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Certifications Matter

Certifications Matter

Whether you drive a race car or the family wagon, your vehicle is a significant investment, and its reliability is essential. By choosing to use certified auto mechanics, you can rest assured knowing that your car is in good hands of mechanics that undergo continual training to stay up on the latest techniques and tools in the industry.    ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence. This certification means that the mechanic on staff has a minimum of 2-years experience before undergoing initial testing. There are tests that cover many topics such as engine repairs, drive trains, axles, suspension, automatic transmissions, suspension, brakes, electrical, heating, and air conditioning, as well as engine performance testing.   Because technology is always changing, certifications expire without undergoing continual training and testing. This means that your auto mechanic is sure to be informed and armed with the latest in automotive repair technology. Computer chips, diag ... read more

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Preventive Maintenance Matters

Preventive Maintenance Matters

Preventive maintenance for your car is like going into the doctor before joining a sports team. A simple checkup can catch a little issue before it becomes a big issue. We all know it is a good idea to get a checkup now and then, so give your car the same care and plan a time to take your vehicle into the shop. Mechanics have a trained eye to catch any warning signs on your car before things get out of hand. Take the time to form a relationship with a repair shop before you need one; it is the ace-in-the-hole move you can make. Knowing they have your car in their system means that you are more likely to get in and back out when time is of the essence.   There are simple things you can regularly do yourself to help prevent damages to your car, things like replacing your cabin filter, washing your car, and replacing your wiper blades. If you are handy, more significant things like oil changes belt, hose, tire, and battery inspections need to be performed. These items are often best ... read more

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How to Love Your Car - 5 Areas of Your Vehicle That Could Use a Little Love

How to Love Your Car - 5 Areas of Your Vehicle That Could Use a Little Love

Larry’s Independent Service in Mission Viejo knows how much you love your car. That’s why we don’t want you to neglect showing it some love this Valentine’s Day. Imagine a day without your car and how bummed you would be if that were the case. Now is the time to show your car a little love. You can never go wrong doing so and will always reap the benefits. Here are 5 ways you can show that love this Valentine’s Day:  Take time to check all of your car’s fluids. Each one contributes to keeping your vehicle running at its best. You’ll want all fluids to be at optimal levels and clear of dirt and debris.  Tires are often neglected, but when cared for can significantly improve your fuel efficiency as well as properly grip the road and even help you stop in time. The way to help your tires wear down evenly is to have them regularly rotated, aligned, and air pressure kept at the right levels of inflation. All the belts and hoses should b ... read more

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Christmas Gifts You Can Give Your Car

Christmas Gifts You Can Give Your Car

It’s the reason for the season: giving! There are some wonderful ways to give and it’s always nice when a gift you give is both fun and practical.  But who says it always has to be a gift for a person? A great way to accomplish that is to buy some gifts for your car. So, let’s take a look at the range of practical to fun gifts you can give to your car that will make you happy and hopefully help make all the trips in your car that much better. Auto Detailing Look into a detailing for your car. It’s like a spa treatment, and who wouldn’t want a spa treatment for Christmas? Detailing is going to help provide some practical benefits as well as more superficial ones. Practically speaking, you’re going to get the gunk and dirt removed from your car, which is going to help protect the integrity of its appearance and help with functionality. The polishing and waxing that comes along with it will help protect that appearance, making this a worthy choic ... read more

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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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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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