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Home, Health and Auto Checklist: January 2018

Posted on January 04, 2018 by Suzanne Carroll

From gutters and gardens to oil changes and tire rotations, it can be challenging to keep up with the annual maintenance for your home and car. And let’s not forget that the Bay Area is a unique place where seasonal maintenance looks a little different. Where else in the country do you have heavy fog one month and wildfire risk the next? That’s why we’ve created the 2018 Diamond Certified Home Service Calendar. It’s designed to help Bay Area residents organize and execute all their maintenance tasks throughout the year, and it also features numerous helpful tips and insider knowledge from Diamond Certified Expert Contributors. Read more

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Video: Engine Fluid Maintenance

Posted on September 14, 2017 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on auto engine maintenance. One of the aspects mentioned was the importance of changing and monitoring engine oil and transmission fluid. To learn more about this crucial component of vehicle care, watch this video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ken DeMartini of Japan Auto Repair, Inc.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Under the Hood

Posted on September 12, 2017 by James Florence

A vehicle has several components that need to be maintained, from tires to brakes to suspension. However, the most critical of these components are found under the hood—namely the engine and transmission. We’ve asked eight Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to give their tips on caring for these vital organs of vehicle operation.



Fluids are the lifeblood of the engine, providing the necessary cooling and lubrication to allow its moving parts to function safely and smoothly. That’s why ongoing fluid maintenance is crucial for maximizing engine lifespan. Ken DeMartini of Japan Auto Repair, Inc. says this starts with engine oil. “One of the most important aspects of vehicle maintenance is having your oil changed at regular intervals—after all, Read more

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Your Kid’s First Car: What Every New Driver Needs to Know

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Suzanne Carroll

What’s the perfect accessory to go with a cap and gown? A set of car keys. With graduation season upon us, many young people will be getting their first cars before heading off to college or starting their first jobs. A car allows a young person to experience freedom and independence, but it’s also a serious responsibility. School may be over for your child, but the life lessons are just about to begin. To learn how you can help teach your child to be a responsible car owner, read these tips provided by five Diamond Certified Experts.

How to buy a car
For many young people, an auto dealership may be where the car of their dreams crashes into the reality of their bank accounts. Read more

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On the Road Again: Preparing Your Vehicle for Summer Travels

Posted on May 24, 2016 by James Florence

It’s summer once again—the season for recreational favorites like swimming, barbequing, camping and beach-going. However, let’s not forget perhaps the most iconic summertime activity of all: the great American road trip. With school out and the weather right, summer presents an ideal opportunity for domestic travelers to quench their wanderlust by hitting the open road. However, while you may be ready and raring for your next asphalt adventure, if your vehicle isn’t, your trip could wind up being a lot shorter than anticipated. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Car Care Tips

Posted on March 23, 2015 by James Florence

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s not surprising that our vehicles often get taken for granted. However, considering the vital role they play in our daily routines, ongoing vehicle maintenance should be a top priority. Fortunately, most aspects of maintenance are fairly simple and, in many cases, can be performed independently. Take a minute to review these car care tips from five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors.


1. Tire maintenance: Walee Gon of Faxon Garage

When a vehicle’s tires are under-inflated, it leads to increases in fuel usage, braking distance and tread wear. That’s why you should regularly monitor your tires’ inflation levels using a hand-held tire pressure gauge. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Essential Vehicle Maintenance

Posted on July 29, 2014 by James Florence

Let’s face it: in this day and age, a vehicle is more than just a means of transportation—it’s an investment, and a substantial one at that. From the price of engine repair and body work to ongoing fuel and insurance costs, owning a vehicle constitutes a major financial obligation, which is all the more reason to be proactive about maintenance. With this in mind, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to weigh in on key areas where maintenance matters most. Read more

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