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AUTO SAVVY CONSUMER
Thinking of a new car? Add up the cost with our Repair vs. Replace tool
Some of us like to drive Old Faithful until the wheels fall off, and some of us like to buy a new car every few years.
And now, just three years after U.S. automakers nearly hit rock bottom, new car sales are growing so fast that Detroit is having a hard time keeping up.
If you're among the millions of consumers who are considering a new vehicle, we urge you to check out our Repair vs. Replace Calculator before taking that plunge. The calculator will help you see in real dollars how much it will cost to keep your current car running and how that compares to a new-car commitment.
You may also want to consider the following:
- Does your current vehicle meet your needs? (Is buying a new car a luxury or a need?)
- Do you want to take on 5 or 6 years of new car payments?
- By using Star Auto Authority, you know your vehicle has been properly maintained, which means you can keep it on the road for as long as you want to (almost literally). Not to mention, vehicles are substantially more reliable than they were 20 years ago. At 100,000 miles today, a vehicle can still run and look like new.
- Touching up door dings and dents can make your car look like new. If your paint has lost its luster, perhaps a good detailing is in order. Would a shiny, dent-free exterior diminish your urge for a new car?
- Are you comfortable with the state of the economy? Although it's starting to improve, we still face significant challenges. Is now the right time to act, or is it prudent to wait a bit longer?
If you decide to purchase a new car, we're happy to answer any questions you have about choosing that new make and model. Also, remember, you are not bound to the dealer just because your new car is under warranty. Federal law protects your right to have your vehicle maintained by the auto repair shop of your choice. At Star, we'll keep an eye out for warranty items, notify you of those items and can even take the vehicle to the dealer for you.
Use the calculator now: Should I repair my car or buy a new one?
ON OUR BLOG
Guard against the guzzle with these gas-saving guidelines
Gas ain’t cheap. Talk about stating the obvious, right?
Chicago’s gas prices started the New Year at $3.55 per gallon, hit $3.73 mid-January, and within the past week, jumped 32 cents a gallon. We're now looking at upwards of $3.90 in the Chicago area, while the national average is at $3.66.
With these kinds of fuel prices, it makes financial sense to keep track of mileage-robbing issues that can cost you big at the gas pump. While you might not be able to predict or control gas prices, you can take steps to minimize the number of times you need to fill up.
Read on to see what robs your gas mileage
Visit our Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much money you would save each year by boosting your fuel economy.
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THE STAR SCOOP
Turn to Star for your auto body needs
Whether you have a shopping cart ding or a bumper cover hanging loose from an unfortunate fender bender, we can help.
At Star Auto Authority, we're not only your vehicle service experts. We're also your collision and cosmetic repair experts. View a slideshow of our repairs.
And remember, we'll help you save money when you repair it all at once.
After the first panel or initial repair, you'll save an additional 10% for every additional panel repaired at the same time:
- Save 10% on the second panel.
- Save 20% on the third panel.
- Save 30% on the fourth panel.
- Save 40% on the fifth panel.
- Save 50% on the sixth panel.
The panels will be ranked and discounted according to repair cost. (If you repair two panels, you'll save 10% off the panel that costs less to repair.)
Most services are completed in 1-2 days and at a much lower cost than at a body shop—especially with these discounts. Plus, we back our work with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty!
If you'd like to be among the clients being WOWed by our new services and are ready to start saving, schedule an appointment now. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Sail into spring with an inside-out detailing—20% off through March
With warmer weather right around the corner, now's the time to wipe away those layers of road salt and winter grime. Sail into spring with a spic-and-span vehicle and save 20% when you act now.
Today through March 31, the cost for our popular inside-and-out detailing package is $139 for cars and $182 for SUVS and vans.
We'll buff and polish the paint surfaces with a premium polish to remove light scratches, old wax, light tar and bugs. Then, we'll seal the paint surface with a polymer formula to provide long-lasting protection, and we'll clean the wheels and apply tire dressing.
On the inside, we'll steam clean and shampoo the carpeting, mats, upholstery and door panels to extract dirt and stains. We'll condition all vinyl and leather, and polish all glass inside and out. We'll finish the detail by cleaning the door jams and interior trim pieces.
The normal cost of this service is $169 for cars and $221 for SUVs. Schedule now before we're all booked up!
MONEY FOR MAINTENANCE
Snap up $10-$15 in oil change rebates
Earn $10 to $15 in rebates just for changing your oil—one of your car's most important maintenance tasks. Valvoline is offering the rebates through May 31 as follows:
- $10 for a DuraBlend or MaxLife oil change;
- $15 for a synthetic oil change.
Plus, at Star, we'll also inspect your car for any necessary safety, repair or maintenance items as part of your lube, oil and filter service, and we hand wash and vacuum your vehicle.
Save an extra $5 when you redeem the oil change sticker from your last Star oil change service.
In need of service? Schedule an appointment now