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Yearly Archives: 2020

Is It Worth It To Get Your Young Driver’s Car Serviced?

With COVID-19, a lot of youngsters are out of school way earlier than expected. What we thought was going to be a normal school year certainly isn’t. Before we tell you five reasons to get your young driver’s car serviced, we first want to acknowledge some things: We appreciate all teachers and educational faculty. We often take for granted all of the hard work, time, and effort you make to teach. On a dime, you have had to pivot and educate outside of the normal classroom environment. Cheers and love to you for taking on this herculean challenge while facing a global pandemic. We appreciate all parents who are juggling all of the duties of work, home, and educating your kids. None of us could ever have pictured how hard it would be for parents to continue paying the bills, working (if you’re lucky enough to still be working), making sure your kids met with their teachers every day, clean and maintain the household, and put food on the table. Wow! We love you and f ... read more

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How to Protect Yourself When Buying a Car "As Is"

How to Protect Yourself When Buying a Car "As Is"

Many of us feel confident knowing that we will be getting a pristine car by buying new and driving it off the lot in immaculate condition complete with a manufacturer's warranty that covers repairs for several years, however, the reality is that many of us purchase used cars that are sold "as is." Buying used is a bit riskier than buying new. However, there are several things you can do to be proactive and protect yourself from unexpected repairs before purchasing a used car that will minimize the chances of encountering more significant and unexpected repairs. "As is" is a legal term used to free the seller of any obligation or responsibility for the mechanical condition of a vehicle once the title changes hands that means "all issues known and unknown" become the buyer's responsibility once you have taken ownership. When you purchase used from a dealership, most likely, it has undergone an extensive multi-point inspection, which allows the selle ... read more

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What is Factory Recommended Vehicle Maintenance?

What is Factory Recommended Vehicle Maintenance?

Factory recommended maintenance...you've probably heard the term, but do you know what it means? Otherwise referred to as manufacturer recommended services or preventative maintenance, factory recommended vehicle maintenance is a guide created by your vehicle's manufacturer that properly outlines the services and inspections that your vehicle needs at certain intervals. These intervals are based on the lifetime of different parts and is typically designed to replace parts before they break.  What does factory recommended maintenance consist of? These recommended maintenance items typically include an inspection of all major vehicle systems, such as the brakes, suspension, engine, transmission, power steering, tires, and more. It also includes various services that are needed to keep those systems running at their best, such as fluid flushes, part replacement, lubrication, testing, and more.  So, how can one find their vehicle's factory recommended services? The ... read more

Our Favorite Southeast Car Shows & Festivals

Our Favorite Southeast Car Shows & Festivals

We sure to have some fun ones in the line up for you! Everything from street racing to pickle eating is covered for your events to plan for. When you think of spring, think of strawberries, 5k fun runs, live music outdoors, and car shows. This line up of family-friendly events are sure to make good memories for you and your family. There is no shortage of things to do. Start the month off with some cool car shows.  In early April, the Southeast Street Rod Nationals is happening in the Florida State Fairgrounds. Pack your car and plan a road trip to this show, because you are bound to have a blast. In addition to all the cool hot-rods, there is a swap meet to vend your wares, treasures and see what others have that you might not be able to live without. There is also the Women’s World exhibitors on display. Don’t be daunted by their name; this group of artists have things for every walk of life to enjoy. This event runs from Friday, April 3rd - Sunday, April 5th. Plan ... read more

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Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open for Business

Doing Our Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 While Remaining Open for Business

Here at AC Auto Service Center, we want to inform our valued customers that we are OPEN for business among COVID-19 shutdowns. We know that these are tough and uncertain times, but many of us still need reliable transportation to continue supporting our families and retrieving the supplies we need to stay safe and fed.  We care about the health and safety of both our customers and our staff members, which is why we are taking all the necessary precautions when it comes to working on your vehicle. This includes implementing disinfection procedures after our services and wearing gloves while working. We continue to sanitize the inside and outside of vehicles where we come in contact with them, as well as all of our common areas inside the building.  For those who can't leave their home or would prefer contactless service, we offer a complimentary pick up and drop off service. We will come and pick up your vehicle from your home, service it at our shop, and drop ... read more

Do I Need a Car Battery Replacement?

Your vehicle's battery is the energy storage device that produce electricity to start your vehicle and keep it running. The battery is what provides the electricity to actually operate the starter motor, ignition system, and fuel system. Once the engine is up and running, the alternator of the charging system will supply your electrical components with the electricity they need and it will also charge the battery by recycling energy as your vehicle travels.  If you've gotten into your car and your car won't start, you may be wondering if you need a car battery replacement? The answer is, maybe! While the issue could be with the battery itself, the issue could also stem from your vehicle starting system, bad spark plugs, and more. The typical car battery will last you between 3 to 5 years depending on the brand and quality. The best way to understand whether or not your battery needs to be replaced is by bringing your vehicle into the experts here at AC Auto Service Ce ... read more

Here's What Happens When You Organize Your Car

We spend an increasing amount of time in our cars as commutes take longer and our work gets farther away from our homes. Coupled with the number of errands we run, our time in the car steadily increases. Think about your vehicle as a part of your home, although it is a mobile unit, our family spends time there, and we would like everything to be at our fingertips when needed. Distractions are dangerous when out on the road with other drivers. Keeping the number of distractions at bay increases our safety. It is nice to know where everything is and know that it is secure. It feels good knowing where everything is, and it also can help keep you safe. Avoiding distractions will help keep you alert to your surroundings and your eyes on the road. Have you or your friends been in a car accident where something in the car flew, causing a severe impact? This hazard can easily be avoided by having secure storage locations for items in your vehicle. It is a simple thing you can do to keep you a ... read more

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Five Ways You Can Show Your Car Some Love

Five Ways You Can Show Your Car Some Love

  Do you love your car? We sure love our cars and we love giving them extra love and care during the month of February. Not only is February the most romantic month of the year, but it is a great time to help your vehicle get through the winter season.   Here are five ways you can show your car, your truck, your SUV, or your work vehicle some love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.   Take your vehicle in for a Check-up (aka preventive maintenance). When you are a healthy human who starts to feel under the weather, you go to the doctor, right? Sometimes, you’ll go to the doctor when you are joining a sports team and they require you to get an annual physical. Your vehicle has a lot in common with your body. It has moving parts. It has fluids coursing through its veins, so to speak. It can get worn out and start breaking down. It can also age and not run like it did when it was younger. Therefore, we recommend showing your love for your vehicle by taking i ... read more

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How Long Do Cars Last?

If you drive a vehicle that is nearing its tenth year of life, you may be wondering how long cars are meant to last. Is there an expiration date, or will your car run until it breaks down and can't be repaired? On average, a vehicle will last over 11 years on the road. With proper maintenance and care, your vehicle can last even longer. Of course, the lifespan will depend upon the make, model, and year of your car and your own driving habits. With newer vehicles, they may be able to last much longer than previous cars which we will understand better in the future.  It may be no surprise, but trucks and SUVs tend to have the longest lifespan out of all types of vehicles. However, regardless of what vehicle you own and drive, understanding the measures that you can take as a vehicle owner to increase your vehicle's lifespan are important.  Did you know that the longest running vehicle has been on the road for 48 total years and has driven over 3 million miles? It ... read more

Why We Are Now Closed On Saturdays

Why We Are Now Closed On Saturdays

  Welcome to the year 2020! As we enter a new decade, we thought it would be smart to do a few things differently here at AC Auto Service Center. The first change we are making this year is our new business hours. We are closed on Saturdays, and open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.   Many of our longtime customers have asked why we are now closed on Saturdays. The truth is, it isn't very easy finding people who are willing to work on the weekends. There's no judgment about it, either. A lot of us want to spend quality time with our families and friends or get out of town for the weekend. So, we decided to make a change that would allow our staff to unplug, rest up, and enjoy more time with their families.   But wait! There is another change we just implemented that will help ease the burden of us not being open on Saturdays. Drum roll, please….   We have a new online appointment system! This new software is slick ... read more

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