to have faster service. Eventually we expanded by getting more mechanics, which allowed us to help more customers.

     Another aspect of R. H. Willson is town towing and picking up junk cars. The town towing allows us to be involved in the town and get exposure by doing it. It is very convenient because if a car needs to get fixed, there is an auto repair on the premises to fix the car. As I said in the beginning of the paragraph, we also pick up junk cars, which lead us to our last point.

     Not too long ago, the business got a scale for scrap metal. You come to the salvage yard and drive over the scale, which weighs how much the metal is. It opened up another avenue of the business completely. People bring their scrap metal here, and we pick up junked cars for scrap metal. Getting rid of the excess metal in people’s houses or business helps the environment and our salvage yard.

     R. H. Willson is constantly improving and making adjustments so we can better help our customers. We have been opened since 1954; I hope there will be many more wonderful years of being innovative for this salvage yard and all salvage yards out there.

Recycling of Auto Parts

     In an earlier post, I mentioned junk cars. I talked about how we used them for scrap metal and the auto parts. So this month’s post is going to be about auto parts. When R.H.Willson opened back in 1954, its main operation was the selling of new or used auto parts, but it has come a long way since then.

     The salvage yard stills sells new and used auto parts, recycles the scrap metal, provides towing and auto repair. These are the main operations of the yard, but there is so much more underneath. One of the main concepts that I want to focus on is recycling, going into more depth the recycling of auto parts. Yes, there is a successful business of selling new or used auto parts, but like I mentioned early there is always more.

     The auto parts are brought to the salvage yard and inventoried. We inventory our parts to sell so we have a fresh sense of what is on hand.  Our computer system is kept up to date and organized to easily search when customers request a specific part.

     Now we can go into how we recycle the parts.  Well when you buy an auto part or reuse used auto parts that is recycling at a very basic level. Going a little further, some customers come into the salvage yard looking for specific parts to fix go-karts, four-wheelers, or just make a new motor with a combination of used parts. These used parts recycled back into different motors or vehicles creates a fun time for all to enjoy.

     Mentioned above are the self-explanatory ways that people recycle auto parts. A little more profound way is with art. We have had some people reuse the auto parts for their genuine beauty. Certain sculptors reuse auto parts to make beautiful pieces of art. Painters and photographers have come in and created unique one of a kind images. Some may ask what exactly is getting recycled, well the answer to that is the love and beauty of these old auto parts is being revived. Whatever car they were in earlier, they were used and enjoyed, then disregard. People start to forget about all the old parts until they are used again somehow.  Regenerating a feeling and shedding a whole new light on them.

     Auto Parts are more than just what meets the eye, and that is one of the reasons I do this blog. I want to shed some light on different aspects of a salvage yard all together. Each week I pick a certain aspect of R.H.Willson and expand upon it. Recycling is the main focus in each blog post. So continue to read for more ways R.H.Willson and it’s customers reuse, repurpose and reinvent with automotive parts and scrap metal!!

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Shine some light on your broken tail-light

We’ve all had those days when the last thing we need is something breaking, especially an essential part of your car! You need not worry, we’ve found some great tips and tricks to help you decide how to fix that pesky broken tail-light. If you plan on doing it yourself, we’ve got you covered.

 

DIY

Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes

  • First you are going to need a list of appropriate tools: sockets, wrenches, a screwdriver, a ratchet wrench, and potentially other elements, depending on your vehicle’s condition, make, model, etc. Also gloves can come in handy.
  • Go into the cargo/trunk space and remove the cover over the tail-light and turn signal. Once that cover is removed you can then safely and carefully remove the bulb. Be cautious of broken glass and be careful that the bulb is not too hot to touch.
  •  You can remove the cover by either twisting it off or using a wrench or screwdriver.
  • After replacing the new tail-light test it to see if it works.
  • Refer to your car’s handbook for any needed instructions

You can find used tail-lights at R.H. Willson-Used Auto Parts, where our employees will be more than willing to lend a helping hand.

Escape the Stress of Brake Failures

One of the most important components of a vehicle (at least in my opinion) is the brakes. Sure a car radio seems vital on your commute to work, but your brakes are the only thing standing in between you colliding with that giant truck in front of you. It’s a vital part of your car and just like the rest of your car it needs maintenance  Just the thought of a brake failure causes immense anxiety but with the right knowledge any one can avoid it. Just by keeping an ear out (literally) for automotive disrepair can help avoid some of the cringe-worthy damage that can be caused to both your car and your wallet. We’ve all heard that tell tale squeak of brakes being applied and that can be indicator number one to a worn out brake-pad. Every-time we step on the brakes, pressure is applied to the brake-pad, resulting in wear and tear to the brake-pads.

We found this great Graphic via How Stuff Works!

We found this great Graphic via How Stuff Works!

To ensure safety to both you and fellow drivers out there, head to your local Auto Repair shop and have your brakes checked out. Signs of an impending brake failure are; your car begins to glide to a stop and a squealing noise when pressure is applied to the brakes. You can avoid sky-high costs by going to the your local auto repair shop as soon as you see these signs. By using  used auto parts you can also cut costs without cutting quality. Keeping these tips in mind will not only make you knowledgeable but also might prevent you from being in an undesirable situation!