Spring is here, and with spring comes pollen. Pollen is
that powdery plant substance
that blankets our sidewalks and cars with neon yellow. Tens of millions of
Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by contact with these pollens.
There are lots of way to lessen our exposure to pollen. Some examples include taking off our shoes when coming into the house, or changing our pillowcases every night. Additionally, did you know you there are ways we can combat the exposure to pollen by having our cars cleaned?
You can bring your car to a reputable car wash and ask them to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your car.
Your floor mats need to be vacuumed thoroughly as our shoes carry pollen picked up from the street. Consider replacing your carpet car mats with plastic ones as they are easier to rinse clean.
Your dashboard, interior door panels, door jambs, steering wheel, and any other non-fabric items need to be wiped down with a clean wet cloth. All other areas should be vacuumed. If you are considering the purchase of a new car, consider getting leather seats as they are easier to keep pollen free.
You will tempted to open the windows of your car, don’t! Use the air conditioner, as opening your window will bring in pollen. Further, use the re-circulating setting, so you are not bringing in the outside pollen filled air. Regularly change your air filter. Check your owner’s manual but as a general rule, the Car Care Council recommends replacing your air filter every 12-15,000 miles.
Lastly, have you car professionally washed often. The pollen that covers the outside of your vehicle can be easily transferred when you enter and exit. In addition, these microscopic pollens can actually damage the finish of your vehicle.
If you follow these simple suggestions, you can lessen the amount of allergens in the interior of your vehicle, and add to the comfort of your ride.
About Fred’s Car Wash
Fred’s Car Wash is locally owned and family operated with locations serving Norwalk, Fairfield, Westport, Southport & Watertown, Connecticut. Fred’s, which has been in business for over 36 years, offers exterior washes, interior cleaning and expert detailing. Above all, Fred’s is known for its superior customer service and excellent results. www.fredscarwash.com
What is a doorjamb?
The doorjamb is the part of the car where the door attaches to the frame of the vehicle. It acts as a seal between the interior and exterior of the car, protecting it from dirt and dust. Car companies use a layer of grease to help the mechanism work efficiently and quietly. This layer of grease can also attract dirt.
Why should I have the doorjamb cleaned?
Most car owners do not think much about their doorjambs, much less about having them cleaned. It is important to keep your doorjambs clean for three reasons:
How do I clean my car’s doorjambs?
In honor of National Dog Day, Fred’s Car Wash would like to share this article from the ASPCA. Please read and share with your friends.
Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke and suffocation when left in parked cars. It happens most often when people make quick stops—the dry cleaners, the bank or the local deli. Folks, we need to be clear on this: It takes only minutes for your pet to face death—and it doesn’t have to be that hot out. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees. Even with the windows cracked.
You can help save pets from dying in hot cars. Simply take the following actions:
Educate people. Hang this printable flyer pets-in-hot-cars up in your local grocery store, veterinary hospital, animal shelter and other local businesses.
If you see something, say something. If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call animal control or 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicle and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.
Try to find the car’s owner. If you are out and you see a dog locked in a car, tell the nearby store manager immediately. Don’t be shy.
And please, no matter how much your dog loves to go along when you run errands, don’t take a chance. Leave her home where she is safe.
At Fred’s Car Wash, we love cars! That’s why we have been washing and detailing vehicles for over 35 years. We thought you would enjoy this article from mentalfloss.com on how car companies got their names.
Most of us probably don’t put too much thought into our cars’ names. Sure, we’ll take the wheel of a Toyota or a Chevrolet, but how did those cars pick up their monikers? Let’s take a look at a few that aren’t quite as obvious as the Ford name.
The company we now know as Nissan got its start in 1914 as DAT Motorcar. The “DAT” name came from the first initial of the three founders’ family names. In 1931, DAT introduced a new small car they called the Datson, which later morphed into “Datsun.”
Meanwhile, businessman Yoshisuke Aikawa founded an industrial holding company in 1928 and named his new venture Nippon Sangyo. (The name loosely translates into “Japan Industries.”) Aikawa’s company bought out DAT in 1931, and eventually the Nippon Sangyo name became abbreviated as Nissan.
Some drivers may remember cruising around in Datsuns before they ever got behind the wheel of a Nissan. What prompted the name change? Until the early 1980s, the Datsun badge appeared on the cars Nissan exported out of Japan. In 1981, though, Nissan execs announced that they were changing this practice in order to strengthen global awareness of the Nissan brand. Thus, you can’t buy a Datsun Z anymore, but you can get the keys to a Nissan one.
Toyota didn’t start out as a car company. It wasn’t called Toyota, either. In 1926, Sakichi Toyoda founded the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, a company that made looms, not cars. In 1933, Toyoda’s son Kiichiro started a separate motors division, and the company’s cars quickly took off.
How did the name get from “Toyoda” to “Toyota,” though? In 1936, the company held a competition to design a new logo, and the winner consisted of the three Japanese characters that made up the Toyoda name. However, after giving it some thought, the Toyoda family decided that the slightly tweaked “Toyota” was stronger. Writing out “Toyoda” required nine brush strokes, whereas “Toyota” only required eight, a lucky number in Japan. Plus, the name just sounded better, so Toyoda became Toyota.
Walter Chrysler probably wasn’t on anyone’s short list of potential moguls when he was a young man. He spent much of his youth kicking around Texas as a railroad mechanic, and although the work wasn’t glamorous, he developed quite a skill set as a machinist. In 1911, the gifted 36-year-old machinist became production chief for Buick, and by 1919 he was making millions of dollars a year as head of the company.
Chrysler eventually left Buick, and after a failed attempt to take over the Willys-Overland Motor Company, he uses some of his accumulated wealth to buy a controlling interest in the floundering Maxwell Motor Company. Chrysler’s new company introduced a popular car called the Chrysler in 1924, and by the next year the Maxwell name had disappeared in favor of Chrysler.
Honda bears the name of its founder, Soichiro Honda. Honda was a precocious mechanic who started the Honda Motor Co. Ltd. in 1946 to build small motorcycles. Although the motorcycle business got off to a slow start, by the 1960s the business had become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of bikes. In 1963, Honda introduced its first production automobile, the Honda T360 pickup truck.
Scottish immigrant David Dunbar Buick was an inventive fellow; before he ever got into the motors game, he created a more efficient way of manufacturing enameled cast-iron bathtubs. Buick began toying with engines during the 1890s, and after starting one failed engine company, he tried again with the Buick Manufacturing Company in 1902. Buick’s cars were terrific — his pioneering use of overhead valve technology made them tough to beat — but he had trouble actually producing and delivering them on time. As a result he always needed to find new investors to advance him cash, and eventually his company was sold out from under him to General Motors founder William C. Durant.
In 1908, Durant gave Buick the heave-ho and a $100,000 severance check. Buick tried to parlay this money into a great fortune by investing in oil fields, but he didn’t have any luck. When his attempts to get back into the car business in the 1920s floundered, he ended up working as an instructor at the Detroit School of Trades. That venture didn’t go so well, either; the school demoted him to receptionist. When Buick died in 1929, he was flat broke.
Remember how William Durant forced David Buick out of Buick’s own company? Karma can be rough. In 1910, Durant’s own creditors forced him out of his management role at the company he started, General Motors. Durant didn’t stay down for long, though. He teamed with Swiss race car driver and mechanic Louis Chevrolet to start a new motor company in 1911. The pair named the company after Chevrolet, and legend has it that they developed a logo that resembled the Swiss cross of Chevrolet’s homeland. (Other stories indicate that Durant copied the bowtie logo from a French hotel’s wallpaper.)
The company quickly earned the pair quite a bit of loot. Durant suddenly had enough cash to regain control of General Motors, and in 1917 GM acquired Chevrolet. Louis Chevrolet didn’t do quite as well, though. He sold his share of the company to Durant in 1914, and although his career had other highlights, including a 7th-place finish at the 1919 Indianapolis 500, he never enjoyed much financial success and eventually had to return to Chevy as a consultant.
Brothers John and Horace Dodge were gifted machinists who began a Michigan bicycle company in the 1890s. Eventually they sold this business and began creating transmissions for Olds in 1902 and then Ford in 1903. However, they longed to create cars of their own, so in 1913 they left their lucrative supplier positions at Ford and started working on their own car designs. The brothers’ cars were soon the second-hottest sellers in the country, and they were fabulously wealthy.
In 1897, Austrian entrepreneur Emil Jellinek began ordering Daimler cars that he could drive in some of Europe’s quickly growing auto races. It took a few years, but by the dawn of the 20th century, Jellinek had a number of Daimlers that he adored driving. He often raced under an assumed name when driving these cars; he took on the name of his 12-year-old daughter Mercedes. In 1900, Jellinek worked out a deal with Daimler to order 36 new cars on the condition that the cars be called Mercedes. Daimler agreed, and the famed luxury brand name was born.
The Swedish automaker’s name is Latin for “I roll,” a conjugation of the word volvere. The company got its start as part of the Swedish ball bearing company SKF, and after SKF trademarked the Volvo name in 1915, the company planned to put the “Volvo” name on most anything that rolled, from bears to bicycles to automobiles. The plan wasn’t quick to get off the ground, though; thanks to World War I, Volvo didn’t actually start its car business until 1926.
AND A FEW QUICK ONES:
10. Cadillac: Named for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the French explorer who founded Detroit in the early 18th century.
11. Saab: Abbreviation of “Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolag,” which is Swedish for “Swedish Airplane, Limited.”
12. Volkswagen: German for “people’s car.”
13. Lexus: Toyota went to its ad agency and an image-consulting firm when it needed a name for its luxury division. At first, they decided on “Alexis,” but it gradually evolved into Lexus.
14. Mazda: According to Mazda’s website, the brand’s name is borrowed from the Zoroastrian religion. Ahura Mazda is the Zoroastrian “God of reason who granted wisdom and united man, nature and the other gods.”