Category Archives: Auto Maintenance

Get your car ready for spring with our 6-point checklist

Winter may have expired for the season but it can cause long-term effects on your car. Frigid temperatures, potholes, road salt and more can to do a number on your vehicle. Some of the casualties caused by wintry conditions are wheels knocked out of alignment or damaged shocks, struts and other suspension-system parts. And there’s more where that came from. Many times, cold-season-created problems become apparent only after the mercury has risen. In other words: Just because spring has sprung doesn’t mean you’re immune from a sproing! Add to that the effect rising temperatures have on Chicago-area roads (warmer weather often … Continue reading

Put the brakes on car care costs to save money

Have you considered the long-term cost of driving your vehicle? Whether you drive 10 or 50 miles a day, other factors such as preventive maintenance, driving style and more will help you save money on overall car care costs during the life of your vehicle.   Lots of vehicle owners chalk up car-ownership costs to the price at the pump or unexpected repairs, but other factors figure in big time when calculating how much your set of wheels truly is costing. Driving style, preventive maintenance and insurance options all contribute to how much you’re paying (and could be saving). Driving up costs Excessively slurping … Continue reading

Auto Repair Advice You Can Count On

A home maintenance DIY-er painting his family room might head to the hardware store to buy paint, brushes and drop cloths. But is that all he needs to do the job right? Hardware retailers wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t guide customers through the purchasing process to ensure they head home with everything required to complete the project. Similarly, your automotive service experts at Auto Lab want to help guide you in your car-ownership journey so you can hit the highway with confidence—without blowing your budget. Here’s how we go to work to provide the best budget-fitting auto-repair … Continue reading

5 ways to save money by maintaining your car

5 Tips for Finding a Reliable, Trustworthy Auto Repair Shop

Question: I change my oil religiously every 3,000 miles, and I rotate the tires every other oil change. But what other maintenance should I be doing? Is it worth the money?  Answer: Excellent question! And we liken it to the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” You probably eat right, exercise regularly and see your doctor for an annual check-up in or to stay healthy and to prevent health problems. The goal is to keep yourself out of the doctor’s office, as well as to save time and money. The same can be said … Continue reading

Our top 7 car care articles from 2014

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2015, we like to look at what car care information you found to be the most valuable in 2014. In case you missed it during your busy year, here are our top 7 auto service articles from 2014: 7) How to Prep Your Car for Winter: Our 8-step checklist for making sure your car is ready for winter weather. 6) Top Summer Road Trip Destinations: Heading out for a weekend trip or summer driving vacation? Here are four of our close-to-home favorites. 5) Yes, You CAN Save Money by Properly Maintaining Your Car: … Continue reading