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Which Is Less Expensive? An Old Car Vs. A New Car

New-car envy is real. Looking at the latest sleek designs and all the latest technology offered today can certainly lead us to shiny-new-car syndrome. It looks so pretty! Yet, if we stop and calculate the impact buying that pretty shiny new car will have on our finances, it certainly should give us pause. There are many reasons to keep the old AND buy the new. But since most of us can’t have both, let’s look at when to hold onto what we already have and when it might just be that time to buy something shinier.   Why keep the old? Well, when it comes to new cars, money is a huge factor and it’s not limited to the actual cost of the new car. New cars increase insurance costs, monthly payments, and the cost of annual tags. This must be one of the biggest factors in determining your decision. Don’t get caught up in how cool it is without considering the long-range impact on your budget. And don’t forget that new cars, on average, decrease in value 22% i ... read more

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APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH

APRIL IS NATIONAL CAR CARE MONTH

April is National Car Care Month and Pro Auto Care invites you to join us for a free, interactive clinic at our Denver location on Saturday, April 14th from 9:00-11:00 AM, or at our Littleton location the following Saturday, April 21st from 9:00-11:00 AM.   At Pro Auto Care, the family is foremost. We want to do everything we can to keep you and your family informed about important safety aspects when operating your vehicle.  This year our topic is “Auto Care Basics” and it is our goal to educate your teenage driver or anyone wanting more insight on operating your car safely and properly. Recognizing when your car is asking for help is an important step in owning a vehicle.  In this year’s clinic, we will cover everything from changing a flat tire to what your “check engine” light is telling you. We will give you the steps to follow if your car dies and we will get down and dirty about timing belts and exactly what purpose they serve. Let ... read more

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WHY YOUR CAR'S SERVICE INTERVAL IS THE NEW TUNE UP

We can’t emphasize the importance of preventative maintenance enough. Your car is one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime, only second to your home. Because of how much we rely on our vehicles, it’s crucial to perform maintenance on a routine basis. This way, you can drive down the streets of Littleton and Denver in a safe and smooth car for many more months and miles. Proactivity is key in securing the long-term reliability and driveability of your vehicle, regardless of the make or model. Your car has certain service intervals, which is when certain maintenance items are performed at specific mileage points, such as the 30K or even 120K interval. At Pro Auto Care, we pay close attention to these service intervals, as procedures are expected to be performed at each mile marker. For instance, our technicians will take a look at your vehicle’s fluids, engine air filter, and tire pressure.   To summarize, here are three main reasons why p ... read more

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WHERE TO HAVE YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CHECKED AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE IT

You get in your vehicle, put the key into the ignition, turn it half way, and immediately notice the flash of your check engine light. This daunting, yet often unavoidable light could indicate a myriad of problems, either major or minor. Before you start to panic about what that blaring light may mean, you remember to contact your trusted auto repair shop: Pro Auto Care. It is always better to be on the safe side, especially when it comes to auto repair. When that check engine light comes on, it’s important not to ignore it, as this light could indicate a problem. Unfortunately, “check engine” is a rather broad request, seeing as it doesn’t pinpoint the exact source of trouble. It’s up to a team of competent technicians to troubleshoot the issue and accurately identify the underlying cause of that glow. Auto mechanics, like our team at Pro Auto Care, need to utilize a combination of experience, education, and equipment to accurately determine what is causing your check eng ... read more

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PRO AUTO CHOICE > CDOT TRACTION REGS FOR THE MOUNTAINS

PRO AUTO CHOICE > CDOT TRACTION REGS FOR THE MOUNTAINS

During the fall and winter, there are plenty of reasons to visit the mountains. And with consistent high temperatures in the city, it’s easy to justify a weekend trip to them. But as most Colorado residents should know by now, the weather in the city doesn’t necessarily presume the weather in the mountains. Because of this, there are certain regulations and codes that get put into place that you might not be aware of, so it’s important to be prepared. So while you’re winterizing your car, don’t forget to check your tires. During severe weather conditions, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has certain requirements for being on the road. One of these requirements is known as the Traction Law (Code 15). If this law is in effect, your vehicle must have snow tires ... read more

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IMPORTANCE OF INSPECTING CAR BEFORE SCHOOL

IMPORTANCE OF INSPECTING CAR BEFORE SCHOOL

As the summer begins to wind down and school starts to take precedence, our days become less focused on protecting ourselves from the sun and more focused on school supplies, class schedules, and departures. Whether you’re a college student who’s driving to school for the first time or you’re a parent who will need to factor in extra trips for kids’ school attendance and activities, your to-do list will likely be pretty full until winter break! When making those lists, it can be easy to overlook the transportation you need to make sure everything gets done without any unforeseen breakdowns…and you definitely don’t want a breakdown to happen in the middle of the chaos. Preventative maintenance It’s always more useful and cost effective to set up a schedule for preventative maintenance on your car, but it becomes extremely beneficial when your schedule fills up with daily impera ... read more

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HOW ROAD CONSTRUCTION & POTHOLES CAN AFFECT YOUR CAR

 HOW ROAD CONSTRUCTION & POTHOLES CAN AFFECT YOUR CAR

If a theme color were designated for the summer months, it would undoubtedly be orange. In a time when everyone is hurrying to get their summer road trips off to a quick start, most streets and highways are flooded with the familiar orange warning signs. Whether it’s detours, potholes, men working, or anything in between, it’s important to stay knowledgeable about what you might encounter and how it can affect your car during this season of construction. Tires & Suspension Roads in construction zones can often be left in a bumpy, sometimes treacherous state that affects parts of your vehicle that are already susceptible to damage. If you know you’ll be traveling through construction zones on your trip, ensure that your tires are in good shape. A slow leak can quickly become a flat, and a weak, old tire can quickly become a blowout if you hit a piece of equi ... read more

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SUMMER ROAD TRIP CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

SUMMER ROAD TRIP CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Denver is known for its pristine weather and relative access to some great road trips. Whether it’s a few days in the mountains, a weekend in the desert, or a week near the ocean, everything is within reach. The best way to plan and execute a perfect summer road trip is to take the worry out of potential car problems so you can keep your mind on the road and your favorite summer jams. Change and check your tires If you’re still using your winter tires, change them out for your summer tires. As you do so, inspect that each set is still in proper working order. Tires are more susceptible to blowouts during the hotter months, so ensure that they are inflated properly. Underinflated tires can put a strain on the rest of the wheel components of your car, while overinflated tires can cause more slippage on the highway during a rainstorm. As a matter of fact, if your tires are either underinfla ... read more

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WHEN TO SERVICE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

 WHEN TO SERVICE YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

Colorado is known for its sunny disposition. Colorado is also known for its sometimes-unpredictable weather patterns. What Colorado isn’t necessarily known for is 80-degree-plus temperatures in March without any sort of a catch – which doesn’t mean that we won’t appreciate it. It just means that we probably shouldn’t accept the arrival of summer two months early. It also means that, ready or not, we will begin to shift from relying on heaters to relying on air conditioners more and more. And while, for most of us, that shift is only seen when we move the knobs in our car from “hot” to “cold,” it’s important to remember that, as with anything that sits stagnant for months at a time, your air conditioning might not run as smoothly as you expect the first time it’s been used in a while – at least at the beginning. Your A/C system loses it refrigerant over time and that will affect its performance. Most people d ... read more

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WHEN TO CHANGE WINDSHIELD WIPERS

WHEN TO CHANGE WINDSHIELD WIPERS

When it comes to driving, there are tons of micro-details that affect your overall safety and security – everything from tire pressure to mirror placements to air and heat flow and, of course, the quality and current status of your windshield wipers. If you’re in a dry climate without much variation in weather, it can be easy to forget to maintain these little lifesavers. You may only use them once every week or so to clear off dirt or to clear away the stubborn collection of bug remains (for longer distances, that is). So what is the deal with windshield wipers? Do you use them until they don’t work anymore? Do you have to wait until you’re stuck in a snowstorm and you’re left to attempt to peer through the smudgy windshield until you can get some replacements? Maintenance & Upkeep Safe driving is a checklist of many things, but at the top of the list is how well you can see ... read more

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