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10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. Check the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.

  2. Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per gallon.

  3. Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

What People Say About Us


  • -Kathleen F. S.

    I can't trust any other than BOB. My family discovered Bob many years ago when we stopped to view the cutest little yellow VW convertible he was selling. We were intent on the little beauty until Bob said "you know this isn't a daily driver". We have been with him since because of the honesty and integrity exhibited in that interaction and in every transaction since.


  • -Pasquale R. V.

    Bob has been working on all of our vehicles (domestic and import). He is a top notch mechanic who is excellent at diagnostics and repair. Friendly and ALWAYS a pleasure to work with. Bob is THE ONLY mechanic that I have used for the past +5 years. He is THE ONLY mechanic we will ever use. When my in laws were visiting from FL they had an issue. Bob took them last minute and quickly had the problem fixed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!


  • -Jamie Lee C.

    Thanks Bob for all you have done for me and the fleet of cars and trucks we've had in your shop. First class service every time! Too bad there's not a 10 star rating....you deserve it. Highly recommend!!!!!


  • -Kathleen F. S.

    I can't trust any other than BOB. My family discovered Bob many years ago when we stopped to view the cutest little yellow VW convertible he was selling. We were intent on the little beauty until Bob said "you know this isn't a daily driver". We have been with him since because of the honesty and integrity exhibited in that interaction and in every transaction since.

Call us for service: 804-594-6628

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