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Is Your Family Road Trip Ready?

Is Your Family Road Trip Ready?

Hi Again! We've talked about making sure that your vehicle is road trip ready, but how about your family?  Depending on how long the trip is and how old your kids are this can look so different. Road trips definitely changed for us over the years and for the better! Here are some of the tips I have picked up over the years of 12+ hour trips.    We like to make sure the kids are excited about the trip.  We talk about the states we'll go through and the things we'll see.   As the trip we make is one we make yearly, we also talk about landmarks (tunnels in WV and VA are a hit)  and favorite parks to stop at and run!  As our kids have gotten older we keep them involved in where we are, what our driving goals for the day are (we usually stop for one night on the way there and back), walking the dog - because yes, we bring our dog in our prius with us, and telling us when they're done in the car for the day.  O ... read more

Join Our Team!

Join Our Team!

If you want a place to come every day and be appreciated, work hard, and love your craft again, then apply today!   Technicians who love what they do, are committed to doing what’s best for the customer, and take pride in their work will thrive here. We listen to, honor, value, and respect our technicians. As part of our team you will have input in equipment, workflow, and quality control decisions. We work hard to market and drive cars to your bays, we train our advisors to sell your recommendations, and we fight to have the best technicians in town. This team is as competitive as we are compassionate.   You'll be working Monday through Friday – no nights or weekends. You also get generous paid holidays and vacation, medical insurance, vision, and dental plan, 401K, a sweet uniform and paid training. You'll get to do the work you love with a group of teammates who are talented, supportive and helpful. While we all like to have fun in the shop we are ... read more

Is Your Car Road Trip Ready?

Is Your Car Road Trip Ready?

We’re all counting down the days -spring break is coming!  My family and I would like to share how we get ready for a road trip.  My husband’s mom lives in North Carolina and his dad is in Indiana, so we’re well versed in long car trips with small kids.    If you’re taking your personal vehicle on the trip, make sure to see us three to four weeks before departure. We have a Road Trip Inspection, and we’ll make sure that your family starts their trip as safely as possible.   Some key items you’ll want to make sure are checked out before your trip are: Road Test - This is helpful for the technician doing the inspection.  He can feel how your vehicle is driving down the road, see if lights pop on, and can also listen for any sounds that are problematic.  Get any lights on the dash checked and diagnosed.  Heading out on a road trip with warning lights is a dangerous game to play! Heating and Coo ... read more

Why is There Smoke Coming From Underneath My Car's Hood?

Why is There Smoke Coming From Underneath My Car's Hood?

Smoke coming from underneath the hood of your car can be a very worrying experience. There are many reasons that this issue may occur, from electrical faults to contamination caused by motor oil, engine coolant, or transmission fluids. Let's look at the leading causes of smoke under the hood of your car. Common causes of smoke One of the main things that cause an engine to smoke is contamination from other fluids. Sometimes small drops of motor oil leak from the gasket and get into the engine or exhaust system. This would result in steam or smoke coming from under your hood. Other fluids sometimes get into a car's engine, including coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, or transmission fluid. Contamination is generally harmless, and the smoke will disperse in a few minutes. You should always have your engine looked at by a trained mechanic if you notice smoke coming from the hood, even if it seems to have stopped as soon as it started. Other mo ... read more

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