9 things all drivers need to know about their tires

<strong>9 things all drivers need to know about their tires</strong>
StatePoint MediaIt’s your tires that connect us to the road, making their construction and maintenance critical for safe, effective driving. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Today’s cars are packed with impressive features. Stability control. Ride assist. Ever-more-powerful engines. But no matter what technology makes its way into your car — it’s your tires that connect it to the road, making their construction and maintenance critical for safe, effective driving. So, what do you need to know? The experts at Cooper Tires are offering these helpful insights. Valve stems are crucial. Those little caps on the valve help to keep out moisture and dirt, as well as provide an additional seal to (more…)

Why the Caddy is Presidential

<strong>Why the Caddy is Presidential</strong>
Wikimedia Commons2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, Some time ago, after President Trump was elected and first took office, I wrote about his hand-me-down Presidential Limo, called “The Beast.” The Beast was actually very old. I guess our Government and the Secret Service thought an upgrade was in order. The most recent presidential limousine fleet debuted on Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration Day. Since then, many have been expecting the newest fleet that will transport Trump around, which his predecessor described as “a Caddy, basically on a tank frame.” Last fall, the newest presidential limousine was photographed and seen on public roads (more…)

What to invest in: Uber vs personal transportation

<strong>What to invest in: Uber vs personal transportation</strong>
File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy. My Uber app is a convenient transportation option for when I need a ride to the auto auction where I know I’ll be buying at least one vehicle that I can drive back. Also as I’ve stated before in my previous articles, I’ve used the service to pick up my youngest daughter from high school. Thankfully she just graduated and is now driving herself which is great news for me because it was all adding up. It turns out the app was not the most cost-efficient replacement for a vehicle. Maybe it’s a good option for (more…)

What to know when changing vehicle ownership

<strong>What to know when changing vehicle ownership</strong>
File PhotoRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy. Recently, my father-in-law Bob has fallen terminally ill due to his fight with cancer. Bob, former director of Patton State Hospital and director of mental health for many counties in California, is the patriarch of our large family and a very smart man. He has always been conscious of his need to prepare for what’s ahead even for the unexpected. Bob told me he wanted me to sell his motorhome, and wanted to give his Jeep to my sister-in-law. It was easier for Nicci to change ownership because there was no lienholder and the transfer was (more…)

Tips for choosing all-terrain or off-road tires

<strong>Tips for choosing all-terrain or off-road tires</strong>
StatePoint MediaWhat tires should you invest in for a little or a lot of off-roading? ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Love driving off-road? Before heading out for the great wide open, be sure your vehicle is equipped with the right set of tires. Big. Wide. Knobby. Some believe this is all you need to look for in an all-terrain or an off-road tire. But there’s much more to quality all-terrain and off-road tires than meets the eye. To choose the proper tire for your adventures off the beaten path, the first question to ask yourself is, “How much on-road driving will I be doing?” This is a critically important question because (more…)

Why I love the new Chevy Impala

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy. I’ve always said that I am interested in what’s new and what the reviews say. Not that I recommend buying new – my interest lies in knowing more about the vehicle and whether it is a good value, no matter how old. While reading the 10 best list, I came across the 2018 Chevrolet Impala. The Impala may date back to 1958, but today’s Impala features high-tech infotainment like onboard Wi-Fi, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth audio, and navigation. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is one of the best. I still remember the V8-powered Impalas (more…)

Vehicle responsibility: from emergency kits to military

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy. A couple weeks ago in our article “It’s just easier to call Dad” I shared how to jump start a car. Then I vowed that I would get all our kids a roadside kit. After that, I received a call at the dealership from a Chronicle reader asking “What would I recommend in a roadside kit? Well here you go: an emergency kit, at the bare minimum, should contain blankets, canned goods, water, first-aid kit, flashlights, and jumper cables. Some of our customers of VIP Autos are in the military or have children that serve proudly (more…)

Get smart on warranties and service contracts

■ StatePoint Media / Contributed Car shopping? One important factor to consider is what each manufacturer’s warranty covers and how long the coverage lasts, as well as whether you’re going to purchase additional coverage through a vehicle service contract. While these items can offer you peace of mind, sorting through them can be tricky. Before heading to a dealership, check out this quick look at four of the most common types of warranties and additional mechanical coverage offered on new and used vehicles. Bumper-to-Bumper. The “basic” or “bumper-to-bumper” warranty is the most comprehensive factory warranty and covers all the original components and systems of a vehicle, excluding wear-and-tear items like tires, (more…)

It’s just easier to call Dad

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! The other day our daughter, Liberty, called from home (luckily) and said she thinks her battery might be dead because she remembers that her car has been slow to start recently after the car sits for awhile. My response was, “No problem; there is a jumper cable in the garage, just jump start the car, drive it here, and we’ll install a new battery.” There was a moment of silence on the other end of the line. I suddenly realized that I had never shown the girls how to jump start a car. That’s something they (more…)

The good, the bad and the ugly

■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my challenges with the transmission in my 2013 Chevy Silverado. I’m pleased to say that I have my truck back from Gosch Chevrolet, and it drives even better than before I took it in. Not only did the warranty company (Old Republic) pay the cost of the entire transmission rebuild ($3,200), but even the rental car I drove for the week my truck was in the shop. I was skeptical about purchasing an aftermarket warranty on the truck that seemed like a brand new vehicle when I bought it. It was just a year old, and (more…)