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Christmas Gifts for Car-Lovers

Christmas Gifts for Car-Lovers

We are a culture that loves our cars. That can definitely help us this holiday season when it comes to gift-giving for the car lovers in our lives. This list can be endless, but hopefully, we will give you a few ideas that will help you get ahead of the holiday gift-buying rush.  Detailing: Everybody loves a clean car, but most people don’t enjoy the process. Even if you know someone who does, it can be nice for them to not have to worry about getting into all the nooks and crannies themselves. This is also a great way to help them extend the life of their car’s paint. You will give them the gift of a new-car feel without having to buy them a new car!   Garbage can: It’s so easy to let trash build up in our cars. Help your car-loving person to stay ahead of the curve with a trash can for their vehicle. There are many options to choose from, but remember that any of them will help make a difference!  Car seat protectors: Most people tend to eat or ... read more

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Holiday Road-Trips: How to Stay Safe

Holiday Road-Trips: How to Stay Safe

When heading out this holiday season, there are many ways you can prepare ahead of time to stay safe. From proper auto maintenance, updating your emergency kit, and taking the time to plan out a route based on time-frame as well as who are your passengers can make or break your holiday plans. Take the time to prepare and you won’t be disappointed! Auto maintenance: Ongoing preventive maintenance helps in every area of owning a vehicle, but when it comes to holiday travel, it can keep you from breaking down or worse. Check all the fluids under the hood: oil, anti-freeze, power steering, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, etc. Check the air pressure, tread depth, and general wear and tear on your tires. This will help you get the most out of your gas mileage and will help your tires hug the ground beneath them. Don’t forget to check your windshield wipers, brakes, and all lights. Most of this information you can find in your owner’s manual.  Emergency kit: It&r ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Thirsty? 5 Important Fluids Your Car Needs to Stay Hydrated

Is Your Vehicle Thirsty? 5 Important Fluids Your Car Needs to Stay Hydrated

There are some fluids that are critical to the performance and drivability of your vehicle. You never want your car thirsty because, just like humans, it means it’s already dehydrated. Let’s take a look at the top 5: Oil: This is what lubricates the moving parts of your engine. The best way to check your oil is to take it out for a short drive and then let it cool off for a few minutes. The dipstick for the oil is usually pretty easy to find. When you pull it out, wipe it off and then put it back in the make sure you can get an accurate read. The stick will be marked where the oil should be and if it’s low, you’ll want to add the right oil for your car. Check your owner’s manual to know for sure. If it is low, you’ll want to find out why. Also take a look at how dirty it is. If it’s low and/or dirty, it’s probably time for a change.  Radiator Fluid: This is the fluid that keeps your car running cool enough to keep you going. When i ... read more

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Back-to-School Safety Tips for Carpooling

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Carpooling

Back to school time is usually a pretty crazy time and can be full of chaos. The most important thing about this time of year is putting safety first. Carpooling can add to the chaos or when done well, it can create beautiful harmony. Here are some tips to help you lean toward the harmonious side of carpooling. Safety first: Everyone has to have their own space with a dedicated seatbelt. Absolutely no distracted driving. Don’t be afraid to ask the other parent/adult drivers to get a copy of their insurance. If you don’t know them well, ask them about their driving record. Ask your own kiddo about how they drive. You can replace a carpool driver, but you can’t replace your kiddo. Schedule: Create a schedule and make sure that all drivers are on board with it and know what to do if it has to change at any point. Inform your children of what they can expect. Make sure they know who is picking them up and when. The more you can stick to the schedule, the more harmonious ... read more

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The “What, Why, and How” of Preventive Maintenance

The “What, Why, and How” of Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is a great way to keep your vehicle in its best shape possible! Preventive maintenance will prolong your car’s life expectancy. Similar to your annual check-up with your doctor’s, preventive maintenance can help catch problems before they become too big. At Rusty’s Garage, we want your car working right all year long, which leads us to the importance of preventive maintenance.  What?  Preventative maintenance includes cleaning, inspection and possible replacements of parts, changing your spark plugs, repairs, rotating your tires, changing your windshield wipers, lubricating parts, adjustments, partial or complete overhauls, and changing your oil/fluids. Why? By implementing preventive maintenance into your auto care routine, you will greatly decrease the possibility of breaking down on the side of the road. This helps you plan ahead for many bigger auto repair needs. This is the number one way to extend the life out of your vehicle an ... read more

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The History of Domestic Cars in America

The History of Domestic Cars in America

  At Rusty’s Garage, we have a passion for servicing all vehicles. Our team is always evolving, learning, and making sure we can provide the best service for you. Knowing and learning more about the history of domestic cars in America has helped us understand more about vehicles origins in our nation.  America was first introduced to cars, by bike mechanics Henry Ford and William Durant. As bike mechanics, a vehicle ran on gasoline was vastly different. The pair were originally from Massachusetts, and there the first American car was introduced/designed in 1893. As the first to successfully attempt anything of this scale, the pair started the standard for American vehicles. From there techniques, three companies emerged, Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors. These companies were even nicknamed as the “Big Three” in the American Auto Industry, and are still considered so today. Henry Ford went on to introduce the Model T vehicle, while William Duran founded ... read more

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BG Products -- Why We Use Them

At Rusty’s Garage, we aim to please from the moment you walk through the door to the instant you leave. We are looking to service your vehicle with the latest and greatest in tools and technology, and our technicians continue to receive ongoing training to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. Our team continues to utilize BG products, a high-quality product.  We want to service your vehicle with only the best, right down to the products we use. We use BG Products, which includes products designed for the preventative maintenance of:  Fuel Systems Engines Transmissions Brakes Power Steering Cooling Battery Driveline Climate Control Systems We are dedicated to securing the safety, driveability, and longevity of your vehicle, which is why we use only the highest quality equipment and products. If you have any questions about BG products, preventative maintenance, or anything else auto repair related, we encourage you to ask. We are all about fostering relations ... read more

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Dealing with the Summer Heat: The Importance of A/C System Service

Dealing with the Summer Heat: The Importance of A/C System Service

With summer just around the corner, time is of the essence for A/C system service. The last thing we would want is for you to be stuck in a sweltering vehicle amid the summer heat. Not only is that experience just not fun, but it can be dangerous too for both your health and your vehicle's health. When you are hot and sweaty, stuck in a car without A/C, you can't help but feel a little grumpy. If you are focusing on finding ways to stay cool, you might end up driving a little distracted, and distracted driving makes for dangerous driving. When you are feeling cool and comfortable, your attention is on the road, exactly where it should be. A/C system service, designed to keep your A/C system performing properly, translates into safer driving. Your A/C System is made up of several components, including your compressor. Your compressor is one of the more expensive parts to replace or repair, and routine A/C system service allows our technicians to monitor your vehicle's co ... read more

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