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TEN Reasons to Keep Auto Repair and Service Local (Truckee, CA)

TEN Reasons to Keep Auto Repair and Service Local (Truckee, CA)

  The TEAM as Quality Automotive Servicing knows that vehicle maintenance does not need to be a chore if you keep in local.  Here are TEN reasons to keep it local and save money and time.  Convenience:  The hassle of traveling down the mountain with traffic, road delays and speed traps makes keeping service in your hometown of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe a convenient option.  Loaner cars:  Your Local Trusted Auto Care in Truckee has two loaner cars for customers, an Audi and a Volkswagen.  Mountain experts:  Mountain vehicles need an expert versed in the unique service needs of mountain vehicles.  Road debris like sand and dirt, varying temperatures and a high demand on various engine systems require a knowledgeable expert.    Exercise: At Quality Automotive Servicing you can squeeze in some exercise and ride our E-bike cruiser b ... read more

College Students - Don't Blow Up Your Engine

College Students - Don't Blow Up Your Engine

Attention College Students! Don’t Blow Up Your Car Engine   It's the end of the school year and the last thing any college student is thinking about is vehicle maintenance and the condition of the auto they took to college.  So listen up Mom and Dad, don't be on the hook for a new vehicle for something that could be prevented.     Whether your student is driving a newer Subaru or a tired Toyota, insist that they take a look at a few simple things before they drive it home.   Check all fluid levels and add fluid if necessary.  At Quality Automotive Servicing we see many blown engines because a young driver did not pay attention to this basic vehicle maintenance task.   Have the oil changed. Even a vehicle that is not been driven much needs fresh lubricant.  Today's oil contain detergents that clean the eng ... read more

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

“Automotive repair is getting a bit less greasy and a bit more geeky, as tablet computers become the most valuable tools on a technician's workbench” writes Cherise Threewit on the How Stuff Works website.  "There is no doubt that the shop that can keep up on technology is the one that is going to be able to care for you and your vehicle the best."  Bill Greeno, Owner Quality Automotive Servicing.   Reading The Trouble Code When you visit the shop with a check engine light, the service advisor will hook up a computer to read the “trouble code”. This gives the technician an idea of where to begin the diagnosis.  The code does not tell the technician what the problem is but only what system on the vehicle ... read more

Winter Weather Takes a Toll on Mountain Vehicles

Winter Weather Takes a Toll on Mountain Vehicles

  Winter weather. It’s a friend to outdoor enthusiasts but an enemy to your vehicle.   Winter takes a toll on mountain cars, trucks and SUV’s everyday.  Snow, cold, sand and ice are just a few of the high altitude elements that accelerate the need for general maintenance and repairs. The team at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee know about servicing mountain vehicles and provide services for vehicles in Truckee, Soda Springs, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Carnelian Bay, Incline Village and Homewood. There’s no need to travel down the mountain for service braving icy roads and becoming stuck in traffic.  Every major and minor service or repair is available at Your Trusted Local Auto Care including batteries for those cold morning starts. German imports like Audi, BMW, VW and Mercedes find a home with the talented and trained Euro import experts.  Popular American brands Jeep, Chevy and ... read more

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Hey, Don't Peel Me Off!

Hey, Don't Peel Me Off!

Five Things to Know About Your Oil Change Sticker Keeping up on regular oil changes is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle. To make it easy to remember when an oil change is needed refer to the “reminder” sticker in the upper left of your windshield. This will prompt you to make an appointment for oil service at Your Trusted Local Auto Care in Truckee.  Here are five things the sticker is telling you.  Premium Oil & Filters: Quality Automotive Servicing uses high quality Valvoline oil and oil filters. There are cheaper products out there, but for best performance and engine longevity we choose Valvoline.  Synth = Synthetic: Synthetic oils are a better product for your vehicle and the rigorous driving in our mountain environment. Synthetic oil performs better at high temperatures and has longer change intervals which will save you time and money ... read more

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Oil Service

Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle can be a frustrating experience. How do you truly know what you are purchasing? How do you determine the true condition of a vehicle from a private party, a car lot or a dealership?  The first thing to know is that a seller may not be totally honest and forthcoming about the condition of the vehicle. Even honest sellers may not really know the "true" condition of the vehicle or be aware of a needed repair lurking under the hood. If you are purchasing from a lot, many vehicles come from out of state and could have been in a flood or accident. Even a  dealership or independent sales lot that “certifies” the condition of the vehicle may have overlooked (or looked the other way) on vital maintenance and repair issues.      Here are 5 things to watch out for when buying a used car.   1.    Has the car been stored for a long period of time ... read more

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While at College...Don't Blow Up Your Engine

While at College...Don't Blow Up Your Engine

If your Truckee or Lake Tahoe student is heading off to college and bringing a vehicle, now is the time to start preparing.  As a parent of a future college freshman, I know that there is alot to think about in getting ready to send them off. Sometimes the last thing on the to-do list is the vehicle they may be taking.  Here are some hints from the folks at Quality Automotive Servicing that will make your students trip back and forth to school safe and worry free.    Have the oil serviced and get an inspection:  The last thing you need is for your student to be seeking out a mechanic and dealing with a repair while at school.  Before they leave, have the vehicle in for an oil service and complimentary Red Check Inspect at Quality Automotive Servicing.  We will rack to vehicle and give it an overall look.  You receive a report giving you an idea of the condition of the vehicle and alerting you to any issues. &n ... read more

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Oil Service

Summer Heats Up, Your Cooling System Cools it Down

Summer Heats Up, Your Cooling System Cools it Down

  The cooling system  of your vehicle will be working hard this summer as temperatures in Truckee and Lake Tahoe heat up.  To be sure your truck, SUV or car can take the heat have a qualified technician at Quality Automotive Servicing run through a checklist of items that will keep you on the road.  Here are some things to consider in maintaining a healthy cooling system and your safety on the road.  The ratio of coolant in the radiator should be 50:50 with the manufacturer recommended coolant for your engine and distilled water.  Coolant should be flushed and changed regularly. The professionals  at Your Trusted Local Auto Care suggest it be done annually for Glycol systems and every 100K with modern coolants. This keeps the system fresh and free of containements which will prevent corrosion and assures that the coolant has the proper boiling point and protection.  If you experience overheating while driving, pull over at th ... read more

Keep Your Engine Healthy With a High Quality Oil Filter

Keep Your Engine Healthy With a High Quality Oil Filter

The buzz around ‘extended oil change intervals’ for passenger cars and SUVs is everywhere. Most vehicle manufacturers are recommending longer oil change intervals. Oil companies are offering oils that they promote as having extended life. And motorists, pressured by the challenges of a tight economy and a hectic lifestyle, like the prospect of fewer trips to get their car’s oil changed.   There are a few issues with extended oil change intervals.  One is the quality of product used.  The oil filter needs to have the require a capacity and efficiency to stand up against the impact of dirt, dust and engine contaminants over an extended period of time. As an owner that wants to protect your engine, know that not all oil filters are equal and a discounted oil change will probably be using a less quality filter that just can not stand up. 1.  Filter Capacity The term ‘capacity,’ when used in reference to an oil ... read more

You're Covered with Certified Auto Repair

You're Covered with Certified Auto Repair

Quality Automotive Servicing is now a Certified Auto Repair center.  As you venture out on the road headed to your next adventure, count on a 24,000 mile, 24 month coast to coast, nationwide warranty on any part and service performed at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee, CA.  Plus, just in time for your summer travel season, every customer, including Smog Checks, receive the Certified Auto Repair 24 hour roadside assistance with an 800 number that not only connects you with a tow truck, but reimburses for items such as towing, jump starts, tire change assistance, fuel delivery and even key lock out service.  On your next trip in Truckee, Lake Tahoe or across the nation, know you’re covered if you get into trouble.  When things happen, call 800-457-0019 day or night and Certified Auto Repair will help you get back on the road.  Full details are available on the Quality Automotive Servicing website or keep the brochure handy in your glove box.  J ... read more

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