How Artificial Intelligence Will Change the Auto Repair Industry

Technology, and more specifically, artificial intelligence (AI), is something that is not only becoming more advanced with each passing year but it is also something that becomes more ingrained in our everyday lives as a result. AI is also becoming a big part of the auto repair industry and it could actually change the face of the industry before we know it. Below are three ways that we can expect AI to change auto repair. Assisted Driving Assisted driving will be here before we know it. Already, the industry has been experiencing bits and pieces of this new technology. This can be seen in things like rear facing camera to help people back up and see clearly what is behind them and in lane assist technology which can alert people when there is a car or other vehicle in a lane next to them when trying to change lanes. This is just the beginning and before too long, we will have fully assisted driving. Manufacturing In addition to how people are using technology that is in their vehicles, technology is also changing the way that vehicles are manufactured. Everything is a lot more machine based than people based, as it was [...]

By |November 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Artificial Intelligence Will Change the Auto Repair Industry

Preparing Your Car for Cooler Weather

Winter is right around the corner, and with it comes lower temperatures, snow and ice. To stay safe and keep your car running properly during this harsh season, you need to take steps to prepare before the cold arrives. Below are some tips to help you make sure your car is ready for the challenges of winter. Check your battery Colder weather puts more strain on your car's charging system. Before the cold weather arrives, check your battery to make sure it is still functioning properly. If it isn't working as well as it should, replace it before the cold weather arrives. Examine your tires In the winter, you are more likely to be driving on snow and ice. These conditions require that your tires be performing at their best. Check your tires for excessive wear, as this can reduce traction in slippery conditions. If your tires are showing signs of wear, replace them with a new set as soon as possible. Because tire pressure tends to drop when temperatures fall, it is important to make sure your tires are properly inflated as well. Check all fluids Before you begin driving in the winter months, take some time to make [...]

By |October 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Preparing Your Car for Cooler Weather

Reasons to Use a Certified Mechanic for Your Car Repairs

When you’re looking for a local mechanic to repair your vehicle, chances are you’re thinking about price, convenience, and quality of work. However, there is one other VERY important thing you should look for in an auto mechanic--ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. Why? Here are five reasons, just for starters. High Expectations - Certifications aren’t just given out at random. ASE requires documented experience and then the testing covers eight different areas of the automotive field. More Experience - When you choose an ASE certified mechanic, you are much more likely to get an experienced mechanic than you are when you pick a mechanic at random. This experience is well worth it, in many cases. Certification Is Not Permanent - Mechanics will have to retest every five years, at a minimum, to maintain certification. This means that you can feel confident that the mechanic with certification is staying current with his or her education too. ASE Certification Covers New Technology - This certification is more than just the basics of car repair and maintenance--it covers all the newest technology too. Even if you have a brand new model with high-tech gadgets, you can feel confident that an ASE certified mechanic [...]

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Benefits of Having Your Car Towed to an Auto Repair Shop

When you're experiencing car issues it can be difficult to determine whether you should drive your vehicle to the shop, have a mechanic come out to you to do the repair, or have your vehicle towed. In most cases, having your car towed will be the smartest choice in terms of both cost and safety. Here are the benefits of having your car towed to an auto repair shop. Peace of Mind One reason you should have your car towed to an auto repair shop is for peace of mind. If you decide to drive to an auto repair shop even though your vehicle is experiencing mechanical issues, it's possible that your vehicle will break down on the side of the road. As you probably know, on-the-road breakdowns can be incredibly dangerous. Not only can on-the-road breakdowns cause multi-car accidents and vehicular damages, but they can also lead to injuries and even death. Therefore, it is in your best interest to avoid these breakdowns at all costs. Even if you're tempted to save money by driving to an auto repair shop, you should keep in mind that saving money is not worth risking your safety. Also, if your car ends [...]

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Caring for your Car in the Spring

Now that spring is right around the corner, you need to start transitioning to a different approach to car care. With the spring comes rising temperatures and pollen, which means you need to change your car care strategies to adapt to the warm weather. Here are a few tips that will help you care for your car in the spring. Cold Weather and Your Vehicle's Performance As you may know from experience, ice, snow, salt, and cold temperatures can damage your car significantly during the winter. Car batteries are more prone to dying in the winter and fluids like oil, brake and transmission fluids, and power steering fluids tend to thicken in low temperatures. Cold air can make the air pressure in your tires drop significantly. Even the reliability of spark plugs decreases as a result of cold weather. The accumulation of ice, snow, and salt can damage your vehicle's finish. All of these factors can make it difficult for your vehicle to perform optimally. Therefore, once winter ends, you should take your car in for a maintenance check to get it back up to par. Warm Weather and Your Vehicle's Performance It's also important to protect your vehicle from the elements during [...]

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Effects of Different Grades of Fuel on Your Engine

Everyone sees the typical three fuel options at the gas station, but which one is the best for your vehicle? Next time you choose unleaded, plus, or premium, you may want to read further information. Types of fuel are grouped by their octane level. Premium fuel has higher octane points while unleaded has less. A regular octane level is usually around 87, mid-grade 89, and premium 91-93. Usually a higher-octane level fuel performs more efficiently. However, most people choose the lowest octane level fuel available because it is the cheapest option. Which fuel is the best for you? What is the Best Fuel Grade for my Car? 1. Unleaded or Regular Fuel Unleaded or regular gas is usually 15-20 cents cheaper a gallon than premium gas, saving you over a hundred dollars in a year. Because of technology improvements, unleaded gas has the same, basic quality of medium-grade or premium fuel. Some industry experts believe there is no point in using any gas other than unleaded or regular, because they are all basically the same. Most cars have their own way of making up for low octane levels, leaving your engine’s system perfectly fine. Your car’s owner’s manual should clarify [...]

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Caring for your Car Battery before Cold Weather Hits

This year is passing by quickly, and the cold weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to check your car battery to be sure that it is ready for the cold temperatures because the winter season is the most likely time for a car or truck battery to die. Contrary to what most believe, cold weather is not the culprit that kills car batteries. Summer's excessive heat is harsher on car batteries than cold weather, though freezing temperatures can certainly contribute to shortening your battery's life. Oftentimes, waiting until the deep freeze of winter to replace your battery is too late. Cold weather could pretty much make that heat worn battery "dead on arrival." How Long Do Car Batteries Last? Typically, new car batteries last between 4 to 6 years but that can vary depending on climate, corrosion build up and lack of car maintenance. Preventative Maintenance for Your Car Battery While car batteries shouldn't be changed from season to season, some batteries do tend to perform better in certain climates. Your friends at Poston Motor Company are familiar with the variety of batteries are always available to help with any preventative maintenance. The following are a [...]

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Synthetic Oil vs. Traditional Oil: Four Main Differences

Oil is one of the most important components of your vehicle. You should check your vehicle’s oil level periodically (at least once a month), topping it off if it needs it. Most mechanics recommend you get your oil and oil filter changed every three-five thousand miles. This will be easy to reach if you commute from Cumming to Atlanta every day for work. If your vehicle is not using quality oil, it could be detrimental to your engine and cost you lots of money to repair. But, how do you know what type of oil is best for your car, SUV, or truck? Here are four main differences between synthetic oil and traditional oil. Differences in Synthetic & Traditional Oil 1. Synthetic oil is refined, distilled, and purified Because synthetic oil is man-made, it has a greater ability to decide what components it’s made with. The refining, distilling, and purifying process allows certain impurities to be taken out and healthier additives to be put in. Taking out unwanted molecules and adding better ones helps the oil run smoothly through your engine. Crude or traditional oil tends to pick up deposits and form sludge, preventing your motor to run properly. Synthetic [...]

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Maintenance To-Do’s For High Mileage Vehicles

American drivers today are hitting the roads more than ever, and keeping your vehicle around as long as possible is a priority many of us share. However, as time passes and the miles add up, keeping your car in good shape becomes increasingly difficult, though there are still some tips you can follow to provide solid maintenance for high mileage vehicles. The Poston Motor Company in Cumming, Georgia has years of professional experience getting vehicles off the line and on the road, and we would be happy to share our know-how with you. The following are just five simple To-Do tips to keep in mind when maintaining high mileage vehicles. #1 Oil Change You need to get an oil change every three months or after 3000 miles. The oil is the blood of your engine, after all, so be sure to stay on top of your oil change schedule to prevent future engine issues. #2 Tire Pressure & Alignment About once a month you should check your tire pressure and make any adjustments as necessary. When going in for your oil change, you should also have your tires rotated, and alignment checked. #3 All Other Fluids At any given moment [...]

By |July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maintenance To-Do’s For High Mileage Vehicles

Tips for Keeping Your Car Running Well

When we buy a car, we expect to have it for multiple years. Unfortunately, cars are fragile machines, and they sometimes run into problems and stop running smoothly. Suddenly, the car you had expected to run well for hundreds of thousands of miles is needing repairs every couple hundred or so. What you may not have realized, however, is that it’s actually very easy to keep your car performing like new; all it takes is a little vigilance and some expert help. Here are a few tips to help keep your car running well, including regular auto maintenance by a good auto mechanic. Drive Smart, Not Hard Performance is one of the ultimate factors when buying a car. It can be fun to have a powerful engine and to open it up on empty stretches of highway, but it can also be doing damage to your vehicle, shortening its life. One of the best ways to increase the longevity of your car is to be careful with how you drive it. Be gentle on both the brakes and the acceleration to minimize wear and tear. Not only does this make for a smoother ride for you and your passengers, but it [...]

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