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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 auto ... 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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