NAPA Gives Old Cars The “New Car” Commercial Treatment

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by admin
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NAPA Gives Old Cars The “New Car” Commercial Treatment

Why do new cars get all the glitz and glamour of the television screen? What happened to rewarding a life well lived and a job well done? New car commercials show a vehicle in its most pristine state, just off the factory floor, handled with kid gloves, and placed on a pedestal. But what happens when that car meets the real world?

After a few years of family trips, long work days, slow commutes and long hauls that pristine showroom finish is gone. The vehicles that make it over 200k miles and a decade of use are the real heroes of the automotive world. We think it is time to recognize these cars & trucks for what they are…transportation. They may have their quirks, dings, dents, but they are dependable as the tides. You may have owned one of these vehicles. It didn’t ask for much, just routine maintenance and the occasional rinse in the local car wash.

We recognize that these cars & trucks deserve their time in the spotlight, which is why they made a few used car “new car” commercials. We think they get the point across quite nicely:

 

 

Not every car or truck makes it past the 10 year or 200k mile mark, but those that do have proven their worth. Don’t expect perfection, expect transportation, and you will be rewarded handsomely. If you are in the market for a used car or truck you shouldn’t shy away from these diamonds in the rough. You can rest assured knowing that even though it isn’t brand new, it can be new to you. With a little bit of NAPA Know How and quality NAPA parts, you can have that “new car” feeling without the new car price tag.

To learn how to make your vehicle go the extra mile, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

How to Get Ice Off Your Windshield Without Scraping

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by admin
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How to Get Ice Off Your Windshield Without Scraping

Arguably one of the worst ways to start your morning is rushing out the door to work only to be greeted by an iced-over vehicle. Scraping a stubborn layer of ice from your windshield can be frustrating and tortuously cold, so knowing how to get ice off your windshield without numbing your fingers and brain is a very attractive notion.

Of course, you’ll need a little extra patience in the winter no matter what, but there are steps you can take to make your morning commute a little smoother.

Prevention

The best defense is a good offense. Stopping ice before it forms takes a little extra effort, but can be well worth your time. One method of prevention is to cover your windshield with a folded sheet or towel, using the wiper blades to secure it in place as tight against the glass as possible. Come morning, all you have to do is remove it, shake it out and stow it (make sure to carry a tarp if you’re taking it with you, it will be cold and wet after use). There might still be a light layer of frost underneath, but nothing your defrost setting can’t handle.

Another preventative measure is using chemicals. DIYers can make vinegar-water solution mixed in a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio and use a spray bottle to spray on the glass when parking the car for the evening. Note that this is not meant to clear ice away that is already present. There is some buzz that vinegar pits glass, but so far there isn’t much evidence to back up that claim. However, if you do choose to go this route, keep it off paint and metal to be safe. Either way, if you don’t feel comfortable using vinegar, there are a number of premixed preventative alternatives available that should do the trick nicely.

De-Icing

If the ice has already formed, you need a plan B. Lukewarm water applied liberally to the glass and a little help from a squeegee can work wonders with a little patience, but depending on how much ice you’re fighting, it could take up to a bucketful. Do not use hot water for this, the sudden change in temperature could actually crack the glass. Another option is a rubbing alcohol-water solution, mixed in a 2:1 ratio with a couple drops of dish soap in a spray bottle. If you’re not looking to make your own, again there are a number of great de-icing products ready to lend you hand.

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Hands-Off Approach

The most costly option is also the least hassle. Installing a remote start system in your car can cost hundreds of dollars, but it’s a real time saver if that’s where your priorities are. Having this luxury installed in your vehicle means all you have to do is hit a button when you roll out of bed and your car will be all warmed up for you by the time you are ready to drive it. Just make sure that when you park the night before, you’ve set your defroster on high.

For more information on how to get ice off your windshield, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

How to Use a Block Heater to Survive the Winter

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by admin
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How to Use a Block Heater to Survive the Winter

Learning how to use a block heater is a rite of passage for anyone living in the northern part of the country, where winters can be harsh and temperatures regularly drop below the freezing point. You know you’re in a cold part of the world when you see little plugs dangling from the grilles of every car you encounter on the street. Have you ever wondered what those things are? Or exactly how a block heater works? It’s an interesting, yet simple device that has probably saved more engines and gotten more people to work on time than any other winter-specific automotive add-on.

The Key Is Coolant

Although the term “block heater” is most common when referring to these winter warming devices, in reality most designs feature a “freeze plug” installed in place of your engine’s expansion plug. This serves to actually heat up the coolant that flows through your motor. Even though antifreeze isn’t circulating when the engine is off, the heat from the plug transfers throughout the cooling system via this fluid and slowly creates a blanket of warmth throughout the engine block. In turn, this also keeps the engine’s oil temperature from plummeting to the point of a solid, sticky mess.

Easier Starting, Warmer Cabin

Why is it so important to keep oil and coolant warm in the dead of winter? When being instructed on how to use a block heater, you’ll often hear how thick, cold oil can’t adequately lubricate the inside of your engine. This issue can lead to damage and excessive wear during a cold start.

A block heater keeps the motor just warm enough that oil is able to flow properly, which also eliminates resistance from the pistons while they are being turned by the starter. A car that starts quickly is only one positive aspect of learning how to use a block heater. Your car’s climate control system uses coolant to warm up the cabin, so it gets nice and toasty that much faster if the vehicle has been plugged in.

When To Plug In?

Wondering how to use this tool most effectively in the winter months? On a modern vehicle, there’s very little need to operate the block heater for more than four hours prior to starting up in the morning. This means you can save on electrical costs by using a timer to activate the heater at just the right moment in the early hours of the morning.

You won’t need to use a block heater all the time — just when the cold weather is at its worst, typically around five degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

For more information on block heaters, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

Full Article: http://knowhow.napaonline.com/how-to-use-a-block-heater-to-survive-the-winter/

 

 

Distracted Driving Laws: The Not-So United States

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by admin
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Distracted Driving Laws: The Not-So United States

Distracted driving is defined as engaging in any other activity while driving a vehicle, including using a cell phone or some other electronic device. Federal government statistics paint a grim picture, with more than 3,100 people killed and another 424,000 injured in 2013, the most recent year such data was available. The individual states enact and oversee motor vehicle laws, thus you must follow different distracted driving laws as you travel the country.

Distracted Driving Essentials

Electronic devices and cell phones are the most easily recognized ways to become distracted while driving. But the federal government looks at anything that can detract from your visual, manual and cognitive attention, and includes some additional factors.

Such factors include: eating while driving, talking to passengers, personal grooming, adjusting the audio system, using a navigation system, watching a video and map reading. Texting while driving may be the most egregious distraction of all as it takes your full attention away from the road and places it on the device.

State Law Overview

In all, 14 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands expressly outlaw the use of hand-held devices while driving. This provision covers all drivers regardless of age. However, no states forbid drivers from using hands-free devices, including Bluetooth-enabled and voice-activated smart phones according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration.

Novice drivers, typically identified as first-time teenage drivers, have further restrictions placed on them in 38 states as well as in the District of Columbia. Under no circumstance may a novice driver use a cell phone, including a hands-free enabled device, while operating a motor vehicle. As for school bus drivers operating in the line of duty, 20 states and the District of Columbia forbid cell phone use.

The strongest distracted driving laws cover texting while driving. Every district, territory and 46 states prohibit text messaging while driving for all drivers. However, Arizona only forbids this practice for its school bus drivers. Furthermore, Texas and Missouri only prohibit texting by novice drivers, and Montana alone has yet to forbid texting while driving.

Across the board, police officers may stop motorists for cell phone use while driving as a primary enforcement. This means officers do not need any other reason for stopping violators, such as for speeding.

See more…. http://knowhow.napaonline.com/distracted-driving-laws-the-not-so-united-states/

Top Holiday Gifts for Auto Enthusiasts

Posted on: December 19th, 2015 by admin
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You know them: the people young and old, with gasoline in their veins and minds for all things mechanical. Call them automotive enthusiasts, hot-rodders, car nuts, truck fanatics or just gearheads. Whatever the name, they love their cars and trucks, and everything that goes along with them.

If you have a car lover or truck lover on your holiday shopping list, the chore of choosing that perfect gift just got easier. We selected five fun gift ideas that are sure to surprise and thrill your gearhead friends and family members. Whether your budget is under $10 or over $100, we’ve got you covered. Choose your favorites and get ahead of the holiday shopping rush.  http://knowhow.napaonline.com/top-holiday-gifts-for-auto-enthusiasts/

 

How to Avoid Breaking Down on Your Next Trip

Posted on: December 19th, 2015 by admin
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How to Avoid Breaking Down on Your Next Trip
By Matthew C. Keegan
November 24, 2015

If you’re one of millions of American families expecting to take to the road this holiday season or planning another getaway trip in the near future, you’ll want to ensure that your vehicle is road-ready.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the most important travel times of the year. Don’t spoil your plans by neglecting your car. Avoid breaking down on your next trip by staying current with your routine maintenance and completing upcoming tasks that could become a problem when you’re far from home.

Additionally, these three tips will help ensure that you arrive at your destination without a hitch.

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Things Are Changing!

Posted on: December 11th, 2015 by admin
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We recently created our first company video featuring our Seaside and St. Helens stores. You should see more posting on this site, as well as new features that should help both our employees and our customers alike!

 

 

 

 

Summer Tool Sales on the Horizon!

Posted on: April 20th, 2015 by admin
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Summer is on our doorstep here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and at Sunset Auto Parts we’re gearing up for a number of exciting sales events and promotions! One of our favorite events is the annual Summer Tool Sale, a great opportunity to eat some hot dogs, mingle with our sales team, and get special deals on must-have tools.

Is your shop looking for a new parts washer, vehicle lift, air compressor, or other piece of vital equipment? The first wave of sales is coming this June! Contact your local sales representative to discuss special pricing on vital equipment!

Tool Sale Dates:

Monday, June 1: St. HelensSunset Auto Parts Tool Sales 2015

Sales Rep: Ryan Wallis
Phone #:   360-200-9998

Tuesday, June 2: Longview

Sales Rep: Dave Fisher
Phone #:   503-969-7315

Wednesday, June 3: Castle Rock

Sales Rep: Ryan Wallis
Phone #:   360-200-9998

Thursday, June 4: Astoria

Sales Rep: Dugan Jennings
Phone #:   503-741-0380

Friday, June 5: Seaside

Sales Rep: Dugan Jennings
Phone #:   503-741-0380

Don’t see your local Sunset store? Stay tuned, more dates are coming soon!

 

 

Sunset Auto Parts Expands, Welcome to the Family!

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by admin
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We are extremely pleased to announce, as of January 1st, Sunset Auto Parts, Inc. operates NAPA stores in the following Oregon locations:

Creswell Auto & Truck Parts
125 N. Mill St.
Creswell, OR 97426
(541) 895-3883

Eugene Auto & Truck Parts
3360 W. 11th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 342-2626

Junction City Auto & Truck Parts
760 Ivy Street
Junction City, OR 97448
(541) 998-6669

Springfield Auto & Truck Parts
2115 Olympic St.
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 746-2538

Veneta Auto & Truck Parts
25901 Highway 126
Veneta, OR 97487
(541) 935-2963


How does this expansion effect our customers?

That’s a good question, and the answer depends on what type of customer you are.

Account Customers:

This is good news for all existing Sunset Auto Parts charge account holders, as well as for existing account holders at the above store locations (formally of Emerald Valley Auto Parts). You now have the ability to use your charge account at any of our sixteen locations in Oregon and Washington. If you held an account with Emerald Valley, you now automatically hold an account with us.

All Customers:

Returns (in reasonable resale condition and accompanied by a receipt) are accepted in any of Sunset’s 16 locations. If you buy a part in Castle Rock, Washington, but later find yourself in Eugene, Oregon when you discover you purchased the wrong part, you can easily return it for a rerun. Additionally, our system includes many thousands of part numbers, meaning there’s a good chance we’ll have what you’re looking for.

Join us as we grow in 2015! 

 

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Specials!

Posted on: December 6th, 2014 by admin
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The NAPA holiday specials flyer is online now! It’s fully clickable, which means you can click on the item in the flyer for a full description and then purchase it online before picking it up in-store from one of Sunset’s eleven brick and mortar locations. Now through Wednesday, December 10, save 10% on qualified purchases when you Reserve Online, Pick Up In Store. It’s the fast and easy way to shop, and for a limited time it’s the fast and easy way to save. With eleven locations in the Pacific Northwest, this is a great way to save some cash on your holiday shopping with Sunset NAPA stores!

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Qualified items include:

  • NAPA batteries
  • NAPA Ultra Premium brake parts and calipers
  • Balkamp products
  • NAPA Solutions
  • Altrom imports
  • Rayloc products
  • Echelin products
  • NAPA chassis parts
  • NAPA shocks
  • NAPA radiators
  • NAPA belts and hoses

Discount is reflected in price displayed on NAPAOnline.com for all qualifying items. This 10% reserve online discount cannot be used in conjunction with other specials/offers. Some items may be discounted at more than 10% off regular price. At participating NAPA stores. Exclusions apply. Offer valid 12/04/14 through 12/10/14.