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Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Tires

Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Tires

Your tires experience tremendous amount of wear and tear and is often neglected despite being the only part of the car that touches the road, however you can extend the life of your tires and stay safe on the road just by following these simple tips:    - Check tire pressure monthly and before every long road trip (Driving with improperly inflated tires is very dangerous and can cause damage to your tires, not to mention affect your drive and lower your fuel efficiency)    ​- Get tires rotated every 5,000 miles although this varies on vehicles and driving demands (performing scheduled tire rotation preserves the balance handling and traction, and promotes even tread wear)   - Adjust your driving style (aggressive acceleration, braking and steering will put an extra strain on your tires causing them to wear your faster)   - Check your alignment twice a year, we offer free tire alignment inspections! (Driving over a pot hole o ... read more

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Tax Deadline is May 17th You May Qualify to Deduct the Cost of Car Repairs on Your Federal Tax Return

Tax Deadline is May 17th You May Qualify to Deduct the Cost of Car Repairs on Your Federal Tax Return

Tax day deadline has been extended to May 17th here's a reminder if you own a business, or self employed (rideshare driver, freelance writer, for instance) you might qualify to deduct the cost of car repairs on your federal tax return. Here are some of the car repairs and routine maintenance you can deduct on your federal tax return (according to tax prep company H & R block)  Oil changes Repairs, such as replacing a broken headlight or fixing faulty brakes Tune-ups New tires New air filters New windshield wipers In order to deduct these repairs good record keeping is important - keep track of your mileage (differentiating personal / business) with a mileage tracker (everlance, stride, mileage IQ) ... 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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California Smog Check How to Prepare Your Vehicle For the Test

California Smog Check How to Prepare Your Vehicle For the Test

California Smog Check How to Prepare Your Vehicle For the Test If you're a registered driver in Los Angeles, the California Emissions Program or SMOG Check is very strict compared to other states, customers often ask us how they can get their car ready to pass the smog inspection. Despite the fact California has some rules that are very questionable regarding this test, we're going to cover a few areas that we think will be the most useful. Testing Procedures: The state of CA there are 2 tests. One is called the BAR 97 which is performed for every vehicle that has a model year before 2000. BAR 97 requires the vehicle to be test on a dynamometer which is when you see the car on the rollers and the drive wheels spinning. They are testing the vehicles emission output at 15 MPH and then again at 25 MPH. In addition to the emissions test, the technicians are looking for anything tampered, broken, aftermarket parts, ignition timing, fuel cap test, fuel tank pressure test, and they will eve ... 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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