April is National Car Care Month! Being car care aware means your vehicle is running safely, dependably, and efficiently. We care about your car and making sure it is in the best shape it can be. Here are some ways you can be Car Care Aware this month:
Keeping your car clean and taken care of this summer is a great way to make sure your road trips are successful! Here are Keith’s Summer Car Care Tips:
1. Keep it Clean – Keep your car clean inside and out. Keeping the exterior clean protects the paintwork from the sun’s rays and any damage from birds or insects. If your car gets extra muddy from summer drives, wash it quickly to prevent the mud and rocks from doing any damage to your exterior. Do not keep food in your car to protect your interior.
2. Keep it Shady – Try to find parking spots that will be under shade or park in a garage to protect your seats and dashboard from UV rays. If you need to park in the sun, use a dashboard sunshade for some protection.
3. Keep it Rolling – Check your tires air pressure and ensure your tires can handle long road trips. If your tires are near the end of their life, get them replaced before your summer trips to ensure you don’t have any road trip mishaps.
4. Keep it Working – Make sure your fluids are in check, your air-conditioning system is up to par and your coolant system is working. Call us to inspect your car before you take a long trip, or vacation and we will give you our opinion on needs before you go. We will ensure all of your fluids and systems are full and working properly!
73 percent of all vehicles are under maintained. This is the end result of lack of maintenance, in this case a new motor!!!
(This article was based on numerous sources – none of which are just our opinions)
How to avoid bad repair experiences? Find a good, trustworthy shop. Read reviews online and offline. Establish that they charge reasonable prices. A good resource for this is Puget Sound Consumers’ Checkbook, who have rated 474 Local Shops.
There are a lot of online reviews which all have their own rules for evaluating testimonials and which reviews get posted for the public to see. It is a good practice to check at least a couple online review sites to get a balanced look at the ratings for a company. You can also look at some offline review sources to get qualified reviews that follow a fair system of evaluation (Puget Sound Consumers’ Checkbook is one such source).
Does the shop you are considering have ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified Technician(s) on staff? This requires official testing to complete and there are 8 different certifications:
A natural thing to look for is if the shop you are looking at has an ASE Certified Mechanic, are they certified in the area of repair or service that you are looking to have done on your automobile. If a mechanic completes all 8 certifications they earn the qualification: Master Technician.
We hope that this has provided you some guidelines for picking a good repair shop. The information provided here is objective, summarized and compilied from various third party sources including: Puget Sound Consumer Checkbook (non-profit, free from advertising and outside influence), ASE Certification Program, and online research (regarding online reviews).
You hate to be nagged to maintain this, brush your teeth, take care of that, etc. Maybe taking care of your Cooling System in your car seems like just another thing to worry about but here’s why you should seriously consider keeping this part of you car in good shape:
When the Cooling System has gone into total disrepair we have to rip out the entire dash to replace a heater core! As much as cars are built to be serviced, some things are just not accessible without taking apart the dash (or other things depending on the case).
This is just an example to stress the importance of getting things serviced on their recommended schedules. If you are concerned but aren’t sure about something, give us a call, we are always helpful and honest.
This is an important report based on Real Experiences of Edmonds Auto Repair we are hearing from our clients and their experiences with Factory Recall notifications and taking those claims into certain Repair Shops that are identified as the place to take the recall to.
The noted parts and systems that are being Recalled are legitimate and do need to be replaced. We are not in any way saying to ignore them! However, when the car owner comes in to do the Recall repair work in Edmonds, they are then made aware of other major auto repair work that needs to be done on their car that is not covered by the recall and is expensive. We have evaluated some of those repair claims on top of the recall notice and found them to be untrue. Luckily, one of our clients thought to double check.
This is an unfortunate situation to report on and wish we did not have to see this kind of unfair practice going on. Many car owners fall prey to this and don’t run it by a second opinion. A speculation is that it is a way to “pay” for all the free recall work.
Our recommendations to you are:
We are sure that this is not the case in every situation. Maybe this will be the last we see of it. However, it is important that we help you to be aware of this situation so that you can be more likely to see the situation for what it is and have a better chance of catching it before you agree to a repair that is illegitimate.
In the Pacific Nortwest we are having a nice end of Summer (Fall doesn’t officially start until September 22nd). It hasn’t been that rainy, we still are seeing the sun, and even though the temperature is dropping, it still is pleasant. This week should continue to be nice, but then all bets are off.
So what would we, at Bret’s Japanese Auto Repair Inc. recommend to the Washington state drivers around Edmonds, Lynnwood, Bothell, Shoreline, and Everett, so they can get their car ready for the Fall?
Handling on roads will be worse than it has been over the summer. Here are some combined conditions that will make driving a little more dangerous in the coming months:
What can you do in terms of japanese car repair in these conditions to minimize risk and improve fuel economy?