The auto mechanics and the rest of our team at Import Auto Specialists in San Diego love to educate our customers, and that’s why we write this blog. Any way that our auto repair team can provide you useful information, that’s exactly what we want to do. That’s also why we perform digital inspections and take the time to listen to you thoroughly and what you have to say about your car. Import Auto Specialists in San Diego offers a 3 year/36,000 mile parts and labor warranty on most repairs. We also have a 3 Year/36,000 Mile NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty on parts and labor. To make your experience with us even better, when you bring your vehicle in for any major service or repair, you’ll drive away with a vehicle that has received a complimentary full-service! When you are ready for top-quality auto care, give us a call at 858-576-7186, or schedule an appointment today. We hope you enjoy our blog!

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Evacuations in the Dry Season and Your Car

Evacuations in the Dry Season and Your Car

Photo by Malachi Brooks on Unsplash   With wildfires becoming more violent in the state of California, we have to make sure that our car is in top shape in case of an evacuation. Although nothing beats checkups with a professional mechanic, here are some bullet points to help you determine if your car is ready if disaster comes in your region:   Check your tires. If your tires have dry rot or are coming apart, it’s best to replace them immediately if you can. If your tires have hard rubber in some places, that’s also an indicator of worn-down tires.   Avoid soft brakes. Soft brakes can be caused by a couple of things, but most oftenly, they are a sign of contaminated brake fluid. It’s a rule of thumb ... read more

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Our Favorite Mercedes Commercials!

Our Favorite Mercedes Commercials!

Photo by Gabriel Sollmann on Unsplash   Car commercials can move us, educate us, make us laugh, and even make us angry. The annual Super Bowl tradition of car commercials has produced some very funny, lasting characters. And Mercedes-Benz has done many exciting commercials over the years. But the five commercials featured in this blog will likely never be beaten!   Take a look at some of our favorite commercials from Mercedes-Benz!   The 2012 CLS Commercial - This commercial is a pretty crafty way to combine technical knowledge with a sense of humor. Part of Mercedes-Benz's charm as a brand!     Appa ... read more

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San Diego Adventuring

San Diego Adventuring

Photo by Lance Anderson on Unsplash   San Diego is the second-largest city in California, including numerous charming neighborhoods and communities, with sunny skies, scenic wilderness, and countless outdoor adventures. Including the best attractions for memorable experiences for you, your family, and friends!    But, do you know what type of attractions to find in San Diego? The most difficult decision to make is to determine what to do and see. Below are three of the best places that you might want to visit.    Hike Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: Hike in the trails of the beautiful Torrey Pines, with the most incredible ocean views; you can also find a diversity of plants and wildlife, including coastal pr ... read more

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The Coolest Cars on Television and Film

The Coolest Cars on Television and Film

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash   Welcome to the June blog! This month, we’re having a look at some of the coolest cars in television and film.   We’re skipping cars that are mostly made up of the adventurer’s exploits and going to cars that do exceptional things.   5.  Pursuit Special, Mad Max, 1979: Also known as The Interceptor, this was Max Rockatansky’s police pursuit vehicle in Mad Max and the sequels. Set in a dystopian future where gas had run out, outlaw societies form based on fuel dependence and access.  Max’s car had all sorts of custom riggings, including booby traps for those not mechanically minded, to ens ... read more

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Japanese Imports in the Sizzling Summer

Japanese Imports in the Sizzling Summer

Photo by Anastase Maragos on Unsplash   Welcome to the May blog for Import Auto Specialists! We hope that April was kind to you and your family and that immunizations are scheduled if not yet done. Things are beginning to reopen everywhere, and we hope everyone stays just ahead of the virus and keeps wearing those masks until they hear otherwise from the government!   We’re deep in Spring, and while May showers aren’t guaranteed, we can bet that Summer is just around the corner. The Summer heat can be brutal on your car and you. Being in a space with glass windows in the sun is solar cooking, so do your best to minimize the Summer’s traumatic heat when it arrives. Here are some tips for how to handle ... read more

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Getting the Most out of Stock Audio

Getting the Most out of Stock Audio

Welcome to Import’s April blog.  When you first get into a new car, there’s the adjustment period where you learn what you can about the bells and whistles. Sooner or later, we want to get the most out of our sound system, for great tunes during our commutes. With the fun of experimentation, we sometimes experience the disappointment of a wrong turn that leaves us worse off than when we began. There’s also the other factor to consider: the danger of changing your car stereo system from the factory defaults. It isn’t always an improvement, and can lead to heartache with your electrical system. At Import Auto, we have a few suggestions on what to do to get the most out of your car’s factory-embedded music system (without putting your sound system in grave danger). Leave things as they are. Try to leave the bass and treble settings alone where possible, because those presets were designed to reach the entire vehicle evenly. Adjusting them may shift th ... read more

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A Checklist For Spring: Things to do this year

 A Checklist For Spring: Things to do this year

Welcome to March, and the first moments of Spring!  If you’re itching to get outside, there are so many adventures that you and your family can enjoy. That is why this month, we are highlighting some of the best outdoor events in the San Diego area. Four things to do around San Diego during March: Do you love surrounding yourself with flowers? If flowers make your heart melt, consider visiting the Flower Fields of Carlsbad. This garden is impressive and beautiful in its size and colors. But, be sure to bring your allergy medications for when you start sneezing or experience itchy eyes.  Speaking of gardens, the San Diego Botanic Garden is an excellent destination for people of all ages. With four miles of garden trails and vistas, you, the kids, the grandparents, and extended family can spend some quality time together among flowering trees and plants. Again, make sure you wear a mask and pack extra allergy meds, just in case.  During non-pandemic circumstance ... read more

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Loving Your Car Back To Life

Loving Your Car Back To Life

Welcome to February! We’ve got the Super Bowl in one week and Valentine‘s Day in two weeks. That’s two jam-packed weekends to get through.  As we make our plans for Valentine’s day, we’ve got love and affection on our minds. And the recurring theme is the neglectful car owner who realizes too late they want the car they own.  Over time, you may have become fickle with the love you’ve shown your car. You may have cut corners and refused to give your vehicle the care it needs to survive. Here are some steps to loving your car back to life! Inspection - the first step to solving any problem is identifying it. An assessment helps determine what life remains in your vehicle and what work you will need to do if you intend to maintain the car. If your vehicle is too far gone to come back, or if the cost will exceed getting a new car, this is where you tend to find out. Fluid exchange - if there’s life le ... read more

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Top Parent Approved vehicles for new drivers

Top Parent Approved vehicles for new drivers

This December, some new drivers may wake up Christmas morning to find keys to a car in their stocking. As they prepare to move out of the home and on to college, parents are buying their kids used cars, more and more, as their ‘starter’ car.    If you’ve been thinking of a car to pair with your new driver, U.S. News and World Report has done a very comprehensive look at the best used cars for new drivers. Here’s a look at what they found out!   The features most parents want their kids’ first car to have are very safety-focused:   Driver Assistance features - forward collision warning automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and teen driver controls (with notifications for parents) Strong predicted reliability ratings Excellent crash test scores   The things that we most important to avoid were the unsafe elements:   Sports cars - showy cars that go to drivers’ heads High seating cap ... read more

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Five Top Driving Apps

Five Top Driving Apps

If you do a lot of driving in the city, as Uber/Lyft drivers and pizza delivery drivers do, you know more than a few handy mobile applications to help you get the job done. We’re looking at the top 5 free driving apps, available both on Android phones and iPhones! 5. Parkopedia -  It’s great to have a program to get you where you need to be, but what do you do when you arrive and there’s no parking? Parkopedia shows you the nearest available parking. 4. GasBuddy - Ever held off on getting gas thinking that your usual spot would be the lowest, and then feel the sting of seeing you could have had your gas cheaper where you were, GasBuddy is for you, letting you know what the lowest gas is between destinations. 3. Roadtrippers -  If you’re doing any traveling over the holidays, Roadtrippers is a great free app for calculating the cost of your travel and the pit stops and detours you’ll need to make along the way. 2. GoogleMaps - There’s so ... read more

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