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What Does a Preventive Maintenance Multi-Point Inspection Include?

Regular maintenance is great when it comes to oil changes, tire rotation, and topping off fluids. But when it comes to the many other auto components that are required to keep your vehicle running at optimum levels for years on end, this is where a preventative maintenance multi-point inspection comes into play. It’s akin to an annual check-up for you with your doctor. It helps to identify problems that could otherwise go unnoticed. If caught early, these problems could prevent much bigger and more costly issues. Everyone wants to save money!   Let’s break down what a multi-point inspection consists of:   Tires: pressure, wear, damage, alignment Brakes: pads, rotors, calipers, hoses Lights: headlights, tail lights, turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights Interior/Exterior: all windshield wipers, floor mat placement, emergency brake, horn, clutch, cabin air filter Vehicle’s undercarriage: shocks & suspension, power steering, ball joints, dust co ... read more

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Which is Cheaper? Maintaining Your Current Vehicle or Buying a New Car?

It can be a tough decision when trying to figure out whether the smart move is to keep your old car and invest in having repairs done or whether it is time to invest in a new car. When you see all the latest technology that comes out every year, and especially what’s new in keeping you and your family safe, it can be hard to remain happy with what is already in your garage. One of the first things to consider is the impact either decision will have on your finances.   Keep in mind that buying new isn’t always going to be what will cost you the most. Sometimes repairs are so extensive that it’s just not worth putting the money into fixing your vehicle. Something else, though, that can have a direct impact on the financial side of your decision is to compare how much you are spending on gas in your current vehicle vs. what you will spend on the new car you’re out test driving. You might be shocked to find that the money you spend on gas every month could be ... read more

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Top Ten Road Trip Ideas Around Mission Viejo, CA

Californians love our cars and as much as we detest traffic, we love the open road. Whether you simply want to jump in the car and go or you want to plan out something more involved, we have compiled 10 of the best road trips around. Mission Viejo is a great starting point whether you’re just heading down to San Juan Capistrano to see the swallows returning or all the way up the 101 to go wine tasting and other cool places along the way and then some. 1. San Diego 75 miles approx. 1 hour 15 minutes: What’s not to love about San Diego? Beaches and waterfronts, the Gaslamp Quarter, farmers markets galore. There is so much to see and do in San Diego alone, a month might not be enough time, but since it’s so close to Mission Viejo, this is one road trip we suggest you often take. 2. San Juan Capistrano 8.5 miles approx. 12 minutes: San Juan Capistrano might be close to Mission Viejo, but it boasts one of the most beautiful of the 21 Spanish Missions that dot the Calif ... read more

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Why Are Pre-Purchase Inspections Important?

We’ve all been there - that purr-fect automobile calling out to you like a siren to sailors. Wooing you with her shiny paint job, low mileage, and fantastic sound system; beckoning you to scoop her up and park her in your garage. But let’s face it, when she starts sputtering a few weeks down the road and you wake up to the fact that your shiny new vehicle has some bugs under the hood, nothing is more disappointing and heartbreaking.     Before you sign on the dotted line, bring that beautiful used automobile into Larry’s Independent Service in Mission Viejo. Our ASE-Certified auto mechanics specialize in Asian and American automobiles. We are more than familiar with all makes and models of Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and Mazda. We also service and repair US makes including Ford, GM, and Chrysler, and we also repair and service Hybrids and Diesels. Through our commitment to continued education, our team of ASE-Certifi ... read more

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What’s the Difference Between Major and Minor Service?

What’s the Difference Between Major and Minor Service?

  At Larry’s Independent Service, we can handle almost every major and minor issue that your car faces in its lifetime. Usually, minor services are done at 7,500, 15,000, 45,000 and 75,000 miles and major services should be tackled at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000-mile intervals.   To simplify it, here are services that are considered major and minor:   Minor Service:   Inspecting tire pressure, tire mounting and balancing Checking all lubricant levels Inspecting fan belts Checking all filter condition Testing light operations Tube and hose repairs   Major Service:   Inspecting suspension Checking gearbox condition Emissions repair Engine repairs Oil changing and tune-ups Inspect exhaust system Inspecting steering components Brake system repair   Most vehicles built today have complex diagnosis systems that are always monitoring the automobile and its systems for issues. Many of these vehicles have warning lights and messages ... read more

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What Does ASE-Certification Mean?

What Does ASE-Certification Mean?

  Your automobile is a huge investment and needs to be inspected and maintained by with the best auto repair specialists available. You can expect that high-quality service from  ASE-Certified mechanics. It's an acronym for Automotive Service Excellence and this organization gives certification to auto mechanics who are experts in the auto repair industry. First, the mechanics must have a minimum of two years before they need to take tests that cover a variety of areas in the field. These include:   Suspension and brakes Electrical systems Heating and air-conditioning Engine repair Automatic transmissions Engine performance Axles Manual drivetrains   Certification is not permanent. ASE-Certified auto mechanics have to take these tests every five years as the advancements in automotive technology and equipment is always changing in the industry. As a car owner, you'll want to have a knowledgeable ASE-Certified auto mechanic who is trained in the mo ... read more

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