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buying second hand?

Posted on 4 September, 2018 at 2:55 Comments comments (0)

If you are in the market for a second hand vehicle, bear this in mind, although it may be sound mechanically, automotive electrics wear out too. Most imports today are not made with heavy grade copper wire, in fact try and buy automotive wire with good quality copper, you will find it, but it's rare and if you find it you will pay dearly for it. We live in a world where quality is always sacrificed with price. Vehicle makers fall into a very competitive market, so it's natural that they will use cheap materials to cut the cost of the selling price, this also affects design as the vehicle they make are only designed to last the warranty period. After that you are on your own, even 2nd hand parts fall under the same catagory, they are worn and not designed to last any longer than the warranty period. Not everyone can afford a new car, however you should choose a car not older than 10 years old and under 200 000 K.M.

If you persist on taking the salespersons re-assurance that its in top condition then better put a handle on your wallet, you will need it to keep it handy trying to keep it fuctioning the way it should or the way it's designed to function, and the best come back a sales person has when you have trouble with the pearler you just bought is "Well it is a 2nd hand vehicle". I've been working on cars all my life and dealt with salespersons all my life, they even flash cash to let things slide or overlook something so they get the sale, i've never supported sales in any way shape or form, it's the driver of the vehicle i have in mind, both mechanically and financially. That's probably why they don't like me coming in their yards, they don't bother trying to butter me up i just say drop the gimmick mate i'm here to look at the car. So bear in mind that no matter how good a detail the car has, consider the facts or you will pay for it in the end. Stay away from dealership warranties too, they are the biggest rip off i've ever seen, every dealership warranty ive tried to claim for has been knocked back except one where they aggreed to pay for one (1) piston, no labour no materials, just a piston. These people pay over $700 for these rip off warranties and you may as well just put cash in there hand right there and then, they simply don't pay and waste not just your time but mine as well as they always ask for complexed reports that take time. So there you go, you want the truth about buying used then i've got nothing to gain by telling you a fib, have it checked out, but bear in mind, it's old and it's worn.

Beware the Backyarder

Posted on 18 February, 2018 at 3:20 Comments comments (24)

Before you choose a Mechanic consider the costs and risk if you hire a backyarder. A long time ago everyone was a mechanic but there seems to be a guy getting around Cairns, calling himself a Mechanic and not spent one day of any kind of apprenticship to be able to claim the title 'Mechanic'. A dealership employ people to become a 'Technician' and they do not need a trade to have this title. But most are not Mechanic's, Technicians to work on the dealerships brand in a dealership yes, mechanics? most are not. This guy only deals in cash and his work vehicle is a sedan, he has no insurance and from what i've heard he claims centerlink benefits. Consider the costs to you if your Repair/Service fails, he won't honour his workmanship and you probably wouldn't be able to trace him anyway as you can't trace cash. Also consider the risk to you and your home if any damage occurred by him. No insurance = No compensation. And you won't find him if need be. He steals work from Mechanics that can't compete with his rates as he doesn't have to pay for insurances and taxes and the costs of running a legit Business. If i called a Tradesperson to do a job and they showed up in a small sedan and only dealt in cash alarm bells would be ringing. I hope you never have to be put in that situation that you will find yourself in if anything goes wrong. I didn't want to post this on my website as this is supposed to be mechanical tips and blogs but feel the need as this guy is an accident waiting to happen. Beware the Backyarder!

Upsell

Posted on 6 February, 2018 at 16:30 Comments comments (1)

We seem to live in an age now that everytime you buy something you are asked if you would like more, like when you go to MacDonalds to buy a coffee, and your upsold a muffin for a $1, have you tried to go and buy a computer? I did, i went to buy a computer and told the sales person up front i do not want any extras, but she still peristed on trying to sell me extended warranties and extras i do not need or want, when i mentioned no extras, she changed her tone with me, offered little advice and i felt like she was pushing me out the door as i would not accept upsell. That's fine i walked out and bought a computer elsewhere. The Automotive industry has also been affected by this upsell, the Service Advisor upsells you as soon as you walk in the doors, even the local Mechanic upsells you with repairs you simply do not need. I've had huge long lists from Automotive firms that when i checked these repairs, very few required immediate attention. Recently i have joined a Mechanical firm that wraps all by bills into one, it's easier to pay and keep track of one account. But the amount of emails and phone calls i have received since becoming a member is over the top. The emails all inviting me to seminars of how to upsell my customers. truth is i know how to upsell my customers as i worked for dealerships for years, however i don't like upsell attempted on me and i extend that to my customers. I will not upsell, i believe that if i need to upsell then i'm not the sort after Mechanic my customer was looking for in the first place. My business is based on honesty and good quality workmanship and parts. Don't fall for the upsell. If i quote $200 for a service that's what you pay, no large bills await my customer when they collect their cars. that's Good Oil - Great Service!

Australian and proud of it!

Posted on 27 January, 2018 at 21:40 Comments comments (3)

I don't know about you, but as a business i get hammered daily by overseas people wanting to run my Google avertising and trying to do business with me. I've even been branded a racist as i will not do business with an overseas country.


The reasons for this is not because i'm racist, race has nothing to do with servicing or repairing your car, but i feel it is very important to do business with a company in my own area and same country as if something goes wrong with a part or anything else, i can easily fix the problem and do it in a time frame that does not inconvienience my customer.


I do however believe that Australian money should remain in Australia, and i'm stating a fact that chinese parts are of low quality, that's why they are so cheap, but like anything the chinese build, it's not meant to last for any great length of time, and on most international parts purchased off EBay for example do not have Australian regulations of quality attached, this is why in most cases a 3 month warranty applies.


Not all people however can afford to buy the more expensive product, and in this case ebay is a good option and support parts being purchased through them, i will still put my workmanship at 12/20, but i won't cover the part supplied, as that falls under whatever warranty the Manufactor has provided. I very rarely get a comeback from parts purchased from ebay, but i will send the link from an Australian supplier, i never buy from ebay and upsell my customer either, in fact i select the part on ebay for them and send them the link, they buy the part, not me. My parts are purchased by local business like Repco and Bursons. Beware though, a lot of mechanics do this, i consider this a rip off. I do not upsell my customers, if i quote you a service or repair that's exactly the invoice you will get. Of course if i find something that requires immeadiate repair i will always get my customers authority before i carry out the repair, this is called honesty and that's what i base my business on, honesty.

Business that is kept in Australia, benifets Australians, it's not racist to look out for the economic health of my Country, i support local buiness and i have very valid reaons why, to deliver a top quality Job for a reasonable price. What's racist in saying that? 




Australian and proud of it!

Posted on 27 January, 2018 at 21:40 Comments comments (0)

I don't know about you, but as a business i get hammered daily by overseas people wanting to run my Google avertising and trying to do business with me. I've even been branded a racist as i will not do business with an overseas country.


The reasons for this is not because i'm racist, race has nothing to do with servicing or repairing your car, but i feel it is very important to do business with a company in my own area and same country as if something goes wrong with a part or anything else, i can easily fix the problem and do it in a time frame that does not inconvienience my customer.


I do however believe that Australian money should remain in Australia, and i'm stating a fact that chinese parts are of low quality, that's why they are so cheap, but like anything the chinese build, it's not meant to last for any great length of time, and on most international parts purchased off EBay for example to do have Australian regulations of quality attached, this is why in most cases a 3 month warranty applies.


Not all people however can afford to buy the more expensive product, and in this case ebay is a good option and support parts being purchased through them, i will still put my workmanship at 12/20, but i won't cover the part supplied, as that falls under whatever warranty the Manufactor has provided. I very rarely get a comeback from parts purchased from ebay, but i will send the link from an Australian supplier, i never buy from ebay and upsell my customer either, in fact i select the part on ebay for them and send them the link, they buy the part, not me. My parts are purchased by local business like Repco and Bursons. Beware though, a lot of mechanics do this, i consider this a rip off. I do not upsell my customers, if i quote you a service or repair that's exactly the invoice you will get. Of course if i find something that requires immeadiate repair i will always get my customers authority before i carry out the repair, this is called honesty and that's what i base my business on, honesty.

Business that is kept in Australia, benifets Australians, it's not racist to look out for the economic health of my Country, i support local buiness and i have very valid reaons why, to deliver a top quality Job for a reasonable price. What's racist in saying that? 




Short Vid on how to test a thermostat

Posted on 16 January, 2018 at 23:40 Comments comments (3)

Hello

I've just done a vid on the corect way to test your thermostat, click on the link to see the vid.

Please note: Heat the thermostat gradually, never put a cold thermostat in boiling hot water as this stress's the temperture coil and will most likely damage the thermostat, so cover the thermostat in cold water and heat gradually untill the desired temp is reached.



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What is Service?

Posted on 10 August, 2017 at 4:50 Comments comments (3)

I've been around the Automotive Industry all my life, i know all the tricks of the gift of the gab, i never use them, ask any of my customers and they will tell you the final bill is exactly what i say it will be, vehicles wear as they get older, we all do as well. To reduce the wear then you need to have it serviced as well, you can pretty much count on a breakdown if you don't service correctly.

If you have ever collected your car after a service with a list a mile long, chances are, if you have serviced correctly, it's a list of items that over it's natural mechanical life, the findings are wear and tear items, the list is probably actual wear, the 'Trick' is to bring it back and get these repairs carried out, they elaborate  on the seriousness of getting all the repairs done, this keeps you paying.

A big workshop with all the trimmings is a testamony of good upsell, facts are that if there is so much wrong with the car, then why try and patch it? Mechanical nature is to wear and eventually fail, this is a fact, if your car has multipul problems, it's time to get rid of it, but get a second opinion as the the extent of the wear.


Its trade practice to report mechanical findings, in fact it's duty of care, i do all the time, but what makes me different is i won't keep you coming back, i don't want you to come back with a problem, i want you to enjoy your vehicle and drop it off for a service, or i come to you, whatever suits you. I know vehicles and every car built these days has a use by date, when it's out of warranty, it's past it's use by date, but it's not over, you can enjoy your vehicles performance peak if you just service it correctly and choose a mechanic that has these facts in mind.

I started this business based on honesty, i won't burn you at the checkout and only advise on safety issues or service related issues, now i don't have to pay for advertising as my customers trust me and pass me onto their freinds and relatives, this is good honest customer relations and this is my focus to provide a service without the upsell and without the hype.


Check out my testamonies and satisfied customers. That's Good Oil - Great Service!



Servicing your car

Posted on 1 August, 2017 at 5:25 Comments comments (3)


Servicing your car shouldn't be taken lightly, there are many grades of oils available and choosing the wrong oil can be very costly, even leading to engine seizure.

First up - Safety, ensure the car is parked on level ground, jacked up with two stands positioned each side of the chassis, do not place a stand on the body, chock the rear wheels ensure the parkbrake is on and the ignition key off, don't listen to your radio when working on the car as it usually means you need to turn the key, this makes the wires inside the firewall live, if you must have music, then turn yours on in your man cave, this serves another purpose as you don't have to listen to the misses and kids and the next door whipper snipper and lawn mower!

Second - Check the oil level, if it's down there is a reason, have a look for leaks, if it's blowing smoke this could be a reason, a warning sign things are not wearing too well, check turbo intake lines as well as they can trap oil inside the vent tubes, this is a major cause of oil loss in diesels, look at the oil and if possible run a flush through it. the way i do mine is i run a flush, nulon engine flush is good, then drain overnight, i drian it when it's hot as oil thins as it gets hotter and gets all of the waste oil out.

You won't want to wait overnight, but if not give it a good hour to drip dry as you don't want used engine flush in their either. 

Next - Replace the drain washer on the bung, never re-use the bung washer/gasket or oring always replace with new. Now when you go to tighten, don't be a hero and swing off that spanner, overtightened bungs can be costly to repair, all you need is around 20nm of torque.

Next - Find where the genius mechanical engineer put the oil filter, at times i wonder if these overpaid keyboard mechanics are on drugs or their computer screens are unside down as some of these access points to get to the oil filter are a joke, why don't they get mechanics to design engines? It's always why? why? why? If you get frustrated, go have a beer. I don't though, i'm writing this for the backyarder!

Next - Choosing the correct oil. On some cars the grade of oil are written on the oil cap, if not refer to your manual, if no manual then google it. the correct grade and viscosity of oil are the most important factor of the health of your engine. When oil is pumped out of the ground, before it's refined, it goes through tests to determine it's lubrication properties or what type of lubrication principles it has, then it's refined to specs of viscosity, which basically means how fast the oil will flow. Oil galleries and bearings in the newer cars of today are very narrow, so a thin hi temp oil will be needed, other engines have musch larger galleries, so a thicker oil is needed to maximise flow. Do not think that putting a thicker oil in a high KM engine will bring it back to life, it won't, if it has poor compression it has poor compression, you can use lucas oil treatment which i feel is the best and this will only increase oil pressure for a while, 5000 km. Put the whole bottle in fellas and it will not like it, it will turn to sludge and smother the engine, it's stuff it, stick to the book and don't be scared to use a high quality oil such as Penrite, $15 more? Big deal! Use a cheap and nasty brand of oil and you shouldn't be on this website, you should be at moron.com.

Jack the car up, remove the stands and let it down, gently.

top up about 5mm over the full mark on the dipstick, but before that screw the new oil filter up to when it stops, then 3/4 a turn, lube the oring first! Don't swing off that oil filter wrench too much there hero, it has to come off one day!

Next - Start the engine, let it run for a bit, look at the oil light on the dash and wait for it to go out, stop the engine and check the oil level. top up as required........... Your done.

Now you can go tell the misses the beast is serviced, also make sure you look really buggered and want to sit down in front of the footy game.........opps i mean national geographic channel and sip on a beer..........Anything has to be better than mowing the lawn hey?

It's not over yet, one more tip about reading your sump oil.

When you drain your oil, don't throw it out straight away, it's got it's own signs to tell you how your engine is performing Get a strong flashlight and shine it on the sump oil, if there is fine metal in the oil it will show up like glitter, if so you know there is something happening in the engine, some kind of premature wear. Inspect the colour of the oil as well, if it's burnt and very black (excluding diesels) this could mean blockages might be present, or been many km's over the schedule. No oil is better than 10 000 K.M. 

Hope you like my tips for this week........................... Good oil - Great Service!

EBay is ok

Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 1:00 Comments comments (3)



I don't use gimmicks or sales pitches but i do agree that what spare parts suppliers charge for an item is far far more what you will pay compaired to EBay. I encourage my customers to use EBay when purchasing spare parts, but be warned, some of the stuff on there is cheap but also nasty and can be more trouble than it's worth. I use Ebay sometimes and always give the option to my customers, not everyone has an extra few hundred to support local business, why should you? Do they support you? I have a select few companies that i use that sometimes match Ebay, but good quality, if i fit a part to your car i don't want to come back in 12 months and replace it again, it's a good way to save, but if you don't know what to look out for and what quailty to buy, then don't attempt to purchase as the part will be cheap, but nasty as well, sure it will work fine to start with but it will most likely prematureily wear out, i'm not saying don't use Ebay, i am saying let me choose the part for you or let me use my suppliers down south to save you money, all you need to do is be prepared to wait an extra 2-3 days and i will save you heaps. How's that for Great Service?

Diesel & Petrol Injection on car Service

Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 0:30 Comments comments (2)



Australia seems to get the less quality when it comes to fuels, our 'Premium Fuels' are other countries standard fuel/gas benzine diesel etc, we get the bottom of the barrel at a cheaper rate but still not as a good grade to run even some of our imports, Mercedies Benz for example built after 2011 will not run right on anything less than Premium Fuel. This leads to clogged injectors, bad spray patterns coming from the injector, smoke and poor performance, and on top of that bad fuel economy. Other mechanics would want to remove the pump and injectors and overhaul but 90% of the time the symptoms are due to dirty fuel injectors/ filters and sludge deposits that build up until it clogs the fuel system and makes the fuel system unserviceable, leading to costly unesessary repairs. This is the case in most Petrol and Diesel engines, but to avoid these problems you should consider On car Injection Service around every 20k, depending where you live as some outback fuels are even worse than city fuels, For $140.00 + Fuel Filter i come to you and Service your fuel system using only good quality Liquid Moly chemicals, fuel additives only do a small percentage of cleaning, i guarantee that your Diesel or Petrol fuel system will purr after having my Service done. This is NOT a Wynns chemical flush that most Mechanics use, Liquid Moly are the leaders in chemical injection chemicals and even though it's twice as expensive as Wynns, you will notice the difference twice as much. No call out fee's for this Service just the $140.00 plus the cost of the filter depending on make and model. 


That's Good Oil - Great Service!


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