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Yearly Archives: 2018

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 and Smog 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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Service

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 and Smog 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 and Smog.  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. &nbs ... read more

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Oil Service

Earth Day: Beyond the Blue Bag

Earth Day: Beyond the Blue Bag

  One of the biggest things you can do this Earth Day is pay a little attention to your vehicle.  By changing a few habits and paying attention to maintenance, you can do your part in helping the environment.  Here’s the Quality Automotive and Smog short list of things you can do to be a “Green Vehicle Owner”.  Save gas, save on landfill material, save the planet.   1. Keep the engine running at peak performance. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. Replace filters and fluids as recommended in the owner’s manual or by your Quality Automotive and Smog service technician. 2. Don’t ignore that ‘Service Engine’ light. Today’s vehicles have much cleaner tailpipe emissions that they did 30 years ago, but a poorly running engine or faulty exhaust system will pollute much more than it would otherwise.   3. Keep tires prope ... read more

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Fuel economy

Local student Ryden Thanks Quality Automotive for Donation to Truckee Bike Park

We’d like to introduce you to Truckee local, Ryden, who is probably the most excited about the $1000 donation to the Truckee Bike Park in the Quality Automotive and Smog Season of Giving.  Ryden is an 8 year old bicycling powerhouse who started at the park as a strider when he was just 2-years-old.  It didn’t take long for this little guy to discover the various tracks and eventually move on to jumps.   He loves to ride at the Truckee Bike Park because it’s just fun - all day fun!  Taking clinics from his favorite coaches Brooks, Greg, Cierra and Courtney has taught him not only to ride well, but also learn to respect the terrain, take care of the park and have respect for others using it. He has learned skills like how to push into the berms and claw your feet when you’re coming into a jump.  His favorite features are the jumps and he hopes to master the Baby Tooth Gap with a future eye on Jaws.  Ryden enjoys the park wit ... read more

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