Got Gas?

Gas prices have been outrageous in the recent past.  Luckily, I have seen they have been dropping a bit but with the upcoming holidays I will not be surprised if they go through the roof again.

Here are some helpful tips that can save you gas and money.

Do not accelerate and brake hard – I tell my boyfriend this every time he drives my car. He thinks I’m full of it but anytime you slam on your brakes or floor it you can literally watch your gas tank drop. Go ahead, try it. When you come to a stop or accelerating slowly, fuel economy can actually increase by as much as 20%.

Don’t use your A/C unless you have to – Okay, in the summer time there is NO WAY I’m not using my A/C but on nice cool days it can actually save you some gas by not using it. Using the A/C puts an extra load on the motor causing it to have to use more fuel. On most vehicles, even the defroster you use on cold mornings when you go out to start your car, yea, that uses more gas too.

Keep your windows closed – No A/C AND your windows closed?  (It’s getting a little claustrophobic in here.)   Keeping your windows open, especially on the highway, will cause more drag and use up to 10% more gas than if you had them shut.

Don’t sit and idle – I was always told that turning off then starting your car used more gas than keeping on. Not true. If you are going to idle for more than one minute you should actually turn off your car.

Use cruise control – I never hit the highway without using my cruise. If you are going to be traveling a long distance, it’s best to use it to maintain a constant speed. Speeding up and slowing down will use up more of your gas.

Keep your car in good shape –I think it’s been a few years since my car has had one of these…but having a frequent “tune up” on your car and making sure the tires, filters, spark plugs, fluid levels etc. are all in good shape will save  you on gas in the long run.  If the car is not running at tip top shape then it is using extra fuel to make up for the lack.  

I think I will try to start using these gas saving tips from now on. They might not make a HUGE difference but every little bit helps, right?

Written by: Cheri Shue, Guest Blogger
Source: www.gasbuddy.com

 

How To Check The Oil In Your Car

Have you ever wondered if you were doing something right?  Don’t worry…I wonder that every single day! We’ve decided to take the guesswork out of checking the oil in your car.

Checking the oil in your car is an important maintenance check. This quick and easy check can help keep your car running smoothly. An easy way to remember when to check the oil is every other time you fill your car up with gas. All you need is a paper towel or a rag (which you can get free from most gas stations).

 Follow these steps below to Check the Oil.

  1. Make sure that you have the engine turned off.
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  2. Open the hood and find the dipstick.
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  3. Pull the dipstick out and wipe off any oil from the end.
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  4. Place the dipstick back in the tube and then pull it out again.
  5. Look at both sides of the dipstick and where the oil is on the end.  If the oil is below the minimum mark you will need to add oil, anything above minimum should be good until your next check.
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  6. Once you are done checking the dipstick, put it back into place and make sure that it is secure. Then close the hood.

Performing this simple 2 minute check could save you a ton of dough down the road.  If you prefer not to get your hands dirty and you live in a part of the country that has a full-service gas station…by all means stop there!

Retro-1940s-Full-Service-Gas-Station

Written by: Guest Blogger Braden Dominic

Source: ConsumerReports.org

When Should You Recharge Your Jump Starter?

 

A common question among jump starter owners…When do I recharge it to make sure it’s fully charged and ready to use?

Clore Automotive, a leading jump starter manufacturer, has devised a system to alert you when it’s time to recharge your jump starter.  Believe me…as soon as I found this site, I signed up!  It’s a pain to try and remember when to recharge your jump starter unit and try to remember when the last time was that you recharged it.  You don’t want to get stranded with a dead jump starter…kind of defeats the purpose huh?!?!

Check out the Clore Automotive getincharge page to sign up and receive email alerts quarterly reminding you to recharge your machine.  You’ll love it!

Until next time….Jay

Picking The Right Jump Starter For You

In a previous blog post, we talked about the different reasons your car won’t start. Today, I would like to follow up with talking about how to choose the right jump starter for your needs. Like man, all jump starters are not created equal. There are a myriad of different options to choose from. We will be discussing options for your daily driver to your heavy duty towing vehicles.

For your daily driver or family vehicle, we have two favorites. The Jump-N-Carry KKC660 and the TCBES5000 by Booster Pac.  Below I will show you the details and help you chose the right option for you.

The Jump-N-Carry KKC660

KKC660

  • For California CEC-compliant equivalent product, please order KKC-660C
  • The KKC660 delivers 1700 Peak Amps and 425 Cranking Amps of starting power and weighs just 18 lbs.
  • Perfect for a variety of professional starting environments, including automotive service, fleet service, auto dealerships, auto auctions, marinas, implement dealerships and more.
  • 1700 Peak Amps
  • 425 Cranking Amps
  • Clore PROFORMER battery technology
  • 46″ #4 AWG welding cable leads
  • Industrial-grade clamps
  • Built-in charger
  • Automatic charging
  • Voltmeter provides charge status of on board battery
  • 12VDC outlet to power accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Email reminder when the unit needs to be charged

Cost: $136.22

The TCBES5000

TCBES5000

  • For California CEC-compliant equivalent product, please order TCB-ES5000C
  • Multiple jumps between charges and 43″ cables make the ES5000 as convenient as it is powerful.
  • 1500 Peak Amps
  • 400 Cranking Amps
  • ES Series battery designed specifically for vehicle jump-starting
  • Automatic recharging
  • LED battery status indicator
  • 43″ #4 AWG cables
  • Industrial Grade Hot Jaw™ clamps
  • DC outlet to power 12 Volt accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Email reminder when the unit needs to be charged

Cost: $138.89

Mid Range Jump Starters & Chargers

For you drivers of large trucks like an F-250 or above or a vehicle you are using to pull a boat, tractor, or heavy equipment we also have two favorites. They are the SHUPSJ-3612 by Schumacher and KKCJNCXF by Jump-N-Carry.

The SHUPSJ-3612

Schumacher Jump Starter

  • Two, 18-Ah Professional-Grade, High-Output AGM Batteries—especially formulated to jump start vehicles.
  • Non-spillable; stores in any position.
  • 2-Gauge, 55-inch Cables.
  • Heavy-duty clamps have replaceable, copper jaws—fit both top and side-post batteries.
  • ON/OFF Switch
  • 3-Amp Built-in, Automatic Charger
  • Reverse Hook-Up Alarm
  • Two-Function Digital Display
  • 12-Volt DC Power Outlet
  • Durable, Rust & Corrosion Proof, Polypropylene Case with Unique Clamp Storage
    Vented case for added safety
  • Unique, High-Impact Rubber Base—for case protection.

Cost: $280.54

The KKCJNCXF

Jump-N-Carry Jump Starter

  • The new standard in power-to-weight ratio in a handheld jump starter, its exclusive X-Force battery delivers 770 Crank Assist Amps to tackle the toughest automotive, marine and industrial jump starting assignments.
  • Features 68″ extra-long cables to reach the starting points on virtually any vehicle and automatic charging from its built-in charger
  • Made in the USA
  • 770 Crank Assist Amps
  • X-Force battery technology
  • 68″” #4 welding cable leads
  • Industrial Grade Hot Jaw Clamps
  • Built-in charger
  • Automatic charging
  • Voltmeter provides charge status of onboard battery
  • 12VDC outlet to power accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty

Cost: $273.44

Heavy Duty Jump Starters For Large Industrial & Commercial Vehicles

For the big boys (and gals), we have big and powerful toys. Our two favorite heavy duty chargers are the TCBES6000KE by Booster Pac, and the KKCJNCXFE by Jump-N-Carry.

The TCBES6000KE

ES6000KE

 

  • The workhorse of the Booster PAC family, the ES6000 delivers 3000 Peak Amps.
  • 12 Volt, 54” cables, auto charging
  • High performance ES Series battery
  • Battery Capacity: (2) 22 Amp Hour
  • Peak Amps: 3000
  • Cranking Amps: 800
  • Cold Cranking Amps: 650
  • Packaged with two batteries

Cost: $278.65

The KKCJNCFXE

Industrial Strength Jump Starter

  • The ideal unit for the very toughest 12 Volt jump starting tasks and the harshest work environments
  • Its dual X-Force batteries deliver 1540 Crank Assist Amps, making it perfect for a wide range of environments: automotive, marine, fleet, industrial, construction, outdoor power equipment and heavy-duty starting
  • Features 68″ extra-long cables to reach the starting points on virtually any vehicle and automatic charging from its built-in charger
  • Made in the USA
  • 1540 Crank Assist Amps
  • X-Force battery technology
  • 68″” #2 welding cable leads
  • Industrial Grade Hot Jaw Clamps
  • Built-in automatic charger
  • Voltmeter provides charge status of on board battery
  • 12VDC outlet to power accessories
  • 1 year limited warranty

Cost: $402.55

Now, what does all this mean to you? We have broken these jump starters out into three different tiers. Tier one would be your every day jump starters. These are best suited for your home garage and to keep in the trunk of your car, truck or van. They work like a charm and are a great selection for anyone. Tier two jump starters are designated for those of you that have large trucks and SUVs. Finally, tier three are for your big, heavy duty trucks. We’re talking about F-450+ or 4500’s for you GM folks.

If you have any questions about any of these jump starters or just jump starters in general, please leave them in the comments box and we’ll answer them right here for you. Or you can feel free to email us at customerservice@nationaltoolwarehouse.com and we will return your email promptly!

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Basic Hand Tools Every Home Mechanic Needs – Part 1

So…is it time to outfit your garage for the necessities in home automotive maintenance or upgrade your current tired/worn out tools to usable ones?  I’ve started to compile a list of basic hand tools that every home mechanic needs.  Whether you are tinkering with an old project or working on your family car, these tools and accessories will definitely come in handy and make it a bit easier to get the job done!

First off is the basic drop light, this drop light comes with a 50’ cord and 26 watts of light.  Coming in with a price tag of $145.22 and a top notch warranty, you can’t go wrong with the Saberlight 80010.

ATD-80010 $145.22

Moving on to the staple of your garage, a mechanic’s tool set.  There are so many tool sets on the market these days and of course most will do just fine.  One example of this set is the KD Tools (aka GearWrench) 80933.  This 216 piece set has so much to offer and comes in a handy carrying case.

KDT-80933 $185.55

Having the right tools in your garage to work on your vehicles efficiently, includes owning a basic code reader.  Code readers come in handy when that pesky check engine light decides to come on.  Generally, the plug to use this is located near the steering column in your car, out of the way.  A good reader that has come in handy at my house is the Innova 3120. As long as you have a car or light truck newer than 1996 (OBDII), then you should be able to use this tool.

INN-3120 $179.65

Rounding out the must-haves for today is a good solid drill/driver kit.   The one in my garage is getting a good workout and is standing up to all of the abuse I can throw at it.  Coming in at just under 5 lbs, the DeWalt DC720KA is my new best friend!

DWT-DC720KA $219.10

With that being said, I think 4 awesome must-have tools will be enough for today.  Stay tuned though and I’ll post more about the other great items that have shown up in my garage lately.

Do you have any of these in your garage already?  If so, I’d love to hear your personal experience with it!!










Caring For Your Automatic Transmission

This post aims to show you the ropes when it comes to maintaining your automatic transmission.

Clunk! You know that sound. It is what happens when your transmission slips. Your RPM gauge red lines but your car doesn’t move. This can be caused by a variety of different things going on in your transmission. Transmission repair and replacement is very expensive. So be sure to follow these guidelines to keep some money in your pocket.

Maintaining your vehicle is imperative to prolonging the life of your vehicle. The fluids and filters are usually where we start. Every 3,000-5,000 miles we change our oil filter, and every 15,000 miles we change our fuel filter. Our transmission filter and fluid are no different.

Your automatic transmission utilizes gears to make efficient use of the engine’s torque and to keep the engine running at suitable speeds. The fluid in your transmission ensures optimum operating temperature and keeps the gears lubricated. The filter, keeps out dirt and debris. Something to note is that transmission maintenance varies for different vehicles. Many newer vehicles no longer have a transmission filter, or the transmission requires minimal maintenance like a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). In this post, we will discuss care for a transmission which does have a filter and requires regular maintenance, but be sure to consult your owner’s manual for your specific vehicle requirements.

For vehicles with a transmission filter and fluid requiring flushing, it is important to make sure that you keep the fluid and filter well maintained so that you do not encounter transmission issues in the future.

Some symptoms of transmission issues include:

  • Leaking, red fluid
  • Vehicle will not go into gear
  • Hesitation when shifting gears
  • Vehicle slips out of gear while driving*

(*Note: If this does happen to you, don’t try to continue driving. Find a safe place to pull over as soon as possible and have your vehicle towed to your local service station.)

Make sure you bring your vehicle to a service shop that can perform a proper transmission flush. This includes hoisting the vehicle up, removing the pan, replacing the filter and draining all the fluid. By doing this, a skilled mechanic is able to see if there is any metal debris accumulating in the bottom of the pan. This could indicate a larger problem. Although a small amount of debris is normal, you need to clean it out so that it does not clog up the transmission system, leading to shifting issues or gear slippage.

By changing your transmissions fluid and filter every 50,000 km or so, you can prolong the life of your vehicle. But of course, as we always say, consult your owner’s manual for proper maintenance schedules.

If you are interested in the finer details of how the transmission operates in your vehicle, head over to HowStuffWorks.

Sources: AAMCO, HowStuffWorks, Yahoo, and Popular Mechanics

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How to Install an Air Intake Manifold

You don’t need a mechanic to change your air intake manifold!  You got this!!

Alright gear heads, today we’re going to install an air intake manifold. When you install a performance air intake system, you gain a more efficient and powerful engine. A greater amount of oxygen is supplied to your engine’s combustion chamber, generating greater torque and more horsepower. Installing a performance intake also increases your gas mileage, and who doesn’t like having extra money.

The installation job itself is pretty darn simple, but it does take some elbow grease. You most definitely do not need to pay a mechanic to install an air intake system, plus we’re handy people, we’re going to do it ourselves. Follow directions and pay close attention to what is being removed, and from where, so that you can be confident in where to reattach everything when installation is complete.

The following directions should serve as a general guide to installing a cold air intake system:

Open your product’s packaging and make certain all necessary installation materials and hardware are accounted for. You don’t want to be stuck without an important part in the middle of an installation.

  1. Turn off your vehicle’s ignition, and disconnect your battery cables. Remove your radiator cover/dust shroud and remove your intake tube. If applicable, you will also need to remove your engine cover. Remove your crank case hose, and disconnect your vehicle’s electrical air flow sensors. Lastly, remove your air box and disconnect the mass air flow sensor from it.
  2. Assemble your intake’s heat shield. This will usually require attaching mounting brackets and rubber trim and then connecting your mass air flow sensor to its underside. Sometimes, you will be required to cut the rubber trim to the proper size. Remember to make absolutely certain you are following your product’s exact directions during this step, as the particular intricacies of each system differ. The most important consideration in this step is that you properly assemble your heat shield exactly as laid out in your product’s instructions. There should be a large tube end available to connect the air filter to the intake tube.
  3. When the heat shield is properly assembled, attach the air filter to the instructed position opposite where the intake tube will be attached (as the filter will feed directly into the tube). Tighten all necessary connectors. At the end of this process, you should have a piece of equipment similar in size to the air box which you previously removed. Your new system will fit into the vacated air box cavity.
  4. Install the heat shield/air filter combo into your engine cavity. Do what is necessary in this process to retain and properly use key components such as splash guards and mounting brackets. The factory mounting positions from which you removed your air box should be used to mount your new heat shield and filter, as your new intake system will be made specifically for your vehicle.
  5. Attach any vent fittings and remaining connective parts to your intake tube. Once ready, connect your intake tube to your heat shield/filter combination on one end and to your engine on the other. This may involve attaching and securing silicone hose ends, one to your throttle body and the other to the far end of the tube itself. However it is managed, this step entails seemlessly connecting your filter and heat shield to your throttle body.
  • Tighten and secure everything: all hose clamps, all gaskets, all bolts and fasteners. When we say tighten, we mean as tight as humanly possible. Under no circumstance is it advisable, or even acceptable, for these connectors to come loose at any moment during vehicle operation.
  • Reattach all vents and sensors unhooked in Step #2, including crank case vent hoses, battery cables, electrical sensors, engine covers, and/or radiator covers.
  • Make sure everything is properly attached and fully tightened. When you have determined this is so, start your engine and listen to that baby purr! It is recommended that every couple hundred miles you check your gaskets, fasteners, and hose clamps to ensure they’ve retained their tightness, at least through the first thousand miles. You can never be too careful, and bad things WILL happen if this system comes undone during operation.

Click Here for a video from K&N with detailed instructions

That is it! You are done. Doesn’t she sound great?

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Smartphone Scan Tool, Really?

Yes…you read the title right!  A Smartphone Scan Tool for the everyday person and home mechanic diy-er!

From what I am being told there is this amazing tool that you can buy for under $70.00 that you plug into your car.  You download the FREE app to your Apple or Android device and your smartphone becomes a scan tool.  No, you don’t need to reread that sentence.  It’s true!  Your smartphone becomes a scan tool!  How cool is that?!?!? That’s going to save you some serious cash and headache when a check engine light appears.

The Actron U-Scan Cellular Diagnostic Code Scanner provides do-it-yourselfers the ability to access vehicle diagnostics using their Apple or Android device. (That verbiage is straight from the manufacturer!)

I’m still in shock! This smartphone scan tool has been developed to provide essential information to help you repair your vehicle quickly and easily, while saving money.  Actron, the manufacturer, has even put out a pdf file giving more information about how this “Dongle” works (no I did not make that name up).  You can get that pdf here.

According to Actron, the smartphone scan tool is guaranteed to link to all 1996-Up vehicles. It has a Quick Check feature meaning it will read codes and definitions, erase codes and turn off the check engine light along with monitoring emissions.  On top of that it includes a Vehicle Activity Log that records the history of vehicle tests and diagnostics.  How cool is that!?!?

U-Scan™ Smartphone Scan Tool Vehicle Diagnostics  (ACT-CP9599)

U-Scan™ Smartphone Vehicle Diagnostics
(ACT-CP9599)

Anyone already own this smartphone scan tool that would be willing to give me a review?  I’d love to hear how it performs before I shell out the cash!

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Top DIYer Automotive Tools

Being a DIYer automotive mechanic has its ups and downs.  You get to own some extremely cool tools, which your buddies will be jealous of, but the cost of those tools sometimes outweighs the “cool” factor.  Not to mention some tools take up way too much room in the garage.

Here are a few of the must have tools for the DIYer automotive mechanic.  Prices aren’t terrible and the space needed to keep these much-loved tools will be minimal.

  • First up we have a battery powered impact wrench.  This tool is a must have for any self proclaimed DIYer.  DeWalt put out this great 20 volt impact tool recently and once you use it, you’ll never look at the 12 volt or even the 18 volt versions the same.  The DeWalt DCF889M2 comes in priced at $308.75 (a bit pricey but well worth it).
DeWalt DCF889M2 - 20V MAX Lithium Ion Impact Wrench, 1/2"

DeWalt DCF889M2 – 20V MAX Lithium Ion Impact Wrench, 1/2″

  • Moving on to the next coolest DIYer automotive tool – a Steelman brand ChassisEar.  This tool will let you listen to six different under chassis locations in one road test and hear noises that cannot be duplicated in the stall.  How cool is that?!?!  Seriously, with this tool priced at $121.55 you will be the envy of everyone at work.
Steelman ChassisEAR® (stethoscope for your car) Model 06600

Steelman ChassisEAR® (stethoscope for your car) Model 06600

  • Next up comes the underhood light.  Every DIYer knows that car troubles don’t always happen in the daytime and when it’s pitch black outside and your garage lights aren’t doing the job,  you need an underhood light to brighten up your work space.  Check out this light made by ATD Tools and priced at only $99.95, it’s not only affordable but a definite must have in your garage.
ATD Tools 80050 The Saber Light 30-Watt Underhood Light

ATD Tools 80050 The Saber Light 30-Watt Underhood Light

  • Another DIYer garage must-have would be a good flex head ratchet.  GearWrench makes some of the best and this set is reasonably priced and you really get the bang for your buck.  Priced at $103.59, you not only get the three piece set of cushion grip ratchets but you get a FREE flex head ratchet too!
GearWrench 81203FD Mix Cushion Grip Ratchet Set, 3 pc w/FREE 3/8" Dr Offset Flex Head Cushion Grip Ratchet

GearWrench 81203FD Mix Cushion Grip Ratchet Set, 3 pc w/FREE 3/8″ Dr Offset Flex Head Cushion Grip Ratchet

  • Rounding out these DIYer automotive tools is a good brake bleeder.  Most DIYer mechanics change their own brake pads and having a good solid brake bleeder on hand for such a job is a must.  MityVac is a top name in brake bleeding tools.  They have the MV6870 priced well at $81.99.
MityVac MV6870 Vacuum Brake Bleeder

MityVac MV6870 Vacuum Brake Bleeder

We received a great response from last weeks blog (found here) and we’d love to hear your thoughts about any or all of the tools in this weeks blog!  We’ll be sure to include your thoughts in future posts (unless you tell us not to, of course).  

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Dealership Must-Have Tools

We have dealerships call daily asking for a list of tools they need to get started.  We never really thought much about being dealership specific but it has been a request we’ve received over and over again.  We’ve put together a list of tools that seem to be the most popular with the new dealerships in all areas of the U.S.

1. Jump Starters – These are a must have for all dealerships, big or small.  You don’t want a potential customer to not be able to start their “dream” car when they are ready for a test drive.  Here are a few of the best selling jump starters on the market today.

 

Dealership Jump Starter KKC660

$131.55 USD
• For California CEC-compliant equivalent product, please order KKC-660C
• The JNC660 delivers 1700 Peak Amps and 425 Cranking Amps of starting power and weighs just 18 lbs.
• Perfect for a variety of professional starting environments, including automotive service, fleet service, auto dealerships, auto auctions, marinas, implement dealerships and more.
• Give it a try and you’ll see why it’s the choice of Pros the world around.
• 1700 Peak Amps
• 425 Cranking Amps
• Clore PROFORMER battery technology
• 46″ #2 AWG welding cable leads
• Industrial-grade clamps
• Built-in charger
• Automatic charging
• Voltmeter provides charge status of onboard battery
• 12VDC outlet to power accessories
• 1 year limited warranty

Dealership Jump Starter  KKC-AIR

$227.66
• 1700 Peak Amps of Jump-Starting Power
• Features a built-in charger with automatic charging.
• Extra-long 68″ heavy-gauge cables.
• Battery Capacity: 22 Amp Hour
• Cranking Amps: 425
• Cold Cranking Amps: 325

Dealership Jump Starter SHU-PSJ-2212

$144.56
• 22-Ah Professional-Grade, High-Output AGM Battery—especially formulated to jump start vehicles.
• Non-spillable; stores in any position.
• 4-Gauge, 50-inch Cables.
• Heavy-duty clamps have replaceable, copper jaws—fit both top and side-post batteries.
• ON/OFF Switch
• 3-Amp Built-in, Automatic Charger
• Reverse Hook-Up Alarm
• Two-Function Digital Display
• 12-Volt DC Power Outlet
• Durable, Rust & Corrosion Proof, Polypropylene Case with Unique Clamp Storage
• Vented case for added safety
• Unique, High-Impact Rubber Base—for case protection.

2.  Jacks & Lifting Equipment – Any dealership needs a good sturdy jack and jack stands for those times when you need to get a car fixed up and back on the lot.  Here are a few of the jacks/jack stands that our customers are currently raving about.

 

Dealership - HWA-HW93642

$318.55
• Low Height: 3 3/4”, High Height: 20”
• Chassis Length: 26 3/4”
• Removable one piece handle
• Sealed pump, reduces risk of damage
• 2 Year Warranty
• Weight 90 lbs.

Dealership - SUU-66037JPK

$255.70
• 12 Strokes or less to high height under load
• Dual piston power unit for rapid lifting
• Dual return springs
• Safety overload system prevents use beyond rated capacity
• Heavy gauge flanged steel frame
• Heavy duty black swivel caster
• 2-1/4″” wide track front wheels
• Round 1″” thick cast steel saddle
• Capacity (Tons): 3.5 tons
• Low Height: 4″”
• Raised Height: 19. 25″”
• Length: 29″”
• Chassis Width: 14.5″”
• Handle Length: 50.5″”
• Saddle Diameter: 5.3″”
• FREE 6-Ton Jack Stands (Pair) (SUU-1006)

Dealership - OTC-1505B

$635.88
• A built-in safety overload prevents using the jack beyond its rated capacity.
• A convenient foot pedal speeds the lifting operation, handle lock and release control are located on top of the 40” spring-loaded handle. Handle can be locked into any position from vertical to horizontal.
• Lifting range: 6” to 22”, reach: 47”
• Frame height: 7-3/4”
• Floor space: 56” x 14-3/4”

3. Detailing items being another of the main items our dealership customers purchase.  It’s much cheaper to hire a student to work for you part time cleaning cars as they come in the dealership than it is to have a full time person or take it to a detail shop.  Having the right detailing items on hand is a must to keep your cars sparkling.  Here are some of the items we sell to dealerships across the country.

Dealership-MGL-DMCKIT6

$83.49
• 2 ea. DA Microfiber Cutting Discs
• 2 ea. DA Microfiber Finishing Discs
• Backing Plate
• DA Microfiber Correction Compound – 16oz.
• DA Microfiber Finishing Wax – 16oz.
• Free Meguiar’s Black Apron

Dealership-WIZ-99004

$49.95
• Free WIZARDS® cap
• Mist-N-Shine™ professional detailer
• Vinyl Shine™ tire dressing & protectant
• Vinyl Shine™ applicator pad
• Power Clean™ all purpose cleaner
• Shine Master™ polish & breathable sealant
• WIZARDS® Wash super concentrate
• WIZARDS® Multi-Fiber™ Cloth
• Assortment of best sellers for detailing
• Full size products with cap promotion
• Great gift pack for the enthusiast

Dealership-MGL-G110V2

$195.75
• Low risk, dual-action, rotation and orbit pattern produces far superior results than mere hand application
• New upgraded v2 with cruise control
• Internal feedback circuit increases torque when downward pressure is applied
•1800 opm 6800 opm, the most versatile speed range in its class
• Easy side-port access for quick brush changes
• New rubber cord
• Convenient Meguiar’s canvas bag
• Includes W68DA Soft Buff 2.0 DA backing plate

So, those are the top dealership “tools” that we currently sell.  I know there are more tools that a dealership will need and I will cover that next time.  We haven’t talked about scan tools, window markers, impact wrenches….oh the list goes on and on.

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