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Teresa’s Garage Radio show airs weekly at www.americamatters.us   and covers topics on everything Automotive and features special guests. Listeners are encouraged to call in, come in or tune in the Reno, Nevada area at 101.3 FM Tuesdays at 2:00-3:00 PM and 1180 AM. Or you can listen to previous shows right here on Teresa’s Garage website.

If you do not live in the Reno/Sparks, Nevada area you can connect on your Iphone or Computer by clicking this link, http://amm.streamon.fm/ for live streaming on America Matters Media Radio Show.

If you want to listen to previously recorded shows, click here Teresa’s Garage Radio Shows . Teresa’s Garage is constantly looking for special guests, people who love cars, own classics, belong to a car club and want to promote your events or just want to talk about your classic, then call toll free 844-790-8255 or locally 775-827-8900. We love hearing from our listeners.

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Cars That Shaped America

Cars That Shaped America

It is hard to imagine America without automobiles, since they are a huge part of everyday life. As we sit and watch old Westerns, we see that the source of transportation was once the horse and wagon. But transportation actually began with the horse, giving individuals the opportunity to travel a distance from their home.

So, what were the beginnings of the automobile? Depending on the type of vehicle you have a passion for, history shows that Henry Ford was the biggest influence in helping to shape America.

The first car was built in 1886 by Benz. In the initial stages, the car makers were going through several trial and error periods. With the discovery of oil, gasoline, and steel, a whole new world opened up to inventors.

In 1901 Henry Ford manufactured his first automobile. Henry failed at first, but was driven to keep going until he perfected his idea of driving an automobile. It didn’t take long for him to make a prototype that could withstand the rugged terrain. The best way to prove the vehicle’s soundness was to race the best drivers, which in turn, gave him great recognition.

Henry Ford

The one downfall of the early automobiles, was the weak ignition systems. This gave inventors even more ambition to perfect it.

In the early 1900’s, cars and horses did not mix. Until the invention of the automobile, people would not travel more than 50 miles from their homes.

Once Henry Ford introduced the Model T, the world changed forever. Untouched territory across America was being discovered. The Roaring Twenties gave the automobile a huge lift – the type of car you drove expressed your lifestyle. The automobile industry was going strong until the great depression of 1929, which seemed to halt America and the automobile manufacturers.

Dodge Brothers

Because of Henry Ford and his strong hold on the automotive industry, Chevrolet, Chrysler and Dodge were created. The Dodge Brothers actually worked for Henry Ford in the early years until they became disgusted with him taking all the credit for the vehicle designs, so they started Dodge. General Motors started not as an automotive company, but as a horse carriage manufacturer. Since they were being phased out by the Model T, the owner of GM decided it was time to design his own cars. Chrysler worked for GM until there was a falling out with the GM owner and he started his own company.

After the depression, cars were in full swing again until a brief stop in production during the First World War, when car manufacturers were instructed to stop making cars and turned to making military vehicles.

After the war ended, automobile production resumed and increased more than ever.  Henry Ford, because of his passion for the Model T, could not see beyond it and because of that, the other manufacturers were in full swing and gained ground, knocking Ford to the second largest automobile company.

So looking back to this one invention, the automobile, this single most important of all inventions, shaped America. Without them, we can only imagine what the world would look like today. But today we are falling behind foreign automobile manufacturers. We need to nurture inventors and innovators. We need to encourage our young people to create and look far beyond their cell phones. We need to spark their creative side and become  visionaries.

History tells us that when others questioned their inventions, people such as Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, Ford, and even Steve Jobs, all had visions for the future. Nothing good comes easy. If you believe in yourself, in your dreams, and your future, just imagine what might and can evolve from it.

Autonomous cars appear to be the future and many individuals are skeptical, but as you look to the past, so was their future. Happy Motoring.

Is Auto Repair Insurance Necessary?

Is Auto Repair Insurance Necessary?

You see commercials on TV and emails in your inbox trying to persuade you into purchasing Auto Repair Insurance. Most can be very convincing. So is this a wise choice to make?

The way this type of insurance is supposed to work is simple. Purchase the coverage for your vehicle while it’s still in proper running condition. Pay a premium either as a lump sum, monthly, annually, or some combination thereof. Once you’re covered, if you experience mechanical issues that require repair, the insurance is supposed to cover the cost, allowing you to avoid a hefty mechanic bill. This type of insurance is marketed as a great option for people, whose car is out of warranty, offering peace of mind in the face of potentially costly repairs.

Before going out and purchasing car repair insurance, it’s important to take a look at whether it’s actually worth the cost.

There is nothing more frustrating than paying for insurance only to find out that your particular repair isn’t covered. Frequently, you can only purchase this type of insurance while the vehicle is still relatively new, sometimes no older than 18 months old. New cars are still covered by a warranty, so you may be paying in advance for coverage that isn’t entirely necessary. This benefits the insurance company because they’re receiving money for a vehicle that is very unlikely to require immediate repairs, especially if it’s still covered by the warranty.

“A number of these third-parties (auto warranty companies) are fly-by-night operations that go belly up within a few years, costing consumers hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket repairs and leaving them without coverage. A third-party warranty is so named because it has no direct business relationship with the product it covers. In this case, your car.”

When your car breaks down, that is not the time to find out that the insurance policy isn’t worth the paper it was written on. I recently spoke about this very topic on Teresa’s Garage Radio Show, in hopes of educating those contemplating owning such a policy. People know that car ownership can be expensive on the upkeep, especially when it breaks down.

If you are considering purchasing such a policy here is some advice I will offer.

First, do your research and do not go with those who “claim” to have the best coverage, like a bumper to bumper warranty. If you do not read the fine print, it may just only cover the bumpers. All kidding aside, these policies can be specific, or cover just the transmission and drive train components, but not the engine. Wording in the policy can be misleading.

But again, researching to find a reputable company is the key from being scammed, or in good hands.

Mechanic shops are not obligated to accept your third-party Repair Insurance, and in most cases will not negotiate pricing with the Insurance Company.  You may need to pay upfront and then deal with your claims adjuster to obtain payment. Some policies are limited to an hourly rate, which may not always be what the shop charges leaving you to pay the difference. This can also go for the parts that are to be installed. If you do elect to purchase a policy, make sure that you personally understand everything before paying up. Find out what kind of repairs the policy exempts from coverage, as well as how and when the deductible is applied, and whether or not you can choose your own mechanic.

Buyer Beware is a saying used often to alert consumers and holds true for this type of coverage. So before you sign on the dotted line, insure you have made a wise decision and know that you’re getting what you are paying for. Also, check out the Better Business Bureau when looking for repeatable companies.

Happy Motoring

 

Eddie Maloney, Women In Drag Racing

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Our next guest on Teresa’s Garage Radio Show, is Eddie Maloney , tune in Tuesday at 2 PM Pacific time, or Monday-Friday on www.pullingradionetwork.com.

My special guest is the founder of Women In Drag Racing Magazine, Eddie Maloney. Eddie discusses how this magazine came to life and its future plans.

The magazine is in its infancy stages, so molding it into a prime magazine dedicated to al

l the women in racing is his focus.  Whether you are a racer, pit crew, spectator or car enthusiast, this magazine is for you. Teresa’s Garage Radio Show focuses on women in motorsports, various professions and works to empower women, or anyone who wishes to dive into their passions.

This is an automotive talk show, so if you have a question, call in during the show and join the conversation or simply ask a question. Toll free 844-790-8255. Or on podcast at amm.streamon.fm.

So listen in to hear his store.

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Guest Eddie Maloney

Flat Track Racing, Ladies Style

FLAT TRACK RACING

Coming up, Saturday August 19, 2017 will be Flat Track Racing in Carson City, Nevada being held at Fuji Park. Check out the flyer and mark your calendar for an evening of great racing. Teresa’s Garage Radio Show will be interviewing one of the best racers who will be competing in this specific race, so go to Teresa’s Garage Facebook Page and keep checking when the interview will take place during the beginning of August.

This is more than just a race, this is a life style for these racers. Competing in these types of events are not cheap and maintaining all of your equipment can take a chunk out of your wallet. But that is not what drives these ladies, it is the excitement, the commitment, dedication and doing something they are passionate about.

More and more young women are taking to the track and letting their hair fly and their talent shine. A must see event.

Commitment To Quality, Aftermarket Parts

Commitment To Quality, Aftermarket Parts

Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women.

Recently I was invited to attend a national conference in Reno, Nevada being hosted by Automotive Parts Associates (APA) consisting of several automotive aftermarket parts companies.

APA is a group of aftermarket companies working together to bring quality and competitive pricing to the consumer when dealing with aftermarket parts in the automotive industry.

I was impressed with the concept of the conference because it was not just about bringing companies together and meeting each other, but to also discuss employee morale, how to maintain good employees, strategies and looking to the future in the automotive industry.

Many of the big players were present at the conference; here is just a small list: KYB, TYC lamps, Loctite, Seymour Paints, Purolator, Valeo, Desno, AC Delco, Delphi and Federal-Mogul, who actually owns many of the aftermarket companies we have come to know and love. Like, Fel-Pro, Wagner Brakes, Anco Blades, Sealed Power, National Oil Seals and Bearings, Champion Spark Plugs, just to name a few.

I had the pleasure of chatting with the folks from Federal-Mogul for almost an hour, and came away with a great understanding of their commitment to the automotive industry, their employees and their products.

In this day and age, finding qualified technicians is becoming more of a challenge by the day. The industry as a whole needs to do more to inspire the young, up and coming employees who want to embrace becoming an automotive technician.

So how can they accomplish this?

This was discussed at the conference with knowledgeable guest speakers focusing on this very topic and how to execute it, to include maintaining your current employees.

I recently learned the high school I attended and graduated from, is thinking about removing Auto Shop from its curriculum. Not because students are failing, but because no one is signing up for the class.

To me, taking Auto Shop is more than just that; it teaches beyond auto repair, it offers teamwork, mathematics, problem solving, computer skills, working with your hands, communications, reading, writing and showing the students how to finish something you start and seeing the end result.

With the future of automobiles leaning towards autonomous cars, engineering and robotic technicians will be in high demand. Tesla’s plants are already in the process of hiring a few thousand with these very skills.

The conference embraced the fact that they need to be proactive in the future rather than wait until it is too late to hop on board. So working together to brainstorm and show off their newest products was a great sight to see.

I did also manage to meet several women from these various companies and discuss their roles within their prospective employers, “Laura, Key Account Manager for Valeo”, Lisa, Sales Manager for Seymour Paints’, Cheri, Marketing Manager for Federal-Mogul; and Carol, Sales and Customer Service Manager for Stempf.

All of these ladies I spoke to expressed their dedication and desire to inspire other women to join them in this industry. We all seemed to agree, women are still a small minority within the automotive industry, but those numbers are climbing. You do not just need to think of yourself as a mechanic, the automotive industry offers other positions, like Engineers, Accounting, and Service Advisers to Specialists.

Sponsorship’s

Many of these companies offer scholarship programs for students, and sponsor contests for all types of automotive enthusiasts: they will offer a sponsorship of cash and prizes to several contest winners, and a year sponsorship for the top winners in each class.

So the next time you are in need of an auto part, make sure you choose a company that stands behind its product and offers quality to the name. When it comes to your automobile, your life depends on it. And if you know someone who would be perfect for this industry, give it a mention and help us to inspire.

Commitment To Quality, Aftermarket Parts