The Bernstein family have enjoyed doing business as a Car-X Franchise in the Lake Street neighborhood since 1980. The first 20 years on West Lake Street and the second 20 years on East Lake Street.
Their team of Pat, John and Billy have been with the Bernstein’s company for a combined total of almost 50 years. The Covid-19 impact and reduction of work has been painful for many including Pat and his team.
The riots, destruction and looting of the East Lake Street store and neighborhood is like salt in an open wound. Please help them REBUILD. They want to get back to servicing their community as soon as possible. These funds will help their technicians get back to work by helping them replace tools and personal items, and keep them working while they clean and rebuild their shop. Thank you for your consideration. Our hearts go out to the family of George Floyd!
Thank you from Car-X Tire & Auto on behalf of the Bernstein Family and the East Lake Street Car-X Team
COVID-19 has caused a global health crisis. In these uncertain
times we must keep in mind that we all have a job to do. For some that job is
to stay home or self-isolate and for others that job is to provide an essential
service. The Department of Homeland Security has deemed Car-X to be a part of the
essential services. We are here to ensure that you have a safe means of
transportation. While providing that service, our priority is to make sure that
you and our employees stay safe during your visit. Safety protocols have been
put in place at all of our locations to do so. We are taking this matter very
seriously and ask you to do the same.
It is important for us all to educate ourselves and stay
updated on COVID-19. Make sure you are properly washing your hands, sanitizing
your store-bought goods, and following other safety protocols. Being overly vigilant
is the tactic to take if we want to stop the spread of this virus.
Improving fuel economy is a matter of changing your driving habits. The benefits range from environmental to personal and financial. Here are some easy and effective tips on maximizing your fuel economy.
Drive Conservatively – Rapid acceleration and hard braking can reduce your fuel economy by 15-30% at highway speeds (10-40% in stop and go traffic).
Use Cruise Control – Cruise control reduces the fluctuations in speed keeping your car at a consistent pace helping to saving gas.
Avoid unnecessary Idling – Between 1 quarter to ½ gallon of fuel per hour is used when idling. Turn off your engine until you’re ready to get on your way, restarting your engine only uses 10 seconds worth of fuel. Only shut off your engine when it is safe to do so.
Practice Proper car Maintenance:
Remove any extra items from your car – More weight = more fuel your car needs to use
Change your oil regularly
Check your tire pressure
Check your engine air filter and replace if needed
Choose to roll down your windows instead of using AC
Ask yourself this: If you were stuck with a flat tire, a dead battery, an empty gas tank, a blown gasket or any number of other car troubles, would you be prepared? Most drivers try not to think about the possibility of being in any of those situations, but the fact is it happens more often than what we would think. Throw in the factor of bad weather, especially come the winter months and that probability of getting stranded increases.
When these events occur having an emergency kit can make a
large difference in your experience. Having some of these items can help you
get yourself back on the road sooner than later or at least can help keep you
safe until someone can come to the rescue.
There is no limit to what you can have in your emergency kit
but there are some things that are essential to have. Below is a list of those
essential items to keep in your vehicle:
No. 1 on your emergency kit
checklist should be lighting. Reflective lighting triangle and flares will help
notify other drivers of the roadside hazard. We suggest getting Led battery-operated
flares, they are longer lasting and reusable. A flashlight is also very
important to have on hand to help you investigate the issue with your car. It
is important to keep extra batteries as well.
Jumper Cables/ Jump Starter
Car batteries often die or lose
juice at the least opportune moments, having jumper cables can be the
difference between waiting for 10 minutes to find another driver to jump your
car or hours for a tow truck to get out to you. Another option is having a jump
starter. This device acts like the battery of another vehicle with jumper
cables directly attached. The instructions are the same procedure as jumping
your battery with another person’s vehicle. Often these devices have
multipurpose uses, some come with an air compressor and a flashlight attached.
The only thing that you must make sure to do if you decide to get a jump
starter is to make sure to charge it. Without a charge it will be useless, so
it is always good to have a separate set of regular jumper cables.
First Aid Kit
The first aid kit is a must have
item for your emergency kit. You can find prepack kits that will have all the
essentials for small to more serious injuries. It is easy to injury yourself
while trying to get your car back up and going. Be prepared for the worst and
always hope for the best.
These items are more essential in inclement
weather conditions. If your car loses power completely and leaves you stranded
on a winters day or evening the temperature in your car will decrease at a very
fast pace. Make sure that you keep these items easily accessible to avoid
leaving your car door open for longer than necessary, letting in the cold air
Spare Tire & Tools
Most of our vehicles have a spare
tire or at least should. You should always double check to make sure you have a
spare and to make sure that spare is properly inflated. A flat tire and a flat
spare tire a recipe for disaster or having a properly inflated spare tire but
no tools to switch out the tires. Ensure that you have the proper tools to use
your spare tire when the time comes.
Vehicle recalls occur more frequently than most of us are aware of. This results when a manufacturer determines that a car model has a safety related defect that does not comply with the government’s safety standard. The manufacturer is then required to alert owners of this problem and may offer to repair the issue at no cost to you.
These alerts are usually delivered by mail or email, but
they can often be overlooked. If you have a feeling that your car may be
involved in a recall but haven’t received an alert, you can go online and check
All you need is your VIN number which can be found in a few
different places: the driver’s side lower corner of the windshield, vehicle
registration, insurance card, or on a placard on the driver’s door jamb. Visit the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall page (www.nhtsa.gov/recalls) and enter you VIN. If your car has been issued a recall it
will pop up on the page and if nothing populates then your car has not been
If your car has been issued a recall you should call your
local dealer and schedule an appointment to fix the recalled issue. If you didn’t buy your car from that specific dealer, they will
help you with the recall if it’s the same manufacturer.