Einstein’s Wisdom of the Week

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…”

-Albert Einstein-

 

Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“I had the best experience ever here at the Meridian Einstein’s.  Ian created a great atmosphere and Kelly and John all made our experience so worth it. We were laughing and joking and my kids even said they enjoyed themselves. Pop and suckers what else do you need? Thanks again.”

-Chelsea M. via Yelp-

Say No To Fairview Medians!

 

 fairviewmediens Medians on Fairview Avenue are bad for local businesses and bad for our community. What’s more, Ada County Highway District is moving forward with its radical plan for Fairview despite the fact that the vast majority of both residents and businesses oppose it! Please attend the public hearing tomorrow night and help say no to ACHD. The hearing will be held Wednesday, February 26th at 6 p.m. at the ACHD Auditorium (3775 Adams Street) in Garden City.

https://www.achdidaho.org/projects/PublicProject.aspx?ProjectID=178

 

Does A Hybrid Vehicle Make Sense For You?

new car boise meridian garden city eagle idaho oil change coupons einstein's oilery  Buying a car is serious decision. There are so many complexities, questions to ask and things to consider. To help you, we’ve answered a few, common questions.

Q: Is a hybrid right for me?

A: “It depends on what type of driving you’re doing,” says Evan Harn, general manager of Oxmoor Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Louisville, Kentucky. “Hybrids are good for in-town trips because they are going to maximize your fuel efficiency, whereas a non-hybrid car is going to perform at its worst level in town. For common transportation, I don’t think you’re going to find that a hybrid is going to save you too much money.”

 Another expert agreed there are several things to consider before signing on the dotted line for a hybrid vehicle.

 “People who buy hybrid automobiles generally do so because they feel like they’re doing the right thing environmentally and for the gas mileage,” said Dan Dederick, general manager of Hendrick Chrysler Jeep and Hendrick Fiat in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “If you buy a hybrid purely for mileage savings, there’s a long payback period. The increased cost to buy a hybrid has to be divided out across your gas savings over a period of years. For the average driver, the break-even point is usually 7-8 years later, which isn’t normally how long somebody keeps his or her car. From a purely financial aspect, it’s not always a good decision.”

Q: Should I buy new or used?

A: “Most people either buy new cars all the time or they buy used cars all the time,” Dederick said. “The obvious reason to buy a used car is to save money. When buying a new car, depreciation is usually at its highest in the first year. The car starts to level off depreciation-wise around the third or fourth year. Years ago, people would trade in their cars every year or two just to have a car under warranty. Now, the warranties are much longer. You can get a 100,000-mile, five-year warranty. In the past, when you bought a used car, people thought it was going to be a problem. That’s not the case now. If you have a late-model used car, most of them are certified with warranties. When it comes to buying new or used, it’s really whatever the customer is comfortable with doing.”

 Harn agreed there are benefits to each type of purchase.

 “The good thing about buying a new car is that you don’t have to worry about taking care of any immediate maintenance requirements,” Harn said. “When you buy a pre-owned car, you’re taking a bit of a risk. Franchised stores that sell used cars typically go through the process of doing a 100- or 150-point UCI (Used Car Inspection) and most of them are fully reconditioning the cars. I would say that, if you buy a used car, buy it from a franchised dealership. If you can’t do that, then make sure you take the car you’re considering buying to your local mechanic for an inspection before you purchase it.”

Q: Should I buy or lease?

A: “If you plan on keeping your car for only a few years, then I would say leasing is the best option,” Dederick said. “The biggest advantage of leasing is that you have a smaller payment for more car, and at the end of the lease, you can buy the car, trade it or turn it in. You should buy your car if you know that you’re going to keep it for more than a few years.”

Q: What trim level do I want?

A: “Trim level is going to depend on your budget,” Harn said. “If you want a new car instead of a used car and you’re on a tight budget, you should look at the lowest trim level. If you’re a person who doesn’t need to be frugal, then you might look at a higher trim level. Trim level is also important for people who work out of their car. Not a lot of entry trim levels are going to offer GPS, and some people like the new technology — such as hands-free devices, Bluetooth, voice command navigation, etc. — that’s available. If you’re just using your car to get from point A to point B, then I would say an entry trim level car would work best for you. If you have a job where you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the phone while in the car or you’re doing a lot of out-of-town traveling, then I would say to look at a more-equipped car.”

 If you’re happy with the basics, you’re in luck.

 “The basics in today’s automobiles are pretty good,” Dederick said. “Most cars come with all the things you need. They have power windows, power door locks, cruise control, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. From there, the trim level is pretty much, ‘Do you want leather seats or do you want cloth seats?’ However, one thing you’ll find in higher-trim cars is you’ll see more electronics like navigation, blind-spot protection, backup cameras, etc. Those things are all nice to have, but they’re not things you absolutely need.”

The above article was written by Amanda Bowman and was published in the Winter 2014 edition of GoDrive magazine.

A Homegrown, Idaho Company!

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 Einstein’s is a homegrown, Idaho company;  founded,  owned, and operated right here in the Treasure Valley. Because of our local roots, we will always be deeply committed to and grateful for this community. It has truly made us what we are! Thank you Treasure Valley!

 Beat the chains; buy local, buy Idaho! 

Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“Great service! A business like this exists for a reason.  The prices are better or on par with dealerships, they’re quick, polite, and knowledgeable. What more can you ask for?”

-James C. via Yelp-

Save Fairview Avenue!

 Help us save Fairview Avenue! Our businesses and our community depend on it!  

  We support a strong economy, good jobs and the special values making Fairview Avenue such a unique place to shop and do business. Help us send the message to the Ada County Highway District that we need a fair, open process for improving safety on Fairview Avenue.  http://www.fairviewbusinesscoalition.com/

 

Peace of Mind FREE of Charge!

 With Einstein’s Extended Courtesy you can have any of your vehicle’s fluids (or tires) checked and filled FREE of charge within 3 months or 3,000 miles of your last Einstein’s service! There is no wait necessary for this service, just pull up to the front of any Einstein’s Oilery location and our friendly technicians will take care of the rest! 

10 Simple Ways To Improve Gas Mileage

gas mileage, mpg, fuel economy boise oil changes merdidian garden city eage einstein's oilery1.)  Drive smoothly — Avoid heavy acceleration or braking. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gasoline mileage by 5 percent at lower speeds around town and by 33 percent at highway speeds.

2.)  Keep your engine well tuned and repair any problems immediately — If your car has failed an emissions test or is noticeably out of tune, repairing the problem could improve your gasoline mileage by 4 percent on average.

3.)  Make sure tires are not over- or under-inflated Proper air pressure cuts down on fuel used while driving. Keeping tires at the correct pressure can improve your gasoline mileage by more than 3 percent.

4.) Minimize vehicle drag — Keep your trunk and back seat clear of unnecessary items that only add weight. Removing excess weight can improve your fuel mileage.

5.) Use the recommended grade of oil in your engine — Following your manufacturer’s motor oil recommendation can improve gasoline mileage by up to 2 percent. Look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol to ensure it contains friction-reducing additives, if recommended.

6.) Choose a high-quality gasoline — Top automakers say that carbon deposits can build up on critical engine parts, which can decrease the power, performance and fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Audi, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen recommend using Top Tier Detergent Gasolines to help keep engines clean.

7.) Use cruise control on major roads and in free-flowing traffic — Maintaining a constant speed can improve fuel mileage.

8.) Avoid idling — When you idle, you get zero miles per gallon.

9.) Avoid higher speeds — Fuel mileage usually decreases when driving at speeds over 60 miles per hour.

10.) Plan your outings to avoid separate trips — Combine your errands into one outing to avoid short separate trips. This helps avoid unnecessary cold starts and keeps your car’s engine running warm and more efficiently.

 The above was written by Amanda Bowman and was published in the Winter 2014 edition of Vehicle MD. 

 

Cash Mob This Friday!

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 Located in downtown Meridian at the intersection of Main Street and Fairview Avenue next to the Rite Aid, the Taste of Chicago was recently ransacked causing the loss of both food product and equipment. Known for serving authentic Chicago style sandwiches and the always unmistakable Vienna hot dogs, this eatery is run by 77 year old Steve DiMaria. DiMaria opened this facility as part of his retirement dream nine years ago and has been serving the public lunch ever since.  The City of Meridian is encouraging the community to participate in a Cash Mob on Friday, February 7 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Cash Mob will be in support of this downtown mainstay. 

 In the words of Mayor Tammy “Local business drives our economy. Every chance we have to support these businesses we must! Please join me in helping this local business recover from this senseless act of theft and vandalism. If we all come out and give support to our friends and neighbors’ businesses we will make a positive impact on our community!”  So come on out and have a Vienna hot dog with all the fixings and support this downtown business owner. We look forward to seeing you for another Meridian Cash Mob!