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Top Summer Drives Near the SF Bay Area

Top Summer Drives Near the SF Bay Area

With summer almost here, we might be getting a little stir crazy, spending all this time indoors. With shelter in place in the Bay area, one thing we all learned is that “it is not about the destination, but the journey.” You can quickly get out on the road and explore the Bay Area from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a drive through the redwood trees or along the coast, California, specifically the Bay Area, has something for everybody.    Here are six scenic drives to take in the Bay Area:    Skyline Boulevard (Route 35): This mountain ridge road is often overlooked, but if you are looking to step on the brakes and appreciate the views and scenery, Skyline Boulevard is perfect for you. We recommend stopping at the vista points and capture this moment with a photograph.  Panoramic Highway: If you are looking for a tour of Northern California’s most scen ... read more

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10 Driving Safety Tips For The Average Driver

 10 Driving Safety Tips For The Average Driver

Most driving accidents are caused by human error, and many accidents can be avoided with these ten tips. At our auto repair shop, our goal is the safety of you and your vehicle. We recommend following these ten driver safety tips:  It is no surprise that number one of the list is vehicle maintenance. Whether it’s bald tires, brakes, a low battery, or a slow leak, if your vehicle is unsafe, our technicians at A+ Japanese Auto Repair will be able to quickly and accurately assess and fix the issue. Preventative maintenance doesn’t just extend the life of your car, but it keeps your vehicle driving safely and smoothly.  Make sure to practice defensive driving. Defensive driving involves maintaining a safe distance between you and other vehicles, while also not speeding. On the other hand, aggressive driving increases the risk of accidents. An aggressive driver typically will aggravate other drivers, creating a more dangerous and ris ... read more

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Spring Cleaning For Your Car - Tips and Tricks

Spring Cleaning For Your Car - Tips and Tricks

We can officially say goodbye to winter, as spring is officially here! Spring means falling leaves, golden rays of sunlight peeking out behind the clouds, and of course, spring cleaning. The team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair doesn’t want you to forget about your vehicle this spring. During winter, your vehicle accumulates a massive amount of dust and debris. Spring is the perfect time to give your car a thorough cleaning. Here are some tips and tricks for spring cleaning:  Start with the outside:  Make sure to scrub your tires with a tire-cleaning spray and brush.  Wash your vehicle bumper-to-bumper. We recommend washing your car twice in a row.  Don’t forget about the underbody of your vehicle. A lot of debris and dirt can gather on your car’s underbody during wintertime.  Dry your vehicle with a microfiber cloth when all finished.  Now, you’re ready for your vehicle’s interior:  Carefully search your vehicle, includi ... read more

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5 Things Every Car Owners Needs to Know About Tires

5 Things Every Car Owners Needs to Know About Tires

Your tires are the only thing that maintains contact with the road. As you can imagine, they are essential to your safety on the road as you drive through San Carlos. Some tires require specific makes and models, and each tire has a different price and purpose. No tire is equal. The team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair is here to help you understand your tires.    Here are five things that every car owners need to know about tires:    Price: Usually, with tires, you get what you pay for. There are many suppliers out there that offer excellent tires at an affordable price. If the price of a tire seems too good to be true, don’t hesitate to ask our team. We can also point you in the right direction if you have any questions about tires.  Different Cars: When you purchase your car, it will come with a specified set of tires designed for your vehicle’s brakes, smooth handling, or steering response. If you decide to replace your tires with new ones, you wil ... read more

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Winter Fuel Economy Tips

Winter Fuel Economy Tips

In cold weather conditions, your car has to work much harder. It takes much longer for your engine to reach fuel-efficient temperature, especially if you are making several short trips. Heated seats, window defrosters, and heater fans use additional power as well, adding to winter just not being a fuel-efficient season. Your battery is working harder too -- your battery’s performance decreases in cold weather, so it is especially hard for your alternator keep your battery charged.  With all this being said, there are several tips and tricks you can use to maximize your car’s fuel economy in the winter:  If you can, park your car in a warmer place, so you can increase the initial temperature of your cabin and engine.  Combine trips so you are driving less often with a cold engine.  Don’t let your car idle more than 30 seconds to warm it up. Your engine actually warms up faster while you drive.  Minimize your use of seat warmers or defroste ... read more

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Stay Safe with Holiday Traffic

Stay Safe with Holiday Traffic

The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. The team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair are here to make sure you stay safe during the holidays, especially with holiday traffic. The roads will be absolutely packed, which is why the team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair has put together a few tips and tricks to keep you safe on the road during holiday traffic:  91% of holiday travel will be completed by personal vehicles, which means the roads will be packed with drivers frantically getting to their destination. It is important to be mindful of this.  Plan your route ahead of time. Many apps allow you to input your address ahead of time to see which routes are the safest and fastest. You can even input your desired arrival time, and these apps will tell you when to leave to make it there on time. Decide when you want to leave. Leaving a few days before Christmas can save you a headache and allow you to spend much-needed time with your loved ones.  Prepare for the long li ... read more

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Halloween Safety Tips

  We all love the magic of Halloween, from trick-or-treating to classroom parties and even the occasional trip to a haunted house. Even though Halloween can be fun and festive, it can take a turn for the worst. Take a look at this scary statistic: children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year.  Here are some Halloween safety tips to make sure your Halloween night stays safe and spooky for all the right reasons:  A responsible adult should accompany young children on any trick-or-treating routes.  Make sure you only travel in well-lit, familiar areas.  When crossing the street, put those electronic devices down, keep your eyes and head up, and walk calmly across the street.  Avoid masks, if possible, as they can obstruct vision.  Consider fastening reflective tape to costumes and bags, or even give your children glow sticks for maximum visibility.  All costumes, wigs, and a ... read more

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The Many Advantages of Working With Family-Owned Businesses

Unfortunately, family-owned businesses seem to be a rarity. However, A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos has been a family-owned and operated business for 21 years. We continue to stand out among the other repair shops and dealerships in the area. There are many advantages and you have flexibility when you decide to work with a family-owned business: We treat your vehicle as a big investment because it is. You need a technician and repair shop that doesn’t just care about racking up a hefty invoice, but about taking care of you and your vehicle, looking toward the longevity of your car. You are more than just a number, and we want to protect your investment.  You’ll get parts that meet or exceed manufacturers’ specifications. You also have the freedom to choose replacement parts that meet your budget and improve performance. You will receive the cutting-edge technology of the automotive industry. We invest heavily in training our technicians, state-of-the-ar ... read more

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Back to School Season: Safest Japanese Cars for Your Teen Driver

It can be quite scary -- watching your teen driver take a big step and drive themselves to school. You can imagine them, blasting the radio and stepping on the gas pedal, but with a reliable and safe vehicle, you can breathe a little easier. These cars are equipped with safety features, from automatic braking to blind spot monitors. Safety is the top priority when it comes to auto repair and picking out the safest car for your teen driver. Here are the safest Japanese cars on the market:  Toyota Corolla: All of the latest and greatest safety features can be found in a Toyota Corolla. This car is also an economical option, both price and fuel wise.  Honda Fit: The Honda Fit is small, but mighty, as it is quite a roomy Japanese vehicle. As a bonus, it is quite safe and gets great gas mileage.  Toyota Prius V: This car is a little bigger than your typical Prius, but all the safety features and economical advantages remain the same. What more can you ask for?  Subar ... read more

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Best Hiking Trails In Northern California

Best Hiking Trails In Northern California

This summer, explore what Northern California has to offer. Our beautiful state has so many different hiking locations! At A+ Japanese Auto Repair, we want to make sure your car is ready to get you where you want this summer. Check out these hiking trails that you’ll be sure to love! Explore, Castle Lake Trail, located in Mount Shasta. This 11-mile hiking trail offers a spectacular view of lakes and peaks, giving you some of the most unique views that you'll ever see in Northern California.  Experience Cinder Cone Nature Trail, located 4 hours northeast from San Francisco in Old Station, California. See Lassen’s volcanic landscape from this cinder cone. You will be able to see the landscape that was transformed by volcanic activity.  Purisima Creek Trail, located in Half Moon Bay, that overlooks the slopes of the Santa Cruz mountains. From there, you will be able to see the beautiful redwood trees and creeks. Experience Santa Cruz’s beauty from this l ... read more

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