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What Marketers Can Learn From Oprah Winfrey

Today we are thrilled to learn from Oprah Winfrey and how she positively impact on small business and how she is able to build her own empire.   Every day the staff at BINGO TIRES & AUTO REPAIR in Charlotte NC learns one thing a day that is relevant and can be measured to what we do. We apply what we learn and tweak things and try different things to fit our daily needs and works for us. We look for successful people stories and learn from their knowledge and experiences and try as much to see what could fit our life and needs. Successful people in USA  are everywhere you look; parents, school teachers, police officers, bankers, and even the simple person on the street.

http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/marketers-learn-oprah-winfrey-151905679.html

By |September 26th, 2017|blog|0 Comments

EZPAY Tire & Auto Repair

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BINGO Tire

(980) 207-2732

BINGO makes it easy to pay for new TIRES. With EZPAY program, you don’t pay everything up front, only 25% down, and pay the remaining balance over 3, 6, or 12 months. Easy to qualify and no hidden extra charges.*

EZPAY has been helping people in so many ways;

Visit or Call BINGO TIRES & AUTO REPAIR in Charlotte Today:
> 4026 North Tryon Street, Charlotte. Across from the library
> Tel: 980- 207- 2732
> Open 7 days (Mon- Fri :9AM-6PM Sat: 9AM-4PM& Sun: 9AM-4PM)
– Visit our website @: http://bingotires-charlotte.com
* Using your checking account

By |September 26th, 2017|auto repair, blog|0 Comments

Tire Tips

Tire Tips

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How To Inspect a Tire

Once every month, or before you embark upon long road trips, check your tires for wear and damage problems. One easy way to check for wear is by using the penny test. All you have to do is grab an Abraham Lincoln penny and follow 3 easy steps:

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  • Take a penny and hold Abe’s body between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves.
  • If any part of Abe Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that (approximately 2/32 of an inch), your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.

How to Check Tire Pressure

Tires have been known to lose up to 1psi (pounds per square inch) every month, so check all tires, including your spare, once a month (or before a long trip). It’s easy. Here’s how:

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Purchase a trusted tire pressure gauge.

Check your tires “cold” – before you’ve driven or at least three hours after you’ve driven.

  • Insert tire pressure gauge into the valve stem on your tire. The gauge should begin reading the air pressure immediately. Refer to your air pressure gauge owners manual for correct usage instructions. If using a “pencil” style tire gauge, the gauge will “pop” out and show a measured number. When you hear a “pssst” sound, that’s air escaping the tire. The escaping air shouldn’t affect pressure substantially, unless you hold down the air pressure gauge too long.
  • Compare the measured psi to the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door of your vehicle or in owner’s manual. DO NOT compare to the psi on your tire’s sidewall.
  • If your psi is above the number, let air out until it matches. If below, add air. Low pressure can lead to tire damage.

Mixing in new tires with worn tires

When replacing two new tires instead of four, be sure that your new tires are the same size and tire type as your current tires, and that your dealer always installs the new tires on the rear axle of your vehicle. For continued optimized vehicle performance, it is recommended that all tires be replaced at the same time with identical MSPN.

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Deeper tread tires on the rear axle provide better handling, wet grip, and evacuate water, thereby helping to avoid over steer and loss of vehicle stability on wet surfaces. Deeper tread tires on the front axle can improve wet straight line braking and stopping distance. If only two tires are being replaced, generally recommends they be installed on the rear axle in the absence of a tire service professional’s recommendation or consumer’s preference to the contrary.

Replacing a single tire on a vehicle can have an adverse effect on suspension systems, gear ratios, transmissions, and tire tread wear. If a single tire replacement is unavoidable, it is recommended that the single new tire be paired with the deepest tread tire from the vehicle (including the full size spare) and both be placed as a pair.

Tire Rotation

Fact: Regular rotation helps extend the life of your tires and improve performance. So if you like safety and saving money regular rotation is important for vehicles with dual rear wheels as well.

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During rotation, each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position to ensure that all tires wear evenly and last longer. Tires should be rotated every six months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles.

By |September 26th, 2017|auto repair, blog|0 Comments

2015 Memorial Day Weekend in Charlotte NC

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2015 Memorial Day Weekend in Charlotte NC

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. It is a holiday many of us spend doing family gatherings, backyard BBQs or enjoying a nice evening out with friends and family. However BINGO TIRES & AUTO REPAIRS choose to celebrate Charlotte Memorial Day Events by honoring families of those who have lost their lives for our great freedoms. Some things BINGO TIRES & AUTO REPAIRS do on 2015 Memorial Weekend in Charlotte NC include offering 15% Discount for all US Military personnel on all services we offers: Oil Change, Brakes, Auto repairs and Tires. BINGO TIRES & AUTO REPAIRS  Shop is OPEN 7 days a week even on Sundays and is OPEN during 2015 Memorial Weekend.

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NASCAR at Charlotte 2015: Weekend schedule, race start times and tv info:

After an All-Star weekend at Charlotte, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series again hits the 1.5-mile track for the longest race of the season in the Coca-Cola 600. The Xfinity Series will also be in action this Memorial Day weekend.

Cars will first hit the track on Thursday for practice and qualifying sessions. On Saturday the Xfinity Series will run the Hisense 300 while the Coca-Cola 600 takes place on Sunday.

Follow below for the complete racing details as well as last years winners and weather info.

NASCAR Weekend Schedule for Charlotte

Thursday, May 21
2:30-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1
4-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FOX Sports 1
5:30-6:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FOX Sports 1
7:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1
Saturday, MAY 23
10-10:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1
11:15 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1
1-1:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1
2:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), FOX Green Flag: 2:46 pm ET

Sunday, May 24
6 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps, 600 miles), FOX Green Flag: 6:16 pm ET

By |May 21st, 2015|auto repair, blog|0 Comments

BINGO Charlotte Tire Maintenance Tips

BINGO Charlotte Tire Maintenance Tips! Learn about tire maintenance and find more info about why is regular tire maintenance important!

Tire Maintenance tips

1) Regular Tire Rotation:

The weight of a vehicle is not evenly distributed to all four tires; therefore, regular tire rotation is necessary to maintain even tread wear and get the most out of your tires. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacture’s rotation recommendations. If no rotation period is specified, tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Four-wheel-drive vehicles may require rotation as often as every 4,000 miles.

 2) Tire Maintenance: Taking care of your investment:

Proper tire maintenance is the key to maximizing the life of your tires. It is recommended that you have your tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. This helps equalize tread wear. It is also important to check tire pressure once a month and more often during the winter – as the temperature drops, so does the pressure in your tires. According to the EPA*, properly inflated tires are safer and more fuel efficient.  read more at: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/maintain.shtml

3) Avoid Treacherous Potholes:

In many areas, the repeated freezing and thawing of moisture during winter seeps through road surfaces and produce treacherous potholes in spring. Hitting a pothole can throw your car’s front end out of alignment. Damage to your tire and/or the metal wheel of your vehicle can occur when you hit a pothole. The impact on tires increases dramatically depending on the speed at which your vehicle travels. For these reasons, it is best to avoid potholes entirely. If that’s not possible, avoid braking during pothole impact. Less severe damage occurs when a tire rolls over a pothole than when it skids during braking.

4) How You Know That You Need New Tires:

Checking your tread depth frequently is important, ideally every 3,000 miles. You can do this simply with a penny. Insert the penny into the tread groove, upside down, Lincoln facing you. If you are able to see all of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. Checking tread depth provides the opportunity to plan ahead and budget for inevitable tire replacement. Remember to check if your current tire is under warranty before making a purchase.

5) Driving Safely:

Take five minutes every month and before every long drive to check your tires, including your spare. Your tires can help keep you safe if you use correctly and allow them to do the job they were designed for. Avoid making sudden movement with your car. Accelerate gently and make turns gradually. Go easy on the brakes when stopping. Spinning or sliding tires mean your vehicle is out of control. If you do go into a skid and your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brakes and turn in the direction of the skid. Do not pump the brakes.

6) Proper Inflation Information:

Maintaining proper air pressure is the single most important service drivers can do for their tires. In just one month, a tire can lose 10 pounds of air pressure. Underinflation causes increased tread wear on outside edges of the tire. It also generate excessive heat, which reduce tire durability and fuel economy. Overinflation causes the center of the tread to bear the majority of the car’s weight, which will shorten the lifespan of your tires. Check your pressure at least once a month. To find the proper air pressure for your tires, look in the vehicle owner’s manual, on the driver’s side door jamb or in the glove box.

7) When A Tire Should Be Replaced:

It is crucial to know when it is okay to have a tire repaired and when a tire should be replaced. If a tire loses its air pressure, it must be removed from the wheel for a complete internal inspection to be sure it is not damaged. Tires that are run even a short distance while flat are often damaged beyond repair. DO NOT repair tires with tread punctures larger than 1/4″ or any sidewall puncture.

8) Find The Right Tire For You:

Tires are designed to deliver different benefits for different vehicles; the more you know about them, the better equipped you’ll be to choose the tire that’s right for you. The most important information about tire buying is printed right on the sidewall. Look on the side of your tire and jot down the numbers you see. Also, take note of what you like and what you may dislike about your current tires (for instance: smooth ride, noise level, handling, etc.) Having this information when you speak to a tire dealer (BINGO TIRES Charlotte) will help you get the tire that is right for your vehicle.

9) Save Money And Gas While Traveling:

Worried about your gas mileage and the cost of traveling this season? How would you like to improve your gas mileage every time you fill up? One of the fastest, easiest and least expensive ways to improve gas mileage and performance is through proper tire inflation which can maximize fuel economy and efficiency. The recommended pressure number for your vehicle is located on a sticker inside the driver’s side door or in the owner’s manual; not the maximum inflation pressure stamped on the tire.

10) Visual Tire Inspection:

Discovering potential problems for your tires is as simple as giving them a good visual once-over. Scan your treads for any sharp objects that may have punctured your tires. Check the wear patterns on your treads as well. Excessive shoulder wear can indicate underinflation, while wear to the center of the tread can mean overinflation. Many tires have tread wear indicator bars molded into the tread. When the tread is worn down to where you can see a solid bar of rubber across the width of your tread, it is time to replace your tire. At any sign of potential problems, be sure to take your vehicle to a tire retailer near you (BINGO TIRES Charlotte) for expert service from trained tire technicians.

11) Importance Of Tire Balance And Alignment:

Having your tires balanced and your vehicle properly aligned is important, not only for the longevity of the tires, but for the safety of the driver and passengers, and performance. Tires should be balanced when they are mounted on wheels for the first time or when they are remounted after a repair. They should be rebalanced at the first sign of a vibration or shimmy, and should be balanced at least once a year, regardless. Proper alignment is necessary for even tread wear and precise steering.

12) Driving Safely In Winter:

In many parts of the country, winter brings a new set of rules to the road. Should you become stuck, avoid spinning your tires, which can overheat them, causing tire failure and possible injury. The correct way to get out of snow is to gently rock your vehicle back and forth. If your vehicle has ABS brakes, follow the instructions in your owner’s manual. Don’t become overconfident when driving a 4-wheel-drive in snow, as it cannot help you stop better, nor can it keep you from skidding.

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BINGO Charlotte Tire Maintenance Tips is provided by BINGO. BINGO is a small family business in Charlotte, NC. We pride ourselves on integrity, quality, and dynamic workplace. Our Customer’s satisfaction is initiated by unmatched professional skills that aim to service every customer as a 5 star guest. BINGO is an accredited business by BBB – Charlotte and OPEN 7 days even on Sundays!

By |December 19th, 2014|auto repair, blog|0 Comments

BINGO is the Choice for Custom wheels and Tires and Auto Repair

BINGO is the Choice for Custom wheels and Tires and Auto Repair

BINGO is the Choice for Custom wheels and Tires and Auto Repair

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BINGO is the choice to buy Tires, Custom Wheels and Repair your car. We make wishes come true to get the brand new tires, your dream set of custom wheels, and repair your car. Get the New Tires you need, the Rims You Want and Repair your car now- Installed Today with Payments and Prices for Every Budget.

BINGO is the Choice for Custom wheels and Tires and Auto Repair

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BINGO is the Choice for Custom wheels and Tires and Auto Repair. BINGO is the best choice to get your car needs with payment plans you can afford and the most affordable prices in Charlotte. Want to turn heads and express yourself when you’re driving around Charlotte with the best name brand and selection of custom wheels and tires for your ride.  We make wishes come true to get the brand new tires, your dream set of custom wheels, and repair your car today – buy them at BINGO where we guaranteed Lowest Price, pay them off now or with EZPAY in 3, 6, or 12 month same-as-cash, or choose your way to pay we accept all major credit or debit cards.

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EZPAY program for tires, custom wheels, and auto repairs makes your life easy.  No credit checks – no problems – no hassle, check out our offering lines of passenger tires and performance tires and choose what fits your needs and your budget. BINGO is the Choice for Custom wheels and Tires and Auto Repair!

  • No Credit Checks – no problems – no hassle
  • Lowest Price, pay them off with EZPAY in 3, 6, or 12 month
  • Great selection of Tires and Wheels
  • In-house Tires and Rims Mounting, Balance and Installation

Choose BINGO Charlotte’s Home for Great Tire, Custom Wheel Deals and Auto Repair.

By |December 18th, 2014|auto repair, blog|0 Comments

Dear customers Thank you

Dear customers Thank you

Dear customers Thank you Let me take this opportunity to thank you for choosing BINGO TIRES & AUTO REPAIRS to be your Charlotte’s Home for Great Tire Deals and Auto Repair. Dear customers Thank you We thank you for trusting us to be your source for top quality tire and auto repair in Charlotte NC and we appreciate your business and especially grateful for your trust.

Dear customers Thank you

BINGO is a small family business in Charlotte, NC. We pride ourselves on integrity, quality, and dynamic workplace. Our Customer’s satisfaction is initiated by unmatched professional skills that aim to service every customer as a 5 star guest. BINGO is an accredited business by BBB – Charlotte and OPEN 7 days even on Sundays!

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We offer wide selections of name-brand new tires topped with factory warranty. We also offer economy brand tire fit customers with a tight budget and most economy tires come with factory mileage warranty.

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We carry 2014/2015 Top of the Line Custom Wheels collection name brand with affordable prices and finance option. Wheels and Rims come in many different sizes and styles for Cars, Minivans, Trucks, and SUV’s.

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We carry used tires for passenger cars, vans, SUV’s and light trucks and more. Our philosophy is to give a second-chance to high tread depth and safe used tires for customers who are on the go until they have time to shop our new tire’s competitive prices and warranties.

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BINGO offers a wide variety of Auto Mechanic Services, Oil change, Brake, Tune-up, Tie Rod, Wheel bearing, Suspension, Front-end, Check Engine Light, Engine work, and more…

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Take advantage of our Buy Now, Pay Later! EZPAY is interest free financing for New Tires, Custom Wheels, or Auto Repairs. You don’t pay everything up front, you may defer your payment over 3,  6, or  12 months.  No credit check and No hidden fees.

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Dear customers Thank you Our goal is to offer you a wide selection of tires and services with a price point to suit your needs. We pledge our best efforts to exceed your expectations with extraordinary customer service experience.

Once again, Dear customers Thank you for your business.

 

By |December 16th, 2014|auto repair, blog|0 Comments

where to buy used tires in charlotte nc

Where to buy used tires in Charlotte NC Best place to buy used tires in Charlotte NC is BINGO TIRES, our philosophy is to give a second-chance to good tread quality and safe used tires with a cheap price to offer to customers who are on the go and don’t have time to shop for new tires. Our used tires are Grade “A” QUALITY safely inspected used tires with up to 80% tread life come with a 30 day warranty and prices from $35 include installation for most tire sizes*.

BINGO have used tires for sale in all different sizes from 13-inch- to 28-inch, running flat, low profile, mud tires and matching sets of best used tires with top quality tread.  BINGO offers tire mounting, speed balance and tire instillation forregular tire size cars, vans, trucks, and SUVs. BINGO welcoming clean shop, top quality customer service, professional uniformed and knowledgeable staff are some of many reasons why our customers recommend BINGO to their families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.

BINGO Tires Charlotte is the choice place for tire, tire repairs, rotations, mounting, speed balance, valve stems, sensors, used wheel, and much more.  BINGO is an accredited business by BBB – Charlotte and OPEN 7 days even on Sundays.

*Tax and other fees are not included.

where to buy used tires in Charlotte NC BINGO TIRES BEST PLACE TO BUY USED TIRES IN CHARLOTTE NC

Phone: (980) 207-2732

BINGO Tire shop in Charlotte  is Open 7 days even on Sundays!

where to buy used tires in Charlotte NC BINGO Tires is best place to buy used tires in Charlotte, NC and has more Top Quality tire selections and sizes than any other used tire shops in Charlotte. We know tires and tire quality! Plus we add a 30 day warranty on used tires to give our customers an additional peace-of-mind. Our top quality used tires start from $35 at our store in Charlotte where we service tire mounting, tire balance, tire repairs, valve steams, and tire rotations.

Where to buy used tires in Charlotte NC cWhere you are looking for good quality used tires, or name-brand tires,  our shop in Charlotte has exactly what you need. For customers who are hesitant about buying  fit your budget way, just know that we are a one-stop shop that meet your car performance and financial needs.

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Best place in Charlotte to find used tires for cheap price with Top Quality tread condition and tires look like new; look no further, BINGO Shop is known for best quality tires, affordable prices include installation, and great customer services. We trust the quality of our tires with a 30 days warranty, up to 80% tread life left, and inspected for safety, our prices start from the unbelievable $35 including installation for most Cars, Trucks, or SUV. Our professional uniformed staff service all tire needs from mount & balance to repairs to rotations using top of the line machines and provide top level of customer services and is delight to explain and answer customer questions.

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 We carry sizes from 13 to 28 inch to fit most cars, vans, light trucks, and SUV’s, passenger sizes, running flat, low profile and we also have matching sets. BINGO welcoming clean shop, second to none customer service, uniformed and professional staff are some of many reasons why our customers recommend us to their families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.

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BINGO is an Accredited Business by BBB

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Services:

Repairs:

  • Plug – $9:00
  • Patch –$17:00

Rotations:

  • most cars -$18:00                                                                                     

Mounting & Speed balance:

  • most cars: $15:00

Valve steams & sensors:

  • call for prices

Call (980) 207-2732  or stop by our shop we are OPEN 7 days/ week.

Top Ten Tire Safety Tips

Tires have been a vehicle’s most important safety feature for more than 100 years. After all, they are a vehicle’s only contact with the road. Even the brawniest engine, strongest brakes, and most advanced anti-skid system are at the mercy of the tire’s grip on the road.

1. Check tire pressures and adjust at least once a month.

2. Inspect tires regularly for abnormal wear or damage.

3. Rotate tires every 6,000 miles or according to owner’s manual.

4. Maintain tires in proper balance.

5. Maintain steering and suspension in proper alignment.

6. Never overload a tire.

7. Avoid overheating tires.

8. Replace tires when required.

9. Install tires in matched pairs or complete sets.

10. Select the right tires for your vehicle and driving environment.

All new vehicles and light task trucks 10,000 lbs or much less have tire stress keeping track of systems required by legislation. When one or even more of the motor vehicle’s tires are 25 percent or more listed below the recommended inflation stress, the tire pressure keeping an eye on device could discover.

Baseding on NHTSA, under-inflated tires can negatively have an effect on gas economic situation, lead to skidding and reduction of control and hydroplaning on wet surfaces. It could additionally boost quiting range and the probability of tire failures.

Tire pressure keeping track of devices are not suggested to be utilized as substitute for performing regular upkeep such as checking for tire pressure consistently. Even the most effective tire-pressure displays can not make up completely for bad tire maintenance. Here’s the best ways to assist keep your tires as safe as feasible:.

 

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Areas We Serve: Charlotte NC, Paw Creek NC, Newell NC, Pineville NC, Matthews NC, Belmont NC, Mount Holly NC, Huntersville NC, Harrisburg NC, Cramerton NC, Mc Adenville NC, Lowell NC, Indian Trail NC, Fort Mill SC, Stanley NC, Concord NC, Alexis NC, 

 

By |December 4th, 2014|blog|0 Comments

Jacket-Charlotte

From the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of February, 2015, we are collecting different sizes lightly used jackets during harsh winter weather conditions for homeless men, women, and families. Operation of “Jacket-Charlotte” the BINGO TIRES – CHARLOTTE initiative to support our community member’s in need.

Jacket-Charlotte drive is a great way to celebrate the holiday season and give back to the community. Give a chance to your unwanted used Jacket to warm someone this cold winter! All Jacket donations will benefit Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and, Charlotte Children and Family Services Center.

Each year, we have been so moved to see the incredible generosity of the people of Charlotte. Our hope is that we can continue to do better, to collect even more to bring help and hope to our friends and neighbors in times of need.

Please drop-off your Jacket donations at BINGO TIRES- Charlotte during our regular business hours-Thank you!

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Business Hours: Open 7 Days

  • Weekdays: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • 4026 N. Tryon Street,
  • Charlotte, NC 28206
  • (980) 207-2732
  • www.bingotires-charlotte.com

 

5 Reasons to Donate to Charity:

http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-reasons-donate-charity

From fancy cars and expensive clothes to fine dining and exotic vacations, there are many ways you can spend your hard-earned dollars. And there is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done — but what would happen if you rewarded someone else instead?

A recent study by Harvard Business School faculty and graduate students titled “Feeling Good about Giving: The Benefits (and Costs) of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior,” explores the ways in which charitable behavior can lead to benefits for the giver. While the the concept that giving to others can make you feel good about yourself is not revolutionary, there are several more subtle ways that giving your money or time for a cause can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being.

Here are five reasons to donate to charity

based on the research of the Harvard Business School as well as other experts and websites.

Donations are tax deductible

When you donate to a charitable organization or a non-profit group, the amount you donate is tax deductible. But not only is the money you give tax deductible, so are the amounts you spend on travel, parking costs and even convention and event fees that are related to the non-profit group, as long as you are not being reimbursed by the charity for these expenses.

Giving to charity may improve your sense of well-being

The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction.

Supporting a cause can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice

When considering donating to a charity, many people tend to research the issues connected to that organization. As a result, you become more educated about social injustices around the world. You may discover new points of view and opinions on topics about which you were previously uniformed. This knowledge may position you to help increase the awareness of social problems among those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and educated standpoint.

Giving to charity out of spiritual conviction can strengthen your spiritual life

Selfless giving is a key component to many spiritual and religious belief systems. Recognizing that you have taken action in line with your spiritual beliefs by offering your resources to others in need can bring a sense of inner peace and contentment.

Volunteering with a charity may result in physical and social benefits

After donating financially to a charity or non-profit organization, you may feel an inner pull to become more involved with the cause by donating your time and skill as well. By volunteering, you have the opportunity to build your social circles while reaping the physical, mental and spiritual benefits from the labor you contribute to your favorite cause.

 

By |November 22nd, 2014|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

SCAM ALERTS… Auto Warranties by manufacturer & Routine Maintenance!

Federal Trade Commission – Consumer information said: If you own a car, you know how important it is to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs. But can a dealer refuse to honor the warranty that came with your new car if someone else does the routine maintenance or repairs?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says no. In fact, it’s illegal for a dealer to deny your warranty coverage simply because you had routine maintenance or repairs performed by someone else. Routine maintenance often includes oil changes, tire rotations, belt replacement, fluid checks and flushes, new brake pads, and inspections. Maintenance schedules vary by vehicle make, model and year; the best source of information about routine scheduled maintenance is your owner’s manual.

What is a warranty?

A warranty is a promise, often made by a manufacturer, to stand behind its product or to fix certain defects or malfunctions over a period of time. The warranty pays for any covered repairs or part replacements during the warranty period.

Do I have to use the dealer for repairs and maintenance to keep my warranty in effect?

No. An independent mechanic, a retail chain shop, or even you yourself can do routine maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. In fact, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which is enforced by the FTC, makes it illegal for manufacturers or dealers to claim that your warranty is void or to deny coverage under your warranty simply because someone other than the dealer did the work. That said, there may be certain situations where a repair may not be covered. For example, if you or your mechanic replaced a belt improperly and your engine is damaged as a result, your manufacturer or dealer may deny responsibility for fixing the engine under the warranty. However, according to the FTC, the manufacturer or dealer must be able to demonstrate that it was the improper belt replacement — rather than some other defect — that caused the damage to your engine. The warranty would still be in effect for other parts of your car.

Will using ‘aftermarket’ or recycled parts void my warranty?

No. An ‘aftermarket’ part is a part made by a company other than the vehicle manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer. A ‘recycled’ part is a part that was made for and installed in a new vehicle by the manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer, and later removed from the vehicle and made available for resale or reuse. Simply using an aftermarket or recycled part does not void your warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part. Still, if it turns out that the aftermarket or recycled part was itself defective or wasn’t installed correctly, and it causes damage to another part that is covered under the warranty, the manufacturer or dealer has the right to deny coverage for that part and charge you for any repairs. The FTC says the manufacturer or dealer must show that the aftermarket or recycled part caused the need for repairs before denying warranty coverage.

Tips To Avoid Warranty Issues

Here’s how to get the most out of your vehicle’s warranty:

  • Read your warranty. Often bundled with your owner’s manual, the warranty gives a general description and specific details about your coverage. If you have misplaced your owner’s manual, look for it online. Check the “Owners” section of your manufacturer’s website.
  • Be aware of your warranty period. If problems arise that are covered under the warranty, get them checked out before the warranty expires.
  • Service your car at regular intervals. This is a good idea in any case. But for the sake of keeping your warranty intact, follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. Details are in your owner’s manual.
  • Keep all service records and receipts, regardless of who performs the service. This includes oil changes, tire rotations, belt replacement, new brake pads, and inspections. Create a file to keep track of repairs; it will come in handy if you have to use your warranty. If you ever have a warranty claim and it appears that you did not maintain your vehicle, your claim could be denied.
  • Complain. If you think a dealer’s service advisor denied your warranty claim unfairly, ask to speak with a supervisor. If you still aren’t satisfied, contact the manufacturer or go to another dealer. You also may wish to file a complaint with your state Attorney General, local consumer protection office, or the FTC.

This article was previously available as Auto Warranties, Routine Maintenance, and Repairs: Is Using the Dealer a Must?

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