Interesting, Fun Car Facts

  • It takes about 25 hours to build a car, a whopping 10 hours of that 25 is spent painting the car.
  • Car dashboards were originally designed to prevent mud from splattering the driver of a horse-drawn carriage.
  • The first auto insurance policy was purchased in 1897 in Westfield Mass.
  • The first car radio was invented by Paul Gavin.
  • After being used in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT-500 was one of the most famous cars ever.
  • The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.
  • Allen Swift of Springfield, Mass. drove his 1928 Rolls Royce Roadster for 82 years.
  • The first traffic death was in 1896.
  • The first coin operated parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
  • The world’s record for people crammed in a Smart car is 19.
  • The “new car smell” is composed of 50 volatile organic compounds. Fortunately, they are not toxic.
  • A modern, fuel-injected vehicle, with all of its ABS and Traction control options disabled, can drive upside down in a tunnel after reaching 120mph.
  • Steve Jobs found a loophole in California law and never had a license plate issued to him.
  • According to a probably apocryphal urban legend, none other than Mr. Rogers once had his car stolen. After the theft was reported on the news, the thieves returned the vehicle with a message: “Sorry, we didn’t know it was yours.”
  • Manufactured by American toymaker Little Tikes, these plastic, red-and-yellow cars have proven enormously popular since their introduction in 1979. Described as a cross between a “Volkswagen Beetle and a Fred Flintstone car,” the Coupe is powered by a toddler’s own feet. For many years, the Cozy Coupe was the bestselling car in America, outselling such perennially popular models as the Ford F-Series pickup and the Honda Accord. In 2008 alone, a year before the car’s 30th anniversary, 457,000 Cozy Coupes were sold.

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I Wanna Be Green

Even if you don’t own the newest car on the block it can be greener! With a little tender loving care, it can give you a lot more miles and it will make it environmentally friendly…and save you money. Improving the environment and your bank account at the same time is a win-win situation!

At Certified Auto Specialists, we know exactly what is needed. Our techs check out your car’s battery, charging and starting systems; engine mechanical; powertrain control, onboard diagnostic check; fuel; ignition; and emissions systems. This alone can improve gas mileage by four percent! The oxygen sensor can be checked too, just to be safe. That can improve gas mileage up to 40%!

Our technicians also look at your vehicle’s filters as a clogged filter can bring down fuel efficiency by as much as 10%…that’s 15 cents a gallon! Spark plugs need checking too so they are firing properly. Misfiring wastes fuel!

The cooling system can also cause a car to boil over if it isn’t in top form. This can leave you sitting on the side of the road with steam coming out from under the hood. This is bad at any time, but worse during peak driving hours when you can be the cause of a traffic jam! And you know what else…you guessed it…it wastes fuel and raises emissions.

Last but not least, our techs look at the tires. If they are over-inflated it makes your vehicle less fuel efficient…if they are under-inflated…same scenario. Tires need to be just right!

Being environmentally friendly is something we all can help with…especially when it comes to your vehicle!

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Interesting Car Facts

  • Women buy more new cars than men.
  • Paved roads were originally meant for bicyclists and not cars.
  • 80% of millionaires’ drive used cars.
  • Holding a key fob up to your head when it’s failing will boost the signal because the skull helps to amplify it.
  • Whale oil was used in some car transmissions until 1973.
  • Instantly cool down the car that has been sitting under the sun by rolling down the window on one side and opening and closing the door on the other side for 5 to 6 times.
  • Ferrari produces a maximum of 14 cars per day.  Most manufacturers put out thousands of cars on a daily basis. As a case in point, Ford reaches an astronomical production rate of 8,000-10,000 each day.
  • An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to deflate.
  • 1 out of every 4 cars produced in the world come from China.
  • 90% of drivers sing behind the wheel. (The others are too embarrassed to admit it!)
  • The automobile is the most recycled product in the world.
  • Drivers kill more deer than hunters.
  • 1 out of every 7 cars sold in the United States are sold in southern California.
  • In 1925, you could purchase a Ford automobile for less than $300 U.S. dollars. 55% of all cars driven at this time were a Ford.
  • A car was created that is fueled by cappuccino as an attempt at creating a renewable energy source.  The car system converts used coffee grounds to flammable gas. It takes 56 espressos to fuel one mile in the “car-puccino.”
  • In 2009, New York and New Jersey were surveyed as having the worst drivers in America.
  • It takes half an ounce of gas to start the average vehicle.
  • 16% of people never wash their car.
  • The world’s most profitable car manufacturer is Porsche.

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Why My Vehicle Needs an Inspection

Vehicle Inspection

There are a lot of questions about inspecting a car when it comes into a shop for service.

In years past vehicle manufacturer’s suggested you change your oil every 3,000 miles. That meant you visited a service facility 3-4 times a year; that was 3-4 times a year that your technician had the opportunity to look over your car and catch potential failures in your vehicle’s tires, wipers, brakes, fluids, leaks or any other concerns.

Today, the vehicle manufacturers are now extending oil and servicing to 7, 10 and even 15 thousand miles. This also extends the time your technician gets a look under the hood of your vehicle. This gives your technician less times per year to inspect and identify issues with your vehicle.

Consider air transportation; a jetliner goes through a safety inspection before each flight. In fact, all public transportation including planes, trains and city busses all go through a certification and regular inspection process to find, identify and fix potential problems before they happen.

Our personal vehicles, on the other hand, usually see their technician for oil changes and maybe get a check over every few years.  Just as regular oil changes keep your car healthy, having a professional inspection done on a regular basis will save you time, money and avoid the headaches of major mechanical repairs.

A basic inspection can be simple, fast and efficient. It will allow the technician to fill your tires, top off your fluids and give you peace of mind when you are on the road.

Talk to your service professional about a scheduled inspection program to supplement your vehicle’s service plan.

Preventive maintenance keeps your car healthy and ageless.  Certified Auto Specialists is always here to help!  Call us today for an appointment or with any questions at 626-963-0814 or visit our website at

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The Basics Of A Healthy Car

Healthy Car

Cars are built better than ever these days and give us miles of service.  Keeping them healthy is important and extends their life.

  • Oil is their lifeblood.  Dirty oil makes it harder for your engine to turn over and causes premature engine wear.
  • Belts and hoses are made of very durable material with relatively long lives but they do deteriorate over time.  We recommend a four-year replacement cycle.
  • Leaks are not normal except for condensation from your air conditioner.  11 different fluids keep your car running; brake fluid, antifreeze, engine oil, power steering fluid, air conditioner refrigerant, shock absorber fluid, battery electrolyte, windshield washer solvent, rear axle or CV boot lubricant and fuel.  If any of these leak, they need to be fixed right away.
  • Tires need to be kept properly inflated to save gas and tire wear and rotated every six months.
  • Coolant, when neglected can corrode and leave sediment throughout your cooling system causing clogging that results in damaging hot spots that can harm your engine.  Flushing every two years is recommended.
  • The battery needs to have the cables securely attached and free of corrosion in order to get power to the starter and accessories so the alternator receives a charge.

Keeping your car healthy means getting it serviced regularly.  Remember, we are a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repair center.  We work on all makes and models, import and domestic!

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Car Drips & Puddles

Car Drips
Those annoying under the car drips can leave your driveway and garage floor a mess…in fact everywhere you park becomes a victim to this mess.  They are also a sign that something is wrong and needs to be taken care of. The only drip you don’t need to be concerned with is the condensation from your air conditioner.  Everything else is a signal that there is a problem. The small drips are giving you fair warning that if ignored, serious problems are in your future. Here are a few examples:


  • A reddish brown drip may mean one of three things; leaking transmission, over tightened pan gasket or a leaking front seal.


  • A green or orange-red drip suggests a cooling system problem such as leaking hose or radiator.


  • A brown to brownish-black drip that is thick in consistency is more than likely engine oil.  This is not a huge problem if it is slight but when it grows to puddle size it is a sign of something serious and if not kept under control could mean severe engine trouble.


  • A leak that looks like tea and feels oily is brake fluid.  This type of drip or leak is always serious!


If you notice a puddle three inches or larger under your car don’t ignore it.  Get it to the professionals as soon as possible. A puddle between one and two inches isn’t as serious…yet…unless it is brake fluid.  Don’t put off having it looked at too long though…it could become a much more serious problem.


It is a good practice not to ignore drips because if left unchecked those drips will turn into puddles that get bigger and bigger until you no longer have a small problem, you have a major problem.  Make an appointment with us today, and your car’s health care professional at Certified Automotive Specialists will stop the drips.  Remember, minor problems come with minor price tags…major problems come with major price tags…maybe even the cost of a new engine!


Prevention is always the best medicine for your vehicle.


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Hope For Your Vehicle’s Transmission


Transmission repairs have become an interesting phenomenon in the automotive repair industry.  I thought I would share some information with you that could result in saving you money!

  • Most cars will start to experience transmission issues around age six
  • When a check engine light illuminates, 20% of the time it is because of the transmission.
  • 50% of those issues can be fixed easily
  • 80% of repair shops, because they don’t have enough knowledge about transmissions will tell you it needs to be replaced.  That is because for them it is just easier to replace the entire thing since they don’t know enough about transmissions to fix it or don’t want to be bothered with it.

Many consumers are keeping their vehicles longer these days due to the economy.  We make sure we help in this area.  Consumers might opt to buy a different car rather than pay to repair their current one if the cost is high.  Replacing a transmission is a lot to pay for a repair and if the vehicle will need more of the same, say in six months, I am completely upfront with them.  I want them to make the right decision for them and for their budget.

If you feel you are having transmission problems, before you pay out an exorbitant amount of money to have it replaced, ask what the problem is exactly.  A really good shop, like Certified Automotive Specialists, can save you a lot of money!  The average repair shop just guesses instead of investigating.

Sometimes, of course, it really does need to be replaced but again, a shop that really knows what they are doing will give you options rather than “just replace it” as a solution.

If you suspect your vehicle is experiencing transmission problems, give us a call!  We’ll tell you upfront what the problem is!  We want to be the solution to your vehicle problems!

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If Only…

Car Knowledge

I hear customers’ day in and day out that express a wish that they knew more about cars so they would know exactly what to do if this or that occurred.  They sigh and say, “If only I had just some knowledge….”  I tell them they actually know a lot more than they give themselves credit for!  It is true!  You are more aware of your car’s little quirks.  You know when something isn’t quite right more so than anyone else.

I get calls all the time saying that their car is making a ka-thump noise or a pinging noise or it is knocking or sputtering, whining or screeching.  And you thought you didn’t have knowledge?  Of course you do. You just need to know what these noises mean…so even though I’ve said it before…here is a refresher course!

Screeching usually signifies a brake problem.  The screech is actually the sound of metal scraping.

Thudding or a low metallic thumping noise can be a loose pulley or exhaust pipe or even a worn crank shaft bearing.

A knocking noise signifies loose bolts in the torque converter or a bad connecting rod or even a worn crankshaft main bearing.

Pinging noises seem to very common and your car either needs a tune-up or the fuel octane may be too low for your car’s engine.

Tapping or clicking can be many things such as a bent or loose fan blade, loose hubcap, bad wheel bearing or low level of engine oil.

Clunking can be mean your transmission fluid is low or your car has a bad universal joint or rear differential.

Squealing is usually the result of under-inflated tires, poor wheel alignment, a loose power steering fan or air conditioner compressor belt.

Squeaking noises can be caused by worn suspension bushings, bad drum-brake linings, or a chassis in need of lubrication.

I hope you find this translation helpful.  Regular vehicle checkups prevent these noises from happening and keep your vehicle healthy.  Now, if your vehicle is doing any of these things listed above, call us today!  We will make it all better in no time!

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