Buying a Used Car


Image result for USED CAR PICTURESBuying a used car is not as easy as it may seem.  There are a number of factors in buying a used car that you will need to consider.  Millions of used cars change hands every year and some of these cars being sold may be less than desirable to own.  How do you the buyer know which cars are sound and which ones to stay away from?  I will attempt to offer some valuable information from my more than 40 years in the automotive repair business, that will hopefully be of value when it comes time to purchase a used car.  

First and foremost you need to determine what the vehicle you are buying will be used for.  Will it be for work, for play, for doodling around town, or will you use it to go on long trips? 


In the next few minutes, I will give you ten suggestions on how to buy a used car without getting soaked. 

1.  HAVE A BUDGET.  Know what you are willing to spend, and stick with it, no matter what.  pay 10% down and have a plan to pay the car off in 3 years.  That way the car won't be worn out and you can get a portion of your money back when you decide to trade up.

2.  SELECT THE CAR THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.  Don't buy a Camaro if you have four children that needs to be driven to school on a daily basis.  You might be taking several trips to school per day.

3.  CHECK OWNERSHIP COSTS AND RELIABILITY.  Let's face it some cars are more expensive to own than others.  Some cars like to take up residence in a automotive repair facility.  So do your homework, find out which cars normally require the least amount of repairs, and won't break the bank when they do require repair.

Image result for USED CAR PICTURES4.  LOCATE QUALITY USED CARS.  Don't go to a TOTE THE NOTE place to find a quality used car.  Look for low mileage used cars, cars that have the service records to prove they have been serviced regularly.

5.  DON'T PAY TO MUCH.  Nothing worse than a sick hangover the next day because you paid way to much for a used car.  Use the Internet and find out what you should be paying for the particular vehicle you are buying.

6.  CHECK HISTORY REPORT.  Some people think if they do this, and it's clean. everything is alright. That could not be farther from the truth.  I am going to give you just one of many scenarios where  an accident for instance has occurred with the vehicle' and the owner pays for the repairs himself' does not report it to his insurance company.  Chances are, this vehicle report will show no record of the accident ever happening.

7.  NEGOTIATE YOUR BEST PRICE.  Never be afraid to haggle for the price you believe to be fair.
Use all the information on what you've learned the car is worth and don't be afraid to use it.  Never let a car salesman intimidate you.

8.  HAVE THE CAR INSPECTED BY A LICENSED TECHNICIAN.  This is one of the most forgotten steps, but could be the most important of your car buying experience.  you can use the findings of the technician to negotiate the car price.  In other words of he finds a problem that will cost lets say five hundred dollars to repair, you may be able to use that to lower the selling price by five hundred dollars.

9.  ROAD TEST THE CAR.  Even though you have had the car checked out by a licensed technician, you need to drive the car to make sure everything feels good to you.  After all you are the one who will be driving this car on a daily basis so you have to be happy with the way it handles and feels to you.
Do not ever buy a car unless you drive it first.

10.  CLOSE THE DEAL.  After you make the deal that is right for you, and you feel good you have covered all your bases, it's time to sign on the dotted line.  If you have followed the steps I have outlined here you should be feeling good about your decision and ready to make it happen.

Remember we inspect a large number of used cars before they are bought, here at KOOL KAR AUTO REPAIR. We check more than 200 items for safety and reliability including whether the car has been wrecked and all the high dollar components such as computers and other electronic equipment.  Give us a call today at KOOL KAR AUTO REPAIR 817-270-2549 for all your automotive repair needs.

Stay Kool

At Kool Kar Auto Repair we Specialize in repairing Auto Air Conditioning.  We are the only A/C Specialist in this area.  So If you would like to feel as cold as this sign to your left, come in today and we will diagnose your A/C problem and get you back on the road fast.  Most A/C problems diagnosed starting at $50.00 dollars.  Come see us today...you'll be glad you did.



Kool Kar is located at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx 76020 or you can call us at 817-270-2549

Cooling System- Radiators




Image result for automobile radiator imagesThe radiator in your vehicle only serves one purpose... to remove damaging heat from the engine and release it into the atmosphere.
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 Unlike Copper radiators, used in early model cars and light trucks, Modern Aluminum and Plastic Radiators are difficult to repair with any degree of reliability.  When a radiator fails today it is, as a general rule, replaced rather than repaired. 



As the engine cooling system brings hot coolant into the radiator the heat is absorbed into the tubes and fins that make up the radiator core. Then a cooling fan blows ambient temperature air over those tubes and fins and the air flow absorbs the heat from the fins and allows it to escape into the surrounding air. 

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Plastic tank aluminum core
Common problems associated with radiators include:                 1.  Clogged Tubes that limit coolant flow.                                  2.  Cracks in the Radiator Coolant Tanks on the ends of the core.                                                                                            3.  Holes in the Radiator Core.

Come to Kool Kar Auto Repair today for all your automotive needs. 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx. 817-270-2549

WARNING Remote Start Can Be Dangerous

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Accidentally remote starting your vehicle can be dangerous under certain conditions.

It does not matter what make or model car you have.  It does not matter if you have a factory remote start or an aftermarket. remote start. 
Image result for automobile remote startIf you have a garage attached to your home, and your car accidentally gets started while in the garage you can be in big trouble.  You say that's impossible.  Actually it's not. Lets say for instance your small child gets hold of your keys and starts playing with the buttons on the key fob, is it not possible he could push the proper buttons to activate the remote start?  It's not totally out of the realm of possibilities that an adult could accidentally start the car with the fob.  Unfortunately it's happened more than once. People have died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the car running in the garage without the homeowner being aware the car was running.

You should never run your car in the garage (even a short period of time) with the garage door closed.  Always make sure the door is open before starting your car and even then CO may enter your home.

A study at Iowa State University stated that warming up your car for only two minutes with the door open, raised CO levels to 500 ppm.  Ten hours after backing the car out of the garage there was a measurable concentration of CO still in the garage.

The extreme high concentrations of CO produced by an engine in a closed building can reach dangerous levels so quickly, that a person may collapse before they realize there is a problem.  Carbon Monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen to the brain causing CO intoxication, and lack of reasoning.  Studies by the Centers for Disease Control found that CO concentrations reach the Immediately Dangerous to Life an Health (IDLH) concentration of 1,200 parts per million (ppm) in only 7 minutes when a small 5 horse power gasoline engine is run in a 10,000 cubic foot room.

If you have a car with remote start the best thing you can do for your family is to purchase a CO detector and place it inside the home not in the garage. Temperature and humidity variations are to large, and the high start-up amounts of Carbon Monoxide can easily damage or destroy the sensing cell in the detector.   CO detectors should never be placed in the garage.  Always follow manufacturer recommendations on where to place the CO detector within your home.

A KOOL KAR TECH TIP:  Never run your car in an attached garage even if the door is open.  Kool Kar Auto Repair is located at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx. Phone 817-270-2549

AUTO AIR CONDITIONING

Well it's that time of year again, GET  READY FOR THE HEAT.  IF you live in Texas it is
inevitable.  That's why it is a good idea to have your vehicle air conditioning system checked by a professional to determine if it is working at it's peak performance.  If it's not, the pro can determine whats wrong and get you cooled off under the collar among other places. 

We all know you want to feel like this picture to the lift this summer, and you can if you prepare now.



So don't wait until it's 100 plus degrees outside to have your car's A/C looked at (when all the shops are backed up with A/C repair) do it today and you'll be glad you did.

Kool Kar Auto Repair is presenting a  Pre Season Air Conditioning Special for a limited time at only 39.95. We will determine the functionality of your system, check pressures, check blower, check condenser cooling fan, and check system for the proper amount of refrigerant.  So don't miss out on this special because it won't last long.  You must tell us you saw it here before service is performed to receive special discount. Refrigerant and other services extra.

Keep your car A/C working cool all summer long with Kool Kar Auto Repair located at 615 S.E. Parkway Azle Tx. or call 817-270-2549. Remember A/C is our Specialty.

POWER WINDOWS

The power window was first introduced by Packard in 1940, followed by Ford Motor Company in 1941.  Over time this popular convenience accessory has become standard equipment on many cars and light trucks. Improvements in drive systems that are quieter and more efficient as well as "One Touch" window control systems have led to a more complex power window system and the need for strong electrical/electronic diagnostic skills to accurately diagnose and repair power windows.Today's power window systems are controlled and monitored by the vehicle's on-board computer system.

Years ago the basic power window system consisted of an electric motor that drives a scissors type regulator and was controlled by a simple switch. Diagnosis of this system was easy... Check for power at the switch, check for power coming out of the switch when it was activated, and check for power at the motor. Simply put, start at the power source and test for power at each component until you found the component that didn't work properly.  Today's power window systems are much more involved and complicated to work on.

Common causes of Power Window failures are:

Faulty motor- Window won't operate at all.

Faulty switch/control circuit assembly- One or more windows operate intermittently or only in one direction.

Broken Regulator Assembly- Window Comes Off Track or Shifts as window is operated. May not operate at all on some systems and an audible noise from the motor can be heard. 

Faulty Body Control Module/Computer- May operate erratically and a diagnostic trouble code may be stored in the computer.

At Kool Kar Auto Repair, we have the skills, experience, and equipment to accurately diagnose and repair your vehicle's  power windows.  So... come to Kool Kar Auto Repair today and get that power window repaired  or call us at 817-270-2549

AUTO A/C WILL NOT COOL WHEN CAR IS AT IDLE

When you go to your favorite drive thru restaurant you notice your car's A/C almost starts blowing hot air...at least it's not as cold as when you were driving it down the road. What could be the problem?  I will list below several possibilities for you to look into, that can be causing your problem.

1.  Your car's condenser fan may not be working, or at least not correctly.  With the A/C on MAX (car running) open the hood and see if the condenser fan is working.  If not, you have found your problem already.


2.  Your car could be overheating and you are not aware of it.  If your engine is running too hot it will definitely effect the A/C... especially at idle.


3.  If your condenser is clogged with debris, this will cause a decrease in the effectiveness of the Air Conditioning System.  Remember to check between the radiator and condenser for for this Debris as well.

4.  If you are low on refrigerant this can cause a decrease in cooling while at idle.


5.  If the desiccant bag has ruptured in the dryer or accumulator, this will stop the condenser up from the inside, until it can not do it's job.  Lets hope this is not the case for you, because this is a major problem.

6  Finally, your compressor may be worn out and not pumping the refrigerant thru the system as needed.  Again, this is a major problem as well.  So you may want to consult your local Auto A/C Specialists if you have any doubts.


Kool Kar Auto Repair is the A/C Authority in Texas.  Call  817-270-2549 to make sure your vehicles A/C will get you thru the remainder of the 100 degree plus days in Texas.