24 Jun, 2024

KC-area auto repair shop shares tips to get your car ready for holiday travel

MISSION, Kan. — It’s almost time for the busy holiday travel to start, and professionals in Kansas City want to make sure you’re prepared.

More than 115 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home over the last 10 days of the year for the holidays, according to AAA.

Johnson County Automotive Repair in Mission, Kansas, is encouraging regular inspections to your car year-round, but well in advance of your holiday travel.

“With cold weather, one of the big things we look at with a car is maintenance items,” Johnson County Automotive owner Alan Heriford said. “Cars (are) a lot better than they used to be, so if you maintain them properly, you don’t have to do a whole lot.”

He said even the simple checks can go a long way.

“We’re gonna check tires, make sure you got good tread on your tires, make sure they’re inflated the way they should be,” he shared. “We’re gonna look at wiper blades, that’s something everybody forgets until it’s too late, so having a good set of wiper blades is great.”

Heriford also said it’s been interesting to watch Kansas City’s response to severe winter weather changes over

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A Fight Over the Right to Repair Cars Takes a Wild Turn

The federal government’s stance in Massachusetts appears to conflict with its general views on the right to repair. In 2021, President Joe Biden ordered the Federal Trade Commission to create new rules making it harder for manufacturers to limit who can fix the devices they create.

Amid competing letters, statements, and legal paperwork there’s a fundamental question, one that Massachusetts tried to find the answer to: Who owns the resources of data created by today’s increasingly software- and computer-chip-enabled vehicles?

For decades, those advocating for the right to repair—that is, the idea that once you buy a product, you get to decide how to fix it—held up the auto industry as one that was doing it right. Car repair has long been the domain of the at-home tinkerer. As a result, independent auto repair shops and aftermarket parts manufacturers have made billions of dollars tuning and fixing vehicles.

In 2012, Massachusetts voters became the first to bring the concept into the modern age by requiring automakers to add an onboard port that allowed anyone with a cheap tool to access a car’s data. The law led to a nationwide agreement, where automakers guaranteed independent repairers and owners would have access

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