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Routine Maintenance Every Car Should Keep Up On

Get your oil changed at your house, FixMyCar comes to you

Our vehicles are one of the largest expenses we have in life, and we want to get the most out of them. According to Consumer Reports, people should be able to get 200,000 miles out of their vehicle, because of the way they are built today. One of the most important factors in being able to do that, however, is making routine maintenance a priority. Every vehicle needs routine maintenance in order to help with the longevity and overall user experience. 

We all want the most out of our vehicles, but many people tend to neglect things like routine maintenance, explains Prashant Salla, founder of FixMyCar. If you keep up on this then you are greatly improving your chances that your vehicle will last longer, thus saving you money in the long run.

Most people tend to stick the owner’s manual in the glove box or take it into the house and they forget about it from that point. When they do that they may not be aware of what routine maintenance things should be done. Even if they did look through the owner’s manual there is a good chance they will forget about it. Here is a list of routine maintenance that every car should keep up on:

  • Oil changes. Getting routine oil changes is one of the most important things one can do to help a vehicle last longer. The oil and filter should be changed every 3,000 miles, unless you have a newer vehicle that recommends more mileage in between them. Some newer vehicles have longer intervals.     
  • Remember tires. It’s important to have good tires in order to keep the vehicle moving along well, but also to help keep everyone in it safer. There should be a routine check of tire pressure and depth, and tires should be rotated regularly. It’s also important to make sure your vehicle has good tires since they are the only contact with ground. 
  • Fluids. Fluids are the blood of your vehicle. Making sure the level & condition of all fluids like engine oil, transmission oil, coolant & brake fluid is in good condition & is above the level recommended will make your vehicle last longer. 
  • Outside clean. If you want to protect the exterior of your vehicle it’s important to keep up on detailing it. This will help to provide a protective barrier from the elements, and it will keep it looking good. 
  • Roll with the seasons. There are seasonal issues that need to be addressed to ensure cars are running well in the snow, heat, etc. Having a seasonal checkup is a good way to have these issues addressed. Get it checked before you go a long drive to avoid any issues. 

It’s important to not ignore issues that come up, such as if something doesn’t smell or sound right, added Salla. The sooner you have issues taken care of the better it will be. Keeping your car in good running condition will help preserve it longer, thus saving you a lot of money over the years. A car is a lot like a human body, preventative care is essential.

Consumer Reports also says that if someone does get 200,000 miles out of their vehicle it could potentially save them $30,000 or more. The average vehicle will take around 15 years to rack up that many miles. 

FixMyCar specializes in providing maintenance & repair services outside your house. Not only is it convenient to get your car fixed outside your house or office but also affordable than taking your car to a dealership FixMyCar’s model doesn’t have the high overhead that shops do, so their  prices tend to be 20-30% lower than dealership or repair shops. Plus, it has been designed to allow mechanics to make a higher salary & have a good work-life balance      

Services being offered by FixMyCar include diagnostic issues, such as the car not starting, check engine light on, strange noises, or not being sure what is wrong with it. Other services include battery and starter replacement, brakes and light engine repairs, routine maintenance, such as oil changes, and used car inspections for those who are purchasing or selling a car. They recently launched a FixMyCar Oil Change Membership. Members enjoy peace of mind where they no longer have to worry about scheduling and getting oil changes. FixMyCar reminds and performs oil changes outside their members’ houses or offices as part of their membership offering. 

The company was founded by Salla in 2018, after he received an initial $250,000 in funding capital from a stranger he met at a bar. Later, he secured another $1.6 million in investor funding, including from the likes of Marc Randolph from Netflix’s founding. Salla came to America in 2012 from India, where he was earning $100 per month. In the Detroit area, he earned his master’s degree in automotive engineering, and has flourished in the industry. In addition to revolutionizing the auto repair industry, he is a great example of an American immigrant success story.

Currently, FixMyCar is serving the areas of Detroit, Dallas, and Houston. They are also moving into Austin, and eventually plan to have services being offered around the country. To learn more about FixMyCar, visit the site.

About FixMyCar

Founded by Prashant Salla, FixMyCar is a mobile mechanic service that is revolutionizing the automotive repair industry. Founded by Salla in 2018, the company has locations in several major cities in two states, with plans to continue expanding nationally. Salla is an immigrant from India who has been able to achieve the American dream since moving to the country in 2012. To learn more about FixMyCar, visit the site.

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FIVE AUTO REPAIR TIPS FOR WOMEN

FixMyCar comes to your house/office to fix your car, offering vehicle repair tips

According to research published in the “Journal of Marketing Research,” women are quoted higher prices for auto repairs when they are uninformed about the pricing of such repairs. When they have an idea of what it should cost they are no longer overcharged. The more women know about vehicle repairs the more they can help keep expenses down. They can also help ensure they are getting the best service overall when they follow a few helpful tips regarding repairs.

“Typically, women don’t feel comfortable going to the vehicle repair shop, because they feel they are not going to get fair treatment and may get overcharged,” explains Prashant Salla, founder of FixMyCar. “Being able to talk to mechanics directly about the car and seeing the actual repairs taking place outside their house, women (and men) feel much more confident about their car.”

FixMyCar is a company that is revolutionizing the auto repair industry, and one of their missions is to help customers feel more comfortable about their vehicles. Their business model is mobile, so the mechanic goes to the person’s home or office, making the repairs and doing maintenance extremely transparent and hence more trust. This makes it more convenient and comfortable for people, who need to have repairs and maintenance done to their vehicle.

Here Are 5 Auto Repair Tips:

  • Get it in writing. When you take your vehicle somewhere for a repair or maintenance, get in writing what is being done and the rate that you were quoted. This will help you avoid a situation where you are verbally quoted one price and then when you go to pay it’s much higher.
  • Use your owner’s manual. Getting to know your owner’s manual is a good way to help keep up on what your vehicle needs to stay in top condition. Often times, the answer to common issues are found in the owner’s manual, but people don’t think to look there. If you no longer have yours, you may be able to find a PDF copy online.
  • Keep up on routine maintenance. The routine maintenance on your vehicle is important to keeping it running good. If you fall behind in this area your vehicle will likely have issues that arise. Routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tune ups, are affordable and can keep your vehicle running great longer.
  • Find a mechanic you trust. It’s important for women to trust their mechanic so they feel they are being well taken care of, rather than being taken advantage of. When you find a mechanic you trust you will know you are getting a fair deal.
  • Keep track of what has been done. It’s always a good idea to keep a log or file with all of the work you have had done to the vehicle. This will help you if things are recommended that you know you recently had done, as well as when you go to sell the vehicle. Don’t try to rely on memory about what has been done, because you will not remember everything. Keep an envelope or file where you can keep all the receipts of work that has been done.

“Women love FixMyCar, because we make the process of getting your car fixed extremely transparent, convenient, quote upfront and we don’t upsell. Our best customers and members are women, and they tell us one of the reasons they use our service repeatedly is because of the excellent customer service,” added Salla.

Mobile repairs are also more affordable than going to a dealership or a repair shop. The mobile service model doesn’t have the high overhead that shops do, so the prices offered tend to be 20-30% lower than dealership and repair shops. Plus, it has been designed to allow mechanics to make a higher salary.

Services being offered by FixMyCar include diagnostic inspections, such as car not starting, check engine light on, strange noises, or not being sure what is wrong with it. Other services include battery and starter replacement, brakes and light engine repairs, routine maintenance, such as oil changes, and used car inspections for those who are purchasing or selling a car.

FixMyCar also launched a membership program where you sign up for a quarterly or yearly membership and they schedule and perform all your vehicle’s oil changes outside your house or office. This new membership comes with an unlimited oil change package, which is the first in the industry and allows customers to not worry about their vehicle’s oil changes. Not only do members get free oil changes scheduled and delivered to their house, but they also receive discounts on all other services provided by FixMyCar.

The company was founded by Salla in 2018, after he received an initial $250,000 in funding capital from an angel investor he met at a bar. Later, he secured another $1.6 million in investor funding, including from the likes of Marc Randolph, Netflix’s founding CEO, Richard Wolpert, HelloTech’s founder & CEO, John Kobs, ApartmentList.com’s Founder & CEO. Salla came to America in 2012 from India, where he was earning $100 per month working as a mechanic while studying Mechanical Engineering. In the Detroit area, he earned his master’s degree in automotive engineering, and has flourished in the industry. In addition to revolutionizing the auto repair industry, he is a great example of an American immigrant success story.

Currently, FixMyCar is serving the areas of Metro Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. They are also moving into Austin, and eventually plan to have services being offered around the country. To learn more about FixMyCar, click HERE.

About FixMyCar:

Founded by Prashant Salla, FixMyCar is a mobile auto repair marketplace that is revolutionizing the automotive repair industry. Founded by Salla in 2018, the company has locations in several major cities in two states, with plans to continue expanding nationally. Salla is an immigrant from India who has been able to achieve the American dream since moving to the country in 2012.

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How To Save Big On Road Trips

It’s that time of year again – road trip season! Now that travel is slowly starting again, consumers are looking for ways to save money. Personal finance sites such as MyBankTracker suggests that planning ahead is likely the best way to keep your wallet happy. The personal finance site recommends these strategies to help consumers save in its newest edition of How to Save on the Costs of a Road Trip.

Planning Can Help Save the Most

  • Maintenance – Get a maintenance check if you’re driving a personal vehicle. The cost of a check is likely much lower than that of abreakdown and tow.
  • Food – Brown bag a few meals and snacks, this could be healthier and less expensive than fast food.
  • Attractions – Look for bundle discounts or coupons online; if the road trip is to visit national parks, consider the $80 “America the Beautiful” annual pass instead of paying individual entrance fees.
  • Lodging – Camping is typically the go-to for road trips; this strategy can be less expensive than a hotel — even with the cost of rental camping gear, but be sure to make a reservation in advance.

Utilize Travel Credit Card Perks

  • Redeem credit card points – Use the points, but wisely! Some of the best travel credit card rewards programs allow points to be redeemed for a bonus value — or may be worth more if transferred to hotel loyalty programs. Think more free nights!
  • Auto rental collision coverage – Check what’s covered by credit card insurance, many make you eligible for reimbursement to cover collision or theft damage so you can decline the waiver from the rental company.
  • Roadside assistance – Some pay for services like tows, flat tires, fuel delivery and more.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption –This perk can provide a refund for prepaid, non-refundable expenses paid on the card. On a road trip, this will likely extend to lodging and scheduled tours.

It’s fun to be spontaneous, but not as fun for your bank account,” notes Simon Zhen, senior research analyst for the financial comparison site. “Rental cars are getting harder to find, flight prices are increasing, and gas prices continue to be elevated. The best cost-saving strategy is to plan at least a part of your trip in advance.”

About MyBankTracker
MyBankTracker is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc., a leader in providing performance marketplace technologies and services to the financial services and home services industries. QuinStreet is a pioneer in delivering online marketplace solutions to match searchers with brands in digital media. The company is committed to providing consumers with the information and tools they need to research, find and select the products and brands that meet their needs. MyBankTracker is a member of QuinStreet’s expert research and publishing division.

MyBankTracker is an independent comparison website helping consumers make smart banking and financial decisions. The mission is to match consumers to their perfect bank by providing and tracking in-depth information on more than 5,000 banks, credit unions and financial products. Using a combination of technology and money management expertise, MyBankTracker provides personal finance comparison tools and educates consumers to optimize their relationships with banks and lenders.

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Backyarding is Here to Stay

Backyarding is Here to Stay & It Has a Purpose. What’s Yours? 

By Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

What once only happened indoors now happens outdoors. It’s called “backyarding,” and it’s a trend that’s here to stay. From office work to working out, from eating to entertaining, if these activities were once typically held inside a home or office, they are now being brought to the great outdoors.

Simply think back over the last year and recount the number of times your backyard has taken center stage in your everyday life. The family yard became the safe and purposeful space where we could gather and recharge. Spending time outdoors is great for your physical and mental health, and our backyards are the bridge between indoor and outdoor living.

The backyard is nearly limitless with possibilities, and you can get really creative in how you expand and enjoy your yard. But before you get to work in your yard, you must first identity what type of “backyarder” you are. Then, you can keep that idea in mind to create a more purposeful outdoor space that is customized to your family’s needs.

Here are just a few of the backyarding personality types. Which one(s) are you?

Entertainer Extraordinaire
Your backyard was the neighborhood hot spot long before the pandemic made that trend posh. Family milestones, birthdays, graduations, reunions, socially distanced BBQs – your yard is *the* place to gather. Your yard is set up for success with patio furniture, fire pit, yard games, plenty of outdoor seating, string lights, and maybe even an outdoor kitchen.  The family yard and community park are five-star event spaces that are always easy to book!  

Environmentalist
You know that nature starts in your own backyard and that taking small steps in your yard can make a big impact on climate change. As the proverbial Robin to your yard’s Batman, you embrace your role in supporting the superhero powers of your living landscape. Those include capturing and filtering rainwater, producing oxygen, and absorbing carbon, just to name a few. 

Expert Landscaper
Your yard makes neighbors green with envy. You know how to maintain a healthy living landscape all year long, and you have the latest outdoor power equipment to make even big jobs easier. Your idea of a good time? Spending the weekend doing yardwork. You love the sense of accomplishment that comes from working in your yard, and friends can count on you for advice about their own living landscapes.

Horticulturist
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is bookmarked on your browser because putting the right plant in the right place is the living landscape Golden Rule you live by. You consider location, maintenance, sunlight and watering requirements, as well as your climate zone and lifestyle needs, before you even think about sticking your shovel in the dirt.

Kid Zone Creator
You know the safest place for your kids to be is in your own backyard, and you work hard to create an outdoor fun zone they will never want to leave. A flat area of sturdy turfgrass to play sports and pitch a tent? Check. Treehouse? Check. Zipline strung safely between backyard trees? Check. An elevated garden where kids can help grow the family’s meals? Check. Natural playscapes, like a patch of sand bordered by rocks and log stump seating? Check. “Fun” is your middle name, and you are winning at this game.

Nature Lover
No binging Netflix for you. You subscribe to “Nature TV” and prefer to spend your free time watching the birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife that count on your yard for food and shelter. You cultivate a living landscape that supports a rich biodiversity with butterfly bushes, flowering plants, water sources, and trees and shrubs with nooks for nesting and food.  

Pet Pamperer
Your focus is on Fido, and you take cues from your four-legged friends about how to purpose your backyard. You’ve planted sturdy turfgrass like Buffalo or Bermuda that can stand up to pet play, and you’ve used soft foliage to create a natural barricade between “off limits” areas and the rest of the lawn. Trees and shrubs are strategically planted for shade, and you’ve even set up a shallow water feature to help your pup cool off on hot days. For you, planting with purpose means keeping toxic plants out of the picture. (For a complete list, visit ASPCA’s list of non-toxic and toxic plants.

Work (and learn!) from Home Warrior 
You don’t need to turn to technology to create a virtual backdrop for your video calls. The natural setting created by your yard’s trees, flowers, bushes and other plants is your go-to video call background. Your kids aren’t doing in-person school? No problem. Your backyard or neighborhood park is a living laboratory for learning that supports outdoor learning, even when school isn’t in session. Your kids take online classes under the shade of a tree. Do homework at a patio or picnic table. Brush up on STEM education by planting and studying flowers, bug hunting, and weather watching.

Zen Master
Enjoying your morning coffee on the balcony as songbirds serenade you. Meditating under the shade of a tree. De-stressing by swinging in a backyard hammock. Taking a break from your busy day to feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. Your backyard is your sacred space for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. It’s the best “green spa” in town. You know that spending time outside is good for your health and well-being and that, thanks to your yard, these benefits are only steps away.

Setting the stage for backyarding. One final and important note to backyarders of all kinds. Creating a yard that supports all of the aspects of your family’s outdoor lifestyle means taking stock of what you might need to care for your lawn. Take an inventory of your outdoor power equipment to make sure you are prepared. Then, get out there and create your canvas for even more backyard memory-making.

To learn more about creating the yard of your dreams, visit TurfMutt.

Lil Nas X 'Satan Sneaker' illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

NIKE vs MSCHF

Nike has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against MSCHF shoes that released a controversial customized version of its sneakers “Satan Shoes” with rapper Lil Nas X. In the lawsuit filed today, Nike accused MSCHF Product Studio, Inc. of trademark infringement over the designer’s 666 pairs of modified Nike sneakers made in collaboration with the “Old Town Road” singer. All 666 pairs sold out Monday.

Fara Sunderji is a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney in its New York office. Sunderji has extensive expertise in all stages of trademark, copyright, clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement, and litigation. Of the lawsuit she says, 

“Nike’s swoosh is probably one of the most recognizable non-word trademarks in the world.  You see it and you automatically think of Nike as the source of the good on which it appears.  This is how trademarks are supposed to operate, as a source identified.  Nike’s case here is pretty simple to understand:  MSCHF is selling Nike Air Max 97’s that have been modified in a way in which Nike does not approve.  People see these “Satan Shoes” and think they come from Nike and some people don’t like that.  Nike, therefore, claims that the release of these “Santa Shoes” is harming its valuable brand,” Sunderji says. 

“MSCHF will likely argue that they are protected under a theory called the First Sale Doctrine, which allows third parties to resell trademarked goods that have already entered the marketplace.  But the doctrine is limited to the sale of genuine goods.  The doctrine is based on the premise that consumers are not being deceived because they are receiving what they have bargained for, the trademarked good. Under Second Circuit case law, goods are not genuine if they do not conform to the brand owner’s quality control standards, and it is easy to guess Nike’s take on this issue – Just don’t do it,” Sunderji says. 

According to NBC News, the lawsuit states “We don’t have any further details to share on pending legal matters,” Nike said. “However, we can tell you we do not have a relationship with Lil Nas X or MSCHF.”

Trademark attorney Josh Gerben of Gerben Perrott PLLC stated to CNN Business that “It’s a legal rationale that grants artists who purchase and repurpose individual copyrighted products the ability to express and profit off their own creativity.”. He also pointed out Nike shoe redesigners like MSCHF commonly sell their work on online marketplaces. “You’ve got all kinds of artists that go out there and they take a shoe, and they’ll do a whole bunch of custom art on the shoe and maybe resell it for $1,000-3,000,” Gerben said. “This is something Nike is well aware of and has done absolutely nothing to mess with because there’s a sneaker culture here.”

Lil Nas X isn’t named as a party in the lawsuit. Representatives for the musician did not respond to calls or emails requesting comment.

The backlash from social media is incredible with thousands of people expressing their opinions with the shoes and the representation they bring:

  •  South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem tweeted “Our kids are being told that this kind of product, is not only okay, it’s “exclusive.” But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul. We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win.”.
  • NBA star Nick Young tweeted “My kids will never play Old Town Road again… I’m still debating about wearing Nike after this come Nike a drop of blood for real”.
  • On Instagram, celebrity musician Miley Cyrus shares a photo proudly wearing the controversial sneakers, captioning the post “Can you see Satan?”.

The controversial ‘Satan Shoes’ were strategically dropped after the release of Lil Nas X’s music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, which has already been viewed more than 54 million times.

Lil Nas X took to Twitter in his true fashion posting “I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would happen to me because I was gay. So I hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves.”

Shoe article illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine

The Iconic Men’s Shoes You Will Want to Own Today

When it comes to shoes, there are some brands that have stood the test of time. Timberland, Nike, Converse and adidas all have iconic kicks that have been gracing our feet for decades.

Here, we give you a run down of the most iconic men’s shoes of all time, which are all still available today. 

The Timberland Boots

The first Timberland boots were released in 1973, and they are still a bestseller today. As a boot fit for both work and play, it is the versatility of the Timberland that has kept them in the spotlight. 

They are soft and made of quality materials. With a waterproof leather upper and lug rubber outsole, Timberland boots are not only stylish, but they’re also comfortable — and something every man should have in his collection. These boots do come in a few different colors, but the tan hue is at the top of our list. While Timberlands have always been iconic, hip hop artists such as Kanye West have taken them to the next level of cool. 

The Nike Air Max Sneakers

When you own a pair of Nike Air Max kicks, they will be so much more than a typical pair of sneakers. First released in 1987, these retro shoes come in just about any color scheme you can imagine. Known for the cushioned base and that “window to the sole,” the brand wanted to show fans the air that was hidden inside. The idea to pump up the sole with air originally came from Frank Rudy, an aeronautical engineer who had experience with NASA. 

Each season we see small changes to the Nike Air Max range, but they still have that ’80s bounce we all know and love.

The Converse Chuck Taylors

Another shoe that is rich in history is the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. These basketball babes were first invented in 1917, but Chuck Taylor wasn’t completely satisfied with the design. 

He asked for more support in 1922, and they have been an icon ever since. Converse shoes come in different cuts, but we really can’t go past the high tops. They can be worn with any outfit, and really do scream retro fashion. Whether it is black, white or red, it’s that star that will keep these legends popular well into the future.

The Adidas Originals Superstar

Another shoe that we have been coveting for 50 years is the Adidas Originals Superstar. Its rubber shell toe cap and flexibility made it a direct competitor against Converse in the basketball market. 

Adidas is a pop culture favorite, and while the Superstar may have started as a basketball shoe, it now has its place on the street. The 80s’ hip hop scene helped propel this shoe into the spotlight, as Run DMC proudly wore the three stripes

An Iconic Shoe Is a Must-Have

Shoes aren’t just for working and running, they can be the finishing touch to your look. Some shoes are made to be worn for life, and a pair of Timberlands, Nike Airs, Adidas Originals or Converse Chuck Taylor’s have long-term appeal.

No matter what the season or the occasion, these iconic shoes will be there to make a statement. Plus, they are all made with comfort and support in mind.

Spin mop article illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 magazine

Can A Spin Do A Much Better Job At Keeping Floors Sparkly Clean Than Your Good Old Mop?

Like most people, you’re probably not a big fan of mopping the floor. It is monotonous, boring, and eats up a lot of your time. However, it’s one of those vital household chores that you cannot evade. 

Although sweepers and vacuuming can handle dust, pet hairs, and sometimes stains, you still need to mop your floors to make it sparkly clean. Mopping will take care of nasty streaks of dirt on your floors, as well as get rid of filth embedded on grouts and lodged on corners. 

The traditional mop has come a long way. It has been updated and modernized to make your home cleaning life a little easier. One of its latest upgrades is the spin mop, which has been a favorite among homeowners. This type of mop makes the chore faster, simpler, more effective, and even enjoyable, thanks to its microfiber advantages and other improvements.

What Exactly Is A Spin Mop?

Spin mops are very popular because they are a very convenient cleaning tool to have around your home. They work similarly to a regular mop but have a little spin to it to solve the problems that you usually encounter with using a traditional mop. 

The concept behind the cleaner is pretty simple. Just place its head into its spinning device, which also enables you to wring out the water accumulated. Depending on the model, you can do this by pressing the mop itself on the bucket that comes with it or by pressing the bucket’s pedal several times. Your mop will not only come out dry but clean as well. Likewise, you can use it right away again. 

Rinsing off a regular mop with dirt is quite hard. Also, you have to wait until it dries out a bit before you can put it to use. On top of that, you have to manually wring it with your hands, which is not the case with a spin mop. These devices rely on their centrifugal and spinning motions to do the wringing for you.

Check out these commonly asked questions to learn more about spin mops.

Why Should I Make The Switch?

Scrubbing your floor with a soapy sponge while on your knees and hands can trigger back and knee pain. Mopping with a regular mop is no walk in the park either. Hence, a spin mop is your best choice in terms of floor cleaners. 

With that in mind, here are the benefits of spin mops and the reasons why you may want to make the switch:

  • Efficient Cleaning

Spin mops can clean surfaces thoroughly. Additionally, it will not leave behind any residues or specks of dirt on your floors. They typically come with a microfiber cleaning pad that can dislodge even the toughest of stains with ease. Likewise, you can easily remove dirt deposits on joint sections and corners with your mop cleaner.

  • Hands-Free Rinsing

You don’t need to use your hands when rinsing it’s wet mop head. This means that you will be able to avoid dirty liquid or chemicals and bacteria while cleaning. Plus, your hands will always remain clean and dry throughout the process.

  • Abrasion-Resistant Microfiber Cleaning Pad

The spin mop has a soft microfiber cloth pad, which is very gentle on all types of surfaces. Therefore, it will not leave your beautiful floors with abrasions and scratches.

  • Less Physical Effort

The spin mop features an advanced mechanism that will not require a lot of muscle strength and effort from you when rinsing it’s mop head. All you have to do is push the handle of your mop gently into its wringer or step on its foot pedal. 

Furthermore, its convenient design combines a long handle and a head that bends, eliminating the need for you to bend over just to tackle hard to reach spots. So that can help prevent backaches as well.

  • Needs Minimal Water

In general, you need to douche mops in clear water several times to eliminate dirt and particles from their mop head. But spinning your spin mop in its bucket will separate the particles from the mop head and leave them on the bottom part. Therefore, you don’t need to change the water as much as you would on a traditional mop.

  • Easy Maintenance

Cleaning this type of mop is hassle-free. It will not require any extra washing or upkeep. Generally, you only need to wash your spin mop under clean tap water and then leave both its mop head and bucket to air dry. That’s it.

But of course, spin mops do come with a few disadvantages. Just like with a normal mop, it will still rely on the bucket. That means you have to carry it around, which can sometimes become messy if you accidentally spill the water. Nevertheless, you can find models out there with wheels, making it easier to move the bucket throughout your home. 

Additionally, you must replace the mop head from time to time since it will get filthy over time. And with so many available options out there, from brands to models, choosing the right one can get overwhelming pretty fast. However, finding the best spin mops suitable for your needs and budget is important. So here they are, to help narrow down your choices and make shopping around a little easier.

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Choosing the Right Roof for Your Home – A User Guide

If you have recently looked at your roof and decided that it’s time for a change, you might be considering the option of having a new roof installed or carrying out a major repair or renovation. Since home roofs typically go decades without being replaced, homeowners can feel a bit clueless about the modern roofing options that are available because they haven’t shopped for a roof in so long, if ever. If that sounds like your current predicament, you’ve stumbled onto the right guide because below we’ll be discussing all of the fundamentals that you’ll need to know in order to start heading in the right direction with your roof comparison.

Choose the Right Roofing Company

Before you start researching the various types of roofs you can buy, it’s best to go ahead and decide who you’re going to hire to remove your old roof and install the new one. Try to opt for a contractor or company that has been doing business for a while and has plenty of positive reviews. You never want to trust your roofing installation in the hands of a questionable or newly established brand because there could be serious financial and liability-related consequences if anything goes wrong. 

According to Semper Solaris, a leading roofing company in Southern California, the quality of the installation will directly determine how long the roof will last and whether it will need premature maintenance in the near future. They’ve been working in the roofing industry for more than two decades and have performed countless roofing, HVAC, and solar installs, so their opinion that installation quality is just as important roof selection is a valid one that’s worthy of consideration. 

Consider All Costs & Risks Involved 

The roofing installer that you choose will have one of the biggest impacts on the overall cost of your new roof. Dealing with a reputable company will ensure that you’ll be given a fairly accurate quote estimate based on the size of your home, the total square footage of the roof space that needs to be installed, and the kind of roofing materials you select. 

Comparing multiple quotes is an advisable step, but don’t let the price be your only criteria. Selecting a roofing installer or material based solely on the fact that they have the lowest price is a surefire way to have a low-quality roof installed on your home.

It’s also important to confirm that your chosen roofing installer is adequately licensed and insured. If they’re not, and an injury or property damage occurs during the project, you could be held liable for the resulting expenses. This is generally a non-issue because being licensed and insured is a standard industry prerequisite, but it’s still worthwhile to double-check, particularly if you’re dealing with a newly established team of laborers. 

Select the Right Materials

While you may like the look of certain materials, it’s possible that they might not be ideal for or compatible with your home architecturally. Generally, lightweight materials are more universally applicable, whereas heavier roofing types like slate or tiles represent a significant weight burden on the structure of your home. In fact, a slate roof can weigh anywhere from 800 to 1,500 pounds. 

Take the time to learn the pros and cons of each material that you’re comparing. This is yet another reason why you should only deal with a reputable roofing installer, as you can be sure that they know what they’re doing and aren’t going to install incompatible materials on your roof. In fact, they should be able to help you decide which materials would be best suited for your roof based on its shape, size, slope, and the design style of the house below it. 

Thoroughly reviewing the defining features of each material option will ensure that you don’t regret your selection later on. Likewise, it could help you discover futuristic new roofing materials such as solar roofs and extended-life asphalt shingles. 

Compare the Durability & Maintenance Requirements of Different Shingle Types

Nobody can tell you what kind of roof shingle looks the best in your mind, but shingles do vary in their known durability and maintenance requirements, so those are the objective attributes that you can compare based on research. The two most popular kinds of roof shingles on the market are asphalt and metal. Other common material types include concrete, coal & tar, clay, and aluminum. In fact, there are at least 19 different kinds of roofing shingles that you can take into consideration during your comparison. 

The 5 most durable kinds of roofing materials are steel, aluminum, clay, slate, and 30-year asphalt. If you’re after the sweet spot between price and durability, your comparison should probably be between aluminum and asphalt. Concrete and slate are more durable, but like steel, they’re also very heavy, so those materials should only be used on larger homes that have strong supporting structures. 

While a reputable roofing contractor will have a designated structural engineer that they can consult with, if you’re spearheading the project yourself, then that’s definitely a consultation that you’d want to schedule. Installing a structurally unsafe roof is one of the costliest and most dangerous mistakes a homeowner can make, as it could lead to significant property damage or injury and leave you with a pile of burdensome liabilities. 

Opt for a Roofing Style That Complements Your Home’s Design

Finally, it’s important to base your roof selection on the existing design theme of your home in order to present the need for additional renovations and upgrades. Many homeowners will opt to paint the exterior of their home after a roofing project just to take care of any minor blemishes and add a fresh look to accompany the new roof. Still, beyond painting, you don’t want to feel obligated to change the entire architectural style of your home just to match your roof. 

You can use a roofing software to calculate the exact measurements and graphically compare roof styles against a backdrop photo of your home. That way, you can drag and drop design styles until you see one that looks like it would match your home. Once you have a style in mind and you know your roof measurements, you can contact local roofing companies to start comparing detailed quotes. 

Consult with Roofing Experts Before Making Your Decision

It’s important to note that no internet guide can substitute the services of a roofing professional. The advice given in this guide is meant to steer you in the right direction, but your actual decision will come down to the services that are available in your area. 

As a good rule of thumb, it’s wise to speak with 2-3 roofing companies in your area before you decide who to go with, as you want to give them a chance to compete for your business, and you also want to gather as much advice as you can in the initial planning stage. 

Finally, before you initiate a consultation, it would be wise to write down a list of questions that you’re going to ask. That way, you’ll get the most possible value out of the free consultation period that many roofing companies offer, as opposed to aimlessly wandering through the conversation with no particular goal in mind. 

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Should I Buy a Diesel Truck? 5 Convincing Reasons to Get It

Should I buy a diesel truck? If you’re asking this, you’re probably unable to make up your mind. Read below for 5 convincing reasons to buy a diesel engine.

Should I buy a diesel truck?

Buying a new truck is a big investment. Should you get a diesel or a gas truck? You’ll find people that are in both camps and depending on what you need to do with it, one might work better than the other for you.

Continue reading this article to learn convincing reasons why you should go with diesel.

1. Bring the Power

If you’re looking for maximum power then a diesel is where it’s at. When you’re driving a diesel truck, you’ll notice that it offers more torque than a gas engine.

Before buying, make sure to look at the torque as well as the horsepower, depending on what you’re going to be using the truck for. If you need to haul a lot of weight then you’re going to need a good amount of torque and that is what a diesel engine can give you.

2. Lower Fuel Costs

When you’re driving a diesel truck, you’re going to put out less money than if you’re driving a gas truck. While you might not see it while you’re fueling up at the pump, you’ll find that over time, you’ll notice that you are putting out less money for the same trips you took in gas engines.

3. Less Maintenance

When you’re reading through articles like this diesel truck battery resource, you’re likely to notice that you don’t have to do as much maintenance on your diesel engine as you do on a gas engine.

Most experts will tell you that diesel engines can go two to three times longer than gas engines before they need major maintenance work. You may put more money out on buying a diesel truck but you’re going to find out that you can save money because of less maintenance.

4. Great Used Value

If you like to get new vehicles and sell them without taking too much of a hit then a diesel is a good way to go. Since diesel engines can run for so long and hold their value pretty well, you can offer a good used value to potential buyers.

If you want to buy a diesel truck used, you’ll usually find that it is a good investment because it still has plenty of miles left in it.

5. Better Performance

While there used to be some serious drawbacks about having a diesel truck vs. a gas truck, those drawbacks are decreasing or gone altogether.

Remember the very noisy diesel engines you’d hear as a kid? Now take a listen to the diesel engines now. Not too bad, right?

Should I Buy a Diesel Truck? – Now You Know

Now you know the answer to your question, “Should I buy a diesel truck?” If you’re not ready to jet off to the dealership just yet, why not keep reading through our site? Check out the rest of our blog today for other helpful articles.

PARAGON HONDA

Paragon Honda, Honda’s largest certified pre-owned dealer, in partnership with its agency Team Velocity, is transforming the way it assists its customers, leveraging Google’s advanced technology and measurement to take the friction out of vehicle service and maintenance. Of note:

  • To make it even simpler for its customers to schedule service and maintenance, Paragon became the first dealer to build an app for the Google Assistant. In the coming weeks, drivers can schedule service—such as routine maintenance, oil changes, and tire rotations—quickly and easily using just their voice.

  • To drive awareness of its 24-hour service online, Paragon ramped up its investment in Search to be there in moments when people searched “honda oil change” and “honda maintenance” in the New York market. As a result, this strategy helped Paragon grow its service repair orders by 5X in the last 12 months.

  • Paragon also used Search ads to drive new and used vehicle sales, and is using Google’s store visits technology to measure how its Search ads helped generate in-store visits. (Google’s store visits technology uses anonymous and aggregated data from signed in Google users who had location history turned on to determine how Search ads help drive in-store visits.)

  • This helped Paragon better understand which keywords and campaigns were driving people to its dealership, and found that Search was nearly 5X more cost-effective per vehicle sold compared to other media.

You can read the full article, including commentary from Brian Benstock, GM and VP of Paragon Honda on his three-step approach, at Think with Google: http://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/consumer-insights/paragon-honda-customer-service/