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Summer DIYing: Top Ten Auto Fixer-Upper Projects

AutoPartsWarehouse.com offers tips for DIYing into the perfect summer road trip – and beyond


Carson, CA—August 5, 2013 — With longer days, warmer temperatures and, for many, increased leisure time, summer tends to not only bring on road trips, but also the fixer-upper and DIYer in all of us. And given that consumers are doing more DIY than ever and saving money doing so1, the team at AutoPartsWarehouse.com has compiled a list of the Top Ten Summer Auto Fixer-Upper Projects that are key to prepping for a summer road trip. Some of these are easy DIY projects, others are more suited for the hardcore DIYer, and all are achievable with parts that are easily purchased online. Designed to help consumers save money for that summer vacation getaway, the Top Ten Summer Auto Fixer-Upper Projects can ensure safe and pleasant driving throughout the year.

“A recent survey showed that ninety percent of DIYers are doing either the same amount, or more of their own auto repairs and maintenance this year versus one year ago – with 2/3rds more likely to attempt a difficult repair today – and what’s more they say they are enjoying it and saving money to boot, ” said Shane Evangelist, CEO of AutoPartsWarehouse.com. “What better time than summer to get a start on a DIY auto project? From replacing an air filter to installing a trailer hitch, consumers can put a brake on unnecessary spending at the service center, and feel empowered in the process!”

According to AutoPartsWarehouse.com, consumers are not only racking up significant savings by doing their own DIY projects – 60% report saving over $500 annually – but are also reporting they are increasingly taking advantage of buying parts online to save money and compare prices.

AutoPartsWarehouse.com’s Top Ten Summer Auto Fixer-Upper Projects
Before attempting any service or repair on your vehicle, always consult your owner’s manual

  1. Replace Headlight Assemblies: Bright clear headlights are critical to driving safety, especially during a road trip on unfamiliar roads. If a car is more than 5 years old, it probably has plastic headlight lenses that are dull and cloudy. Fresh headlights increase the distance you can see – and be seen – and improve your car’s appearance.
  2. Add a Trailer Hitch: Road trips are all about bringing the stuff that enhances your vacation experience. A good trailer hitch is a Swiss army knife of possibilities: it can carry your bike rack, a bumper basket or pull your trailer, boat or toy-box. Most trailer hitches can be bolted on with basic tools, while some heavy-duty trailer hitches (for the really big stuff) may need to be welded. Adding an adapter for the lights and a brake controller for larger trailers may be necessary. Always consult your vehicle owner’s manual for proper towing procedures and towing capacity.
  3. Tune Up the A/C: Staying cool on a road trip is key. Take a few minutes to review your A/C system and its components; compressor, condenser, belts, etc. Visually checking is relatively easy (but if you have doubts, visit a repair shop for a complete system check). Check for cold air coming out of the vents and operate the blower control through all its speeds. Check the compressor drive belt for wear and inspect the condenser fins for obstructions that prevent airflow.
  4. Keep Your Engine Cool: And while you are reviewing your A/C system take a look at your radiator, fan, drive belts, hoses, and coolant level to make sure your engine is ready for summer highway driving. Include the following in your check-list: Are the radiator fins clean? Does the electric fan turn on? Is the fan belt tight? Is the coolant level full in the overflow tank? Also, look for leaks, drips, and moisture that can lead to a cooling system failure and a miserable family stuck at the side of the road.
  5. Add Seat Covers, Floor Mats, Cargo Mat: If your summer involves a beach, lake, river, or pond, protect your interior with seat covers and floor mats. Seat covers protect your upholstery, change the look of your interior, are easy to order online, and are a snap to install. Floor and cargo mats are great protectors for your carpet, and can be cut to fit your car, truck, or SUV.
  6. Replace Shocks and Struts: This will make the ride safer and more comfortable. Most suspension manufacturers recommend replacing shock and struts every 50,000 miles. Worn out shocks and struts have an impact on braking and vehicle stability, especially if your vehicle is packed full of family and gear. Consumers can find a broad selection of ‘loaded struts’ with a strut and spring assembly compressed and ready to install online. It is a ‘bolt-on’ job that can be accomplished by an experienced DIYer. An added bonus is that recent data shows that consumers can realize an average savings of 38% purchasing shock absorber and strut assemblies online.
  7. Check Wheels and Tires: Wheels and tires deserve your time and attention. Tires should be properly inflated (this is not only important for safety, but can also extend the life of the tires and save you money on gas). Check your owner’s manual or the sticker on the driver’s door for the recommended pressures. Make sure the tires have plenty of tread (penny rule), and inspect them for uneven wear. Uneven tire wear could indicate the wheels are out of alignment. Check tire pressure and visually inspect wheels for damage monthly – more frequently if you are towing and hauling.
  8. Replace Spark Plugs: Most modern vehicles use a coil-on plug system for igniting the air/fuel mixture in each cylinder. It can be a challenging job depending on how many covers and shields are hiding your engine. For an experienced DIYer, swapping plugs should take less than 2 hours at home – but make sure you have a spark plug socket to remove and install the plugs. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended service interval.
  9. Filters, Filters, Filters: Your air, oil, fuel, transmission, and cabin filters all work hard to remove impurities from your cars’ vital systems. Cabin and air filters are easy to access and replace without tools, others can be more challenging. Always replace the oil filter when changing the engine oil and dispose of any spent fluids responsibly.
  10. It’s all about Oil: If you aren’t monitoring the oil in your engine you are asking for trouble. If you are expecting more from your car these days and don’t want to take on a new car payment, fresh engine oil is cheap insurance. Synthetic or semi-synthetic oil will keep your crankcase cleaner than conventional, and new high mileage formulas address common problems like shrinking seals and contain additional detergents to clean combustion byproducts that will impact fuel economy and performance. Changing your oil is not as hard as you think and is a great starter DIY project!

About AutoPartsWarehouse.com

Established in 1995, AutoPartsWarehouse.com is one of the nation’s top online auto parts and accessories retailers and is dedicated to making it easy for consumers to save money by accessing auto parts online. AutoPartsWarehouse.com offers a comprehensive catalogue of over 2 million auto parts and accessories, to fit all domestic and foreign makes from top aftermarket manufacturers. AutoPartsWarehouse.com offers consumers free shipping on orders over $50 as well as flexible payment and extended warranty plans and options. The company has parts warehouses in markets throughout the U.S. enabling rapid shipping of parts.

Contact Media Relations:

Elizabeth Johnson, mWEBB Communications, elizabeth@mwebbcom.com
Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, melanie@mwebbcom.com

APW 3rd Quarter 3-Day Sale Starts Now!


AutoPartsWarehouse.com’s 3rd Quarter 3-Day Sale starts now! Save big time on auto parts and get FREE SHIPPING! Check out our discounted special selections right here: http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/3daysale

Need BIGGER discounts? Sign up for APW e-mail exclusives to receive 3-Day Sale coupon codes! Go to http://autopartswarehouse.com/, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and type your e-mail address in the “Get email exclusives” box.

APW’s 3rd Quarter 3-Day Sale only lasts until July 31, 2013, so hurry and get those parts now!

Top Ten Most Purchased Auto Parts Online – from Radiators to Fuel Pumps

AutoPartsWarehouse.com report shows that consumers are not balking at ordering big-ticket items online, reflecting a greater ease with the benefits of ordering online; average Top Ten part showed nearly 50% cost-saving online versus retail

Carson, CA –– July 17, 2013 – AutoPartsWarehouse.com today released its list of the Top Ten Most Purchased Auto Parts Online, based on millions of replacement parts purchased by online customers from June 2012 to June 2013. The report indicates that consumers are not balking at ordering hefty items online, like radiators – which captured the #1 spot – while smaller big-ticket items of varying levels of installation difficulty, such as fuel pumps and oxygen sensors, are popular e-commerce items.

Over half of the top ten most ordered parts have a life expectancy of 75K miles or more, while the average online price of the Top 10 was about $80, representing an average savings over retail MSRP of nearly 50%. Five had an installation difficulty rating of moderate or easy.

“Today, consumers are more comfortable ordering parts online, their vehicles are getting older and more are either attempting to do some of their own repairs themselves or are taking parts they have purchased into the repair shop*.  So it is no surprise to see hundreds of thousands of radiators, shock absorber/strut assemblies and catalytic converters– parts that once were only ever seen at the dealership or repair shop – arriving on consumers’ door steps,” said Shane Evangelist, CEO of AutoPartsWarehouse.com. “This list indicates that replacement parts that offer significant cost savings, have worn out past the automaker service contract, or are not too challenging to DIY-install tend to be the most popular for online commerce.”


AutoPartsWarehouse.com Analysis: Top Ten Most Purchased Replacement Parts

  • Size doesn’t matter: The top selling replacement part, the radiator, is also one of the bulkiest.
  • High ticket items popular: Four of the top ten average well over $175 retail, with the number one part having the second highest retail MSRP at $420 — and the number three part, Catalytic Converter, having an average retail MSRP of $577.
  • So are lower cost items: Three of the top ten can be purchased for under $100 MSRP, but purchased online, seven are available for under $100 – with the easy-to-install air filter averaging around $34.
  • Nearly 50% cost savings: The popularity of high-ticket items not only reflects greater selection and make/model specificity available online, but the possibility of dramatic savings versus an auto parts shop, repair shop or dealership. The number one replacement part has an astonishing average savings of 73% versus its retail counterpart. And even the lowest cost item offers a 35% savings. Average cost-savings overall online, versus retail, for the top ten is nearly 50%.
  • Low Life Expectancy = Low Price Point: Some of the lowest priced parts that rank in the Top Ten – air filters, brake disc and brake pad sets – also had the lowest life expectancy/greatest frequency of replacement.
  • Long Life Parts Dominate: Over half of the top ten most purchased parts have a life expectancy of 75k or more, perhaps a reflection of the growing trend of consumers holding onto their vehicles well past the 150K mark**.

Consumers Are Purchasing More Parts Online

According to a recent survey1, consumers report they’re purchasing more auto parts online now than they did three years ago, and that greater availability of ‘How-To’ info, more comfort generally with purchasing online, and older vehicles are driving the surge. The survey also revealed that consumers believe that saving money and the ability to comparison shop are the top benefits of purchasing auto parts online.

AutoPartsWarehouse.com’s Top Ten Most Purchased list is based on the most purchased replacement parts (not including body/accessories) at AutoPartsWarehouse.com and other leading auto parts sites from June 2012 – June 2013.

About AutoPartsWarehouse.com

Established in 1995, AutoPartsWarehouse.com is one of the nation’s top online auto parts and accessories retailers and is dedicated to making it easy for consumers to save money by accessing auto parts online. AutoPartsWarehouse.com offers a comprehensive catalogue of over 2 million auto parts and accessories, to fit all domestic and foreign makes from top aftermarket manufacturers. AutoPartsWarehouse.com offers consumers free shipping on orders over $50 as well as flexible payment and extended warranty plans and options. The company has parts warehouses in markets throughout the U.S. enabling rapid shipping of parts.


Media Relations

Melanie Webber (melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340
Elizabeth Johnson (Elizabeth@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 213.713.4865


*AutoPartsWarehouse.com survey conducted among online auto parts shoppers from November 2012 through January 2013, with 3,214 completed responses.
**Two in three will drive their vehicle for more than 150K miles (or until it dies), and 80% plan to drive it for over 100,000 miles according to AutoMD.com mileage survey 7/23/12

Win Power Stop Premium Braking Products in the Power Up Sweepstakes from Auto Parts Warehouse

APW PowerUp

This summer, Auto Parts Warehouse offers another exciting promo: the Power Up Sweepstakes! We have over $4,000 worth of premium aftermarket braking products at stake, including Extreme Performance Brake Pad Sets and Evolution Brake Disc and Pad Kits from Power Stop, the leading maker of extreme performance brake systems.

Here’s how the sweepstakes work: lucky winners of Power Stop products will be picked every week from July 8th to August 4th via random draws from eligible entries by an independent judging organization.

There’s no need to purchase anything. To join, all you need to do is like the Auto Parts Warehouse Facebook page, proceed to the APW Power Up promo page, key in your email address, and you already have ONE entry.

We limit entries to one person per email per day but you can get more chances of winning by inviting your friends to join too.  Every time one of your Facebook friends enters the contest after you, you get five additional entries. Yes, it’s that easy!

For full contest details, official rules and draw dates, check out the Power Up promo page. – http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/powerup

Summerize Your Car: Tips from Our Experts!


Summer is here and with it come the familiar commutes in hotter weather, along with a more relaxing time spent in the car on the inevitable road trips and summer joy rides. Unfortunately the price of gas isn’t on the side of the summer consumer: compared to last July 4th, the current national average price for a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline at $3.57 (according to the latest reports from AAA Fuel Gauge Report, June 24, 2013 and Newsday), is 9 cents more.

At these prices it can cost some car owners $50, $60, even $80 to fill a tank of gas, a hefty chunk out of the summer vacation budget. Our experts are offering some great tips to help car owners increase fuel efficiency and save money at the pump – all it takes are some simple fixes to your car and a few driving habit tweaks to take advantage of summerizing your car.

AutoPartsWarehouse.com’s Top Five Easiest Mechanical Fixes for a Fuel-Efficient Drive

  1. Replace/Tighten Your Gas Cap – Fuel evaporates through gas caps with broken or weak seals, potentially reducing your efficiency by 2 percent, polluting the air and allowing contaminants and dirt into your fuel. Make sure you keep that seal by thoroughly tightening the cap every time you fill up. And if the seal is bad, you will probably need to replace the entire cap. Usually a check engine light will come on if the seal is broken.
  2. Inflate/Change Your Tires –The media had a bit of fun with this one in the 2008 presidential campaign, but the fact is that having your tires properly inflated is a key gas saver! Tires that are not properly inflated have a higher rolling resistance, which reduces efficiency. By keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. By replacing your tires with efficient ‘low rolling resistance’ tires, individual vehicles could save up to 6 percent of gasoline use.
  3. Change Your Oil –It is always good to make sure you are vigilant about keeping to your manufacturer’s suggested oil change schedule, but did you know that there are specific oil types that can increase efficiency?By using only energy conserving or synthetic motor oil, you can reduce engine friction, improving efficiency by 1 – 2 percent.
  4. Replace Spark Plugs –This is a relatively simple, but important, fix either as a DIY project or by your local repair shop, who usually replace spark plugs as part of the 30k, 60k, or 100k service depending on the vehicle. A check engine light should come on when there is a misfire, indicating a spark plug issue. Misfiring spark plugs can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent, or $.75/gallon. Replacing them improves combustion and reduces emissions.
  5. Replace the Engine Air Filter –Clean air in your engine can help clean air outside by improving gas efficiency and reducing the amount of gas you need to burn! Replacing a clogged air filter on an older car with a carbureted engine may improve fuel economy 2 to 6 percent under normal replacement conditions, or up to 14 percent if the filter is so clogged that it significantly affects drivability. A damaged air filter can allow dirt to enter the engine and increase wear. And, while the engine air filter is usually replaced during service every 15K miles, it could be replaced sooner if you drive in dusty conditions.

AutoPartsWarehouse.com’s Top Five Habits-to-Change for a Fuel-Efficient Drive


  1. Cruise Don’t Speed – Of course avoiding speeding tickets is always advantageous, but speeding is also a gas guzzler, as each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. Kicking into cruise control (on flat terrain) smoothes out throttling, keeping your speed steady and fuel-efficient. Skip cruise control on hills, but keep the speed down.
  2. Lighten the Lead Foot – Avoiding a lead foot is another important way to increase fuel efficiency. Rapid acceleration and constant braking can increase fuel burn by as much as 40 percent, and makes toxic emissions five times higher. Acceleration also burns up a significant amount of energy needed to power your vehicle, so drop the heavy foot, and slow down while braking, which will reduce your fuel burn and improve your gas mileage.
  3. Avoid Idling – Did you know that two minutes of idling uses up one mile of gasoline, and ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it? Idling not only adds to pollution, it wastes money at the gas station.
  4. Remove Excess Weight –Though this is a popular topic at the gym, extra weight slows our cars down too. In fact, an extra 100 pounds in your auto can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.
  5. Turn on the Ventilator/Turn off the A/C/Roll up the Windows – Summer heat drives the best of us to throw reason out the window, but something to consider for those hot summer drives, turn off your A/C and roll down the windows when driving around the neighborhood and in city traffic.:Do exactly the opposite on the highways because driving fast with the windows open can burn more fuel than running the A/C.

Gift Idea: Auto Parts Readiness Kit

Auto Parts Readiness Kit

Father’s day may be over but you can still get your Dad a practical and creative gift that’s also easy on the pocket—an Auto Parts Readiness Kit. It’s basically a collection of common and easy-to-use replacement parts and accessories that Dad can keep handy in the garage or trunk for safety and for future use.

In an interview with KGO 810 News, AutoPartsWarehouse.com’s Rob Mullner discusses the top five essential auto parts, including replacement windshield wiper blades and air filters, that should be in the readiness kit, plus some bonus parts and accessories.

The entire kit costs well under $100 but is definitely a much better value than a another new pair of khakis, don’t you think?

Check out the podcast below for the full interview:

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