Yearly Archives: 2017

German Automobile Repair Tips

German Automobile Repair Tips

German Automobile Repair Tips German Automobile Repair Tips from DRIVE AutoCare where we specialize in Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and Mini Cooper. Since the 1980, we have learned a lot about German-made vehicles: 1. German automobiles require specialized service:  German manufactured vehicles are specialized for performance.  To ensure performance, specialty tools and expensive diagnostic equipment are required that are specific to your make, model and brand. It is strongly recommend that you stay away from generic automotive shops that work on all makes and models and do not have the equipment, or expertise to properly maintain and repair your German performance vehicle. 2. Your vehicle has upwards of 90 computers on board: Today’s complex German vehicles are rolling electronics and computers. Today’s Mercedes Benz ... read more

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All German Auto

Digital Vehicle Inspections - Seeing Is Believing

Digital Vehicle Inspections - Seeing Is Believing

Digital Vehicle Inspections Digital Vehicle Inspections:  DRIVE AutoCare now employs the latest digital technology which allows our customers to see, before buying.  A picture is worth a thousand words so in to help our customers visualize the necessity of recommended services, DRIVE AutoCare is taking multiple photos of the vehicle conditions to illustrate the metal-to-metal brakes, fluid leaks, or bulging tires and how any of these or other service scenarios can be remedied.  Industry best practices suggest that our technicians take between five and seven photos during every inspection. Think of the multi-point inspection feature as your gateway to an illustrative story detailing your vehicle's overall condition. These inspections are color-coded, providing sections for technician notes and recommendations. The Notes section is the go-to place for illustrating problem ... read more

Free Car Battery Check

Free Car Battery Check

FREE CAR BATTERY CHECK A Free Car Battery Check today at DRIVE AutoCare can keep the tow truck away.  That's why we suggest you come in for a free, digital battery inspection at any of our three locations.  It only takes a few minutes and, if needed, we can replace the battery while you wait.  No appointment necessary!!! It's a fact that car batteries don't last forever and they will eventually need to be replaced.  Assuming ideal conditions (moderate climate with no excessive humidity), you can expect your car battery to last about six years.  But in reality, a car battery only lasts between two and five years. Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life.  Excessive heat causes the battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging syst ... read more

Independent Mercedes Repair

Independent Mercedes Repair

Independent Mercedes Repair Independent Mercedes Repair and maintenance means not going to the dealer.  If you want to save time and money, DRIVE AutoCare in Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff and Encinitas is an ideal option to the Mercedes-Benz dealer. Vehicle Longevity One of the best reasons to turn to DRIVE AutoCare is our dedication to the long life of your vehicle.  A dealership makes most of its money on the sale of new cars.  As an independent repair shop, we are focused on making sure your vehicle remains in good operating condition for a long period of time. Lower Prices A dealership uses expensive parts manufactured by the car company. Typically the dealer promotes these as the best parts.  However, many parts obtained from other sources are just as good without the inflated price.  Only an independent Mercedes repair shop can acc ... read more

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All German Auto

Summer's End Is The Perfect Time For Car Care

Summer's End Is The Perfect Time For Car Care

Summer's End Is The Perfect Time For Car Care Summer's end is a perfect time for car care to assure you and your family of worry-free driving this fall and winter. The vacations are over and the kids are going back to school. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) suggests you take advantage of this lull to prepare your vehicle for the seasons ahead.  Breakdowns are never convenient and the following tips from ASE should give parents and students a preventative maintenance road map: Recommended Service Schedules We suggest you follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules which can be found in your owner's manual.  Or contact one of DRIVE AutoCare's Service Managers who have complete access to this information. Engine Performance Have engine problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected soon as colder weather w ... read more

Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas

Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas

Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas The Check Engine Light Rancho Santa Fe Solana Beach Del Mar Encinitas, according to Consumer Reports, is the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard. This warning light means many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. While you don't have to pull the car over immediately, you should get the car checked out as soon as possible. By ignoring the warning you might seriously damage expensive components. Additionally, this light is a sign that your car is getting poor mileage and emitting higher pollutant levels. The check engine light is part of your car's on-board diagnostics (OBD) system. When there's a problem that the system can't correct, the computer illuminates a yellow warning indicator and simultaneously stores a "trouble ... read more

Summer Road Trip Checklist

Summer Road Trip Checklist

Summer Road Trip Checklist Summer Road Trip Checklist: AAA reports that 4 of 10 drivers are unprepared for vehicle breakdowns which can take the joy out of your trip.  The Car Care Council recommends taking the following steps before you leave home: Check the battery:  Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.  Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.  Replacing an old battery is an inexpensive insurance policy. Check the tires:  Be sure to check the tire pressure and tread including the spare. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Check the air conditioning:  Proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort. Check all fluids ... read more

Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe

Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe

Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe Auto Repair Headlights Solana Beach Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe, we recommend replacing headlights in pairs and restoring your lenses as needed. Replacing just one failed bulb can result in an unbalanced or unpredictable headlight beam which is a potential safety risk. For the driver, unbalanced headlights means the road ahead will not be properly lit. For the oncoming driver, it will be harder to see and more difficult to position on the road; he may also be confused with a single headlight vehicle such as a motorcycle. Many drivers will only replace a bulb that has completely failed, but for maximum driving safety, an aging bulb should replaced before it burns out. As the filament of a halogen headlight bulb ages, the bulb’s light ... read more

Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair

Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair

Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair Rancho Santa Fe Mobil Gas Station and Automotive Repair will be replaced by the newly approved Gateway project in the Rancho Santa Fe village, a 2-story, 27,017-square- foot mixed-use building. Residents of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch should be aware that DRIVE AutoCare offers complimentary Concierge Service.  We will pickup your vehicle, make the necessary repairs, and return the vehicle to your home or office -- all at no additional cost.  DRIVE AutoCare enhances automotive value, comfort & safety.  Forevermore, we will be obsessive in our quest to exceed the expectations of our community with trustworthy advice and legendary service. The Gateway project will not have a gas station or an auto repair facility.  It will have a 5,000-square-foot market, more village parking with a three-level, 138-spac ... read more

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All German Auto

Check Engine Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar

Check Engine Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar

Check Engine Rancho Santa and Fe Del Mar One of the most vital signals of an improperly functioning vehicle is the Check Engine Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar which alerts drivers of existing potential problems. Studies show that the check engine light is on in nearly one out of ten vehicles, according to the Car Care Council. “When the check engine light comes on, it means that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A glowing check engine light doesn't mean you have to immediately pull the car to the side of the road, but it does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible. Ignoring the warning light could result in costly repairs. At the very least, the light could alert you to an engine problem ... read more

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