Monday, April 19, 2010

Good News Garage NH "Green" Car Tips

Good News Garage loves red, blue, black, yellow and even multi-colored cars, but our favorite cars are “green!” When you think and drive “green,” you take better care of your car. Proper maintenance and sensible driving will prolong the life of your car and help the environment too. When it’s time for a change, think “green” again and recycle your car through Good New Garage — donate a car to Good News Garage NH and change someone’s life.

Good News Garage’s Top Ten “Green” Car Tips

Keep your car’s engine running at peak performance by getting regular engine tune-ups. A well-tuned engine has more power, uses less fuel and develops less engine wear than a poorly-tuned engine. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.

Have your car’s air conditioner serviced by a technician certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. Improperly handled refrigerants can release ozone-depleting chemicals into the environment.

Purchase extended-life antifreeze. Most extended-life coolants do not contain conventional antifreeze which can be abrasive to water pump seals.

Take used or damaged car batteries to auto stores that stock or repair lead-acid batteries and properly dispose of engine fluids and tires. A single quart of used motor oil can pollute thousands of gallons of water. Antifreeze poured on the ground can poison wildlife or pets.

Improve gas mileage by removing roof-top luggage carriers which increase air drag and decrease fuel-efficiency; use cruise control when practical, and remove unnecessary items from your vehicle which can add weight.

Avoid driving with a lead foot. Fast starts and heavy braking increase gas consumption and put extra wear and tear on your vehicle’s mechanical systems.

Keep your tires property inflated and aligned and you can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. Misaligned or unbalanced tires will cause uneven wear and tear.

Return used tires to retailers or wholesalers that recycle or retread them. If they still have some life left in them, Good News Garage will gladly accept donations of tires and other car-related items such as unused antifreeze, oil, window cleaner, car mats and jumper cables.

Replace your car’s filters and fluids as recommended in the owner’s manual. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.

Good News Garage is the ultimate recycling solution for cars, vans, trucks, mopeds, RVs and even boats! Every car that Good News Garage provides has been donated and every car donation qualifies for a tax deduction ranging from $500 to the vehicle’s fair market value — an amount that can be significantly greater than a dealer trade-in. Good News Garage will pick up or tow your donated car, van or truck free of charge.

Since 1996, Good News Garage has accepted, repaired and “recycled” more than 3,500 donated cars by providing them to qualified families in need. For more information about Good News Garage NH or to donate a car, visit on-line: or call toll-free: 877.448.3288. Good News Garage: Donate a car…Change a life!


Anonymous said...

Nice tips!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tips.