• Love It or Get Rid of It?

    Thursday 26 September 2013

    If you have not been investing in the care of your vehicle, there will come a time when you bring it in for service and learn it will cost some money to do the required work. At that point, we often hear the question "Should I spend the money to fix this car or should I just go buy a new one?" Our answer? That depends! If you’re tired of your current car and can afford to buy a new one, maybe that would be best. But if you are thinking about buying a new car because of the cost to fix your... read more

  • Your Battery Needs Attention, Too

    Thursday 11 July 2013

    Your car is starting just fine and everything is working as it should, so why be concerned about your battery until it stops working for you? Here is what you should know: batteries deteriorate over time from normal use, and the condition of a battery should be checked regularly as part of a complete automotive service. This is easily done by performing a load test on the battery using a special piece of equipment that is connected to the battery. This equipment applies an electrical load to... read more

  • Free Check Engine Light Diagnosis?

    Thursday 11 July 2013

    There are so many different ads out there announcing different prices for and even FREE check engine light (or service engine soon light) diagnostics that most people are confused. Why the differences, and if it can be done for free, why pay for it? And just how important is it to bring your car to a shop when that check engine light comes on? First, it is important to understand that the check engine light performs a valuable service. It should not be ignored. It is telling you that somethi... read more

  • Will Your Vehicle Pass the Unavoidable Smog Test?

    Thursday 11 July 2013

    Most of us have received those registration renewal reminders in the mail that tell us we must prove our vehicle meets the smog requirements before we will receive our registration sticker. For those of you that have been religious about visiting your auto shop for maintenance services, there should be no worries. But if maintenance visits have been infrequent or just plain forgotten, passing that smog test may not be a given! So, what can you do to improve the chances your vehicle will pass... read more

  • Heavy Keys Can Mean an Auto Repair Bill

    Thursday 11 July 2013

    Take a look at the key ring you are using to hold your ignition key. How many other keys are hanging there? More than 4 or 5? Do you have charms, a flashlight, a can opener on the ring? How about the mini plastic scan card from Borders or another store you frequent? Your child’s photo? A cute, stuffed animal? It’s amazing how many of us, (and I have to say it is usually us women!), use our key ring as a place to collect mementos and other gadgets we are fond of or want to have immediate access... read more