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Seasonal Car Maintenance: Ready for Autumn?

car driving through fall leaves

With high temperatures and long days, it might feel like summer is never going anywhere--but the truth is that autumn is just around the corner. Whether you're ready for fall or not, it's vital to get your car prepped and ready for another new season.

Summer Car Maintenance: Simple DIY Tips

woman checking oil

When most people hear the words "car maintenance," they don't expect to hear the word "easy" any time soon. However, with these simple tips, you can keep your car happy and healthy through the summer months--all with your own two hands!

Why Independent Auto Repair Shops are the Way to Go

customer talking to local mechanic

The question of where to take your car for repairs may be a difficult one. Should it go to the dealership, or should it go to an independent repair shop? Dealerships come with a number of problems that often lead drivers to go to their local repair shop instead.

Here are some important reasons many car owners choose independent shops. 

Tips for Car Maintenance in Hot Summer Months

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Summer can be as hard on a car as the winter months. During the warm season, there are a number of ways you can make the hot weather easier on your car to minimize the amount of wear it puts on your vehicle.

Auto Maintenance Services for a Healthy Engine

Vehicle Multipoint Inspection Checklist

When it comes to our personal health, we might take vitamins or go to the gym (or at least pay for a gym membership and set an alarm and plan to go). So what do we do for our cars to make sure their engines stay healthy so they can get us where we're going for years to come?

Here are a few automotive preventative maintenance services that will keep your engine healthy.

6 Signs Your Car's Suspension Needs To Be Checked

vehicle suspension repair

Most of us don't think about our car's suspension until a problem suddenly gets our attention. Then it's impossible to think about anything else when you're driving down the highway.

Here are a few signs it's time to call your local auto technician to have a look at your vehicle's suspension.

Your ride is suddenly very rough

Trust your instincts on this. If you're beginning to notice that your drive is a lot rougher or noisier than it used to be, that's a sign that you may need new shock absorbers or struts.

Independent Auto Shops Vs. Dealerships

independent auto mechanic with customer

Have you been taking your car or truck to a dealership but are wondering what to do now that the new-car or dealership-extended warranty has expired? There are plenty of differing opinions in the ongoing independent repair shops vs. dealership debate. Your friend may have had such a great experience with dealership mechanics that he'll never switch, but another swears by independent repair shops.

Pros and Cons of Dealerships and Independent shops

Here's an overview of these two options.

4 Proactive Vehicle Maintenance Tips

proactive vehicle maintenance plan

Most car and truck owners understand the importance of proactive maintenance, but follow-through is a little trickier. Check out these tips to help you get started on a proactive maintenance schedule for your car. 

3 Ways to Maximize Hybrid Fuel Efficiency

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Hybrid and electric cars have become popular vehicle choices for many people over the past decade. Switching to a hybrid comes with several incredible benefits, including the reduced impact they leave on the environment.

Do Independent Auto Repairs Void Your Warranty?

car factory warranty, vehicle loading onto tow truck

There is a common assumption that to preserve the warranty on your purchased or leased car, you must take it in to the dealership for any necessary work, whether it's repairs or routine maintenance. Perhaps you were even told this by the dealer that sold you a car.  

Well, that is not true.