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I found this great article on lowering the cost of car repairs, and thought I would pass them along to my fellow female drivers. We’ve covered tips on car maintenance before, but it never hurts to have a refresher. Plus, these are great common sense ideas for lowering that yearly maintenance bill. I’ve linked related articles from the CarHelp archives!
Deseret News recommends:
1. Take it to a professional when you know something needs attention – Find a reputable mechanic. Get an estimate. Let them know you’re on a budget, and ask for ways to reduce that bill.
2. Buy parts yourself – Get the names of the needed parts from your mechanic, then order them online at cut-rate prices.
3. Buy refurbished parts – If you can, go with refurbished or generic brand parts. Again, ask your mechanic before purchasing. He’ll know when this isn’t a good idea.
3. Do minor repairs yourself – Use a repair manual and figure out how to replace a headlight or fuse yourself.
4. Maintain your car – Get the oil changed, rotate the tires, etc. This will keep your car in top running condition.
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Interested in owning a piece of Mercedes-Benz and European history in car form? This 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster has a plethora of stories to tell, and it’s going up for auction at the annual Gooding & Co. auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance car show. It was originally owned by German Baroness Gisela von Krieger.
Von Krieger’s brother Henning originally paid about $7,000 for the Mercedes. This Sunday, it’s likely to fetch at least $10 million and could break the $16.4-million record for any auto sold at auction when it’s put up for bid at the splashy Gooding & Co. auction that follows the Pebble BeachConcours d’Elegancecar show. The vehicle is owned by New Hampshire businessman Lee Herrington, who made his money through catalog sales of preppy clothing, shoes and gadgets.
How it got to the auction is the story of a German aristocrat who defied the Nazis and saved a glossy black Mercedes-Benz two-seater that today is rarer than a Stradivarius violin. Experts have dubbed it the automotive equivalent of a coveted Picasso.
“It is one of those cars that exemplify everything that is desirable about a classic automobile,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “It is gorgeous, it is powerful, it is rare and it was expensive.”
Known as the Von Krieger Special Roadster, it was the favorite ride of Baroness Gisela von Krieger, a member of the Prussian nobility. She had a prewar romantic dalliance with a mysterious Jewish Englishman and, when the war started, refused orders from the Third Reich to return home from France.
Instead, Von Krieger and her mother fled to Switzerland. But the prized Mercedes was stuck at the Daimler-Benz plant in Germany where it was undergoing repairs after an accident. The baroness settled the bill and had the automaker ship the car by rail to Switzerland. Los Angeles Times, 15 August 2012.
Read the full history of the car on the LA Times website. It’s well worth it.
The car industry doesn’t have a reputation for being female friendly. Considering that females “purchase 65% of all new cars” and “influence 95% of all auto purchases”, there’s room for an auto industry that targets female customers. [Source] Especially as most auto advertising specifically targets males, and most shops and dealerships are male owned.
Those trends are changing, and one of the frontrunners is Demeny Pollitt of Girlington Garage. She founded her female friendly shop in 2009 and has experienced some pretty amazing customer growth since opening.
Banks laughed at her when she applied for loans, but in 2009, with a little financial help from her parents, Pollitt opened Girlington Garage in South Burlington, Vermont. And now, business is booming. The garage has experienced a 40-percent increase in sales since December 2009, and the garage’s customer base grew from 860 to 2,700 during the same period, says Donna Cacace, Girlington’s co-owner and Pollitt’s mother. The business is growing so fast that they are increasing the staff — currently five full-time employees, three of them women, plus a few tech apprentices — and making equipment purchases, which likely will mean a dip in profits this year. But the customers keep coming: ”We have very loyal customers and on any given day 75 to 80 percent of our customers are current and 20 to 25 percent are new so at least for a while, we will continue to grow at a brisk pace in this area,” Cacace says. [Source]
Her goal was to provide a repair experience that built trust with customers through education and quality service. The shop amenities include full service on any models, a dog friendly environment, free organic coffee and wi-fi, free shuttles, and a children’s play area.