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How To Give Your Car The Preventative Maintenance It Needs

How To Give Your Car The Preventative Maintenance It Needs

​​ Photo by Nina Mercado on Unsplash How To Give Your Car The Preventative Maintenance It Needs  Owning a car is an excellent investment, but it requires regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Preventative maintenance is an essential part of car ownership, as it helps you avoid costly repairs and improve the lifespan of your car. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of preventative maintenance and discuss how to identify what maintenance your car needs, as well as strategies for keeping your car in good condition.  Identifying What Maintenance Your Car Needs  The first step in giving your car the preventative maintenance it needs is to identify necessary maintenance. Every car is different, so it’s crucial to refer to your car’s owner’s manual to determine what maintenance is required and when it should be don ... read more

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Car Care 101: What Is A Tire Rotation, And When Do You Need One?

Car Care 101: What Is A Tire Rotation, And When Do You Need One?

Photo by Daniel Foster on Unsplash Car Care 101: What Is A Tire Rotation, And When Do You Need One? Welcome to Car Care 101 with Service Plus Automotive! This month, we want to discuss something basic but fundamental: tire rotations.    A tire rotation is a service where the mechanic will rotate your front tires to the back and your back tires to the front. They do this in order to keep your tread from getting too low on either set of tires.    Tire rotation is an important service that can help keep your vehicle in good condition and extend the life of your tires. It’s not too heavy-handed of a service, either! But what exactly is tire rotation, and when do you need it?    This blog post will discuss what tire rotation is and the benefits of regular tire rotation services. We'll also discuss when it's time to have your tires rotated a ... read more

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A Look Forward: What Does 2023 Look Like For Service Plus Automotive

A Look Forward: What Does 2023 Look Like For Service Plus Automotive

Photo by Dominik Hofbauer on Unsplash At Service Plus Automotive, we are looking ahead to the year 2023. Our customers made 2022 a special, landmark year for us, and for that we are so grateful! We are excited to provide our customers with a variety of new ways to connect with us, new specials to save them money, and new ways to learn more about their vehicles. 2022 was an incredible year for us, and we're excited to roll out some new and exciting features this year! A Look Inside The Shop With the ever-evolving world of social media, our shop is looking ahead to the year 2023. From our long-time mechanics to our newest hires and adorable shop pups, we want to give our customers a chance to connect with us on a personal level. We will provide monthly mechanic, and staff bio's on our social media platforms, so customers can get to know the faces behind the shop.  &n ... read more

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Keeping Christmas Alive All Year ‘Round

Keeping Christmas Alive All Year ‘Round

Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash Keeping Christmas Alive All Year ‘Round The holiday season is a time for gift-giving and celebrating with family, but it also feels like an opportunity to refocus our lives on what matters. Sometimes that can be hard when we get caught up in all the busyness of December and January. Luckily, we have ideas on how you can make the Christmas spirit last all year long!  Remain Generous One of the most significant pieces of the holiday season is giving. We spend hours upon hours looking for the perfect gift for someone and wrap things up in beautiful little boxes even after. Giving is a way to express gratitude, show love, spread good cheer, and make the world a better place. Giving is also something that can be done year-round. Remain generous! Have A Gratitude Practice A great way to ensure that Christmas doesn't disappear is b ... read more

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What We Love About Brakes for Breasts

What We Love About Brakes for Breasts

Photo by Angiola Harry on Unsplash What We Love About Brakes for Breasts ​​Throughout October, Service Plus is giving away FREE quality brake pads or shoes as part of our annual fundraising effort to find a cure for Breast Cancer. We do this each year in partnership with the Brakes for Breasts non-profit, an incredible organization we are honored to work with. In the past, it’s been a successful and moving event, as we are always so happy to see the community come together for a good cause!   There’s so many things to love about Brakes for Breasts, and though this campaign doesn’t start until next month, we wanted to prep all of our customers for what’s sure to be an exciting 30 days. If you have brake maintenance on your list coming up, consider joining us for this special event!    This campaign goes nationally, and we are proud to participate ... read more

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Back To School Season

Back To School Season

Photo by CDC on Unsplash School’s starting soon, and you’re probably already knee-deep in school supply lists. But have you thought about your back-to-school supply list? Yes, it includes sandwich bags and new lunch boxes and possibly an extra strong brew of coffee to get through those first few drop-offs–but what about your car’s list? Below, we discuss a few things you should consider gifting your vehicle to prep for the back-to-school season.  New Windshield Wipers Rain is coming soon, and winter snow after that… may be the best time to get some new windshield wipers! When choosing new windshield wipers, replace them with ones that fit your vehicle. If you do not know what type of wiper blades will fit on your car or truck, many auto parts stores will be able to assist you in selecting the correct blades for your vehicle.   While checking the co ... read more

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Celebrating 30 Years Of Service and Automotive Repair

Celebrating 30 Years Of Service and Automotive Repair

This July, we are excited to celebrate 30 years in business. From 1992 - to 2022, our family-owned auto repair business has proudly served our community, and we are honored to continue top-notched service for many more years! When Don and Sharon Peck & a partner, started our business in July 1992, they leased a two-bay old gas station and added a 3rd bay. They quickly realized that the building and lot were not big enough for their business and started the planning process for the existing location today. Ground broke for our current facility in the spring of 2001, and we opened for business on July 1, 2001. It was then when Don’s daughter, Jennifer, joined the company after graduating from college with a BS in Business Management and working as an HR Manager at a large New Car Dealer about 50 miles away.   At that time, Service Plus Auto offered used car sales and auto repair. After the recession and cash for clunkers in 2006-2007, the used car business became ch ... read more

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Staying Cool (Check That AC)

Staying Cool (Check That AC)

Photo by Philipp Katzenberger on Unsplash Staying Cool (check that AC) Summer is finally here, and most of us are gearing up for fun summer activities. When we think of summer activities, we think of road trips, beach trips, and fun vacations. However, one thing we tend to forget about is the status of our cars' air conditioning.   We all love the safety of going in our cars during the summer to cool off from the heat. Luckily, our AC systems are pretty easy to maintain and receive service. We have compiled a list of signs that your car's AC system should be serviced to help you have the best summer! The Signs Your Car AC Needs Service Unusual Noises  If your car's AC is making any unusual noise that it wasn't making before, that is a warning sign that it needs service. The most common AC noises are humming, banging, or rattling. These noises ... read more

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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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