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Goblins are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

Goblins are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

It’s Fall Car Care Month, and the team at Fairfax Auto Repair want to remind you that paying attention to a few maintenance items now can save you a bundle down the road – and this is especially true of brakes and tires. These two absolutely vital systems should be regularly checked, but as the temperatures begin to drop, your tires can be especially affected. Contact the team here at Fairfax Auto Repair for all your ongoing car care needs, to make sure your vehicle performs all year long. Tires and Brakes. Tires should be checked every month to make sure their pressure and tread depth are still within safe levels – and that’s doubly true in the fall. As the temperatures fall, the pressure in your tires can and do drop. To check your tread depth, use the ‘penny’ method – if the tire doesn’t touch Abe’s head, then consider new tires. As for brakes, your pads, rotors, calipers, and fluids should be checked. If your brakes are making ... read more

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Witches are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

Witches are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

It’s Fall Car Care month and here at Fairfax auto repair, we’re taking a break from the tricks to treat you with some valuable fall car care tips. As the temperatures begin to drop, we want to remind drivers like yourself that a few simple maintenance steps taken now may save you money and frustration down the road, like replacing an aging battery – and some Fall Car Care items are just good habits to be in. Air Filters and Wipers. Summers are taxing on A/C systems, and that makes Fall a great time to check your vehicle’s air filters – and we don’t mean just the one under the hood! Most cars have an in-cabin air filter that cleans and freshens the air coming from your heater and air conditioning. They’re not hard to replace, and can make the cabin of your vehicle a much more pleasant place to be in. Of course, the engine’s air filter should also be regularly replaced in order to ensure optimal fuel economy. Finally, summer heat can take a ... read more

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Ghosts are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

Ghosts are Spooky – Your Car Care Isn’t! Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair for Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month, and here at Fairfax Auto Repair, we’d like to remind each of your to take the time to become “Car Care Aware” - that’s how CarCare.org says it, and every year in October, the Car Care Council celebrates Fall Car Care Month. With that in mind, we’re bringing you a series of our favorite tips for fall car care, beginning with batteries. Battery. Your battery is put through serious strain during the hot summer months. Check your connections, and make sure they are tight, clean, and free from corrosion. Summer heat takes a toll on batteries, so testing the battery to ensure it’s still performing as it should is recommended in the fall. Batteries can often fail without warning, so testing is a good idea, and if your battery is more than three years old, replace it. Here at Fairfax Auto Repair, our goal is to be a trusted source of car care information – as far as we’re concerned, every month is Car Care Month ... read more

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Keep Your A/C… and Save Gas Too!

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

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The Fairfax Auto Repair Guide to Dashboard Warning Lights

The Fairfax Auto Repair Guide to Dashboard Warning Lights

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

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Happy Earth Day! Green Driving Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, VA

Happy Earth Day! Green Driving Tips from Fairfax Auto Repair in Fairfax, VA

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

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3 Ways Fairfax Auto Repair is a True Dealership Alternative Service Center for Virginia Drivers

3 Ways Fairfax Auto Repair is a True Dealership Alternative Service Center for Virginia Drivers

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

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To Lease or Not to Lease

To Lease or Not to Lease

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

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2016 Toyota Camry: Just What Jane Q. Public Wants in a Mid-Sized Sedan

2016 Toyota Camry: Just What Jane Q. Public Wants in a Mid-Sized Sedan

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

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AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Park Green

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Park Green

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.

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