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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…)
Automotive

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…)
Automotive

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…)
Automotive

Check your tires in hot weather – or else!

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, It’s freaky hot out there! We have had – and will continue to have – hot, hot days! if you are planning a road trip, it’s important to know how the hot weather can affect your tires. One of our customers, who had bought a nice F250 truck to tow his trailer, said that his tires were overinflated, a fact he had just noticed after returning from a lengthy hospital stay. When I called Corey Wilson of Ramona Tire, who handles our safety checks, he said that the extreme heat may be the culprit. Changes in (more…)
Automotive

The patriotic history behind a Jeep

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, Both Memorial and Independence Day have passed and these patriotic holidays got me thinking about Jeep Wranglers – why you may ask? Because “Jeeps” were a big part of World War II. After WWII, government-surplus MB vehicles were widely available in the U.S. and returning veterans nabbed them as cheap, reliable transportation. Capitalizing on the opportunity, the Willys-Overland company produced the 1945-1949 Jeep CJ-2A, a version of the MB modified for civilian use. The Jeep Wrangler is the direct descendant of the 1940 Willys Quad prototype vehicle that was commissioned by the United States Army. The (more…)
Automotive

I love my truck – and, now, my extended warranty

<strong>I love my truck – and, now, my extended warranty</strong>
Courtesy of Chevrolet2013 Chevy Silverado. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor I love my truck. I really do. But now, I love my extended warranty even more. I’m the proud owner of a beautiful, silver Chevy Silverado LT. It’s a great truck. I’ve had others, including a nice Ford F150 (Lariat edition, Bose stereo, etc.), but what can I say? I’m a Chevy man. I’ve had three of them over the years in between my Triumph TR3, TR6, VW camper, AMC Gremlin, Hornet, Dodge Intrepid, etc. Then I got a Camaro and my life changed. I invested in a refurbished ‘86 4×4 Suburban too, which I loved for all the (more…)
Automotive

Not all cars are a one-size fits all

■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Photo FIleRichard Perry. Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy! Last week we met some new friends that came by the showroom to have their picture taken in front of our 1926 Oldsmobile (by the way everyone is invited to have their picture taken in the old car – we even have 1920’s hats). We all know that not all cars are a one-size fits all; people have lifestyle changes that require a change in their vehicles. For example, recently a single mom came to us and drove in with her clean 100,000-mile Toyota Corolla. She was looking for a similar vehicle for her (more…)
Automotive

Don’t be a cheapskate on auto maintenance

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy! After driving for more than 37 years, there are things that I have done differently. Quit giving my car a treat I used to pay extra for high premium gas. Now I buy the lowest grade/octane gasoline appropriate (your car may require otherwise). Premium fuel won’t boost fuel economy or performance, so skip it as long as your engine doesn’t knock or ping or regular. Quit topping off Don’t bother topping off your gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out. Tighten the gas cap Be sure to (more…)
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Quick tips on how to increase your credit score

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy! Many people have credit challenges and everyone’s credit score can vary at any given time. For example, your credit score can depend on your current balances at the time your credit is run. My wife and I make every effort to pay off a charge on our card in full when the statement comes in. If we want to refinance our house or need a loan for ourselves or our business, the interest rate will be determined based on our credit rating. This is why we are protective of our credit rating. Some people (more…)
Automotive

5 different types of cars for graduates

<strong>5 different types of cars for graduates</strong>
Metro ServiceFrom a financial perspective buying a used model simply makes more sense. ■ By Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy! After graduating from high school or college, now it’s just the beginning of certain responsibilities that we typically associate with adulthood. It usually means you’re about to enter the workforce to start building a career and it also means you’re about to start making financial decisions that can have enduring consequences. One of those decisions involves purchasing a car. According to carfax.com, new cars can be quite appealing, but from a financial perspective buying a used model simply makes more sense. New cars (more…)