Many auto owners tint their windows based on appearance alone, but did you know there are several benefits, including health benefits, associated with window tinting?
Applying window film to your vehicle offers many advantages including privacy, cooling, as well as skin protection.
- On average, Americans spend 90 minutes on the road each day. That’s more than 10 hours of UV ray exposure in a car each week. Meanwhile, most quality window tinting options, including those available at Coulter Motor Company, block 99% of the sun’s ultraviolet light.
- It takes a car thief less than a minute to break your car window, snatch and grab.
- Last year, the average U.S. household spent more than $2,500 on gas. With the price of gas only expected to rise, that means dropping more money at the tank per year.
Although the previous facts may be alarming, there are several ways to help protect against any one of those incidents, starting with window tinting.
Car auto tinting provides many benefits, including protecting you and your health! Whether you have a new or used car, tinting is a great option for many auto owners.
Overall benefits include the following:
While window tinting offers more advantages than just overall appearance, we have to admit, tinting provides a sleek look and feel to most cars and trucks. If going on appearance alone, remember to take various window films into consideration specially to reap from other long-term benefits.
It’s normal for people to want privacy. Some people may seem to spend more time in their vehicles than any other place, so privacy is top priority. With window tinting, there are a variety of color tints and shades to fit your needs in order to give you the security factor you’re looking for.
Car thefts can happen anywhere at any time. Besides deterring car theft, window tinting can help keep your car’s window from shattering upon impact with an object or if an accident occurs.
For those of us that live in Arizona, you know that it can become extremely hot in your car. Window tinting provides a cooling effect, reducing your car’s interior surface temperatures by more than 20°F. With cooler car temperatures that means less use of air conditioning, which equals more bang for your buck when it comes to saving on fuel.
There are enough distractions on the road as is; glares should not be one of them. Did you know? Window tint film protects the eyes and helps prevent glare from sunlight – allowing you to focus on the road ahead with ease.
One of the lesser known benefits from window film tint is UV blockage. By tinting your vehicle’s windows, almost all window film will block 99% of both UVA and UVB rays. For those that drive on a regular basis, window tinting should be on your radar due to the health benefits alone!
So you’ve made the decision to tint your car windows, or are at least thinking about it. Now the question is, how much?
Depending on car type, film type and warranty will determine the overall cost. On average, window tinting is $250, with costs ranging as low as $100 and as high as $450+.
To find out the costs for your vehicle, contact our service department today.
Now that you know the full benefits of window tinting, as well as the average costs. Take some time to consider whether the window tinting process if for you.
Whether it’s for the health benefits, or appearance, window tinting can be a great value for you and your car’s future.
For answers to any questions or tips on window tinting, visit Coulter Motor Company or any one of our family dealerships!
The Coulter Automotive Family is proud to partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and KPHO Ch. 5 for the Coulter Art Gallery benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Starting Dec. 2 and running through May 1, 2014, each of the four Coulter dealerships will display and sell artwork created by patients from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork will go directly to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. This program invests in lifesaving, leading-edge research in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of childhood cancers and blood-related disorders.
The Coulter Family has been serving the greater Phoenix community since 1923. Giving back to the community has always been a cornerstone of the Coulter Family Philosophy. From 1982 to 1987 Ryan Coulter, was a patient at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, under their care and with his family’s love and support Ryan was able to conquer childhood Leukemia and is now, with his sister Lindsay part of the fourth generation of Coulter’s serving the automotive needs of the Valley of the Sun.
The Coulter Family has been a longtime supporter of PCH and when Coulter heard that PCH was looking for a place to display and sell the beautiful creations of the PCH Artworks program; our four dealerships located throughout the Phoenix metro provided a perfect venue.
Each month patients join local artists and volunteers for painting workshops in The Child Life Zone at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This is a state-of-the-art play area that provides an escape for patients and their families from daily life in the hospital. The art that these patients create can be kept by the patient or donated to the Artworks program.
Please join us in supporting this wonderful cause. Stop by Coulter Tempe to preview the gallery of art by these courageous children.
Simple steps to take before you head off on your holiday travels
AAA predicts more than 42 million people will be traveling 50 or more miles from home during the week of Christmas. For those who are relying on their cars to get them safely from point A to point B and beyond, here are some tips and suggestions to help ensure your travel plans go off without a hitch.
Before you leave it’s most important to make sure your car is in peak condition. That includes making sure all your lights (front, rear, brake, reverse, fog, turn signal and interior) are working. Your windshield should be clean and have no visible cracks, and your windshield wipers should be streak free and working properly. Make sure your windshield washer fluid reservoir is full, too.
Regardless of how far your journey will take you, your brakes are going to get a work out so make sure there’s no grinding, squeaking or squealing. Your tires should be inflated to the proper tire pressure (see your owner’s manual or the door jamb of your car for proper air pressure) and should have good tread left. If you have any doubts, be sure to see a professional. If your tires haven’t been rotated in a while, have it done before you leave. Any tire balancing
or wheel alignment
necessary can be done at the same time to minimize uneven wear and extend
the life of your tires. Be sure to have any equipment that may be necessary along your route or at your destination, like tire changes if traveling in the mountains, a bag of kitty litter or sand if you may encounter snow or ice, etc. A couple of flares, a flashlight and some extra batteries are always useful, too.
It’s best to check your oil and other fluid levels, even if you’ve had an oil change
recently. If any seem low, it’s best to stop by the dealership and let the service techs see if there’s any issue. While you’re there, ask them to check all hoses, belts and other issues like noises or smells that may concern you. If you need to have anything replaced, the Coulter Tempe experts will likely have the necessary parts on hand and know your car better than anyone else. Schedule an oil change now
Plan your travel days and routes in advance. The Red Cross recommends that you start your trip with a full tank of gas, be well rested and alert, pay attention to the road and make frequent stops, switching drivers if necessary. If you have a smartphone using apps such as Waze and Beat the Traffic can help to keep your travel times to a minimum, but keeping an old-fashioned map handy is always a smart backup plan.
One of the best ways to ensure safe and uneventful travels is to bring your vehicle into Coulter Tempe
so the trained technicians who know your car best can make sure it is ready for the road.
From all of us at Coulter Tempe, we wish you safe holiday travels and a very Merry holiday season. Thank you for trusting Coulter Tempe with your automotive needs.
With fall in full swing and winter creeping up, it’s time to head to Coulter Tempe
to check up on some of the things you’ve been putting off and to make sure your car is ready for whatever winter brings.
AAA recommends attention be given to a variety of vehicle components before the colder months strike, including (but not limited to):
- Battery and Charging System: A fully charged battery can be the difference between getting to work on time and being stuck in your driveway or out in the cold someplace. The Coulter Tempe Service technicians know what to look for and will make sure your battery is ready or give you options if a new one is necessary.
- Drive Belts and Engine Hoses: Frayed or cracked belts should be replaced. Leaks and loose hoses require action, too.
- Tires and Tread: Even in regions where snow isn’t an issue, temperatures regularly below 45 degrees F affect rubber not specifically formulated for the cold, which includes “all season” tires, and can reduce tire performance substantially. In these parts of the country, switching to winter tires is recommended. In colder regions, the specially formulated tread rubber of winter tires ensures the best possible traction and handling. Tread depth less than 3/32 of an inch isn’t recommended, and neglecting this can lead to further issues down the road. Keep in mind that tire pressure also goes down as the temperatures get colder, so look on the inside of the door jamb for proper tire pressure levels. Factory trained service professionals can answer your questions and make recommendations specific to your make and model of vehicle.
- Lights: Make sure your turn signals, headlamps, tail lamps, fog lamps and other lights are working properly. If a bulb is burned out, the right replacements are in stock to get you back on the road quickly.
- Wiper Blades/Washer Fluid: As simple as this sounds, being able to see when the weather gets messy is imperative. If you see streaks or spots on your windshield when it rains, you may want to get a new pair of wiper blades. Since they vary by car, stop by and a new pair that’s meets the specifications of your vehicle can be installed. Check your wiper fluid frequently and keep the fluid reservoir filled. The Coulter Tempe service professionals will also check the fluid level and top it off, if necessary, when you are in for maintenance or repairs.
- Brakes: When the weather gets sloppy, your brakes play an even bigger role in occupant safety. Bring your car in to make sure all brake components are functioning properly. After a thorough inspection, any issues found will be brought to your attention, and problems, if any, can be addressed.
AAA also recommends you carry an emergency road kit containing the following items at all times:
- Sand or salt/traction mats
- Snow brush/ice scraper, shovel
- Jumper cables
- Windshield washer fluid
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- Cloth or paper towels
- Gloves, hats, blankets and extra clothes
- Flares or other warning devices
- Non-perishable food and drinking water
- First-aid kit and basic toolkit
- Mobile Phone with car charger, preloaded with Roadside Assistance phone numbers and, if applicable, account numbers.
These are only a few of the items that need to be checked before you head out this winter. Stop by Coulter Tempe
today for a full inspection, to help ensure your car is running at its best and is ready for anything.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Coulter Motor Company will be donating $1 for every new “like” on our Facebook page from October 1-31st. This community outreach program is designed to help bring awareness to the importance of early detection and screening for breast cancer, while supporting the vitally needed funding for research.
Approximately 1 in 7 women in the US will develop breast cancer at some point during their life. This staggering statistic is one of the many reasons why Coulter Motor Company wants to bring awareness to our community by helping support those that have fought, or are currently fighting this battle.
Thank you for supporting this cause! CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR “LIKE” COUNT!!!!
If you’re looking to go beyond with the miles per gallon you are getting in your vehicle, here are a few tips to help:
Fuel efficiency gets all the love when it comes to eco-friendly vehicle ownership—and getting high miles per gallon is certainly important—but there are a number of other ways to reduce your car’s impact on the environment. Making sure your fluids are recycled whenever they are changed, using environmentally-friendly fluids as replacements, recycling worn out auto parts and cleaning your vehicle without harmful chemicals all have a positive environmental impact.
Recycle Oil and Antifreeze
Every oil change
is an opportunity to recycle used oil, and the same goes for antifreeze. The Coulter Tempe
automotive technicians are well-trained in all aspects of fluid recycling, but don’t be afraid to ask about the procedures that matter most to you.
Use Green Fluids
Options keep popping up for engine oil and other fluids recycled from previously used oils, and they are just as effective as traditional fluids. Feel free to ask us about recycled products the next time you stop in for maintenance.
Recycle Worn Out Auto Parts
The metal and plastics found in broken or worn out parts can also be recycled for use in other products, vehicular and otherwise. That way, they stay out of landfills. Don’t hesitate to ask about any issues that may concern you.
Use Green Car Washing Methods
If you’re the type to wash your car in the driveway, then you may as well make it a green car wash. Products like Simple Green’s Biodegradable and Concentrated Car Wash product, Gliptone’s Wash N Glow, and others, are effective and economical.
Better yet, stop by the dealership and ask about the detailing
and other services and products available to help your car look its best and run as well as possible.
Adopting these measures on your own is significant, because as more people make environmentally-friendly car maintenance a habit, the impacts become greater and continue to grow.
Stop by the service department
today – ask about the ways we help the environment, and let us know about the issues that concern you. At Coulter Tempe,
we are here to make your driving experience as enjoyable as it can be!
Named a 2013 Best Buy, the Buick Verano represents convenience, luxury and sportiness!
The verdict is in – The 2013 Buick Verano is the BETTER VALUE!!!!! The 2013 Buick Verano is a premium compact sedan with an emphasis on luxury for less. With cutting-edge technology, striking design and sophisticated luxury, the Verano is ready to take on everything in its class. The Lexus IS offers luxury, but the Verano offers everything for far less and you can get on for yourself here at Coulter Motor Company in Tempe, Arizona.
In choosing the Verano as the 2013 “Best Upscale Small Car for the Money,” U.S. News Ranking and Reviews editors noted the Verano “has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. U.S. News also selected the Verano as the 2013 “Best Upscale Small Car for Families,” because “it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.”
Drivers looking for a luxurious and sporty compact sedan will notice that the 2013 Buick Verano has a starting MSRP of $23,080. On the other hand, the 2014 Lexus IS starts at an MSRP of $35,950. That’s a $12,870 difference; for what the IS costs, you can buy the fully loaded, top-of-the-line turbocharged Verano Premium, which starts at $29,105 with front-wheel drive, and still have more than $6,800 left over.
Non-turbo Verano trims are powered by a 2.4-liter ECOTEC®
four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission, a combination that delivers an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 32 mph highway. The Lexus IS is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 204 hp and 185 lb/ft of torque through its own six-speed automatic, good for 30 mpg highway. Both models offer alternate engine choices for those who demand more power, but the Verano again offers better fuel efficiency with the extra power.
Although the Verano is far less expensive, it provides you with more standard amenities. Available in Verano, Verano with Convenience Group, Verano with Leather Group and Verano with Premium Group, all trims some standard with 18-inch wheels (17-inchers are standard on the IS) Bluetooth, an electronic parking brake, ambient lighting, remote vehicle start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Even the top Verano trims––which include luxury amenities like leather seating, heated front seats, push-button start and added safety and technology options––still cost thousands less than a base model Lexus IS. For example, the least expensive way to get leather seats in an entry IS 250 will cost you $39,615.
The Verano comes standard with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a seven-inch color touch-screen with the Buick IntelliLink system that provides voice-control access to your smartphone. A nine-speaker Bose audio system is also available. The IS offers similar features, but it can’t match the value of the Verano. People who drive the Verano enjoy its tidy dimensions, and although both cars are similar in actual size, the Verano holds an advantage in trunk space, front and rear headroom and rear legroom.
Something you won’t find in the Verano, but you may in the IS, is excess road noise. Exclusive Buick QuietTuning technology in the Verano does away with it using a combination of precision engineering, advanced and strategically located sound blocking and absorbing materials, triple door seals and acoustic laminated glass.
On the safety front, the Verano comes standard with 10 airbags, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Antilock Brakes with Panic Brake Assist and the peerless OnStar telematics system with six-months of the Directions and Connections plan.
The Verano earned a 2013 “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; the Lexus IS did not. The Verano also earned a “5-Star” overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest possible score.
Consumer Guide staff was also impressed with the Verano, writing, “Verano transcends its mainstream-compact origins – in any trim level, it handily undercuts the prices of its premium-compact rivals while delivering a convincingly upscale driving experience.” After reviewing the IS 250, Consumer Guide staff wrote, “IS 250s feel sleepy on takeoff, strained up steep grades, and are shy on midrange passing power, despite a responsive, silky automatic transmission.”
The 2013 Buick Verano is a better choice for those who don’t want to spend more to get less. Stop by today to see and drive the Verano for yourself.
to schedule a test drive of the award winning Buick Verano
An oil change is one of the most important things you can do for your car!
and filter changes are among the most affordable, and at the same time most important, scheduled maintenance services
you can do to keep your vehicle running reliably for many years. Without proper lubrication, the combustion engine becomes little more than an expensive boat anchor.
Engines are made up of hundreds of moving parts that have to slide and spin against each other, and without a reliable supply of clean oil, those parts will grind to a halt before you get to the end of the block. In addition to its primary function of reducing friction between moving parts, engine oil also acts as an additional coolant to help take some of the combustion heat away from the cylinders.
To properly do its job, oil has to flow freely through dozens of passages in the engine. The larger passages are cast into the cylinder block and heads, while many smaller ones are drilled into crankshafts and piston pins. While oil does help minimize wear of bearings and other metal parts, tiny metal particles eventually contaminate the oil over time. A mix of unburned fuel and exhaust gases can also slip past the piston rings, mixing with the oil and diluting it.
If oil isn’t changed according the vehicle’s maintenance schedule, it will get thicker and turn into a sludge that can’t do the intended job. The oil filter, which helps to remove dirt and other particles from the oil, will also get filled up over time. When that happens, the pressure increases and a bypass valve opens that lets unfiltered oil run through the engine. If this happens for an extended period, it can cause very expensive damage.
Until about the mid-1990s, it was generally recommended that drivers get their oil and filter changed every three months or 3,000 miles. Since then, a number of technological improvements have allowed oil change intervals to be extended to 10,000 miles or more, depending on the make, model and powertrain of vehicle. Driving style, frequency of towing, and weather and road conditions also play a big role in how often the engine oil in your vehicle should be changed, so you should check your owner’s manual for guidance. Your dealer’s service technicians are also a great resource for recommendations that are personalized for your particular vehicle and driving conditions.
Oil formulations have improved, making oil more stable so that the thickness, or viscosity, doesn’t change as much over time, and detergents added to oil help break down contamination from fuel and exhaust. New fully synthetic and synthetic blends reduce engine friction and improve fuel economy while lasting longer.
Modern engine electronics also help to extend oil life. Most new engines have sensors that can detect the condition of the oil, and systems built into the electronic control unit monitor driving conditions. By keeping track of conditions like temperature, average speeds and engine loads, oil life monitors can determine if your vehicle is subjected to conditions that can accelerate oil break-down––like frequent or heavy towing; extreme heat; lots of stop-and-go driving––or if most of your driving is highway cruising.
Vehicles equipped with oil life monitors provide an indication of oil condition in the instrument cluster and recommend when to get an oil change. Vehicles that are subjected to more stress might be recommended for an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, while those that see lighter duties might go a little more, saving money and time for the driver.
Speaking of saving time and money, while it’s not difficult to change oil yourself at home, the hassle of cleanup and properly disposing of the old oil (never dump it on the ground or in a sewer) can be avoided by having your oil changed by your dealer. As part of your dealer’s oil and oil filter change service, service technicians will also lubricate key chassis components, top off fluids as necessary, inspect other vehicle systems and discuss with you any problems or questions you may have.
A small investment in maintenance will keep your vehicle running reliably for many years to come, and will also save you money at the pump.
Don’t waste any more time – contact
our service professionals today and let us take care of this for you!
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With the summer temps fast approaching, it’s time to make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning system is ready to keep things cool as the heat of summer driving approaches. There are several items that every vehicle owner can check out on their own, while other jobs should probably be left to a trained professional technician.
The first and easiest task is to just check the function of the system by turning it on. Unless you drive a hybrid with an electrically-driven air conditioning system, the air conditioning (A/C) compressor is almost always driven by a belt turned by the engine. That means you need to start the engine for the air conditioner to provide any chilled air.
With the engine running, turn on the air conditioning and verify that cold air is coming from the vents. Cycle the fan control to ensure that the amount of chilled air can be varied. If you can feel cool air but it isn’t blowing, you may have a faulty ventilation fan or it may simply be a blown fuse. Check the owner’s manual to find out which fuse controls the fan and replace it if necessary. If the fuse is good but the fan still doesn’t work, it’s probably best to bring the vehicle into your dealership and have a technician check it out.
If the fan is pushing out air that is not quickly cold, shut off the engine and take a look under the hood to inspect the accessory drive-belts on the engine. For safety reasons, it’s really important not stick your fingers or any other object near the belts with the engine running. On a rear-wheel drive car or truck, the accessory belt, along with the A/C compressor, will be found at the front of the engine. On most front-wheel drive vehicles in which the engine is mounted sideways, the “front” of the engine is usually found on the passenger side of the engine compartment.
Inspect the belt or belts with the engine off to ensure they aren’t loose, frayed or broken. Most newer vehicles will have a single belt that wraps around several pulleys, including the alternator, air conditioning compressor and possibly a hydraulic power steering pump, while older vehicles may have two to three belts. If you push on the belt mid-way between two of the pulleys, there should be less than half an inch of slack on the belt. A frayed belt shouldn’t cause A/C failure, but it should be replaced, so it doesn’t break while you are driving.
As the engine packaging on newer vehicles gets increasingly tight, belt replacement has become more difficult. If a belt needs replacing, you should take your vehicle to your dealer and have a trained technician take care of it.
If the belt(s) is in good shape, the most likely sources of air conditioning problems are the compressor or low levels of refrigerant. Over time, refrigerant can slowly leak out of the air conditioning system and require a recharge. Vehicles built before the mid-1990s all originally used a form of refrigerant known as R-12. Because R-12 caused damage to the Earth’s ozone layer, it was banned from use and replaced with R-134.
Older vehicles originally built for R-12 can be upgraded to run with R-134, and over the years many have already been modified. This is not a do-it-yourself sort of project and if you still have an older vehicle that uses R-12, the upgrade should be handled by a pro.
Drivers shouldn’t try to recharge their vehicles on their own and can get this service done by their dealership. A factory-trained technician should inspect your A/C system for leaks and other problems before your system is recharged, anyway, to avoid wasting refrigerant and money.
If the problem is with the air conditioning compressor or a leak somewhere in the system, let the professionals at Coulter Motor Company
help you. Taking apart the system and putting it back together without damaging seals is a not a trivial task, and if you don’t get it right it can be far more expensive to fix than if a technician did it in the first place.
Now is the time to check out your air conditioning and have it serviced before you get stuck in a traffic jam on a 90-degree day. It costs nothing to do the basic checks, and getting service now will prevent grief later.
to set up an AC Service today and be sure that you aren’t caught with no AC in triple digit temperatures!