10 Most Common Repairs Your Vehicle Will Need

When you own a car, you need to take care of it. These are the top 10 reasons you’ll need to get your car in Nimey’s New Generation service department.

  1. Oil/Oil Filter Change – Motor oil keeps your vehicle running smoothly and cleanly, lubricating your engine’s moving parts. Over time, all motor oil becomes dirty and less effective. As a result, it important to change your oil and your oil filter regularly, probably once every 5,000 – 7,000 miles.
  2. Wiper Blade Replacement – Our Central New York weather can be rough on wiper blades, making them less effective, and decreasing visibility when you need it most. Replace them regularly.
  3. Brake Work – Brakes are the most important thing stopping you from having an accident. Have your brakes checked regularly, and especially if you hear squealing, scraping, grinding,  or your car doesn’t seem to be stopping as quickly as it once did.
  4. Antifreeze Added – In a nutshell, antifreeze is an additive that lowers the freezing point of your radiator coolant. It not only keeps the water in your radiator from freezing, it also prevents it from boiling. Refer to your owner’s manual as to how often you should change your car’s coolant.
  5. Air Filter Replacement – Just as with your motor oil filter, your air filter needs to be changed regularly, around every 12,000 miles.
  6. Battery Replacement – You should routinely check your battery, making sure it is free of corrosion, and that the lead terminals are clean. Have your battery checked every year if your battery is more than three years old.
  7. Engine Tune-Up – If you see a warning light come on, you should definitely bring your vehicle in for service. Beyond that,  older vehicles with non-electronic ignitions should be tuned every 10,000 to 12,000 miles or every year. If your car is newer and has an electronic ignition and fuel injection, then you can go from 25,000 to as many as 100,000 miles without needing a major tune-up.
  8. Tire Rotation/New Tires – Your tires are the only thing keeping your car on the road. Be sure you have tires suited for the season, and definitely get snow tires for our Central New York winters. Rotating your tires regularly improves your vehicle’s overall performance.
  9. Wheels Aligned/Balanced – Proper wheel alignment and balancing is essential to avoid unnecessary wear on your tires, steering and suspension.
  10. Routine Scheduled Maintenance –  Routine maintenance is what keeps small problems from turning into big (expensive) problems down the road.

Having any problems with your car? Want to schedule a “check up” for your vehicle? Contact Nimey’s New Generation service department at 315-732-2704 or schedule your appointment HERE.


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We hope these tips have been helpful and informative. If you’re looking for any more assistance on the road, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. For those looking for a great used vehicle or any car service, stop in to Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars for help. You can contact us by phone or in person. Our sales team is happy and ready to help you with all of your automotive needs!

One Simple Step That Will Protect You and Your Vehicle From Theft

It’s becoming an all-too-common experience in Central New York: theft of items from vehicles. Local law enforcement says there is one simple step you can take that will help protect you and your car from theft.

It doesn’t matter where you live – from Utica and Rome to Clinton and New Hartford – criminals are lurking. Every few months, local media reports on a string of thefts from vehicles, where the thief is brazen enough to steal from vehicles parked in driveways. Often the thief will get away with money, handbags, computers, and anything else of value in the car.

The best step you can take is the easiest: lock your vehicle’s doors. 

It seems obvious, but too often we either forget, or simply don’t lock our vehicle’s doors.  It’s also important to make sure you never leave valuables in your car – especially where criminals can see them. Bring valuable items into your home, or lock them in the trunk.

Nationwide Insurance suggests the following additional measures:

  1. Always lock your vehicle (even while driving)
  2. When parked, leave all windows – including the sunroof – closed
  3. Know where you’re going and plan routes that avoid high crime areas whenever possible
  4. Park in well-lit areas
  5. Never leave your car unattended if it’s running

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We hope these tips have been helpful and informative. If you’re looking for any more assistance on the road, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. For those looking for a great used vehicle or any car service, stop in to Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars for help. You can contact us by phone or in person. Our sales team is happy and ready to help you with all of your automotive needs!

How to Avoid the 5 Most Common ‘Staged Accident’ Scams

The Federal Bureau of Investigations estimates that staged accidents cost the insurance industry over $20 billion every year, and adds nearly $300 to your annual insurance premium. How do you avoid becoming a victim?

Scammers typically target women driving alone, and senior citizens, under the assumption they will be less confrontational at the accident scene. Scammers will also intentionally choose more expensive vehicles.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) lists 5 common staged accident scenarios:

  •  DRIVE DOWN (or THE WAVE IN)
    The victim merges his vehicle into traffic, after having been motioned by the seemingly helpful criminal. As the innocent driver begins to merge, the criminal speeds up and causes a collision. When questioned, the criminal denies motioning the victim to merge.
  • PANIC STOP
    The criminal is typically driving an older vehicle filled with passengers. The criminal pulls in front of the victim’s vehicle, and a backseat passenger in the criminal’s car watches for the victim to be distracted by something. Once the victim appears distracted, the backseat passenger tells the driver to slam on the brakes, causing the innocent motorist to rear-end the criminal’s vehicle. The victim’s insurance company then typically must pay for vehicle damage and any injuries the criminal’s passengers claim to suffer.
  • SIDE SWIPE
    This type of crash typically occurs at a busy intersection with dual left-turn lanes. The criminal positions his vehicle in the other lane, and side swipes the car in the inner left-turn lane.
  • SWOOP-AND-SQUAT
    This typically involves three vehicles, two driven by criminals and the third by an innocent victim. The driver of the “squat” vehicle pulls in front of the victim’s car. The driver of the “swoop” vehicle pulls in front of the squat vehicle, causing the driver of the squat vehicle to hit his brakes. The victim cannot react in time and rear-ends the squat vehicle. The victim then typically is responsible for any vehicle damage and personal injury to passengers in the squat vehicle.
  • ADDING DAMAGE
    After a collision, staged or not, the scammer goes to another location, causes extensive damage to their vehicle and claims the damage happened during the original accident.

How do you avoid getting scammed? 

In these situations, your phone is your friend: use your phone’s camera to document the damage on your car and the other vehicle, as well as the number of passengers in the other vehicle.

  • Avoid tailgating.
  • Immediately call the police to an accident scene.
  • Avoid “runners” and “cappers” – people who suddenly appear at an accident scene to try to direct you to particular doctors and attorneys, as they are typically part of the criminal scheme.
  • Be wary of physicians who insist you file a personal injury claim after an accident, especially if you are not hurt.
  • Steer clear of tow trucks that appear when you have not called for service, as they are often “cappers” for body shops.

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We hope these tips have been helpful and informative. If you’re looking for any more assistance on the road, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. For those looking for a great used vehicle or any car service, stop in to Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars for help. You can contact us by phone or in person. Our sales team is happy and ready to help you with all of your automotive needs!

Which Is Worse for Your Car: Rock Salt or Brine on Roadways?

Anyone who drives a car in Central New York knows that winter is a car killer. If you’re not sliding or slipping, corrosion is having its way with your vehicle.

With many municipalities switching from sand and rock salt to brine, or a brine combination, you may have experienced corrosion that seems worse than in previous years. You’re not imagining things.

Brine may be more effective and cost less for your town, but it’s much worse for your vehicle. First, brine is able to penetrate into the nooks and crannies of your vehicle’s undercarriage – places rock salt wouldn’t generally reach. Second, and we’ll have to reach back to high school chemistry for this, is that brine forms an acid when humidity reaches 20-30 percent.

In most states, brine is a mix of sodium chloride and magnesium chloride dissolved in water. “That’s a very important point, because magnesium chloride is much more corrosive than sodium chloride, the rock salt,” said Bob Baboian, an auto industry consultant and a fellow at the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, in comments to the Washington Post.

When that magnesium salt is dissolved by the humidity in the air, it creates an acid. That acid eats your car. Once the temperatures are above the teens, there is likely enough humidity in the air to create that acid. That’s especially true in your garage.

What can you do to help protect your vehicle?

  • Invest in an undercoating for your vehicle. It will help protect your investment from the corrosive properties of salt and brine.
  • Wash your car regularly – and always include the undercarriage wash, especially if you know you’ve been driving on brined roadways.
  • It sounds crazy, but if you can’t rinse your car, keep it out of the garage, and in the cold, until you can.

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We hope these tips have been helpful and informative. If you’re looking for any more assistance on the road, check out our blog for more tips and tricks. For those looking for a great used vehicle or any car service, stop in to Rich Nimey’s New Generation Cars for help. You can contact us by phone or in person. Our sales team is happy and ready to help you with all of your automotive needs!

Nimey’s The New Generation Mourns the Loss of Our Patriarch and Founder

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, we lost our patriarch, Richard Nimey.

Rich began his work in the car business as a young child in Washington Mills. In 1964, he began to build his business on the corner of Culver and Bleecker Streets. He took significant pride in each and every repair. He always needed to know how every part functioned and its purpose.

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Thanksgiving Meal

Where to Eat on Thanksgiving Day in and near Utica, NY

Thanksgiving Restaurants Open throughout Oneida County 

No one should have to spend their holiday cooped up inside cooking and cleaning all day. This Thanksgiving, save yourself from the stress of preparing a big meal for your whole family and instead go out or order in. For those living in Utica, New York, or the greater Oneida County area, we here at New Generation Cars have found some great places open on Thanksgiving that offer tons of tasty options to celebrate the season.

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Winter Forest Road

How Do I Stay Safe when Driving in the Winter Weather?

Tips for Winter Driving on Snowy and Icy Roads 

Unless you’re living in the sunny south, you’re going to have to deal with snow when winter comes. This means heavy coats, shoveling snow, and, most of all, winter driving. As the weather starts to get worse, it’s time to get ready. But what can you do to stay safe when driving in the winter?

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The 5 Worst Car Logos of All Time

What Makes a Car Logo Bad? 

Many like to think of car companies as paragons of business professionalism and class with their billion-dollar industries and fashionable designs. But the truth is, everyone’s human. Every company makes mistakes. Some car companies can roll out a bad model, some can make terrible advertisements, and others can cling to bad logos they’ve had for decades. We’ve gathered up the 5 worst car logos out there that could use a new draft: the unoriginal, the messy, the boring, and the ugly. 

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