Enter any time during the month of May to win a car safety kit from Precision Auto Repair. No purchase necessary, drawing on May 31, 2019.
We have a Hallmark Low Hauler Two Place Motorcycle Trailer available for rent by the week for $400/week. It is available from April – October, and is loaded in Albertville, Minnesota.
The trailer has four new Goodyear Marathon Trailer tires, a full size spare tire, wheel chocks, jack, and wrench included with rental.
It has been updated with self loading Condor wheel chocks which allow you to load your bikes in minutes.
Tows very nice – requires a 2 5/16 ball.
Rental is $400.00 per week (Available April-October).
Please contact Rob Rich at Precision Auto Repair if you are interested in renting. 763-497-1677
Honestly, when our driveways are lined with several feet of snow from one end to the other and it’s below zero, it’s hard to believe that spring will eventually show up in Minnesota, but I promise it well. When? I can’t really say.
After a long winter like this one has shaped up to be, when spring rolls around you’ll be ready to hit the road for all kinds of adventures. Camping, trips to the cabin, road trips for student sporting events, you name it. Here at Precision Auto Repair in Albertville, we want you to be ready to hit the road. Safely.
This winter will have been hard on your car, so the best thing to do is to get your routine maintenance in BEFORE the first signs of spring arrive.
We have a great tool called a digital inspection report, and it allows us to assess every system in your car, and give you an honest and non-salesy evaluation of everything from your brakes, fluids, shocks and engine. We use a system of green, yellow and red lights to help you understand what is urgent and what is not. Green means good, no repairs needed. Yellow means caution, something is showing signs of wear and tear and will likely need maintenance, replacement or repair in the near future, and red, of course, means stop. Something is wrong and it should be fixed now.
The digital inspection report is great, because it helps us provide you with good information about your car, and then you can make decisions based on your own situation and what is red, green or yellow, and decide which repairs or maintenance to do now and which to do later. Our customers rave about the digital inspection report, and we like it, too. It makes us feel more like your partner than a sales “guy”, and that’s good for our relationships with our customers, and good for business.
Here are some after winter car care tips to help get your car in shape for spring!
- Change your oil and oil filter.
- Check your fluids.
- Replace your wiper blades.
- Check your charging system.
- Fix your windshield.
- Check your lighting.
- Lubricate your chassis parts.
- Check your belts and hoses.
- Check your filters.
- Check your tires. Remember we have our annual spring tire sale starting in April!
Another round of Drivers’ Education classes start in the next few weeks in communities across Minnesota, and St Michael / Albertville (Go Knights!) is no exception. Getting a driver’s license is a pretty big deal for most kids, and it is a means to more independence for many teens. With the privilege of driving, also comes new responsibilities, including driving safely, understanding the laws and rules of driving and transportation, and accountability. Below are some outstanding education and maintenance tips we think will help any new driver (regardless of age or experience) stay safely on the road.
1. Read the Owner’s Manual – Most of us have never read an owner’s manual from front to back, so I wouldn’t suggest that to your new driver, either. HOWEVER… they should browse through it enough to become familiar with the different sections and topics, so that if and when they have car trouble or something seems not quite right, they know where to start looking for answers. It will also help them navigate conversations about their car and how it works with others, including their parents and / or a mechanic.
2. Gauge the Gauges – Teaching your new driver to understand what the various gauges are for the car(s) they are driving, what they tell the driver AND what can go wrong if they are ignored is one of the most important things a new driver can know.
3. Change the Oil – This is the most important maintenance item for any vehicle out there. Newer cars have different mileage thresholds for changing the oil, so be sure that you and your new driver both know the manufacturer requirements for your cars and that they help keep track of when the oil needs to be changed and that it gets done.
4. Pay Attention to the Other Fluids – Cars have several different kinds of fluids that need to be properly maintained, and every driver needs to be aware of this. Teach them to monitor them and also how to physically check said fluid levels. Show them how to check the oil, the coolant reservoir, power steering and brake fluid reservoirs. Create a regular schedule with your driver about checking these fluids, even if the car is running smoothly.
5. Road Safety Kits for Car and Driver – We often tell our kids the importance of a winter driving kit for their own safety, but we should also teach them to keep some essentials in their car for it’s sake, as well. Things to include: containers of car specific fluids (oil, windshield wiper fluid, coolant, etc,), paper towels, gloves, a funnel, flashlight and jumper cables to name a few. Tuck it in a crate in their trunk and they will be prepared for more situations than they other wise would be, including helping out a stranded friend.
6. Check Tires and Lights – Teach your new driver how to check the air pressure in their tires when they do their scheduled fluid checks. Another good lesson is to show them how to evaluate the tread on their tires using a penny. Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.
7. Take Care of the Battery – Batteries are one of the main reasons most drivers end up stranded, and this can be especially scary for new drivers. Have the battery charge checked whenever the oil is changed, and teach them the importance of not running their battery down while listening to music, etc., when the car is on but not running.
These seven items are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding car maintenance and repair prevention, but it will get them off to a good start.
When you bring in your car to Precision Auto for most types of service, we issue a digital inspection report that evaluates the health of your car, and lets you know what items need to be taken care of now, in the near future, or that are working well. The categories and items on this report can also be a great way to help educate your new driver about the care and maintenance of their car.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call!
Rob Rich, Owner, Precision Auto Repair
It’s time for the spring tire sale at Precision Auto Repair right here in Albertville, Minnesota.
During the month of April, GET UP TO A $100 PREPAID VISA CARD when you buy a new set of four qualifying Cooper Tires.*
*$100 Reward when purchasing 4 Cooper Zeon RS3-61TM Tires
*$70 Reward when purchasing 4 CS5 Grand TouringTM, CS5 Ultra TouringTM, Discoverer A/T3
TM, or Discoverer SRXTM, Discoverer A/TWTM Tires
*$50 Reward when purchasing 4 CS3 TouringTM, Discoverer HT3TM,
Cooper Zeon RS3-STM, Evolution H/TTM, Cooper Zeon RS3-ATM, or Evolution TourTM Tires
If you’d like to do a little more research before buying, check out Rob’s tire buying guide!
Prices are good during the month of April. Call 763-497-1677 and chat with Rob or Chad, or simply Schedule Appointment Now