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Looking Forward to the Cars of the Future

Looking Forward to the Cars of the Future

Photo by Maximalfocus on Unsplash   Cars seem to be advancing very quickly in recent years. The United States of America finally addresses the dependency we place upon oil with new technology. Soon, that technology will become more affordable. Before that, it will become inevitable due to the climate crisis. The first to leap forward will likely bear the highest cost.   Environmentally, we are running out of options. Combustion engines are individually not terrible as polluters, but given our dependency on cars for travel in America, there were too many cars not to damage the environment. California, long aware of the cost of heavy pollution, has since taken steps to reduce smog and emissions from vehicles.    ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Holiday Road Trips?

Photo by Anthony Garcia on Unsplash   December is at hand, and this year's holiday season has begun! We hope 2021 has been good to you and the whole family; and that you've managed to keep ahead of things this year, despite a very rushed feeling after the slow torture that was 2021.   We also hope you remembered to take care of winter prep for your car; earlier if you have plans to go North or Northeast into the Rockies for skiing this year. Driving in colder areas means thinking practically about getting your car in the right condition for bad weather. If you haven't and don't intend to, we recommend you at least consider the security of hiring a rental car, one that is suited for winter driving in the ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Let’s Make Sure Your Windshield Wipers Are Ready for Winter

Photo by Holly Mandarich on Unsplash   November is here! Soon, we'll be contemplating family trips that navigate over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house. With the calendar turning to deep autumn, it's time to look ahead to colder weather and the occasional upset. In November, the rain can become a sudden surprise, especially when traveling North.    Soon, the month will be rocketing towards the holiday season, when traveling is at its peak. And if you wind up on the highway and your wipers are not in good enough shape to handle what mother nature is throwing out, it can be a terrifying ride-- and you may be forced to pull over and wait out the weather.   But now that you are ... read more

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Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Photo by Eugene Triguba on Unsplash   October is here! Fresh cool breezes, autumn colors, and the smell of pumpkin pie will begin to file in over time. For kids, the month of October is a countdown to one of the most beloved rites of passage for kids in suburban America: Halloween!   We hope you grew up in a place where trick-or-treat was special, too. Do you remember the excitement of trick-or-treating as a child? Halloween is a great experience for boys and girls as they venture out on their own or with friends searching for adventures with their neighbors and their front door hauntings. It’s also a bit of a dare, and it comes with dangers-- the night, costumes, and the adrenaline of a sugar-high. Protect all the k ... read more

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Upcoming Specials at A+ Japanese Auto Repair

Upcoming Specials at A+ Japanese Auto Repair

Photo from A+ Japanese Auto Repair’s Website   As we head into Autumn, A+ Japanese Auto Repair’s website has some great deals to offer you on our Specials page!   Our current specials include a Back To School Service! It’s regularly a $195.00 charge, but we’ve discounted it to $145.00.*   But one of the best services we offer here at A+ Japanese is an everyday thing we want you to know about: we want you to try our free pick-up and delivery service.    If on the drive into work, something seems wrong or there’s an engine light to address, we’ll come to you (within five miles), pick up your car, and bring it back to the shop. We’ll communicate our findings to you and work out when the repairs can be done, and then get to work.    You’ll be updated along the way with any important details or questions we might have. Along the way, we’ll consult with you on any work that might raise your bil ... read more

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10 Car Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off Before School Starts

10 Car Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off Before School Starts

Photo by A+ Japanese Auto Repair   As we get closer to school being back in session, some of us will see first-time drivers emerging from our own homes. High school seniors will be driving to school for the first time, and some of us will be sending our kids out of the nest and off to a university or a college.    Our kids are young. Some are inexperienced drivers who will be going back to school while our even younger children may be walking or bicycling to school-- sometimes on the same roads. It’s crucial that we send our kids out in safe and reliable cars.   Here are the ten car repairs you shouldn’t put off before school starts:   Check the Brakes - Brakes are number one for a reason. Kids will dart in and out of the road on their way to and from school. Drivers, young and old, need all the reaction time they can get.     Check the Battery - People often forget that batteries have water or a gel solution in them. After a ... read more

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Free Vehicle Check Up - During 2020 / 2021 Covid

Free Vehicle Check Up - During 2020 / 2021 Covid

Free Vehicle Check Up - During 2020 / 2021 Covid A+ Japanese Auto Repair in San Carlos is now offering a free, drive up, no-touch, vehicle pit stop service! What Is The Free Pit Stop Service? Our free pit stop service involves a technician performing an underhood fluid check, tire pressure inspection/reset, he will check all of your exterior lights and cleans off your underhood cowl/air intake. Video explaining The Pit Stop service. How Do I Take Advantage Of The Free Pit Stop Service? We created this free pit stop service for our clients to allow them to have their vehicles looked after between services. We recognize that vehicles may be driven less during the COVID shutdowns but that doesn't mean your vehicle should go too long without being checked out. Do I Have To Get Out Of My Vehicle?  If you are an A ... read more

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What Should I Inspect When Buying A Used Car?

What Should I Inspect When Buying A Used Car?

What should I inspect when buying a used car? A vehicle pre-purchase inspection could save you thousands of dollars either by helping you negotiate the purchase price of a used vehicle or by avoiding the purchase altogether.  Below is a list of items that we recommend you inspect before buying a used vehicle: Inspect The Used Car On The Outside 1. Does the odometer mileage make sense for the year, make, model, and the story that comes with the vehicle? (Note: Typically vehicles are driven between 10,000-15,000 miles a year.) 2. Inspect the exterior door jams, truck jam, and hood jams for proper spacing between the panels. Especially, look at the gaps where these body panels move and pivot. If the gaps are too small, large, or don't look like the other gaps on the vehicle, there may have been some bodywork done on the vehicle. Bodywork isn't necessarily a bad thing, you just want to understand the extent of the work and confirm that the bodywork doesn't a ... read more

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

You have a busy day ahead of you -- you get in your vehicle, ready to run to the grocery store for some supplies and then make it back in time for your morning meeting when you notice your check engine light flashing incessantly on your dashboard. You decide you will get it checked tomorrow; you are just too busy today. But a few days go by, the light stays on, and you finally remember that your check engine light needs to be looked at.  When you see that check engine light illuminated on your dashboard, we recommend reacting right away and scheduling an appointment with the technicians at A+ Japanese Auto Repair for an appointment. When the light appears on your dash, you might only have a short period to bring your vehicle to qualified technicians to prevent more extensive problems. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't ignore your check engine light ... read more

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Safest Cars For Students Drivers

 Safest Cars For Students Drivers

School is just around the corner. Some of us might have little ones that aren’t so little anymore and need a vehicle. This is a big decision for any parent, as you need a safe, secure, and affordable vehicle. The team at A+ Japanese Auto Repair is here to help you evaluate the vehicle right for you and your son or daughter. Of course, safety always comes first.    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently changed its system for its Top Safety Picks and Top Safety Pick Plus winners, making it a lot harder for vehicles to make the cut.  The safest cars are in the Top Safety Pick Plus category -- they need to earn a Good rating in all crash tests, get Advanced or Superior scores for front crash prevention, and come with Acceptable or Good rated headlights. Before this system change, automakers could install higher rated headlights on various models and still make the cut. However, this year, they have to ... read more

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