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It’s National Car Care Month!

It’s National Car Care Month! Woo-hoo! Winter is finally over, and Spring is here with Summer just around the corner. April is your vehicles favorite month because it’s all about getting pampered for upcoming adventures and trips.  National Car Car Month is to remind and encourage you to bring your vehicle in and fix any issues that you have been putting off since winter. Yes, that means it’s time to take care of that rattle sound when accelerating or that screeching noise you hear when you break. If you put off a problem for too long it could worsen and cause other issues; you don’t want that to happen as the weather finally gets nice.  Winter hazards are over, and Spring ones are coming. You should get your tires and brakes check and changed if needed. Spring showers can cause the roads to get very wet and slick; you want to be able to stop without sliding or hydroplaning. You should also replace your windshield wipers and put a layer of synthetic ... read more

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10 Great Ways to Organize Your Car

10 Great Ways to Organize Your Car

If this looks like your front seat, you can probably benefit from this post! Organizing your car can be a daunting task. You need to start somewhere and, the hardest part is simply getting started. Begin with cleaning out your car. Get rid of all the trash and put everything where it truly belongs, whether that's inside the house, the garage, or the garbage (maybe Goodwill too). Once you have accomplished this sometimes-overwhelming task, you are ready to begin organizing your car in a way that will keep it from every feeling so overwhelming again. Well, we can dream, can’t we? Here's a list of some handy ideas to get you started: Shower caddies attached to the backseat windows to hold things like crayons and small toys. Make it easy for your kiddos to reach items that will keep them occupied on the road.  A shoe caddy. You can hang it over the car seat so that it hangs behind you. Great for putting sunscreen, pens, diapers, juice cups not far out of reach but sti ... read more

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How to Protect Your Car if You Have No Garage

How to Protect Your Car if You Have No Garage

All right, it’s time to confess. How many of you have no garage where you live and wish you had one? Alternatively, how many of you park your car outside in the driveway or street because your garage is too full? Whether you live in an apartment or condo complex with no garage parking, or if your home’s garage is too packed with stuff to house your vehicle, we understand your dilemma. How do you protect your car if you have no garage? For those of us who have to park their cars outside, and that’s a lot of us, here are some ideas on how to protect your vehicle from the elements if you have no garage. Car covers. Purchasing a good car cover will help protect your vehicle, keep it dry, and reduce dust deposits. There are several high-quality car covers you can buy online that are made specifically for your car model. Extra wax coating or paint protection. If you want to protect your paint from chips, dings, whorls, and scratches, you may consider waxing it more fre ... read more

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Get Your Trunk Organized

Get Your Trunk Organized

It’s January, and most people have some version of “Get Organized!” on their list of resolutions for the new year if that sounds like you, how about starting someplace manageable, like your trunk, before moving on to organizing your entire garage. After all, that project could take years for some people! First Steps Make sure you have enough time before taking you everything take everything out of your trunk. Unless your trunk is in terrible disarray and hasn’t been cleaned out in years, an hour or two should do the trick. Now decide where you’ll put all the stuff you’ll take out. You’ll also need a folding table or two, a garbage can or bag, paper towels, spray cleaner, and vacuum cleaner. Remove Everything If you have a folding table or two, that could help with this part of the chore. Take everything out of your trunk so you can see what’s in there. You could also put everything on an old blanket or newspapers. Spread it out so you ... read more

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Holiday Light Displays in and around Campbell

 Holiday Light Displays in and around Campbell

With so many engineers in the Campbell area, the light displays are amazing! We’re so lucky to have lights synced with music, reindeer that actually move, singing snowmen, and more. Each year there are more, as there are more people learning the skills to set up these displays. Some people start planning as early as January for the following year. A lot of these are at private homes, so please be respectful about noise. Some may ask for donations of cash or food.  Christmas in the Park One of our favorite places for holiday festivities is at San Jose’s Christmas in the Park. There are rides for the kiddos, an ice skating rink, hot chocolate drinks (with candy canes!), lights of course, on about two acres. You will need to find parking, so be ready to either park in a nearby lot or park in a neighborhood and walk.  Fantasy of Lights This annual festival is one we really love because you can drive through! They have dinosaurs, snowmen, penguins, and animated cha ... read more

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Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Although most people would agree that California doesn’t have four seasons, we have two: rainy and non-rainy. November is the beginning of the rainy season here in California when people seem to forget how to drive suddenly. That might sound like a joke to you, but usually, we haven’t seen rain for so long that we forget how slick the roads are, and how much we need to slow down in the rain.  When to Check Your Wiper Blades We don’t know what your wiper blades look like, but we see lots of torn and damaged blades. If you run your wipers without water on the windshield, they not only squeak, but the blades can be damaged. The absolute worst time to check your wiper blades is when you’re picking up your kids from school, and there’s a downpour. The best time to check your wiper blades, of course, is right now.  Check the Fluids If you’re staying in the Bay Area, you may not need to swap out your fluids. But if you plan to go skiing at Tah ... read more

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Halloween Costumes Idea Car Lovers

There are so many great ideas for Halloween costumes for car lovers out there. The kids love to dress up as their favorite cars, but so do the adults. Here are a few of our favorites!  Transformers Have you seen these costumes? They’re fabulous! It’s amazing what people can do with cardboard and duct tape, isn’t it? If you haven’t seen them, go to YouTube and search for Transformer costumes--it’s the video with 26 million views. Dress up as a Car Seat Now, this costume requires more planning. People dress up as car seats and then make videos of themselves ordering fast food. Did you know that Ford even did a study on how people would react to a car with no driver (in other words, someone dressed as a car seat to make it look as though there was no one in the car)? Make a Generic Car We’re all in favor of kids making their cars using cardboard boxes, paper plates, and paint. Of course, the ... read more

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Best Ways to Make Your Car Smell Fresh

Best Ways to Make Your Car Smell Fresh

  In the warmer months, smells inside the car can be even stronger than they normally are. While that’s wonderful if your car is filled with your favorite kind of fruit, it’s not so wonderful if your car has some other kind of smell. We’ll leave the details about bad smells to your imagination. First, Clean Your Car Here in the Campbell area, there are lots of car washes. Pick one and have the exterior washed and while you’re waiting and eating the free popcorn, plan your Clean Car Strategy. First, pick up all the magazines your kids threw in there, along with the old jelly beans they threw on the floor because they were the wrong color. Don’t forget to clean under the seats and way in the back, in case you have a “mystery odor.” Wipe Everything Down Using a soft cloth, wipe down all the surfaces, including the dash, the seats, and the steering wheel. You’ll want to use a mild detergent for surfa ... read more

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Summer Heat Can Affect Your Car

Summer Heat Can Affect Your Car

Just like your body, your car is sensitive to changes in temperature. Extreme heat can cause a few problems with your car that you might want to be aware of.   Tires Are Sensitive to Heat   Tires are sensitive to the heat and can become dry and brittle. Around Campbell and the South Bay, temperatures in August can be very hot and dry--into the upper 80s and 90s with very low humidity. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated because under-inflated tires can cause your tires to become even hotter and can cause tires to fail. Also, be sure to check the spare, just in case. There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the side of the road with no spare. It’s not just embarrassing--it can ruin your entire trip.   Check the Coolant in Your Radiator The coolant in your radiator should be flushed and refilled periodically. If you’ve been bringing in your car for regular maintenance that shouldn’t be a problem. If the coolant is low, you can ... read more

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The Art of Packing Your Trunk

Do you ever wonder what should go in your trunk? Here are three different kits that could help you be prepared for anything that could happen on your daily travels.     Emergency Supplies. We’d probably pack the emergency supplies in one kit. Inside that kit, you’ll probably want the following: a first aid kit, a small fire extinguisher, road flares, a flashlight and extra batteries, paper towels, and rags. Make sure to check the flashlight and swap out the batteries if they’ve gone dead. We recommend checking your emergency kit once a year.   Personal Supplies. Inside the personal supply kit, we’d pack the following: water, some energy bars, a wool blanket and a space blanket, matches, candles, a hat, some extra shoes and socks, a waterproof poncho, and a solar or hand-crank radio. You may also want an extra charging cord and power pack for your phone. Also a deck of cards or a small board game.   Tool Kit. Inside your tool kit, you&r ... read more

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