Automotive Informer

Helpful information on various automotive topics.

Understand the California Smog Inspection

***Please note that the laws are constantly changing and this information may not be updated with the latest rules and regulations.   There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about the smog test process.  The following is a clarification on the majority of questions we encounter.   1) There are technically three smog “zones” in […]

Estimates vs. Diagnostics

“Do you give free estimates?”   This question is put to us almost on a daily basis.  Whenever it is asked, rather than being able to give a direct “yes” or “no” answer, we first have to clarify what the asking party means by the word “estimates”.  To us, an estimate is simply a calculation […]

The Only Constant Is Change

We get a lot of phone calls asking what the “standard” price is for different services. With the way automotive technology is progressing, there’s no longer such a thing as “standard” pricing, because each make and model has different requirements. Take, for instance, an oil change on a 2008 Honda Civic. This model has three […]

Proper Automotive Maintenance

Here is a schedule of recommended vehicle maintenance. The schedule may vary on certain models, and can change dramatically based on driving style and conditions, but is a good rule of thumb for the average car or truck on the road. Every 3000 miles or 3 months: Change oil and filter and inspect vehicle. A […]

Check Engine Light Diagnostics

Certainly you’ve heard advertisements for $50 computer scanners that you can buy at parts stores that claim to diagnose your check engine light. Sounds a lot better than a $250 diagnostic fee at a shop, right? Well, as with most things, you get what you pay for. Those inexpensive scanners are not nearly sufficient for […]

Helpful Tips For Your Gasoline Budget

The “more expensive” fuels will actually save you money! Why? When you have two different brand gas stations across the street from one another, you’ll probably be more inclined to use the less expensive of the two, right? Unfortunately, doing so means you’re putting excess water and alcohol into your vehicle’s fuel tank. The less […]