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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Staying Warm in Abbotsford: The Benefits of Pre-Heaters and Block Heaters for Your Subaru

Staying Warm in Abbotsford: The Benefits of Pre-Heaters and Block Heaters for Your Subaru

Winter can be challenging in Abbotsford! However, there are various ways to stay warm in your vehicle. You might consider having a block heater or pre-heater installed in your Subaru. Such auxiliary parts can help to keep you and your vehicle as warm as possible when you’re driving. They provide a much more environmentally-friendly way to warm your vehicle than idling the engine for long stretches of time. Before you make a decision about purchasing one of these components for your car, you may want to explore the basics and benefits of both types of heaters. Once you have a better idea about what these heaters can do, you might then want to consult your local, knowledgeable mechanic at Collins Automotive in Abbotsford. What is a Block Heater? Cars hooked up with block heaters are not an uncommon sight in many parts of Canada. This car part warms the engine continuously when the car isn’t running. This may prevent the car from not starting at all when the outdoo ... read more

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Should You Get a Block Heater or Auxiliary Heater for Your BMW?

Should You Get a Block Heater or Auxiliary Heater for Your BMW?

Staying warm in the wintertime is an essential aspect of living in Abbotsford. Although numerous individuals believe that idling an engine is a good way to warm it up, this simply isn’t true. Idling the engine is not an effective method for getting your vehicle warm and ready to drive. In fact, driving the car is the best way to get it warm. At the most, you might opt to idle your BMW for a couple of minutes to get it warm enough to drive. Unfortunately, many people choose to idle their engines for as long as 10 to 20 minutes in the winter. This practice wastes fuel, it’s bad for the environment, and the excessive fumes can even make people sick. Instead of engaging in this practice, you may want to install an auxiliary heater or a block heater. Before you do that, you might discuss the matter with a trustworthy mechanic from Collins Automotive ... read more

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Ready for That Autumn Road Trip? Make Sure Your BMW is Also Prepared

Ready for That Autumn Road Trip? Make Sure Your BMW is Also Prepared

Taking a drive to see the fall scenery is exhilarating, and it’s certainly not too late to do this now. Before you leave for your journey though, make sure your BMW is ready for such a road trip. The challenges of driving will generally be somewhat different in the autumn than they would be in the spring or summer, so taking your vehicle in for a quick maintenance inspection is probably not a bad idea. Bringing your car to a local, knowledgeable mechanic in Abbotsford is also a wise plan, and the technicians at Collins Automotive are always happy to help you prepare your car for the road. Have the Tires Examined for Common Issues Your car’s tires are one of the most important parts to maintain. Tires with worn tread will not grip the road properly, and this could lead to an accident. Roads that are icy, wet, or slick with snow require you to keep your tires in excellent shape, especially if you’re going on a road trip. A mechanic should also examine the tires f ... read more

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Is Your Audi Ready for Fall and Winter? Why You Should Have the Fluids and Filters Inspected

Is Your Audi Ready for Fall and Winter? Why You Should Have the Fluids and Filters Inspected

Your Audi has a variety of fluids and filters, and they are all important to the functionality of your vehicle. These fluids and filters should be checked on a regular basis, in case they need to be replenished or replaced. Doing this may be especially important before the cold, wet weather of winter arrives in full force. Every part of your vehicle should be in good condition when you are driving on the roads of Abbotsford in the fall and winter seasons. To get the best results possible from a maintenance visit, be sure to take your car to a reputable, local mechanic (such as one of the professionals at Collins Automotive). Which Filters Should Be Checked? Your car comprises several filters designed to keep dirt, dust, grime, and other various particles away from other parts. One of these filters is the air cabin filter. The air cabin filter helps to ensure that the air in your car is clean. This becomes even more crucial during the coldest seasons – your car ... read more

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