All About Brakes: Staying Up On Brake Maintenance

Best mechanics in Victoria at Searles Auto RepairMany drivers don’t think twice about their vehicle’s braking system until their brakes start to give way. This is a concern because weak brakes are a hazard on the road, especially in regions like Victoria where stoplights are the norm, there are merging lanes as far as the eye can see, and the weather can turn on you in a heartbeat.

Of all the car maintenance tips we like to inform our customers about, brake system maintenance is at the top of our list. We believe staying up to speed on the life of your brakes is one of the smartest moves a driver can make. Read More

Important Things You Should Know About Your Car Battery

Car Battery Light

Car batteries are the lifeline of the vehicle. These unassuming, small little boxes are the key to starting your vehicle every time you need to go somewhere. Just like your morning cup of coffee provides you with a jolt of electricity every day, it is your car battery that provides your vehicle with the juice it needs to spring into action.

Understanding the basics of how car batteries work will help ensure that you are never stranded with a dead one! Here are some of the most important things you need to know about your car’s battery and electrical system. Read More

Give Your Car Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Love Your Car This Valentines Day

Have you ever noticed just how well your vehicle treats you? Just think about it: Your car gets up with you every morning without hesitation, allows you to always pick the restaurant (OK, drive-thru), and constantly keeps you warm and safe. Yes, our vehicles certainly show us a lot of love, and that’s why we believe it’s always good to show them a little love back in order to keep up the healthy relationship.

Whether you’re single or attached this Valentine’s Day, consider spoiling your car with any or all of the following car maintenance ideas. Because isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is really for? Preventing problems from arising in the relationship? (Between car and driver, of course…)

 

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Seasonal Tire Storage Tips

Seasonal Tire Storage at Searles Auto Repair

 

Every year in Victoria, when the rain turns to snow and the snow turns to ice, do you find yourself always asking yourself the same questions?

  • Are my car’s all-season tires going to be enough to get me through another year of winter-driving?
  • Will the weather even get bad enough to warrant two types of tires this year?
  • Do I even need to worry about it?

Answering these questions is an internal debate many Victoria drivers wrestle with at this time of year. Read More

Give The Gift of Auto Repair: Nothing Says I love You Like a Searles Gift Certificate

Searles Auto Repair - Gift Certificate

How many times have you heard this from your family members when you ask them what they want for Christmas?

“Oh, don’t worry about me, I’ve got everything that I need.”

Sound familiar? It’s what a lot of us end up saying around this time of year, even though gift giving isn’t about giving a person something they need, it’s about giving them something thoughtful, something that shows them you’re thinking about them and that you care.

This year, when someone gives you the runaround to the age-old question, “What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?” you could go the Scratch and Win tickets and bottle of wine route, or try and hand-craft something, or you could just take the easy route and buy a gift you KNOW they are going to need eventually: Searles Gift Certificates! Read More

The Difference Between Quickie Oil Changes and a Searles Service Package

Searles Oil Change

Quickies are often tough to resist. After all, doing things the long way requires pre-planning and a bit more effort. But often times after a quickie oil change, your car isn’t satisfied. And that’s a problem.

By their very design, quickie oil change depots are convenient, especially in larger cities like Victoria where it’s nice to get all of your errands done in one outing to avoid traffic. But more and more, as CBC’s Marketplace reports, car owners are starting to speak out about how much they prefer getting their oil changed by a local auto mechanic instead.

Why the growing dissatisfaction with all of this convenience? Read More

Come On In For a Searle’s Auto Repair Shop Tour!

Join our owner, Chris Wylie, for a Searle’s Auto Repair Shop Tour!

Searle’s Auto is located at 517 Kelvin Rd in Victoria, BC, and is known by many for its quality work and honesty. Whether you are male or female, you can put your trust in Searle’s Auto Repair. Our team of professionals takes the time to explain what needs to be done, step-by-step. We feel it is our duty and responsibility to treat you as one of the family. We understand that without our customers trust; we would not have a growing business.

Watch this shop tour video and check out our service offerings here.

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How Much Do You Really Know About Airbags?

Airbags

Airbags. We hope to never see them and we don’t know much about them, yet we trust them with our lives.

Does that seem a little strange to you? Then maybe it’s time to up your airbag IQ.

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5 Everyday Things That Are Throwing Your Wheel Alignment Out of Whack

 

Wheel AlignmentFor many, wheel misalignment is seen as one of those pesky problems that comes along with car ownership. And while yes, wheel misalignment can occur naturally over time, it’s more likely that there’s a specific reason behind your wonky tires. Like your driving habits. Or your tendency to neglect your car. Or that time you bumped a curb in the parking lot.

When your tires are out of alignment, it basically means  they aren’t pointing in the right direction. You may notice  your vehicle pulling to one direction or vibrating as the wheels pull against each other, or that your steering wheel is crooked even though you’re driving straight. This all negatively affects your steering, suspension and tires, but more importantly, it compromises your safety on the road. And that’s never a good thing.

Are you familiar with these common causes of wheel alignment problems?

Hitting curbs

Everyone hits a curb at one point or another. Whether it’s a gentle bump as you pull into a tricky driveway or a bad jolt from hitting one of those concrete parking spot dividers (not technically a curb, but close enough), it can be enough to throw a tire or two out of alignment. Read More

The Truth About Antifreeze

truth about antifreeze

Here’s something you might already know: Antifreeze (also known as coolant) is part of your engine’s cooling system, and its obvious job is to protect the water in the system from freezing. Without the right mixture and amount of antifreeze, the water could freeze, swell up, and cause major engine damage. And that’s not cheap.

But just because antifreeze is called antifreeze doesn’t mean its only purpose is to protect your car from freezing. This hard-working fluid actually has tons of other jobs! Antifreeze…

Keeps your vehicle from overheating

Antifreeze protects your car from chilly winter days by lowering the freezing point of the cooling system. But did you know that it also protects that same system from boiling over in the summer? Antifreeze raises your cooling system’s boiling point, which means your engine can safely run at high temperatures.

Some people aren’t aware of this, and insist that it’s better to use plain old water in the summertime. Not true! Whether it’s -40 or +40, we always recommend a 50/50 mix of fresh coolant and water. Read More