| Truck Accessories: |
Truck accessories offer a personal touch most of us desire, although our trucks can and will operate just fine without them. When adding truck accessories, the most important thing to do is find out if the truck accessory you wish to add will void your truck factory warranty or damage any components on your truck. If you answer yes in either situation, think seriously before moving further with the addition of that truck accessory. Secondly, make sure the person you find to install the truck accessory has the proper knowledge of the truck accessory being installed, as well as your truck.
Truck tires and truck wheels are the most common truck accessories installed aftermarket. Do not install a truck tire and truck wheel that is too big, too small or will rub the trucks body parts. Improper size and rubbing can damage your new truck tires, truck body parts and/or truck front-end steering components. When deciding on truck tires and truck wheels, keep in mind that any change from the truck’s original truck accessories may cause a change in your truck's speedometer’s reading; it could read too fast or too slow. Each truck is designed by the truck manufacturer with specific truck parts and truck accessories to maximize your truck mileage. However, any addition of truck aftermarket accessories, such as truck tires and truck wheels, truck bumpers, truck lift kits, truck body kits, truck engine performance parts, and almost any truck exterior accessory, can change that. In other words, when making the decision about your desired truck accessories, keep in mind that you may have to choose between the change in mileage or the truck accessory; you will have to decide for yourself what is most important to you.
A qualified truck technician should install any aftermarket truck accessory. However, if you are installing the truck accessory yourself, be prepared with the right tools and knowledge you will need to install the truck accessory correctly. Installation of truck accessories, without the proper knowledge and tools, can turn into a nightmare quickly. Remember that anything you buy aftermarket should fit properly, be installed correctly, and you should know what you are buying and why you are buying it prior to installation.
Truck auctions take place in most large cities, though not always the easiest to find. Our site makes this search easier for you by giving you the ability to search for your city and state. Most of our ads have links to the truck auctioneers’ websites, and their websites will provide you with trucks up for auction, where the truck auction is taking place and when to be there. They are fun and can be a great way to save a lot of money on the purchase of a truck or truck parts.
Once you have found the truck auction you are looking for, let our site offer you some tips that make auctions a little more fun, not so frightening and an experience you don’t mind repeating. When you are bidding on a truck, it is important to know exactly what you are bidding on, because truck auctions move very fast, and it is easy to lose track of which truck is actually being auctioned at any given time. It is easy to bid on the truck next to the one you really want, so pay close attention when bidding starts. If time allows, preview the truck prior to the beginning of the truck auction so you have plenty of knowledge about the truck before you bid on it. Look the truck over real well to make sure that truck is really one you want.
Most truck auctioneers will move the trucks and start them up prior to truck auction. This is a great opportunity for you, the buyer, to observe the trucks you are interested in purchasing. Verify that the truck starts easy, pulls forward and backward, doesn’t make unordinary noises, and doesn’t smoke or leak fluids. Truck tires should be examined carefully for wear; make sure they aren’t wearing unevenly, as this could be an indicator of worn out front-end components or possible issues with truck alignment.
Expect to provide personal information and a deposit prior to the beginning of the truck auction. A deposit up front offers the truck auctioneer a safety net and encourages bidders not to bid on trucks they don’t truly want. Not only should you watch the bidding carefully in order to bid on the correct truck, but so that you do not accidentally bid higher than what you can actually pay. Once you have won the bid, it is your truck, and ready or not, you are responsible for getting the truck auctioneer his money. If you choose not to pay for the truck, you will not only lose your deposit, but you may not be allowed to return to future truck auctions.
You will need to title the truck in your name, so make sure that you have all the paperwork you need. Check the paperwork carefully before you leave the truck auction; check the VIN number, year, make and model of the truck with the paperwork you receive to make sure that it is an exact match.
Most truck auctioneers do not provide storage. Once the truck auction is over, they would like trucks removed from their current location. However, you can check with the truck auctioneer to see how long you have to remove the truck. Most truck auctions have time limits, and in most cases, you will be charged truck storage fees for exceeding those limits.
Our site offers you a checklist that you can print to take with you to the truck auction to help you remember the things to look for when buying a truck. The checklist can be found under the truck Sales category below. Just remember that it is your money, and you have to be comfortable with what you get, what you spend, and your experience altogether, but you are not buying a new truck, so it’s not going to be 100% perfect!
Research is an important factor in buying a new or used truck. Once you decide the type of truck you want and how it will fit your needs, narrow your color choices, the year, the make and the model you are looking for. Most of us really want the biggest and the best truck, but that is typically not always practical. When searching for the truck you want to purchase, try to limit your search to truck dealers or individuals that are close to your work or home. Time and money spent running all over town or to other cities or states, will actually increase the total cost of your truck before you even realize it.
Once your search has been narrowed, focus on the overall condition of the truck. Our site offers you a two page, printable checklist to carry with you when purchasing a truck. It is listed below, and you can use it on all used trucks and new ones, as well. We suggest the checklist for new trucks because you cannot just assume that because a truck is new, there won’t be items that are damaged or don’t work. We recommend putting a Ö in the boxes that are okay on the truck and an X in the box where you find problems. We have provided a notes section below the checklist so that you can make notes about anything you have marked with an X.
Exterior Truck Condition:
- Front driver fender
- Front driver tire
- Front driver door
- Driver side mirror
- Front driver door glass
- Rear driver door
- Rear driver door glass
- Rear driver body panel
- Rear driver tire
- Trunk lid
- Rear windshield
- Brake lights
- Tail lights
- Left turn signal
- Right turn signal
- License plate light
- Rear bumper
- Rear passenger body panel
- Rear passenger tire
- Rear passenger door
- Rear passenger door glass
- Front passenger door
- Front passenger door glass
- Passenger side mirror
- Front passenger fender
- Front windshield
- Wipers/wiper blades
- Front bumper
- Fog lights
- Front passenger turn signal
- Front driver turn signal
- Hazard lights
- All tires same size/same brand
Under the Hood
- Transmission fluid
- Power steering fluid
- Brake fluid
- Air filter
- Battery connections
- No fluid leakage
- Under the hood lighting (if equipped)
Interior Truck Condition
- Door locks
- Doors properly open and shut
- Windows roll up and down
- Power Mirrors (if equipped)
- Seat condition
- Power Seats operable (if equipped)
- Emergency Break engages/disengages
- Windshield Wipers
- Air Conditioner
- Cruise Control
- Dash lights
- Overhead consoles (if equipped)
- TV/DVD (if equipped)
- Rear wiper (if equipped)
- Seatbelts operable
- Interior lights
- Spare tire, jack and lug wrench present
Driving the Truck
- Starts with ease
- All gears shift properly
- Steering doesn’t pull to one side
- Brakes stop and are quiet
- Turn off radio; listen for unusual sounds
- Rear view mirror
- Gauges are accurate
- Navigation (if equipped)
When purchasing a truck, these are just a few of the important things you can check. Using this checklist to identify problems prior to your purchase, can give you a general idea of how much the repairs will cost prior to purchasing the truck.
Truck Brake Repair:
Truck brake repair is possibly the most important investment you will make when it comes to repairs performed on your truck. Truck brakes should be inspected regularly to reduce the likelihood of costly repairs. Serious problems occur when truck brakes work improperly. It is important to always have a qualified truck brake repair specialist do the brake repair on your truck to avoid costly and damaging problems in the future. If you are doing the brake repair yourself, research your truck and the truck brakes you are using to ensure that you have the right tools, parts and knowledge to perform the truck repair.
Truck brake pads and truck brake shoes are the most commonly repaired truck brake parts. They are designed to wear out over time, but the key to keeping the cost of truck brake repairs down can be reduced drastically by changing the truck brake pads and truck brake shoes before they wear out completely.
Truck brake pads should have a piece of metal on them, and as they reach the end of their life, the metal will start making a scraping sound. This is the greatest indicator that the truck brake pads should be repaired immediately. Replacing the truck brake pads or truck brake shoes is fairly inexpensive unless you wait too long; then it can be costly. Not only is the cost of truck brake repair high if done too late, but failure to repair your truck brakes in time, can result in damaging other expensive truck brake parts, such as truck rotors, truck calibers, truck brake cylinders, etc. It is a mistake you will likely only make once because it will be very expensive.
Truck swap Meets, truck Rallies, truck Shows, no matter what they are called, they are great fun and loaded with a wealth of information for you regarding trucks. There are many different kinds of truck shows, from classic trucks to new trucks, low riders to trucks, and even shows for big rigs, etc. Whatever type of truck show you attend, the activities that go along with the truck show, combined with the knowledge you gain, make for an unforgettable experience. You can enter your truck in a beauty contest, buy, sell or trade parts for your truck, or just wander through the truck show and enjoy everything around you. Truck shows provide an opportunity to discover great ideas for things you can do with your truck, and at any given truck show, you are almost guaranteed to see beautiful trucks, beautiful women, good food and great fun. Our site can help get you started on your search for truck shows coming soon to your area. Make plans to take your friends and/or family because it can be a real blast and a great new adventure.
Truck Collision Repair:
A truck collision is not something anyone wants to experience, but we hope that our site will help ease the stress when dealing with the stress of truck collision repair. If you’re faced with the need for truck repair due to a collision, there are several decisions to be made right away. After you have determined that all parties involved are okay and police have completed their report, you need to find a company to tow the truck from the scene if the damage is too severe to drive the truck yourself.
Once the towing company has been chosen, you will need to decide where they will deliver your truck for repair. Make arrangements to have a rental truck while your truck is in the truck collision repair shop. You must be comfortable with the truck collision repair shop that you choose, and ask plenty of questions prior to letting them get started on the truck collision repair work. Get everything in writing, from the work to be performed to the warranties and limitations of the warranties. Find out if all the truck collision repair work will be completed at their shop or if it will be outsourced, and how much of the work will be outsourced. Make sure you have contact information if they are outsourcing the truck collision repair work so you know where your truck will be and who will be repairing it. Ask enough questions to be an informed consumer; find out if the truck parts they plan to use will be factory truck parts or truck aftermarket parts, truck new parts, truck used parts or rebuilt truck parts. Determine any warranties that are available and the limitations on the warranties; not only for the truck parts, but for the labor to install or repair the truck parts. Be informed about what to expect when you take delivery of your truck; know what you should do and what they promise to do if you find something wrong with the truck parts or items they repaired. You want to make sure that you are not “stuck” with hidden problems or issues once you take delivery of your repaired truck and leave the premises of the truck collision repair shop. In order to have peace of mind, get estimates from more than one shop, if time allows, and make sure that you are comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges.
Once the truck repairs are complete, check the truck over as if you were buying it new. Print out the checklist above to help you identify any issues that may need attention. If there is anything in need of attention, do not take delivery of the truck without having them fix what is wrong first. Pay close attention to detail and check everything thoroughly.
Customizing your truck is similar to installation of truck accessories, but in much greater detail. Finding a shop that specializes in truck customizing is important, especially if you want a one of a kind truck. Custom truck shops employ people who usually have a special skill and ability to design. You want their expertise in making decisions for creating the one of a kind truck, but your input is important and you must be clear about what you want. If you decide to leave the decision making to the truck customizing specialists, do not get upset if the result is not quite what you had pictured in your mind. Give the truck specialists a general idea and let them create a design; look over the design and make any changes prior to the start of the custom work. A design can usually be changed in the middle of the job, but it will usually require the truck specialists to start all over and end up costing you more money.
If you desire an extensive cleaning of your truck, you most likely want to use a truck detailing company. Most of us, however, will usually detail our own truck. Detail services can be found at full service truck washes, but, for added convenience, there are mobile companies, as well. The cost of an extensive truck detail job can vary depending on how dirty your truck is, the extent of the work you want done, and where you are actually having the detail work done. Be clear about what you want and how much it will cost before agreeing to leave your truck. Remember, that communication is important in any business transaction, no matter how small or large.
Truck financing is one of the most important decisions to make when purchasing a truck, new or used. If you have never been through the truck financing process, take someone with you that you trust, someone who has been through it. Next to your home, truck purchases can be the biggest financial investment you make, so take your time and make sure that the financing you are offered is within your budget. Do not let the truck salesman or truck finance companies bully you into a decision that will lead you to financial or emotional strain in the future. Shop around for the best interest rate, but be careful not to have your credit run too many times, as it could possibly lower your overall credit score. Remember that the finance interest rate, your down payment, and the length of time you are given to re-pay the loan, can change your truck monthly payments dramatically, and can affect the final amount you actually pay. In other words, the longer you choose to pay, the lower your monthly truck payments, but the more you will pay in the long run. Read over everything before you sign it, and if you don’t understand something, ask them to explain it to you.
General truck repair:
Truck repair shops offer a broad range of truck repair services, including general truck repair services. It is a good idea to shop around to find a knowledgeable truck repair shop since there are so many available these days. Get a written estimate regarding the work the truck repair shop agrees to perform, a list of the truck parts they anticipate needing and the price of the truck parts, the truck repair shop’s hourly rate, how long they expect to have your truck, and all warranty policies and limitations the truck repair shop will offer for parts and labor. Communication is the key to a good business transaction, so make sure you know what to expect from the truck repair shop, what they expect from you, how much it will cost, and how long it will take to service your truck.
Truck Glass repair:
Truck glass protects us from road debris and weather. Truck glass repair is an important part of maintaining our trucks, and a cracked truck windshield, or any other truck window, should not go unattended. It is best to have the truck glass repair of your truck done by a professional who has the special tools and knowledge to perform the truck repair. Small chips can be repaired without fully replacing the truck glass and the sooner you have them fixed, the better. The longer you wait to repair the cracks or chips in your truck’s glass, the more expensive the truck glass repair will be in the future.
Truck Inspection stations:
Truck inspection stations are licensed to perform state truck inspections. Although there are several businesses that only do state truck inspections, many truck repair shops are licensed to perform the truck inspections, too. Pay close attention to the state inspection sticker in your truck windshield so that you don’t get caught driving with an expired state inspection; the ticket for driving with an expired state inspection sticker can prove to be costly.
A good truck insurance agent/company is priceless. Our site is designed to help you find one easily. State law requires truck insurance, so you should never drive a truck without insurance because it is not worth the risk, financially or otherwise. The fines are usually expensive and the consequence to you and others on the road with you could prove to be financially draining if a collision occurs.
When shopping around for truck insurance, check the coverage that the agent/company is offering to make sure you have the right amount of coverage for your needs and situation. Truck insurance policies can be written many different ways and carry different coverage specifications, such as uninsured motorist, rental truck allowance, medical coverage for you and your passengers, truck towing, etc. Check on discounts offered by the companies for things like keyless entry, defensive driving, multiple policies, etc. Make sure you understand the coverage you receive, and when comparing the truck insurance companies, verify that you are comparing the exact same coverage from each one.
Truck Job listings:
Our site offers a free truck job listing section to help our vendors find employees specific to the trucking industry. If you are a vendor and need to add one or more employees, contact us with details and specifications of the job, so we can get the word out for you. If you are not a vendor, but work in the trucking industry and need employment, check out the job listings on our site that are listed in your city and state.
Our site will assist you in locating a truck rental facility, whether you are looking for a truck to rent short term or long term. There are several reasons for wanting or needing to rent or lease an truck, such as minor truck repair on your truck, or an unfortunate truck accident. If you need something long term, truck leasing is the way to go. Whatever your truck leasing or truck rental needs may be, our site should prove to be user friendly and helpful. You can search by city, state, and category for all your truck rental and truck leasing needs.
Most of us have had the need for a truck locksmith at some point in our lives. For those who have not, a truck locksmith is the person you call when you need truck keys made, have lost your keys, or you have locked yourself out of your truck, home, business, safe, etc. When you have no way to get to your spare, a locksmith would be the first call to make. Keys and locks are not a do it yourself matter, and it takes special equipment and talent, especially when dealing with an truck that has no key at all. Although some locksmiths have a main location, most locksmiths operate a mobile locksmith service, making it convenient for those mishaps on the road.
Truck Machine shop:
A truck machine shop is the place to take your truck engine parts for repair. This category will suit those serious do it yourself guys and the truck mechanic shop owners. Usually, parts that would be taken to a truck machine shop include truck engine heads or an truck engine block. The truck machine shop has the proper tools and knowledge to clean and rebuild these very important truck engine parts. Before you leave a truck machine shop, make sure you know what you are getting for your money, especially since there are so many things that can be done to the same truck engine heads and truck engine block. If your goal is to build a hot rod, you need to do some research and know what you want done and what you would like to discuss with the truck machine shop owner ahead of time. This will make it easier for the truck machine shop to have your truck parts in a shorter amount of time, and to be able to quote a price and timeline for completion of the work.
Mobile Truck Repair:
Mobile truck repair providers can typically perform minor services or repairs on your truck, such as starters, alternators, oil changes, tune-ups, etc. It is a convenient service that some truck repair shops offer; typically, it is slightly more expensive than taking your truck to a regular truck repair shop, but in some cases, the cost can be the same. You want to be confident that the truck repair provider you choose is knowledgeable and experienced and has the proper tools to perform the work that you need done. Record all work you have done and make sure the truck repair provider gives you a written explanation of the work they will perform and the cost of that work. Get a detailed receipt and a written explanation of all warranties and limitations for parts and labor. Make sure that the location where the mobile truck repair is performed is not in violation of any ordinances, local, city or otherwise.
Truck muffler repair requires a professional with extensive knowledge. It is not a do it yourself project for anyone who is inexperienced in truck repair. Truck muffler repair requires many different talents and ranges of experience, not to mention the use of specialized tools, such as welders, truck lifts, and pipe benders. Truck mufflers are key components in your trucks ability to pass a state truck inspection, so it is important that truck muffler repair is done properly. A truck muffler also plays an important role in the sound and performance of your truck. Old or improperly installed truck exhaust parts can drastically alter the sound and performance of a truck, as well.
Keep in mind that when the diesel particulate filter is clogged, it can be misdiagnosed as a fuel pump or fuel injector problem. If your truck is losing power or acting like it is running out of fuel, the diesel particulating filter is possibly the culprit. A professional with the proper knowledge of the exhaust system can easily identify issues with the diesel particulating filter.
Truck Oil and Lubrication Services:
Regularly scheduled truck oil changes and lubrication of moving parts are the first step in the proper maintenance of your truck. Many truck providers offer services limited to truck oil and lube services, offering a convenient, timely manner in which to have truck services performed. Almost all general truck repair shops offer these truck services, as well. Your trucks manufacturer provides a recommended schedule with guidelines to determine how often to perform these services, to ensure optimum performance and maintenance, as different models and circumstances require different intervals of maintenance. Keep an accurate record of all maintenance performed on your truck, whether it is done professionally or you do it yourself.
Truck Parts & Supplies (New):
Many different truck providers, from your local truck parts stores and dealers, to online truck providers located all over the world, offer truck parts and supplies. When inquiring about a part for your truck, you will need to know the year, make, model and engine size prior to your call or online search. It will save you time and money and ensure that you get exactly what you need for your truck. If you are contacting a local truck dealer, have your VIN# available when you call so that they may look up the parts that are specific to your truck. When purchasing truck parts, no matter who the truck provider, make sure you understand the truck provider’s policy regarding exchanges or returns, especially when purchasing electronic truck parts. Take the part you are replacing with you so you are able to compare the new truck part to the old truck part, and make sure you have the correct truck part you need, which will save you time and money. Many truck parts have a core charge, which means you must turn in the old truck part or pay an additional charge.
Truck Parts & Supplies (Used):
Used truck parts and truck supplies can save you a tremendous amount of money, but be careful because used truck parts and truck supplies can just as easily throw your money right out the window. The easiest and fastest place to find used truck parts is a truck salvage yard, where you can also receive a warranty for truck parts and labor. The warranty may cost extra, but when purchasing a replacement truck engine or truck transmission, the extra cost is money well spent. A swap meet is another great place to find used or rare truck parts, especially when searching for parts for an older truck.
A professional truck restoration provider can work miracles for you if you have a classic truck that you want to restore. Never take a provider at their word regarding the work they have done and what they can do for you. Ask to see other trucks they have restored. Looking at other trucks the provider has restored can provide you with a great deal of knowledge about that provider. Get everything in writing, prior to turning over your pride and joy to anyone, getting a detail of all services to be performed, the cost of the services, and how long the services will take to complete. Restoration of a classic truck can get expensive and time consuming, so you must be prepared for the time and money involved in truck restoration before you get too far along in the process.
Next to the purchase of a home, the truck is the most expensive purchase most people will make, so protecting your truck is of great importance. When having a security system installed on your truck, it is important that the person performing the installation is knowledgeable, has the skills necessary to perform the installation and possesses the proper tools for the installation. Improper security system installation can cause problems with your trucks electrical system because the security system connects directly to your trucks electrical system. Truck security systems and alarms come in a variety of devices and a wide price range, depending on the bells and whistles you require to protect your investment. It is best to shop around for a truck security system or alarm that will fit your budget and truck needs. Make sure the warranty that is provided by the manufacturer, as well as the security system or alarm device provider, is a warranty you understand, and make sure the system you choose will not void your manufacturer’s warranty on your truck.
Looking for a great way to advertise your business or upgrade the appearance of your truck without having to use something as permanent as paint? Signs and truck wraps are a great way to achieve this goal. Whether you are installing the truck wrap or sign yourself, or having it installed professionally, make sure you are clear about what you want, how it will look, and how it will effect the value of your truck. Request a proof of the design prior to authorizing the installation of the truck wrap or sign. Educate yourself about what is involved in the removal of the sign or truck wrap in case you decide you no longer want it or want to change it in the future.
Truck storage can be done using an indoor or outdoor truck storage facility. When indoor truck storage is required, check with local storage facilities to see if a regular, enclosed storage building facility would allow you to store the truck. Although you have to take into consideration the fact that outdoor storage exposes your truck to the elements and weather, outdoor storage is an option. Find out the proximity of other items that are stored in the facility, whether the facility is gated or monitored by security, and at what times you may access your truck or other stored items. If you choose an outdoor facility, it is recommended that you invest in a durable tarp or cover to prevent paint fade and rust due to weather and the elements, and to prevent dry wrought of the tires due to exposure to the heat and sun. Storage indoors or outdoors still requires some winterization of your truck during the winter months; make sure it has plenty of anti-freeze in the radiator and that the anti-freeze has circulated through the entire engine prior to storage.
Cars are designed with tires specific to the car’s make and model. Although it is always recommended to use the brand and size of tires that were originally installed on your car by the manufacturer, tires are the most commonly changed accessories on a vehicle. Tires come in a broad range of brands, prices and sizes. If you choose to change the size of the tires installed on your vehicle, pay close attention to make sure that the size of tire you choose is not going to rub against the car’s wheel wells. Your car’s fuel mileage and driving performance will be altered if you choose to change the size of your tires, so keep that in mind before making that decision. Though it is best to change all four tires at the same time, if that is not financially possible, purchase at least two at the same time. If a set of new tires does not fit your budget, look at purchasing used tires, which will save you a considerable amount of money in the short term. Remember, though, that used tires will not last as long as new tires, and could possibly cost more in the long term.
Towing and Recovery:
Our site can help you figure out the different quirks of towing and recovery. Just as there are many different ways of towing different types of vehicles, there are also many different types of tow trucks. If your car has rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, a conventional wheel lift tow truck should be sufficient to get the job done. If your car has all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, however, a flatbed truck would be a better choice. A flatbed truck is also the truck of choice if your car sits low or has ground effects. It is important to give an accurate description of your vehicle when calling to request towing services. The towing service will need to know the make or model, accessories, if applicable, that have altered the height of your vehicle from the ground, and if your vehicle is equipped with all-wheel, 4-wheel, front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. When contacting a wrecker service for a recovery, it is important to give an accurate description of the recovery type so that the proper wrecker is dispatched.
Tow Truck Sales & Service:
Our service can help you find the tow truck and wrecker sales companies closest to you, though they are few and far between, and you may have to travel great distances to purchase a wrecker or tow truck. To guarantee a good deal, it is wise to locate, within 200-300 miles of your location, companies that offer tow truck or wrecker sales. It is also a good idea to research and find service locations within 100 miles of your location, just in case you are in need of service for your tow truck or wrecker. Tow truck and wrecker equipment options and abilities vary, so before purchasing a tow truck or wrecker, make sure that you understand what you are looking for, and make sure that the tow truck or wrecker you choose can perform the necessary tasks and has the equipment and accessories necessary to do the job the tow truck or wrecker is expected to do.
Wreckers and tow trucks are equipped with many interchangeable parts, so knowledge of your tow truck or wrecker is important when attempting to purchase the parts so you will know that what you purchase will fit your tow truck or wrecker. Tow truck and wrecker parts, once installed, are not usually something that you can return, whether the fit is right or not. Make sure the service company you select to perform work on your tow truck or wrecker employs staff that is knowledgeable with your particular tow truck or wrecker, and that the parts you may need are easily and readily available. Request a written detail of the work expected to be performed on your tow truck or wrecker, and how long the service provider plans to have your tow truck or wrecker for said repairs. It is just as important to understand the provider’s warranties and policies regarding work performed as well as parts used to repair the wrecker or tow truck. Make sure the down time allotted for repairs to your tow truck or wrecker is reasonable, especially if the wrecker or tow truck is your livelihood.
Many transmission repair shops only specialize in transmission repair because transmission repair requires a certain level of knowledge and experience. Without proper maintenance of your transmission, the key component to your vehicle’s operation, performance can be impaired, possibly leading to costly repairs to your vehicle’s transmission.
Automobiles have two options for transmissions, standard or manual transmission, and automatic transmission. Following the proper maintenance schedule for your transmission is just as important as following the maintenance schedule for your engine, brakes, tires, etc. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will provide guidelines from the manufacturer that provide schedules for transmission maintenance, dependent on different circumstances, such as rural driving vs. urban driving, highway driving vs. stop and go driving, and mileage typical for your particular automobile. Maintenance records should always be kept accurate, including specific items that were maintained and the date maintenance took place.
Automatic transmissions require the engine to be warmed up and running when performing a transmission fluid check. The fluid should be checked regularly, between regularly scheduled maintenance of the transmission. Although an automatic transmission is fairly easy to check because it is simply a dipstick similar to that used to check the oil, a standard transmission is not as easy to check. Typically, to check a standard transmission, you must get under the vehicle and use a wrench to remove a plug, which allows you to check the standard transmission grease. Due to the difficulty of this task, it is wise to request a standard transmission check when you take your vehicle to a mechanic for your regularly scheduled oil and lube service performed on your vehicle.
Auto transporters offer the service of transporting automobiles from one location to another. Depending on the size of the trailer the auto transporter uses, the auto transporter is capable of transporting one car or multiple cars at one time. It is recommended, before authorizing the transport of your vehicle, that you ask important questions regarding the auto transporter’s plans for your vehicle. Such questions to ask are whether the auto transport provider will be using a trailer that is open or enclosed, the limit of coverage for your vehicle while in the auto transport provider’s possession, the cost of the transport, the expected time frame that your vehicle will be in transport, the route that will be used to transport your vehicle, and most importantly, a written detail of everything we have mentioned above.
Is your automobile’s upholstery in need of an extreme makeover? You can use the services of an upholstery specialist to get that makeover done right. An upholstery specialist is skilled and knowledgeable, and can customize your vehicle’s interior to suit you and your taste, as well as changing your automobile’s interior from a worn out, tattered and torn product of yesteryear, to a modern-day expression of your personal style. An upholstery specialist is capable of changing many interior appearances, such as headliners, door panels, seats and carpeting. An upholstery specialist can work with upholstery purchased from another car or brand new upholstery, straight from a manufacturer. Research the cost of upholstery, new or used, and shop around to get a general idea of what this makeover may cost, including materials and labor. The research process will not only help you make a decision about what will work for your budget, but will help you get ideas to suit your personal preference. Once you have chosen an upholstery specialist, get a written detail of what you should expect from your chosen upholstery specialist and what the upholstery specialist should expect from you.
When installing aftermarket parts, such as truck beds, bumpers, lift kits, etc, you may require an experienced welder. A certified welder makes a significant difference in the quality of your vehicle’s welded parts, as well as the safety of the installation. Welding requires specialized tools and knowledge, so get references on the certified welder you choose and make sure they are able to provide you a detailed explanation of work they expect to perform as well as anything that may be covered under warranty, whether it is parts or labor.
Welding anything onto the frame of a vehicle, especially aftermarket, will, in most cases, void your factory warranty. It is recommended that prior to having anything welded, you check the owner’s manual or call the vehicle’s manufacturer to explain what you are doing and verify that it will not void the warranty, so that you can make an educated decision about whether or not to have something welded to the vehicle.