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!

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Summertime Road Trips?

As we all dream of a summertime road trip and should be prepared, just in case we can hop in the car and go. With the COVID-19 epidemic chasing our heels and so much uncertainty surrounding our travel plans, now is an ideal time to get our vehicle prepared for the just-in-case. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So let's plan on curing our stir-crazy selves, by being prepared for our upcoming freedoms and road trips!  

A full-service inspection comes standard with preventive maintenance services such as oil changes. This simple inspection by a professional auto mechanic can make the difference between being stuck on the side of the road and arriving at your destination. It is an excellent idea to let the professionals give your vehicle a once-over a few days before planning to leave town. This allows time for any last-minute repairs, in case they are found.

Safety first 
Here is a list of safety inspection items that should be checked out before leaving on your adventure:

Fluid check
Engine oil, power steering, transmission, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, and brake fluid are all part of your vehicles essential fluids. 

Check to see if your wipers leave your windshield clean. If you have streaks, it may be time to replace your wipers.

Battery inspection
It is essential to check your battery connections to ensure they are securely fastened and free of corrosion. It is a good idea to check the date of your battery; they typically last between 3-5 years.

Brake check
If your brakes pads are less than 50%, it is a good idea to have the pads changed, especially if you plan to drive more than 1,000 miles roundtrip on your adventure.

Making sure that your struts, shocks, and springs are in good shape before heading out on a trip will keep you on the road riding in comfort.

Do a walk around and be sure that all of your lights are working. There are a lot of lights on your car, however, merely inspecting turn signals, brake lights, headlights and tail lights will keep the fuzz from flashing their lights in your rearview.

How is the tread on your tires? Do they show uneven wear? Are there belts showing? If you see anything irregular with your tires, it is best to take your car in for an alignment and tire inspection. It will save you money in the long run.

Giving your car a tune-up, fluid change, having the belts inspected, and any check engine lights diagnosed before heading out onto the road is an excellent idea. 

If you are hoping for a summertime road trip, we at Import Auto Specialists are here to inspect and offer precise car care; we get to know your car, your driving habits, and you, which allows us to provide you with specialized service. We are always diligent when it comes to cleaning, disinfecting, and workplace safety, we have implemented additional processes that are the primary focus of our management team. Examples of these actions include Hand sanitizer in customer areas, increasing bathroom sanitizing, and cleaning countertops, tables, chairs, and door frequently handles throughout the day.

We are offering contactless drop and pickup options to aid our clients in social distancing as per the CDC's guidelines, and we are now offering $50 off for new customers, so give us a call at 858-576-7186 or schedule an appointment today so we can take great care of you and your vehicle. 


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