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How can I avoid paying too much for maintenance on my vehicle?

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Question: I want to hang onto my ’02 Honda Accord for as long as possible (hey, it’s paid for), but hate to waste money on service it doesn’t really need.  How can I be sure I am performing only the maintenance my car truly requires?

Answer: The proper way to determine what service your car needs is with a thorough mechanical inspection.  We perform the necessary inspection so that you can be confident your car receives only the service it requires, and nothing else.
Furthermore, we will help you follow the factory-recommended maintenance schedule. Proper routine maintenance helps keep your car safe and fuel-efficient. And without it, you risk costly repairs or even a breakdown.
When in doubt – call our advice is FREE  and ask for your car’s factory-recommended maintenance schedule.
We are here to help, in any way that we can with –
Always. Honest. Answers.

Keep your vehicle safe and ready.

Car Care Tips.

“Regular, routine maintenance can help improve your gasoline mileage, reduce pollution, and catch minor problems before they become big headaches,” says Kendall Warnock

  • Get engine performance and driveability problems — hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc. — corrected at a reputable repair shop that employs ASE-certified repair professionals. Cold weather makes existing problems worse.
  • Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual — more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. A poll of ASE Master Auto Technicians revealed that regular oil and filter changes is one of the most frequently neglected services, yet one that is essential to protect your engine.
  • The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.
  • Replace old blades regularly. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up.
  • Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment.
  • Worn tires are dangerous.  Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Remember, tires are vital for keeping your family safe, do not overlook getting them replaced.  Even if I have to take partial payments on them, I would feel better knowing your family is safe. 
  • Have your brakes checked periodically for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect.
  • The transmission is often neglected until a major failure. Routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals can prevent very costly repairs down the line.
  • Always carry an emergency kit with you: extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or kitty litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.

Let’s all keep our families safe through out the year.

Always. Honest. Answers.

Kendall

Where customers become family.

The customer is the most important visitor in our facility.  We are dependent on them, they are the purpose of our existence.  We are not doing them a favor be serving them, we owe them gratitude for allowing us to keep them and their families safe on the road.

WE are truly built on small town values, where we help everyone as much as we can and really care about keeping you safe.  That is in our DNA and it always will be.  

Do I have to go to a dealer for scheduled maintenance under the warranty?

Question: I want to make sure I’m covered under my car manufacturer’s warranty. Do I have to go to the dealer for scheduled maintenance to be covered?

Answer: Not necessarily. Most automobile warranties require that you comply with the factory-recommended maintenance schedule to keep the warranty valid. However, depending on the terms of the warranty, you do not always have to go to the dealers to get the maintenance work done. A1 Automotive has the factory-recommended maintenance schedule for almost every vehicle. Just stop by and we’ll be happy to review it with you.

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Question: I can barely remember to put gas in my car sometimes, let alone what engine oil weight and coolant type it needs.  How am I supposed to keep all this stuff straight, let alone what needs to be checked and when.

Answer: The friendly technicians at A1 Automotive are here to help.  Today’s vehicles are very specific in their needs — they all take different fluids, filters, and other parts.  If you don’t have the right items for your car, you may be headed for trouble.  Our service will help you stay up-to-date with your vehicle’s factory-recommended maintenance schedule.
When you bring your vehicles to us, we give you recommendations to keep you driving and your family safe.  When we start a relationship with a customer they quickly become friends and we build strong bonds with all of you.  Give us an opportunity you will not be disappointed! 

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