Auto Recalls

Don’t Ignore your Vehicle Safety Recalls

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Toyota and General Motors have been making headlines lately for ignoring serious safety issues and not notifying the public.  Toyota’s recall issue is with the acceleration problem from faulty gas pedals, and GM with their ignition switch problems, which led to 12 deaths and many accidents.  Toyota was fined an uncontested 16.4 million dollars.   The full outcome of GM’s problem is not yet known.  In spite of these two situations, safety recalls are issued from all car makers each year.  Many are ignored by car owners, many are overlooked.

Please take these recalls seriously.  Your safety and the safety of others on the road is most important.  If you want to find out if there are any recalls for your car click here: Safecar.gov 

You can also email Joe at osceolagarage@gmail.com with your vehicle information, or contact me directly at: 845-628-7900.  We subscribe to factory bulletins and recalls and would be happy to help you.

Child Car Seat Safety

Is your child safe in your car?

Baby SeatEach year thousands of children are injured or killed in car crashes. As a parent, the safety of your child is always top of mind.  Along with following safe practices on the road, your child’s seat is important too. The proper use of child seats and the right seat helps to protect your child while in your car.  Choosing the right car seat depends on vehicle model, your child’s age, size and weight.

For information on child seat safety visit:  What is the Child Passenger Safety Laws in New York State

 

 

 

Road Salt Damage to Your Vehicle

Salt and Sand: A lifesaver on Slippery Roads, A Killer on Cars

Salt, sand and other chemicals are used during winter months to improve traction, melt ice and keep us safe. We could not travel the roadways if it were not for the fine efforts of our town plow trucks and salt spreaders. However, the effects of the salt and chemicals can be damaging to your car.putnam county winter photo

When possible, have your car washed often and check with the car wash to see if they have an undercarriage wash too. Interestingly, the cars exterior body holds up quite well, it’s the undercarriage, frame, fuel lines, metal gas tank and brake lines that receive the brunt of the damage. All of which, you cannot see unless your car is placed on a lift and inspected by a trained professional.

If you are driving a newer car, there are ways to protect the undercarriage through rust proofing compounds. Every car should be inspected at the end of each winter and checked for winter-related and salt damage.

If you are looking for more information on Rust Proofing and inspecting for winter damage contact us at 845-628-7900 or schedule an appointment online at osceolagarage.com.

Buy a New Vehicle Recently?

Then you should know

If you recently purchased a new car, you do not have to go back to the dealership for your routine maintenance or service. The choice is yours where you have your new car serviced. In fact, having your new car serviced at an independent automotive service center will not void your new car warranty.  We should not confuse this with any free services, recalls or warranty work. For that, you must return to the new car dealer.

For more information on your rights as a new car owner, visit: Auto Warranties & Routine Maintenance.

Remember Know Your Rights, You have a Choice

 

Vehicle Transmission Failure

transmission photoAccording to Metropolitan Research, Inc., R.L. Polk and the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, 14 million automatic transmissions fail each year. Most automatic transmission failures occur is between 73,000 to 90,000 miles. The cost of an automatic transmission repair or replacement could be $2000 to $4000, on average.

Note: This does not mean the transmission in your car is doomed to fail. Under ideal conditions, your transmission can last for the life of your car. There are many reasons for failure; among them are poor vehicle maintenance and avoiding the warning signs.
Perhaps the best way to insure that you do not have a transmission failure is to service the transmission and replace the fluid every 30,000 miles.

We at Osceola Garage offer a Lifetime Protection Coverage up to $2000. To learn more about the benefits of our plan contact us at 845-628-7900 or click here for details.