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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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