What To Check On Your Vehicle Before Planning Any Trip

What To Check On Your Vehicle Before Planning Any Trip

Whether you plan on visiting your local campground or simply want to do a pilgrimage on Route 66, your vehicle needs to be up to snuff. Imagine what would happen if it wasn’t. Imagine yourself stuck by the side of a deserted road, trying to flag down cars that will likely never come by. Imagine the stress, the loneliness, the agony. And it never fails, you think you have help right at your finger tips by using your cell phone, well, what if there was not cell service available or your battery died?

You have to take matters into your own hands. If you’re planning on taking a road trip, make sure you provide your car with some basic maintenance. A top-notch horn might be more useful than you think.

What To Check

Let’s start by listing the parts on your car that you should check to be certain that the vehicle is in perfect working order. Notice that, while you may be able to verify some of them on your own, for the most part, you’ll have to rely on a competent mechanic.


In a way, cars were modeled after living organisms. Consequently, a car has as much bodily fluids as a human. You must make sure that there’s always enough juice in every domain so that the car can function flawlessly. Be aware that the first three items on the following list also have filters that will need to be examined.oil pouring 1

Engine oil
Transmission fluid
Radiator coolant
Brake fluid
Windshield washer fluid
Power steering fluid

Hoses & beltsbelts-hoses

These are like the blood arteries of the human body; they connect the entire system. If there’s a loose connection, you might find yourself hitchhiking before you know it. Make sure all hoses and belts are tightly secured.


Your tires are what tie your car to the road. At any given time, your vehicle is touching the pavement only through a few square inches of rubber. Therefore, it’s important that your treads are deep enough to ensure adequate traction.
You should also check your tire pressure. The number on the tire’s side is the maximum pressure it can withstand, not the recommended amount. Your tires should be a little less inflated in winter, and closer to their maximum in summer.

Tire PressureNever inflate your tires too much as it could provoke a blowout. And don’t forget that paramount spare tire, just in case. Nothing more embarrassing than having your spare just as flat as the one you are removing.

Karl’s Kustom Corvettes – Making The Best Even Better

Karl's CorvettesKarl’s Kustom Corvette’s – Making The Best Even Better

The saying goes everything old is new again. In this case something old is making the best even better. That is exactly what Karl’s Kustom Corvettes is all about. If you love Corvettes or love owning them, then this is a must read. Here is a company that is not only the largest Chevrolet Dealership in the country, but they produce some incredible 63 Split Window Coupe and the 67 Roadster of yester year with new technology of today’s C6 platform.

These year Corvettes remain the most iconic and sought-after collector car to date. At Karl’s Kustom Corvette’s, they have created the look of both. So how do they do this, well only the skin is left behind because these cars are assembled on the factory built, advanced GM engineered platform of the C6, with its powerful standard LS3 engine, or the Z06, with its aluminum frame and LS7engine.

Karl's Corvettes PhotosAll of these Corvettes begin their lives as factory GM models and are covered under the GM factory powertrain warranty. With the style and look of the 60’s Corvettes, your Karl’s Kustom Corvette is provided with your modern safety attributes, conveniences, and options that you desire. They truly give you the opportunity to create your classic dream car.

There are four phases to creating this beautiful and unique classic car by allowing you to do, pick the heart of your custom corvette, choose interior options, select exterior colors and select finishing details. You dream it, they build it.

What about horsepower? Karl’s Kustom Corvettes are a factory authorized Lingenfelter Dealer, so you can build your own powered 63-67 Coup or Roadster that is next to none. Their partnership with Lingenfelter allows them to offer you engine options like never before. They can be Supercharged, Twin Turbo, or Naturally Aspirated engines. These engines can offer as high as 1,038 horsepower.

Wait there is more, how about brakes, sway bars, specially tuned exhaust systems and much more. Like they said, you dream it, they will build it. Check them out at www.

You won’t be disappointed.

Bicycle Safety Skills And Awareness Fair

bike safetyAmerica Matters Media and Teresa’s Garage Radio Show

Bicycle Safety Skills Awareness Fair

September 12, 2015

Event Start Time and Location

Reno Town Mall (the corner of So. Virginia St. and Peckham lane back parking area).

09:00 Am till 3:00 PM. No Preregistration necessary.


Girls and Boys ages 7 to 12 years of age, must have your own bicycle in proper working order. All bicycles will be inspected prior to entry in to the Skills course.

Each participant must have reached his/her 7th birthday and must not have passed his/her 14th birthday by January 1 of the year in which the fair is held.

Skills Course

The skills course will consist of 8 different maneuvers and all areas will be judged.

  1. Bicycle Inspection
  2. Mount and Dismount
  3. Figure eight maneuver
  4. Straight line control
  5. Weaving
  6. Emergency stop
  7. Turning
  8. Slow speed

Required Equipment


Safety helmet

Entry Fee

There will be a cost of $5.00 per entrant and all proceeds will benefit the Wynema Ranch Horse Sanctuary 501C3.


Prizes will be awarded for 1st -3rd places in both boys and girls classes. There will also be an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win various prizes ranging from bicycles to automotive repair. Must be present to win.

Contact Information

Teresa Aquila and Kelly Rush will be present at the Skills Course and can be reached at 775-772-8729 or 775-203-4950


Bicycle Safety Skills and Awareness Fair

Press Release


On September 12, 2015 from 09:00 Am till 3:00 PM America Matters Media and Teresa’s Garage Radio Show will hold a Bicycle Skills Course and Awareness Fair for youngsters ages 7 to 12 to be held at the Reno Town Mall back parking area. Participants who show exceptional bicycle-riding skills will receive awards and /or prizes. The event will provide an opportunity for bicyclists to measure their capabilities and increase their awareness of bicycle laws and the importance of defensive cycling.

Teresa Aquila, of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show and Kelly Rush from America Matters Media stated, “ In order to make this Bicycle Skills Fair an event the participants will enjoy and remember, many people and organizations along with several businesses have contributed their time and resources. This also helps to provide early education as an effective method of improving traffic safety.

We will be joined by Kiwanis International of Reno/Sparks, Local Law Enforcement and various businesses within Northern Nevada. There will also be booths set up inside the Reno Town Mall from various agencies and local businesses offering education, demonstrations, raffle prizes and giveaways. America Matters Media Personalities will also be on hand.

For more information, contact:

Teresa Aquila – Teresa’s Garage Radio Show


Kelly Rush – America Matters Media


Female Mechanics, What We Have In Common.

Female Mechanics, What We Have In Common.

As a child I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up; a Law Enforcement Officer and a Mechanic. How did I know that? When I was very young I loved to play with tools, not your traditional toys. I also was one to follow the rules and keep order.000616

In the first grade a police officer came to our class to talk about his job and how to stay safe in our area. I knew right then and there, I wanted to be a police officer. I stayed true and focused to both professions all my life. It wasn’t until recently, after being offered my own radio show, that I discovered (while interviewing many of the women in the Automotive Industry), that many of them had similar interests, wanting to be a mechanic and having a passion for law. Why is that?

To be truthful, I really have no idea. One woman who was one of my first guests on Teresa’s Garage radio show went to school to be a lawyer, but found herself switching majors and attended University Technical School instead.Cambria Orr Parts Specialist

As my list of guests grew, I began to see similarities. This had me really puzzled. Another guest also wanted to be a Police Officer, but changed her major.

How does one go from wanting to help protect the world, to help fix it mechanically? Then the other similarity we share is all of us are between 5’1” to 5’4”, mostly with dark hair, and somewhat of a slim build.Teresa D

Now this has me intrigued as to why. When I asked the other women why they chose Mechanics over Law, most stated that they found out it not only suited them well, but they were also very good at it. On my recent show, I met a lady who was a police dispatcher who became a business owner, and opened up a mobile mechanical repair company with her husband, who was also in Law Enforcement. What are the odds?

Teresa connected with Bogi Lateiner

Teresa connected with Bogi Lateiner

I recently had the opportunity to meet Bogi Letiener, business owner of 180 Degrees Automotive, and a member of the All Girls Garage TV show, hosted by the Velocity Channel. She too went to College with a major in Pre-Law, and later turned to Master Mechanic, business owner and educator.

Each lady had a unique reason for changing professions and heading into the Automotive Repair world. As for me, I had both passions from the get go and stayed true no matter what the challenge I encountered. And I must say, there were many.

I was leading the pack along with other females at the time since we were blazing the trail for women to be accepted as mechanics. It is much easier today for young women to enroll into these technical schools, because when I was starting out, they were not in existence, nor were women welcomed with open arms. A lot has changed over the years, and I believe, in a positive direction.Teresa Aquila

When asked by other women and men, why I wanted to be a mechanic, my answer is, why not? So, reach for your dreams and stay true to yourself. You may never get another chance.

What Do I Need To Know When Buying Car Insurance

What Do I Need To Know When Buying Car Insurance

Female Car BuyingCar insurance is one of the necessary evils of modern life. You pay a substantial amount of money each month to the insurance company, and if you are like most people, you have not had an accident or made a claim in years. Yet when you do suddenly find yourself involved in a collision, the insurance premiums you’ve been forking over all these years will finally pay off.

The advent of the Internet has raised the level of competition between insurance companies. Because you can now sit at home in your bathrobe and compare rates and coverage between companies, they are under more pressure to offer competitive deals. So why not leverage the Internet’s potential to help you save time, save money, and find the best auto insurance coverage?

First, let’s be clear about the fact that auto insurance is required by law in most states―it’s not optional. If you drive a car, you must have auto insurance. So you need to find out what the law requires in your jurisdiction when it comes to how much auto insurance coverage you need to maintain. Print out your state’s requirements, and save that information for the next step in the process.Car Insurance

Because insurance prices are all based on statistics, the prices each of us pays varies wildly. Things like the driver’s age, years of driving experience, what neighborhood the car is usually parked in overnight, the make and model of the car, what kind of safety features the car has, and whether or not you have antitheft devices installed―all of these variables will factor into the price you’ll pay for the particular level of coverage you choose.

Before you get too far into shopping for insurance, you might want to order a copy of your driving record. In much the same way that your credit rating determines what kind of interest rate you’ll get when you are applying for financing, you’re driving record will influence your insurance rate.

When you get your driving record, take a look at it to make sure that it is current and accurate. You would not want an error on your driving record to keep you from getting the best rate possible.

What Can Influence Your Rates

Because insurance prices are all based on statistics, the prices each of us pays varies wildly. Things like the driver’s age, years of driving experience, what neighborhood the car is usually parked in overnight, the make and model of the car, what kind of safety features the car has, and whether or not you have antitheft devices installed―all of these variables will factor into the price you’ll pay for the particular level of coverage you choose.

Before you get too far into shopping for insurance, you might want to order a copy of your driving record. In much the same way that your credit rating determines what kind of interest rate you’ll get when you are applying for financing, you’re driving record will influence your insurance rate.

When you get your driving record, take a look at it to make sure that it is current and accurate. You would not want an error on your driving record to keep you from getting the best rate possible.

What Coverage Do You Need?

Your state sets forth the minimum liability coverage you must maintain. But these are just the legal minimums and might not give you the coverage you need. You’ll have to decide what you want to buy beyond these minimums. Keep in mind that you are looking to find the balance between having adequate coverage and insurance

According to Consumer Reports, a general guideline for adequate bodily injury liability limits is $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident, plus $100,000 for property damage. These amounts are what your insurer will pay to someone you are in an accident with. For uninsured motorist coverage, you should get the same amount as for bodily injury liability, as this covers your medical costs when someone who is not insured hits you.

Which Insurance Companies Cost More?

So which insurance companies actually cost more than others? Like the report indicates, your state set the standards and the insurance companies use statistics, your zip code and the type of vehicle you driver along with whether or not you have safety features on your car or you drive an older model with less safety devices installed.

I found an independent study made up of several different types of driver’s consisting of male and female, ranging from 23 to 75 years of age. They all had excellent driving records and good credit scores. The study was based on the states where the top Insurance Companies are the market leaders.

Here is how they stacked up..

Allstate Insurance priced out at $1,570.00.

Progressive ranked #2 at $1,414.00

Geico came in at #3 $1,177.00

State Farm took the #4 spot at $1,147.00

USAA saved the most at $847.00.

As you can see, comparing companies with the exact same coverage can really save you money. Progressive prides itself as the company that can save you up to $500.00 by switching. Great advertising can pay off, that is if you listen to Flo, but the truth is, it isn’t really true, is it?

Did you know that your premiums are also based on how much risk you are willing to tolerate. True. Some of these companies use what is called price optimization.  the practice—which isn’t allowed in California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington for car insurance—uses data about you and statistical models to gauge how likely you are to shop around for a better price. Will you put up with a $100 increase? Yes? How about $200? So what is this based on?

But according to Bob Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), who has studied price optimization, those models can also take into account measures that seem to be unrelated to car insurance. They include the number of iPhones and beers you have purchased, or whether you’re sticking with Verizon FiOS when DirectTV might be cheaper.

During this study, Amica Mutual and State Farm were contacted and stated they do not use price optimization. Representatives from Allstate, Geico, Progressive, and USAA declined to discuss price optimization. Well I guess that speaks for itself.

So as you can see, comparing prices and shopping for Car Insurance really can save you money. If you listen to the TV ads, you might just pay more for your car

So How Do I get the best rate

  • Good driving record: Many auto insurers offer discounts to drivers who have not made a claim, haven’t been in an accident, or haven’t received a traffic ticket in three years.
  • Good grades: Young drivers can get discounts for maintaining a B average or better in school.
  • Driver’s education: Some insurance companies offer a discount for drivers who complete a driver’s education or driver’s safety course.
  • Multiple policies: Some insurance companies offer discounts if you have two or more policies with them.
  • Safety equipment: Equipment such as antilock brakes and antitheft devices can get you a discount.
  • Longtime policy holder: If you have kept your policy with an insurer for several years, ask about a discounted premium.
  • Higher deductibles: A higher deductible usually means lower premiums.

Supplemental Coverage

You can always supplement your policy with specific protections (for a higher premium, of course). For example, many motorists get comprehensive and collision coverage. Comprehensive pays out when your car is damaged or lost due to causes other than an accident, such as vandalism, theft, or weather. Collision coverage will pay to repair your own car if you hit something.

These options typically come with your choice of deductible, usually $250 to $1,000. This is the amount you pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in; the higher the deductible, the lower the premium you’ll pay for this type of coverage.

Additional options include rental reimbursement coverage, which pays for a rental car while your car is in the shop being repaired. Roadside assistance coverage will pay to have your vehicle towed. Keep in mind that if you already have an auto club membership, you do not need this additional coverage.

Happy Shopping.


Reference: ConsumerReports,


Hot August Nights Has Come And Gone For Another Year.

30629-HAN-Web-Graphics---Various-02(1)Hot August Nights has come and gone for another year. The cars and owners were revved up and excited to reunite with friends they met in the previous years and to spend time with new ones. If you have never been to Hot August Nights (HAN), I feel you are really missing out on some great cars and events.

Did you ever cruise in High School? Well, during HAN, you can cruise until your heart is content. Every night there is cruising, dancing, and showing off your car. So what if you do not own a classic car? Then there are still things for you to do: dancing, swap meets, car shows, meeting new people, concerts, looking at great cars, fireworks, the Big Boy Toy S tore, meeting the ladies from All Girls Garage S how (first time this year), checking out a company who takes 2005-20013 Corvettes and makes them look like a 1963 or 1967 Corvette , and so much more. You could even sit and watch the Barrett-Jackson Auction, which was broadcast live from Reno/Tahoe. There were over 250 cars up for auction and every one of them sold. If you’re looking for a classic, this is the place. Some on display were for sale; others were just for spectators to drool over.IMG_2224

Hot August Nights arrives each year the first week in August. The total number of cars that can register is 6,000. The event allows classic cars from 1976 and older to participate. You would be amazed how much money goes into some of these beauties, and then again, many are just like every day drivers.

My husband and I participate in HAN , and have since the inception in 1986. Although we have not been married that long, we did meet in a car club we both belonged to over 24 years ago.

This event has grown from some 50 cars in 1986 to the 6,000 participating today. No one knew how big this car show would grow, but because of how Reno and Sparks, Nevada are laid out, it makes for a perfect place to hold it.

Every Casino in town hosts their own personal car show with prizes , and this year, Virginia City, NV was added to the lineup of locations , starting on the Saturday before.

Virginia City Joined HAN this year

Virginia City Joined HAN this year


The entire Virginia City downtown area was closed off and all of the Classic rides filled the streets and so did the spectators. I hear it will be back next year, which in fact , will be the 30th anniversary of HAN.

So why do car enthusiasts such as myself love Hot August Nights , or any other car show for that matter? Good question. I have been a Car Chick since I was old enough to crawl. I preferred tools to toys. As I grew older, I took care of every type of transportation I owned; first my trike, then my bicycle, and at the age of sixteen, my first car.

My dad was a car guy, but never a mechanic. He kept every car he ever owned looking like new and I took Three classic carsafter him in that respect. So attending and participating in HAN is like living the past all over again. Not to mention I love checking out all the great cars. The swap meet is my second best thing at HAN. You just never know what you will find there.

When Hot August Nights first started up in Reno, I was in heaven. I shined up my 1963 Chevy Impala, signed up for the event , and well, the rest is history. I was a cruiser in High School, so this was right up my alley.

Meeting other car enthusiasts during the event is really a great feeling. You share stories, make new friends and meet great people who do not own classics, but love them just the same. There is something for everyone here.

I’ve put together a video with photos and live action footage of what you can expect to find at Hot August Nights. Hope you enjoyed it!