When Emergency Strikes, Be Prepared

With winter weather around the corner, now is the time to prepare for the unexpected. An inoperative vehicle can be scary. So, give yourself a little extra peace of mind by making certain you have what you need just in case you become stranded. Here are our tips for creating the perfect auto emergency kit. When it comes to staying safe, think in terms of the basics—water, food and warmth—before anything else: Water: Bottled water will keep you hydrated.  As a rule of thumb, pack at least one bottle for your typical number of passengers. Food: High calorie food bars (protein bars) are nutritious and have a long shelf life despite extreme temperatures. Warmth: Pack a blanket or two – if space allows – in your trunk. Light: A flashlight or light sticks that last for 12 hours will help light your way during a nighttime emergency. Matches: In a crisis, matches come in handy for fire building. Tools: A knife with multiple tool functions makes for easier tasks while you wait for help. Bungee cords, duct tape, a screwdriver, and a wrench come in handy as well. First aid: Bandages, sterile gauze pads, alcohol pads, over the counter pain relievers, Ace wraps and safety pins are great to have on hand in car emergencies, just as they are at home. Cell phone charger: If you don’t already keep a car charger in your vehicle, you should. Use of your cell phone is a lifesaver when emergency strikes. It can even help rescuers find your exact location. Spare Cash: Keep $20 in small bills inside your kit in case...

Why Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant®?

We know that car dealerships takes every opportunity to choose the right products with the most benefits to the vehicles in their care.  Here at Krex, Inc., we recommend graphite as the ultimate product for engine lubrication.  Here’s why Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant® should be your lubricant of choice: Heat Resistant “By adding Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant®, you’re increasing the heat range and the lubricity of the oil,” says Walter Bushala, marketing manager at Krex, Inc.  “Graphite is a solid that won’t melt until temperatures of 5000° F.  This really is the ultimate heat resistant material available today.” Improved Performance Since car owners check oil far less frequently than in years past and manufacturers recommend longer intervals between oil changes, Bushala says this scenario likely means that vehicles are operating with less oil.  “Graphite increases the ability of engines to run successfully, even if they’re running slightly low on oil,” he says.  One application of Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant® protects a vehicle for six months or 5,000 miles. The Staying Power of Graphite In a typical vehicle, oil drips down into the pan after you turn the engine off.  An engine lubricated with graphite experiences something very different.  “Graphite holds onto oil, keeping it inside the engine,” Bushala says.  “No matter when you start your car again – an hour, a week or a month later – there will still be oil in the engine, and this reduces wear over time.” Lubricant, Not Additive Many manufacturers warn against using additives in vehicles, often giving them a bad reputation.  Keep in mind that graphite is not an additive, it’s a...

Car Buying Guide Part Two: New-to-You Vehicle Shopping? Why you should buy from a new car dealer

Has the time come to purchase a new-to-you car?  If you’ve found yourself in the market for a previously owned vehicle, we bet you’re tossing around your options of where to shop.  The newspaper?  The mom n’ pop dealer at the corner?  Look no further than your local new car dealer.  Hands down, they offer the best value when shopping for a new or used car.  Here’s why: Factory-certified vehicles Purchasing a previously owned car from a new car dealer allows you to feel confident in the car’s value.  While being considered for sale on the dealer’s lot, used cars must pass rigorous testing by factory-trained technicians in order to receive the factory-certified pre-owned label.  Dealerships also provide potential owners with a CARFAX®, a detailed vehicle history report from the CARFAX® nationwide database.  Armed with that detailed history and the evaluation performed by the dealership’s technicians, you can feel confident in your purchase. Extended Warranty Extended warranty packages typically accompany vehicles sold as factory-certified from reputable new car dealers, allowing you to leave with even more peace of mind.  In the event that a potential mishap does occurs, having an extended warranty will definitely help out. The cream of the crop When you buy from a new car dealership, they complete the hard work associated with a car purchase for you.  With all the research, testing and evaluations done, feel assured that vehicles on the lot have been hand chosen as the best of the best, and any car that doesn’t meet factory standards has been sent on its way to smaller vendors.  Any automobile on a new car...

Car Buying Guide: Part One, Be A Savvy Car Shopper

The car buying process can be a stressful one for many folks, but it’s an unavoidable part of life for most of us.  If you’re in the market for a new or new-to-you vehicle, there are steps you can take to ensure you’ll shop successfully.  Read on for Krex, Inc.’s tips for a stress-free (and hopefully exciting) vehicle purchase every single time. Put your trust in the dealer There’s no better place to shop for a new or previously owned vehicle than your local new car dealer.  Regardless of previous ownership, cars sold at the dealer must past rigorous testing, quality checks and certifications, all performed by factory-trained technicians.  This translates to peace of mind for car owners who purchase their vehicles from dealerships, as opposed to those who choose to shop elsewhere, risking unknown details about their vehicle or its history. Be a good consumer Buyer’s remorse is a painful experience, so avoid it by taking note of the many things you must know before stepping foot inside a dealership.  In order to make the right purchase for you, understand your budget and know your financial limits.  Armed with that vital information, outline your priorities, like storage space requirements or four-wheel drive, and research the types of vehicles that meet your needs before heading out the door. Keep your emotions at home Finally, don’t let emotion take over during car shopping.  Instead, make your purchase with a sensible, level head.  Even those of us in the market for a minivan get sidetracked by sports cars, so look, but move on to the vehicle that meets your need.  Doing...

What Everyone Should Know About Graphite

In its manmade form, graphite is free from impurities, non-gritty and exists in a talcum powder like state, perfect for use in Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant®.  This graphite-based product coats engine surfaces, reducing metal-on-metal wear that normally occurs at high temps.  Read on to learn more about the important characteristics of the graphite in Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant®. Graphite is a solid, not a liquid Because graphite is a solid, it’s able to withstand much higher temperatures before boiling, almost twice the temperature at which steel boils.  This translates to an engine that remains lubricated under extreme conditions, far beyond what oil can do on its own. Color Graphite is black, so Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant® is also black.  “In our industry, black products are associated with those that are old or need changing, but that’s not the case with graphite,” says Walter Bushala, marketing manager at Krex, Inc.  “It’s time to lose that stigma.”  Here at Krex, Inc., we recommend changing oil or other fluids based on a time or mileage-based schedule, in lieu of appearance. Colloidal Suspension Similar to the DNA cells in our bodies, graphite particles remain suspended in Krex Graphite Engine Lubricant®.  Our colloidal graphite suspension contains such finely divided particles that they won’t settle out, no matter how much time passes. Graphite won’t bond to graphite Because of the impurities introduced to all vehicles on the road, engines require a reapplication of graphite based products every 5,000 miles in order to re-coat scratched surfaces and maintain peak performance.   The good news is that graphite cannot bond to itself, so graphite build-up is never a...

Fight the Car Clutter

If you have kids, commute, or (God forbid) work out of your car, chances are the interior of your car may not be exactly clutter-free.  Yet, keeping your vehicle’s interior clean will extend the life and enjoyment of your car.  Read on for our thoughts on keeping your car clutter-free. A little work every day It seems simple enough, but picking up after yourself (or your kids) daily will prevent big messes from occurring.  If you pack your car for work, a day trip or a kid’s sporting event, make sure to remove all of these items as soon as you return home. Make it a habit to perform a visual once-over of your interior, de-cluttering every evening when you return home. If you must eat in the car (let’s be honest, most of us do at some point), be certain to vacuum stray crumbs or deal with messes right away.  Doing this will keep your upholstery and carpet in great shape.   This also ensures that you have a clear view of interior surfaces so that you can spot new spills or stains right away – treating them before they set in. Tools to keep on hand Baby wipes: They’re not just for bottoms anymore!  A pack of baby wipes will fit easily into your glove compartment and are perfect for cleaning up an unexpected spill or wiping sticky hands before they smear something on your car’s interior. Re-sealable bags:  Moms have used these for years to pack snacks. But, they are also perfect for collecting trash or to place wet or muddy shoes from a trip to the...