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Summer Time!
5/17/2018 8:16:33 AM
Author: EL 
May 17, 2018 


In the next month, you may be planning on summer activities, as summer break is approaching quickly. The temperatures will be increasing and the weather will be nice enough to be outside. Some of your plans may include camping trips, going to the beach, biking, hiking, and long drives. These activities can involve some preparation and precautions. All of these activities you also think about safety; however, you may be overlooking on safety precaution.

As we come off the harsh winter and “spring” weather, the state of your vehicle is overlooked at times. We will be getting warmer weather and you will be using your air conditioning more. Have you had your vehicle inspected to ensure it is in working condition? Other aspects of your vehicle that should be inspected include:

·         Tires

·         Wiper Blades/fluids

·         Alignment

Before going on long road trips, you should also have your vehicle inspected to ensure the safety of your family and yourself. Don’t wait until it is too late! An inspection can help catch issues with your vehicle before it is too late. If issues are diagnosed early enough, it can save you time and money before a small issue causes larger ones.

Call Us Today At 989-340-1652 For An Inspection 


Supporting Our Community
4/14/2018 12:11:25 PM
Authour: EL 
April 14, 2017

In the month of April, R Auto Repair, LLC will be contributing 10% of the sales profit to Friends Together of Alpena.

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Friends Together is an non-profit organization in Alpena that helps support those touched with cancer. There are several meetings throughout the month for individuals to come together to support each other. These meeting are not just for those with cancer but their families, caregivers, and others who are effected as well.

 

Our Connection: Friends Together has helped our family and we can happily say Elaine has been in remission for about seven years. At the beginning, we were fortunate enough to have Friends Together, U of M Mott Hospital, and the support from others within the community throughout the process. Now we are able to show our appreciation for everything they have done and give back so more people in our community can have the support we were lucky to receive.

To make an appointment call us at 989-340-1652, hours are Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM.


 


Technet: How it benefits you
3/7/2018 12:19:52 PM



We have recently become a member of Technet. Technet has 24/24 Nationwide warranty. You may wonder what does that mean for you as a customer? This means that qualifying warranty repairs are covered for 24 months or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first). 

Winter
12/16/2017 10:48:56 AM
As we have already been hit with snow, there are a few things that you should do and check. 
  • Make sure you let your vehicle warm up. This will allow your engine to warm up and then instead of having cold arm blow out of the vents, you will have warm air. 
  • Make sure you have an inspection done on your vehicle to ensure it can withstand the winter months, including having working heat. 
  • DO NOT DRIVE when your windshield and wind are covered in frost. You may be in a hurry some morning, but it is not worth the risk. Make sure your windows are defrosted or brushed off to have visual around you. 
  • When you turn your vehicle off, make sure your window wipers are also turned off. If we get hit with snow, you can damage the wipers when they try to mov but unable to due to the heavy snow. Inaddition, if it gets cold enough, wipers can be damaged as well. 

The list is endless of different things one should be careful of over the winter months; just make sure you keep yourself. other drivers, and your family safe. 

Happy Holidays!
How do you prevent your doors from freezing?
10/25/2017 4:04:42 PM

Two ways to prevent your doors from freezing shut this winter include: 

  • Silicone on door seals
  • WD40 in lock cylinders


Winter Inspection
10/19/2017 2:46:13 PM

Author: EL
October 19, 2017 

It’s hard to believe it is that time of year again… HALLOWEEN! Spring and summer flew by again and now we prepare for not only Halloween but Thanksgiving and Christmas. You may go to the store and already see Christmas things hitting the shelves, but don’t stress yet!

During this time, you should get a winter inspection done on your vehicle(s).


You may ask why do I need a winter inspection?

That is a good question. You should have a winter inspection completed because it reduces your risk of going to use you heat when we start to get those cold days or unable to start your vehicle. A few things you should have inspected are the following:

  • Coolant/Antifreeze

  • Tires & Brakes

  • Wipers & Windshield Wiper Fluids

  • Spark Plug Wires

  • Engine Oil

  • Battery (Posts, Cables, etc)

  • Fluids, Hoses, and Filters

Another aspect to have checked is your traction control, you don’t want to hit winter without traction control. This can increase your risk of hitting a ridge or some snow and lose control of your vehicle, there are already risks of hitting black ice. 

Call R Auto Repair, LLC Today for A Winter Inspection Appointment: 989- 340-1652



Don’t Forget to have an Emergency Kit in your vehicle, as well. As mentioned in a previous article(How can you prepare for the winter months in Michigan?), it is advised to keep the following:

  • Blanket(s)

  • Flashlight

  • First Aid Kit

  • Snacks

  • Ice Scraper

  • Water/Drinks

A few other things that were suggested are spare gloves and hats, small shovel, leak-proof coolant, and possibly sand to help get tires unstuck in the snow.

As a final note, if you have new drivers in your family, please make sure they are careful during the winter months and know what to do in all circumstances (black ice,etc).


Don't Miss Out On The Fun
9/22/2017 11:26:28 AM


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Author: EL
September 22, 2017


As Spring and Summer come and go, we start to bundle up for Fall and Winter. Thus far, we have been hit with a lot of rain and this means many people go mud riding or last minute weekend camping trips before winter and hunting season. However, some of these activities put stress on the vehicle. This can cause some issues that are not evident until later on and the mud can get into places it shouldn’t be.


Don’t let these endeavours keep you from enjoying all the Fall activities to come like going to a pumpkin patch, apple mill, corn mazes, or soon weekend hunting trips. We don’t want you to get out to the woods, shoot a nice buck then you have vehicle issues. So before the cold winter months and Fall endeavours are scheduled. Call today for an inspection to ensure your vehicle is safe and ready to go for anything (especially if there is heavy snowfall).   


During winters, the roads are covered in snow and there are higher risks of hitting ice. Make sure you have tread of those tires, working heat, and good wiper blades. In addition, make sure your traction control is working because the last thing you want his hit ice, slide all over with little to no control of what is happening.



Keep yourself and family safe!

How can you prepare for the winter months in Michigan?
9/6/2017 4:47:28 PM
 
Author: EL
September 6, 2017


You may be thinking it is only September, we are just about to hit Fall, and it has been only raining. However, what we may forget at times is we live in Michigan. We can have snow in the middle of summer and get hit with snowstorms in October.


People can prepare for the days they can not get to the store due to the roads by stocking up on some food and other essential supplies. You may have hot chocolate on hand for when you have to shovel/plow or when your children come in from outside. However, are you prepared in the event you break down or need supplies away from home?


Things you should have in your vehicle include:
  • Blanket(s)

  • Flashlight

  • First Aid Kit

  • Snacks
  • Ice Scraper
  • Water/Drinks

You may be wondering why should we have blankets in the vehicle. If you have a blanket or several, in the event you are left without heat in the winter having blankets will help you stay warm while you are waiting. In addition, when you have children with you, make sure you have what they may need (ex: formula and water- if have infant). You can even have a spare set of clothing.


Don’t forget to have your vehicle inspected to ensure it is safe for the harsh weather that can come at any moment.


Did You Know?
8/23/2017 1:34:52 PM

Did You Know?


Insurance:

Before traveling or relocating to another State make sure you contact your insurance agency to have a clear understanding of your coverage. When you relocate to another state, you need to get covered in that specific state. The only circumstance where you do not need to switch insurance to that state is if you are going to college out-of-state.


An incident can occur at anytime, you may think that you are exception and nothing will happen… However, incidents happen at any moment to even the most experienced drivers. You can take all the precautions, but there is still a risk no matter what especially with Michigan’s winters.

Consequently, it is good to know your automotive insurance coverage. Many people do not know their coverage plans and then when they need it the most they find out (and may not be happy with the coverage).


Purchasing A Vehicle:

When purchasing a vehicle, make sure you do your research on the type of vehicle you would be interested in. During this stage you will need to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What is your price range? Will it work into your budget?  

  2. What will the radius be for the search?

  3. What will be the main purpose of the vehicle?

  4. Are you looking for something that will be a long term vehicle or short term?

Once you are able to answer these questions and maybe a few others that you may have to include, look for vehicles either online, driving around, word of mouth, social media, etc. After you find a vehicle or a few vehicles, do more research on the history of that vehicle (can use websites like CarFax). Researching that specific model of vehicle is good to do as well to determine reliability, gas mileage, etc. If you are still interested in this vehicle, make an appointment/ set a time to test drive the vehicle. During this stage, analyze the appearance of the vehicle (interior and exterior) and ask yourself a few other questions:

  1. How does it drive?

  2. What issues does it have? Are they minor issues?

  3. How much will you have to invest in the vehicle after purchase?

  4. Does it pass an inspection?

  5. Are you looking for more backseat, trunk, etc. space?

  6. What is the vehicle’s mileage?

  7. How is the interior (lights, gauges, A/C, and heat work; seats;etc)?

  8. How is the exterior (is there rust, dents or scratches; good tires; etc)?    

Considering these questions will help your decision making. In addition, have a third party inspection look over the vehicle. Also, know the state laws for vehicles. For example, if the vehicle has tint, in Florida you can have a darker tint than in Michigan.

Purchasing a vehicle is an investment and the way you take care of it will determine how long the lifespan of the vehicle and how many issues the vehicle can acquire. Remember to take care of the small things when you can to reduce the risk of causing other issues and have routine maintenance.


Michigan Driver’s License

In order to get a Michigan Driver’s License, individuals have to take both a knowledge and road test. Once the individual has passed both of these tests, the individual will need to go to the Secretary of State (make sure you look up their hours, as they vary). When you go to get your driver's license make sure you have proof of identity (birth certificate recommended, marriage licence, or passport), temporary permit, and certificate of passing the test. In addition, you have to obtain your temporary instruction permit for 30 days.

To obtain the temporary instruction permit, you need Social Security card, U.S citizenship/legal presence proof (birth certificate or passport), proof live in Michigan (pay stub, car insurance policy, or recent bill), pass DMV tests, and there is a $25 fee. This information is stated on the DMV website. For more information, follow this link to get more information: http://www.dmv.org/mi-michigan/apply-license.php.


State ID

As you may have read, from the Detroit Free Press or other sources, that individuals will receive a different driver’s license. There are some controversy from individuals on the subject; however, it is not until October 1, 2020 that the Real ID -compliant driver's license is required to travel via plane domestically- for those who have a standard driver's license. You may ask what is the differences between the Real ID and standard ID, the appearance difference is there is a star in the right hand corner of the Real ID. The Real ID allows individuals to travel domestically without a passport, as the Real ID is a security protocol and  prevents copying/altering ID (follow the link to learn more about the Real ID: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-12539_81564---F,00.html. )  


* Teens will have to have an adult over the age of 18 years old with them when they have their pink slips.


Do you know any interesting facts regarding Michigan and automotives? Share with us in the comments.


 
 
Safety First
8/16/2017 4:05:49 PM

Do you have a teenager in drivers training or will be soon?

We have two going through the course now and as a parent, sibling, family member, etc. it is natural to worried at first. As an older sister, they will always be my little brother and sister and can not help but to look after them- even when I am gone. Today we have the technology and opportunities,not everyone has had in the past, to ensure safety especially safety concerns with a vehicle.  


 

It seems just like yesterday these teenagers were little children playing in the background and/or playing pretend. However, if we like it or not, they grow up faster than we can imagine. Now they are interested in different things and eager to get their driver's license, as it is a milestone in their life. Some are more eager than others, personally I was not as eager to get my license compared to my siblings, but we can not get through life without one- easily.


 

As a parent/guardian, it will be natural to be worried about their safety and you should. There is so many things that can happen, even to the most experienced drivers. However, you can take precautions to ensure they are safe.


  1. Driver’s Training: If you child is in drivers training, they will learn the rules of the road and the basic information they need to know when it comes to driving.

  2. Experience: Once your child has their pink slips and have the ok to drive with an adult over the age of 18 years, have them drive you to different location. This can be as simple as going to the grocery store or appointment. This will allow them to acquire experience and become more comfortable/confident with driving.

  3. Watch Your Driving: Your child will look to your driving on what is to be expected. Consequently, what you do while driving, they will more than likely copy it. For example, if you speed or text while driving- both illegal, we do not want them to do the same. We can not stress NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING enough.  

  4. Understand How To Drive In A Variety of Conditions: As we all know Michigan’s weather can change with a drop of a pin, thus we need to know how to drive in different conditions especially snow. If your child has not had experience driving in the snow, make sure they understand how to handle the conditions while being calm- including black ice.

  5. Parking: If you have a backup camera on the vehicle, make sure your child knows to use all the mirrors still. The backup camera is not the only thing that should be used, they need to know how to backup without this technology.

  6. Inspections: Before you child starts to drive around in a vehicle get in inspection by an automotive technician to ensure there is no safety concerns. There can be some concerns hidden by the naked eye, but do not take that chance when there are lives at risk.

 

We all have been there at some point when we were younger, where we wonder why rules, regulations, etc. of the road are the way they are. However, without these precautions and training there would be more issues on the road. Depending on when and where you received your driver's license, the process was not as long or complicated, but know that the drivers training courses will prepare your child for the road while driving safely.


Make an appointment today with R Auto Repair, LLC to ensure your vehicle is safe for your child, as they learn to be safe on the road. Contact us at 989-340-1652


Author: EL
August 16,2017


What are VINS good for?
1/22/2017 3:46:00 PM

Author: EL

January 22, 2017


Do you know that your vehicle has an identification number the is specific to it? The identification number is the VIN number- 17 characteristics. You may wonder why there is a VIN and listed below are some reasons:

  • Identify the Make, Model, Year, etc.

  • Identify specific part numbers if they need to be specially ordered

  • Identify the vehicle’s parts to repair or service it

In addition, the VIN number can help keep track of the vehicle's history either through the dealership, automotive repair and service facility(s), accidents, CarFax, etc. As mentioned earlier this month, we have made some transitions in the 2017 year- one being utilizing CarFax. People know that when purchasing vehicles they can get vehicle reports prior to purchasing the vehicle to get some history on the vehicle. That is similar to what we use the program for. Through entering the VIN, we can identify some of the services and/or repairs that occurred prior.  

Did you know that prior to 1981 vehicles had VIN numbers less than 17 characteristics?
 

Leaving Your Keys In The Ignition To Warm Up Your Vehicle...Illegal?
1/22/2017 3:16:19 PM
Author: EL
January 13, 2017

Recently, it has came to light and clarification for many individuals, if you leave your keys in the ignition, you’re not present it is illegal, and the vehicle is unlocked. Since 2014, there are “Nanny States”(including Ohio, Texas, Colorado) that enforced a no “puffing” law. “Puffing” refers to leaving your keys in the ignition while unattended and unlocked (WND, 2014). Within the state, the cities can implement different standards of the law. For example, in Flint and Grand Rapids, MIchigan there are different rules to the Michigan Vehicle Code, Section 257.676 (Riddle, 2017).


Especially in Michigan, we get hit with some cold morning and harsh weather. When people get ready for work, school, etc. they do not want to sit in their vehicle waiting for it to warm up. Some people invested in a remote start, while others still manually go outside to start the vehicle. Based on research, from 2012 to 2014, Michigan was ranked in the top 5 of U.S. states of auto theft while individuals left their keys in the vehicle (NICB, 2015).

In 2015, the following vehicles were the top of theft:

  1. Chevrolet Impala

  2. Chevrolet Pickup

  3. Ford Pickup

  4. Dodge Caravan

  5. Dodge Charger

  6. Chevrolet Trailblazer

  7. Chevrolet Malibu

  8. Pontiac grand Prix

  9. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

  10. Ford Fusion (NICB, n.d)

If you are to leave your keys in the ignition, the vehicle should be locked. You can do this by using your spare key or if your vehicle has a lock pad on the door. Although you may think that you are in a safe community, it is advised to lock your vehicle anyway.





References

NICB (2016, April 27). Theft stats with keys left inside vehicle. Retrieved January 13, 2017, from NICB website: https://www.nicb.org/newsroom/news-releases/theft-stats-with-keys-left-inside-vehicle.

NICB (n.d). 2015 Top 10 vehicle make/model thefts. Retrieved January 13, 2017, from NICB website: https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/top-vehicles-stolen-by-state#States.

Riddle, T. (2017, January 6). Michigan: you can be tickets for warming up your car...or worse. Retrieved January 13, 2017, form Flints Rock Radio website: http://banana1015.com/michigan-you-can-be-ticketed-for-warming-up-your-car-or-worse/.

WND (2014, January 10). Cold shock: warming up your car illegal. Retrieved January 13, 2017, from WND website: http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/cold-shock-warming-up-your-car-illegal/#!.

 
New Year New Program
1/9/2017 5:25:58 PM

Author: EL

January 9, 2017

As R Auto Repair, LLC is nearing their one year anniversary since their grand opening, we are experiencing some new improvements to maximize our effectiveness in services. With a new year, R Auto Repair, LLC is continuously improving and innovating to provide efficient and effective services with repairs and customer services. 

 

R Auto Repair, LLC now uses CARFAX and has the ability to send you messages letting you know when your vehicle is ready to be picked up, as well as remind you of your appointment via phone, text, and/or email. When making an appointment if you have a preference please let our service advisor know.

Since the grand opening of the facility, we have helped the community with Tunnels to Towers and most recently the 2016/17 Woods Indoor Track and Field Club. In addition, helped the Cleary Cross Country Team in their season efforts (2016 USCAA National Champions). We look forward to having the Woods Indoor Track and Field Club represent our community throughout their season. Currently, they have one individual, Taylor Foster, who has met STATE qualifications in the 60 meter hurdles. This is the Woods 7th year participating as a Indoor Track and Field Club and will be competing throughout January and February, with the determination and drive to have more STATE qualifiers.

 This years’ team is very young, which bodes well for the future of Alpena running, but they ran like they were seasoned runners tonight. I owe that confidence to my team veterans, who have shown the rest of the team what it means to represent The Woods and the community of Alpena” – Mark Jacobs

 

 

 
Photo credit: Mark Jacobs. Pictured is Alpena High School senior Dallin Toth competing in the 1600 meter run.

 
Photo credit: Mark Jacobs. Pictured above is Alexis Reynolds and Taylor Foster competing in the 60 meter hurdles at CMU Friday night.
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