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Ozone Shock Treatment

As a result of COVID-19, we can be left questioning just how clean our vehicles truly are. Sanitary wipes work well to disinfect your steering wheel, door handles, & shifter, but what about the rest of your vehicle's interior?  At Collins, we are currently offering our Ozone Shock Treatment to disinfect the interior of your vehicle. The Ozone generator is a device that uses high voltage electricity to convert oxygen into Ozone (O3). The ozone molecules circulate throughout your vehicle and penetrate every crevice to eliminate odors caused by mold, mildew and bacteria down to the molecular level. Our package includes the following: Remove valuables from interior of vehicle. Vacuum interior carpets, mats, and seats and wipe down the dash. Install the Ozone generator in the vehicle, close all doors and windows and run the machine from 1-4 hours depending on severity of odors and customer requirements. Run the interior heater on recirculate to ensure all vents ... read more

COVID-19: Announcement To Our Customers

To our valued customers, We are still open for business at this time. Please advise that the safety and health of our customers and staff are of paramount importance. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the following precautions in order to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect ourselves and our customers during your visit: All car keys are disinfected during customer check-in and check-out. Our courtesy cars are cleaned and disinfected after every use. Customer vehicles are disinfected before & after repairs are performed. The customer service area is disinfected frequently throughout the day. We will maintain a safe distance between ourselves, customers & other staff members. Additional resources can be located here: https://www.canada.ca/en/government/publicservice/covid-19.html We will continue to update you as the situation progresses ... read more

Planning a Trip to the Mountains: How to Prepare Your Mercedes-Benz for a Winter Road Trip

Planning a Trip to the Mountains: How to Prepare Your Mercedes-Benz for a Winter Road Trip

If you’re going to the mountains this winter, you’ll want to ensure that your Mercedes-Benz can handle the trip. You might prepare your vehicle in a variety of ways for this kind of excursion. Getting a service check before such a trip is always advisable. You may take your Mercedes-Benz to a reputable repair shop like Collins Automotive in Abbotsford, so you’ll know that your vehicle is ready for the adventure that awaits you. Ensure Visibility When Possible The ability to see where you’re going is a top concern when driving in the winter. You may be dealing with hazardous driving conditions on your trip to the mountains, and you won’t want to deal with limited visibility that can be prevented. Be sure to scrape the ice and snow off of your car before you start driving. Don ... read more

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It’s Still Cold Outside! Tips for Driving and Maintaining Your Subaru This Winter

It’s Still Cold Outside! Tips for Driving and Maintaining Your Subaru This Winter

It’s still wintertime in Abbotsford! That means you need to take extra precautions when driving on slick and icy roads. It also means that you should have your Subaru serviced regularly, in order to prevent any unnecessary mishaps while you’re out on the road. When you take your vehicle to Collins Automotive in Abbotsford, you’ll know that your car is getting the best possible care – so you and your passengers can feel secure in your vehicle. Take Your Car in for Maintenance and Repairs One of the top tips for keeping your car “winter-ready” is to take it in for a service check. If a part needs to be replaced, you should have it done before you find yourself stranded by the side of the road. Your vehicle may need new brake pads, spark plugs, an oil filter, a hose, or a belt. If any of these items is not replaced, you could experience a temporary brea ... read more

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Going on a Ski Trip? Make Sure Your Audi Is Prepared for the Drive

Going on a Ski Trip? Make Sure Your Audi Is Prepared for the Drive

Are you planning a ski trip sometime soon? This is a great time to go get some exercise in the crisp winter air. Whether you’re driving to a BC resort or to one in a different province, you’ll need to be certain that your Audi is prepared for the journey. This is easy to accomplish when you have access to a trustworthy Abbotsford mechanic at Collins Automotive. Your mechanic can check all the points of your vehicle that may be the most vulnerable to the effects of winter driving, so you can get started on your ski trip without worrying about a breakdown. Filters and Fluids Maintenance A basic maintenance task that is critical when you plan to navigate mountainous roads is fluids and filters maintenance. Your mechanic will need to check the fluid levels in your vehicle, from the antifreeze to the oil to the brake fluid. Fluids keep the v ... read more

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Is Your Volvo in Storage? Tips for Keeping It in Good Shape Until Spring

Is Your Volvo in Storage? Tips for Keeping It in Good Shape Until Spring

Did you decide to store your Volvo for the winter? Many people do this, especially if they have alternate vehicles that they prefer to use during the colder months. If you have recently decided that you want to shelter your Volvo until the springtime, you may want to consider a few strategies to ensure that it will be in good shape once you’re ready to drive it again in the spring. Be sure to consult a local mechanic you can trust (such as one of the staff members at Collins Automotive in Abbotsford), in case your car needs any last-minute repairs before going into storage for the season. Store It Indoors if Possible If you have a place indoors to store your vehicle, it will likely remain in better condition than if you leave it outside under a vehicle cover. This is especially true when temperatures are extreme or weather conditions are harsh. If you have space in your garage at home, you can store your car there. Another option i ... read more

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Did You Store Your Volkswagen This Winter? How to Be Sure It Stays in Top Condition

Did You Store Your Volkswagen This Winter? How to Be Sure It Stays in Top Condition

Countless people opt to store their cars during the winter months. If you have chosen to keep your Volkswagen in storage this winter, be sure to take care of a few details in order to keep it in optimal condition. If you take the car in for a maintenance check with a local Abbotsford mechanic at Collins Automotive, it should be ready to drive once the coldest months have gone for another year. The following are a few maintenance tasks worth implementing to keep your car in great shape while it’s in winter storage. Have the Fluids Filled and Changed Before you put your Volkswagen in storage, one of the first things you’ll need to do is take it to a mechanic for proper maintenance. Your mechanic can fill and change the various fluids in your car. This is important because if there is any airspace left in the reservoirs, that can form ice and condensation. This means that moisture will be developing in the reservoirs, and that moistur ... read more

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Questions a Mercedes-Benz Owner Might Ask a Mechanic

Questions a Mercedes-Benz Owner Might Ask a Mechanic

If you own a Mercedes-Benz, you probably know that your vehicle is manufactured by one of the best and most reputable car companies in the world. However, even the finest vehicles may exhibit issues from time to time; when this happens, you may wish to have your car examined as soon as possible. Taking your car to a local Abbotsford repair shop – such as Collins Automotive – is both convenient and advisable. Before you talk to your mechanic, you might also want to consider any questions that you have been thinking about asking. What Is Wrong With The Brakes? Certain brake issues affect different types of cars, so staying aware of potential problems with your car’s brakes could save you some money. In fact, paying attention to what’s going on with the brakes could even prevent an accident! If the both the wheels and the brakes seem to get hot when you’re driving, the problem could be a rubber brake hose that is plugged or a calip ... read more

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How Is Your MINI? Identifying Common Repair Issues

How Is Your MINI? Identifying Common Repair Issues

The MINI is a great car – but like any other vehicle, it will likely require repairs now and then. Knowing what kinds of repairs it may need and what signs to look for could help you to keep your MINI in excellent working condition. When you have a reputable repair shop in Abbotsford to take your car to (like Collins Automotive), you can get the most out of your vehicle. The following are some of the top repair issues that you might need to address as a MINI owner. Transmission Problems Some of the MINIs that were manufactured prior to 2008 may have issues if their transmission fluid is not changed regularly. Generally, transmission fluid should be changed on a periodic schedule anyway. If you have an older MINI, be sure to consult your mechanic about how often you should have the transmission fluid chang ... read more

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Keeping Your Car in Top Shape: Tips and Tricks for BMW Owners

Keeping Your Car in Top Shape: Tips and Tricks for BMW Owners

Do you know how to keep your BMW running in top condition? Regular upkeep is essential to the overall health of any vehicle. When a car is neglected, it may begin to manifest problems that are totally avoidable. By exploring a few basic tips and tricks on general preventative maintenance, you could extend the life of your BMW and avoid the need for a variety of expensive repairs. Always be sure to take your vehicle to a quality mechanic at a local repair shop such as Collins Automotive in Abbottsford. Doing this will ensure that you don’t spend money on repairs that your car doesn’t need – and you won’t need to keep having your car repaired because the job was not done right the first time. Keep the Fluids Clean and Filled One of the best and easiest things you can do for your car is to keep the fluid levels full. This one step may prevent the overheating of a variety of parts, and it will also enable the parts to work as they a ... read more

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