6 Maintenance Tips for Better Fuel Economy

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Everyone wants to save a buck at the pump (especially here in Victoria BC, where gas prices can be a little bananas). And we all know that bad driving habits are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to fuel economy. We’ve all heard the same fuel saving advice: lay off the brakes, stop idling and quit being such an aggressive driver.

But did you know that vehicle maintenance also has a big impact on gas mileage? Here are 6 easy ways to maximize your dollars at the gas pump and create the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.

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6 Ways to Make Sure Your Mechanic is a Good One

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When it comes to finding an auto mechanic, everyone wants the same things: experienced, reliable, trustworthy. But with so many mechanics out there, how do you know you’re getting a good one?

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Show Your Shocks and Struts Some Love

Your Car's Hidden Stories

 

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it’s easy to ignore the parts you can’t see. Like your shocks and struts! Tucked away under your vehicle, they don’t always get the attention they deserve.

Because shocks and struts wear out gradually over time, problems may not be as noticeable as, say, a flat tire or a dead battery. The incremental loss of handling, control and comfort may be practically unnoticeable until damage is already occurring.

That’s why it’s so important to have your shocks and struts regularly inspected and maintained.

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Hey, it’s us. Your tires. Listen up.

Shiny Car and Tires

 

Dear Car Owner,

I know you’re super excited to leave the Island and head out on the open road. I don’t know how long we’re going for, but judging by the number of music festival tickets on the fridge, I’m guessing we’re going to be gone a while.

That’s cool. We love road trips.
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3 Cool Things You Need to Know About Auto Air Conditioning (and One You Don’t)

Too Hot in the Car

 

For many car owners, air conditioning boils down to 3 things:

1. I’m too hot.

2. I press a button.

3. I’m not hot anymore.

 

Simple, right? Wrong.
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Simple Preventative Car Maintenance Tips: What You Need to Do and When

Auto Class Is in Session

Want to save a bundle on future repairs?

Extend the life of your car?

Keep your car happy?  Keep YOU happy?

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What Salamanders Can Teach Us About the Dangers of Auto Repair Price Shopping

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Ahh, salamanders. The sharks of the wetlands. Cruising the waters and hunting down all sorts of tasty critters. They’re lean, they’re a little mean, and they’re cold-blooded killers.

Okay, and they’re cute. Really cute. And they sure can teach us a lot about auto repair and the dangers of price shopping.
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How to Google Your Way to an Honest Auto Repair Shop in Victoria BC

When your car breaks down, the last thing you want to do is waste time. Your car is your ticket to freedom, and without it, it’s easy to feel a little stuck.

Well, good news. Thanks to a little invention called Google (you may have heard of it), it’s never been faster or easier to find a shop that’ll have your car up and running in no time—and for a long time.

Besides, if Google can pinpoint the exact location of your bedroom, surely it can point you in the direction of an honest and reliable auto repair shop, right?

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Thank you to all of our customers for another fantastic year!

At Searles Auto Repair we’re honoured to serve Victoria. In 2013, we received another award from best automotive service from Victoria News. What does 2014 have in store?

MOTORIST ASSURANCE PROGRAM CANADA

The Motorist Assurance Program has essentially provided the standards the auto repair industry has long needed. The industry recognized that need, and came together and developed a series of Uniform Inspection and Communication Standards. The guidelines give consumers the information they need to make an educated decision on repairs for their vehicle. The customer and shop technician together use the guidelines to agree on the work the shop will do on his or her vehicle, thus eliminating confusion or mistrust.

 

Please click on the link below for further information:

http://mapcanada.org/other/MAP_Definitive_Guide.pdf