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By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
If you take your car to a dealership for service, you will get OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. If you go to an independent shop, you will most likely (though not necessarily) get aftermarket parts. Many people assume that OEM is better, and worry that aftermarket parts may not be up to par. Is there any truth to this belief? Or does it make sense to save money by using aftermarket parts? What’s the difference, anyway? Here’s what you should know.
By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
Today’s gas stations offer a variety of options, from unleaded fuel with a range of octane ratings to diesel fuel. Sometimes higher-octane choices have names such as Super, Plus, Super Plus, Premium, or Super Premium. With so many different types of gas to choose from, you might wonder what happens if you select the wrong one. What happens if you use the wrong gas depends on what kind of engine you have and which specific fuel you use.
By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
Extreme weather is a fact of life, and now is the time to get prepared. While regular car maintenance is always essential, different weather events make certain problems more likely to occur. Here are 4 tips for handling whatever extreme weather might come your way.
By Morgan Gertler 30 Aug, 2017
Visibility is a major key to safe, defensive driving, but many people overlook it when caring for their cars. Maximizing visibility is essential even when driving in sunny conditions, but it can quickly become a matter of life and death when dealing with rain, fog, or snow. Fortunately, a few simple maintenance tasks can dramatically improve visibility.
By Morgan Gertler 30 Aug, 2017
Gasoline is a necessary ongoing expense for vehicle owners, and many people are looking for ways to save at the pump. You probably already know that premium fuel is an unnecessary expense for those whose cars do not require it, but you may be skeptical of switching to an off brand. Will cheap gas harm your car? Here is what you should know.
By Morgan Gertler 29 Aug, 2017
All vehicles are designed with either shocks or struts. While there are some differences, both consist of coil springs and shock absorbers that help your car stop quickly, while also improving vehicle stability and control. Shocks and struts are not replaced at regular intervals, so it is very important to recognize the warning signs that they may be wearing out. If you notice any of these symptoms, have your vehicle checked out as soon as possible, as the shocks or struts will continue to worsen and could eventually fail altogether.
By Morgan Gertler 29 Aug, 2017
You probably pay little attention to your car’s belts and hoses on a regular basis. However, they can cause major issues when they go bad. It is crucial to keep an ear out for unusual noises, visually check your belts and hoses regularly, and have them professionally inspected according to your car manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. Here is a list of the belts and hoses in a typical vehicle, along with what they do and how to tell if there is a potential problem.
By Morgan Gertler 28 Aug, 2017
Car exhaust is a fact of life, though strong emissions control regulations have vastly reduced the amount of exhaust that modern cars generate. Most of the time, you will not particularly notice the exhaust coming from your car. When your car exhaust develops a nasty smell, though, it is a sign of trouble. Rotten eggs, cloying sweetness, and gasoline are the most common smells that car exhaust can develop. Regardless of the exact smell of your car’s exhaust fumes, it is important to address the issue before further engine problems develop. Fortunately, there are several specific measures that can help.
By Lea Naiz 01 Jul, 2017
Like all weather conditions, fog is simply a fact of life. Although it is best to stay home when the fog is dense, this is often impossible. In addition, if you are traveling any significant distance, you might drive into a wall of fog unexpectedly. Therefore, it is imperative to follow the best driving practices when driving through fog. Here is what you need to do to minimize the risk of an accident.
By Eric Evenstad 01 Jul, 2017

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Denver traffic congestion has forced us to curtail shuttle service – but don’t worry there’s a better solution – Uber or Lyft rides work seamlessly. Even better, Colchin Auto will kick in up to $10 for your ride to work or where ever you need to go while your vehicle is being serviced . Many of our customers already use these ride services and wouldn’t have it any other way. There are many benefits to leaving your vehicle for service rather than waiting but the best is this – Your Colchin Auto team gets a good and appropriate amount of time to focus on your vehicle service needs allowing us to properly advise you.

 

Here's how it works:

·         Colchin Auto will kick up to $10 for Uber or Lyft in the form of dollars off the current invoice.

·         Proof of ride billing must be presented or emailed to Colchin when you pick up and pay for your vehicle.

·         If you don’t have an Uber or Lyft account Colchin will call a car for you once you are ready to go.

·         If Colchin’s Uber account is used to secure a ride, up to $10 will be comped – balance will appear on your invoice.


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By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
If you take your car to a dealership for service, you will get OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. If you go to an independent shop, you will most likely (though not necessarily) get aftermarket parts. Many people assume that OEM is better, and worry that aftermarket parts may not be up to par. Is there any truth to this belief? Or does it make sense to save money by using aftermarket parts? What’s the difference, anyway? Here’s what you should know.
By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
Today’s gas stations offer a variety of options, from unleaded fuel with a range of octane ratings to diesel fuel. Sometimes higher-octane choices have names such as Super, Plus, Super Plus, Premium, or Super Premium. With so many different types of gas to choose from, you might wonder what happens if you select the wrong one. What happens if you use the wrong gas depends on what kind of engine you have and which specific fuel you use.
By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
Extreme weather is a fact of life, and now is the time to get prepared. While regular car maintenance is always essential, different weather events make certain problems more likely to occur. Here are 4 tips for handling whatever extreme weather might come your way.
By Morgan Gertler 30 Aug, 2017
Visibility is a major key to safe, defensive driving, but many people overlook it when caring for their cars. Maximizing visibility is essential even when driving in sunny conditions, but it can quickly become a matter of life and death when dealing with rain, fog, or snow. Fortunately, a few simple maintenance tasks can dramatically improve visibility.
By Morgan Gertler 30 Aug, 2017
Gasoline is a necessary ongoing expense for vehicle owners, and many people are looking for ways to save at the pump. You probably already know that premium fuel is an unnecessary expense for those whose cars do not require it, but you may be skeptical of switching to an off brand. Will cheap gas harm your car? Here is what you should know.
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