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How Long Does a Pre-Purchase Inspection Take?

How Long Does a Pre-Purchase Inspection Take?

    These thorough inspections take anywhere from 1-2 hours. This is because we test drive for any driving concerns. Also making sure the AC is blowing cold and the power windows and locks are working as they should. Also checking for any leaks and corrosion and make sure it wasn't in any wreck. We scan the computer to make sure there are no stored codes. Then we go in-debth and check fluids, steering and suspension, braking system, and engine cooling system. All of this comes to you via text message or email. You can take the time to look at all the photos and videos showing the issues our technicians ran across

What Does Courtesy Check Mean?

What Does Courtesy Check Mean?

This is a free 38 point inspection on key components on your vehicle.  Inspecting things like wipers and fluids, lights, battery and cables, brakes, fluids, etc.    This is also called a Multipoint Inspection, Courtesy Inspection, or Digital Courtesy Inspection.  This helps you know the health of your vehicle so you can budget for things that will soon need replacing.  No surprises. Every shop is different and their inspections may be different.  That is okay.  The goal is to help you understand your vehicle and the timing of when things will need to be replaced

Free Shuttle Service in Albany Oregon

Free Shuttle Service in Albany Oregon

Free Shuttle Service in Albany, OR    Our amazing team members will provide you with a free shuttle ride to and from our facility anywhere in the Albany area. So let’s get you back to work or home.  In addition, we offer free pickup and delivery of your vehicle anywhere in the Albany area for our amazing customers

Is it Necessary To Service Your AC Every Year?

Is it Necessary To Service Your AC Every Year?

This is the million dollar question.  Do you like to repair your vehicle once it's broken or do you like your car running perfectly all the time. If you like it running perfectly all the time then the answer would be YES, it is necessary.  Maintenance keeps you happy!  No surprises, no breakdowns.  We suggest always doing your maintenance.  Think of it this way…you can plan ahead to pay for maintenance.  No surprises.  Repairs are always a surprise and you may not have the funds available at the time you now HAVE to replace it.  That is not fun. 

How Often does Air Conditioning Need to be Serviced in a car?

How Often does Air Conditioning Need to be Serviced in a car?

Every year!  We suggest getting your AC unit tested in May or June before the hot weather hits.  If you live in a climate that is hot for a very long time you might even want to get it serviced twice a year.  Maintaining your AC unit makes for better summer trips.  

What is Done During an AC Service?

What is Done During an AC Service?

The first thing we check is how cold your AC is blowing.  If the temperature isn’t cold enough we use a machine that pulls out all of the freon in your system.  We pull out, measure and weigh it.  Unfortunately there is no dipstick for freon.  If your system is full we then check to make sure the compressor has a good signal.  If your freon level is low we introduce nitrogen into the system to duplicate freon to see if we can find any leaks that need to be repaired.  Once everything is looking good the freon goes back into the system.  Now you rest assured your summer will be nice and cool

When Should I Get My AC Serviced?

When Should I Get My AC Serviced?

Our suggestion would be to get ahead of the weather.  Have your vehicle running nice and cold for when those hot days arise.  In Oregon we suggest May to June getting your AC serviced.  We offer AC services at a discount in May which helps out with the extreme rising cost of freon these days

When Should I get a New Car Battery?

When Should I get a New Car Battery?

3 Signs you need a new car Battery -Sitting for a long period of time -Slow to start -Heavy Corrosion   The rule of thumb to replace your car battery is about every 3 years.  Things that will effect how long your battery lasts is climate and driving habits.  When our mechanics do your oil change we include an inspection of your vehicle's battery.  So there should be no surprises.  We have batteries for Fords, Chevy's, Subaru's all the way to BMW's and Volkswagon's.  We have you covered.        

What Does My Dash Light Mean?

What Does My Dash Light Mean?

  What does my dash light mean?   Is this light important?  Could it be a Safety Concern?  These are important for even a young driver to learn.  Let’s go through a few of these lights with you.     Engine Temp Light:  This usually means your engine is running hot.  Stop and Let it cool down.  Call your trusted Automotive Shop.     Battery Warning Light: The vehicle is not charging properly.  Call your trusted automotive shop.    Oil Pressure Light: This means there is a loss in oil pressure. This could mean there is not enough oil to run the engine smoothly.  An engine is not cheaply replaced.  Best to call your trusted automotive shop.     Brake warning light: Usually means you have your handbrake on.  If the handbrake is not on this will be cause for great concern.     Check Engine Light: This can come on for a multitude of reasons like someth ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Synthetic Oil?

How Often Should I Change My Synthetic Oil?

This is a great question!  Each manufacturer has their own recommendation on when to change the oil.  It can range from 5,000 to 15,000 miles.  Oil change is such an important part of keeping your vehicle running safe.  Low oil or dirty oil can cause very costly repairs that is why we recommend 5,000 miles for Synthetic Oil.  It is a cheap way to keep your engine running smoothly.  

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