Is it necessary to service your vehicle at a dealership?

During the founding of BUKL, my co-founder and I looked at who our potential customers would be, and one of the major determining factors was the age of the vehicle itself.  Our initial assumption was that any car less than three years old would be out of our customer base as these cars needed to …


Why Auto Shops Won’t Give Quotes Over Phone

Mechanic On Phone

A few years ago, I would have said that auto shops don’t give quotes on the phone because if your car is on their hoist, you’re more likely to agree to agree to whatever price they’ve made up. The quoting process is much less cynical, but slightly more complicated than I had originally thought, which …


Understanding the Lights on Your Dashboard

We’ve all been there. You get in your car, turn on the ignition, and as usual, you are greeted with a symphony of different colored lights on your dashboard display. But this time, one of the lights stays on. You try to understand what it means, but can’t quite figure it out. Whether it is …


Tire Rotation Guide

What Is Tire Rotation? One of the most common aspects of vehicle maintenance is tire rotation because it not only extends the life of the tires but affects the handling and safety of the vehicle. Rotating the tires of a vehicle refers to the act of removing the tires from one wheel and switching them …


Complete Guide to Wheel Alignment

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Wheel alignment influences the way that your car responds to steering and has a big effect on the lifespan of your tires. The wheel alignment process is quite simple but requires a wheel alignment machine. This device takes precise laser measures to locate deviation between the factory setup and the current alignment, in order to …


How Long Should You Wait Between Oil Changes?

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Motor oil needs to be changed periodically, as it is a special fluid that loses the properties that make it effective as a lubricant over time. Oil that needs to be replaced will appear thick with all the particulates and debris it has collected. Oil that needs to be replaced will become darker. Extremely used …


What Is Your Check Engine Light Telling You?

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The check engine light illuminating is often accompanied by a sense of dread as you anticipate an expensive repair. The problem could indeed be due to a bad catalytic converter that requires an expensive repair, or it could be as minor as a loose gas cap. Often, it necessitates visiting your local mechanic to discover …


Signs That You May Need a Brake Change

Although many drivers neglect their brakes and put changing brake pads off until the last possible moment, it’s important to remember that your braking system is one of the most vital to your car’s (and your own) continued health. Don’t wait until something is obviously wrong or broken, because then it might be too late. …


Different Types of Brake Pads

Types of Brake Pads

Whether it’s about basic safety or pure performance, the braking system is by far the most essential system of your car. Stopping power is what saves lives in everyday driving, but also sheds seconds on the track, and engineers have come a long way over the decades in improving automotive brakes. The fact that you’re …