Even in a non-emergency, it is stressful when your car does not start. Extreme temperatures, such as summer and winter, can wear the battery. A technician can test to see if the battery is being charged at the correct rate or if the battery has enough power to do its job. If your battery is three years or older, it may need to be replaced.
A broken engine belt can literally stop you in your tracks. Look for signs of excessive wear or looseness. If you are not sure what to look for, stop in and let one of experts take a look and make sure your belt is road worthy.
Be sure to check your air filter! A dirty air filter can seriously reduce fuel mileage and engine performance. It is usually a quite inexpensive part that can make a big difference.
Be sure to check all of the exterior lighting on your vehicle regularly. We're getting more and more customers coming in who have been pulled over due to burnt out lighting. Have someone stand behind your car, check the brake, back-up, license, tail, turn signal, and side marker lights. In the front, check the high- and low-beam headlights, turn signals, and the front and side marker lights (these are also referred to as park lights). We recommend checking these lights at least once per month.
Pressure that is too low or too high can affect gas mileage, tread wear and vehicle performance. Check your tires once a month when they are still cold, using the PSI (pounds per square inch) number located on the driver door or in the owner’s manual. Make sure to use a quality tire gauge. A gauge that is even a few pounds off can really be detrimental to performance.
Check your car’s fluids once a month or take a peek when you fill the gas tank. Top off fluids, such as your oil and coolant, and visit a technician if you suspect a leak. Stop in and one of our technicians would be able to check your fluid levels.
Your vehicle’s brakes are very important for safety; make sure they are ready in any condition. Have your brakes inspected by a technician once a year, and be aware of any signs of brake trouble, including noise, pulling and vibration while braking.
Wait to buy
Unfortunately, we can't count the times when a customer has brought a vehicle to us AFTER they purchased it only to find out it needed thousands in repairs. Talk about buyer remorse! If you are looking to buy a vehicle, let us check it out BEFORE you spend your hard earned money. Think of it as cheap insurance when compared to the cost of the vehicle.