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"My 1936 Ford Pickup Truck" by John Modesti Owner of Modesti's Car Care Center

"My 1936 Ford Pickup Truck" by John Modesti Owner of Modesti's Car Care Center

Enjoy this article by John Modesti, owner of Modesti's Car Care Center (aka Modesti's Independent Repair), as published in the Spring 2015 edition of "The California Independent" magazine, sharing details of his restored 1936 Ford pickup truck...      

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Recycling Your Car Parts is Easier Than You Think

Recycling Your Car Parts is Easier Than You Think

Recycling Your Car Parts is Easier Than You Think Close your eyes – well don’t really close your eyes, because then you won’t be able to keep reading this blog post. But picture in your head the first thing that comes to mind when I say JUNKYARD. Got it? Does the image in your head look something like this? No, we’re not mind readers…we just know that a majority of people associate rusty old broken down cars with a desolate junk heap. Want to know the problem with this picture? Automobiles are actually the #1 most recycled consumer product in the United States! We are able to recycle 75% of each vehicle, which is a good thing because 12 to 15 MILLION vehicles reach the end of their life each year. That’s good news to hear that as a country we are working hard to recycle the cars that we rely on so heavily, but what does that have to do with you? We’re glad you asked. How Can I Help Recycle Car Parts? There are many other opportunit ... read more

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Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works

Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works

Why It’s Vital That Your Car’s Air Conditioning Works Here in Culver City, CA, we’re lucky to have pretty great weather year round. Our average high temperature in the summer is in the high 70s, nothing near as sweltering as the 90 and 100 degree weather that some of our neighboring states experience. So when the air conditioning in your car breaks, do you fix it right away? You should! As it turns out, you’re not the only one who counts on your vehicle’s cooling system. Your car needs it to function properly as well! We all know that even though it may be hot outside, it will definitely be hotter in a car that isn’t running and sitting in the sun. Not to mention how hot it get inside your car’s engine when it is working to propel you forward. A Properly Working Cooling System is Vital to Your Vehicle Did you know that the engine of an average, four-cylinder car creates around 4,000 mini explosions every minute? It’s true! These mini explosions ... read more

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8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain April showers may bring May flowers, but that doesn’t mean that the rain stops there. Summer is full of afternoon rain and unpredictable thunderstorms, so it’s important that you and your automobile are prepared to handle the season’s precipitation of choice. Driving on slick roads can be tricky, so it’s important that you use extra caution. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe while driving in the rain. 8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain 1. Increase your following distance. The California DMV Driving Handbook recommends a normal following distance of 3 seconds, which is the amount of time between when the car in front of your passes a certain point and your car passes that same point. When it’s raining outside, the DMV recommends that you increase this following distance to 4 seconds or more to give yourself plenty of time to react if the car in front of your should swerve or slam ... read more

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Invisible Car Technology is Real: Transparent Hood is Revealing

Invisible Car Technology is Real: Transparent Hood is Revealing What would you do with an invisible car? Spies like James Bond have utilized invisible cars to infiltrate their enemies’ lairs and save the day. Evil villains have used them to rob banks and wreck havoc. But a real innovation from Land Rover will have you re-thinking the invisible car, and recognize a practical use that you probably never thought you needed. This new amazing technology from Land Rover is the Transparent Hood, and it revolutionizes your visual abilities while driving: it lets you see what is under the front of your vehicle as you cruise down the road. Now before you think that this Transparent Hood is just made of a clear glass material, think again. If your car’s hood was clear, all you’d be looking at is your running engine (although that would be cool too!) No, this complex system is made up of camera images and projectors that project the road just in front of and underneat ... read more

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5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money

5 Vehicle Maintenance Service Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money It’s no hidden fact that auto repairs can be costly and stressful. It’s not easy to be without your car for any amount of time. But avoiding getting the vehicle maintenance services that your automobile needs to keep running right could be costing you a lot more money in the long run! Your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is created to help keep your car running the way that it should. If you don’t to get these services done, different systems in your car will start to fail! Many people don’t realize this, but when you think about it, a minor maintenance service costs a lot less than a major auto repair. Make sure you aren’t neglecting your vehicle by failing to do the following five things. 5 Vehicle Maintenance Mistakes You’re Making that Are Costing You Money 1. Neglecting to change your oil. This is the simplest, and often the least expensive service that ... read more

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10 More Interesting, Fun & Crazy Mercedes Facts

10 More Interesting, Fun & Crazy Mercedes Facts

Since everyone enjoyed our first post about famous Mercedes cars in the movies, we decided to revisit the history of the iconic car company, and compile a list of 10 little-known Mercedes facts for your enjoyment. Modesti’s Car Care Center has provided Mercedes repair in Culver City since 1972, and even our team members were surprised to learn a few of these obscure details from the company’s past! 10 Amazing Mercedes Facts: 1. Mercedes origins go back to the construction of the first petrol-powered vehicle built by Mercedes-Benz cofounder, Karl Benz. Benz’s fiancée, Bertha, funded the project entirely while the two were engaged, as the law of the time stated that woman gave up full judicial power once married. 2. Mercedes introduced 3 models of bicycles in 2005 – The Fitness Bike, and the Trailblazer Bike, and the Mercedes-Benz Carbon Bike.3. The current Popemobile is a Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, modified with a ... read more

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Electric Car Drivers in California Allowed in Carpool Lane – Without Passengers

Electric Car Drivers in California Allowed in Carpool Lane – Without Passengers

At Modesti’s Car Care Center, we’re proud to offer top quality hybrid repair in Culver City, CA. We’ve always felt that California residents have lead the way in environmentally friendly practices, and a newly extended bill might encourage the involvement of even more of our areas drivers. Green Driving in the HOV Lanes If you were caught driving alone in the carpool lane before, you could have faced a hefty fine of over $340. However, with the extension of the HOV lane sticker program, more solo drivers could start taking advantage of the faster, once excluding lane. The bill allows those driving fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to access the high-occupancy vehicle lanes, or carpool lanes, even when they’re traveling alone. The program was originally supposed to end in 2015 but the state legislature recently voted to extend the program until to 2019. Drivers of fully electric vehicles will receive white Clean Air stickers (availa ... read more

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14 Best Cars for Teenagers to Drive

Every parent dreads the day that their little baby is suddenly 16 and hitting the open road. Or in Los Angeles’ case, the overly crowded road where motorcyclists ride the lines, brush fires are common and traffic never moves at posted speed. Whatever the obstacles, a child getting their driver’s license is an uneasy time for parents. The good news is there is more you can do than just cross your fingers and hope for the best! Talk to Your Teen About Safe Driving Habits Be sure to talk to your teen about driving safety. The best way to keep your young driver on the road is to properly educate them about good driving habits. Texting and talking on your cell phone while driving is not only dangerous, it’s also illegal in the state of California. Avoiding distractions, obeying the speed limit and being a cautious and aware driver are all things you should go over. Make Sure Your Teen is Driving a Safe, Reliable Car The second best thing you can do ... read more

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The Silver Star on the Silver Screen: Mercedes in the Movies

The Silver Star on the Silver Screen: Mercedes in the Movies

Your Mercedes is a picture perfect car in your eyes, and believe it or not, Hollywood agrees with you! The sleek design and iconic styling make it the automotive darling of directors in all genres. As one of the premiere auto repair shops with the best Mercedes services in Culver City, CA, we at Modesti’s Car Care Center know a thing or two about the “Silver Star,” but we were pleased to learn a few new things about its association with the ”silver screen!” Check out these fun facts about Mercedes and the movies: 1. One of Mercedes’ slogans “engineered like no other car” was actually inspired by Clint Eastwood after he uttered the phrase when driving a Mercedes out of a window and dropping a few stories into another warehouse in The Rookie.2. The 1997 Batman and Robin movie features a red 600 Mercedes Pullman called “The Red Baron.” It’s the only one of its kind, and before making its appearance on the big screen, “The ... read more

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