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Vehicle Inspections

For most auto buyers, purchasing a used vehicle can feel like entering a Black Hole. One wrong move and there will be no “Return On Investment.”

We offer a comprehensive used vehicle inspection that will ward off even the deepest of Black Holes! The problem that we have found with vehicle inspections is that many people will not take the time to bring in a used vehicle for proper pre-purchase inspections. We are also aware that many purchases develop very quickly.

In an effort to give consumers some piece of mind we have a do-it-yourself used vehicle inspection form. Our form will allow you to ask the right questions and quickly inspect the critical areas of a used vehicle before purchasing it. This form will not take the place of our comprehensive inspections but it will allow you to hit all of the hot spots and make a much more informed decision to buy.

We have seen too many consumers go into the used vehicle Black Hole without any protection. The result can be a devastating automobile budget blow. Don’t let this happen to you: Stop by and pick up our inspection form, or call to have one faxed.

Frosty the Windshield

Have you seen my ice scraper? This phrase is rapidly spreading through local homes as hundreds of Oregonians awake to the realization that a credit card and hair comb are not the most efficient tools for cleaning a frosted windshield. Winter has arrived! Those ice scrapers may never surface, but you can be prepared for the next wave of frosty winter weather.

A Street Automotive and Collision can’t help you find your ice scrapers, but we can offer you a Pre-Winter Service Package to increase your vehicle’s cold weather dependability.

The A Street Automotive Pre-Winter Package offers the following services for light vehicles:

  • Coolant Condition & Freezing Level Test
  • Starter Amperage Draw Test
  • Alternator Output Test
  • Battery Load Test
  • Chassis Lube
  • Oil & Filter Change
  • Check & Fill All Levels
  • Non-Freezing Windshield Water Fluid Added
  • Clean & Protect Battery Terminals
  • 27-point Vehicle Inspection
  • Coolant System Pressure Test
  • Inflate Tires To Proper Pressure
  • Heater Output Test
  • Wiper Blade Replacement

Car Washing 101

A Street Automotive & Collision’s refresher course on how to properly clean your vehicle.

Now that the sun is shining you might want to think about washing your vehicle. We know that is has been a while so the following is a refresher course on how to properly clean your vehicle.

Always begin with the proper tools:

  • A clean 2-5 gallon bucket
  • A soft clean auto wash mitt
  • Auto wash soap (any biodegradable, spot free brand will work)
  • A soft terry cloth towels or a clean chamois

Put a small amount of soap in your wash bucket. [This will minimize water spotting if you choose not to dry your vehicle.] Thoroughly rinse the vehicle, letting the water sheet off (rather than spray off) before washing. This will remove as much dirt as possible to decrease the amount of abrasive materials during the scrubbing process.

Starting on the roof, scrub lightly in line with the vehicle. Working your way down, scrub each panel along its manufactured lines. Scrubbing in line will help blend scratches into the style lines of the vehicle. Be sure to keep your wash mitt soapy and rinse as you go. Do not let the soap dry on your vehicle´s finish as this will cause severe water spotting. It is best to wash when it is cool out to avoid water spotting too. When the washing is finished you can dry your vehicle with soft terry cloth towels or a clean chamois. Do not forget to clean your tools when finished to prepare for the next washing.

Now go enjoy your beautifully clean vehicle!

Pre-Vacation Vehicle Checklist

Before you head out on vacation, run through this handy checklist to make sure you and your vehicle are ready for the trip.

  • Have your vehicle inspected, if possible at least two weeks before you are ready to leave. This will help you to avoid last minute problems.
  • Take phone numbers and insurance papers.
  • Remember to keep your fuel tank full whenever possible. This will help avoid vapor lock during hot weather driving.
  • Remember to take any necessary maps. Pack extra snacks and drinks in case of unexpected delays.
  • Pack a flashlight with fresh batteries, glass cleaner, paper towels, and extra oil (know your brand of oil to avoid mixing brands).
  • Lock you car at all stops. Hide an extra set of keys on your vehicle. There´s nothing more frustrating than locking your keys in you car in unfamiliar territory.
  • Make reservations ahead of time, especially during the summer months and holidays.
  • If you are leaving the U.S.A. it is a good idea to have notarized birth certificates for children.
  • Make sure you know where your locking lug nut key, socket wrench and/or hub cap key are located.
  • If it is getting close to time to rotate your tires, make sure and do it before you leave. Check tire pressure too.
  • Check you oil at least every other time you fill your gas tank and visually inspect everything under the hood.
  • Do not use your cruise control during rainy weather. Wet roads increase your chance of hydroplaning.
  • Should you experience vehicle problems on your trip, the first place to call is A Street Automotive & Collision. We can refer you to a reputable facility close to you.

Winter Safety Checklist

Prepare your vehicle for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.
The following is a list of items that we recommend that vehicle owners should do:
Maintain coolant freezing level.
Inspect wiper blades.
Check battery cold cranking amps.
Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
Test starter amperage draw.
Measure tire condition and pressure.
Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
Check your 4×4 before you need it.
Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery

Test heater and defroster Output

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it is wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability. The following is our cold-weather safety checklist:

  • Maintain coolant freezing level.
  • Inspect wiper blades.
  • Check battery cold cranking amps.
  • Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
  • Test starter amperage draw.
  • Measure tire condition and pressure.
  • Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
  • Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
  • Check your 4×4 before you need it.
  • Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
  • Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
  • Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
  • A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
  • Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery
  • Test heater and defroster output