How To Be Green For St. Patrick’s Day and Every Day!

15 03 2018

Dale BertramMost of us are concerned with keeping our environment green.  We buy the reusable bags for our shopping trips, combine driving trips to be more fuel efficient and use the new style light bulbs to conserve energy.  All these seemingly little conscious efforts add up to help our earth.

It may surprise you to learn that the automotive service and repair industry has been one of the leaders in keeping our environment clean…even before it was a popular theme with the general public.  We are very careful with waste disposal in every way.  As an example, one gallon of improperly disposed of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of drinking water!  When consumers bring their car in for regular service it is one of the biggest benefits to cleaner air and the good news is…it saves you money too!  In fact, it saves you money in more ways than one!  It prolongs the life of the car you have, it saves money in fuel, and a regularly maintained vehicle saves you money on expensive repairs!  It is a good deal all around.

  • A regularly maintained car can last 50% longer.
  • A properly tuned car keeps your engine firing properly…one misfiring spark plug can waste 30% in fuel efficiency!
  • Keeping your tires checked and rotated makes them last longer and can help your engine work better and easier.
  • Clean filters make a more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Of course, it also helps not to drive like you are trying out for NASCAR or using it to transport or store heavy objects.  All of this contributes to wear and tear on your vehicle too plus cuts way down on fuel efficiency.

Working together, we can all help our earth be a bit greener…breathe a bit easier…and save ourselves more of our hard-earned cash.






Is Your Car Stayin’ Alive?

8 03 2018

Dale BertramIt is no secret that the staff at Fairway Auto Repair in Phoenix know how to keep a car stayin’ alive!

What’s the secret to a car’s longevity?

Team Up With A Great Mechanic – Fairway Auto Repair has great technicians (we feel the best in Phoenix, of course) that you can trust. They will make sure you are aware when it is time for preventive service and when your car starts to age, they will work with you to help it age gracefully.  Following the recommended service schedules in your owner’s manual is a good place to start and using quality parts and fluids is essential.

Pay Attention – No one knows your car better than you do…even if you never lift the hood.  You drive it all the time and you know when it isn’t sounding, smelling or operating the same as usual.  Don’t ignore these changes, no matter how subtle.  It could be the beginning of a major problem so get it taken care of before that happens.  It will be better for your vehicle and your wallet.

Be Prepared – When humans age they start needing a few more things to keep their health maintained such as a prescription or two or more exercise and a better diet or maybe even a knee or hip replacement.  The same thing will happen to your car when it starts to age. Eventually, no matter how well you keep it serviced it will need a replacement part or two in order to keep it safe and going strong.  Consider that purchasing a new car is extremely expensive, especially when you add in insurance costs so repairing an existing vehicle is a sound financial decision.

Keep It Clean – We can help you keep your car mechanically sound, but you need to keep it looking good inside and out.  A clean car protects it and a clean waxed car is even better.

If you want to keep your car “stayin’ alive” call Fairway Auto Repair today! We invite you to visit our website at as well to find out even more ways to help your car stay alive!



How Phoenix Drivers Can Keep Their Car’s Value High!

22 02 2018

Dale BertramMany of our customers at Fairway Auto Repair plan to keep their car going until it can’t go another mile.  If you are in that category, this article is not necessarily for you.  If you do plan to sell your car in the near future, or trade it in someday, read on!  I was reading an article by AAA and they estimate that a vehicle’s depreciation costs American car owners $3,571 per year, up less than 1 percent from previous years. They went on to give us pointers on how to give our vehicle more value when it is time to part ways!

  1. Keep up with regular maintenance. A good technician can always tell if a driver skipped oil changes or other maintenance. When we do a used car inspection at Fairway Auto Repair for our customers prior to purchase, our technician runs tests that can tell if the fluids have been changed or not. Some leasing companies in Phoenix charge lessees for unperformed maintenance. Make sure you keep receipts to prove you have kept current with your vehicle’s service.
  2. Mileage. Keeping your mileage between 10,000 and 12,000 miles per year gets you more at trade in. If you’re driving significantly more than 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year – especially if the high mileage pushes the vehicle out of the manufacturer’s warranty – that could lower the car’s value. Many drivers rent a car when they have to travel far distances, for example, to keep the mileage on their vehicle lower.
  3. Make Changes That Increase, Not Decrease! Modifying your car to suit your style might make you feel great…but it might just hurt the value when you want to sell it or trade it in. Keep that in mind before you spend the money to install any feature.  Research to see what changes may help…and what changes may hurt.  Do not do any change that will affect the vehicle’s warranty.
  4. Color! I have seen everything under the rainbow when it comes to paint colors on cars. When you have been in the industry as long as I have, nothing will surprise you. Just keep in mind that painting your car an unusual color could deter potential buyers. Stay with a generic color like a silver or white because those tend to be the most popular colors.
  5. Fresh! Cigarette or pet smells often linger and could give the impression you haven’t taken the best care of the vehicle. If you smoke in the car, then that smell will remain in there so someone who gets into the car will be able to tell. The smoke can also discolor the ceiling and other areas. Before trading in or selling, you might want to visit an auto parts store and ask what they suggest to remove the smell. Keep pet hair removed. If it is not coming off for you, go to a car wash that does a great inside job as well and explain your predicament. Hopefully, they can help.
  6. Keep it Clean! Wash your car regularly to maintain its appearance. Try to wash your car once a week and wax it once a month. If the car looks good that will absolutely improve its value and you will feel good driving it as well. “It’s part of proving that the car is well-maintained.” It shows you care!

To find out more about keeping your car in peak performance, visit our website at



This Valentine’s Day…and Every Day…Show That You Care

8 02 2018

Dale BertramEach time a driver starts their engine and gets on the highways that car, truck or SUV needs the driver’s full attention and the vehicle needs to be well maintained in order to protect the driver, their passengers and those they share the road with.

Here are a few ways you can make sure the vehicle you drive is good to go!

  1. Make sure the oil is clean as well as the filter.
  2. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and the tread is good.
  3. Make sure the fluids are exchanged regularly.
  4. Make sure the filters are clean.
  5. Make sure the wiper blades function properly.
  6. Make sure the belts and hoses are maintained.
  7. Make sure the brakes are in excellent shape.
  8. Make sure the exhaust system is working properly.
  9. Make sure the battery is charged and ready to go!
  10. Make sure all systems are ready to roll!

 Preventive maintenance keeps your car healthy and ageless.  We are here to help!  Call us today for an appointment!




Does Your Ride Have A Mind Of Its Own?

25 01 2018

Dale BertramWe get calls from Phoenix drivers complaining that their car seems to have a mind of its own.  It wants to bounce and rock and drift and sway.  We know exactly what the problem is when we hear these complaints.  It is either your vehicle’s shocks or struts.  Usually they wear out slowly and you don’t notice that they are aging, then suddenly, it seems like you can’t keep your tires on the road!

If it wasn’t for shocks and struts we would have a very uncomfortable and unsafe ride.  Not only do they give us a smooth ride, they also affect our braking.  Here are some clues that your vehicle needs service in this area!

  • When you are crossing an intersection does your vehicle bounce more than three times?
  • When you come to a fast stop does it rock back and forth?
  • When you change lanes quickly does it sway from side to side?
  • When you apply the brakes suddenly while driving at higher speeds does it seem to pull to the left or to the right?
  • When rounding a curve does it lean?

If so, you need to have your car checked out.  We will check for leaks, shiny spots on the safety bumper, and marks between the coils of the spring, tire cupping, broken or loose mount and check to see if the piston rod is damaged or even broken.  Any of these can be the cause of your bouncing ride.  Be safe and call Fairway Auto Repair today.


Cabin Air Filters – Why They Help In Winter Months, Too!

18 01 2018

Dale BertramWhen drivers think of cabin air filters, they usually think of them as necessary in the spring.  They are, of course, very helpful in the spring as they help allergy sufferers by trapping pollen and keeping the spores out of the car or “cabin” of the vehicle.  Some argue that yes, that is important, but it is even more important to make sure your cabin air filter is working well in the winter months! Why?

  • Tailpipe emissions release particulates that create havoc with drivers’ and their passengers’ respiratory systems. When our outside temperatures even drop 20 degrees, this release is doubled. Cabin air filters can stop these particulates even when they are as small as one micron in diameter!
  • Just like your car’s battery, the warmer months cause the damage in cabin air filters that is often the result of failure in colder weather. If your vehicle seems to be struggling with heating/cooling issues, it could be due to leaves, bugs, and pollen build up in your cabin air filter.  It did its job protecting you and your passengers all spring, summer and fall, but now it is full of debris and needs to be changed.
  • How’s your defroster working? If you are finding it hard to see out the windshield, it could be due to a clogged cabin air filter.  This clog restricts the blower and keeps it from delivering hot air to the windshield.  This also lets you know that your cabin air filter is struggling and needs to be replaced.

Call us today and let us check your cabin air filter.  Your car will operate more efficiently, and you and your passengers will breath better!



Keeping Your Vehicle Physically Fit!

4 01 2018

Dale BertramOn December 26th our television sets and other devices seem to be taken over by ads brought to us by diet and exercise gurus.  They seem to feel that a New Year should be a time to restart our bodies to be at peak efficiency!  I suppose during the busy holiday season we can overdo on the food and at the same time have less time to exercise.

The same can be said of our cars.  We often get so busy running here and there (in our cars) during the holidays that we neglect old faithful!  Here are a few resolutions to keeping your car fit! We can inspect it and make sure to remind you when it is time to bring it to us in order to…

  • Keep your car’s fluids clean and don’t let them run low!
  • Keep your car’s filters clean.
  • Keep your car’s tires properly inflated.
  • Keep your car’s wipers in good working order.
  • Keep your car’s lights lit!
  • Keep your car’s brakes stopping when they need too!
  • Keep your car’s charging system ready to go!
  • Keep your car’s exhaust system healthy.

Your car has many components and it is our pleasure to keep them physically fit for your driving pleasure.  If your car has been a little neglected over the holidays, give us a call and we’ll get it back in tip-top shape!