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How To Keep Your Fleet Looking Good

A limousine is regarded as the essential vehicle of style, and it evokes a sense of mystery and appeal. Long, sleek, shiny, cars like these are sure to make heads turn when they come around your street.

However, since these are truly expensive vehicles, the number one priority should be finding ways to effectively maintain your vehicle’s condition and durability. Since many parts of your luxury vehicle are inter-related, ignoring maintenance can often lead to failure of other parts, or an entire system. By neglecting even the most simple preventive maintenance tasks, such as changing the oil or checking the coolant, can lead to poor fuel economy, unreliability, or costly breakdowns, and could invalidate your limousine’s warranty.

Mechanic-PostOne of the best ways in keeping a limousine in tiptop good condition is to follow the respective limo manufacturer’s maintenance schedule in your owner’s. However, if you do not have an owner’s manual, try to contact the manufacturer to obtain one or to get a recommended maintenance schedule. Some repair shops fashion their own maintenance schedules, which sometimes requires more frequent servicing than recommended by the manufacturer.

Try to check and compare shop maintenance schedules with those recommended in your owner’s manual. Ask the shop to explain, as well as make sure you understand why it recommends service beyond the recommended schedule.

 

 

What To Look Out For When Selecting A Repair Shop

If you feel the need to have your limo constantly checked and fine-tuned, you need to enlist the services of a professional repair shop that would take good care of your vehicle. Look for an auto repair shop before you need one, to avoid being rushed into last-minute decisions. Ask for recommendations or referrals. Getting a good shop through word-of-mouth is often the best advertising for a good technician.

Ask friends, relatives, family members and others for referrals of repair shops or technicians they trust and recommend. In addition, state or local law may require the repair shop to be licensed or registered, and you should ask to see current licenses. For best results, check among comparable shops for the best deals. //LD

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6 Ways to Keep Your Vehicles Running

Unless you’re the type of person who likes to trade in their vehicle every two years for the newest model, you’re eventually going to run into problems with your primary transportation.

One of the best ways to extend the life of your vehicle is to take care of it. This means meeting all of the manufacturer’s stated time lines for car repair and maintenance. Make sure you get your oil changes done on time. This one factor can keep your engine running smoothly for much longer than it will if you start trying to extend the time in between changes. Beyond putting fresh oil into the engine and getting the old stuff out, it also allows a chance for a mechanic to take a look under the hood and see if any other problems need to be addressed. Find a good car repair mechanic for oil changes and you can be sure you won’t miss obvious problems before it’s too late.

fleet-maintence-bannerSome cars are meant to last a very long time, while others are not. Research a car and a manufacturer before you buy. Many vehicles come with long term warranties on both the body of the car and the engine. These warranties are often very worth it if you plan on keeping the automobile for any length of time. There’s nothing quite so relieving as knowing you won’t be held responsible for expensive car repair if something goes wrong a couple of years down the road. These warranties means the manufacturer stands behind the quality of their vehicle, and should give you additional confidence when it comes to buying.

When it comes to deciding between car repair and replacement, you have to take into account how much you owe on the vehicle, its overall condition, how old it is, and how much it is worth to you. If you suspect that expensive fixes are in your future beyond the current problem, it could be worth it to go ahead and give up the automobile for a newer model. If you have it paid off, you may not want to go straight in to a new car payment. It can be exceptionally freeing not to have a monthly payment due and you might want to do anything you can to extend that feeling. At the same time, don’t jeopardize your safety by trying to extend a car’s life long past the expiration date. Find a dealership that will give you a decent deal on a trade-in and find yourself something new to drive. //LD

Vehicle Components To Continuously Check

Whenever you’re driving, or at the backseat of your limo, difficult handling, a rough ride, vibration and poor performance are the kinds of symptoms you feel sometimes. When the driving experience doesn’t feel quite right, be on the lookout for:

Engine. It’s time to call in the repair boys whenever you feel symptoms such as difficulty starting the engine, rough idling or stalling, poor acceleration, poor fuel economy, excessive oil use (more than one quart between changes), or when the “check engine” light on the instrument panel is lit.

Transmission. Poor transmission performance may come from actual component failure or a simple disconnected hose or plugged filter. Ensure that the technician checks the simple items first; transmission repairs are normally expensive.

Steering Problems. Wandering of difficulty steering in a straight line can be caused by misaligned front wheels and/or worn steering components such as the idler arm or ball joints. The vehicle’s tendency to steer to the left or right, can be caused by something as simple as under-inflated tires, or as serious as a damaged or misaligned front end.

Ride and Handling Concerns. Worn-out shock absorbers or other suspension parts can contribute to poor cornering characteristics. Also check for proper tire inflation. While there is easy rule about when to replace shock absorbers or struts, do this test: bounce the vehicle up and down hard at each wheel and then let go.

See how many times the vehicle bounces. Weak shocks will allow the vehicle to bounce twice or more. Overloading your vehicle can damage your springs. Vehicle tires always should be balanced properly. An unbalanced or improperly balanced tire will cause the vehicle to vibrate and may prematurely wear steering and suspension components.

Brakes. Prompt diagnosis and repair should be scheduled whenever: the vehicle pulls to the left or right when the brakes are applied; the brake pedal sinks to the floor when braking pressure is maintained; scraping or grinding is heard or felt during braking, and when the “brake” light on the instrument panel is lit. //LD

Vehicle Components To Continuously Check On

Whenever you’re driving, or at the backseat of your limo, difficult handling, a rough ride, vibration and poor performance are the kinds of symptoms you feel sometimes. When the driving experience doesn’t feel quite right, be on the lookout for:

Engine. It’s time to call in the repair boys whenever you feel symptoms such as difficulty starting the engine, rough idling or stalling, poor acceleration, poor fuel economy, excessive oil use (more than one quart between changes), or when the “check engine” light on the instrument panel is lit.

Transmission. Poor transmission performance may come from actual component failure or a simple disconnected hose or plugged filter. Ensure that the technician checks the simple items first; transmission repairs are normally expensive.

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Steering Problems. Wandering of difficulty steering in a straight line can be caused by misaligned front wheels and/or worn steering components such as the idler arm or ball joints. The vehicle’s tendency to steer to the left or right, can be caused by something as simple as under-inflated tires, or as serious as a damaged or misaligned front end.

Ride and Handling Concerns. Worn-out shock absorbers or other suspension parts can contribute to poor cornering characteristics. Also check for proper tire inflation. While there is easy rule about when to replace shock absorbers or struts, do this test: bounce the vehicle up and down hard at each wheel and then let go.

See how many times the vehicle bounces. Weak shocks will allow the vehicle to bounce twice or more. Overloading your vehicle can damage your springs. Vehicle tires always should be balanced properly. An unbalanced or improperly balanced tire will cause the vehicle to vibrate and may prematurely wear steering and suspension components.

Brakes. Prompt diagnosis and repair should be scheduled whenever: the vehicle pulls to the left or right when the brakes are applied; the brake pedal sinks to the floor when braking pressure is maintained; scraping or grinding is heard or felt during braking, and when the “brake” light on the instrument panel is lit.

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