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Budgeting for Car Repairs

Budgeting for Car Repairs

It can be a challenge to prioritize car repairs, but if you budget accordingly,  car maintenance and car repairs won’t come as a surprise or stress. Your vehicle is the second largest investment, right behind your home, so it makes sense to budget for something so imperative.  One of the most accurate and efficient ways to plan a budget is to examine your past spending habits, which helps ensure your budget is appropriate and adequate for your needs. Here are a few tips on how to budget for car repairs:  Gather all your financial records and figure out how much a year you are paying for car maintenance and repair. Take that number, divide it by 12, and you will have the number you should put aside monthly for auto repair and maintenance.  Take it account the current condition of your vehicle. If your car is older, and the miles are starting to add up, you might want to adjust your budget accordingly.  You can also fluctuate how much you put aside depe ... read more

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Best GPS apps? Gary’s Weighs In

Best GPS apps? Gary’s Weighs In

  The app store is almost inundated with GPS apps, which makes it a little difficult to decide on the best app for you and any future trips. No longer do we have to deal with those old-fashioned paper maps, instead, we can utilize apps easily downloadable from the app store, complete with the approximate time adjusted to traffic and other road conditions.   The app store is simply inundated with navigation apps, and it can be a challenge to find the right one for you, suitable for your needs as a driver. The team at Gary’s Auto Service is here to help, as we have weighed on the best and safest GPS apps for your next road trip: WazeMaps.meOSMAnd Maps & NavigationMotionX GPSGPS Navigation & Maps Sygic ... read more

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Great Day Trips In And Around Florissant

Planning a trip anytime soon? With summer here, it is the perfect time to hit the open road, traversing through Florissant and beyond. The team at Gary’s Auto Service has compiled a list of day trips that you and your family can take this summer:  Springfield, Illinois: The state capital of Illinois is within driving distance of Florissant and is perfect if you are looking for a change of scenery, complete with many attractions of Abraham Lincoln.  Hannibal: This was the boyhood home of Mark Twain, and you can relive Huck’s adventures by browsing the museum decided solely to Twain and his childhood home.  Meramec Caves: Missouri is known as the cave state, and these caverns are an excellent example of this state’s claim to fame.  Hermann: Dripping in German heritage, this area is filled with wineries, complete with live music and outdoor terraces.  The Katy Trail: This walking tracks is over 200 miles long, winding throughout Missouri and bey ... read more

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Get Ahead of the Check Tire Light with regular tire inspections

 Get Ahead of the Check Tire Light with regular tire inspections

  Regular inspections for your vehicle are not something to put off. Preventive maintenance is essential to prolonging the longevity and driveability of your vehicle, and this includes tire inspections. Your tires actually have their own check engine light, except theirs is referred to as the “check tire light.” You can stay ahead of this flashing light on your dashboard with tire inspections.  At Gary’s Auto Service, we want your tires to performing in their safest capacity at all times. Bring your vehicle for a tire inspection on a routine basis, and our technicians will ensure you don’t have to see the panic-inducing “check tire light” flash on anytime soon:  Shallow or uneven tread.  Leaks or punctures.  Sidewall damage.  Air pressure.  Any other areas that might give rise to safety concerns.  It is easy to forget about your tires, as there seem to be so many other aspects of your vehicle that need a ... read more

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Tips for Driving in the Rain

Tips for Driving in the Rain

April showers mean May flowers! We may find ourselves driving to work in an onslaught of heavy rain and wind very soon. Before you start to worry, the team at Gary’s Auto Service has put together a few tips and tricks designed to keep safe and secure in the April showers:  Take your time! We can’t emphasize this tip enough. The slow and steady wins the race in the rain.  Lights, camera, action! Turn your headlights on for extra visibility and safety.  Have you ever heard of a bubble of personal space? You have one, and so does the vehicle in front of you. Make sure you maintain it, especially in the rain, as your visibility is diminished, and a sudden stop could prove disastrous.  Watch out for hydroplaning! Hydroplaning happens when your tires lose traction on the road due to extra water. It is easy to hydroplane, as you can even hydroplane with 1/12 of an inch of water on the road and a speed of more than 35 mph. If you start to hydroplane, take yo ... read more

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Is Your Car Thirsty? The Importance of Fluid Maintenance

 Is Your Car Thirsty? The Importance of Fluid Maintenance

Cars need fluids as much as humans do. When humans become dehydrated, it affects cardiac and renal functioning along with electrolyte balance. Without proper hydration, humans wouldn’t last a week. Without oil or coolant, your car wouldn’t last a single day.   Oil: Check your owner’s manual to make sure you are using the proper oil for your engine. Keep in mind that as we ease out of winter, you might also want to check with your favorite mechanic to make sure that the type you are using is the best for our Florissant conditions. Oil is what lubricates the parts of your engine. Without it, your engine will seize up, and you’ll immediately go from a good day to a not-so-good day.  Radiator Fluid: An engine runs hot. Extremely hot. Radiator fluid does the job of keeping your engine from overheating. When you run too low on radiator fluid, you are going to end up on the side of the road. NEVER check your radiator fluid if your engine is hot. You wi ... read more

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Top Ten Love Songs for Romantic Drives

Top Ten Love Songs for Romantic Drives

    Have you ever been driving with a loved one, maybe during a date or just a night out with your wife or husband, and were in desperate search of that perfect love song, but couldn’t think of one? The team at Gary’s Auto Service in Florissant is here to help. Here are the top ten love songs that will just melt your heart:   “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen"Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney and Wings"Perfect” by Ed Sheeran"Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie ... read more

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Spring Into The New Year With Gary’s Auto Service!

Happy New Year, dear customers! We are so pleased to begin yet another fantastic year of offering top-notch auto repair to the community of Florissant. This month, we’d like to remind you all to check your suspensions! Don’t let yourself have an unpleasant and expensive suspension repair “sprung” on you. Bring your car to Gary’s Auto Service and start the new year right! Have you been noticing problems with less-than-totally responsive steering, or cupping of tires, or excessive bouncing? If so, these are signs that the old’ shocks and struts are in need of some TLC! Let Gary’s Auto Service be the one-stop auto repair “spa” for your car. Your car works hard, and so do you, so let us handle the springy stuff so you can get back to doing what you do best: Driving! Come into Gary’s Auto Service and get your suspension fixed up for the new year. Don’t wait until you bottom out or lose steering agility! We love helping our ... read more

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Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers in Your Life

Best Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers in Your Life

It’s the most wonderful time of year: the time when we gather with our loved ones and shower them with love...and a few extra special gifts. It can be a challenge to buy gifts, even for the people you love best. Got a car lover in your clan? We’ve got you, fam!  If you’re looking for a special gift to wow the car lover in your life, read on! First up, all’s well that ends well when you’re sitting pretty in some gorgeous car seat covers! And you can find any kind of car seat covers you might imagine here. There’s everything from leatherette to camo, and with over two dozen different car brands covered, you’re sure to find something to please! Keep your car lover safe with an awesome iPhone mount for their vehicle. There are loads of options on this website, and one of them is bound to be right for the lucky recipient you have in mind!  Custom car mats are another great way to spoil any car buff relatives you may have. Their tootsies ... read more

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Holiday Driving Dos and Don’ts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everywhere across our fair nation, families are preparing to spend time together over the holiday season. There are a lot more cars on the road right now, which means there are some extra tips to keep in mind. Here are our top dos and don’ts: Don’t:  Drink and drive This one maybe goes without saying, but please designate a driver or else take Uber or Lyft if you plan to drink. It just isn’t worth it!   Plan too much There is a tendency to overbook oneself during the holidays. It takes longer to get places, and everyone is stressed. Road rage can be worse this time of year, so take a breath, and remember you don’t have to do it all. Speed The police are out in full force this time of year, and anyway, speeding is dangerous for lots of reasons. Give yourself extra time to course correct and drive at or below the speed limit.  Forget to breathe and relax It’s easy to get anxious with all of th ... read more

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