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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

October is Car Care Month

Eric was recently interviewed on WZZM 13 here in Grand Rapids about making sure a vehicle is ready for fall and the winter months. https://www.wzzm13.com/money/cars/october-is-fall-car-care-month-experts-offer-tips-to-keep-you-on-the-road/483076568 Main points of the interview: Get your vehicle a safety inspection ASAP. The reason Eric urges you to do this right away is in case there is a list of safety items that needs to be addressed. We can help you prioritize the repairs needed and by the time snow starts falling you can be ready to go! Tires. They are the number one item to keep your car or truck on the road. Reliable tires are necessary to make sure you can safely stop, especially in inclement weather. Check the coolant (along with other fluids). Certainly we don’t want any engine to ever freeze. It is ... read more

Wyoming Mechanic Named NAPA Technician of the Year

WYOMING, Michigan – June 28, 2017 — Eric Carlson, owner of Ervine's Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid, has been named the NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year for 2017. Eric was selected from more than 300 NAPA Auto Care centers in the West Michigan region for the 5th time (2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017). The Technician of the Year award is presented annually by NAPA Auto Parts and ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) to an individual in the automotive repair and maintenance industry who meets a list of detailed requirements. Carlson was selected for demonstrating superior technical skills and business practices, showing a commitment to customer service and training, supporting his business' community and demonstrating outstanding service to the industry. About Eric Carlson Carlson has 40 years of experience in the automotive repair and maintenance industry, all of which have been spent in the Grand Rapids area. He and his wife ... read more

Less Obvious Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle

On my drive in to work, occurred to me to mention some of the less than obvious benefits of driving a hybrid. I happened to be driving our Chevy Volt, we also have a Toyota Prius. In addition to the great fuel economy, did you know you don’t even use the traditional brakes above about 10 mph? So guess what? no annoying brake pulsation, noisy brakes, dirty wheels from brake dust and brakes that last on average 100,000 miles. Your non hybrid will have chewed up 2 sets of brakes in that amount of time, to the tune of about $700.00. Spend or save the money for something fun! -Eric

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