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Catalytic Converter Theft How to Prevent It

Catalytic Converter Theft How to Prevent It

Catalytic Converter Theft How to Prevent It Catalytic Converter theft is up on the rise again as you may have seen posts about it on your Nextdoor or Ring app. We have had multiple vehicles brought into our shop where the catalytic converters have been stolen; which costs quite a lot of money to replace. The thieves are getting more brazen in their attempts and even stealing the catalytic converters in broad daylight! They can be stolen in a matter of minutes and cause thousands of dollars of damage.    What is a Catalytic Converter? Catalytic Converter is an exhaust emissions component that converts harmful gases that your engine produces into less harmful gases and is usually located under the vehicle (part of the exhaust system).    Why do they want to steal it? Catalytic Converters are made of precious metals such as platinum, palladium, gold and rhodium, to give you an idea of it's worth - one ounce of pla ... read more

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Car Maintenance Terms All Drivers Should Know

Car Maintenance Terms All Drivers Should Know

  Car Maintenance Terms All Drivers Should Know   When you drop off your vehicle for service whether it's for routine maintenance or you have an issue, do you feel confident about it? Do you have concerns that the bill may be big, your car may be out of commission  for a while, even if you bring your car into a shop that you trust? Unfortunately this anxiety car owners face, often stems from lack of knowledge about car repair in general or what goes on under the hood of your car. Although every vehicle that is brought in we provide a courtesy inspection that includes a detailed outline and photos of what is the most immediate repair needs and what can be dealt with later, understanding technical terms may help you when it comes to decision making to authorize repairs, here's a list of some of the most important maintenance terms all drivers should know.    Alternator: The alternator is the part in t ... read more

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Tips to Help Extend Your Car's Life

Tips to Help Extend Your Car's Life

  TIPS TO HELP EXTEND YOUR CAR’S LIFE   The average price to purchase a new car is estimated at $38,000 in the U.S. and with yearly rising prices for ownership that does not even include maintenance, there's a reason most vehicle owners tend to keep the same car for at least 11 years. The modern vehicle is already engineered to last long as long as it is maintained properly.  Components of your vehicle can be serviced to prevent major repairs which is the name of the game. At a minimum, you should follow the factory scheduled maintenance. According to Consumer Reports, the average lifespan of today’s cars is about eight years or 150,000 miles. As a professional in vehicle maintenance, we often wonder why manufacturers make claims that transmission fluid is a lifetime fluid and boast this fact, while the factory warranty ends anywhere from 36k to 60k miles? How can you claim the guarantee at a lifetime and only cover you to 60k miles? We ... read more

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Can You Trust Your Auto Repair Shop?

Can You Trust Your Auto Repair Shop?

Can You Trust Your Auto Repair Shop? A common question that seems to come up often in Google search and even comments on social media networks, consumers are talking about whether or not they can trust their auto repair shop. The automotive industry has a bad reputation when it comes to trust, with little to no regulation to govern how businesses are conducted, it is unfortunate that there are still people out there that will take advantage of customers with no shame. The best advice we can give you when choosing a mechanic is to do some thorough research so you have some values and expectations of how you should be treated. There are some really good automotive service and repair businesses and then there are ones that are not so good. There is a wide range and it all depends on what you are looking for. Here are the top qualifications that come to mind: 1.) Reputation is everything when it comes to automotive service and repair. A good reputation is key because our customer&rsquo ... read more

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Last Winter Tip of 2019! Checking Your Tire Pressure Between Vehicle Services

Last Winter Tip of 2019! Checking Your Tire Pressure Between Vehicle Services

Last Winter Tip of 2019! Checking Your Tire Pressure Between Vehicle Services As we close out 2019 we thought a reminder of checking your tire pressure would be something you can add to your New Year's resolution list. Winter weather has taken it's full affect and recently wreaking havoc for California drivers headed up North during the Christmas holiday with road closures and issues driving through the snow. One thing we'd recommend for you to do not only before winter road trips but also in between your scheduled vehicle service appointments. Make 2020 the time you get in the habit of checking your tire pressure at recommended intervals in between your already scheduled tire pressure inspections and oil level inspections. Why do I have to check my tire pressure? Today’s modern vehicles are equipped with TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System which alerts the driver that one or more of the tires are low on pressure. While this system is quite beneficial to have ... read more

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