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Preparing for Winter Late in the Game

Preparing for Winter Late in the Game

Photo by Filip Mroz on Unsplash   Welcome to 2022! We are now deep into winter, and although Mission Viejo doesn’t see snow, there’s plenty to be had to the North and the Northeast. The Rockies are full of thick powder this time of year, and if you’re going to vacation in it, you should do your best to anticipate the worst to come.   If you haven’t done any ‘winterizing’ of your vehicle this year, don’t worry! It’s not too late. We don’t even offer a formal service for it here, as there’s very little to do except pass on some good advice. But if you find yourself needing to travel Nort ... read more

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Holiday Events around Mission Viejo

Holiday Events around Mission Viejo

Photo by Jared Tomasek on Unsplash   Welcome to another December in Mission Viejo! As the year winds down, we're pleased to have had such a great one to look back on together. We hope this year has been the best yet for you and your family.   We wish you safe journeys and happy holidays if you are traveling out of the area for Christmas. While there are loads of winter holiday events outside of Mission Viejo, we thought we would feature some of the in-town events that promise a very magical holiday season this year:   South Coast Repertory's "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 1st, 12 PM – Dec. 26th, 6 PM PST ... read more

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Winter Preparations for Traveler and Car

Winter Preparations for Traveler and Car

Photo by Marisol Benitez on Unsplash   Sunny days and Hollywood-style perfect conditions are the norms in Mission Viejo, but as December creeps closer and closer, rainy winter conditions might be on the horizon. Now is the perfect time to examine the preparations we can make to keep our family safe on the road when dangerous conditions rear their ugly heads.   California drivers spend more than their share of time in perfect driving conditions, making the rougher conditions even more dangerous. Many new drivers face their first winters at the wheel each year, with no previous experience driving in rainy conditions. With winter weather rounding the corner, now is the time to educate our newer drivers and give ourse ... read more

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The Monster We Ignore

The Monster We Ignore

Photo by Tobias Tullius and Drew Tilk on Unsplash (composite by Christopher Hooker)   Do you enjoy the suspense and dread of a Stephen King book? Or the growing fear in a classic horror film like The Innocents? These films, and some of the best horror films ever, employ a technique called ‘Hesitancy’. It extrapolates the same kind of journey that you might take if you began to see evidence of a ghost but questioned whether you were experiencing a real event or hallucinating.    At first, you might dismiss the book falling off the shelf, or the door slamming with no open windows, or even a shadow m ... read more

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Weekend Getaways in Driving Distance of Mission Viejo

Weekend Getaways in Driving Distance of Mission Viejo

Photo by BigBearCabins from Pixabay   With summer here and travel restrictions lifting, people are making the trips they have put off for two years as a family. It’s great to see people being social again and having road adventures.    But then, not everyone can get away right now. The pandemic was brutal on small businesses, and for some people, this is just not the right time for a week’s vacation across the country. They need to stay close enough to home that they can head back in a hurry. We’re in a climate where a business can go under that fast, and people have had to adjust their holiday plans accordingly.   If you and your partner are looking ... read more

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A Vacation Travel Checklist

A Vacation Travel Checklist

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash   At Larry’s Independent, we're pretty excited about this summer and people traveling to new places for the first time in two years. We hope you and your family are having a wonderful time this summer. If you’re planning on traveling, and it’s been a while, we wanted to offer up a vacation travel checklist of things to remember. If it’s been a long time since you took a break, it may be helpful to have a reminder.   Whether it’s a planned out trip or a spontaneous adventure, don’t forget to pack the essentials. We’ve created a checklist of items to pack for your trip: Travel pillow: Road trips can be long and tiring. If you’re sharing the ... read more

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Daytripping in California in April

Daytripping in California in April

Welcome to the April blog! We hope spring has treated you well. With vaccinations being planned so that every American will have theirs by the 4th of July, we’re finally turning the corner on the pandemic.   Many vacations had to be put off this year, with COVID-19 still an issue. So if you didn’t get your Spring Break and need an escape that’s close enough for safety’s sake, we’re happy to provide you with our top 5 Daytripping Destination in Mission Viejo!   5.    Holy Jim Falls Trail, Live Oak Canyon Rd - This gorgeous hiking path includes a modest waterfall. It's been described as beautiful and a nice day trip.   4.     Oso Creek Trail, 29932 Veterans Way - running along the Oso Creek, this 3.2-mile paved hiking/biking tr ... read more

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Augmented Reality and Cars: the future of your Dashboard is here now

Augmented Reality and Cars: the future of your Dashboard is here now

The automotive industry is continually changing, and new technologies are continually being developed. Currently, Panasonic Automotive has just revealed an augmented-reality HUD that displays livetime lane edges, objects on the road, and other important information to drivers.  What exactly is augmented reality (AR)? Augmented reality is used to place digital information on top of reality. For example, Mercedes-Benz’s navigation system has floating arrows that inform you where to turn. This feature isn’t just helpful but is a safer alternative because it reduces your need to look at the road.  Panasonic Automotive has gone one step further and uses artificial intelligence to let the driver know about foreign objects, other vehicles, pedestrians, or other cyclists on the road. It even goes as far as to share the height of an underpass.  Panasonic Automotive’s system tracks the driver’s eye movements, but regardless of where the driver is looking ... read more

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Loving Your Car Past Its Warranty

Loving Your Car Past Its Warranty

Welcome to February! With Valentine's Day in just two weeks, we're thinking about love in our lives-- not in our spouses and partners, but with our cars, and what it takes to love those cars that can no longer perform once the warranty has run out and we've stopped getting regularly scheduled service. Love can take many forms. The hot, passionate love is amoré, and that's the honeymoon phase kind of love that we want to keep alive forever. But there's also agape, the Platonic love and affection of a sibling or a friend. We can lose each other as we move through the cycles of our life and grow in and out of love with each other. It's easy to let go of your love for an underperforming car in need of help. One of the hardest things to accept is our own responsibility in a vehicle's decline. And if you're on a budget, switching to a new car might not be a possibility. There's a time to decide to punt or go for a first down. Sometimes, damage and ... read more

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The Importance of ASE Certified Technicians

The Importance of ASE Certified Technicians

Welcome to 2021! We hope this year is your best ever, and we hope we can continue to be the service shop you turn to for all your automotive needs. In January’s blog, I’ll be covering the importance of having an ASE-certified technician working on your car. You may have heard the term, “ASE-certified” or “Master Technician” before and wondered what exactly it referred to? It stands for Automotive Sevice Excellence, the national organization that uses 50 tests to evaluate applicants in their role as mechanics. These are done in several different banks, covering different types of vehicles: Automotive, Medium/Heavy Truck, Collision Repair, School Bus Technician, Transit Bus Technician, and so on.  When a technician is certified in a specific bank, having certifications in all of the independent skill sets needed to work on these machines, they can achieve the rank of Master Technician. When you hear someone referred to as a Master Technician, it ... read more

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