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Yearly Archives: 2015

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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Caring for Your Subaru – How to Keep It in Great Condition

Caring for Your Subaru – How to Keep It in Great Condition

Do you know why preventative maintenance is critical? Regular tune-ups and service checks can help to preserve the condition of your Subaru – so you can drive it for years without experiencing avoidable repair issues. The Subaru is a superior vehicle, but it may still manifest problems. The manufacturer typically works to resolve such issues when designing the latest models (such as the head gasket problems of the 2005 Forester). However, you may experience a variety of car trouble if you don’t actively take steps to keep it in great condition. A local mechanic at Collins Automotive in Abbotsford can help you to achieve this goal – so be sure to schedule a service check if you haven’t done that in a while. Become Familiar With the Owner’s Manual The owner’s manual to your vehicle is an importa ... read more

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Going Green: How You Can Keep Your Audi as Green as Possible

Going Green: How You Can Keep Your Audi as Green as Possible

As an Audi owner, you may appreciate a fabulous vehicle while still wanting to go green whenever possible. You can reduce your carbon footprint in a variety of ways, including how you drive and take care of your vehicle. There are plenty of tips for greener driving and vehicle maintenance that will help you to minimize your personal impact on the environment. Be sure to talk to a staff member at Collins Automotive for more tips on keeping your Audi in top shape and decreasing its effect on the planet. How to Drive Green You may be surprised to learn that many common driving habits are bad for the environment. You might even practice one of these habits without realizing that it has a negative impact on the Earth. The first thing you should stop doing is idling to warm up your car (if you do that). There is no need to idle your car for more than a minute – the proper way to get the car warm is to start driving it. Idling not only ... read more

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Your Mercedes-Benz and Its Transmission: How Transmission Maintenance Benefits Your Car

Your Mercedes-Benz and Its Transmission: How Transmission Maintenance Benefits Your Car

Taking care of the transmission in your Mercedes-Benz is vital to its overall functionality. In fact, keeping the transmission in good shape can help to prevent costly repairs. When you take your vehicle in for regular tune-ups, you can spare yourself the aggravation of paying for expensive repairs that were probably avoidable. Always be sure to take your car to a great, local mechanic in Abbotsford (like Collins Automotive). Bringing your vehicle to a dependable, trustworthy mechanic at Collins is a convenient and economical choice for any Abbotsford resident. What Is Transmission Maintenance? Transmission maintenance may consist of a variety of tasks. During a service tune-up, your mechanic might remove and examine various parts. The screen or filter might need to be changed, and the pan may need a new gasket (or it might simply need to be cleaned). Transmission Considerations in the Winter Transmission maintenance may be especially important i ... read more

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