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Tour Donner Lake by E-Bike

Tour Donner Lake by E-Bike

Vehicle maintenance and repairs just became a whole lot more fun at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee when you adventure out on their courtesy cruiser e-bike. Adventure #1 is the Donner Lake Loop, an approximate 8 mile loop that is easy to accomplish, especially on a comfy e-bike.  With a new shop location on Donner Pass Road, it’s a breeze to hop on over to Donner Lake where there is a designated bike trail and flat terrain.  Stop at a dock, drop in for ice cream at Truckee Ice Creamery, drop off at Shoreline Park or play tennis at West End beach.  Continue around the lake and the road eventually takes you in the back pedestrian entrance to Donner State Park.  On the way out of the park, check the “new” state park museum which has free entry. The bike comes with a lock, so feel free to secure it and venture out on the interpretive trail along Donner Creek, a beautiful walk with wildflowers in the spring. If you ... read more

Experience "WOO" at Quality Automotive Servicing

Experience "WOO" at Quality Automotive Servicing

   Who Has Woo? We take employee development seriously. We recognize that our people are our greatest asset, and therefore are worth the investment! Each time we hire, we have our new employee take the StrengthsFinders assessment so we can learn more about what that person brings to the table and where, specifically, their talents lie. Not the skills that they learned in school (of course we’ve already checked those out!) but the natural talents they innately have. CliftonStrengths revealed that Gary has “Woo” as one of his top talents. Woo stands for Winning Others Over - which is what makes him so skilled at connecting with customers! Gary is famous for this skill with customers and shares this trait with another famous person, TV character Fonzi from Happy Days.  Maggie’s “Responsibility” strength is what makes her incredibly dependable.  Dealing with customers everyday at the counter, this strength reinforces ... read more

TEN Reasons to Keep Auto Repair and Service Local (Truckee, CA)

TEN Reasons to Keep Auto Repair and Service Local (Truckee, CA)

  The TEAM as Quality Automotive Servicing knows that vehicle maintenance does not need to be a chore if you keep in local.  Here are TEN reasons to keep it local and save money and time.  Convenience:  The hassle of traveling down the mountain with traffic, road delays and speed traps makes keeping service in your hometown of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe a convenient option.  Loaner cars:  Your Local Trusted Auto Care in Truckee has two loaner cars for customers, an Audi and a Volkswagen.  Mountain experts:  Mountain vehicles need an expert versed in the unique service needs of mountain vehicles.  Road debris like sand and dirt, varying temperatures and a high demand on various engine systems require a knowledgeable expert.    Exercise: At Quality Automotive Servicing you can squeeze in some exercise and ride our E-bike cruiser b ... read more

College Students - Don't Blow Up Your Engine

College Students - Don't Blow Up Your Engine

Attention College Students! Don’t Blow Up Your Car Engine   It's the end of the school year and the last thing any college student is thinking about is vehicle maintenance and the condition of the auto they took to college.  So listen up Mom and Dad, don't be on the hook for a new vehicle for something that could be prevented.     Whether your student is driving a newer Subaru or a tired Toyota, insist that they take a look at a few simple things before they drive it home.   Check all fluid levels and add fluid if necessary.  At Quality Automotive Servicing we see many blown engines because a young driver did not pay attention to this basic vehicle maintenance task.   Have the oil changed. Even a vehicle that is not been driven much needs fresh lubricant.  Today's oil contain detergents that clean the eng ... read more

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

“Automotive repair is getting a bit less greasy and a bit more geeky, as tablet computers become the most valuable tools on a technician's workbench” writes Cherise Threewit on the How Stuff Works website.  "There is no doubt that the shop that can keep up on technology is the one that is going to be able to care for you and your vehicle the best."  Bill Greeno, Owner Quality Automotive Servicing.   Reading The Trouble Code When you visit the shop with a check engine light, the service advisor will hook up a computer to read the “trouble code”. This gives the technician an idea of where to begin the diagnosis.  The code does not tell the technician what the problem is but only what system on the vehicle ... read more

Winter Weather Takes a Toll on Mountain Vehicles

Winter Weather Takes a Toll on Mountain Vehicles

  Winter weather. It’s a friend to outdoor enthusiasts but an enemy to your vehicle.   Winter takes a toll on mountain cars, trucks and SUV’s everyday.  Snow, cold, sand and ice are just a few of the high altitude elements that accelerate the need for general maintenance and repairs. The team at Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee know about servicing mountain vehicles and provide services for vehicles in Truckee, Soda Springs, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Carnelian Bay, Incline Village and Homewood. There’s no need to travel down the mountain for service braving icy roads and becoming stuck in traffic.  Every major and minor service or repair is available at Your Trusted Local Auto Care including batteries for those cold morning starts. German imports like Audi, BMW, VW and Mercedes find a home with the talented and trained Euro import experts.  Popular American brands Jeep, Chevy and ... read more

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Hey, Don't Peel Me Off!

Hey, Don't Peel Me Off!

Five Things to Know About Your Oil Change Sticker Keeping up on regular oil changes is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle. To make it easy to remember when an oil change is needed refer to the “reminder” sticker in the upper left of your windshield. This will prompt you to make an appointment for oil service at Your Trusted Local Auto Care in Truckee.  Here are five things the sticker is telling you.  Premium Oil & Filters: Quality Automotive Servicing uses high quality Valvoline oil and oil filters. There are cheaper products out there, but for best performance and engine longevity we choose Valvoline.  Synth = Synthetic: Synthetic oils are a better product for your vehicle and the rigorous driving in our mountain environment. Synthetic oil performs better at high temperatures and has longer change intervals which will save you time and money ... read more

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Oil Service

Roadtrip to ol' Republic Roadhouse Opens

Roadtrip to ol' Republic Roadhouse Opens

Look for a series of blog posts labeled "Get Out of Town" and discovering some special spots in the Sierra Nevada and foothills. All within a 2 hour drive of Truckee.     Not far from Truckee, down Highway 20, just short of Nevada City on Harmony Ridge, sits the well-known Five Mile House and new home to ol’ Republic Roadhouse. An established Nevada City brewery, ol’ Republic is spreading it’s wings beyond the two tap rooms (Nevada City & Roseville) to reopen the historic Five Mile House and pair their award-winning brews with some delicious “Roadhouse” food and atmosphere. You might call this pub food on vacation. Fresh bread is baked daily and available for purchase, Wednesday is “oyster night” and the eggs benedict are perfect with a mimosa or my favorite, extra spicy Bloody Mary. Yes, they have a full bar as well as serving their award-winning brews.   Hu ... read more

Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buyer Beware When Purchasing Used Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle can be a frustrating experience. How do you truly know what you are purchasing? How do you determine the true condition of a vehicle from a private party, a car lot or a dealership?  The first thing to know is that a seller may not be totally honest and forthcoming about the condition of the vehicle. Even honest sellers may not really know the "true" condition of the vehicle or be aware of a needed repair lurking under the hood. If you are purchasing from a lot, many vehicles come from out of state and could have been in a flood or accident. Even a  dealership or independent sales lot that “certifies” the condition of the vehicle may have overlooked (or looked the other way) on vital maintenance and repair issues.      Here are 5 things to watch out for when buying a used car.   1.    Has the car been stored for a long period of time ... read more

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While at College...Don't Blow Up Your Engine

While at College...Don't Blow Up Your Engine

If your Truckee or Lake Tahoe student is heading off to college and bringing a vehicle, now is the time to start preparing.  As a parent of a future college freshman, I know that there is alot to think about in getting ready to send them off. Sometimes the last thing on the to-do list is the vehicle they may be taking.  Here are some hints from the folks at Quality Automotive Servicing that will make your students trip back and forth to school safe and worry free.    Have the oil serviced and get an inspection:  The last thing you need is for your student to be seeking out a mechanic and dealing with a repair while at school.  Before they leave, have the vehicle in for an oil service and complimentary Red Check Inspect at Quality Automotive Servicing.  We will rack to vehicle and give it an overall look.  You receive a report giving you an idea of the condition of the vehicle and alerting you to any issues. &n ... read more

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Oil Service
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