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4 Benefits of Getting a Pre-Purchase Inspection

4 Benefits of Getting a Pre-Purchase Inspection

A pre-purchase inspection is a step you should never skip in the car-buying process. When browsing the used vehicle market, you can never be too sure what you are getting into. To restore your confidence, the team at Accomplished Auto can thoroughly inspect the car to make sure it is what the seller claims it is. A pre-purchase inspection or PPI will check for both mechanical and cosmetic defects.  A pre-purchase inspection can take the pain of buying a lemon away. Here are the 4 advantages of getting a PPI: 1) Determine the vehicle’s worth A PPI is a very detailed inspection that pretty much covers the vehicle, bumper-to-bumper. Most importantly, our techs will closely look at the engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, steering system, and more to let you know how much the vehicle is really worth. Does it match the selling price, or are you getting ripped off?   2) Verify the condition of the parts When buying from a private seller, it is hard to know the ... read more

Why Does My Car Smell Sweet Like Maple Donuts?

Why Does My Car Smell Sweet Like Maple Donuts?

We’re all fond of sweet maple syrup on our donuts, waffles, and pancakes. But when it comes to your car, a sweet scent is a major concern. If you catch a syrupy smell in your automobile, there’s a good likelihood you have a coolant or radiator fluid leak. Coolant, sometimes called antifreeze or radiator fluid, plays an essential role in keeping your engine cool and stable. In addition to stabilizing your engine temperature, the additives in the solution prevent corrosion from forming on your engine components. The chemicals in the fluid are able to draw excess heat away from the car motor. Sometimes, the coolant is used to allow repurposed warm air to heat up your and your passengers inside the cabin. Therefore, a leak can cause the sweet smell to escape into your car.  Coolant/antifreeze flows through various components, so it can be challenging to detect and diagnose a leak on your own. This fluid flows through the radiator, heater core, hoses, and more. To be sa ... read more

The Perfect Emergency Car Kit for Cold Weather

The Perfect Emergency Car Kit for Cold Weather

At Accomplished Auto, we understand how devastating an unwanted breakdown can be. It is scary, and it can be even more complicated when it happens in below-freezing temperatures. Road hazards are more common this time of year, so we want to remind you to pack an emergency car kit. Whether you get a flat tire or are stuck in inclement weather, having these emergency items on hand can help you out in one way or another.  Ice Scraper - When the temperature in NH dips, an ice scraper can make your mornings go by quicker. They make clearing off your windshield much easier, so you can get peak visibility.  First Aid Kit - It doesn’t matter whether your car is broken down or not, but you're and your passenger’s safety comes first. If someone is minorly injured or simply not feeling well, this can come in handy. Phone Charger (Preferably Portable) - Say you get stranded in the middle of nowhere. You’re going to need your phone, whether it be to pull up a map ... read more

What Happens If I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light?

What Happens If I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light?

Tires are crucial to a safe driving experience. Your car has a pressure detector that lets you know when you have low tire pressure. When the warning light appears on the dashboard, you should pay attention to it. You can quickly restore air pressure in the wheels and avoid any adverse repercussions of low tire pressure. Knowing what happens when you ignore the low tire pressure warning light will give you a sense of perspective and encourage you to fix the issue immediately. Tire Deterioration Your tires are designed to work optimally at a particular air pressure. At that pressure, the tires can optimally handle the car's weight, including any load it is carrying. When you ignore the low tire pressure warning light, you dramatically increase the wear and tear on your tires. Tires with low tire pressure have to flex more, and generate more heat. The heat causes the tire to break down and expands the air in the tires to cause a blowout, destroying the tire completely. Driving L ... read more

Can the Autumn Leaves Harm My Vehicle?

Can the Autumn Leaves Harm My Vehicle?

Fall is finally here, and that means chilly weather, bundling up in sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course the color-changing leaves. If you’re a seasoned vehicle owner, you know that seasonal shifts bring new challenges for our cars. One common car problem that isn’t talked about this time of year is those brought about by the fallen leaves. Read on to learn how fall leaves can cause costly damage to your automobile. PAINT - To understand how the leaves can hurt your car’s protective coating, you should know that leaves are dirty. They contain sap, pollen, and other contaminants that can mix with rainwater, making it acidic. When these leaves linger on your car, they can eat away your vehicle’s paint and leave behind unpleasant marks.  WHEELS - Driving over a bed of slimy leaves may seem fine at first, but they’re a lot slippier than you think. Leaves can also hide road markings, bumps, potholes, and other sneaky obstacles. Therefore, please ... read more