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Fall Cleaning

Fall Cleaning

Just like your home, cleaning for the season is going to help you feel better and potentially help protect your car for the incoming weather changes from the summer seasons. There are some every season things we can do just to make our rides more comfortable, but there are some fall specific cleaning we can do to really extend the life of our car’s performance. A couple of simple things we can do to help our car is to regularly clean of debris like twigs, leaves, and muck. This is really going to extend the life of your windshield wipers, but it is also going to help protect you and keep your visibility clear. Fall means it gets darker and the weather isn’t always pleasant. Speaking of windshield wipers, don’t forget to check them and change them if needed, this will also help ensure your visibility is the best it can be. Many folks don’t always consider going to get the car washed if we’re potentially seeing poor weather coming up, but something to look i ... read more

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The Perfect Tailgating Kit for Your Car

The Perfect Tailgating Kit for Your Car

With football season here, tailgating ensues! Making sure you have everything you need for tailgating is very important. You want to make sure you have fun while also being prepared. Here at Larry’s Independent Service, we want to make sure you have what you need, here is our tailgating kit list: A good cooler, investing in a nice cooler will save you money in the long run. It will keep everything colder for longer, they tend to be more sturdy and you won't have to be constantly replacing your cooler. Extra containers and bags, having some extra containers and plastic bags can help make your cleanup easier. You know that you will have dirty utensils from grilling and maybe even some food left over. Having something to put them in will make it a lot easier to clean up.  A pop-up tent, whether it be rain or shine you want to be prepared. Having some shade for a really sunny day or some shelter from the rain will make your tailgating experience a lot better. A portable ... read more

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Why Having Someone Check on Your Car Is Just as Important as Hiring a Pet Sitter

Why Having Someone Check on Your Car Is Just as Important as Hiring a Pet Sitter

When you head out of town for an extended vacation, work commitment, or another obligation, it’s important that you not only have a great pet sitter but that you also have someone awesome to check on your car. Definitely, don’t leave your car with just anyone. Vette them out to ensure they meet all of your specific requirements.  Your car is precious to you and it, therefore, demands the attention of someone trustworthy to care for it while you are away. Depending on the needs of your vehicle, you’ll want to choose accordingly. If it needs to be taken out for the occasional spin around the block, look for someone with a clean driving record and also someone not inclined to go for a serious joyride while not considering the nuances of your baby.  You will definitely want to have someone start it regularly even if it doesn’t need to be actually driven anywhere. Make sure they look under the hood for any animal nesting possibilities to prevent the likel ... read more

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Best Places to See Fireworks from Your Car

Best Places to See Fireworks from Your Car

Fourth of July barbecues, annual street fair, and other festivities are always a blast but everyone can agree that the best part of this holiday is the fireworks. Everyone piles into cars and drives to find the best spot to park and watch the explosion in the sky. If you aren’t sure where the best place is to view fireworks this year check out a few of these places in Orange County.  Every year there is the Annual Street Faire located on Olympiad Road, which has a carnival feel with its games, music, rides, and delicious food. The fair ends with a huge firework show that takes your breath away. You can park your car and watch from the comfort of your own seat or lay down a blanket and enjoy.  Dana Point’s fireworks extravaganza has the best aerial firework show. You will be blown away as the fireworks explode over Doheny State Beach and make you feel patriotic. You can also tune into the local KSBR 88.5 Fm radio and listen along to the music. If you don’t ... read more

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Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

The weather is getting hot, you have your summer vacation planned out, and you just purchased some new summer attire. You think you’re all set for summer and ready to soak up the sun. You forgot one thing though; getting your car ready for all your spontaneous summer adventures! Start by taking your car in for an oil change. By getting your oil changed now means you can hop in your car and take a day trip at any time without having to worry about your oil. Have you checked out your tires recently? Tires help with your car's performance and safety. You can take your vehicle in to get them inspected or do it at home by looking for any bubbles, low air, or visible wear and tear. Get your tires rotated and replaced if needed. Don’t forget your spare tire, it’s the hero without a cape when you get a flat tire; make sure it's in great condition too.  Warmer weather usually means people are driving a bit faster than they did in the winter which means your brak ... read more

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The Perfect Road Trip

The Perfect Road Trip

Mission Viejo is most commonly known for our tree-filled neighborhoods and suburban culture. If you live or work in Mission Viejo and want to get out of our sweet city, we have put together a list of the top ten road trip destinations near you!  Stop by Larry’s Independent Service to ensure your car is fully functioning and prepared for a long stretch of road. 1. San Diego A short hour and a half drive will get you to here from Mission Viejo, and if you’re only staying for a day you’ll want to leave early in the morning to fit everything in! Check out the Seaport Village and browse through the Victorian-style shops or visit Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in North America.  2. Big Bear Lake It will only take you two hours to get to the beautiful Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. Around the lake, you can go horseback riding, kayak, fish, zipline, or go to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo! If you want an ... read more

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How are you celebrating national car care month?

How are you celebrating national car care month?

While we may not have experienced winter like many other parts of the world, we still embrace the spring. Spring also brings a sense of renewal and is the perfect time to blow out the old and create freshness. That’s why April is ideal for National Car Care Month! There are things you can do every month of the year to take care of your car, but life can get in the way, and the more mundane of life’s chores can easily be set aside. Just remember, it’s never too late to start doing routine care and preventative maintenance to extend the life of your vehicle and give you peace of mind.  When you are ready to start a routine for your car, the best place to begin is to read your owner’s manual! It sits hidden away in your glovebox covered with receipts or tissues or other items we shove in there when we are making room for someone to sit in the passenger's seat next to us. It’s easy to forget that the manual has all the necessary information you need ... read more

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Why Spring Is the Perfect Time to Change Your Air Filter

Why Spring Is the Perfect Time to Change Your Air Filter

Spring is in the air! And while that’s lovely, it’s also a season of change. Time for spring cleaning, de-cluttering, and putting away all the winter accouterments we needed to stay warm these past few months. Even though we are in beautiful Cali, it still gets chilly here in Mission Viejo and there’s always at least ONE day we get to wear that beautiful sweater we bought on vacation! This is also the perfect time for some car love that should include a changing of the air filter. You don’t need it every year, but a clean filter helps keep your car’s cabin smelling good and clear of pollution and spring pollen. No one wants to drive around in a car that smells bad or has us sneezing so much because it can’t filter out the pollen and dust. The other reason it’s important to change that filter is that we don’t want to let more dirt or debris through to the engine. A clean air filter is one way to help extend the life of our car’s ... read more

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Valentine’s Day for Your Car

Valentine’s Day for Your Car

Most of the planet has a deep love affair with our car. It gives us freedom, joy, and can certainly make us feel powerful. It even give us the illusion of control. There aren’t too many things in life that can give us all of that. They don’t talk back, they don’t argue, and they never tell us we look fat in those jeans we love. There’s a lot to be said about just how special our relationship is with our car and that’s why we should take time to woo our car this Valentine season. Thank goodness it doesn’t take much to make them happy! You even need to bring flowers, but here are a few suggestions: A lovely bottle of wine: Or in the for your darling auto,  simple oil change goes a long way in making your car feel loved. Much like a nice bottle of wine for your human counterpart, just the right oil can make all the difference in the world. AND help your beloved run well and stay healthy.   Spa day: A goo ... read more

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Changes On The Horizon: The Future of Automobiles

Changes On The Horizon: The Future of Automobiles

Do you remember being a kid and seeing some of the futuristic-looking vehicles in the movies? Well, it’s kind of crazy to think that a lot of those “far-fetched” ideas have come to fruition and even crazier to take a look at what’s coming down the pike and around the bend. The future craze of the all-electric vehicle is no longer in the future. Most automakers either already have one on the market or it’s coming. Do a Google search on your favorite model with the word “hybrid” or “electric” and see what comes up.  Chevy Camaro is just one example of carmakers previously steeped in the world of gasoline are now not admitting that electric is the wave of the future, but that it can be just as powerful as anything before. Chevrolet is committed to keeping this muscle car precisely that, with V-8 options that will blow you away both on and off the track. It’s no longer “just” Tesla leading the pack, but ever ... read more

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