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We Were Only Freshmen: Best Cars for College-Bound Students

We Were Only Freshmen: Best Cars for College-Bound Students

Every year, it happens --a fleet of bright young faces go off to college, taking with them their hopes and dreams, as well as our own. Our bright young men and women go off to the halls of learning to sharpen their minds, hone their skills, and hopefully, graduate! What happens now?  The best thing you can do is make sure your college-bound student has a good vehicle that is well maintained. The following are a few of our favorites:  Acura We’ve heard that the Acura TSX, particularly from 2004-2008, are good cars if you’re looking for something affordable. Acura TSX has a great safety record, which can give you some peace of mind. And with lots of models still on the market, even previous to 2004, you shouldn’t be hard pressed to find something in your price point.    If you’re looking for high safety ratings as well as superior mileage and easy part replacement, look no further than Honda! Their cars are reliable to the max, and you really ... read more

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What To Do If Your Car Overheats

What To Do If Your Car Overheats

What’s the hottest thing about summer? Your car! How may you ask? Well, cars need care and maintenance, as we all know. During the hot summer months, the added strain of the AC can make it challenging for vehicles to regulate their temperatures. The last thing you want is to be stranded at the side of the road with an overheated car! That being said, it can happen to the best of us.  Here are our cool tips on how to handle overheating this summer.  Pull over. Do NOT continue driving a car that is obviously overheating! If you see steam coming out of your engine area, illuminate your hazard lights and get quickly and safely to the side of the road. There, you can assess the damage and decide on next steps. Be Prepared. Make sure that you always have a gallon of water and a gallon of coolant in the trunk of your car. Keep extra water in your vehicle available for drinking, in case you get stranded longer than you expect.  Turn off AC Air conditioning. It may cool ... read more

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Healthy Snacks To Keep In Your Car

Healthy Snacks To Keep In Your Car

Got the munchies? With Americans commuting an average of over 100 minutes per day, it’s important to make sure that your car is a place you can relax and enjoy the drive. Last month, we covered some tunes that are great for summer road trips. This month, we’ll talk about the best car snacks! Eating food from a drive-through while on the road is often expensive, and let’s face it, messy. No one wants to arrive at the PTA meeting with the crusty remains of a Quarter Pounder with cheese on their shirt!   You can get yourself nourished without too much work if you pack the right snacks! One great protein-packed option is meat bars like these Epic Bars. They are made with grass-fed beef and taste delicious!   Another very tasty option is Larabars. With a host of flavors and varie ... read more

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Best Driving Songs for a Summer Road trip

Best Driving Songs for a Summer Road trip

After a long chilly winter, it's time to start thinking about those well-deserved summer road trips. Even more importantly, it's time to put together that playlist of songs that will accompany you on your getaway and offer the feeling of freedom, vibrancy, and joy. Below are some tunes that are sure to keep you singing and your fingers tappin':   "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers: Any Bill Wither's tune is a great companion in or out of your car. Listening to "Lovely Day" with the windows down and the sunroof open can turn any dreary mood into positive feelings.   "Africa" by Toto: This Toto song is guaranteed to bring some zest and good vibrations.   "American Pie" by Don McLean: It's almost impossible not to belt this favorite tune at the top of your lungs.   "Lyin’ Eyes" by The Eagles: With the 3-part harmonies and very beatable chorus, even the grumpiest of drivers and passengers are ... read more

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Why Preventative Maintenance is Important

Being mindful of preventative auto repair maintenance is part of being a responsible car owner. It improves fuel efficiency, extends the life of your vehicle, and increases the longevity of your automobile. In addition, preventative maintenance makes your vehicle more reliable and will most likely save you more pricey auto repair costs down the line. Below are some of the main reasons to stay on top of preventative maintenance: GAS MILEAGE: Coming to an auto repair shop for regular maintenance will help your car achieve optimal fuel mileage. Ignoring to change the engine air filters and oil   regularly will reduce your vehicle's gas mileage. It will also most likely cause undesirable wear and tear on your engine. The exact recommended time between oil changes depends on the vehicle. Making sure that your automobile gets a tire balance and service every 10,000 to 15,000 miles is also crucial to make sure your car can achieve its optimal fuel efficiency. Malfunctioning sp ... read more

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Beautiful Places to Visit near Carlsbad During Spring

Beautiful Places to Visit near Carlsbad During Spring

If you live near or around Carlsbad and are interested in taking a getaway within driving distance, you're in luck. Southern California is home to so many beautiful places that could be the perfect medicine when you need a little time away. Here are some suggestions from the team at Carlsbad Auto Service:   Idyllwild, CA Idyllwild is the ideal southern California destination for nature-loving travelers. Rent a cabin or pitch a tent and enjoy this little town in the San Jacinto Mountains. You can mountain bike, hike, and climb in popular spots like Tahquitz Rock. If you go into the village, have a meal on the patio at Café Aroma and look at some art and hear live music.   Temecula, CA Located about an hour from Carlsbad, Temecula is considered the wine country of southern California. There are more than forty wineries that offer tastings, tours, and multiple festivals. You can even take a hot air balloon ride over the Temecula Valley. Julian, CA Nothing screa ... read more

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Smart Tips for Driving With Your Dog

Smart Tips for Driving With Your Dog

  A lot of us wished we loved anything as much as a dog loves a car ride. Whether they're headed to a beautiful beach or to the vet, the magical adventure in the car is heaven. So if you're going on a road trip, chances are your pooch would be thrilled to accompany you. It's wonderful to bring your furry family along just make sure to prepare and be sure their time in the car is safe and comfortable.   Perhaps your dog is no stranger to car rides. Yet keep in mind that long road trips can be taxing on people and animals. Before a long trip, take your dog on car rides that get longer in duration so they are ready and prepared. Also, have your dog's papers that indicate that he/she has had their rabies shots. Not often, but sometimes you will be asked for proof before crossing state lines.   Have a crate or carrier that will keep your canine comfortable and with room to turn around, sit, lie, lay, and stand. Be sure to have it strapped in safe and secu ... read more

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Valentines Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Valentines Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

  It's that time of year again where love is in the air. If your sweetheart happens to be a car enthusiast, there are several car-related gifts that you should consider. Car people tend to like car things so we thought we would share a few suggestions that would make driving safer and more enjoyable for your sweetie:   Music Subscription Drivers have more music selections than ever since Smartphones can connect to the stereos. Spotify and Pandora provide even more of an array of options than satellite radio and is a compelling alternative. Pandora Plus removes advertisements from its streaming radio service and their premium packages let you search for a single song on an album and allows you to create your own playlist.   Cordless Tire Inflator A cordless inflator is a super convenient and practical gift. Save your sweetheart the hassle of using a large compressor or handling those huge hoses at the gas station. Not only can a cordless tire inflator inflate t ... read more

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Resolve to Not Let Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Go Overdue

Resolve to Not Let Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Go Overdue

  2018 is finally here, and many of us have come up with personal New Year’s resolutions. Why not have resolutions for your car too? After all, our vehicles are an extension of us and taking care of them is helpful for our peace of mind. Here are some things you and your car can be mindful of in the new year:   1. Get your automobile's body into shape People tend to want to get their bodies into shape when the new year arrives. Why not have that same goal for your car? A basic automobile maintenance regime -- including checking for leaks once a month, taking your vehicle in for regular oil changes, measuring your tire pressure, and reading the owner's manual will help you save money and fuel. Bonus that it’s also good for the environment!   2. Be a fuel-efficient driver Fuel consumption increases by as much as 35 percent when you speed and drive aggressively. Slow down, relax, and give yourself more time. By doing this, you’ll end up low ... read more

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Top Holiday Displays Around Carlsbad & San Diego

With all holiday festivities happening, people who live near and around San Diego have so many options of how they choose to see and enjoy all the lights and displays. Just be careful that you’re not driving down the street and get distracted by all this holiday beauty! The team at Carlsbad Auto Service wants you to enjoy some of the special displays around our beautiful area. Here are some suggestions:   Balboa Park December Nights On December 1st-2nd 2017, enjoy the celebration and festivities at Balboa Park December Nights. Food, entertainment, and fun are what this 2-day event is all about at Balboa Park, America’s biggest urban cultural park. The sounds, smells, and sights of the Christmas season fill the cultur ... read more

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