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Specialty Spotlight: DMV Service Companies

Posted on January 08, 2019 by Suzanne Carroll

The hassles and headaches of dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has become a trope of American comedy. But like all comedy, it’s based on a nugget of truth. Often, a trip to the DMV really does mean long lines, crowded waiting areas and labyrinthine paperwork requirements. Unfortunately, navigating this bureaucracy is necessary any time you need to renew your driver’s license, buy or sell your car, or have a problem with your vehicle’s registration. Read more

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(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Tire Care

Posted on August 14, 2018 by James Florence

Want to get the most out of your vehicle’s tires? Of course you do. However, you may not realize all that this entails in terms of ongoing care and maintenance. To help you, we’ve created this comprehensive, “rubber meets the road” guide to tire care. In it, we’ll cover the following aspects:

  • Why tire care is important
  • Maintaining proper tire pressure
  • Rotating your tires
  • Wheel alignment and balance
  • Tire repair
  • Knowing when to replace your tires
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Maintenance Tips for Premodern Vehicles

Posted on July 05, 2018 by James Florence

Most of the cars and trucks you typically see on the road today were built within the last 25 years. With modern vehicles, maintenance tends to be pretty simple, thanks to improved technology and designated preventative maintenance schedules. In contrast, when it comes to premodern vehicles (whether vintage, classic or just plain old), maintenance can be a real challenge. Read more

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Winter Road Safety Checklist

Posted on February 20, 2018 by James Florence

Throughout most of the year, Bay Area residents enjoy exceptionally pleasant weather, exemplified by mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The problem is, in this characteristically comfy climate, it’s easy to forget about preparing for when the weather isn’t so nice. Take winter road safety, which many Northern California drivers neglect to prepare for due to the relatively brief rainy season. However, with the slick roads and diminished visibility winter weather often brings, it’s necessary to address this crucial concern. To help you do this, we’ve created the following checklist of areas to assess on your vehicle. Read more

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Video: How to Polish Out a Scratch on Your Car

Posted on January 11, 2018 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on DIY auto body care. One of the tips provided was a procedure for polishing out a minor surface scratch on a car’s body. To see this procedure performed in person, watch this video by Tom Trago of Anchor Auto Body.

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Diamond Certified Experts: Auto Body Care

Posted on January 09, 2018 by James Florence

In order to maintain your car’s appearance, you’ll need to know how to properly care for its paint and clear coat. Photo: Coelho’s Body Repair & Auto Sales, Inc. (2018)

For many people, a car represents more than a mere means of conveyance. It might be a status symbol, a passion project or simply the result of long-term hard work and frugality. If any of these applies to you, you’re likely as concerned about your car’s outward appearance as you are about its internal components, in which case you’ll want to know how to effectively maintain it. To that end, we’ve asked six Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to provide their auto body care tips. 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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