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Car Essentials To Get You Through The Holidays And Beyond

Does your family debate the official start of the holiday season?  For some, it starts as early as the first signs of Halloween. For others, Thanksgiving is the kick-off. Retailers might argue the holidays actually begin in July when Christmas seems to hit store shelves. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of holiday traditions, one thing is certain – with the holidays come lots of trips in the car. Trips to the store, trips to the mall; trips to the airport, across town or across the state. While we may not all agree on the official start and stop of the holiday season, we can agree that if winter hasn’t hit yet, it is just around the corner. Which is why the holidays are actually the best time to think about getting your car ready for the wintery weather and road conditions that are sure to come.  To help you out, here’s a quick winter essentials checklist for your vehicle. Top 5 Car Essentials Checklist for Winter ... read more

Debunking Car Maintenance Myths – What Your Car Really Needs And When

Do you remember the thrill of owning your first car or truck? Maybe you bought it, maybe it was a hand-me-down from a family member; either way it was yours. Do you also remember the carload of advice on how to care for your beloved auto? Certain car “truths” were probably drilled into your head like changing the oil every 3,000 miles, along with the coolant fluids; replacing all four tires at once, warming up the engine before driving, or rolling down the windows instead of using the AC for better fuel economy. You may have also been told you had better have your car serviced by the dealer or your warranty could be null and void. Well times have changed and so have cars, and whatever you may have been told in the past, your optimal car maintenance schedule… well, it’s probably not what you’ve long held to be true. So, we’d like to share some practical advice and what a realistic maintenance schedule looks like for today’s cars if you want to get 100,000 miles ... read more

All The Reasons We Love October, And It’s Not Just Because It’s Fall Car Care Month!

Apple spice or pumpkin spice? Hayrides or haunted houses? Scarecrows or jack o’lanterns? With so much wrapped up into one single month, it’s easy to see how anyone can get carried away by the season. It’s also why we love October – there is simply so much to do and enjoy – especially here in the Tualatin Valley! And whatever tickles your fancy, be it the spooky holiday at the end of the month or all the harvest festivals, there is sure to be something fun to do for you and yours. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite October happenings… ART SHOWS We love handcrafted and we love local. We also love supporting our schools, which is why Art in the Burbs really hits a home run for us. Featuring 70+ local artists, including some truly outstanding student artists, food vendors and live music, this artist showcase has been raising money to support art education in our schools for 20 years. T ... read more

Back To School Car & Driver Safety

Have you noticed an increase in traffic lately? Does it seem like the whole neighborhood is having a meeting at the corner bus stop every morning? Have you heard the bells ringing? Yup, school is back in session! Bright yellow school buses are on the roads, parents and their kiddos are waiting at bus stops, children are skipping merrily (or maybe trudging along – LOL) through neighborhoods to and from school, crosswalks are extra busy again and school safety zones are back in effect. We hope we don’t need to remind you to drive safely and keep an eye out for the little ones and teenagers, but it never hurts! And since there’s more to safe neighborhood driving than simply being aware, here are our top back to school driver safety reminders:  1.    Don’t go around the bus! This should be a no brainer, but when you see the flashing red lights on a school bus – whether you are behind the bus or it’s in the oncoming lane – stop. Too o ... read more

Car-Care Tips For College-Bound Drivers

Whether your student is heading back to college after the summer break or just graduated and heading off to college as a freshman; it is important that they take care of their vehicle's maintenance before they hit the road to ensure a safe arrival this fall.  College students are often so busy getting to and from classes they forget to take care of their car’s basic needs. Which is why now is the best time to get all of their annual car care done before classes begin.  How’s your AC? If you’re feeling the heat - give us a call for an AC inspection or repair. Here are a few basic tips that you can help your college student get done or (if you’re looking to give them their first taste of independence) you can just hand this off to them to take care of - #1 - Two Weeks before they Leave  Schedule your college student’s car inspection at least two weeks before they head off to school; be ... read more