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Oil Change: Why Quick & Cheap Is Not Better

It's easy to think that keeping up on regular oil changes is all your vehicle needs. While regular oil & filter changes are important, at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee, we know your vehicle needs more.  Let me tell you a true story.  My friend has regular oil changes at a “Quick” lube in Reno. Recently he headed to Moab to meet some friends for mountain biking. In eastern Nevada, a belt broke and he became stranded.  But that wasn’t the worst of it. When the belt broke, it flung around under the hood and put a hole in the radiator. While all his radiator fluid leaked out, he stood on the side of the road wondering if he even had cell service. While he was seeking bars, and not the drinking kind, he discovered the closest shop that could do the work in a day was in Salt Lake City. He was towed, at his expense, to Salt Lake City where he put his trust in a shop he didn’t know. He purchased a new radiat ... read more

Overfilling the engine oil cause expensive damage to the vehicle

Overfilling the engine oil cause expensive damage to the vehicle

Overfilling the engine oil can cause serious damage to the engine.  Some signs that the car owner can identify that point to overfilling the oil are oil leaks and blue exhaust smoke.   ​ When too much engine oil is added, excess oil comes in contact with the crankshaft.  The crankshaft, rotating at a high-speed, mixes the oil with air which results in a foamy, aerated mixture. This foamy oil acts like a bad lubricant, and as a result, the oil is not pumped effectively through the engine.  Over time, the engine will be starved of proper lubrication, which can result in components failing and the engine seizing. Excess oil in the crankshaft can also cause the catalytic converter to fail.   Additionally, overfilling the oil puts pressure on the gaskets and seals, causing oil leaks that may not have been present before. Overfilling the oil happens more often than you might think.  Here are some instan ... read more

Quality Automotive Servicing is going to the dogs for Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe

Quality Automotive Servicing is going to the dogs for Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe

    QAS is going to the dogs and Supporting the HSTT Dogs!  Is yours keeping you sane, or insane,  during these crazy times?   We at Quality Automotive Servicing understand the importance of pets and this week for our Full Circle Friday the QAS team is GOING TO THE DOGS.    We are proud to recognize and support our local Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe with a donation for their food pantry.  Here’s how you can help…  Email us and tell us about your pet story.  How is your bond with an animal getting you through the Covid-19 crisis? For each story we will donate $5 to the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe.  We don’t know what we will do with the stories, but if you have a suggestion let us know, we are all ears.      ROSEBUD (Bud): Lab, 7 years The other day she was licking the dir ... read more

Full Circle Community Support

We at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee believe in giving back to the community in which we live, work, and play. Over the years through donations, volunteerism, board service and even local taxes, the owners of Quality Automotive Servicing have invested in this community.  The QAS team has coined a term that describes this commitment - Full Circle Community Support (FCCS).  Full Circle Community Support does not start or end with our commitment to make an impact on our community.  It’s a full circle of business supporting community and community supporting business.  Let me say this as simplistically as I can.  When consumers in the community spend their dollars locally, the money stays and recirculates in the community through jobs, investment and donations to non-profit organizations that are tirelessly working to make Truckee/Lake Tahoe a better place to live. On the flip si ... read more

Five "Car Wise" Ways to Stay Safe & Healthy

Five "Car Wise" Ways to Stay Safe & Healthy

   Now that social distancing is a thing and keeping close to the home in Truckee is the new normal, we at Quality Automotive Servicing have a few suggestions on keeping you and your car healthy.  Healthy Car, Healthy You - Five Things you can do to keep you and your car healthy. Your car can keep and carry unwanted germs.  Sanitize all the surfaces, knobs and windows to keep your family healthy.   (Ask about our A.R.-17 sanitation product that cleans and sanitizes the AC and recirculating air system, as well as the surfaces inside the vehicle).   Review the owner’s manual and take the time to really learn about your car; the maintenance schedule and even a feature you had no idea existed.  For example, inside the gas door on the Mercedes is information about tire pressure at different temperatures.  Go for a drive. Like our bodi ... read more

Healthy Car - Healthy Family - No Contact Vehicle Service - Keeping your car sanitary

It's times like these that you need a safe and reliable car.  There are things you can do to be sure your car is sanitary and in working order so you can depend on it.  First here is what we are doing to keep our employees working and supporting their families while protecting them and our customers from Covid-19. “No contact” outside secure key drop & pick up boxes available.  Four customers courtesy cars cleaned and sanitized after each use. Treated with A.R.- 17 (see below about this service for your car).  We will accommodate customers with a pick up/delivery of their vehicle or we can provide a ride home.    Single use pens and regular cleaning of counters, surfaces, and customer keys. Our technicians always wear gloves when moving your vehicle in and out of the shop.  We have purchased the newest Dyson Pure Cool Cryptomic air purification system for the customer reception area (with virus filtration).  Here ar ... read more

Team Work Makes the Difference

Team Work Makes the Difference

  “We are so proud of this amazing QAS team.  The opportunity for our employees to achieve both professional and personal growth and build teamwork is vital to our business and their lasting role in it."   Bill & Sheila Greeno, Owners Quality Automotive Servicing, Truckee   Quality Automotive Servicing (formerly Quality Automotive and Smog) in Truckee has owners who care about employee development and growth.  Over the past decade,  Bill and Sheila Greeno, have earmarked President's Day as an annual opportunity for the team to get together and work on personal/professional development and team building.   The couple recognizes that a company culture of cooperation, growth and personal development is vital to a successful business.  This past weekend, the group took the day to review the CliftonStrengths model that they have been using for the past ei ... read more

Love Your Vehicle and It Will Love You Back

Love Your Vehicle and It Will Love You Back

Happy Valentines Day. Here are three ways in Truckee you can love your vehicle so it will love you back.     Preventative Maintenance Preventative maintenance is the most important thing you can do for your car to guarantee it’s ability to keep taking you on adventures near and far.  When you love your car by performing regular maintenance that includes an inspection like the ServicePlus Red Check Inspection at Quality Automotive Servicing, your car will love you back.  Take away the worry of wondering what comes next and let QAS identify any issues or service needs on your beloved car.   Every service includes a Red Check Inspection so you can make smart and loving decisions about your vehicle maintenance.  Manufacturer Recommended Services Make your true love happy and build a strong relationship with Quality Automotive Servicing by doing all your ma ... read more

Love Your Motor Monday

Love Your Motor Monday

When was the last time you checked your oil?  If you had to think about it, it’s probably time!  Most people who get regular oil services don’t check their oil level.  I’m here to tell you that all vehicles use oil differently and some models like Subaru may run dangerously low on oil between changes.  Know that many vehicles burn oil on a regular basis and depending on how much you drive, where you drive, and how long in between oil services you go, you may need to check your oil to avoid damaging your engine. If you drive a European Import like BMW, Audi, Mercedes or Volkswagen you need to be especially aware that you and your service provider are using the correct “specialty” oil.    Your engine runs off the oil we put into it, the same way our bodies use water to hydrate us. So what happens to our body when we get dehydrated? We get sluggish, worn down and don’t function efficiently.  The same thing happens wi ... read more

Our new name is Quality Automotive Servicing

    You may have heard that we have changed our name to Quality Automotive Servicing.  We want everyone to know that above all else we perform top quality servicing and repairs for your car, truck, SUV, and Sprinter Van.  QAS is your dealership alternative for manufacturer services (30K, 60K 90K), oil service, maintenance and repairs.  We've changed our name, but we haven't changed the quality service we provide for our customers.  And we still perform smog checks and DMW paperwork process daily.     Here are a few successful companies that have gone through a name changed to become successful companies.  BackRub - Google Brad's Drink - Pepsi Blue Ribbon Sports - Nike DriveUrSelf - Hertz AuctionWeb - Ebay Pete's Super Submarines - Subway  Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo - Sony Datsun - Nissan    

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