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10 Tips For Preparing Your Vehicle For Winter

2022-10-15T19:21:46+00:00November 8th, 2022|Car care|

Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still relatively mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, below are 10 basic maintenance procedures during to keep your vehicle operating at its best. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear. [...]

Tips For Better Understanding Motor Oil

2022-10-17T14:34:01+00:00October 18th, 2022|Car care|

The goal of motor oil is to protect and extend the life of the car’s engine. Vehicles with internal combustion engines, such as cars, require oil to lubricate its many moving parts as well as to clean and inhibit any corrosion. It further cools the engine by carrying the heat away from the critical moving parts and also improves sealing. Within car engines, there are numerous parts which make contact with each other and cause damaging friction. Not only does this friction wear away at those parts involved, it wastes the beneficial power created by such and instead creates heat, [...]

Prolong Your Car Battery Life With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

2022-10-15T19:24:15+00:00October 11th, 2022|Car care, Davis Body Shop|

Nothing puts a damper on a road trip or daily routine faster than having your car break down with a dead car battery. Prolong your car battery life and make sure you're not stuck broken down on the side of the road this fall with the car battery tips listed below: Hopefully these tips will help keep you moving down the road throughout the fall, the upcoming holiday season, and beyond! _______________________ We hope you enjoyed this post. If there is anything else we can do to help you feel free to call us at (805) 466-2446 (Atascadero) or (805) 239-8752 (Paso Robles). And [...]

How Do Eggs Damage Car Paint? (And TIPS To Fix It!)

2022-10-17T14:34:51+00:00October 4th, 2022|Car care, Davis Body Shop, Exterior car care|

Eggs are the arsenal of choice for car vandalism due to the almost irreversible damage they cause to painted surfaces if not dealt with immediately. House paint, car paint, painted signs, mailboxes and any other painted surfaces of value are all susceptible to damage caused by eggs. Egg White The egg white (also referred to as the albumen) is made up of 15 percent of proteins. Its main purpose is to protect the yolk while providing nutrients to the embryo. Because of its protective composition, egg whites are used for several purposes, including waterproof glue, so it's easy to understand [...]

Preparing Your Vehicle For A Road Trip

2022-10-15T19:51:48+00:00June 14th, 2022|Car care|

Now that we are in a state of "opening-up", you may be thinking about the possibility of a summer vacation or road trip. Before you hit the road, you should make sure your car is ready for the trip, and you’ve got all the right necessities packed in case of an emergency. Here are some tips we have for preparing your vehicle for a road trip: Check fluids and top off as needed. Check your car’s fluids including the transmission fluid, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, oil, power steering fluid and break fluid. Top off any that are low, and keep extras [...]

Exterior Car Care Tips

2022-10-15T19:56:20+00:00May 3rd, 2022|Car care|

With industry-wide improvements in overall quality, cars are far more reliable than they were even a decade ago. One way that you can affect your car’s value down the line is by keeping the exterior clean, waxed and corrosion free, ultimately repelling damaging water and pollutants. Maintaining your car’s exterior is something that we hope you’ll do intelligently and we are providing you with a few tips that will help you do that while it fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with ownership of such an investment. We also encourage you to consider the environment when washing [...]

INFOGRAPHIC: Vehicle Dashboard Maintenance Lights

2022-10-15T19:57:44+00:00April 19th, 2022|Car care|

You may have noticed the illuminated symbols on your dashboard when you start your car. While these lights usually go off right away and are soon forgotten, motorists should be car care aware and learn the meaning of their vehicles’ dashboard lights, says the non-profit Car Care Council. “Warning lights on the dashboard are simply that, warnings. If one of the lights stays on after you start your car, you could potentially have a problem and should have your vehicle inspected for needed repairs,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “By checking your owner’s manual and learning the [...]

Tire Talk: Choosing Tires For Your Vehicle

2022-10-15T20:03:21+00:00March 15th, 2022|Car care|

Choosing the right type of tire is crucial not only for safety reasons, but also to make sure you're getting the most long term value out of your tires. Tire technology is at an all-time high and continues to improve, which is marvelous, but with this comes the need to understand the enhanced sophistication enough so that you choose appropriate tires. When you consider that tires are your one link to the road surface, you will want to make your tire purchase is an educated one. While poor tires can hurt a terrific car, great tires can do absolute wonders for [...]

Tips For Optimizing Your Fuel Economy

2022-10-15T20:09:24+00:00January 11th, 2022|Car care, Economizing tips, fuel consumption, Optimizing Fuel|

Whether it's to do your part for the environment or simply to help out your pocketbook, minimizing your fuel consumption is always a good idea. Fortunately, there are several key things you can do, from replacing your current vehicle with a more fuel-efficient model, to adopting some new driving habits to boost the fuel economy of the vehicle you have now. Here's a list of eleven tips to help you get the most miles out of every gallon: Anticipation and Strategizing - This is perhaps the single most effective way to conserve fuel. By anticipating what is happening ahead, you can drive [...]

Winter Safety Tips: Driving In Wet Weather

2022-10-15T20:12:02+00:00January 4th, 2022|Car care, Car Safety, Davis Body Shop, Vehicle Safety|

The next few months are typically some of our wettest, which requires an even stronger vigilance of safety and preparedness.  Rain can decrease visibility, make roads slippery, and cause overall driving conditions to be more dangerous. Here are some key driving tips to stay safe on wet roads. Slow Down Posted speed limit signs are meant for ideal driving conditions. In rainy weather when roads are slick, driving conditions are less than ideal and your driving speed should decrease. Let up on the gas and leave yourself more time to get to your destination...you certainly don't want to be rushing in rainy weather. [...]