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Five Tips from AutoAid for Fall Car Care Month

This October is Fall Car Care Month, and here at AutoAid, we want to remind you to take a little bit of time to be “Car Care Aware,” as the team at CarCare.org put it. Every year in April and October, CarCare.org celebrates a month of vehicle maintenance awareness, in the hopes of reminding drivers like you that taking a few simple steps now can save you the trouble of an emergency breakdown – not to mention more than a few bucks on the cost of repairs – down the road. Whether you handle some of these tasks yourself or prefer to trust Jack, David, and the expert team at AutoAid of Van Nuys, CA for your auto service & maintenance needs, we recommend these important steps to take this Fall Car Care Month to ensure your vehicle performs well all year long. Battery. Check your connections, and make sure they are tight, clean, and free from cor ... read more

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Should I Pay For Accident Repairs Out Of Pocket Or Through Insurance? (Part 1)

Should I Pay For Accident Repairs Out Of Pocket Or Through Insurance? (Part 1)

You were just involved in a minor accident. After you realize that no one seems to be injured and that the damage appears to be minimal, one question always comes up: Should I file an insurance claim or settle out of pocket? The answer depends on several things, including who was at fault. Clearly, if it was your fault, you would prefer not to see your insurance rates go up. You may plead with the other party to handle the repairs privately and not report it. And if it was their fault, they may do the same with you. Regardless, there are several steps you must take. Should I File An Insurance Claim Or Settle Out Of Pocket? Get All The Information Before You Decide The first step is to not leave the scene before you exchange all information with the other party, including phone numbers. You should also take photos of all of the damage, so nothing additional can be claimed after the fact. In these kinds of situations, information and knowledge are key. So as soon as you can, get an e ... read more

Auto Accident Scammers

Auto Accident Scammers

An auto accident is a terrible thing. Whether or not there are any injuries, no one feels good afterwards. It is just a hassle on so many levels. To make matters worse, there are a great variety of auto accident scams out there. It’s just one more thing that all drivers need to be highly aware of. Every driver knows that no matter how safely they drive and how aware they are of their surroundings, there are things they have no control over, including people setting you up for an accident. These auto accident scammers are professionals who know exactly what they are doing, and often work in teams, thus providing “witnesses” to provide false evidence against you. If you feel you are the victim of an auto accident scam, do all you can to protect yourself. Read this list from the DMV about things you should do at the scene of the accident. Then get your car to a reliable and trustworthy sho ... read more

How to get your car repaired after an accident

How to get your car repaired after an accident

How do you get your car repaired after an accident? This is not a question anyone wants to have to ask, but it is necessary...especially before you make your problems worse by choosing the wrong body shop or blindly following your insurance company’s advice. If you are involved in a collision, just remember that accidents DO happen and that they are usually repairable. Hopefully there are no injuries and all that you will have to deal with is getting your car repaired, but it can be stressful and time consuming...unless you get help from someone who knows what to do. AutoAid has always been on the side of our clients, helping you get the best repairs with the best parts at the lowest cost and least inconvenience to you. Here’s how to get through this difficult time. Dealing With Your Insurance Company Your first step will be to contact your insurance company, which will assign you an adjuster. While it’s the adjuster’s job to help you get your car repaired ... read more

Your Car Service Information Online -- We’ve Gone Digital

Your Car Service Information Online -- We’ve Gone Digital

We’ve gone digital! No, this does not mean we will have virtual employees or that we will be greeting you with robots! We pride ourselves on always welcoming you with a smile and a handshake. That’s always been a big part of who we are, but we also know how busy life gets. With AutoAid, you can now get access all of your car service information online or in your inbox. Just check your computer, tablet or phone and we’ll all be on the same digital page. Your Car Service Information Online Our website has all the details about the many services we offer, as well as tips to keep your car running as smoothly as possible. You can learn about our Car & Truck Courtesy Check, and any other repair or maintenance you may need, and making an ... read more

Teen Car Maintenance Tips for Back to School Season

Teen Car Maintenance Tips for Back to School Season

It’s back to school time, and that means worries for parents. Even if you’re confident in your teen’s ability to drive, there are many things which can go wrong with a car including flat tires, dead batteries, and other maintenance issues. If your teen driver doesn’t know how to respond to these issues, it can lead to worry, stress, or increased damage to the vehicle. Here are AutoAid’s tips for back to school car care – and if you want to be certain your teen’s ride is school ready, come on in for a free courtesy check here at AutoAid. Please call ahead 818-305-6632 or make an appointment on-line. When All Else Fails, Read the Manual Step one for learning car care should be familiarizing yourself with the vehicle’s manual. Many maintenance tips will appear here, including the correct type of oil, tire pressure levels, and service inter ... read more

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Where to get car repairs after my warranty expires

Where to get car repairs after my warranty expires

  Your car warranty has expired and you need a repair. After some frustration and confusion, the first question that pops into your mind is: Where do I go for service when my car warranty expires? You may be tempted to go back to the dealership, and they’ll be happy to provide service when my car warranty expires, but that is almost always the more expensive option. You want a trusted mechanic and to know you are getting a fair price for your repairs and maintenance. The answer to this often asked question is a reputable, independent shop like AutoAid in Van Nuys, CA. Perhaps you need an oil change, or a pre-smog check. Is it time for a new car battery or has a dreaded ... read more

Road Trip Checklist - Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip This Summer

Road Trip Checklist - Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip This Summer

Here in California, we go on road trips year-round. But summer is an even more popular time to get in the car and go on a road trip. Not only does it cost less than an airplane flight for the whole family, you save on rental car costs at your destination, too. But road trips put a lot of miles and stress on a car, so your car is ready for the ride. These should be the top items on your “Road Trip Checklist.” Keep in mind that AutoAid can run through this checklist for you. In fact, we have a 38 point car care courtesy check that we offer free to members of our community. Call or make an appointment online and we’ll check your car for you, and make sure your car is ready and healthy enough for your road trip. Your Road Trip Checklist Check Your Tire Pressure Your car’s performance starts with making sure your tires are in goo ... read more

Keep It Cool

Keep It Cool

Broken air conditioning in a vehicle can leave you very uncomfortable and agitated in hot weather. Boy, is it Hot. Prompt repair is critical to your total cost, since AC problems get worse the longer they go unchecked. Early detection of AC problems is critical. Some common symptoms include: Weak Airflow Weak air flow is an indication of AC problems to come. Common reasons your AC system might be having a hard time providing ice cold air include: o   Loose AC Compressor Belt o   Mold or mildew accumulation from the residual moisture of the AC system o   Loose or broken seals o   Broken ventilation fan Warm Air From Your Car AC Warmer than normal air coming out of your vents is another indicator of AC problems that will eventually lead to AC system failure, commonly caused by: o   A clog in the refrigerant ch ... read more

Hot Weather Driving Damage To My Car

Hot Weather Driving Damage To My Car

If you want your car to run smoothly for a long time, it’s important to be a good car owner, which means taking great care of your car. This is especially true in the most extreme weather conditions, like we get here in Los Angeles -- and in the San Fernando Valley in particular -- when it’s hot outside. The heat can lead to big car maintenance issues if the problems aren’t addressed as soon as possible. So, it’s important to take your car to a mechanic like AutoAid to prevent Hot Weather Driving Damage from turning a small problem into a big problem. After all, a few minutes and a few dollars now can save you a lot of money and stress in the long run. Hot Weather Car Maintenance Yes, the heat can lead to your car’s engine overheating. However, it’s not the only hot weather car maintenance issue your car faces in the heat. Tires: It’s a good idea to regularly check your tires. However, this is especially true when it’s hot outside beca ... read more

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