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Auto Repair in Mint Hill – Should I Replace My Headlights?

Headlights are a crucial part of any car. After all, without them, driving after sunset would be more of a dangerous stunt than a common activity. Headlights, like any other part, wear over time. Replacing headlights, however, are not as cut and dry as “change your headlights at X miles,” but “when can you not see anymore?” To expand on the topic, we spoke with Manchester Auto and Tie of Mint Hill’s co-owner and co-founder Ken Manchester.


“Headlights go bad. A lot of people think you just have to replace headlight bulbs every now and again but a lot of times you have to replace the whole headlight assembly too.”

Ken expanded on the topic; “A lot of times we don’t realize how bad our own headlights are. After all, we drive them every single day, we aren’t going to notice the hang in visibility as well as we think we can.”


“What you have to check for is the “fogginess.” When you look into your headlight, can you actually see the bulb? Can you see anything in there? If the answer is no, its time to consider new ones.”


We then asked Ken if there is a law about headlight visibility.


“Yea, kinda.” He said. “State inspectors are supposed to fail you if they think they’re too foggy. Its an automatic fail if your headlight is cracked or has condensation in it. If your headlights get to that point, the state thinks they need to go ASAP. Its a safety thing. Ultimately, if you think your headlights need to be replaced, just have them checked by professionals. They’ll tell you whats OK and whats not.”


If you’d like to talk to Ken or his associates, you can call Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill at 704-545-4597 or email them at kenmanchester1@gmail.com

Auto Repair Mint Hill; April Showers can mean it’s time to check those wiper blades and headlights

Auto Repair Mint Hill; April Showers can mean it’s time to check those wiper blades and headlights.  It’s that time of year again when we experience spring storms in the Carolinas.  Heavy rains, hail and local flooding are hazards we are accustomed to this time of year.  Safe driving during spring storms is a top priority with most drivers. At Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill we do more than auto repair, we strongly believe in routine maintenance to keep your car in top condition year round.
If you are like most of us you do not realize your wiper blades need replacing until you turn them on and experience a streaking-chattering noise as your old blades drag across your windshield.  Something as simple and inexpensive as replacing your wiper blades can increase visibility during rainstorms by as much as 34-50%.  Installing a professional windshield treatment that lets the rain roll off your windshield can also significantly increase visibility during rainstorms.  At Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill, we use a product called Aquapel.  Aquapel is manufactured by PPG Industries the same company that produces windshields installed in cars today.  Some products that are silicone based create build up and even impede the the function of your windshield wipers.  Aquapel creates a chemical bond on the windshield and can last 6 times longer than silicone based products.  We install it on our own vehicles and wouldn’t drive without it.

If your wiper blades and windshield are taken care of, have you checked your headlights lately?  Many headlights become cloudy or dingy over time and can be restored back to a new or nearly new appearance to help light up the road and improve visibility at a fraction of the price of a new headlight. If you still prefer to replace your headlights, we recommend you upgrade your headlights to brighter, whiter Crystal Vision Ultra bulbs.  These brighter bulbs make a significant difference in improving your line of sight while driving during inclement weather or during nighttime.

If you are looking for top quality auto repair in Mint Hill or South Charlotte area, please stop by Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill or give us a call at 704-545-4597.