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Episode Info: Do you know those things they ask you about when you get your oil changed? The things you always reply to with “I’ll do it next time” (maybe it’s just me). We’ll you don’t want to kick the can too far down the road. The same is true for those little things around the house. Our guest this week is Jeff Barker. He handles sales and product training for Robert Bosch, LLC in the Southwest, and he shares a few things to make your next ride a little more enjoyable. Steve and him geek out on parts, warranties, what to ask and who to trust. Felecia jumps in with some great recommendations around the house… Little things that make a big difference (Matt and his wife are all over it). Felecia and Ryan go on to help out our guest Jeff with a live “what am I missing out on” residential real estate consultation. Episode Recap FRIENDLY TAKEAWAYS: Get a car warranty but get the right one. Replace your car’s cabin air filter, especially here in Arizona. Staying home for the summer? Make these home improvements. Buy a home when your family’s ready, not just the market. Are Car Warranties Worth It? We started off answering a question from a listener. “What is a good extended warranty for my car?” The used car market is tricky when it comes to after-market warranties. There are some good ones, like CNA (Scottsdale), but they can be high-priced. Now, there are some not-so-good ones. These limit their labor rate to under $50 per hour (the national average for shops is $130/hour). They only pay for what AutoZone sells it for. That means the customer pays the difference. Some of them also only let the shop install parts they supply, and those can be used parts or knock-offs from China. Friendly wants to use original equipment. So, when somebody tells you the warranties cover everything, that’s not always the case. Get the brochure! It’ll tell you which parts are covered. Some parts on there don’t even exist anymore! Friendly Auto had another issue. The condenser on the A/C was clogged, and the warranty company would not pay for all the parts that needed to be replaced, only the failed component. That means, the customer paid the difference between the $300 covered and the total $1500 bill — on top of the $3000 warranty fee! Don’t shop your extended warranty by price. Seals and gaskets aren’t typically covered, either. That can be a couple thousand dollars right there, not covered. The truth is, warranties are risky enough that they come with unpleasant surprises. Next question: with a 2011 GMC pickup, the oil gauge goes to zero at a light. He’s replaced just about everything and updated software and other services. So, what’s the answer? Underneath the oil pressure switch is a screen, on that engine. The screen gets clogged. It’s pretty labor-intensive to get to it, but if you take it out, you’ll notice it’s clogged. For $3, get a new one. Why does it get clogged? Change the oil and keep up the maintenance. The Cabin Air ...
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