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​Tires for Cars and Trucks.

07-28-2018

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At the dawn of automotive history, cars didn't have tires. They had wheels…wheels that were made of iron or wood. But as the car evolved, so did the wheels and tires were added after Charles Goodyear invented the vulcanization of rubber in 1844. (Vulcanized rubber was later used to make automobile tires).

It wasn't until 1904 that mountable rims were introduced, allowing drivers to repair their own flats; and then in 1908, grooved tires for better traction were invented by Frank Seiberling. Up until then, automobile tires had been smooth.

There is a little controversy about who actually invented the first inflatable tire. A Scotsman, John Boyd Dunlop (1840-1921), acquired a patent in 1888, but it was for a bicycle tire. Robert William Thomson (1822-1873) invented the first inflatable tire for a car, but his invention was too costly and it never caught on. Dunlop's tire caught on, so he is the man usually given the credit for inventing the inflatable automobile tire.

Since those early days, tires have come a long, long way. Today we have automobile tires that actually mend themselves when they are punctured. We have highly specialized tires available, as well. Most people who live in the northern climes own a set of mud and snow tires. Many of us opt for high-performance tires. There are all-season tires and all-terrain tires. There are off-road, agricultural, and racing tires. There are tires for almost any climate or driving condition that anyone could ever imagine.

And inflatable tires are not limited just to use on automobiles and light trucks, either. There are similar tires that are used on airplanes, motorcycles, and 18-wheelers. Yes, tires have come a long way, and no one knows what the future holds.

​Automotive Paint and Body Repair

07-16-2018

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After an accident, a vehicle must be repaired. Your insurance company may ask you to get two or three estimates for the repair or the insurance company may try to tell you what body shop to take your car to. (Note: just because an insurance company recommends a particular body shop does NOT mean that you are obligated to use that shop.)

Repairs to the body and the paint of a car can be very expensive. The people who work in the paint and body shops are skilled. Returning a car that has been damaged to its original condition is no small matter, and these paint and body repair people do not have magic wands. Mostly they use their skill and muscles to repair damaged cars and trucks.

Amazingly enough, cars that look really bad after an accident can be repaired. Frames can be straightened, and parts can be repaired or replaced. The vehicle can be repaired and repainted so well that you can't tell that it has ever been in an accident.

Sometimes people will take their cars and trucks to paint and body shops to have them repainted so that they will look new, and not because the vehicles have been involved in an accident. They just want the little nicks and dings removed and the color renewed. A little piece of advice: when you have a vehicle repainted, it is much better to have it repainted the same color as it was originally. The reason is that changing the color of the paint on a car entails a lot more work and will be a lot more expensive.

When the time comes, for whatever reason, that you must take your car to a paint and body repair shop, be certain that the shop has a good reputation and that it is insured and bonded.

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