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4 Iconic Cars From Popular Halloween Movies

October 31st, 2014 by

We wanted to do a tribute to the famous cars that make a theatrical appearance  in popular Halloween movies. Without the supporting roles of cars, how would these heros and heroins be able to escape the dangerous creatures that go bump in the night? 1. 1954 Aston Martin (Birds) All those birds and not a single drop of poop on

Common Mistakes When Blending Paint

October 31st, 2014 by

You wouldn’t think paint to be so temperamental when it comes to your car. After all, it has to endure the abuse from the hot sun, ice, hail, rocks, shopping carts, parallel parking, etc. However, when it comes time to paint your car, it can be a very tedious and difficult task that even “professionals” tend to screw up. We

4WD & AWD: Is there a Difference?

October 29th, 2014 by

4WD, AWD, potato, poTAHto, it’s all the same thing, right? Well, the main function for both is to create traction, but there are differences between 4WD and AWD. As a way to advance or military, 4WD was invented so that we could drive through rough terrain in order to infiltrate Nazi territory. 4WD was the primary traction

The Future of Auto Shops

October 27th, 2014 by

What’s more important, your iPhone or your car? Millennials are causing a stir within the auto industry. Whether it’s post-recession economics or a permanent cultural shift, the new American dream no longer includes owning a car. In a study commissioned by Zipcar, advances in smartphone technology within our daily lives allows us to rely less

BMW Repair: Coolant Tank

October 22nd, 2014 by

A coolant reservoir is also known as an expansion tank or recovery tank. It’s purpose is to store coolant for future use. Without it, coolant would drip uselessly to the ground, making your engine at risk of overheating. Also, you’d be spending even more money buying coolant just to keep your engine at a stable

The Correct Way to Paint a Car.

October 20th, 2014 by

Overtime, your car will acquire scratches. Unfortunately, it’s the name of the game when you own or lease a vehicle in Chicago. Street parking, road debris, vandalism, and natural causes can all be culprits that cause those unwanted scratches. It seems the harder you try to avoid them, the more that show up. At Spotlight

Signs of a Good Auto Mechanic

October 15th, 2014 by

It is an ongoing debate between dealers and independent auto shops on who offers better service. Just do a quick Google search and you will find hundreds of posts on why you should avoid dealers and vise versa. It doesn’t matter if you are taking your car to the nicest, most expensive dealership or the worst back

About ABS Systems: Why do we need them?

October 13th, 2014 by

It seems like one of the biggest car debates we hear about is existence of ABS brakes. Do we need them? Do we not need them? History Originally designed in 1929 for airplanes needing to land in extreme weather conditions (snow, ice, rain, etc.). It wasn’t until the early 70s when automakers began adding ABS systems to

How to Winterize Your Vehicle in Chicago

October 10th, 2014 by

We thought maybe mother nature forgot about us with the mild summer we had this year. Despite all the rain, maybe she is taking it easy on us this year now that she knows Lou Malnati’s delivers nationwide. Our local meteorologists, however, have crunched the numbers and performed their ceremonial weather dance. It appears our mild summer is only the calm before

High Performance Brakes: Pros & Cons

October 8th, 2014 by

High performance cars require high performance parts. We had the above Mercedes-AMG come into our shop to replace the factory brakes with high-performance brakes (and rotors). These brakes certainly make a high-performance vehicle look high-performance-y, but is there an advantage to having them? Does it make sense for all owners of high-performance vehicles to use high-performance brakes? Let’s take a