Yearly Archives: 2021

Basic Vehicle Maintenance Continues to be Neglected: Hankook Tire Gauge Survey

The latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index survey results released in the last 60 days indicate that American drivers continue to neglect the maintenance of their vehicles. Specifically, they’re not checking their vehicles’ basic fluids, like oil and coolant, nor tire pressures; simple things that most people can perform themselves. Since not every car has indicators for oil and coolant (whether warning lights for low level or gauges for temperature), it is quite easy to overlook the early signs of fluid consumption or leakage. As a result, we often see vehicles towed in from overheating due to low coolant here at Pacific Motorsports. If you don’t know what to look for on your BMW or MINI in this regard, please ask, we’d be happy to show you how to perform these basic checks. This way you may be less likely to make “unplanned visits” to see us. Our preference here at Pacific Motorsports is towards preventive maintenance, rather than breakdown repair for ... read more

Grateful for Our Vehicles for Escape and Sanctuary During the Pandemic

Many of us have increased gratitude for our cars since the beginning of the pandemic. We have always used them as “escape pods” and that is one of the many reasons we romanticize them. They allow us to literally flee our normal lives. Who hasn’t burned rubber leaving work, after all? Besides the obvious romantic connotations associated with the automobile, they are also a place of solitary refuge. Seventy-three percent of respondents to a TrueCar survey admitted to using their cars to get some alone time away from those they live with during the pandemic. And you don’t have to be a traveling salesperson or road warrior to have used your car for business, as 37% used theirs for business or personal calls and 32% as an “office”. Confined during various degree of “lock down”, even with those we love, can sometimes be, well, confining. Seventy-two percent of respondents admitted to using their cars for “me time” as a way of dea ... read more

Covid Driven Causes of Increasing New and Used Car Prices

Last summer we wrote about used car prices bucking historical trends and holding steady, and even increasing, during the traditional summer pricing downturn. Now, with an entire year’s worth of data available, an even larger Covid-driven trend is being revealed regarding car prices for both the used and new markets. First, manufacturers began to stop making as many lower profit smaller cars, focusing instead on higher margin trucks and SUVs. This pushed shoppers in that segment to the used market, as their options narrowed, increasing demand. Then Covid hit, forcing factory shutdowns worldwide, limiting availability of new product (3.3 million fewer units in the US alone manufactured in 2020), reducing new car sales and trade-ins and creating further upward pressure on both new and used vehicle prices. Ad ... read more

Guide to Effective Windshield Defrosting

Guide to Effective Windshield Defrosting

It’s peak frosted windshield season for us here in the Pacific Northwest and safe driving and peace of mind depend on a clear view forward. Utilizing the defrost button is usually enough to accomplish the job, but sometimes it may not be enough, particularly in colder and/or wetter conditions. Modern cars with integrated climate control, where you can set the cabin temperature at a specific setting, say 72 degrees, utilize both the heat and air conditioning as needed. This makes it easier, and faster, to clear the windshield. One of the reasons for this is the simultaneous use of the air conditioning’s drying feature. Air conditioning removes moisture from the air, as you may have noticed from that puddle of water under your parked car when using it in the summer, or from being dripped on walking under an old window unit hanging out over the sidewalk. You needn’t be concerned with the air ... read more

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