As the summer is rapidly approaching, and the temperatures and gas prices start to rise, many of us have to make a very critical decision: to go with or without air conditioning while driving? While it seems like a basic question, the reality is no one wants to ride around in 90 plus degrees with the windows down, but for some, air conditioning may not be a luxury they feel they can afford. What most people are unaware of is that driving with the windows down can have a similar effect on car's engine and subsequently, its gas tank. More drag force, the resistance that any moving object encounters when passing through air, is applied to a vehicle with open windows, causing the engine to exert more energy to propel to car through the air, and thus reducing your gas mileage. According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, using air conditioning verses rolling the windows down is actually the more fuel-efficient option when driving at speeds of about 60 mph or higher. So why does it ... read more
Anyone who drives a car knows all about those warning lights on our dashboards. The Check Engine light is probably the most widely known, and perplexes drivers every day. “Check engine light” is always one of the most popular search terms for anything automotive related. Modern cars, however had warning lights for tire pressure, the cooling system, engine oil and other fluids, and more. So, if you see one of these lights, what would you do? Keep going? Panic? Pull over? Should you stop where you are, or is it safe to get home? Check Engine - Flashing vs. Solid We all know about the Check Engine Light. This light can indicate many different things, but you may not know that there is a distinction between a solid one and a flashing one. A check engine light that is lit and solid means a problem has occurred more than once – usually an emission-related problem – and you should get it checked out soon. Sometimes a check engine light will resolve itself, and one of the most common causes is ... read more
In April we like to focus on keeping things green, and since April is also National Car Care Month, Fairfax Auto Repair in Virginia is bringing you some excellent tips on better Earth-Friendly car care. When it comes to green driving in Fairfax, many people choose to drive hybrid or electric vehicles – but for those of us still piloting gas guzzlers, it’s still possible to drive greener, and save money on fuel while you’re at it. As our expert technicians here at Fairfax Auto Repair can attest, there are many ways to improve your fuel economy and reduce emissions without switching to an electric vehicle. Green Driving Tips in Fairfax VA: Keep Your Weight Down Many of us are guilty of leaving extra bulk in the car, because it’s a hassle to remove it. Extra clutter like sporting gear, leftover supplies from winter, bottled water, or any such additional weight can mean lower fuel economy for you. In fact, an extra 100 pounds in your trunk can mean up to 2% reduced gas mileage, and clutter ... read more
Since we opened in 2008, we have made it our number one goal to listen to our customers and focus on their concerns and only those concerns. That practice has become the core of every auto repair in Fairfax Virginia that we perform here, and since then we have seen tremendous growth – all because we have placed our customers first. No visit to an auto repair center near Falls Church or Vienna, VA is something most people look forward to, but here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we are confident that our commitment to honesty, integrity, transparency, and customer satisfaction above all make us the best choice for auto repair in Fairfax Virginia. Here are 3 ways we believe Fairfax Auto Repair is a cut above the rest, and a true dealership alternative service center in Fairfax, VA. An Unparalleled Commitment to Customers Here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we serve customers from Falls Church, Vienna, Alexandria, and across the Washington, DC area, many of them regulars who hav ... read more
The decision to buy or lease can be a biggie. A lease is a long-term rental, a car you’ll have to give back to the dealer at some point. A purchase is, well, yours for the long haul. Often your choice will come down to price. If you want a nicer car but aren’t in the position to make high payments, a lease is the way to go. If you feel the value of ownership outweighs higher monthly payments, a purchase is the right fit. Of course, if it were as simple as that the guide would just end here. Good thing we’ve also got incentives, monthly payments, insurance, and customization to cover, so watch for those in future posts. To Shell out or Not to Shell Out Typically, monthly lease payments are lower than loan payments. So rather than paying off the total cost of the car, lease payments just cover the smaller cost of depreciation. But what does this mean in terms of overall value? Well, with a loan your monthly payment will eventually hit zero, and then your car’s cash value is yours to use ... read more
Toyota has been deft at combining its quality engineering with an eye for what Jane Q. Public wants in a mid-sized sedan. The Camry received a significant makeover in 2015 with just small upgrades for the 2016 model year. The Camry — built in Georgetown, Kentucky — can boast being “America’s Car” as it has been among the country’s best-selling cars for many years. The Toyota Camry remains the top-selling mid-sized sedan in America, but it has plenty of competition nipping at its rear tires. To Toyota’s credit, it has improved the Camry’s handling and steering responsiveness compared with the previous version. The Entune connectivity set-up works well to integrate your smart-phone and deliver app-based services to the cabin. A supremely competent sedan that checks all the boxes for most buyers. Pricing: MSRP starting from $23,070 - See more at ... read more
Park in the shade or a garage whenever you can. The cooler you can keep your car while it's parked, the less fuel you need to use to run the air conditioning to cool it off when you start driving again. Parking in a garage also decreases the energy needed to warm up on cold winter mornings. If you can't park in the shade, consider using an electric or solar car fan, or a reflective windshield shade to help keep your car's interior more comfortable. Get all 13 Tips to Green your Car and Save Gas Here For more news and information please contact Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, Virginia via phone or contact us at FairfaxAutoRepair.com.
At the large end of its utility offerings is the three-row 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS, the only full-fledged seven-seater in the European premium SUV segment. Like the GL before it, the new GLS -- the "S-Class among SUVs" -- combines spaciousness and luxury with impressive comfort, high-performance engines, and best-in-class safety. - Continue reading: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Luxury, Performance -- and Practicality For more news and information please contact Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, Virginia via phone or contact us at FairfaxAutoRepair.com.
We have read and heard a lot recently about the “how tos” of selecting, buying, and financing a vehicle, and can enjoy the developing awareness on how women can make the best of visiting a dealership and avoid being taken advantage of in transactions. From our beginning, AskPatty has considered this information as vital to the education and assistance of women buying vehicles, as well as the dealerships with which they deal. But there are even more basic thoughts about procuring a vehicle that we tend to gloss over in our excitement to get a vehicle. These fall under the categories of “Why.” If you're considering buying a vehicle, either new or used, then here are some questions that we strongly suggest you study and approach honestly: - Continue reading: Do You Need A New Vehicle: Have You Really Thought This Out? For mor ... read more
Over the past 34 years, the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class has undergone quite a transformation from its origin as a military vehicle specifically built to tackle the toughest of terrains. Since it was brought to the civilian market in 1979 as a luxury vehicle for traversing tough off-road terrain, the boxy G-Class -- also known as the Gelaendewagen or G-Wagen -- has provided the DNA for the other SUVs built under the Mercedes-Benz brand. -Continue Reading: 2016 Mercedes-Benz G Class For more news and information please contact Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, Virginia via phone or contact us at FairfaxAutoRepair.com.