Monday, February 4, 2013

The Safety of Your Family is Our Top Priority

At Bonita Valley Auto Care we understand the safety of your family is perhaps the most important thing on your mind when it comes to your vehicle. Tires can change the game making your car unsafe.

Check your treads

  • The condition of your tires can affect everything from handling to gas mileage
  • Keep a tire pressure gauge in your car and check all your tires frequently
  • Recommended tire pressure can usually be found on a decal or sticker inside the driver’s door
  • Tires should typically be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles to equalize tire wear

Indicators that you need tire or alignment service: 

  • Bends or dents in the wheels
  • Recurring loss of tire pressure
  • Bumps in the sidewalls of your tires
  • Vibration emanating from the wheels
  • Unusual front-end movement on flat surfaces

Bonita Valley Auto Care is a AAA and NAPA full service automotive shop serving Bonita, Chula Vista, greater San Diego and the surrounding cities.

The Right Repair Shop

Choosing the right repair shop can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines to help you along the way.

Q. Does the shop have set pricing?
Beware: If a shop does not have set pricing many times they are “shooting from the hip” and your repair bill will be much higher than the original quoted price.

Q. Are they comparable with other local shop’s prices or are they too low?

Beware: Many shops shoot you a low price to get you in the door and then up charge you.

Q. Do they provide you with a price prior to looking at your vehicle?
Beware: You are not a mechanic so why should your mechanic diagnose your vehicle over the phone. Make sure your shop looks at your car before providing a final price.

Q. Is there a warranty?
Beware: Every good shop has a warranty. Bonita Valley Auto Care covers parts and labor on qualifying repairs and services for 12 months/12,000 miles. That doubles to 24 months/24,000 miles if you use your NAPA VISA or NAPA AutoCare EasyPay Credit Card (applications available at participating locations). If there is no warranty the company doesn't stand behind their work.

Q. Do they have reviews independent of a third party marketing company?
Beware: Third party marketing companies send out customer surveys after your car has been serviced. If you are unhappy, and you complain, your review does not alway appear online because most third party marketing companies only post positive reviews. We like a happy customer, which is why we strive to make everyone happy. Rather than using smoke and mirrors we simply encourage you to go online and let the world know about your experience with Bonita Valley Auto Care.

Once you find a shop that you like, stay with that shop; maintaining a long term relationship with your automotive repair shop will save you thousands over the life of your car. Automotive repair shops generally make recommendations regarding preventative maintenance so you can avoid major costly repairs like engine replacement. Good shops also provide an avenue of communication and transparency so that you can see your service records online and track your recommendations, and plan for your repairs.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Tips

As temperatures increase, so do the demands made on your vehicle. So make sure your vehicle is up to summer's challenge.

How can you help your car cope? 
  • Check your tires often, heat cause your tires to expand which can increase your chances for a blowout.
  • In extreme summer temperatures, you may have to change the grade of your engine oil. Choosing the right type of oil can man a huge impact on your fuel economy. 
  • Check the cooling system—both hoses and radiator—for leaks.
  • Check the coolant recovery reservoir under the hood when the engine is cold. Add the coolant recommended in your owner's manual, if required.