There you are, sitting on the sofa watching an awesome movie portraying cars in the future, wondering to yourself if the automotive industry will ever produce a similar vehicle. Herbie the Volkswagen Beetle, featured in The Love Bug, drives autonomously and even has feelings. Bumblebee, the Chevrolet Camaro from the Transformers movie, has a mind of its own. The Delorean in Back to the Future flies and travels through time. The incredible vehicle in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang not only drives, but also flies and floats. Now, we don’t need to look at a screen to see the cars of our dreams.
It is finally happening: self-driving cars are becoming more of a reality. What many may not know is that the self-driving car has been in the works for decades. Since the 1920s, inventive minds have attempted to control vehicles with machines, but it has not yet become mainstream. Numerous automotive manufacturers are jumping on board and producing cars that drive themselves, which will make our commutes and road trips much smoother…or will they?
It is clear that there is a sense of hesitation surrounding the production of autonomous vehicles. Sure, it is an amazing advancement and can make our lives much easier. However, there are many drawbacks, and replacing humans is not always the best option. Driving is not without risks, and is in fact one of the leading causes of fatalities and injuries. If a vehicle cannot make a human judgement and relies solely on technology, there are bound to be errors, and these cars will need major servicing.
If you do decide to jump on the self-driving bandwagon, you will need a service plan you can be confident in. One of Uber’s self-driving cars recently hit and killed a pedestrian because of malfunctioning. This is one of many potential examples for why these cars will need frequent repairs and inspections. They may be more prone to fender benders, which means having solid service protection on the vehicle, such as a plan from Cars Protection Plus, is essential. Cars today are very complex because of the multitude of advancements, so there are many more ways in which vehicles can malfunction. Regular maintenance, especially of self-driving cars, is critical to prevent issues. Just like your regular and unplanned trips to the doctor, your vehicle deserves Cars Protection Plus for both scheduled maintenance and emergency trips. The newest advancements in the automotive industry are exciting, but no car is without flaws and all should have dependable service plans.
The mechanical workings of your “daily driver” car aren’t always clear. We turn the key to start the engine, but what’s really going on within the electrical components that get starter motors churning and pistons pumping? CARS Protection Plus knows that motorists don’t always have the time nor interest to learn about the inner-most workings of their mode of transportation. What’s worth understanding (and what we’ll cover in this article) is the simple fact that parts wear out. Repair shops aren’t trying to take your money; there are indeed preventative maintenance issues worth addressing sooner rather than later.
Sinking Feeling: Most of us can “feel” when something about our car or truck isn’t right. Whether it’s a smell, sound or clear-as-day sight, it’s sometimes possible to get to the root of the problem with your senses alone. A failing suspension system is one that’s going to produce an uncomfortable ride at best and leave you on the side of the road at worst. CARS Protection Plus has warranty plans that account for ball joints and springs that keep vehicle suspensions from bottoming out. Drivers who picked up this vehicle protection plan and had work performed by a certified shop would thus be able to benefit from coverage.
Friendly Reminder: The warning lights that pop up on our dashboards aren’t there to aggravate us. Rather, intricate electronic systems pick up on unseen discrepancies going on under the hood and give us a crucial heads-up. The “check engine” light, while a bit general in its direction, lets mechanics employ various code-reading devices to further nail down what’s wrong. CARS Protection Plus warranty holders will undoubtedly save money when expensive automatic transmission components are failing. An overheating engine, which would also trigger a dash light, could be pinned down to low coolant levels, a clogged radiator or failed fan.
Strings Attached: A broken-down car needs to be towed to the garage. The garage will have clearly-stated labor costs per hour. While your car is in the shop, you’ll need a rental vehicle to get around. CARS Protection Plus has accounted for all of these elements and policyholders will benefit from reimbursements from towing, rental and labor. There will be some out-of-pocket costs, as there are with medical bills for insurance policy holders, but that’s just the cost of doing business on the road.
Even those in-tune with their cars can’t accurately predict which part is going to fail next. The best way to plan for this inevitability is by picking up a coverage plan and guarding yourself against expensive repair bills.
One of the most common questions the team at CARS Protection Plus receives involves what the state of the contract is if the vehicle is sold. The reason why motorists choose CARS Protection Plus is because the company accepts most vehicles on the road and offers coverage that fits the owner’s budget and needs. Since its inception over 20 years ago, CARS Protection Plus has worked hard to improve its services year after year.
Owning CARS Protection Plus coverage on a vehicle can be a significant selling point if you decide to sell the vehicle on the private market. And CARS Protection Plus makes the transfer as easy as possible to ensure all parties are satisfied. Here is how the process works for transferring your CARS Protection Plus service contract to the new owner.
First, you must confirm eligibility. You can do this by contacting CARS Protection Plus at 888-335-6838 and asking to speak with its transfer team. Once they confirm that your service contract is eligible for transfer, they will send you a transfer packet by email, fax, or mail depending on your preference. CARS Protection Plus says you will need to submit one of the following in order to complete the transfer:
- A copy of the front & back of the original title with original owner and new owner signatures;
- A copy of new owner’s temporary or permanent registration; or
- A copy of the bill of sale agreement
The required documents along with a $99 transfer fee must be submitted to CARS prior to, or at the time of the sale in order to be valid. Once the transfer team at the CARS Protection Plus receives the completed transfer packet, it will review and approve the transfer and send an identification card to the new owner. CARS Protection Plus makes the transfer process as simple as possible to ensure a quick sale and allow the new owner of the vehicle to enjoy the same coverage benefits as the last owner.
You have found a reliable vehicle service contract provider in CARS Protection Plus, because you’ve done your research. Now it’s time to find a trustworthy mechanic. Doing your homework and selecting a great mechanic before you need major repair work can save you stress in the event of vehicle failure.
It would be great to be able to avoid taking your vehicle to the mechanic altogether. If you have seen consumer rip off report television specials, you know that there are some less than ethical car repair facilities in business. But establishing a relationship with one of the good guys before you need serious repair work will keep your car in good shape. The good news is that in order to sustain a business a good mechanic needs to build a positive reputation for keeping customers happy and their vehicles healthy. Look for a shop that has been in business for at least a few years. Although some smaller shops may not have an online presence, you should still be able to ask around your neighborhood and hear positive feedback about a shop that does business right.
Check out your local newspaper for an annual “Best of” or “Top 10” list to see if they have recognized a local repair shop for service excellence. Another resource for information is the National Institute for Automotive Excellence, using your zip code you can search their website for good shops in your area.
Once you have found a mechanic with a good reputation make an appointment for routine maintenance like an oil change and tire rotation. Your car will thank you and it is an opportunity to scope out the shop and see if it is a good fit. Hopefully with a little work you will find a great shop, close to home with a good attitude and convenient hours.