Terry Wynter Auto Featured on NBC2: Hidden Tracking Devices

Posted August 12th, 2015 by admin and filed in Automotive News

Could someone be tracking your car without your knowledge? Our very own Terry Wynter spoke to NBC2 about unwanted GPS trackers found on a Southwest Florida residents’ vehicles without consent.

Learn more from the NBC2 News coverage: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/29708780/mechanic-finds-hidden-tracking-device-on-womans-car#.VcuFjflVikp

 

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle In Fort Myers?

Posted October 21st, 2014 by admin and filed in Automotive News

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There is a clear and vocal demand in Fort Myers and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Florida market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Fort Myers area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. Fort Myers auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest Fort Myers dealership.

Fort Myers motorists should carefully research the car care before buying an alternative vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs and fuel efficiency as well: these vehicles may help save our environment here in Fort Myers, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You’ll need to decide what you can afford, and what will work for your lifestyle. Also, your choice of vehicle may be affected by what fuels are available in your Fort Myers area. Switching to an alternative fuel vehicle is not a bad decision, but it should be a carefully considered one.

Flex Fuel Vehicles
Flex fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on a combination of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Because of the 85% ethanol content, this fuel is commonly called E85 in Florida.

Ethanol is made from corn. So flex fuel vehicles lessen our dependency on fossil fuels. But they also raise the price of corn, which is a basic foodstuff in some areas of the world. Whether replacing fossil fuels with corn is a good idea is hotly contested right now.

Flex fuel vehicles do have lower harmful exhaust emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles. And in Fort Myers, E85 is usually lower in cost than regular gasoline. When gasoline prices fall in Florida, however, they can drop below the price of E85. This is to Fort Myers auto owners’ advantage, since the vehicle can run on either fuel, but it negates the benefits of lowered exhaust emissions and lower consumption of fossil fuels.

One piece of Terry Wynter Auto Service Center auto advice before we move on: do not put E85 into your sedan unless it has an engine designed for flex fuels. Because of the high ethanol content in E85, engines need special seals and gaskets to function properly on this fuel. Running an ordinary engine with E85 can lead to gas leaks and fires.

Diesel
Diesel engines are nothing new on Florida interstates, and many get great MPG. Diesel fuel can now be made from vegetable oil and other renewable sources. A diesel fuel made from algae will soon be on the market in Fort Myers.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is less expensive than gasoline in Fort Myers and burns more cleanly. Also, gasoline engines can be adapted to run on compressed natural gas, and many natural gas vehicles are already on Bonita Springs roads. You can even install a special pump in your home gas line to use to fuel your vehicle. If you are interested in converting your gasoline engine to run on CNG in Fort Myers, ask your Terry Wynter Auto Service Center tech about it.

On the other hand, an engine running on natural gas is not as powerful as one running on gasoline, and it will get lower fuel economy. Also, the tank you need to store natural gas is large—it takes up nearly the entire trunk of your car. Further, refueling stations are still few and far between in some Florida areas, or even unavailable, in many parts of the country.

Hydrogen
Another alternative fuel that has enjoyed a lot of hype in Fort Myers is the hydrogen cell. The natural appeal is that the only exhaust is water vapor. In other words, hydrogen represents a truly clean-burning fuel. But hydrogen vehicles won’t come into widespread use until refueling stations become widely available here in Fort Myers and around the country.

Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles were all the rage in Florida some years ago. But their limitations were quickly realized by Fort Myers drivers. These vehicles won’t come into their own until we find ways to improve their batteries. Currently, the cars have a short range before their power runs out, and can only be realistically used close to home. However, they are easy to recharge, since they can be plugged in at home, and there are many researchers working on improving the battery technology in these vehicles. They may yet be the vehicles of the future.

Hybrids
Hybrids have been one of the most successful alternative fuel vehicles here in Fort Myers and throughout the county. A hybrid gets its name because it has both a gas or diesel engine and an electric motor.

There are two types of hybrids. The full-hybrid relies on the electric motor for power, but the gas (or diesel) engine generates power for the battery. Thus, while still consuming fossil fuels, it uses less of them than a standard automobile, and also reduces harmful pollutants. Also, it overcomes the range problem of the strictly electric vehicle.

In a mild hybrid, the electric motor assists the gas or diesel engine in powering the car. Thus, it uses more gasoline or diesel than full hybrids and has higher emissions. But mild hybrids are available in larger body models like full-size pickups and SUV’s.

A Note of Caution about Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
One last note before we leave the subject of alternative fuel vehicles. The battery in an electric or hybrid vehicle is not as tame as the one in a standard vehicle. They carry enough voltage to kill you. These are not do-it-yourself vehicles when it comes to preventive maintenance or car care. Only a trained technician should work under their hoods.

NEW ONLINE SEARCH TOOL ALLOWS CONSUMERS TO DISCOVER SAFETY RECALLS ON VEHICLES

Posted September 30th, 2014 by admin and filed in Automotive News, Safety

NHTSA_KWhat if your vehicle was recalled and you were never made aware? Millions of vehicles in the United States are recalled every year due to a variety of safety issues, ranging from minor to more critical. Of that, one in every seven U.S. cars have been recalled but not repaired. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has unveiled their solution to informing the public of any defects or safety concerns to a person’s vehicle.

Through the organization’s website, NHTSA has released a new tool designed to allow consumers to input their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into an online search tool. Results will appear if a consumer has an open recall. If there are none, owners will see “No Open Recalls” displayed. This is a great tool to use when considering purchasing a used car, searching for recalls that may not be covered in the news, or for an overall piece of mind for you and your loved ones.

What is the cost of the tool?

The tool is completely FREE of charge and quick and easy to use.

Where is my Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located? 

Your VIN # can be found directly on your car near the driver’s side. Look for it on the dashboard of the vehicle or on the side door on the door post where the door latches when it is closed.

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Where can I locate this FREE tool?

The new tool is available on www.safercar.gov/vinlookup

At Terry Wynter Auto Service, we are thrilled by the initiatives NHTSA has unveiled in attempt to aid in avoidable safety issues. While a potential recall on your vehicle requires a visit to the dealership, Terry Wynter Auto Service Center is qualified both in training and equipment to handle all vehicle maintenance and non-warranty repair. Schedule an appointment with us today and let us help ease your mind of any safety concerns! www.terrywynterauto.com

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Airbag Recalls: What Vehicle Owners Should Know

Posted June 25th, 2014 by admin and filed in Automotive News, Safety

A recent recall on vehicle airbags for BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota will affect more than a million vehicles nationwide because their airbag inflators could rupture. This especially affects Floridians as it relates directly to cars operating in hot, humid climates, like our own in Southwest Florida. If the airbag ruptures during a crash, shards of metal could be expelled with the airbag causing serious injury to drivers and passengers.

ABC-7 contacted us as an expert source in the story and our own Terry Wynter gave his insight on the recall and what vehicle owners should know.

Check out the great story: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/25851525/local-car-expert-weighs-in-on-widespread-recalls

 

Lease verses Buy

Posted August 15th, 2012 by admin and filed in Automotive News

Lease? Or buy? It’s always a tough question for residents in the Cape Coral area. But here are a few ideas that’ll make the choice more clear.

Either option gives you a choice of how you might finance your car. If you buy, you’ll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.

If you lease, you’re financing the portion of the cost of the car that’s used up during the term of the lease. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local Cape Coral area dealership. You’ll pay some money upfront; fees, security deposit, first month’s payment and maybe a capital reduction. The month payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge.

So how do you decide?

First, how big a down payment can you make? A lease would require a smaller down.

How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for any given down payment.

A lease needs you to have better credit, so that’s a factor.

How long will you keep the car? If you tend to keep your cars around for a while, buying is cheaper. But just two or three years? Then leasing is the way to go.

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
239-939-2500

If your car might suffer a ding or two, like, say a work truck would, then buying’s better. The leasing company will want their merchandise back at the lease end in tip top shape, and if repairs are needed, you’ll pay.

How many miles do you drive in and around the Cape Coral area? Important to consider because leases have a mileage limit, and if you go over, you pay a hefty charge per mile when the lease is up. So high mileage means a buy.

Will the car be used for business? Check with your accountant, but both financing options have different tax benefits, depending on your circumstances.

Over the short term, leasing is much cheaper. Medium term, leasing and buying costs are about the same. Over the long haul, leasing is always costs more.

Leases may sound a bit complicated, and the typical lease decision weighs more on the monthly payment, rather than price. So sometimes leasers may pay on a higher purchase price than a buyer would.

Here is a tip: If a salesman asks if you’ll be leasing or buying, say you’re not sure yet. Make your best deal, then look at financing options.

Here’s another: With a buy or a lease, if you total the car, you’ll owe the full amount of the loan, or the balance of the lease payments, and usually, it’s less than the car’s fair market value – and that’s all your insurance company will pay. But ask your agent about gap insurance, which pays the difference between fair market value and what you owe. Big consideration for a lease.

Remember, you have to return your leased vehicle in excellent condition, and may need to do all manufacturer’s recommended service and maintenance, or face penalties. So see your local Cape Coral service center on a regular basis, get the required work done and save the service records. It’s well worth it.

WINK TV Looks to Our Technician for the Real Facts About Hybrids

Last night, WINK TV conducted a story about the high gas prices and why consumers are switching to hybrids or diesel engine vehicles. WINK turned to our own automotive technician, Troy Cummings, to learn the facts about saving money by “upgrading” to more fuel-efficient vehicles and why you should do your homework before investing your time and money into this new purchase.

Check it out: http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2012-02-29/Thinking-about-a-hybrid-Do-a-little-homework

Terry presents at the Automotive Service Associations’ National Conference in Orlando!

The national conference, taking place Oct. 5- 8 is also known as Auto Repair and Service Week (ARSW). This premiere event celebrates the technology, respected education and high-quality automotive services and products throughout the mechanical service and repair industry. The event provides service professionals with an opportunity to learn about technological advancements and new equipment available for the auto repair industry. 

We are honored that Terry has been selected as an opening speaker for the forum titled, “The Future of Training Automotive Technicians.” Terry was chosen because of his passion for the auto repair industry and his recognition of the importance of continued education and training and the effect it has had on the success of Terry Wynter Auto Service Center.

If you have questions or want to learn more about automobile technological advancements and auto repair tips sign up for our e-newsletter at TerryWynterAuto.com/contactus.

Can Car Scent Keep You Safe On Florida Roads?

Posted July 20th, 2011 by admin and filed in Automotive News

Here’s a travel tip that’ll I’ll bet you didn’t know, and, it might keep you safer…

The average American commuter in Florida spends two and a half hours daily in their car.

The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)

So what does this have to do with how your car smells while you’re driving around Florida?

Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert?

Is it:

  • A. Strawberry
  • B. New Car
  • C. Pine
  • D. Warm Vanilla Breeze

It’s C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to AroMetrics.

And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.

And you thought they just smelled nice.

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center
3811 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
239-939-2500

The 21st Century Automotive Shop

We were recently interviewed by Auto Inc. in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Automotive Service Association to discuss what it takes to be a successful automotive shop in today’s auto care industry. Here is a Q & A from our interview:  

What does shop management look like in a 21st century automotive shop and how does it differ from the past? Is there an emphasis on training and continued education?   

Technology has given shop managers freedom that could not have been imagined in the past. With the use of GotomyPC, we are able to access our shop computer from any location that has internet access. The downsize of portable computers such as the Dell Inspiron Mini Notebook and the Apple iPad have also provided convenience. Training and education have benefited immensely from technological advances.  It is no longer a requirement that shop owners and employees take time away from work to attend training classes. Webinars have made training less costly and more efficient. We have invested in computers for training purposes and smart phones for our management and customer service employees. We strive to provide the best customer service and keeping up with technology and continued education is the key to our success.

How have you used social networking and the internet as a marketing tool for your business?

A number of years ago, we realized the importance of a presence on the internet and developed a website for Terry Wynter Auto Service Center. This marketing tool has proven to be invaluable as internet marketing has become an important source of referrals. We also created a blog to provide our customers with the latest auto care news and tips.

Most recently, we set up a Facebook page and Twitter account. These social networking sites have made it easy for us to connect with our customers while providing valuable automotive, service and maintenance tips. This inexpensive marketing tool has produced referrals and created an additional presence for Terry Wynter Auto Service Center on the internet.     

Although it’s a challenge to stay current with technology considering social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter were not even in our vocabulary a few years ago, we have found this inexpensive form of marketing incredibly useful.  

Do you provide specialized servicing in your automotive shop?

We have recognized that the female customer has become a major decision maker when it comes to automotive repairs. This is drastically different from years past.  In an effort to appeal to this important customer, we offer free Knowledge is Power Women’s Car Care Seminars to assist women in becoming more informed consumers.

How has today’s automotive shop visually changed? 

A focus on cleanliness and organization is of utmost importance in today’s shops as most customers do not have any understanding of what takes place in the shop.  Cars have become much more complicated and most customers make their judgment of a shop’s competence by the shop’s appearance and the professionalism of the employees. This is especially true for the female customer.

What amenities play a role in today’s automotive repair shops?

Convenience is an important feature of our mission statement. We offer customer conveniences such as Wi-Fi, a coffee bar, shuttle service, and a comfortable waiting area. 

Are tools different today, in a 21st century shop, than they were years ago?

The evolution of tools in our industry is happening at a rapid pace. We have gone from a tool box of primarily hand tools to some electronic tools in the 80’s when engine analyzers became available.  Fast forward to today when we use scan tools that fit in the palm of your hand and data is being streamed over the internet for reprogramming.

We’re honored by the opportunity to share what we have done to make Terry Wynter Auto Service Center a successful 21st century automotive shop. We look forward to continue providing affordable and dependable auto service to the Southwest Florida community. Visit http://terrywynterauto.com/index.html to learn more.