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Your Car’s A/C System: Your Service Won't Be Cheaper, But The Outcome Will Be Better Due to Accurate Detection

Your Car’s A/C System: Your Service Won't Be Cheaper, But The Outcome Will Be Better Due to Accurate Detection

Summer is upon us and while we love the long summer days and the even the hot sun, the hot sun isn’t so fun if our a/c isn’t up to snuff. The Denver summer sun can be relentless and intense and no one wants to suffer the heat whether on a summer vacation road trip or simply getting to and from work. Lucky for us, the highly trained automotive technicians at Pro Auto Care in Denver & Littleton have the latest equipment and technology developed to be able to precisely pinpoint your auto’s a/c leak or leaks. A/C leaks can be hard to locate and the cost of return visits to your automotive repair shop can start to climb just like the temperatures. The equipment is expensive, so the cost of the repair may be higher than the guys down the street, but you won’t have to come back time and again and it won’t take our ASE-Certified mechanics nearly as long to detect and fix the problem. This technology lets us find even the smallest of holes that older technology ... read more

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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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A SPORT WAGON IN EVERY GARAGE | PART II

A SPORT WAGON IN EVERY GARAGE | PART II

Enter the minivan. In the early 80s it quickly filled the desire of new families to find a new way of carting their kids and accompanying paraphernalia around the neighborhood. Better in some ways than the classic family wagon but worse in so many others, the mini van’s tenure was ultimately much shorter than its predecessor. As the 90s approached, the SUV is on the horizon and it’ll leave the minivan burning in its path. I’m sure we don’t need to convince anyone that the SUV essentially took over as the default family vehicle in America. Just look around, you’re lucky to see one car for every 3 SUVs or trucks on the streets of Denver. This may have something to do with the extreme weather in our fair city, but the dominance is clear. So here we are. The craze has lasted a good 20 years and the auto market feels overdue for an adjustment. Again, today’s children look at their parents SUV, the way th ... read more

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A SPORT WAGON IN EVERY GARAGE | PART I

A SPORT WAGON IN EVERY GARAGE | PART I

Some details: Manufacturers like Jeep are replacing both the Compass and Patriot with a new crossover platform for 2017 and Honda expects their new subcompact crossover, the HR-V to outperform its best selling Pilot next year. If you look at the concept cars popping up from American, Japanese and European manufacturers over the past few years, they’re all pointing at a more streamlined, efficient and compact vehicle. Of course, there are always exceptions, Lexus and Infinity continue to sell a ton of their LX and QX vehicles respectively with no plans to trim down– but at this point they are the exception rather than the rule. If this trend continues, where might we end up? Back to the beloved family wagon perhaps? Let’s take a look at why this might be the inevitable full-circle scenario starting with this snippet from Charles Moss at The Atlantic: “At one point in America’s automotive history ... read more

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A SPORT WAGON IN EVERY GARAGE

 A SPORT WAGON IN EVERY GARAGE

The industry calls it “impact incompatibility” and it translates into the corners of your car not lining up with the corners of my SUV. This phenomenon was limited to tall trucks and oversized pickups until the 1990s when the Sport Utility Vehicle ruthlessly captured the American market. The statistics state that you are three times more likely to die in your car when hit by an SUV than you are when hit by another car. Because traditional SUVs are built on tall truck frames, they simply roll up and over your crumple zones and engine compartments rendering them useless to protect you. Moreover, unless you’ve been living under a sound proof rock for the past 20 years, you know that putting your fellow motorists at a disadvantage on the motorways is not the only downside of driving an SUV. High center of gravity leading to roll overs, poor visibility leading to back over deaths, poor handling and extr ... read more

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CAR NEWS FROM CES 2015

 CAR NEWS FROM CES 2015

Most normal people don’t really care all that much about CES, the Consumer Electronics Show that gives technology companies an excuse to play Nerds Gone Wild in Las Vegas every January. For those of us not involved with the debauchery of the show itself, the only indication that something extraordinary is happening is brief mentions in the news about the weird new gadgets on display. This year more than any other, however, those weird new gadgets have included cars. It may seem strange that cars are now considered “consumer electronics”. Still, it makes perfect sense when you think about it. After all, to most people, a car is just a transportation utility. And with cars being filled with more gizmos and gadgets than ever, they’re about as much electronics as your cell phone. So what’s the latest and greatest on the car front at CES this year? Two things: electric cars, and self-driving cars. W ... read more

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DRIVING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

DRIVING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

It’s the new year, which means it’s time to shed some horrible habits and start making a plan for becoming a better person! Of course, we’re not talking about getting healthy, finding a better job, or spending less time watching daytime TV. Those are noble goals, for sure, but they’re not REALLY important. No, what’s REALLY important is spending the year becoming less of a menace on the roads. Yeah, we’re talking to you. Like a grease-stained Santa Claus in mechanics overalls, we know all the naughty things you did last year behind the wheel of that 2-ton killing machine you call a vehicle, and we’re going to help you make it on the “nice” list this year. So put your right hand firmly on the steering wheel in the 2 o’clock position and repeat after us: This year, as part of my New Year’s resolution to become a better driver, I do solemnly swear: I will not use my phone while driving ... read more

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BENEFITS OF ROTATING YOUR TIRES

There was a time not so long ago when everyone rotated tires. It was something you did, every year (or more often, if you drove a lot). These days, thanks in large part to advances in tire technology, few people even think about rotating their tires. That’s a shame, though, because even with tire lifetimes now measured by the tens of thousands of miles, there are a lot of benefits that come along with rotating your tires (or, more likely, paying someone to rotate them). Improve the Lifetime of Your Tires Tire technology may have improved the usual lifetime for many passenger tires into the tens and twenties of thousands of miles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve on those estimates yourself. Rotating your tires helps make sure that the normal tire wear of driving around is spread evenly across all four of your tires, potentially adding thousands of miles to your tires’ lifespan. With tire prices always increasing, this can save you hundreds of dollars in ... read more

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