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How to care for your vehicle’s interior and exterior- from you friends at Immaculate Auto Detailing

How to care for your vehicle’s interior and exterior- from you friends at Immaculate Auto Detailing

You may think that having your car washed at the local drive through car wash a few times a year is all you need to keep your vehicle looking good. But there are some items to consider, especially if you want to keep your vehicle feeling, looking and smelling new for the long term. There are going to be times when the drive through wash is just not going to give your vehicle what it really needs. Let’s discuss a few of the common things… The obvious is the protective coating you want to keep on the vehicle. Some sort of wax, sealer or ceramic coating is required to fill microscopic cracks in the paint and provide a protective barrier to the harsh elements. Oxidation, bird droppings, dust, dirt, hard water, acid rain, pollution, fuels and other airborne or road derived contaminants should be kept of the painted surfaces. These contaminants can cause temporary or even permanent damage to your paint, even if left on for a short period of time. Some contaminants can eat throu ... read more

HYBRID CARS

HYBRID CARS

Hybrid Car Fun Facts Hybrid cars are vehicles that have more than one on-board energy source to achieve and maintain propulsion. Hybrid cars have a traditional internal- combustion system and fuel tank, in addition to one or more electric motor and battery pack. We’ve put together some interesting facts about hybrid engines for you. The first hybrid engine was built in 1902 by Ferdinand Porsche, yes, that Porsche! It was his second car creation and could travel nearly 40 miles on its battery. In 1976 Toyota — wins the hybrid car race — built its first hybrid while General Electric was constructing a parallel-hybrid sedan. In 1997, Toyota wins again and the Prius hits the Japanese market, which doesn’t make it to the United States until 2000. In 1999 the Honda Insight is the first hybrid car to hit the mass market in the United States. The quest for hybrid cars w ... read more

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ASIAN IMPORT FOR WINTER

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR ASIAN IMPORT FOR WINTER

If you have an Asian Imported car, winter preparation varies slightly from its American-made counterpart. In previous years, we have given you tips to prepare your import for colder weather. Here we have combined those tips into one comprehensive list. Don’t trust just any car maintenance shop; for routine maintenance on your Asian import in Las Vegas, visit us at Asian Imports Plus. Examine Belts and Hoses Now that temperatures have begun to drop and will continue to do so for a while longer yet, check your belts and hoses for wear and tear that can be exacerbated by below freezing temperatures. If you are unsure how to check these yourself, have an import specialist take a look at them. Check Battery Don’t forget about your import’s battery Winter is the ideal time to make sure that your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion ... read more

7 THINGS EVERY FOREIGN CAR OWNER SHOULD KNOW

7 THINGS EVERY FOREIGN CAR OWNER SHOULD KNOW

If you own a car, you should be able to perform simple maintenance on it, or at least know how to. If you chose to pay someone to do the routine maintenance for convenience sake, you should still have a general idea about how your car operates and what you need to do to keep it working better than well. #1 Operate Your Vehicle You should know what all the buttons and levers and knobs and switches do in your vehicle. You may not know how to take apart your transmission or even how to change your oil, but you should be familiar with the basics. You should be able to answer basic questions such as make, model, and edition; what wheel-drive it is; what the safety features are; where your oil, transmission, and other fluids -such as power steering- are and how to check their levels; and what kind of gas fuels your car. It is your car, you should know it intimately to be a sa ... read more

SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT YOUR FOREIGN CAR REPAIR YOURSELF?

SHOULD YOU ATTEMPT YOUR FOREIGN CAR REPAIR YOURSELF?

If you are like most people, you are always up for ways to save money, and car repair is one of those areas where it costs money every once in a while (yes, even on your Asian import vehicle that is typically super reliable). We don’t blame you if you think to yourself from time to time, “I wish I could just do this myself,” when it comes to vehicle repairs. But should you attempt to be your own car mechanic? Let’s take a quick look and you can decide for yourself. Qualities you should possess First of all, let’s look at some of the basic qualities you should possess if you’re going to do your own car repairs. An independent streak Let’s face it. You’re definitely branching off the beaten path in pursuing the DIY option for the repairs on your Toyota or Honda (or whatever vehicle you need to fix). That’s ok, an independent streak is part of what makes us Americans. Not everyone ... read more

3 STYLES OF CUSTOMERS OUR AUTO MECHANIC SEES: WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

3 STYLES OF CUSTOMERS OUR AUTO MECHANIC SEES: WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

If you’re not trained in car mechanics, you may find it to be a puzzling thing to know exactly when the noise or rattle or smell coming from your car is just a fluke or something serious that you should pay attention to. It’s kind of like knowing when to go to the doctor. Do you go get checked out for that abdominal pain, or do you say to yourself, “It’s nothing, it’ll pass”? Making the wrong judgment call when it’s appendicitis is a hugely different thing than when you have a bit of gas or bloating. We’ve seen the same gamut of personality types when it comes to dealing with a vehicle that needs fixing. Here are a couple of the different profiles that we’ve seen for people’s approach to discovering what’s wrong with the vehicle. You take your car in for every little sniffle This person is someone who takes note of every tiny new sound, rattle, or vibration that the car makes, and brings it t ... read more

DOES YOUR CAR NEED ONE OF THESE COMMON TOYOTA REPAIRS?

DOES YOUR CAR NEED ONE OF THESE COMMON TOYOTA REPAIRS?

Owning a Toyota is typically a fabulous experience for most drivers. Toyota’s reliability and longevity combine to make a car that drives for a long time while needing minimal repair. However, some Toyotas still need repairing, and when you work in a car repair shop that specializes in foreign car repair, you tend to see a lot of the same issues over and over again. In this blog post, we’d like to cover just a few of the Toyota repair issues that seem to be more frequent than others. If you have any of these issues with your vehicle, we will be glad to take a look and get your repair done quickly and accurately. After all, we’ve probably done each of these repairs more than a few times. Anti-Lock Brakes on the 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid If you have a 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid, you may run into an issue where your anti-lock brakes fail. Typically you’ll know that your anti-lock bra ... read more

HOW TO RETAIN VALUE IN YOUR CAR

If you are the owner of an Asian-made car, you’ve made a great decision! If you use Asian imports to service your Toyota, Honda or Hyundia, you’ve made another great decision. We service Asian imports of all types and domestic vehicles too! We service cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Call today for a maintenance appointment. When you want a true look at resale value of a car, we all know to go to the Kelley Blue Book. If you look up the top ten cars with the highest resale values in 2016, you will see that the five on the top sports cars have been taken by Asian cars. The top two spots are held by Toyota, with the Tacoma at the top, followed by the 4Runner. The Toyota Tundra comes in at number six and the Subaru WRX lands at number seven. The top ten is rounded out by the Subaru Forester. According to Bankrate, the top performers in resale value according to their class and in the subcompact class, the Honda Fit comes out on top. In the compact class, the Honda Civic is tops and the ... read more

A LOOK AT THE MYSTERY THAT IS TUNE-UPS

If you know something about cars, you’ll know that even the most modern car needs a good tune-up every so often. We will look at some basic tune-up oriented questions and try to provide answers! Your mechanic at Asian Imports in Las Vegas wants your car to run the best it can, and to last you as long as it can. Check out our current promotions and come in and meet us! How often do I need a tune-up? In older cars, it was recommended that you get a tune-up every year or so, but now mechanics pay attention more to the milage than to the calendar. If your car was built after the 1980s, you will need to have it tuned up every 15,000 miles. So, depending on how many miles you drive a year, you can have a tune-up more or less frequently. What is involved in a tune-up? Usually, a tune-up will replace items in your car’s engine that take the most wear. This includes items such as the air filter and fuel filter, spark plugs and rotors (if present), and checking on items such as f ... read more

IS YOUR CAR READY FOR A ROAD TRIP?

There is only about a month left before kids have to head back to school, and if you haven’t taken your summer vacation yet, you may be planning on squeezing in a road trip while you still can. Your mechanic from Asian import cars, trucks, and motorcycles has some advice for you to get your car ready for a road trip. In this two-part blog, we’ll review some steps to take before you hit the road. Things to Do to Get the Car Ready Driving around the western states often means driving for hours between towns. The last thing you want on a road trip is to break down when you’re hours from anywhere. Have your oil changed and all your fluids and belts checked before embarking on a road trip. Make sure your tires are up to the job. Make sure your spare tires is ready for action. A few weeks before you plan on leaving, have your spare tire checked. Make sure your jack is in place and has all of its parts. A can of emergency flat fixer foam is not a bad thing to have in th ... read more