Why is my Check Engine Light Is On?

Is your Check Engine Light on? Have you ever wondered why it may come on then go off again, or maybe its on and wont go off at all? Do you wonder why it matters that it's on anyway? Well here is a brief explanation of the purpose of the check engine light. It comes on when your vehicle's computer detects a fault that can affect your vehicle's fuel economy and the exhaust emissions. If your check engine light is on your car will not pass a Smog Test. In many states they require your vehicle to pass an emissions test to be eligible for registration. California State requires this test to be completed when registering your vehicle or within a period of time deemed by the DMV. A temporary registration will be issued which is usually good for 90 days. If your car wont pass the smog test or you can afford to pay to have it fixed don't worry because at Venice Cash for Cars we will buy your car without smog and even registration. We pay the most for your car, truck, SUV, classic, and sports cars in the greater Los Angeles area. For information on this issues also check out 5 common check engine light problems.

What Does Salvage Title Mean?

You may have heard the term salvage title when buying a used car. When selling your car privately you may be asked if the vehicle has a clean or clear title in reference to a salvage brand. A salvaged vehicle is one that has been damaged in major way. For example if a car has been severely damaged in an accident it will be made into a salvage title in some cases. It will depend on how badly damaged the vehicle is. The insurance company will pay off the owner of the vehicle, and it will be a written off as a complete loss. This means the insurance company will not repair the car and a check will be written out to the insured for the estimated value. The car will then be offered back to the insured at reduced price or the kept by the insurance company. In most cases the car is repaired by a body shop that purchases the car from a salvage yard or from the owner of the vehicle and partially fixed to improve its cosmetic appearance. Some times the damage is less expensive to fix by a family owned body shop that has a lower cost of overhead, but this does not mean the vehicle will run optimally after the body and/or mechanical repairs.

You may also come across the term junk title. This may give you a better idea of what you are buying if you were to purchase such a car. Basically for a car to be a salvage or junk title it has to have lost at least three quarters of its value, 75% of the full amount of the vehicle prior to the damage being sustained. It isn't just an accident that could do this – it could be a fire, flood damage or anything else as well. This 75% amount is a key fact to remember. It is a good rule of thumb that the automobiles value will be greatly reduced after a major collision that produces a salvage title. When buying this type of car or truck beware that there has been a major collision and to look over the car completely, or if possible by your local mechanic to make sure there is no major frame or mechanical damage to the vehicle.

If you would like to sell your running, salvage car or truck, call us or drop in today for a free quote. We pay the highest price for salvage vehicles in Los Angeles.

What Does A Tune-Up Include?

All cars need a periodic tune-up. What does a tune-up include? It is important to keep your car running well? Your local mechanic or dealer completes a series standard procedures during a tune-up.

  • Inspect and/or replace spark plug wires
  • Clean and/or replace the spark plug
  • Replace rotor and distributor cap
  • Replace the fuel filter
  • Change oil and oil filter
  • Replace the air filter
  • Check and/or replace all belts
  • Check and replenish all fluids
  • Adjust valves as needed
  • Adjust the clutch in manual transmission cars
  • Inspect, clean, and add water to the battery if needed
  • Replace the PCV valve

Most cars need a tune-up every two years or 30,000 miles whichever comes first. Even if your car appears to be running fine, it's still an essential part of car maintenance to complete a tune up. During a tune-up, your mechanic should inspect all the systems of your car to find small or more serious mechanical problems before they cause serious damage to your car or truck. Repairs made during a tune-up ensure that your car runs optimally. It can also greatly improve your cars gas mileage. A tune-up keeps your car from working harder than it should, which in turn requires less fuel to run. Regular tune-ups are a very important part of vehicle maintenance. They increase your vehicle's efficiency and extend the life of your car or truck.

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