May Smyrna Cars and Coffee

Smyrna Cars and Coffee

Smyrna Cars and Coffee will take place again on Saturday, May 13 from 8 am – 11 am at Bennett’s Automotive in Smyrna, TN. Our cars and coffee takes place every second Saturday, March through November.  This event is for local car enthusiasts to come hang out, drink coffee and show off their prized possessions.

May 13, 2017

What will be new at our May event? We will be featuring Nissans! Come one, come all. We look forward to seeing the uniqueness of each Nissan that will be attending. The first 20 drivers to reserve a spot will have their own entrance and blocked off parking waiting for them upon arrival (please arrive early). Out of these 20 vehicles, one lucky driver will win a prize after voting takes place.

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We still welcome all makes and models to attend our events! So please join us May 13 and give us suggestions on what to feature at our next event. We look forward to having you there and thanks for supporting your local Smyrna Cars and Coffee.

 

Date: May 13, 2017

Time: 8 am – 11 am

Location:   Bennett’s Automotive

204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167

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Spring Car Care

Happy Spring!

Spring is here and April is a big month in the automotive industry. You know what that means…. National Car Care Awareness Month! We want to help keep you updated with monthly check lists for your vehicle and the importance of a clean car. Also, don’t forget that we are here for any of your automotive needs.

Spring Car Maintenance

As the seasons change, check your vehicle for preventative maintenance. What are the items you should look for going into the Spring season? Here are a few of the most important.

  1. Check Your Battery. Winter season can be harsh on your battery. Make sure your battery is in working condition as we head into this warmer season. A strong battery is a good battery.
  2. Check Your Tires. A harsh winter can wear down your tires. Temperatures can change your tire pressure. Tires usually last anywhere from 2-5 years. When was the last time you replaced yours?
  3. Replace Worn Wiper Blades. As we enter the season of “April Showers”, make sure your windshield wipers are in mint condition. Any past contact with snow, ice or salt may have caused major wear on your wiper blades. These are an easy replacement item to add to your DIY list.
  4. Inspect Your AC. The weather is warming up! Get your AC system checked now before the weather gets too hot to handle.
  5. Wash and Wax. Winter months can be harsh on your vehicle and it’s not always easy to detail your vehicle during the cold weather. Take the time now as the weather warms up to wash your vehicle.  Clean out the inside and apply wax to protect the paint!
  6. Check Belts and Hoses. Belts and hoses are crucial elements to keeping your vehicle running. Check for cracks, leaks or bulging or have them inspected during your next oil change or shop visit.

Car Cleaning Tips

Now is the best time to get your car cleaned inside and out. The inside of your vehicle is just as important as the exterior. What hidden tips do you have to share about keeping your vehicle clean? Let us know!

Interior tips. Every time you exit your vehicle, take something out that you need to throw away or take care of. Keep a box of wipes in your vehicle to help clean up any sticky messes or spills. Always keep a spill proof trash can available. Buy heavy-duty rubber mats such as WeatherTech floor mats! These help prevent stains and will catch mud, leaves, snow and sand. Invest in an organizer. Especially if you have kids, these can help keep toys, snacks and other necessities in one place. Look for more tips here.

Exterior tips. Detail the car yourself! Start from the bottom of your vehicle and work your way up. That way you don’t miss the dirt patches as the water or soap run down the vehicle. Use a sponge to help wash off your vehicle and remember that drying is important too! Choose a car friendly soap (that doesn’t include dish soap). Remember that hand washing your vehicle is much better than running through a car wash. Check out more important tips here.

Bennett’s Automotive

Bennett’s Automotive is here to help you with any automotive maintenance needs! We want to make sure that your vehicle is always running in tip top shape. Bennett’s has been serving the Smyrna and Middle Tennessee area since 1991! Stop by and see us today with your automotive concerns.

Location: 204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167.

Times: Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Car Battery Importance

Why your car battery is important

Your car battery is one crucial element that keeps your vehicle functioning day in and day out. The battery not only helps keep your vehicle going but also helps in other ways as well. Your battery assists with the alternator to make sure the vehicle starts every time. It’s the reason your interior and exterior lights work, your radio plays, your phone charges, and more. A dead battery can affect the whole car!

Signs of a Dying Car Battery

There are a few signs that may warn you that your car battery is dying.

  1. Your engine may crank but doesn’t actually start.
  2. Your vehicle wont crank. Your car won’t start. No lights turn on.
  3. One day it starts fine and the next day it doesn’t start at all.
  4. Cranking during cold weather is hard work for your vehicle.
  5. You’ve had to jump it off a lot.

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Why Did My Battery Die?

Your car battery can die for a few different reasons. Be aware of why your car battery may have died and make sure that you replace it immediately. You don’t want to be stuck on the road with a dead battery for the same reason with why it died in the first place.

Extreme heat or cold can kill a weak battery. A car that sits for too long usually will have a weak or dead battery. Overcharging a battery will drain it as well. Sometimes the battery charge will drain and also cause the battery to die. A battery isn’t meant to last forever to make sure to replace it before it’s too late!

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How Long Does a Car Battery Last?

Most car batteries have a life span of 3 – 5 years. If your climate averages at a “normal” temperature, the battery will last for about 4 years. In extreme heat, your battery may last about 2 and a half years.

If It’s Not the Battery, Then What Is It?

If your battery tests positive, then your car may be dead because of a bad alternator or starter. When the battery has normal voltage but won’t start, it’s more than likely your alternator that has gone out. It could also be the starter. The starter helps spin the engine over, as well as suck in air fuel. This will also cause your vehicle to not start if the starter isn’t responding.

Bennett’s Automotive

We recommend R&R Towing for any towing needs (615)355-5813. We also offer a Roadside Assistance Program to those who have their vehicle serviced at Bennett’s Automotive. Bennett’s Automotive is here to assist you with any of your automotive needs. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at (615)459-5881 or feel free to stop by and see us any week day between 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Located at 204 Commerce Drive. Smyrna, TN 37167.

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Smyrna Cars and Coffee 2017

First Event of the Year!

Smyrna Cars and Coffee will be returning March 11, 2017 for the first event of the year! C&C will take place at Bennett’s Automotive (204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167). The event will begin at 8am and end at 11 am. Join us and other car enthusiasts as we hang out, drink coffee and check out some cool cars! We welcome any make or model.

New This Year

This year, parking will be a little different! All vehicles will enter in the far left entrance. This entrance is also the smoothest entrance for lowered vehicles. As you enter, you will receive a ticket to be a part in the raffle prize giveaways!

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Prizes

To welcome everyone to our first event, we will have plenty of raffle prizes to give away! Some of you may remember the essential car wash buckets. We also have a Jasper sign perfect for any car guru to hang in their garage. Lastly, we have a $25 certificate to RockAuto.Com.

Bennett’s Automotive

Since 1991, Bennett’s Automotive has proudly served the Middle and Smyrna Tennessee area! BA started Smyrna Cars and Coffee in March of 2016 and looks forward to watching it grow in 2017. Cars and Coffee will continue to run March – November on every second Saturday of the month! Stay tuned with Bennett’s Automotive and Smyrna Cars and Coffee for future updates!

 

We look forward to seeing you at our first event of the year!

Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is something we shouldn’t ignore! It’s becoming one of the biggest problems for those on the road and contributes to 1 in 5 crashes. Distracted driving can involve visual, manual and mental distractions. Teens are more distracted while driving now more than ever. “Did you know your brain can miss seeing up to 50% of your driving environment when you are talking on a cell phone behind the wheel?” (distracteddriving.nsc.org)

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Visual Distractions

Visual distractions are anything that takes your eyes away from the road. We all know how many drivers get distracted by texting and driving. Put your phone down! When you stop texting and driving at the wheel, you help prevent wrecks.

Manual Distractions

Manual distractions include taking your hands off the steering wheel. This also includes texting and driving. This can also include eating while driving, helping passengers, using a GPS, and so on.

Mental Distractions

Metal distractions include thinking about something other than driving. This can be easy for those who drive the same route daily or have long commutes. Your emotions can even play a role in mental distractions on the road. It’s easy to get consumed in thoughts about your daily situations. That’s when you may not even realize that you passed your exit.

Teens Distracted Driving Statistics

Teens are most known for driving distracted. They claim that texting and driving makes the drive “less boring”. Teens on the road still drive distracted even when they know that it can be dangerous. Why? They grew up with a device in their hands. They often multi-task which makes them think that it’s okay for them to continue to do so even though it’s against the law.

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  • 23 is the average number of texts per month that teens who text and drive admit to sending
  • 22% of teens say that texting makes driving less boring
  • 86% of teen drivers have driven while distracted even though 84% know it’s dangerous
  • 34% of teens who drive while distracted say they’re used to multi-tasking

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Be a parent who informs your children about safe driving. Talk to your teenagers that are out and about on the road. Make sure they are aware of the laws and the damages that can occur when driving distracted. This is a serious matter and they should understand that it doesn’t end well.

Car Rental Tips

We all know how expensive traveling can be. From booking hotels, flights or even vehicle rentals. Your means of transportation is the most important. So how can you save money when while traveling? Keep reading to find out!

Saving Money

Use an independent agency. There are plenty of different agencies located in the Middle Tennessee area. Finding an independent agency will help you save money!

Smaller – Cheaper. If you don’t have a need for a bigger vehicle, stick with a smaller one to help you save money. A small vehicle can also help you save money on gas as well.

Virtual Discounts. ALWAYS check for online discounts. Ask for discounts through programs you’re a part of. This can include: AAA, frequent flier programs, senior citizen or military discounts. It never hurts to ask!

Compare Prices. Always go online and get different quotes from different rental locations. Decide what allows you to get more bang for your buck.

Avoid the Airport. Locations that aren’t near the airport tend to be cheaper. Renting at an airport location can add on a 30% or more fee to the rental price.

Negotiate. If you feel comfortable, make sure you aren’t missing out on any last minute deals. Again, it never hurts to ask if it’s helping you save money.

Prepay. Prepaying can allow a discount for up to 20% depending on how you book the rental vehicle.

Smyrna Vehicle Rental Sites

Smyrna has a few vehicle rental locations if you are ever in need!

Hertz. Hertz is right next to the Smyrna Airport. Go to the following website for reservations and price options.

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Enterprise. Enterprise is located right in the heart of town on North Lowry. Go to the following website for reservations and price options.

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Battery Corrosion

Routine Maintenance

Your vehicle’s battery is a conductor for electricity. A battery that’s in good shape is a major component to keeping your vehicle running. Corrosion can stop that from happening. This is why routine battery maintenance is important. Check your battery monthly. Clean your battery often. Apply any necessary preventatives.

Causes

So what causes battery corrosion? Battery corrosion occurs when hydrogen gas releases from the acid on the battery. If the corrosion occurs on the negative battery terminal, it causes undercharging. If the corrosion occurs on the positive battery terminal, it causes overcharging. Neither are good for your battery.

Prevention

Routine maintenance is most important for preventing battery corrosion. You can buy spray-on and paint-on preventative liquids or coated felt pads. The felt pads would go under the terminal posts that can help prevent battery corrosion.

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Cleaning

If you wish to clean your battery here are the steps to follow:

  1. Remove battery cables
  2. Removing (-) negative first and (+) positive second.
  3. Replace cables if wear or corrosion is visible
  4. Check for cracks and damages to the terminal
  5. Pour baking soda on the posts and scrub with a wet toothbrush
  6. Dry and apply grease or petroleum jelly onto the posts
  7. When placing back together, connect the (+) positive first and (-) negative second

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We Can Help

Don’t feel comfortable cleaning your battery from corrosion? Bring it by Bennett’s Automotive and we can help! You can find us at 204 Commerce Drive Smyrna, TN 37167. Feel free to give us a call at (615)459-5881 for any automotive questions or concerns.

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