Louise Power is the Manager at Ferrycarrig Autobody Repairs, based just outside Wexford Town. Ferrycarrig Autobody Repairs specialises in crash repairs and the business also offers a 24 hour breakdown and recovery service. In this interview, Louise tells us more about her role and what goes on behind the scenes in a busy car repair workshop. 1. How long has Ferrycarrig Autobody Repairs Ltd. been in business? In January this year we celebrated being in business for 43 years. Ferrycarrig Autobody Repairs was established by Declan Power in 1975 in a small garage that he built at the back of his family cottage in Ferrycarrig, Wexford. 2. What sets Ferrycarrig Autobody Repairs Ltd. apart from competitors? We take a holistic approach to vehicle damage and repair. We are there for our customers through each step of a stressful journey. We recover vehicles from the side of the road day or night, rain or shine, and our qualified drivers deliver the vehicles to our secure facility in … [Read more...] about Interview With Louise Power, Manager At Ferrycarrig Autobody Repairs
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When is enough enough? Tooga/Taxi/Getty Images If you've ever asked yourself, "Should I repair or replace my car?" the answer is usually pretty straightforward. Hanging on to your older car for as long as you can makes solid economic sense. As long as your ride isn't costing more than your car is worth and is relatively reliable, you're in good shape. Your insurance will typically be lower on an older vehicle, and you can use the money you're saving for a down payment when the time does come to make a change. There are a few extenuating circumstances that should influence your decision. One consideration is how well the car has been maintained over time. A well-maintained vehicle will perform better than one that's been abused and neglected. If the car was a low-end model to begin with, that will have an impact on its useful life, too. When you're trying to eke 20,000 more miles out of a car that's been hemorrhaging oil all over your garage, you have to ask yourself if this is … [Read more...] about Should I replace or repair my car?
"How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive," by John Muir, helped VW owners everywhere repair their cars themselves. See more classic car pictures. Courtesy John Muir Publications By 1969, auto mechanic John Muir was a master at repairing Volkswagen (VW) automobiles. Muir was a former aerospace engineer who'd designed missiles for defense contractor Lockheed. However, he gave up his engineering career, opting for a quiet life as a mechanic to New Mexico's growing counterculture, which embraced Volkswagen as its vehicle of choice. As his reputation for fixing VWs grew, he was searched out for free advice. Muir apparently had no problem with these solicitations other than they forced him to repeat the same information over and over. His solution was to write a how-to guide for fixing VWs -- "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-By-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot." The book became a cult classic among VW drivers, largely due to Muir's down-to-earth advice. With the … [Read more...] about Will car repairs in the future financially cripple you?
Don't end up stranded on your next road trip. Be sure your car is in tip top shape before you hit the highway. Liam Norris/Getty Images Half the cars on the road today are more than 10 years old. Once your car hits that double digit mark, it is twice as likely to break down on the road and four times as likely to need a tow. These are among statistics released on April 17, 2018 by the American Automobile Association (AAA). They're the people many call when they get a flat tire or need a battery jump. "It's no surprise that older vehicles are more likely to encounter a serious breakdown, but it is surprising just how many people are at risk," John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair, said in the April press release. But aside from helping stranded motorists, AAA also gathers and reports data — it received 32 million calls for roadside assistance in 2017 alone, and about 35 percent of those calls resulted in a tow, for instance. The most common … [Read more...] about Is Your Car Road-trip Ready?
Start the Countdown It's possible that augmented reality apps might someday allow consumers to use their own smartphone for auto repairs on-the-go. (Coneyl Jay/Getty Images) The days of traditional car repair aren't totally behind us quite yet, but they're on their way. And while there might always be a place for a small, old-school mechanic's shop to work on older cars, it's unlikely that service stations and low-volume car dealerships can keep up. Automotive repair is getting a bit less greasy and a bit more geeky, as tablet computers become the most valuable tools on a technician's workbench. Techniques might be getting more advanced, but it's absolutely necessary to keep up with the way cars are designed and built. New technology might make diagnosis and repair faster; however, that doesn't mean it'll necessarily be any cheaper for consumers. Repair shops have to invest a lot of money to stay certified (and therefore competitive) and those costs have to get passed … [Read more...] about 5 Futuristic Auto Repair Technologies