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Why Buying a New Vehicle is a Waste of Money

Why Buying a New Vehicle is a Waste of Money

Is buying a new car a waste of money? I get it–they’re pretty, and sparkly and new. They have all these features and leather seats that cool your back in the summer and an automated navigation system that talks to you even when you don’t want it to. Who wouldn’t want that? But if you can negate the idea that social status is tied to the car you drive (which is a myth, really), you’ll save yourself a lot of money that you can instead put towards things that will truly increase your happiness and well-being. A new vehicle is an expense, not an investment. Just by driving it off the lot, a vehicle depreciates by 11%. Wow! After one year of driving that new vehicle it will have depreciated by 25%, after three years 46% and after five years that vehicle will be worth 63% less ... read more

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

I can’t imagine what it’s like to move to Colorado and experience driving in snow for the first time. It’s scary and is much different than driving in normal conditions. Driving on snow and ice is a skill. Use these winter driving tips to keep you and those around you safe during Colorado’s winter. Make sure your vehicle is Winter Worthy First, it’s very important to make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter driving. This means up-to-date maintenance, good tires and wiper blades, fluids full, coolant and exhaust system in good shape, gas tank full, and a fully charged battery. Refer here for winter car care to ensure your vehicle is worthy of winter driving. Driving on Snow and Ice Go Slow This is the most basic and fundamental tip for driving in winter. The surest way to avoid an accident or curb check is to go slow–the slower, the better. Seems simple, but this is the ... read more

Belt Wear & Why Your Auto Mechanic Isn’t Crazy

Belt Wear & Why Your Auto Mechanic Isn’t Crazy

Just because your serpentine belt doesn’t appear to be cracked, don’t think your auto mechanic is wrong when he says it needs to be replaced. Drive belt technology has improved in newer vehicles, meaning there is new criteria for determining if a belt is worn. If you have a late-model vehicle, listen up. Let’s start with a quick lesson on drive belts, so we’re all on the same page. Drive belts come in two forms, or types: v-belts and serpentine belts. Timing belts, however, are different. A timing belt makes the engine work. Vehicles have 1 timing belt and anywhere from 1 to 4 drive-belts. Drive belts transfer power from the engine to your vehicle’s A/C, power steering, and alternator. Without drive belts, these systems don’t operate. Common knowledge tells us that drive belts need to be replaced when they show signs of cracking. This is true. However, in newer vehicles, a drive belt that has natur ... read more

Fall Car Care – Get Your Car Ready for School

Fall Car Care – Get Your Car Ready for School

This season brings us back to earth, back to school, and allow us to reflect on what’s most important to us. It is also a great time to begin preparing your vehicle for winter. Read on to learn more about the areas of your vehicle to focus on for fall maintenance and auto repair. In Colorado we experience true seasons, and so do our cars. Auto repair services tailored for the weather are more effective. Like buying a coat for winter, seasonal maintenance helps prepare your vehicle for the ever-changing elements, thereby extending its life. “It takes very little time and money to make sure your car runs properly throughout the year and although breakdowns happen, they can definitely be minimized by taking a few extra preventive steps,” Rich White, director of Car Care Council. Our Seasonal Car Care Specials are designed to handle all of your car maintenance and auto repair needs for each season of the year and are ... read more

Product Review: BG Oil Additive

Product Review: BG Oil Additive

It’s fact: an oil additive is great for an engine. This review is of BG MOA, specifically, is because the product is… amazing! And is really not given enough credit. Considering the benefits to an engine and the cost of a can, the worth of this product is phenomenal. This seemingly simple yet incredible product truly does help extend engine life ten-fold. So much so that we, as a shop, swear by it and use it religiously. I personally add it to my oil every oil change. Eric (Owner of Community Auto) even uses it in his lawn mowers! I hope to shine some light on this little gem as it seems many customers aren’t aware of its greatness and may be missing out on a simple way to make their vehicles last longer. BG MOA (Motor Oil Additive) is, as the name suggests, added to oil and makes the oil more effective. Oil is the blood of an engine, and its condition and contents are extremely important for engine function and performance; just as the shape and functioning of red b ... read more

Why We Don’t Give Phone Estimates

Why We Don’t Give Phone Estimates

Shopping around for automotive repair is much like shopping for anything else, right? There’s many factors to consider: price, quality, convenience, etc. It’s one thing to seek out the best burger in town; maybe ask a few people and try a few places to get there. It’s also appropriate to investigate options for, say, your next sinus surgery. You wouldn’t, however, call all the burger joints and surgeons in town, ask how much the burger or surgery costs, then go with the one that tells you the cheapest price, right? Or maybe you would. I don’t know. But let’s assume we agree it’s a bad idea to make an important decision, one that costs you taste buds or money, via a mere phone conversation convincing you of the cheapest price. Oddly, this frequently happens when people choose who to have fix their car. I get it. You’re just wondering how much a certain repair will cost so you figure you’ll call a few shops, see how much they’l ... read more

How to Find Good Auto Mechanics in Fort Collins

How to Find Good Auto Mechanics in Fort Collins

“They’re greasy…and scary–they are speaking a language I don’t understand and I don’t trust them.” Can you relate to similar thinking? When searching for good auto mechanics in Fort Collins, you may find yourself overwhelmed. With so many options, the price of auto repair, and possible horror stories you’ve heard, maybe you don’t know where to start. It’s worth noting that as with most things, it’s true that you often get what you pay for. Cheap repairs are generally…well…cheap. Many factors play into this but since I’m sure you’re seeking service that’s a great value (quality work at a good price), I’ll keep it simple. When shopping for a mechanic, pay attention to the following things and know you’re in good shape. 1. Certifications Mechanics who invest in themselves and their profession will undoubtably turn out higher quality work than those who don’t. Look f ... read more

2nd Month Fishbowl Drawing & Other Updates

2nd Month Fishbowl Drawing & Other Updates

We’re back… And excited to announce the winners of our second month’s fishbowl drawing. Thanks for all your entries! Winners received prizes and discounts on services for the year. Wanna play?Stop by the shop and enter your name in the fishbowl for a chance to win (aka OUR gift to YOU)! Because this marks our 20th year in business thanks to YOU. So, even if you don’t win, we still want to THANK YOU! Names will be drawn at the end of each month and announced at the beginning of the next. Hence, the monthly emails. But I’ll try to keep them interesting. And again, thanks! As promised, alignment rack update: INSTALLED! These machines are very expensive and require a lot of work to procure and install, so we’re thrilled to have it up and running

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Welcome Summer!

Welcome Summer!

Welcome, Summer! Hey, everyone! Winners for the third month’s drawing are Scott M. and Paul K. Thanks for all your entries! Winners received discounts on services for the year. Wanna play? Stop by the shop and enter your name in the fishbowl for a chance to win (aka OUR gift to YOU)! Because this marks our 20th year in business thanks to YOU. So, even if you don’t win, we still want to THANK YOU! Is your vehicle ready for summer? Click here for Summer Car Care Special coupon. In other news… Small Business of the Year Recipient! We are honored to hold the 2015 Small Business of the Year recognition awarded by the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce! The award came as a pleasant surprise, although timely as 20 years of hard work preceded it. Pictured here, holding the award, is Eric, founder and owner of Community Auto, and his daughters, Stacia and Emily. On the rig ... read more

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First Month Fishbowl Drawing + Updates

First Month Fishbowl Drawing + Updates

The results are in… And we’re excited to announce the winners of our first month’s fishbowl drawing. Due to a large number of participants, we drew 5 winners instead of 2! Thanks for all your entries! Winners received discounts on services for the year. Stay tuned for next month’s winners and see below for how to enter. Stop by the shop… and enter your name in the fishbowl for a chance to win prizes (aka OUR gift to YOU)! It has been an incredible 20 years that wouldn’t have been possible without your ongoing support. So, even if you don’t win, we still want to THANK YOU! Names will be drawn at the end of each month and announced at the beginning of the next month, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming emails just like this. And again, thanks… Other updates from this year: 1. Us at the Automotive Service Association’s symposium for automotive professionals.2. Featured on the cover of Parts & Peo ... read more

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