Before and After



Human Caused Wildfires
Before and After
by Don Stec, OCTOBER 30, 2017



This past year, wildfires have been one of the great concerns throughout the state of California. We often hear weather reports of approaching thunder storms and lightning strikes.  Then, we hear the reports of fires.  It seems the general consensus among the public is; the majority of wildfires are caused by lightning.  At least this is the opinion I get...
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Misconceptions on wheel alignment
Before and After
by Don Stec, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017



Driving on rough terrain as outdoor enthusiasts often do, can play havoc with your vehicle. This column has to do with common misconceptions the general public has about the frequent problems of alignment. Complaint:  I have had my car aligned three times at three different shops and it just keeps slipping out of alignment. Alignments do not slip out unless a bolt or...
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The Mystery Odor, A Detective Story
Before and After
by Don Stec, AUGUST 30, 2017



I received a call from an Insurance Claim Adjuster, he said.  “Don, we have a vandalized vehicle we would like you to look at.  He explained; a smelly liquid was poured inside on the seats and carpet.  We have had the vehicle interior detailed twice and the smell keeps coming back.  We suspect there is something dead inside.  Would you...
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Common Questions & Answers about Vehicle Repairs
Before and After
by Don Stec, AUGUST 13, 2017



Question: I heard you on the radio talking about the car that was test driven eight times after being repaired at another place and the vehicle still was not correct. There must have been some time that passed after the repair. How did you get the Insurance Company to pay for the repair when they already paid once before and a...
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Hot Days, Dangerous Hotter Car Interiors
Before and After
by Don Stec, AUGUST 2, 2017



There are many stories in the news today about tragedies that occur when children and pets are left in cars on hot days.  The advice given is very general; “It’s going to be hot today, and the interior of a car could get to 120 degrees, don’t leave children and pets inside the vehicle unattended.”  It seems obvious there has...
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He Tried a Hollywood Stunt
Before and After
by Don Stec, JULY 30, 2017



Hollywood; a question was discussed several decades ago on TV and in the newspapers. Does Hollywood influence life or does it reflect life? Obviously it does reflect life in many instances. Documentaries and stories about real people are often reasonably accurate. Some artistic license is taken and mostly acknowledged as acceptable. Lead roll actors are often much better looking people...
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