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How to Drive Safely in April Showers

How to Drive Safely in April Showers

We have all heard of the saying: “April showers mean May flowers.” We may be looking forward to seeing the roadsides blooming with flowers, but first, we have to deal with spring rainstorms. The team at Convoy Auto Repair wants to make sure you will drive safely during this upcoming wet weather. Here are some tips:  Slow down! The roads will be slippery and wet, which spells trouble if you are driving fast. If you are driving at speeds above 35 mph on slick roads, you are at risk of hydroplaning, especially during the first 10 minutes of light rain. Those first ten minutes are in fact the most dangerous time during a spring rainstorm.  Stay away from the standing water on the roadside! Sometimes, we see those large puddles, and we can’t help but veering over and driving through for that big splash! However, you need to resist that urge because these puddles can be dangerous for both you and the other drivers on the road.  After winter, we will often ... read more

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What You Should Look for in an Automotive Repair Facility

What You Should Look for in an Automotive Repair Facility

Fixing your vehicle correctly is only the bare minimum of what you should look for in an automotive repair facility. Fixing your car right the first time is standard -- the leading automotive repair facilities go above and beyond for their clients from the moment they walk through the doors to the moment they leave.  When you are deciding which automotive facility you should bring your vehicle to, transparency should be at the top of your list. An automotive repair facility needs to be transparent about which services your vehicle needs to maximize longevity and driveability. They should also be upfront about which services can wait until next time.  The ideal automotive repair facility should strive to form lasting relationships with you -- they are looking to keep your car sailing down the San Diego streets for the long-term, and to do so, they need to form a partnership with you. You aren’t just in and out and on your way, without even a backward glance.  You ... read more

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Best Automotive-related Movies for a Valentine’s Night-in

Best Automotive-related Movies for a Valentine’s Night-in

If you are struggling to figure out what to do this Valentine’s Day, the team at Convoy Auto Repair is here to help. How about a relaxing night-in watching one of our favorite automotive-related movies? Not only do you get to spend some relaxing one-on-one time with your loved one, but you can show your appreciation for your vehicle by watching a movie that celebrates cars. Here are the best automotive-related movies for a Valentine’s night-in:  The Car (1977) Drive (2011) Thunder Road (1958) The Italian Job (1969)  The Transporter (2002) Mercedes, Mon Amour (1992) Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Autostop (1991)  The Last American Hero (1973) Locke (2013) Taxi (2015) Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) Thelma & Louise (1991) Please let us know what your favorite car-themed movies! We are always looking for more to watch and enjoy, as cars are our favorite pastime, hobby, and wa ... read more

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New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a More Eco-friendly Driver

New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a More Eco-friendly Driver

At Convoy Auto Repair, we are all about reducing our carbon footprint, which is why we think a perfect New Year’s Resolution will to become a more eco-friendly driver. To ensure you can accomplish your New Year’s resolution, we have put together a few tips and tricks designed to maximize your eco-friendliness on the San Diego streets:  The first and most important step is to keep up on your vehicle’s maintenance. A properly maintained vehicle is destined to save you money. You will spend less money on preventable auto repairs, and a properly maintained vehicle equals a fuel efficient vehicle.  Underinflated tires will increase fuel consumption by as much as 3 percent, and they are more likely to burst and cause an accident.  If possible, trave lightly. Take anything and everything out of your vehicle that can reduce weight, including roof racks, seeing as they increase wind resistance.  Consolidate all your errands into one trip, instead of tak ... read more

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Where to Find Snow in California

Where to Find Snow in California

Southern California isn’t exactly known for our snow, but we aren’t complaining. We love having fun in the sun, while the rest of the country is dealing with chilly weather. If you are looking, however, to experience the snow, California is diverse enough to satisfy your winter cravings. All you have to do is put your key into the ignition, and you are within driving distance of some of the best winter wonderlands in California and even the nation.    Here is where to find snow in California:    Big Bear LakeFrazier MountainIdyllwild Green Valley LakeLake ArrowheadMount BaldyPalm Spring Aerial Tramway ... read more

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Daylight Savings is Ending: Time to Check Your Headlights

Daylight Savings is Ending: Time to Check Your Headlights

You know what November means! Time to start to preparing for the holidays. Before you rush over to the mall for some early Christmas shopping, don’t about daylight savings. With daylight savings, your clock, essentially, falls back one hour. What this means for us is darker days and longer nights. Dusk will occur one hour later, which usually means it will be much darker during the hours of our evening commutes from work to home.  Before daylight savings is officially here, and we find ourselves unpleasantly surprised with broken or damaged headlights in the dire dusk of the evening commute, stop by Convoy Auto Repair for an inspection. If your car’s lights are not functioning as they should, you can endanger, not only yourself, but your passengers and other drivers on the road. When the sun goes down, pedestrians might not even be able to see an approaching vehicle with dim lights.  Our team at Convoy Auto Repair will inspect each one of your vehicle’s li ... read more

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Fun Things to Do in San Diego on Halloween

Fun Things to Do in San Diego on Halloween

Are you looking for something fun to do this Halloween? Nowadays,  you can do much more than just trick-or-treating, as there are various fun-filled, festive events throughout the community. The team at Convoy Auto Repair is here to help, as we have put together a list of family-friendly Halloween events in and around San Diego:    Seaworld's Halloween Spooktacular When: September 21 - October 27, 2019  Legoland Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights When: September 29 - October 26, 2019   Fall Fest When: October 4 - November 30, 2019   ... read more

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Back to School Checklist: Car Maintenance

Back to School Checklist: Car Maintenance

Back-to-school season is here, which means it is time to plan those carpooling rides to those soccer games, the last-minute dash to the store for a forgotten school supply. During these moments of sanity, the last thing you want to worry about is the condition of your vehicle. Instead, go through this back-to-school checklist for car maintenance:  It might be time for an oil change.  Pay attention to your battery; we don’t want you dealing with a dead car on the first day of class.  Your lights need to be as bright as your children’s future! Make sure a technician performs a thorough inspection.  Your fluids most likely need to be checked to ensure they are at the right level.  If your vehicle is leaking liquid, this is a sign you need to schedule a visit to the team at Convoy Auto Repair.  Examine your tires for uneven tread wear and low tire pressure.  Replace the windshield wipers.  Your heater and defroster should be exami ... read more

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Better Safe than Sorry: Get Your Emergency Kit Ready

Better Safe than Sorry: Get Your Emergency Kit Ready

Back-to-school season is just around the corner, which means it is almost time for those early mornings again, rushing your little one to school before the first bell. With all that time spent in the car, you need to be prepared for anything. An emergency kit is exactly what you need, and here is exactly what needs to go in the kit:  Durable canvas bag.  Jumper cables.  Bottled water.  Granola/energy bars.  Miniature tool kit.  Flashlight.  Road maps.  Blankets.  Rain gear, umbrella, and a ice scrapper.  Rags.  Cell phone charger.  Duct tape.  Compass.  Reflective triangle.  First aid kit.  Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack.  Reflective vest.  An emergency car kit is an after-the-fact measure, but at Convoy Auto Repair, we like to stay one step ahead with preventive maintenance. We will keep your vehicle running safe and secure, so you won’t have to ... read more

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Is it Time for New Tires?

 Is it Time for New Tires?

Has the time come for new tires? When deciding if you need new tires, there are three important things to look for, tread wear, exposure to heat, and tire age, but the team at Convoy Auto Repair is always here to examine your tires to decide whether or not a new set of tires is the right option for you and your vehicle.  The first step is to check tread wear. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy way to figure this out, and it all starts with a penny. Simply place the penny on the grooves of your tire, and if any part of Lincoln’s head is hidden by the tread, your tires are in good shape. If not, your tires are too shallow.  Regardless of the tread wear, many vehicle manufacturers recommend replacing your tires after six years. Some manufacturers will say ten years, but it all depends on your vehicle. We can help you figure out your manufactuers’ recommendation.  With summer upon us, we have to be careful of how these UV rays can affect your vehicle. Expos ... read more

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