The Basics Of Taking Your Car To The Auto Repair Shop

If you have to take your car to the auto repair shop, you might be feeling stressed and anxious. Perhaps you have never had anything to go wrong with your car or have never been the mechanic's by yourself before. Maybe you are have experienced a serious problem and the scope of the job is causing you anxiety. No matter the reason, getting your car repaired can be stressful. However, if you know the basics, a visit to the auto repair shop does not have to be scary.

Before you make an appointment at the auto repair shop, you should do some research about where possible options. Ask family and friends where they take their cars to be fixed and read online reviews to see what other customers are saying about the places that you are considering. Because people love to share their experiences, both positive and negative, reading online reviews can help you figure out what your trip might be like. If you have the time, checking with the Better Business Bureau to make sure no complaints have been filed against the shops you are considering maybe also be a good idea.

When you get to the auto repair shop, you should be sure to give the mechanics as much information as possible about what went wrong with your car. Even if the problem might be your fault and you're feeling embarrassed, you should not be shy or nervous about sharing this information with the person repairing your vehicle. Providing accurate and detailed information about the state of your vehicle will ensure that the mechanics have a complete picture of the situation. This way, they will be able to do the best job possible fixing your car. If you leave out or omit information, the mechanics may incorrectly diagnose the problem or not fix it completely, which may result in you having to make a return trip to get your car fixed again.

When the mechanic has finished fixing your car, do not be afraid to ask questions about the procedures used or the way your car works. If you have a question about something, it is better to ask it than to stay silent and risk missing out on important information. If you are worried that your question might be stupid, do not be nervous. Mechanics see all sorts of car problems and hear all sorts of questions. They understand that not everyone knows a lot about cars and will not judge you for trying to become informed.

Additionally, you should know your rights regarding the repair and maintenance work done on your car. Customers have the right to ask the mechanic for an itemized bill that details the work done on the car and the parts that were used. Auto repair shops are required by law to provide itemized bills. Therefore, if you do not receive one, you should ask for it. You deserve to know exactly what has been done to your vehicle, and any respectable business will be more than happy to provide that information.



Source by Anders Abadie

IFTA Fuel Tax Software – Minimizing Efforts and Maximizing Performance

IFTA Fuel Tax reporting and payments are an important requirement for all trucking companies in United States and Canada. The fuel taxes in all 48 states of United States and 10 provinces of Canada are not the same. They vary according to the place, so it is very tough for trucking company owners to file International Fuel Tax.

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is a common legal understanding between United States and Canada (48 states of US and 10 provinces of Canada), that deals with simplification of reporting fuel tax by motor carriers.

According to IFTA, trucking companies have to pay quarterly taxes to all states (where there trucks are ferrying). Even the tax rates in different states are different and the tax is calculated based on miles driven by a truck in any particular state. Trucking companies has to rely upon the manual logs maintained by drivers on daily basis. It was not less than a nightmare to finalize the IFTA taxation process for trucking company owners.

For owners of multiple trucks, keeping track of all trucking receipts for their fleet was time-consuming and in case if any mistake either by owners or by drivers, the possibility of error on your fuel tax reporting could lead a completely new set of worries.

To automate this task of reporting IFTA Fuel Tax and minimize the possible errors caused by manual calculation, some companies came up with a customized software application, specifically developed to handle all tasks related to IFTA Fuel Tax reporting. The IFTA Fuel Tax Software reduces the complexity involved in this task and makes it just a game of few mouse clicks. The software does all the calculation itself providing you accurate details of taxes to file in individual states.

Due to an attractive market for IFTA Fuel tax Software, there are several players in development of such customized applications. However, it is completely up to the trucking company owners to test and judge the best possible software applications suiting their needs. The licensing, applications, reporting features, and user interface were some of the decision makers for purchasing a IFTA Fuel Tax Software.



Source by Ray K Donovan

Stain Removal in Carpet – Stain Removal Help

Hey guys…It’s been a while since I’ve posted a helpful tip to add to your arsenal of automotive interior repairs I’ve giving here on my blog.

So I thought of giving you a little bit on Stain Removal in Carpet. This is one thing I get a lot of questions for and that is how to get those nasty brown, or black, or even red stains out of the interior carpet of the vehicles I work on on a daily basis.

The trick isn’t to it isn’t really a trick at all, it’s timing and knowledge of what to use where and when. Getting to a spill before it gets a chance to soak in is your best defense against a stain in your carpet. If you spill something wipe it up and soak it up as quickly as possible and then flush with water and soak it up with a towel, or what ever you have at the time. But that’s not always the case and that’s where this little guide will help you, but really if you can wipe spills up a fast as you can and this helps to get the actual stain out later when you have more time.

One of the most common stains I see in vehicles are footprints or skid marks from dirty and greasy shoes. The answer to this is a de-greaser. There are so many different options to use in this situation, but I’m here to make this as simple as possible and effective. Supplies you will need are a couple of white towels, a scrub brush and a mild detergent, like dawn dish soap, a small pail of warm water mixing the soap to 1/4 oz. soap to gallon of water. Dip your brush in the soap and water, scrub the areas lightly with the brush making sure not to soak the carpet then wipe and blot with the towel. Repeat if necessary, wiping and blotting the area with the towel to remove the dirt and grime and the water, you don’t want it to sour later if left wet. If your have a shop vac, use it to suck up the water and to fluff the carpet pile back up to dry better. Place a fan in the vehicle if needed to dry further if you’ve had a bad one.

Now sometimes more then not you will need something a little stronger to get the grease out. I use Castrol Super Clean, the purple stuff. I’ve used Simple Green at times too, and some of the products at some of detail shops I’m at from time to time, so really any good de-greaser will work. Just spray the area with the cleaner, scrub with the brush, then wipe it up with a towel. Now if at all possible flush the area with water, this will help to remove the chemicals from the carpet and will help to preserve the natural look to the carpet. Some of those chemicals are pretty strong and if left can damage the carpet.

Soda pop and coffee stains, are another I run across a lot. Now this one can be booger to get out. A coffee stain if left can do permanent damage to the carpet and at times I have had to just dye the carpet to cover up the stain. If coffee is your problem, here are a few tips, catch the spill as quickly as possible then flush with mild soap and water like before with the grease, but you may have to soak it a little more to get it out. Now if this is an old stain, one thing you can try is hydrogen peroxide. This can be used as a mild bleaching agent. Just pore a little in a cup and with a tooth brush scrub it into the stain let sit for about 20-30 minutes then flush with your soapy water solution. If this doesn’t work, I found a product at my local janitorial supply shop called Perculator, it comes in spray bottle and is primarily a peroxide mix, and works pretty good, but it’s still not a miracle worker. Coffee can be a pain, but with a little luck and timing on this one you can get it out. Now soda pop, if it’s not an orange or red which I’ll talk about in a minute, can usually be taken care of with the warm water and soap.

Food stains can range from greasy french fries smashed in the carpet to dried ketchup, to jelly beans and candy. Most of these can be dealt with with your soap and water. Ammonia can be added to the solution to help cut the greasy foods. Scrape the chunks out with a blunt knife before you get wet this will help to not spread the stain further. Candies might take a little more due to dyes added for color, wash as much as possible to remove the candy, if the stain remains you can try peroxide but like I said there are dyes in some candies that do just that, dye the carpet. Gum is another candy that can be removed with mostly picking it out but the rest might take a little chemical. Goof Off is a good one to keep on hand for a lot of different things, but it works great on gum too. After you pick most of it out just take a little Goof Off on a towel and wipe the rest right out.

Red Wine is sort of a food stain but treated a little different. If it’s fresh flush with cold water and soak it up as much as possible. Try even a little club soda and pore directly onto the stain and soak it up with a towel. This should get most of it. One last trick is an enzyme cleaner, enzymes get right to it when it comes to food stains. They are known for removing food stuff stains, but I haven’t had much luck with red wine though so I’ll talk about it in a minute on getting the red stains out of your carpet.

Now if you have a misfortune and happen to get a blood stain on your carpet then this one needs to be handled with cold water and not warm or you will set the stain. If it’s dried then scrap the dried blood with a blunt knife to get the chunks out, vacuum them up, then scrub the area with cold water and a mild soap. Peroxide can be used to help remove the reddish tint if needed. Then flush again with the soap and water, then vacuum with your shop vac. One other remedy is a blood enzyme, which will eat the blood away. Blood Buster is good one, it’s an enzymatic cleaner designed for bio stains.

One that I deal with upon occasion is pet urine. Talk about nasty…but, hey they have to pee too, just not where we always want them to. This one is one you can go to your kitchen for, vinegar, helps to neutralize the acids in the pee. Supplies for this one are paper towels if still wet, white towels, mild soap and warm water, brush and vinegar. First soak up what you can with if it’s still wet with the paper towels, next take your soapy solution of warm water and soap, 1/4oz. of soap to a gallon of water, dip the brush and scrub the area with the soapy water, blot with the towel and repeat until the stain is gone. After wards pore a little vinegar over the stain and let set for about an hour. Lastly rinse with water and vacuum with a shop vac or dab with towels until mostly dry. If the stain is still there, let it dry, then apply an enzyme. Enzymes work really well for all bio stuffs including urine. The guys over at Petguest have come up with a 100% enzyme concentrate that is made for the elimination of pet stains and odors.

The old melted crayon stain in the carpet….Man what a mess this can be, but believe it or not it’s pretty easy to remove if you have a clothes iron and a brown paper bag. Scrape the majority away with a blunt knife then lay the brown bag over the crayon and with the heated iron, rub it over the bag over the spot. The heat from the iron will melt the crayon into the bag. Just rotate the bag around to keep a clean side down and after a while the crayon will be on the bag not on the carpet. Patience on this one helps, but again if the spot remains try a little chemical like your Goof Off.

Paint is another carpet stain that can give you a bunch of problems. First thing you need to determine what kind of paint it is. If it’s automotive paint then a solvent paint reducer or thinner can be used to remove it. I usually use lacquer thinner, works fast and removes most paint spills. Now if it’s house paint, then scrape off the excess with a blunt knife and pull out the Goof Off, try not to spread it out to much, work small and from the outside in on the stain. I guess nail polish is a paint, but with this one use nail polish remover or straight acetone with a towel, and again work the stain from the outside in so to not spread it out to far.

Now this is probably got to be the worst carpet stain out there. The red stain in the carpet. This is caused by a #40 Red dye that is put in a lot of drinks like Kool Aid and, red and orange sodas. If you run across this one there is only one way to remove it and that’s with a strong chemical. I have found a product that I use on these type of stains and have had really good luck with it, it’s called Red Dye Solution. There are others out there like Red Relief, and Red Out, all work pretty similar. You pore the chemical on the stain, and with a wet white towel and a steam iron you remove the stain. It is a time consuming project and with some luck all of the stain will be removed. Sometimes a little blue hue will be left from the chemical but it sure is a lot better then a bright red stain jumping out at you. But with a little carpet dye over the top and your good as new. You can find these products usually at your local janitorial supply shop or online. I’m working on getting some here on my site, so bare with me.

Stain Removal In Carpetcan be frustrating at times, but there no substitute for a professional. These tips can help and may just save you but if you have any problems or feel that the stain is just a little above your head then don’t hesitate to call an automotive interior repair professional like myself to come in a make your life a little easier. For those of you that are the professionals feel free to post your tips in the comments so we can all benefit from your expertise in carpet stain removal.



Source by Michael N Warren

Automotive Dealership's Facebook Experiment

One of my automated agents agreed to let us do a Facebook experiment with their store using Facebook ads. We ran the same ad over two different weekends using a CPC (cost per click) campaign. The ad featured a 0% offer and forwarded anyone who clicked on the ad to the store's Facebook page.

With the first ad, we targeted people who lived within 25 miles of the dealership, 18 years or older and not affiliated with the dealership. This query netted as an estimated reach of only 1920 people. The suggested bid was $ 0.49 – $ 0.63 USD per click, however, we started the bidding on the first day at $ 0.35 and had zero impressions. The second day we increased the bid to $ 0.50 (falling into the "suggested" range) and still had zero impressions. On the third day, we increased the bid to $ 0.75 well above the top of the "suggested" range and were able to get 1,249 impressions, with no clicks through to the store's page.

Since we got 1249 impressions and had an estimated reach of only 1920 people, on the second advertisement we decided to increase the distance from the dealership to 50 miles. We also thought we would set our age target just a bit higher and raised the minimum age to 23. The estimated reach for this new ad was 1,103,340.

With the new ad we kept our daily spending budget at the $ 10.00 mark but because this targeted group was older and larger, the recommended bid was between $ 1.49 and $ 2.00. Just like the first ad, we decided we would start our bid a little bit lower than suggested and see how it would turn out.

The first day, we saw 52,554 impressions with 12 clicks at an average cost per click of $ 0.83 with one of those 12 clicks becoming a fan of the store – that has been changed on Facebook to "Like." The second day saw very similar numbers, 52,291 impressions and 12 clicks, again at an average CPC of $ 0.83. One of those 12 visitors also "Liked" the dealership. The third day numbers again, the same. 52,310 impressions, with 12 clicks and again one "Like." The fourth day was a bit strange from an impressions stand point. Impressions fell to just 33,261 delivering our 12 clicks at an average cost of $ 0.83. Again only one of the 12 click throughs "Liked" the dealership. Overall, the second ad delivered 190,416 impressions with 48 clicks through to the site with three actions from those 48.

For the money, I felt the first ad was the winner. The dealership was able to get 1000+ impressions for free. Most display ad companies want to charge between $ 20 and $ 25 per 1000 impressions. While the second ad did deliver almost 200,000 impressions but at a cost $ 0.21 per 1000 impressions.

I do not see advertising on Facebook as a valuable medium at this point. The store spent $ 40.00 and with a net increase of 5 Facebook fans, that works out to $ 8.00 per fan. Two of the fans were not directly related to a click through. If you want to drive traffic to your stores Facebook site, my suggestion is to give away a free Ipad when you reach 500 total fans.



Source by Lee Johansen