Understanding Four-Wheel Drive

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When we are driving a 4×4 vehicle most of the time we drive it like it’s a two-wheel drive vehicle and don’t give that lever or knob a moment’s thought. Then one day we find ourselves on a slick surface and hear that tire start to spin. We press the gas and go nowhere. Yikes. Time to use that option we purchased for peace-of-mind but hardly ever use. The question is do you use the one marked 2H, 4H or 4L? What do those even mean? In this month’s post, we will answer both of these questions.

Below is a schematic we will reference with the basic parts of a four-wheeled drivetrain.

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Power from the engine is sent through the transmission to the transfer case. When the vehicle is operated in two-wheel drive the transfer case is virtually invisible to the operation of the vehicle. The power continues down the rear drive shaft to power the rear wheels. This is how our vehicle runs when 2H is selected during our normal day to day driving. The H refers to the high gear in the transfer case. When we find ourselves on a slick surface such as snow or mud, now is the time to switch to 4H. This keeps the transfer case in high gear and also sends power down the front drive shaft to the front differential that powers the front wheels and helps us get moving again. As a general rule of thumb, don’t drive faster than 35-40 mph when in 4H to protect the transfer case. Four-wheel drive low (4L), is the last selection that we have to look at. This is used on steep inclines or deep mud. The gear ratio is very low in this setting which gives you maximum power but very low speeds. In this

Four-wheel drive low (4L), is the last selection that we have to look at. This is used on steep inclines or deep mud. The gear ratio is very low in this setting which gives you maximum power but very low speeds. In this setting, we want to keep our speeds below 15 mph. Another use for the low setting is for steep declines at slow speeds. This causes the engine to slow the vehicle without engaging the brakes the whole way down. So there is a look at the basics of your four-wheel drive settings. As always consult your owner’s manual for specifics about your vehicle and always feel free to ask us about it your particular vehicle. We’re always here to help you operate it as efficiently and as safely as possible!

Spring weather means it’s time to simplify your outdoor work so it doesn’t get out of control. Try HUSQVARNA! Spring has taken a while to show its face, but it’s here. All of our Husqvarna tools are here for one reason: they’re easier to use and more reliable than any other brand in our opinion. Check out all that we have!

Crumplers Automotive Inc. is a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repairs center in the Stedman, NC 28391 area, specializing in General Services, Car & Truck Care, Undercar Services, Brakes, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, Transmission Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Miscellaneous Services, Towing, Counter Services, Hoses, Batteries and Machine Shop since 1970.

Our experts have the knowledge to service and repair even the most challenging auto problems on all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles. We use the latest technology to assess the situation and offer you alternatives. We guarantee all of our work and know you’ll be happy with the outcome.

Stop in or give us a call at (910) 483-2958 to let us know how we can help you!

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Safety Tips for Driving with Your Dog

We know that as the weather gets nicer and the days get longer, we all get more active. This means that the whole family hits the road, and this includes the furry kids too! This month we want to cover some points to keep your pets safe while you’re out on the roads so that the experience stays fun instead of dangerous. Here are few tips to keep everyone safe from puppies to full grown canines as well.

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  1. Make sure you have supplies. Regardless of whether you’re going on a short trip to the groomer or perhaps to the park, or on a long trip, you need all the necessary supplies to keep your dog safe. Collars, leashes, tags, water, a towel for clean up, and even some treats are always a good starting point. If you were to get stranded and you didn’t have a leash for your dog when the tow truck got there, you’d be scrambling to keep you both safe. Just plan ahead so that you don’t find yourself wishing you had. And puppies can’t necessarily “hold it”, so if you’re in heavier traffic than you thought or on the road without a potty break built in, be prepared with supplies for clean up. And NEVER leave your dog in a hot vehicle. A good rule of thumb is if you’d be uncomfortable without the AC on while the car is off, your dog absolutely will get too hot. Remember, they overheat easily–they wear a fur coat all the time!
  2. Kennels are the safest bet for travel. Small dog maltese sitting safe in the car on the back seat in aThough you probably don’t envision your fur kid riding in the kennel, it’s usually the safest place for him to travel in, especially on a long trip. He’s less prone to be able to distract you with movement, and also more apt to settle down and get calm since crates function as a den for your dog. Also if the worst happens and you’re in an accident, it’s a safer space for containment than your dog being loose in a vehicle. Also, make sure to secure the kennel. You can tie them down in your vehicle, or some come with attachments to seat belt them in.
  3. If you don’t have room for a kennel, then a dog seat belt is a great option. Tyger_upright_profileIt’ll not only keep them safer if you have to slam on brakes but can also keep them contained during travel so that you fur kid isn’t causing a major distraction for you while driving or harming herself by getting into something she shouldn’t while in your vehicle.
  4. Prepare your dog to be a good citizen in a vehicle. You want your dog to love car rides…not get anxious at the sight of your open car door. Anxious dogs whine, cry, scratch, walk around, and sometimes vomit from the nervous feelings. Teaching your dog to enjoy these rides takes doing short, frequent rides that don’t end up at the vet or someplace scary for your pet. Doing these with two people is the best scenario: one person drives and the other person works on the training portion. This way you all stay safe and your pup learns that the driver isn’t going to be focused on him the whole time. The more emphasis you put on this, the faster your safety protocols will be set, and rides will be uneventful and pleasant.

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These are just a few ideas to get your dog out on the road with you safely. Even more important to your pet’s safety is the car they are riding in! Drop by Crumpler’s Automotive and we’ll make sure your vehicle is running just as safe. We’ll see you soon!

Spring is just around the corner! Go ahead and get the tools you need to make your outdoor space exactly what you want this year. We have SO MUCH great Husqvarna equipment to make life easier for you!

Make sure you keep up with our specials by checking out our website, Crumpler’s Automotive. And follow our very active Facebook page for daily updates. And always feel free to call us with any questions or concerns: (910) 483-2958

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Crumpler’s Automotive is located at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC. Open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm.

Time to Winterize That Car!

We know, we know…this October has had its fair share of 80 degree plus days, but being in North Carolina we know that you know that it’s only a matter of time before that changes. And it’s usual that the first frost is out of nowhere! Because of our fickle weather here, you have to prepare ahead of time so that you aren’t caught off-guard when Mother Nature makes its cold weather debut this Fall. Read on below for a few tips to winterize your vehicle now.

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Check Your Tire Pressure

81bjl0bC4QL._SL1500_Most of us have all-weather tires in this state. Because of that, we don’t need snow tires or anything quite so drastic as that, but we do need to make sure our pressure is good this time of year. Deflated tires close up the tread and decrease traction, which increases the possibility of sliding etc. Check your owner’s manual to see the suggested pounds per square inch.

Check Your Battery

The average car battery lasts 3-5 years, so it’s best to be aware of how old yours is. Colder months are harder on your car’s engine because it has to work harder, which puts more pressure on the battery. Bonus: batteries are often on sale in the fall, so this is a good time to get it checked and replaced.

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The white substance is corrosion. This battery needs to be cleaned up and checked out!

Even if it’s not old, take the time to check the battery cables and clamps for any fraying and/or corrosion. If you see white, powdery substances around the clamp, that’s corrosion from battery acid. It’s easily cleanable and not a huge cause for concern. Just let us clean it up for you!

Check Your Oil

Oil is lubricant, plain and simple. It stops your engine parts from grinding together. The thickness of your oil (viscosity) greatly affects the engine’s performance. If it’s too thick, the oil will flow too slow. Cold temperatures cause oil to thicken, so that’s a consideration as you choose which oil to put in your car. If in doubt, we can always advise you on what you need, depending on the season.

Antifreeze

antifreezeAntifreeze protects your engine from freezing and heating up on hot days as well as cutting back on corrosion. You need equal parts antifreeze and water in your radiator for it to function properly. For this reason, stores carry a pre-mix that is the correct 50:50 ratio. If you’re not correct with your ratio, you can literally blow a gasket and that cost can be expensive. Better to just keep it correct!

Check Your Defrosting and Heating Units

Defrost keeps you safe because it ensures visibility, so it’s important to make sure this system is working properly. And no one wants to crank on the heat for the first time and find out that it doesn’t work! Figure out now if you have a faulty heat coil, before you need it.

Replace Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid

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We know none of you are those people who have rubber flapping around on your windshield when it’s raining and water smearing into channels on the glass when you’re trying to see, right? If you begin to hear scraping, you already know that it’s time to change the wiper blades, because they can warp, crack, split and deteriorate. They should be replaced every 6 months to a year. Keeping your wiper fluid full can assist in breaking up ice on the windshield on a cold day, so make sure you have plenty of fluid now as well.

Make Sure Your 4-Wheel Drive Works

Chances are, most of you that have 4-Wheel Drive don’t use it during the summer. Before winter starts, it’s critical to make sure it all works before you need it to improve traction on snow or in ice.

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Keep an Emergency Kit Inside Your Car

We saved the simplest tip for last. The easiest way to combat cold weather is to keep a few essential supplies with you all the time in your car. You’ll always want a spare tire and the knowledge on how to change one. If you don’t know, simply tell us and we can teach you! Keep some bottled water on hand as well, some gloves, a blanket, and an extra coat. Flashlights and flares are helpful too if you get stuck. And make sure you have an ice scraper, some engine oil, and some coolant as well. The last thing is your own set of jumper cables so that if you need a jump, you don’t also have to borrow the cables! If you need instruction on how to use jumper cables, we can show you how as well. Just ask.

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We’re always happy to educate our customers in order to keep them safe. Make an appointment to come down to the shop, and we’ll make sure your car is good-to-go for the cold weather! Just call (910) 483-2958

Fall is the Season for Husqvarna!

We can’t say enough good about this wonderful line. We only carry items that we stand behind and believe are of the highest quality. That’s why there’s Husqvarna in our shop, plain and simple. Check out all that we have on hand right now:

 

We’re always here if you need us. Check out our website for deals and tools and our Facebook for Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle for daily updates.

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Crumpler’s Automotive is located at 7611 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC

 

How to Handle a Vehicle Breakdown

August brings with it the feeling that summer should be over soon, except that we still have to deal with the heat. This can be hard on your vehicle and even though we all try to do the best in vehicle maintenance, the heat plus internal issues can catch you in a rough spot before you know it. This month, we decided to discuss the steps you should take in case you end up with a vehicle broken down on the side of the road.

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  • First thing: get your car off of the road. Even when you’re in the midst of that moment when you realize you can’t continue down the road, you usually have enough time to get your car out of the way of traffic and onto a shoulder. If not, turn on your hazard lights immediately. When your car is on the side of the road, put it in Park and engage your emergency brake. Also turn your steering wheel so that your tires face away from the road. That way your car won’t accidentally roll into oncoming traffic. Again, turn your hazard lights on.
  • Call for help. Fortunately, almost all of us have a cell phone in this day and age. Call a family member, and the police if there’s been an accident or if one is needed for safety issues. Then call Crumpler’s Automotive and set up to get your vehicle moved to our shop. Call (910) 483-2958, or (910) 818-4646, or (910) 818-2958.
  • Let other drivers know you’re in trouble. In addition to your hazards, if it’s safe, consider putting out some road flares if you have them. Place them about 50 feet behind your car. Only get out of the vehicle if you’re safe to do so. You can also hang a white towel or shirt out of the window or tie this to a mirror while you safely stay in the vehicle.
  • Stay with your vehicle. It’s easiest to coordinate with roadside assistance if you’re present, and it’s also not safe to leave the scene on foot. 4,000 pedestrians are killed per year in the United States.
  • Know your limitations. Now probably isn’t your best moment to start trying to repair your vehicle. If you’ve never changed a flat tire before, don’t try on the side of the road. Learn in a safe scenario first, because your adrenaline will be up and this generally doesn’t help with trying any new skill for the first time. If you can change a tire, at the very least wait for the police so they can monitor traffic while you change it in less-than-ideal conditions.
  • Use common sense. Every situation when you’re broken down is different. Try to remain calm and don’t let anxiety take over. Be wary of strangers as well. As much as there are good people out there, there’s also a handful that wish to take advantage of you. The true Good Samaritan will be understanding of your wariness.  Trust your gut–it’s there for a reason! If a stranger approaches to help, it’s best to be in your car with the doors locked. Roll down the window a bit to tell them that help is on the way.

We’re here for you and will always be available to advise you on the correct course of action, so don’t hesitate to call us when you’re in a tough spot!

It’s still the season for Husqvarna! We have so much available at our shop. If you don’t see it out front, ask us. Chances are we have what you’re looking for in the back. If not, we can definitely order it!

 

And if you’re in the market for a used vehicle, motorcycle, ATV or golf cart, come check out all that we have at our place. You may be surprised at what you find!

Have comments or suggestions? Let us know! Also make sure to follow our Crumpler’s Automotive Facebook page and our Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Facebook page to keep up with all that’s going on daily at the shop. And check out our website to order tires or learn more about all that we offer!

Driving Tips For Your Teens

Before you know it, the days will get longer, spring will be in the air, and spring break will be happening all around. The roads will start to fill up with busy teenagers, either learning to drive, driving to and from work, or cruising in their downtime. But teenage drivers and their parents should be careful: the longer and warmer the days get, the higher the percentage of teenage accidents in vehicles also grows.

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We suggest that parents set aside some time ahead of time to have a talk with their teenage drivers about safety. Here are some points to consider and discuss:

No Distractions!

unknownIt can be so tempting to look at your cellphone, talk on the phone, play on the radio, and even text while driving–sometimes all at once! Emphasize with your teenage driver that it takes just a second for an accident to happen, and even less time for an inexperienced driver to lose control of a vehicle. Parents, we suggest you model good driving habits as well and refuse to be distracted while you drive. Nothing is truly that important.

Drive Defensively.

Explain the importance of anticipating situations and having a plan for how to drive well. For example, if there is a biker on the road, drivers need to be aware of the fact that they accelerate differently and also have a higher chance of losing control. Plan ahead for how to drive well with bikers and other drivers in mind, and consider all possible scenarios when choosing where to place your vehicle accordingly.

Plan Your Drive.

car-gps-accidents-2Before your teenage driver gets rolling, he or she needs to have their GPS coordinates not only punched in and calculated, but the driver should review the anticipated route. This allows the driver to have an idea of what to expect and minimizes distractions while driving.

Proper Vehicle Maintenance.

We cannot stress enough the importance of teaching your young drivers how to maintain their vehicles. Advise them on how to check fluid levels, tire pressure, and the logistics of how to do simple tasks like wiper blade replacements, etc. Also, teach your teen how to change a tire! If they don’t learn now, they’re likely to never learn, and that’s just not safe. If you don’t feel comfortable teaching them, we will happily do so. In fact, it teaches your young driver responsibility if they are the person who brings their car in for maintenance. We suggest you allow your teen to bring his or her car in, and we can teach them quite a lot about proper maintenance and care while they sit and wait!

And if you’re in the market for a great vehicle, check these out!

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2007 Ford Freestyle for sale. Clean and ready to hit the road!
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2007 Pontiac for sale. 4 doors and clean!
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2008 Chevy Suburban, black for sale. A nice ride and ready to go.
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For Sale: 2004 Toyota Solara Convertible
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1991 Jeep Wrangler for sale. Ready for some nice summer days!
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Many more to choose from….just come see us and check them out!

And as that grass grows, so does your need for Husqvarna!

All of these great options and more in mowers. And we have a brand new shipment in. If you don’t see what you want in front of the shop, just ask!

Mark your calendars: we have an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, April 1st! More on our Facebook event page and more to come soon in our next blog post.

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening at Crumpler’s by following us on our very active Facebook pages: Crumpler’s Custom Cycle and our main page: Crumpler’s Automotive.

We thank you for following our blog and ask that you comment, like and share it! Also if you need any more information, call us at (910) 483-2958 or visit our website at Crumpler’s Automotive.

 

 

Crumpler’s Holiday Gift Guide

 

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Happy Holidays, from our Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle families to yours!

It’s already that time of year, and if you’re like most people, you’ve got a person on your list that is hard to buy for. But you’re stubborn, and you’re not giving up! If he or she is a gearhead, then you’re in luck–because this month we have a holiday gift guide to share with you to help you find the perfect gifts for that special someone who likes all things fast, shiny, and loud this holiday season! We also have items that everyone needs, and can help you find the perfect one for each person on your list.

Shop owner Richie Crumpler and his son George have sorted through the shop to find the best items that they approve of to help you come up with the most unique and creative gifts for the people that you love.

#1 Cycle Care Detail Kit

This kit is for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life. Because if they can’t ride their bike a lot in the winter, then they can at least spend time with it detailing it! This comes with every formula you need and includes pads, towels, applicator and this great tote!img_1944

#2 Impact Gun

For those who like to do some of their own work. An impact gun or wrench is is a socket wrench power tool designed to deliver high torque output with minimal exertion by the user. Though it looks like a drill, it actually stores energy in a rotating mass, then delivers it suddenly to the output shaft. Wow someone with this beauty!img_1940

#3 Mini Ratchet and Bit Set

This is an outstanding set that is easy to keep close at hand to help you build or tighten anything in your house or garage! We had such a great response last year, that we brought this set back this year for the holidays. People love how easy it is to use.img_1941

#4 Jumper Cables

There’s no reason not to have jumper cables with you at all times. But take our advice and get a great pair with some quality, so that you have a product that actually works well and is SAFE. While you’re at it, get the 16 ft long variety so you have some room to work with.img_1903

#5 Forest Helmet

This lightweight helmet will protect your head, neck, and eyes while you’re working. It ventilates like a dream, has a great visor, and an adjustable sizer. Nothing but the best when you purchase Husqvarna.img_1904

#6 Plug n’ Play Stereo for Harley-Davidson

If you’re gonna ride, do it with some great tunes! This heavy-duty radio will withstand all the elements and keep you singing along down the road. We also do the installs too, to bring it back in with your bike, and we will have you good-t0-go in no time!img_1907

#7 Husqvarna Blower/Vacuum

First, you have the great quality of Husqvarna, which sets all of our inventory apart. Second, this blower also vacuums into a bag if you put it on. This will make yard clean up a breeze!img_1911

#8 Husqvarna Weed Eaters/Trimmers

Get these in either gas or electric models. The batteries last a long time and don’t lose power. And the gas variety is easy to crank and keep running.img_1915

#9 Husqvarna Chainsaws of all varieties and Masonry saws

You can choose your blade length and type and go as big and as efficient as possible. And this masonry saw will get the job done, hands down!

#10 Husqvarna Hedge Trimmers

Go big or go home! Trimming has never been so easy as it is with these great trimmers. You will absolutely love how fast and smooth they cut.img_1916

#11 Stocking Stuffers and Smaller Gifts

We’ve got you covered with small items from ratchet straps, cleaning brushes, wash mitts, motorcycle charms, jacks, safety glasses, sunglasses, goggles, motor treatments, tire cleaners, paste wax, bar-b-que sauce from the famous Bethany Historical Society, and more! You won’t run out of good options for smaller gifts as well.

 

And as always, if you want to knock some socks off, check out our vehicles and motorcycles for sale and our newest vintage item: a 1959 Ford Tractor!

 

You all mean the world to us as customers and friends. It is our sincere hope that you have the most joyous and peaceful of holiday seasons. Please let us know if we can help you in any way and call us if you need us: (910) 483-2958. We’re open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm at our shop at 7611 Clinton Road in Stedman. Follow us on Facebook at our Automotive Page and our Custom Cycle Page. Also at our website. Let us know how we can best serve you!

 

The Scene of the Wreck

Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go the way we want. Maybe it was their fault, maybe it was our fault, maybe it was just a complete accident, but wrecks happen. We’ve had enough people panic and not know how to handle the aftermath, that we decided to share what we think is the best course of action after the wreck occurs. This is in order to help keep you calm and to get you safely out of harm’s way in the aftermath.

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One of our tow trucks. We’re always here to help you in those rough moments.

The easiest and most unproductive thing to do after an accident is to panic. Instead, try to pause for a second and take a breath. The most important thing is to make sure you and your passengers are safe first. If there are injuries, you must call 911. Follow their instructions. Wait on emergency personnel and listen to their advice.

If there are no injuries thankfully, you still need to call law enforcement or 911. Even if you’re not injured, you’re alone, or it was an accident that was not involving other vehicles, you should involve law enforcement, especially if you will need to repair your vehicle or get a wrecker to come out.

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Once the officer arrives, explain the situation and how it occurred. At this point, the officer can tell their dispatch to call a towing company. You may request any company you’d like, which is why we suggest you tell the officer that you’d like to call Crumpler’s Automotive. Please note that if there are no injuries and the damage is minor (meaning you know you just need a tow to get the vehicle back to the shop to get something small fixed) you may not want to involve your insurance company. However, if the damage is major, you’ll need to call your insurance company. You can do this the same day or the next day. The point is, you don’t have to do it at the scene of the accident. But you will need an accident report from a police officer.

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Upon getting a call from dispatch, we will bring one of our tow trucks and get your vehicle. At that point, we’ll also help you get somewhere safe if you don’t have someone to pick you up. Then the vehicle will come back to our shop and will wait for the insurance adjuster  to come to the shop and assess the damage. Then the insurance company will contact you as the owner as tell you how they suggest you proceed considering the damage. If you have full coverage and the vehicle is not totaled, insurance will help pay for the repairs of your vehicle. If it’s totaled, then you will have a compensation congruent with how the insurance company values your vehicle at that time. We will then dispose of the vehicle.

All in all, it is no short process, and it’s one that requires patience. But allowing for these steps and doing it correctly will help your particular process run much more smoothly. All the above steps also apply to your motorcycle if you happen to have an accident. We sure hope you aren’t in a bad situation. But if you are, we certainly want to be the one to help you and make sure above all that you stay safe.

Time for some fall clean-up!

Check out all of our Husqvarna products in stock at Crumpler’s. If we don’t have it we can always order it!

And if you’re on the hunt for a vehicle, check out all the great pre-owned vehicles we have on our lot right now!

Clockwise: 1988 Monte Carlo, 2005 Escape, 1991 Jeep Wrangler, Silver Cadillac CTS, 1998 Red Chevy Suburban, Black Chevy Suburban, 2003 White Lincoln LS, 2001Cadillac Deville.

Our products and services rival any of our competitors and our prices are competitive with national chain stores. But that’s not why we are here. We’re here to serve our community and proudly bring our best to work every day. We have a goal of excellence, and we’re only getting better with age!

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening at Crumpler’s by following us on our very active Facebook pages: Crumpler’s Custom Cycle and our main page: Crumpler’s Automotive.

We thank you for following our blog and ask that you comment, like and share it! Also if you need any more information, call us at (910) 483-2958 or visit our website at Crumpler’s Automotive.