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Best Music Playlists For Your Summertime Road Trip

Best Music Playlists For Your Summertime Road Trip

Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash   Let’s be honest: road trips are a great adventure! Even the worst elements of a road trip are things we will come to miss later. But one of the most memorable parts of a road trip is sharing some great music together. It enhances the experience and gives us something special to bond over. You won’t remember going past a specific mile marker, but you’ll remember singing along, with the voice of an angel or the bark of a rude dog, to your favorite tunes together.   But sometimes, trips happen so fast that you don’t have time to prepare your own unique playlist. That is why we have prepared a list of some of the best road trip playlists on Spotify (In our opinion) ... read more

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Hitting the Road in July

Hitting the Road in July

Photo by Thom Holmes on Unsplash   It’s July, and we all know what that means: traffic, heat, crowds, road trips, and all things Summer!  For some of us, the Summer of last year was slightly different as many stayed home instead of taking our usual vacation. With the lifting of more COVID-19 restrictions, and vaccinations taking place, this season has the makings of a great Summer.  With these road trips and vacations in mind, it is essential to prepare for travel. Here are a few things to consider:   Crowds: If you would like to focus on having a quieter and more relaxed trip, you should plan on traveling outside of peak holidays. Top attractions and spots typically tend to be busier on weekends. If you can ... read more

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Kick Those Tires (National Tire Month)

Kick Those Tires (National Tire Month)

Photo by Alin Surdu on Unsplash   Welcome to our June blog! In case you hadn’t heard, June is an important month for tire safety. National Safety Tire Week is from June 28 through July 4, just in time for most summer holiday travel. It’s a time for raising awareness of the issues that can come up with a worn or faulty tire.   As COVID-19 begins to shrink away and we begin to trust each other again, more and more people will be taking to the highways for trips out, as summer places and theme parks will begin reopening this year. If you’re going to a family reunion this year or take a much-needed vacation, be aware that the roads are once again filled with drivers who have the same idea, and while they may trus ... read more

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What Everyone Should Know About Changing a Flat Tire

What Everyone Should Know About Changing a Flat Tire

Photo by Denny Müller on Unsplash   Welcome to American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission’s May Blog! With the start of May, spring is in full bloom, and we hope you’ve been able to enjoy some time outside before the summer sun hits. Today, we’re talking about what every driver should know about dealing with a flat tire on the road.   Sooner or later, a blow-out happens to all of us. The initial shock of it is traumatizing, and if you can’t get roadside assistance, it can be very distressing. That’s why it’s best to prepare for an incident with the knowledge of how to change a tire.   There are some guidelines to follow if you’ve never had to deal with a flat tire y ... read more

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Spring Cleaning in your Garage

Spring Cleaning in your Garage

Welcome to April’s blog! With spring now in full bloom, we are talking about spring cleaning and why your garage likely needs some attention as you start the season. There are many great reasons for you to devote a weekend towards spring cleaning your garage, and those reasons might even surprise you. Here’s our top four: You could use more organization and space - With space in our homes a constant issue, this is the usual reason we get up and spring clean our garages. But think about how much better and more efficient your garage will be when you’ve been through it and made decisions on what to do with assets you haven’t touched in over a year. It’s an excellent clarifying moment: do I really need that slowly-drying original paint since I changed the wall color? If you haven’t set up a tool desk, this is the perfect excuse to start planning one or reassess your current one for clarity. You’ll likely discover lost o ... read more

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The CHECK ENGINE Light: How To Keep a Warning From Being a Panic

The CHECK ENGINE Light: How To Keep a Warning From Being a Panic

One of the scariest things we can face when dealing with a problem with our car is the ambiguity of a Check Engine light. It doesn’t announce the problem directly but warns us like a fiery omen that our automobile may be in jeopardy until we get it serviced. Most issues with a car aren’t as worrying. We know what to do when a tire blows, as scary as that can be. We know where to look when the car doesn’t start. But it’s hard to tell what to worry about (or how much you should be worried) when the Check Engine light is on. Driving with the light on can conjure imaginary demons or allow us to ignore real gremlins if we don’t take it seriously. Here are some things to bear in mind when you see the Check Engine light getting your attention: A blinking Check Engine light is a serious issue. According to Motorist.org, a blinking Check Engine light is usually an indication of something much more dangerous. It can indicate an accidental misfire where unburned g ... read more

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Turning Fears Into Love: Customer Service that Redefines the Auto Repair

Turning Fears Into Love: Customer Service that Redefines the Auto Repair

We see it often when we give customers bad news about their car. Sometimes it starts with a flinch and then gradually becomes a look of disappointment on their faces. It’s a crushing moment to know you’re about to lose some money to the upkeep and repair of your car. No one relishes spending money meant to enrich your family’s life on car repairs. Even genuine love of your car still makes it difficult to surrender to the inevitable: you need help with your vehicle, and you’ll have to sacrifice some of the money you’ve saved and budgeted. We work very hard to put you at ease in our shop because we want you to know that we are your allies, and not predators waiting to collect on you. When we do inspections, we give you an idea of all the needs your car has and the timeline they are most likely to need service in to allow you to adjust your budget safely and spend as you can afford to manage. Advanced planning and working within your budget is the cornerstone ... read more

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What ASE Certification means for YOU

What ASE Certification means for YOU

You’ve probably seen the signs up at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission for ASE-certified technicians. Have you ever wondered what exactly that means, and why it’s important to you, as a car owner? ASE stands for Automotive Excellence. It’s a professional certification board that serves as the U.S. standard for competence in auto repair. The certification creates a standard by which technicians can be measured and independently approved. The board uses 50 separate tests to evaluate the skill and knowledge of an applicant for different types of vehicles. When you bring your car to a shop for repairs, a mechanic doesn’t need to be ASE-certified to work on your car. All a mechanic needs is your approval to begin. While this paves a way for teenagers into an automotive career as a mechanic,  more often than not, it means that someone without ASE certification has been put in charge of the work on your vehicle. They’ve not passed their cer ... read more

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Planning for 2021

At last, we’ve come to the end of 2020. It’s been a very… interesting year. There’s a Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” and boy oh boy, has 2020 been an interesting year. We’ve faced a pandemic, a bitterly-fought election, and are staring down the barrel of a recession that’s going to hit many of us hard. As of writing this, we’re still in the election process, unsure what may come next. With such an uncertain year ahead of us now, planning for 2021 is difficult. Although we can make our plans easily enough and look forward to seeing them come to pass, we’re making plans without knowing for certain what’s coming in the months ahead. Job security is not high. We don’t know for certain when or if COVID19 will be behind us.  Perhaps the key to mastering planning in 2021 is to know how to go with the uncertainty. Perhaps it’s learning to scale back your plans and to leave room ... read more

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Giving Gratitude For Our Cars

Giving Gratitude For Our Cars

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash As we gather together for Thanksgiving and say our graces and show gratitude to the people who make our life better, maybe it’s also a good time to give praise to that family member that we rely on too readily and credit too little: yes, I’m speaking of your BMW. Think about how much harder your year would have been without your car behaving reliably and being there for you when you needed it. While you can’t give your vehicle a seat at the table this year (not even the kids table), you can do a number of things to reflect the love your car is giving you, from the small to the grand:   Clean your car. A dirty car is unhealthy, both inside and outside. Grit and dust and pollen on your car can clog your car’s systems, choking them. A dirty interior can lead to mold and other problems. And you will do more to protect a car you think of as clean and attractive. Happy car = happy driver. Keep a clear view of the road. Y ... read more

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