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Detailing your ride

November 2, 2010

Kirk and I finishing up!

I think it’s more of a guy thing, but both my brothers are OBSESSED with cleaning their cars. With special shammies and expensive cleaning supplies, you’ll catch my brothers on their driveways once a week! How does McCarthy detail cars? After speaking to the Manager of our Vehicle Preparation Department, Kirk Rogers, I learned there’s a lot more to it than running it through the wash. Every pre-owned vehicle goes through the same detailing process, starting with an entire wash down of the vehicle, including the engine and undercarriage. Next, Kirk and the boys shampoo the carpets and steam clean the interior; including bed-liner and cup-holders. Afterward, they use a special cleaner on the door jamb, tires and engine (aka make them shiny!). Next is the polishing and to finish it off, they apply a coat of wax. Kirk Rogers has been detailing vehicles for the last 16 years and has 13 men working under him, apart of two separate crews working from 7 a.m. – midnight everyday. If you’re ever interested in getting your vehicle professionally detailed by one of my guys, come on in! (Car = $200 , Truck/SUV = $265)
Uncategorized, Under the Hood

Why choose McCarthy for service?

October 27, 2010
Things happen … vehicles break, accidents occur, maintenance is required. With six service departments around the Kansas City area, there’s no reason to go elsewhere! 🙂 Check out some reasons why McCarthy is the place to go to service your vehicle. [youtube][/youtube] And for more information on standard maintenance for your vehicle, check out one of my past posts on oil changes; dealership vs quick lube shops. Maintaining your vehicle is key and cheaper doesn’t always mean better. Remember that!
Behind the Wheel, Under the Hood

Do you need a new battery?

October 4, 2010

Battery Charger on wheels!!!

So … it’s fall time! Leaves are falling and changing colors. Speaking of change … let’s talk a bit about batteries. I asked one of my Service Managers if I was able to check my battery on my own. Nope! So, next step is to find someone who can. Our service departments hook up your battery to a battery-tester, which charges and loads to the appropriate size. What is it checking for? Reserve capacity of a battery. So, how are batteries different:
  1. Size
  2. Cost
  3. Size per vehicle
The Machine will tell us whether your battery passes or fails the test! If it fails, you need to replace your battery. You may ask … are there any signs you should be looking for?
  1. Slow Crank (when you turn the key)
  2. Age (If it’s been 4-5 years, it may be time)
Stay tuned for more tips on maintaining your vehicle into the colder months ahead.