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How to Improve the Smell of the Interior of Your Car

How to Improve the Smell of the Interior of Your Car

Do you have a smell in your car that won’t go away? With the hot weather still around, funky smells can become a problem. Nobody wants to be driving around in a car that has an odd smell, here are some of Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center’s tips for a fresh smelling vehicle: Change your interior cabin air filter. Especially if it’s been awhile, it may not be doing its job. Not only can it help eliminate smells, but it can keep impurities out of the cabin that may be affecting your allergies.  Dryer sheets under the seats are one more way to pull the odor out. Change them periodically to get the most value out of that tactic.  Baking soda works in your car just like it does in your fridge. It absorbs many odors. Sprinkle in throughout your car, leave it for a few hours, then vacuum it up. You can also leave an open box in your car overnight to help pull out some of the more stubborn smells.  Clean your mats. You can start with baking soda to pull ... read more

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How to Keep Your Car from Overheating in the Summer

How to Keep Your Car from Overheating in the Summer

Summer is definitely here and the last thing Mancinelli’s wants is for your vehicle to overheat and leave you stranded on the side of the road. It’s easy to put regular maintenance aside when you’re busy with all that summer has to offer, but it’s called preventive maintenance for a reason. When you stay on top of it, it significantly decreases the likelihood of your car overheating or breaking down for other reasons.   Okay… while it’s not likely that your car will catch on fire when it overheats, you get the idea. Let’s keep it cool so that you don’t have to experience what it feels like to sit on the side of the road due to your vehicle overheating. Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your car cool this summer:  If you haven’t done so already, have a qualified auto mechanic inspect your radiator and hoses for leaks and cracks. The Mancinelli’s team of trained technicians will carefully check for gene ... read more

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Strangest Cars in the World

Strangest Cars in the World

Extra-ordinary, the word itself tells how extra something is and these strange cars from all over the world are the definition of the word. The cars that you are about to see have made the list of the strangest cars in the world. They were never mass produced and were many years before you got your license.  Starting off with the car you see in the photo, the 1932 Ford Speedster! The Speedster has a roaring V-8 engine that you push to start which was far ahead of its time. This low riding long car was created between infamous designer Eugene Gregorie and the son of Henry Ford himself, Edsel Ford.  The second strange car came from a previous aircraft engineer that turned automobile, William Stout. Stout was the pioneer of luxury and leisure transportation features like in-flight meals. Stout created the 1936 Stout Scarab that was founded on the idea of a diner car with a Ford V-8 under the hood. The Stout Scarab was far too expensive for any consumer of the day, even the ric ... read more

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Best Songs for Driving

Best Songs for Driving

The best part of driving is turning up the radio, blasting your favorite song, and singing at the top of your lungs. Everyone’s taste in music is different, but these songs are sure to get your Rocky Mountain High.  Every true Coloradoan loves a good song about the beautiful state they live in and knows every word to John Denver's “Rocky Mountain High”. In 2007 it was voted in as Colorado's second official state song. Another John Denver classic is “Country Roads” that has recently made a comeback and is very popular again.  Colorado, we are a mountain state, so mountain music is at the heart of everyone. Jimmy Buffett’s “A Mile High in Denver” took a little ski town called Aspen in the ’70s and shook it up into what it is now. Joe Walsh created a guide called “Rocky Mountain Way” to show people how to live it up in Colorado.  If you’re driving in a car with your friends then these next fe ... read more

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What Determines Gas Prices

What Determines Gas Prices

Do you ever feel in the dark about what’s going on behind the scenes of fluctuating gas prices? We’re here to let you in on a few secrets, so you are in the know. Four core factors contribute to gas prices; the price of crude oil, taxes, marketing and distribution, and refining cost. What is your role in all of this? The Price of Crude Oil According to the EIA, about two-thirds or 70 percent of gas prices are determined by the cost of crude oil. Crude oil prices are largely determined by supply and demand, but other factors such as seasonality, inventory and the current financial market contribute. Supply focuses on the availability of crude oil, specifically the light/sweet crude which is harder to obtain and is in high demand. The price for this will naturally rise as it takes less time for refineries to process the light crude oil into gasoline. In general, if supply is limited, the price will increase.  Demand - this is where you come in! Changes in demand resul ... read more

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Planning Your Next Weekend Road Trip

Planning Your Next Weekend Road Trip

It is simple! Denver is hands down one of the greatest cities in the West with plenty to do, see, and eat. Spring is starting to show and we are feeling a little restless. Let’s get out on the thawing streets and enjoy what this beautiful area has to offer. This list has the potential to be very long, so we will focus on some of the (mostly) local favorites with just enough close-by wonders to make it a very full road-trip weekend. Start your day off at Jelly U Cafe, it is simple! The menu features modern healthy eats and is the perfect spot for that morning coffee!    After that, head on over to Larimer Square. Not only is it the oldest and most historic block, but it is also the most beautiful. You are guaranteed to find everything from one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques to vibrant nightlife—all under their signature canopy of lights above. It is the one-stop-shop for ev ... read more

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Are Flying Cars Likely To Happen?

Are Flying Cars Likely To Happen?

Absolutely. Flying vehicles are starting to pop up around the world. This is no longer a futuristic idea. It may not look like the photo above, but no one really knows what the future holds. What we DO know is that from do-it-yourselfers to big companies like Boeing to governments like Japan, there are new prototypes being developed every day. Some of the technology is reminiscent of the George Jetson era, and some of it is more drone-driven.  Companies like Amazon are striving for drone-delivered packages. Japan is wanting to clear the streets of congestion and smog. Boeing is wanting to lead the pack with automated multi-passenger cars and product delivery options. What will it look like when we start flying into town to drop our kiddos off to soccer practice and ballet? From where I’m sitting, a little scary and a lot of fun! This technology hasn’t evolved as many predicted back in the ’80s, but it is still on its way, and nothing can stop it. Even though we ... read more

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Valentine's Day Gifts For Car Lovers

Valentine's Day Gifts For Car Lovers

    Now, don’t be like the guy in Tennessee who tried to marry his car. As much as we love our automobiles, it’s not recommended that we take it to that level of attachment. Stick with something healthier, but it’s okay to love your car. I mean, who doesn’t? We have a long-standing love and appreciation for our cars; For our cars and all the cool ones out there that we will never own, because, well, no one has a garage large enough for ALL the cars we’d like to own. While we may not be able to own all the cars we love or even marry one, there’s a lot of really cool car-related possible gifts we can give this holiday season that will make the car-lover in your life happy. And if you’re the car junky, then we give YOU permission to buy any of these for yourself. ... read more

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How Your Car Can Help You Stick To Your New Year

If you’re like a lot of us, you have probably made a few resolutions for the New Year. Some of us want to lose weight in 2019. While others want better health, more prosperity, new adventures, more time with loved ones, and dream vacations, but to obtain a lot of your New Year resolutions, you need the help of your vehicle. Think about it. You probably need your car to get you to the gym, right? Even if you want to exercise more in the great outdoors, your truck or SUV is required to transport you to your favorite winter wonderland destinations. If you're going to spend more quality time with family or friends, you probably need your vehicle to cart everyone around or take Grandma to her medical appointments. Or, if you want to boost your bottom line in your business, you may need to drive to meet your clients. Yes, your vehicle is an integral part of keeping your New Year resolutions, and Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center in downtown Denver is here to help you meet your ... read more

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Importance of a Comprehensive Vehicle Inspection

Importance of a Comprehensive Vehicle Inspection

A "Comprehensive Vehicle Inspection" helps identify current and potential issues with your car. Professional auto mechanics can offer an in-depth look at the condition of your automobile and give an estimate for providing auto repairs if any problems are found. A comprehensive inspection is recommended when: You are thinking about buying a used car Your car has accumulated high mileage You want a complete idea about the condition of your vehicle Perhaps the comprehensive inspection will convince you it's time to let go of your car and take advantage of the many deals at the end of the year. Why is the end of the year one of the best times to purchase a vehicle? 1) The actual time of year itself is essential. In the majority of areas across the United States, frigid weather stops purchasers from embarking on a vehicle search. Also, many potential car buyers are using their money on presents for the holidays instead of vehicles. 2) Automakers are often selling out of ... read more

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