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HELPFUL INFO

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  • Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  • Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  • Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in electrical and chemical erosion from heat.
  • Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.
  • Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.
  • Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.


What Our Customers Are Saying

The ONLY place I will have any of my vehicles worked on! Expertise, Reliabilty, Great Communication, Time Sensitive, Friendly, Honest, Family Owned and Operated, are just a few reasons Darrell's is my CHOICE! They were definitely the best part of a bad situation when it came to repairs on my car!


-Alisha P.

Wonderful honest people that do an excellent job! Darrell's is the only place I would allow to work on our vehicles!


-Christie F.

Only people that work on my vehicles. Hands down the best!


-Scott P.

Wonderful service and wonderful people. THE place I trust to work on my cars.


-Denise M.

Been using Darrell's FOR YEARS. They've got a VERY knowledgeable crew and are VERY nice!


-Cindy F.

We've been taking our vehicles to Darrell's for over 11years. They've always done a great job! They explain their work, costs are fair and the turnaround time is pretty quick. My only wish is that they were open on Saturdays. Their hours are Mon - Fri 7am to 5pm. I definitely recommend Darrell's!


-Susan F.

I have used Darrell's on multiple occasions to fix our vehicles. They have been upfront, honest and way less expensive than other repair shops. I once had my car towed to the dealership by mistake. Their quote was $1600 to replace one part and another $2200 for another fix. I called Darrell's asking for an estimate. They gave me a ballpark over the phone, $1000 and $1400 respectively. They towed my car to their shop, inspected the work, and lowered their initial quote by nearly $200!!!! They have always been willing to discuss options, new vs rebuilt, and the pros and cons. I felt I was a part of the decision which is important when making investments in cars that you may not be keeping for much longer.


-John R.

Wonderful service. I consistently get my oil changed here, and anything else my outback needs. I don't trust anyone else with my car. Love supporting this local mechanic vs. large corporation chains that will lie, and do anything to get an extra dollar in their pockets. My husband grew up with this family, and they are absolutely amazing people.


-Hannah Z.

Knowledgeable experts, kind, competent, fair, and honest. I don't think about going anywhere else. They take care of my 17 year old Navigator that has 230, 000 miles on it.


-Samantha A.

Nice, honest to women. Will call my husband if I need them to.


-Christina P.

Very skilled knowledgeable mechanics.


-Ben C.

So glad a friend of mine recommended Darrell's Auto Electric. I love supporting a local family owed business and every time you go you see the same faces. Very friendly people!


-Adam F.

I've used them in the past ALONG with my bro and they do great work! No complaints from this family!


-Pattie W.

Glad i finally found a honest mechanic! I've taken my car to a lot of places and wasted a lot of money and finally my car is fixed! Definitely recommend!!


-Kaylia T.
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