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AUTO REPAIR & MAINTENANCE
High-Mileage Cars: Is 200,000 The New Normal? In the 1960s and 1970s, many automobile odometers did not even read beyond 99,999 miles. Hit 100,000, and the odometer turned back to zero. But now, thanks to tougher quality standards and post-recession financial concerns, Americans are driving their cars longer than ever before and high-mileage cars are the rule, not the exception. Is 200,000 miles the new 100,000 miles? Consider Porsche salesman Mark Webber. While selling new sports cars every day for a living, Webber still drives his 1990 Volvo to work, despite having more than 300,000 miles on the car. “I just can’t see the point of spending a lot of money driving a newer, racier car every day in city traffic when my old Volvo just wants to keep on going,” Webber told the New York Times. Webber has plenty of company. While Americans once prided themselves on driving the latest and greatest car, a shift in spending habits following the recession has more Americans than ever before working to extend the life of their cars. A recent survey by the automotive research firm R.L. Polk & Co found that the typical car buyer keeps a new vehicle for 71.4 months, an increase of nearly 18 months since 2006. This shift corresponds with a change in Americans’ attitudes toward automobiles. Cars, once synonymous with an individual’s identity, are no longer as important to today’s millennial generation. David Champion, the senior director of Consumer Reports, says that in the past, “[People] would sell the car at 60,000 miles to get some residual val4
ue out of it. Nowadays, 100,000 miles is only halfway through the life of the car.” In fact, used car prices are rising as recession-savvy buyers look to keep spending down while getting the biggest bang for their buck.
The life expectancy of cars has steadily increased since the 1970s. A generation ago, many parts simply fell off a car at the end of their life cycle. Cars produced in the 1960s and 1970s were also more susceptible to rust and corrosion, so engines and transmission simply stopped working by 100,000 miles. Now, thanks to greater quality control and technology advancements, today’s automobiles meet strict requirements for anticorrosion standards. Gas mileage for cars is also an important factor — as mileage increases, it’s difficult to justify a new purchase. Carmakers intend their cars to stay on the road for a long time. For example, Hyundai and Kia now include 100,000 mile/10 year powertrain warranties with their cars.
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Is your car approaching 100,000 miles and you hope to double that? These three common sense tips will help keep your car on the road well past the 100,000-mile mark. Drive gently. Aggressive driving, hard stops and starts, and rapid accelerating or decelerating not only hurt your fuel economy, but this rough driving also adds unnecessary wear and tear to your car. Think about your morning commute: do you race to every stoplight, weaving in and out of traffic? Curbing your need for speed can keep your car running longer. Keep it clean. A good wash will not only help high mileage cars sparkle, but it will also remove excess road tar and salt. This is especially important during winter months when salt residue from wintery roads can cause undercarriage corrosion. Regular waxing protects the paint job and resists rust. Don’t ignore check engine lights. Many drivers enter a guilty state of denial when our check engine light turns on. Weeks turn into months, and the check engine light is still shining. If you have an older car, it’s essential to get the light checked out right away. It may be indicative of a serious problem with the transmission, timing belt or engine. Prompt attention can save your car from serious damage – and save you the headache and expense of having your car towed to the mechanic. Call Transfix Automotive in order to keep your vehicle well maintained. Call today 541-388-3734.
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CARPET & FLOORING RETAIL
Make Your Dreams a Reality. Beautiful Designs Made Simple! The Beautiful Guarantee® Is Just The Beginning. At Carpet One Floor & Home, we know how important it is to feel confident in your flooring selection. You want to know it’s going to look exactly the way you want once it’s installed in your home. That’s why we offer you unmatched peace of mind with our one-of-a-kind guarantee. We want you to be 100% happy with your new floor. If not, we will replace it for free. That’s what we call The Beautiful Guarantee®. And we offer an easy-tounderstand warranty system that gives you a level of protection that is tailored to you. Qualifying Products & Terms Flooring products with a Titanium, Platinum, or Gold SelectAFloor™ warranty carry The Beautiful Guarantee®* - If after installation and during the timeframe allotted for The Beautiful Guarantee® should you wish to change your new flooring for a different SelectAFloor™ flooring in the same category (e.g. carpet or hardwood), but in a different style or color, your Carpet One Floor & Home® store will replace it free** with another 6
SelectAFloor™ style or color of equal or lesser value. Should you wish to replace your flooring with a SelectAFloor™ upgrade (higher priced product) in the same flooring category (e.g. carpet or hardwood), you may do so by paying the difference
in retail price. Any increase in cost due to industry price increases will be the consumer’s responsibility. No monetary compensation will be paid if a lower priced product is selected. This is a one-time only replacement and does not include replacement of
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cushion. Simply call your Carpet One Floor & Home® retailer within the time frame of the warranty and indicate you wish to choose another SelectAFloor™ flooring of the same product category under The Beautiful Guarantee®. This is a replacement warranty and does not apply to matters covered by other warranties. Replacement includes material and labor. Labor to move furniture, permanent construction (built-ins such as cabinets and bookcases), equipment, or electronics is the responsibility of the customer. This warranty applies to installations in owner occupied residential settings. No replacement will be made with respect to carpet that has been glued down, flooring subjected to abuse, vandalism, alteration; or damage caused by smoke, fire, flood, wind, lightning, or any other casualty event. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of a Carpet One Floor & Home® style flooring that has been professionally installed by a Carpet One Floor & Home® retailer or Carpet One Floor & Home® authorized independent installer.
DENTISTRY - GENERAL & COSMETIC
When You Visit Our Office, Your Smile is Our Top Priority. Welcome to Bend, Oregon and congratulations on moving to, what we believe, is one of the most beautiful places on earth! Whether you arrived here in retirement, job change, movement closer to family or just to enjoy the great outdoors, please let Mill Point Dental Center be part of the Central Oregon welcoming crew. We know visiting the dentist can be a stressful event and we hope you’ll trust us to make it as pleasant as possible. From the minute you walk through our doors, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile and caring staff. Your comfort and care are our top priories, which is why you’ll find single visit crowns, sedation dentistry, laser treatment, and the latest in low radiation cone beam technology. You’ll enjoy the safest and most effective care from our beautiful setting, just above the Old Mill, overlooking the Deschutes River. 8
Our state-of-the-art crown technology means no more impression material and eliminates the need for temporary crowns and a second dental visit. Our cone beam integration allows us to capture the highest quality 3D images with minimal radiation exposure, enabling us to effectively assess your dental health and provide minimally invasive and guided treatments. We are dedicated to providing you with the very best care and saving you time, so that you can get back to enjoying all that Central Oregon offers. We look forward to providing you with gentle, personalized and comprehensive care. We accept and bill most insurances and offer an array of services from routine cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, implants, clear braces and much more. Visit our website at www.millpointdentalcenter.com or call us at 541.388.0078 to schedule your first visit.
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“In all my 70 years with my dental visits starting at five years old, I have never had a dentist with such compassion, chair side manner, and artistic ability. Dr. Stone’s work is perfection. Unlike other dentists, while Dr. Stone works on you, she explains what she is doing and it is a source of great comfort. I would highly recommend Mill Point Dental. It is one in a million.” -- Donna “Using oral sedation made my dental procedure so much easier. I felt no pain and was very relaxed. I could respond to a question but in fact have no recollection of any smells or sounds that usually give me so much anxiety. The best part for me was not realizing I was in the dental chair for 3 1/2 hours. I would recommend oral sedation to any patient even if you don’t suffer from dental anxiety because it makes any complicated or lengthy procedure so much easier.” -- Belinda
FURNITURE - RETAIL
Locally owned and operated, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Bend Oregon offers beautiful fine quality furniture to the community. Owners, Allen Pfeifer and family chose the La-Z-Boy line because of the company’s long history and fine tradition of building high quality, long-lasting recliners & furniture. Born in the USA In 1927, two young cousins from Monroe, Michigan – Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoe-
maker – created a wood-slat chair with a reclining back that allowed hardworking families to relax after a long day – and the world’s first
recliner was born! The La-Z-Boy recliner was a big hit in Monroe and soon, the nation. Steadily over the last 85 years, La-Z-Boy has expanded beyond recliners and now has comfortable furniture in all shapes and sizes. With factories and employees across the nation and world, this homegrown family business has come a long way from its humble roots in a Michigan cornfield. Committed to America! Today, La-Z-Boy is hard at work building an all-American invention right here on American soil. With the headquarters still based in Monroe, Mich., five U.S. manufacturing plants, four distribution centers and nearly 350 furniture galleries, La-Z-Boy and it’s franchise owners employ more than 5,000 people nationwide in the pursuit of comfortable, long lasting furniture. Every day, they proudly produce recliners, sofas, chairs and more by hardworking, dedicated employees. These fine people are driven by the same determination and commitment to quality and comfort that set them on the road to success 85 years ago. In-Home Design Assistance Dream it., Create it, Love it. Free design assistance in your home
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or in-store. If you ask us, picking out new furniture should be fun. And, when you work with us, it is. We make the process as easy as possible by helping you envision what your furniture and your entire room will look like. Visit us today to create a single sofa or an entire room. We’ll help you bring it all together. Quickly & easily bring your dream rooms to life in absolutely amazing 3-D
visual reality. Customize furniture styles and fabrics, change the room shape, add windows and doors… In fact, anything you can do in a real room, you can do on the La-ZBoy 3D Room Planner! We Are Big on Comfort! So often, small details make a big difference. Like customizable lumbar firmness. One-touch reclining. Extra long footrests. An ergonomic handle. Cushions “zoned” for optimal firmness and lasting comfort & so much more. Come by and visit out beautiful showroom in downtown Bend or call us with any questions at 541-617-1717.
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INTERNET AND PHONE SERVICES
Welcome Home, Let’s Get It Connected!
The Signal Spot is your resource for determining which service providers belong in your home or business. Like a puzzle, it’s not always easy finding the right fit. At The Signal Spot, we simply hand the right piece to you. We do this by asking a series of questions to determine what’s important to you. We then compare your answers with the products, packages and technologies offered by our brand partners to give you the right service with the highest probability of customer satisfaction. Since 2007 we have assisted over 40,000 customers with their Internet, Television, Security and Phone services. Located in Bend, Oregon we have a team of knowledgeable advisers who are dedicated to helping you. Our service to you is 100% FREE OF CHARGE! No hooks, no gimmicks. Our solutions are based on what is important to you, not our representatives and not our brand partners. When it comes to establishing service with Internet, Television, Security or Phone providers, The Signal Spot is the best way to ensure you get fit with the right provider, the right package and the best price. Visit us at 335 NE Greenwood Ave in Bend,
online at www.thesigna|spot.com or give us a call at 541-639-4840.
The Signal Spot contributes to our local community through various charities and non-profits. Through Rotary,
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The Signal Spot assists with local fundraisers such as The Duck Race, Pints for Polio, High School Sports Guide Distribution and the Wine Cellar Raffle. The owner, Michael Marshall also assists in facilitating Summit High School’s Interact Club where kids work together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about by carrying out handson service projects, making international connections and developing leadership skills. Michael also sits on the board of Younity, a local non-profit that funds Challenge Days in our local middle and high schools and facilitates Inspiration Days in our local grade schools. These programs help kids understand and accept their differences, grow confident in who they are, and come together to promote togetherness through education on bullying and the effect it has on people. Please support The Signal Spot and other local businesses that contribute to our community. It is only because of our amazing customers that we are able to support these local charities and causes. Give us a call today and experience The Signal Spot difference when setting up your new services.
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Micro Brews & Pubs An activity that is truly a delight here in Central Oregon is the touring of the microbrews and restaurants. Bend alone has more breweries per-capita than any other city in Oregon and has been dubbed Beer Town USA!
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