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Meet The Famous Herbie Car From The “Fully Loaded” Movie

Meet The Famous Herbie Car From The “Fully Loaded” Movie

If you are searching for an honest and thorough auto repair shop, look no further than Mechanics Direct. Our auto mechanics are experienced, educated, and equipped with the latest and greatest tools and technology. Maybe their motivation for excellence is spurred by the famous car in our auto repair shop showroom. You may have noticed the Herbie Car, but do you know the story behind this famous car? This Herbie car which starred in the 2005 “Fully Loaded” movie, is a 1962 Beetle with a 1600 engine, complete with the actors’ signatures on the glove box including Lindsay Lohan. However, there is more to it than what meets the eye. In fact, this Herbie was one of the two surviving cars from shooting all the scenes. This movie, a box office success, chronicles the union of a girl with a broken-down car and their unlikely domination at the racetrack.   Before reaching our auto repair shop in Lowell, this Herbie car was restored in Hollywood with a rebuilt engine an ... read more

How Mechanics Direct is Doing its Best to Protect Mother Earth

How Mechanics Direct is Doing its Best to Protect Mother Earth

The auto mechanics at Mechanics Direct are the trusted source for auto repair in Lowell. At our facility, we strive to establish rapport with you. We want you and your family stay to secure and safe on the streets in Lowell and the surrounding communities, and we aim to make sure your car, no matter the make or model, will continue to run in optimal condition for years to come. Our team at Mechanics Direct in Lowell wants to minimize our carbon footprint. We are conscientious of how we operate at our auto repair shop, and we have a made a solid commitment to being an environmentally friendly facility. However, we think actions speak louder than words, so we have compiled a list of how we are going green: We have installed energy efficient LED Lighting throughout our shop, showroom, and exterior of our building in Lowell. Our auto mechanics recycle used motor oil which we reuse to heat our auto repair shop. We recycle all glass and plastic bottles, parts containers, cardboar ... read more

Signs You have a Battery or Charging System Issue

Signs You have a Battery or Charging System Issue

Did you know that as the weather gets colder there is an extra strain placed upon your battery! Even though you may be able to start your car fine today, Will Your car Start in the Dead of Winter? Usually any battery problems are first experienced in the morning, after the vehicle has been sitting for 8-12 hours.  When you turn the key does it take many tries for your engine to start? Are you hearing a whirring or clicking sound?  If so, then this is a warning sign that something is on its way out and your car needs attention! Whenever experiencing any starting issues be sure to have a Complete Charging System Test performed by and experienced ASE Master Certified Auto Technician/Mechanic.  This will include thorough testing of the Alternator, Battery, Wiring and Connections. Winter can be a particularly harsh time of year for you and your car.  So, while you’re at it, also have your Antifreeze, Radiator, and Hoses Checked for below freezing temperatures ... read more

6 GO GREEN-BE GREEN DRIVING TIPS FOR YOU

6 GO GREEN-BE GREEN DRIVING TIPS FOR YOU

When behind the wheel of your vehicle, always try to observe Green Driving habits to keep your fuel economy & emissions levels at their very best. Reduce drag by keeping your windows rolled up & your air conditioner on. Avoid sudden accelerations and decelerate gradually when safely possible. Shut off the engine & try not to idle for more than 2 minutes at a time. Driving at speeds over 70 MPH increases emissions – slow down & go green. Plan your routes to avoid redundant trips for errands and appointments. When driving on an uncrowded highway - use your cruise control. Go Green-Be Green

Green Driving Tips - Good for You & Mother Earth

Green Driving Tips - Good for You & Mother Earth

Did you know that driving with your tires at the proper inflation level can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 3%?  That’s a savings of $30 to $70 depending on how much you drive.  Properly inflated tires can reduce greenhouse gasses by 1.42% to 0.69%.  Whereas under-inflated tires alone costs the country more than 3.5 million gallons of gasoline each day. Observe the speed limit.  As a general rule, assume that each on average, for every one mph increase over 50 mph reduces your gas mileage by .1 miles per gallon. That’s one mile per gallon less for every 10 mph over the speed limit you drive. Depending upon your driving style and how fast you drive, you could waste 20 to 70 cents per gallon. Relax. Avoid hard or “jackrabbit” starts and stops.  Aggressive driving can reduce your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and 5% in the city. Reduce excess vehicle weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your trunk.  Each ... read more

Memorial Day Weekend, Not Just a Weekend for Travel…

Memorial Day Weekend, Not Just a Weekend for Travel…

Memorial Day Weekend, Not Just a Weekend for Travel… Did you know that in 1922, after World War I, the Red Poppy was adopted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as the Official Memorial Flower? The poppies were inspired by a poem written by John McCrae called “In Flanders Fields”. The artificial red poppies are assembled by veterans at VA medical facilities and veterans homes which are then distributed throughout the county. The donations received from these poppies “have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom." Red Poppy - The Official Memorial Flower //www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flower.pdf This Memorial Day, May 29th, as more Americans than ever hit the road, let’s take a moment to slow d ... read more

Video – Drivers Beware - Water Threat More Common Than You Think!

In light of the sudden warmth in Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire our thoughts turn quickly to spending more time outdoors and getting out and about. Did you know that with this sudden warmth there may be danger from quickly melting snowpack? Quick melting snow can cause ice jams clogging area rivers and streams bringing rapidly rising water and sudden flooding. Why is this important? According to the National Weather Service & NOAA, “It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry off a small car; 18 to 24 inches for larger vehicles. More than half of the deaths from flooding each year occur in vehicles. Don’t underestimate the power of water. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN”. Check out this video… //www.weather.gov/wrn/Videos Please pass this important information on to those you care about, especially young drivers who may not be aware of this danger. We care about your saf ... read more

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How to Make a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car

How to Make a Winter Emergency Kit for Your Car

Winter Travel Can Be Very Hazardous.Why not increase your odds of getting there safely? Ready.Gov published the following list on how to: "Make An Emergency Kit For Your Car"   "In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car including Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle Flashlights: with extra batteries First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars Manual can openerWater: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days Basic toolkit: pliers, wrench, screwdriver Pet supplies: food and water Radio: battery or hand cranked Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction ShovelIce scraperClothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy ... read more

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10 Steps to get Your Car ready for Fall & Winter!

10 Steps to get Your Car ready for Fall & Winter!

  <h3 class="align-center>NOVEMBER FALL CAR CARE ***10 Steps to get Your Car Ready for Fall & Winter!***     The Car Care Council reminds motorists that having their vehicles checked Before the Temperature Drops is a sensible way to avoid being stranded out in the cold.Don’t get stuck with the unexpected expense of an emergency repair.Have an Expert Technicians Inspect Your Vehicle Before Winter Arrives!Have an Expert Technicians Inspect Your Vehicle Before Winter Arrives!Check antifreeze and all other fluids Check the hoses and beltsCheck the battery Check the brake system Inspect the exhaust system Check engine performance Check the defroster and air conditioning system Inspect the steering and suspension system Check the tiresCheck the wipers and lightingTHEN YOU’LL BE GOOD TO GO!!!

Top 7 Auto Service Questions To Ask Yourself!

Top 7 Auto Service Questions To Ask Yourself!

What are the Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself to Know if you are Getting the Best Service for You & Your Car? Ready? Here We Go! Do you feel that you are able to Communicate Your Wants & Needs to your service professional? Do they Identify your Issues and Concerns? Do they Understand for what purpose your car will be driven? Do they help Fulfill Your Automotive Goals? Do they Design an Individualized Service Plan to address You & Your Vehicle’s Needs? Do they Provide you with Highly Trained ASE Certified Auto Technicians? Are you offered very High Quality Service backed-up by a Multi-Year Warranty? And if so how long is the warranty and is it nationwide? If You Answered No to any of these Questions then you are Selling Yourself Short! Consider this: #1 You are the customer and Your Concerns & Goals Should Count! Communication is a Very Important Part of the Service Process. You Deserve Better than cookie cutter one-size fits all service ... read more

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