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Tag Archives: Auto Maintenance

Family Road Trip

Family Road Trip

Hi Everyone, Megan Here!  My family and I  are getting ready to hit the road for a summer road trip.  In all, we'll be driving our 2013 Toyota Prius just over 1,700 miles from Michigan to North Carolina.  As parents, we start thinking through plans for the trip a few weeks in advance.  The destination and route are the same as years past-my husband Brian's family's home in North Carolina, but we still have other aspects of the trip to plan out.   Fuel Economy Brian and I were debating renting a minivan instead of taking our Prius.  I went to the EPA's website to figure out the fuel economy for the trip.  Our sweet Toyota Prius will have us spending just under $50 each way on our road trip! When contemplating renting a van (an added $350 expense) we saw we would easily double the amount of money spent on fuel.  That sealed ... read more

Ervine's Auto Repair & Grand Rapids Hybrid Green Practices

Ervine's Auto Repair & Grand Rapids Hybrid Green Practices

Today is Earth Day - It's the day when many people around the world plant a tree, invest in a reusable coffee cup or pick up garbage at a local park. We think all of these are great ways to celebrate Earth Day, but we also have many green practices being used on a daily basis at Ervine's Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid We use a paperless shop management system which easily saves 100 or more pieces of paper each day. We help customers maintain their vehicles in good condition so they will experience increases in fuel economy as well as reduced emissions. Also, by properly maintaining a vehicle, it lasts much longer, reducing the need to manufacture another vehicle, a huge saving in resources!    We service eco-friendly cars such as hybrid and electric vehicles.  We purchase shop supplies in bulk and use refillable dispensers instead of single use containers. We recycle MANY things: car batteries, beverage container ... read more

Keeping Your ‘Old Faithful’ Auto Running

Extend The Life of Your Vehicle

It's becoming more important for all of us to get at least 250,000 safe and reliable miles out of our vehicles. This is a very reasonable goal so long as the “wait till it breaks” approach to repair and maintenance is not followed. However, a regularly inspected and properly maintained vehicle will not only last longer and command a higher price when you finally are ready for a newer car, it will be less expensive, more reliable and comfortable to drive while you own the vehicle. Many of you who have borrowed one of our free loaner vehicles have commented they are surprisingly pleasant to drive. Given their age and mileage, there could be no better testament to the importance of regular maintenance. Your vehicle's most basic need and important appointment is a regular oil change service with vehicle inspection. We've made it easier on your budget and busy schedule with our BUY THREE GET ONE FREE oil change service including vehicle inspection th ... read more

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