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Fluid Exchanges Can Save Your Car’s Life

Fluid Exchanges Can Save Your Car’s Life

Photo by Tim Missholder on Unsplash How Fluid Exchanges can save your car’s life! When we think of protecting our assets, one asset that often slips our mind is our cars. Our cars are meant to last years and years as long as we properly maintain them with preventative measures.   The best way to keep your car running in good shape is to have your car's fluids in check at all times. If you are the type of person that needs some tips on the best ways to do some preventative measures to extend the life of your car, we are here to help!  Which Fluids Are Important? Engine Oil: The first oil we think is important for you to know about is your engine oil. In general, this oil should be replaced every 3,000 miles. There are some exceptions such as synthetics and blends that extend the mile range for this rule. Know which you are getting so you don't end up spend ... read more

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National Vehicle Maintenance Month and Your Car

National Vehicle Maintenance Month and Your Car

Photo by Matthew Dockery on Unsplash National Vehicle Maintenance Month and Your Car Spring is here, and with the warmer weather comes new opportunities to explore more in your vehicle. It can sometimes be easy to forget that it needs preparation for the warm months ahead when it comes to your car. April is known as National Vehicle Maintenance Month, and we want to help you figure out what that means for you and your vehicle.    Your car is a valuable asset that should be maintained to the best of your abilities. If your car is well maintained, it will reward you with less expensive maintenance visits and longer life. We want to recommend the best ways to maintain your car this National Vehicle Maintenance Month! Our Best Tips ... read more

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Planning your first major road trip in years

Planning your first major road trip in years

Photo by Neal E. Johnson on Unsplash Planning your first major road trip in years Spring is a season that brings in new life and new adventures. When it comes to planning a trip with friends and family, most people love the idea of going on a road trip. People love road trips because they are fun and you get to explore different parts of the world on your terms. But, what some people fail to realize is that planning a road trip takes some preparation.   We all love the idea of taking our cars and hitting the road. Hitting the road without preparation is not a good idea because it can lead you stranded if your vehicle is not maintained correctly or if you don't have what you need inside your car.   Tips For a Successful Road Trip   Check your car: If your vehicle isn't in its optimal state, it can be dangerous to make a road trip. However, there are easy wa ... read more

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Romance and Calcium– your guide to local Valentine’s fun!

Romance and Calcium– your guide to local Valentine’s fun!

Photo by Christopher Beloch on Unsplash    When Valentine's Day is around the corner, we sometimes begin to panic. Having a great and romantic Valentine's Day is about planning and creating new memories with your partner.   Calcium, New York, is our home at Service Plus Automotive. We believe living here is great, and we want to share with you a couple of places that we think would be romantic getaways for Valentine's Day.    Black River Drive-in Theater: This drive-in theater is a retro throwback to how people go on dates and is a great place to stir up romance! We recommend going here as it is affordable and fun.   The Escape Works: If you seek adventure this Valentine's Day, we recommend The Escape Works located in Watertown. So what is an escape room? Escape rooms are a fun date idea because it is a physical adventure game in which you a ... read more

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How Self-Driving is Nearly Here (and Also Decades Off)

How Self-Driving is Nearly Here (and Also Decades Off)

Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash    You might have heard of electric self-driving vehicles. In the past several year's many shows, movies, public figures, and especially tech giants have said that they would become the norm in society. Many car companies, such as Tesla, have placed a massive bet that self-driving cars would become essential in a technologically progressing society.   So what can self-driving cars do for us? One benefit of self-driving cars is that they are equipped with technology commonly referred to as Artificial Intelligence. The vehicles use this Artificial Intelligence to make split-second decisions on the driver's behalf to decide the best outcome intelligently. They do this with assistance with a mixture of sensors, radar, GPS, laser beams, and cameras. In the ideal state of self-driving cars, there would be no need for any human ... read more

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Winter Fun in Calcium

Winter Fun in Calcium

Photo by Filip Bunkens on Unsplash   Welcome to another wonderful December in Calcium! We’re so glad you’re a part of our community, and we hope you and your family have had a wonderful 2021. If you’re looking for something to get you in the holiday spirit, we’re pleased to say you have options! (If you want some options closer to home, here’s last year’s look at lights displays!)   The Holiday Season in New York State offers so much to do. There’s skiing, snowboarding, ziplining, dogsledding, ice fishing, ice biking, and snowmobiling -- and that’s just the obviou ... read more

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Showing Gratitude for a Good Year

Showing Gratitude for a Good Year

Photo from the website   We can’t believe it’s already November! Compared to 2020, this year flew by us. 2021 has been a great year at Service Plus Automotive. We hope your year has been just as good and you’ve managed to accomplish your goals.   As the holiday season approaches, we’ve got charitable giving and community support on our minds. With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on the things we’re grateful for. We were blessed with a great year, both in terms of the business and our charitable donations within the Calcium and Fort Hood community.    Here are some of the contributions Service Plus Automotive made to your community this year:   We had an incredible time forming a Captain and Crew team for the Volunteer Transportation Center’s Golf Tournament and sponsorship. Service Advisors Kayla and Brandon, our Tech ... read more

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Why It’s Time To Check Your Tires

Why It’s Time To Check Your Tires

Photo by Jiafeng Wang on Unsplash   As October moves us further into beautiful autumn in Calcium, we need to consider the months ahead. November and December will mean Holiday travel for many of us. And even once we complete that traveling, we can expect January snow to slow us down.   That makes October the right time to think about your tires. School’s in session, Halloween is coming up, and both these things involve excited kids running out into traffic. It would be best if you had your tires in good working order. You need to make sure they have been rotated once in their cycle, have good tread, and are aligned correctly before the ice and snow make driving infinitely more difficult for you.   Old-timers will ... read more

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Back To School Thinking

Back To School Thinking

Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash   Back to school season is upon us! The streets will soon fill with youngsters on their way to class, buses with their stop signs extended, and carpools full of kids on their route to school. Before the pandemonium begins, have you considered what you might need to have done regarding your vehicle?    Now is an excellent time to look at your vehicle and have some discussions with your kids when it comes to their pick-up schedule.   Here are a couple of ideas you might consider:   Do a walk-thru: This is an excellent time to do a point-to-point check of some of the basic safety features in your vehicle! Check the seatbelts and make sure they fasten correctly, adjust yo ... read more

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Staying Cool At Summer’s Last Gasp

Staying Cool At Summer’s Last Gasp

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash   Welcome to the heatwave! August is traditionally the roughest summer month, with the heat having one last gasp before Autumn begins to take over in September. By most accounts, it’s going to be a brutal August in 2021.   If you want to stay cool and avoid getting too hot this summer while out in your car, here are some steps to take that will help you out!   Avoid Iced Drinks - it’s a common misconception that drinking an icy-cold beverage will bring your body temperature down. The truth is, it will raise your body temperature to combat the cold inside your body. Hot tea and coffee won’t lower your temperature, but your body doesn’t need to do the one ... read more

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