Yearly Archives: 2014

5 Interesting Holiday Travel Facts

5 Interesting Holiday Travel Facts

At Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center and Paul Campanella’s Pike Creek Automotive, drivers frequently visit us this time of year to make sure their cars are ready to make their traditional holiday trips. Taking care of your automobile is an important Holiday task to remember, because travel and traffic is heavy! Since 1986, our expert mechanics have enjoyed helping our wonderful customers travel safely to see their friends and families by providing quality and reliable maintenance and auto repair in Wilmington, DE. Make Your Holiday Travel A Little Brighter We thought we’d share some of the interesting facts about holiday travel that we discovered. Check out these 5 facts, and visit the friendly teams at either of our two convenient locations before hitting the road this holiday season. 1. The 3 cities in the US visited most d ... read more

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4 Safety Tips For Changing A Tire On A Busy Road

4 Safety Tips For Changing A Tire On A Busy Road

You can’t control when and where you have a blow out, but you can prepare for how you’re going to handle it when it does happen. For instance, if you have to change a tire on a busy road these simple safety tips will get you back on the road in one piece. Safety Tips For Changing A Tire On A Busy RoadTip #1: Get As Far Off The Road As You Can Whether you’re on two-lane blacktop or an 8-lane superhighway, you need to get your car as far out of the way as possible. If you can put the flat tire on the side of the car facing away from traffic then, you’re already much safer than you were moments before. Tip #2: Clearly Mark That There’s An Emergency Putting on your hazard lights will let other drivers know there’s something wrong, but that’s just the start. You should always have road flares in your trunk, along with portab ... read more

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The Ultimate Car Survival Kit

The Ultimate Car Survival Kit

If you have not found yourself stranded on the side of the road this winter, consider yourself lucky. Unfortunately, we are only half way through the cold months and a winter-related breakdown is still a very real possibility. Prepare yourself by creating the ultimate car survival kit for your trunk. Here are some things to include: Items To Include In Your Car Survival Kit Flashlight Freeplay Kito is one of the more durable flashlights on the market. Not only can a flashlight come in handy to assess a problem under the hood when stranded on the side of the road, but it can also be used to flag passing motorists in the event of an emergency. Consider purchasing a flashlight that can be charged using the 12V cigarette lighter socket, or a hand crank model. Don’t bother with batteries. Your car goes through extreme temperature throughout the year and that wreaks ha ... read more

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5 Defensive Driving Tips

5 Defensive Driving Tips

The following defensive driving tips will make you a much better driver. We’ve all seen them: the pileups along I-95. Many of us may have even been involved in such a crash, and were fortunate enough to walk away with minimal injuries.While there is no way to guarantee you can avoid being involved in a car accident, there several defensive driving tips that will minimize the risk. Here are the Top 5 Defensive Driving Tips. Speed metal is never a good choice while driving. #1: Be an in-the-moment driver. Paying attention to your surroundings is one of the main ways to keep yourself safe and accident-free. This means not talking on your cell phone or texting, no daydreaming, and no rifling through or purse or fiddling with the radio. Also make sure you are paying attention to more than just the car in front of you. The more plugged in you are, the faster you can iden ... read more

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How Tire Alignments Save You Cash

How Tire Alignments Save You Cash

You had your car inspected, and the mechanic cautioned that you might need a Wilmington Delaware alignment soon. What does this mean, and how can you tell when it is time to take your car in for an alignment? We’ll help you out with three surefire signs that the time is right to align. Your tires are wearing unevenly – The biggest indicator that you need to have your car re-aligned is uneven wear and tear on the tires. Periodically inspect the tire treads. If the back tires have more wear and tear on the inside, you either carry too much cargo in your trunk or you need to have the vehicle aligned. Your car is pulling to the left or the right – When your car drifts or pulls to one side or the other, it is out of alignment. For many drivers, this can be one of the primary ways that they tell that their car has a problem. Your steering wheel doesn’t drive straight in the str ... read more

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Friendly Auto Repair in Wilmington, DE

Friendly Auto Repair in Wilmington, DE

Shopping For Auto Repair in Wilmington, DE When it comes to choosing an auto repair shop, Wilmington, DE has plenty of options to choose from. It’s important to remember, however, that not all auto repair centers are run the same way. If you do a little research, you could find a place that not only takes care of all of your automotive service needs, but makes the experience easier and more convenient than ever before! At Paul Campanella’s auto repair centers, we are completely focused on our customers. We have two locations in ASE Certified Technicians, and have gone through rigorous trainings and testing to get where they are today. They also keep up with the latest automotive repair trends.We Include a Free Car Wash & Vacuum. When you bring your car in for service, we complete the job by w ... read more

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5 Car Service Repairs That Cost More Now And Less Later

5 Car Service Repairs That Cost More Now And Less Later

Car owners know that regular maintenance and tune up services are crucial for keeping your car running smoothly. However, there are some auto repair services that our skilled experts at Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center can easily identify, and take care of for you, before they cause you a costly breakdown. Our ASE certified technicians have created a list of 5 car repairs you can have taken care of today, that will save you time and money tomorrow. Timing Belt & Serpentine Belt Replacement Accessing these belts inside your vehicle can be is no easy car repair. If one of your belts is compromised, or needs replacing, it’s beneficial to have them both replaced. The philosophy is the following. You have a bad belt and it must be fixed. It takes added man hours to get to the belts. You might as well r ... read more

Getting a Tow in Wilmington, Make It Easier

Getting a Tow in Wilmington, Make It Easier

While you might not know when you’re going to towing in Wilmington, DE, there are certain things you can do to better prepare yourself if the situation does arise. Check out these four tips that our expert mechanics and professional tow truck drivers have assembled to make your next tow easier. Know A Couple Towing Companies Make sure you always have the phone number of a reliable towing company as well as a back-up towing company on hand. If your go-to towing company is having a busy night, you could be stuck awhile. Especially if you feel you are in an unsafe area, make sure to call another company to get their estimated wait time. Know your auto repair shops information If you have a trusted auto repair shop that you always visit, make sure you have the name, phone number, and address of the shop written down somewhere in your car. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure it out wh ... read more

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Pre Winter Tire Check List

Pre Winter Tire Check List

Stay Prepared Nature Is Predicting A Cold Winter The Farmers Almanac is predicting that the winter in Wilmington Delaware (north east coast) is going to be nasty. The following lists a few hints from mother nature that predict a tougher winter. Oak trees are producing an abundance of acorns (seems everyone is talking about this one online)Geese and ducks are migrating earlyYellow jacks have made their nests extra deep this year.Squirrel activity is overly activeSpiders are building larger websPines are producing an abundance of pine cones. So what does this mean? Well. first off you should probably take these signs with a grain of salt. Nobody really knows what’s going to ... read more

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Your Warranty And Non Dealership Service

Your Warranty And Non Dealership Service

If you buy your car at a dealer, it’s only natural that you take your car there for auto repair. You may be under the impression that if you don’t get it done there, you’ll lose warranty coverage, or that only dealer mechanics know your car. Neither of these are true. So watch out for them and these three things that dealer mechanics don’t want you to know: 3 Reasons To Consider Outside Sources vs. A Dealership For Car Repair Shop supplies cover anything Dealerships like. This is essentially a miscellaneous charge that can relate to anything that can’t be itemized, such as rags or the cost of recycling fluids. (A car repair shop would build the cost of these supplies into overhead.) If you see “shop supplies” on your bill, ask for what it covers exactly, and see if you can get it removed.Service recommendations are based on severe driving, no matte ... read more

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