Handling A Recall For Your Vehicle

Handling A Recall For Your Vehicle

The largest scale safety recall in automotive history recently occurred*, affecting more than 100 million vehicles from 19 manufacturers using airbag inflation devices made by Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata. Takata recently filed for bankruptcy because of this recall, and this is just one example of how a vehicle recall can have dramatic implications. What If The Manufacturer Recalls My Vehicle? In light of the recent Takata airbag issue, many vehicle owners may wonder how to find out if there have been any recalls associated with their vehicles. Most auto manufacturers and dealerships have policies in place to notify their…

Autonomous Vehicles Are Here To Stay

Self-driving vehicle

Less than a decade ago, the thought of a self-driving vehicle was still a far-off possibility in the minds of most Americans. However, in just a few short years several vehicle manufacturers, software engineers, and experts in artificial intelligence (AI) have come together to create autonomous vehicles. Companies like Tesla and Google are spearheading the autonomous vehicle boom, and now self-driving cars are appearing all over the country. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have also invested heavily in autonomous vehicle technology, potentially offering customers all over the country rides from robotic drivers. Autonomous vehicles hold tremendous potential to create…

What Are The Differences Between Drum Brakes And Disc Brakes?

What Are The Differences Between Drum Brakes And Disc Brakes

When purchasing a new or used vehicle, the car buyer should ensure that he or she understands the potential maintenance issues the vehicle could have. One of the most vital components of any vehicle is the braking system, and vehicle owners should know the benefits and drawbacks of the two main types of vehicle brakes: drum brakes and disc brakes. Choosing Between Drum Brakes And Disc Brakes A drum brake system is a small round drum with a set of braking “shoes” inside. The drum rotates alongside the vehicle’s wheels, and when the driver applies the brakes the braking shoes…

Will Using Aftermarket Auto Parts Void Your Warranty?

Not All Aftermarket Parts Will Void Your Warranty

Chances are, if you’re considering making modifications to your vehicle, you’ve noticed the wealth of aftermarket parts available. While aftermarket parts may be easier to obtain, cheaper or longer-lasting than OEM, or may have the performance you desire, are you risking voiding your warranty? The answer can be a bit more complex than a yes or no. Can Car Manufacturers Require You To Use Factory Parts? If you look in your car’s manual, you’ll likely see the suggested OEM part – usually complete with the part number – listed as the only replacement option for most parts. Some manufacturers even…

January Is National Teen Driving Awareness Month

January Is National Teen Driving Awareness Month

Most teens are excited to get their first chance to drive a car, but unfortunately that excitement all too often turns into tragedy. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 20. Even crashes that do not end in a fatality can leave bones broken, cars totaled, and high insurance premiums. Arizona is the tenth worst state for teen drivers, according to one study. The state ranks 23rd in teen driver fatalities and 45th in distracted driving and texting-while-driving laws. It ranks 35th in overall safety. In an effort to bring…

The Top Used Cars For Under $15,000 Part 1 (Honda, Toyota, Chevy)

Find The Top Used Cars For Under $15,000 In Mesa Arizona

Used cars represent a great value for interested car buyers. Cars with only a little mileage on them will sell for well under their price when they were new, but they can last you for years. Individuals on a budget know that used cars are the smart option. USA Auto is a Mesa car dealership that has great deals for people in the market for a used car. They have dozens of cars on their lot at any given time, with many used cars between $10,000 and $15,000. If you are looking to find used cars for sale anywhere near…

How to Determine Which Used Car or Truck Is Right Before Buying

How To Determine Which Used Car Or Truck Is Right Before Buying

Buying any vehicle is a major life decision and a significant investment. You need peace of mind that the vehicle you purchase will meet your needs and last for years to come. If you’re thinking about browsing the used cars for sale in your area, it’s important to know what your vehicle preferences say about you and how to balance your preferences with your available options. Things To Consider Before Any Used Car Purchase Most drivers start their car-buying experience by coming up with a price range. This is a realistic first step for any car buyer because he or…

Driving Used Cars And Using Recycled Parts Helps The Environment

Driving Used Cars And Using Recycled Parts Helps The Environment

There are many benefits to buying used cars beyond the obvious savings on the sale price. A new car may look and perform great, carry a manufacturer’s warranty, and feature the latest comfort and security features, but it’s worth considering a pre-owned vehicle purchase if you need a new vehicle. A pre-owned vehicle will not only be cheaper, but it will also likely cost much less to maintain over time and is a much better choice for the environment. Recycling And Repurposing Used Vehicles Is An Environmentally Friendly Choice Unless you plan on driving a very fuel-inefficient classic car that…

Safe Driving Tips for Winter Visitors Doing Long Distance Road Trips to Arizona

Safe Driving Tips for Winter Visitors Doing Long Distance Road Trips to Arizona

Any long trip has the potential to be dangerous over the winter months. Inclement weather, poor visibility, shorter daylight hours, and holiday traffic congestion can all lead to disastrous accidents for unwary drivers. Arizona is a popular destination during the winter months, thanks to the state’s warm climate and clear skies, and many people may visit their families in Arizona for the winter holidays. Arizona residents may also trek outside the state over the winter. All drivers should know some basic safety tips for safe winter driving. Safety Tips For Traveling Arizonans If you plan to leave Arizona over the…

SUV vs. Crossover Used Cars: What’s the Difference?

SUV Vs. Crossover Used Cars Mesa - USA Auto AZ

Sport utility vehicle (SUV) sales are through the roof in the last few years. More room for passengers and cargo plus cheaper gas prices mean SUVs are a great option for family travel. They provide traction in inclement weather and better visibility than sedans, due to being higher off the road. More recently, car manufacturers have created another class of vehicles known as the crossover. People sometimes mistakenly refer to crossovers as SUVs, but these vehicles have slightly different features than traditional SUVs. We’ve created this quick guide to help you understand the difference between the crossover and the SUV….