SAN FRANCISCO (January 26, 2015) — New research from Carfax suggests that millions of people may be driving, buying, or selling potentially dangerous cars due to an unfixed recall. The company’s annual research on the issue shows more than 46 million cars nationwide have at least one safety recall that’s never been fixed. In fact, five million of them were bought and sold by potentially unsuspecting consumers in 2014.

Since 1939 Arizona Central Credit Union has been providing Arizona families with friendly, hometown service and convenient, affordable financial solutions. As a member-owned credit union, they provide personalized checking, savings, mortgages, and business and personal loans to communities across Arizona, including Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Show Low, and Flagstaff. Arizona Central Credit Union is there to help you achieve financial success for every stage of life.

Arizona Central Credit Union is a financial institution, open to serving new members from all walks of life and business. But what makes them different from other financial institutions is that they're democratically controlled and run by their members, for their members.

Vision Statement

  • Helping people achieve financial success for every stage of life.

Mission Statement

  • We will become the primary financial institution for members, contribute to the well-being of the community, and maintain financial strength and stability promoting sound growth and member loyalty. We will do whatever it takes to provide exceptional service and expert guidance to help our members achieve their financial success.

If you’re like most people, your car is one of your most valuable investments. Make sure you take care of your investment by providing it with the power necessary to get you where you need to be. With a “factory fresh” guarantee, Interstate Batteries is America’s No. 1 replacement-brand battery in the country.

With more than 15 million car batteries sold each year, Interstate Batteries is America's No. 1 replacement-brand battery. Carried at locations nationwide, Interstate Batteries are guaranteed "factory fresh" at the time of purchase and our receipt-free warranties are backed coast to coast.

Enjoying a reputation for top-quality products, business innovations and consistently reliable service, Interstate Batteries is the No. 1 replacement brand battery in North America. Now over a billion dollar, privately held corporation, Interstate continues to thrive on our innovation, as well as our good old-fashioned business principles founded on treating others like we would like to be treated.

Four lines of business make up our enterprise, employing more than 1,400 team members nationwide.

  • Interstate Batteries and Our Distributor Network
  • Interstate All Battery Center
  • PowerCare and Service Solutions, Inc.
  • Interstate Batteries Recycling, Inc.

 With more than 15 million car batteries sold each year, Interstate Batteries is America's No. 1 replacement-brand battery. Carried at locations nationwide, Interstate Batteries are guaranteed "factory fresh" at the time of purchase and our receipt-free warranties are backed coast to coast. Click here to find a dealer near you.

 

Virginia Auto Service Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary with Public Open House

Open house will include a live remote broadcast of Phoenix’s number one car show, Bumper to Bumper Radio, heard every Saturday at 11:00 am on 92.3 FM KTAR. 

PHOENIX, AZ  -February 16, 2015 – Virginia Auto Service, an award winning auto repair shop in Phoenix, Arizona, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a public open house on Saturday March 28th, 2015, at the shop’s location in Central Phoenix. 

What:  Virginia Auto Service Open House 

When: Saturday, March 28th, 2015, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Activities: 

  • Live remote broadcast of KTAR’s Bumper to Bumper Radio
  • Raffle prizes, door prizes
  • Barbecue lunch
  • Dunk tank and other games
  • Special guest appearances
  • Blood drive for United Blood Services
  • Proceeds from raffle ticket sales will benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

Cost: Free

Matt Allen was just 24 years old when he discovered Virginia Auto Service for sale on the corner of 7th Street and Virginia Avenue in Central Phoenix.  Although the building was boarded up and in need of many repairs, through Matt’s eyes, the shop looked like his lifelong dream come true. So with a little money, and a lot of elbow grease, Virginia Auto Service opened its doors. 

Over the last 20 years, Virginia Auto Service has weathered several storms including a devastating arson fire in 2004 that almost wiped them out.  Through it all, Allen has persevered and built a business that has won several awards and stands out as being one of the best auto repair shops in Phoenix. 

“If I would have known then, what I know now,” says Matt Allen, referring to the challenges of the past 20 years “I still would have opened Virginia Auto Service.” 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Virginia Auto Service at 602-266-0200.

About Virginia Auto Service:

Virginia Auto Service provides complete car care in Central Phoenix, Arizona.  They are A+ rated and accredited by the Better Business Bureau.  Virginia Auto Service has won several awards including the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Business of the Year Award, Motor Age Magazine Top Shop, and “Readers’ Choice for Best Auto Repair in Phoenix” by AZCentral.com.  For more information go to:  http://www.virginiaautoservice.com.

 

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Not all Hybrid Vehicles have Superior Reliability

YONKERS, NY — As owners hold on to their vehicles longer, fewer late-model used cars are available for sale, resulting in a limited supply and higher prices. To help Americans choose the best used car for their money, Consumer Reports compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2003 through 2012.

The full report, available in Consumer Reports April Annual Auto issue and at ConsumerReports.org, highlights the best sedans, SUVs, and small cars available in four price ranges: from $10,000 or less up to $25,000. Each performed well in CR’s testing when new and had above-average reliability for the model years shown, based on CR’s Annual Auto Survey. And all models came standard with electronic stability control (ESC), a proven lifesaver during the years indicated.

Consumers allocate portion of tax refund for car care.

Valley car care expert offers three tips on high risk areas.

Every year customers come in to use a portion of their tax refund for vehicle car repairs on items that they have been putting off. However, what the consumer is not aware of are three HIGH RISK areas to always ask their mechanic to check. This can save from having costly repair surprises in the future. Between now and April 30, call to schedule your complimentary Income Tax Protection Inspection with a focus on the three vital areas.

The Car Care Council estimates that more than $62 billion in vehicle maintenance and repair is not performed every year, evidence that there is considerably more that consumers should be doing to protect their automotive investment. These are the three most important areas to have their mechanics check out.

WASHINGTON, D.C., (February 10, 2015) – Too many Americans report that they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three have a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash, according to the AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index. The results further find that unsafe behaviors persist even though one in five drivers have themselves been involved in a serious crash, and one in ten has been seriously injured in a crash.

“It is very disappointing that we continue to see a prevailing attitude of ‘do as I say, not as I do,’ where large numbers of motorists seem to recognize the risks of certain behaviors but do them anyway,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Enhancing the safety culture in society must begin with each individual.”

By giving your vehicle a little more attention now, you’ll avoid the heartbreak and unplanned expense of car trouble down the road. The non-profit Car Care Council recommends a little tender loving auto care this Valentine’s Day and beyond.

  • Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check engine performance to make sure the engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy, and produces the lowest level of emissions.
  • Check the steering and suspension system annually including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH 2015
6PM – 8PM
95 North Dobson Road, Chandler AZ 85224

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Learn how to talk to a mechanic and how you can take control of your car care service and make sure you are making the best financial decisions for you! Join in on a hands-on experience to empower your decision making around vehicle repairs! Come and learn from car care media expert, Frank Leutz, COO of Desert Car Care of Chandler and President of Phoenix Automotive Service Association.

Used Car Standouts from the 2004 through 2013 Model Years

YONKERS, NY — With prices at historic highs – even for models with high mileage and seemingly excessive wear – and with so many vehicles from which to choose, shopping for a used car can be a challenge. To help Americans choose the best used car for their money, Consumer Reports compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2004 through 2013.

The full report is available in Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Issue, which is on newsstands now, and at the 2014 Autos Spotlight page on ConsumerReports.org. Highlighted are the best small cars, sedans, and SUVs available in four price ranges: from $10,000 or less up to $25,000. Each performed well in CR’s testing when new and had above-average reliability for the model years shown, based on CR’s Annual Auto Survey. And all models came standard with electronic stability control (ESC).