Headlights & Taillights: Why are these important?

Most drivers take their vehicle lighting for granted. They simply hop in their vehicle, start it up and never give a thought to lights or the safety they provide.

Headlights and taillights are a very important component in your vehicle to your safety. Headlights illuminate the road ahead and provide visibility for the drive, they also make the vehicle visible to other drivers on the road as well.  If a taillight or headlight go out, we won’t lose immediate control of our vehicle. However, our safety is still compromised. The headlights and taillights are just as crucial as your vehicle’s brakes or tires to your overall safety.

Checking your car’s headlights and taillights is more than just good, safe preventive maintenance. It can also keep you from being pulled over and ticketed for lights that don’t work. Cloudy days, fog, dusk, and nighttime lessens your ability to see and be seen. Make sure all your lights, front, side, rear, and brake, are functional. Be sure to check both your high and low beams. You may find that the high beams work, and the low ones don’t.

Most drivers know when their vehicle’s headlight burns out. But what about all the other lights you need to drive safely? Do you know where they are, or how to replace them? Don’t worry. You don’t have to. Royal Motors is here to help. Call us today at (407) 201-7950, and schedule your appointment. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

 

Give Your Car Some TLC This February!

February is the month of love… So what about giving your car some tender loving care? As you know, every relationship takes work, even the one you have with your car. Never underestimate how far a little tender loving care toward your vehicle can go. Regular, routine maintenance can help improve your gasoline mileage, reduce pollution, and catch minor problems before they become big headaches. Always remember to:

  • Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline.
  • Check your transmission and have your fluids changed. Of all the fluids inside your vehicle, transmission fluid is one of the most important. Routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals can prevent very costly repairs down the line.
  • Check your tire pressure and treads, Keeping your tires properly inflated has many benefits. Your tires will wear evenly, which prolongs their life and can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. When correctly inflated, your tires can perform at their best which means better handling, dependable traction and a more comfortable ride for you. Your tires will last a lot longer if you give them the proper care! They’re pricey and you’ll appreciate having an extra couple years to hold off on buying new ones.

This valentine’s season show your car some love, and bring it along to Royal Motors. Remember that included with every vehicle we repair we offer a fluid check and top off, tire pressure check and correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA CHARGE.  Before you head over, make sure you check out our discounts and specials for the month of February: http://eepurl.com/bPwOxP 

If you have any questions, feel free to visit us at 1010 S. John Young Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL,  or give us a call at 407.201.7950. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

3 New Year’s Resolutions to Make for Your Car!

Making new year’s resolutions for ourselves is very popular nowadays. For this 2016, our team here at Royal Motors wants to challenge you to make a different type of resolution – one for your vehicle instead of yourself!

Below are some of the best commitments you can make to keep your vehicle in better condition, enjoy a better ride, and even save a few dollars:

1. Tune Up: How long has it been since you topped off fluids or changed your vehicle’s spark plugs and timing belts?. Don’t forget the little things! Little periodic fixes can save you money in the long run in big repairs, and you will ultimately be safer.  Royal Motors makes this even easier for you since we offer FREE fluid check and top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check when you bring us your vehicle for repairs.

2. Be Fuel Efficient: Did you know that aggressive driving and speeding can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 33% ? Also, Regular maintenance as prescribed by the vehicle owner’s manual will help your vehicle achieve its best fuel economy. Some overlooked maintenance items, such as a dirty air filter and under-inflated tires, can increase your fuel cost up to 13%. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by about 1%

3. Mind Your Tires:  Tire care is extremely important when it comes to your vehicle. Proper tire care can often mean the difference between arriving at your destination safely and finding yourself on the side of the road with a flat – or worse. Remember to check your tire pressure constantly, specially during the winter time. Tire pressure drops between one and two pounds for every 10-degree decrease in temperature.

The good news about all of this, is that you are not alone. We are here to help you achieve your goals for 2016! We can schedule your quick fixes and routine maintenance, answer questions, and provide you with tips to keep your vehicle up and running through all of your new year’s resolutions! Call us at (407) 201-7950, and schedule your appointment today. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

3 Signs You Need a BRAKE Inspection

Brake Inspection

Paying attention to the warning signs that indicate a need for service can mean the difference between life and death on the road. Neglecting your braking system can lead to increased repair costs, or worse, no brakes at all. Fortunately, paying attention to some of the signs of brake wear can keep you on top of stopping maintenance, saving you some money and keeping you from having an accident!

How do you know when it’s time for a Brake Inspection? Your vehicle will usually tell you. Here are three important things to watch for:

1. Grinding: When you hear a noise from your car as you apply your brakes, such as scraping, grinding, or any other noise that is abnormal, you should immediately check your brakes for worn shoes or pads. Typically first sign of brake-pad wear is a high-pitched squealing. This sound may come from a soft-metal wear indicator that rubs against the brake rotor to alert the driver that a change of brake pads is needed. A metallic grinding sound means that brake pads may be damaging the brake rotors.

2. Vibration: Brake vibration is where a shaking motion occurs when the brakes in a car or other vehicle are deployed. This can vary from a slight shaking to a quite severe shuddering, depending on the severity of the condition. It can also be known as rotor shimmying or brake pulsation. Vibrating brakes indicate the surface of your rotors may be distorted. This issue may also be caused by worn suspension components, worn bushings, or bad shock absorbers.

3. Pulling: Your brakes should apply themselves smoothly and even when you push the pedal. If they seem to suddenly grab, or if they are pulling the car to one side, possible causes may be: Worn of Bad Brake Pads, or Bad Brake Disc.

If your car is having braking problems, whether it’s weak brakes, a vibration, grinding sounds, or a weird noise, it needs to be diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible. Bring your vehicle to Royal Motors and let our technicians correct the problem.  Your safety is too important to take chances with.

Included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.

5 Free Smartphone Apps For Drivers

Mobile apps have boosted the functionality of smartphones and have made futuristic features a grounded reality. There is an app for everything!

We have put together a list of 5 of the best free apps we’ve found to be the most useful for drivers. With these apps, you can find the cheapest gas in your area, avoid tickets, find places to stop on a road trip, and much more.

1. Google Maps
The Google Maps app for Android phones and tablets makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.• Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
• Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking
• Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 towns and cities
• Live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route
• Detailed information on more than 100 million places
• Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more.

2. GassBuddy
GassBuddy helps you locate the cheapest gas near you. Plus you get the chance to win $100 in free gas daily. The App also lets you search for Gas Prices by city, state, zip code, with listings for all cities in the USA and Canada.

3. RoadTrippers
Roadtrippers is the ultimate road trip planner. Discover the best diners, scenic spots, attractions hotels, and more. Easily find and save cool places, and send them to your favorite navigation app.

4. Waze
Waze is definitely one of the best apps for drivers. Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Drivers share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. It also alerts you before you approach police, accidents, road hazards, or traffic jams. ALL IN REAL-TIME!

5.SpotHero
Are you going downtown and need a parking spot? then this app is for you. SpotHero helps you find parking, compare rates & book a spot for up to 50% off the drive-up rate.

At Royal Motors we are committed to providing you with tools to make your car ownership experience the best it can be. We specialize in European cars and are passionate about what we do.

Contact Royal Motors North today at 407-201-7950 to schedule your appointment, see us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or browse our website for more information. ROYAL MOTORS IS YOUR DEALERSHIP ALTERNATIVE!

5 signs that your car may have electric problems

Having issues with your car is not fun, specially when it comes to your car not responding the way it should. The big questions that come to mind when we are experiencing car problems are: what kind of issue is my car experiencing? how can I solve this? how much is this going to cost me?

Electrical problems don’t always announce themselves in a way that is easy to understand.   The electrical system is compromised of several components including the battery, battery cables, alternator, starter, and computer system. Problems with any of these components can cause problems with the vehicle’s operation.   If you have electrical trouble you may lose your headlights or wipers, your navigation could fail or your car may not run right or even start. To help ensure you know what to look for, here are 5 of the most common signs that there is something going on with your car’s electrical system.

1. Your car won’t start, you turn your key and hear clicking, grinding, or no sound at all
2. Your vehicle runs well, but the headlights dim while you’re traveling at low speeds, or idling at a stop
3. Your car has visible damage or leakage from the battery
4. The interior or dashboard lights do not illuminate properly
5. The brake lights, radio or power windows don’t work

If you are having electrical issues with your car, it is very important to have the problem diagnosed and fixed as soon as possible, so that you don’t end up with a more expensive repair. At Royal Motors we can identify and repair electrical issues in your vehicle. Call us at 407-201-7950 today to schedule an appointment.

And remember, included with every vehicle we repair we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at no extra cost. ROYAL MOTORS IS YOUR DEALERSHIP ALTERNATIVE!

Changing Your Oil Matters!

Changing the oil in your car is one of the most important things that must be done to ensure adequate maintenance of your vehicle.

Oil is essential to prevent wear of internal engine parts. This helps the engine run smoothly and last longer, optimizing performance.Your vehicle’s oil has a certain percentage of maximum tolerance of impurities and moisture to function properly as a lubricant. The normal engine operation creates these impurities, it is for this reason why the oil should be changed every certain period of time / mileage (for moisture accumulation).

All of the moving parts in your car are made of various metals and move mechanically. Because of this, it is important to keep them lubed properly so that wear and tear is kept to a minimum, which is where proper oil is essential. As the oil moves through the engine while your car runs, it has a tendency to pick up particles of dirt and residue. Clean oil (without the residue) moves smoothly, while dirty oil has the capability of clogging up small passages.

This is why changing your vehicle’s oil on a regular basis is so important. If you don’t think you have the time or money to get your oil changed and you choose to wait, eventually the oil will get worse, becoming more like sludge and clog your engine. Engines are expensive to clean, and replacing a worn-out piston is not an auto repair bill you want to receive. Bottom line: It’s worth the time and minimal cost of maintenance!

ARE YOU IN NEED OF AN OIL CHANGE?
Visit our shop and let us help you choose the best oil for your car. Trust the experts to ensure your safety on the road. Also, don’t forget to check out our website to stay informed and save money