How to make your car more sustainable for Earth Day

It seems obvious, but when you think about it — your car is one of the most important ways that you can contribute sustainability on this planet. A Time Magazine article jokes that “Like Americans themselves, American cars are getting heavier and heavier every year, the average car in the U.S. weighed over 4,000 pounds in 2010, up from an average of 3,221 pounds in 1987. That weight extra 800 pounds, as you can imagine, makes a huge difference in terms of fuel-efficiency and the carbon footprint you personally leave on this planet. So, for Earth Day, here are some ways that you can get your car into the best shape it’s ever been — and reduce your personal impact on the planet (or enhance it, depending on how you look at it!). Use green driving best practices Driving technique has a lot to do with your fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Driving consistently puts a lot less pressure on your engine to get back up to speed every time you have to slow or stop. Tires Pumping up our tires is routine maintenance but it’s something lots of us will forget about until it becomes a problem. Just because your car is still driving okay doesn’t mean it couldn’t benefit from a top up of air and it’s free at many gas stations. If each time you top up your car with gas you also top it up with air, then you’ll use less fuel to travel the same distances and you’ll get around faster too. Weight When you look in...

Paperless Office: another step towards sustainability

A Paperless Shop. We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing in the new year with the ultimate move in sustainability: a paperless office. Well, more like a paperless shop. Every technician has a tablet, and the service consultants you meet when you come in have a screen dedicated to the system, to show you everything the technician has documented. This means that we don’t have to print a single sheet of paper except the ones required by law (which are few). These days at the shop, work gets dispatched digitally — so its instant. Everyone who touches your car knows exactly what you told the service consultant when you came in (which you have an opportunity to double-check). No more hand-written notes. Technicians take pictures of everything so that you can see the problem and really understand what’s going on. Not only will you see it, but all of the images associated with the repair will be sent to you, including images of future repairs your car may need labeled as “Good,” “Needs further attention,” or “Needs immediate attention.” This way you can see what your car needs and have a real sense of what you need to come in for, and when. Another cool feature of entering the new digital world is that the entire team has an instant chat feature, so we don’t have to waste time walking to the office and waiting for the service consultant to hang up or finish with a customer. Yes, we are nerding out over here at Concours Motors over our new toys. But you would have expected that, right? To...

Our shop is green!

No, not in color. 😉 To us, being a business owner is like being a leader in the community. It’s important to us to continuously do what we can to take care of our customers, our community, and the future of our planet. So we’ve put a great deal of effort into making sure that our shop is as sustainable as possible. As you know, cars have a tendency to be dirty. Car maintenance also produces a great deal of used parts, that are no longer useful to cars. We have worked with sustainability professionals to help us determine all of the ways in which we can contribute to a cleaner environment. Here are just a few of the things that we do: We do not use paper towels or disposable fender covers. We have our shop towels and fender covers (cloth to protect the paint of cars) cleaned to minimize waste. We use an aquaus parts washer, that stores hot soapy water, to clean up parts. We do not use aerosols with harmful environmental impacts. We use high efficiency lights. We dispose our fluids to companies that recycle: waste oils, coolant, and oil filters. We also recycle old battery’s and anything that has any kind of metals. We do not let vehicles leak oils uncontained, to protect our storm water. Our toilets are equipped with low water usage controls. All our shop flashlights are rechargeable to cut battery waste. We have coated our floors with epoxy, so that we are able to mop up oil and other residue of each days work, rather than using a power spray....