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Why Choose Andy's

Full service auto repair

Licensed mechanics

Government inspections

Affordable service packages

Service includes a complimentary wash & vacuum.

 

 


AROUND ANDY'S
2467 Cousins Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 3N6
Phone: 250-334-4402 Fax: 250-334-2582 Email: andysauto@shaw.ca Web: www.andysauto.ca



SPRING 2018
 
It’s so nice to see the sun again! Life just seems so much better when you are driving in the sunshine. Many people have commented on how long and dark this past Winter season seemed to be. Now that Spring has arrived it’s time to shake off the doldrums, get motivated and get moving. Spring is the time for renewal and the perfect time to assess the overall condition of your vehicle and prepare you for the coming heat of Summer and any road trips you may have planned. Winter road debris and deicer can build up on steering, suspension and brake components resulting in premature or unnecessary corrosion and damage. Fluctuating temperatures can degrade rubber components such as hoses. A complete vehicle inspection is a sure fire way to get an overall assessment of the current condition of your vehicle . Our Service Level 3 includes an oil change along with a complete vehicle inspection and was created to provide these services in the most cost effective way.

METHOD TO OUR MADNESS
 
Your vehicle is scheduled in for an appointment after 8:00 am or in the afternoon but we requested that you have it to us for 8:00 am and to leave it with us for the entire day. What’s up with that???
In the world of automotive repair there are many factors that can present on any given day that result in unforeseen changes to a schedule. For example, there may be a parts delivery delay on a vehicle that was scheduled in prior to yours or a diagnostic appointment may not require the amount of time allotted, therefore freeing up time to address your vehicle. Chances are that if your vehicle is on our lot prior to your scheduled appointment we may be able to get to it sooner than expected. Planning to leave your vehicle for the full day increases the likelihood of any unforeseen repairs being completed the same day, therefore saving you the inconvenience of having to reschedule an appointment and return another day.

 
Potholes driving you crazy?
Follow these tips!

 
There aren’t any magical solutions, but we can at least offer some advice that help to avoid damaging your vehicle.

Keep a safe distance behind the car in front. It’s good practice at any time, but even more so at this time of year. If you see the car ahead of you hit a big hole, you often have time to react.

Continue driving as usual. Instead of zigzagging around holes, meet them straight on.

Are your tires properly inflated? An over-inflated tire increases the risks of internal structural damage, but an under-inflated tire can be damaged by getting squeezed between the pothole and the wheel.

Don’t drive too fast! Does your car levitate? If not, slow down. The harder the shock, the harder your car is going to feel it.
Still waters run deep. A hole that’s filled with water may end up being deeper than you think.

Don’t brake while you’re in the hole. Easing up on the accelerator before impact is the best approach.

Did you hit a pothole? Is the steering wheel vibrating? Does the alignment seem off? Have a mechanic inspect your steering and suspension components to detect any possible damage.
 
OH THOSE FUEL PRICES!!!

The high cost of fuel these days can discourage you from making trips to the gas station as often as you should simply on principle. However it is recommended that you keep the level in your fuel tank no lower than 1/2 at all times.
Running low on fuel can result in damageto your vehicle’s fuel system. The bottomportion of the fuel tank is wheresediments settle. If the fuel you’re using is
coming from this part of your tank, it ispossible that some of the sediments willflow with the fuel and if your filtersaren’t in good condition, the sediments
can cause blockage in your fuel pump,which can in turn cause havoc to yourengine. Also your fuel functions as acoolant for your pump motor. When your
fuel level drops, the pump begins to suckin air, heating it up and causing it tomalfunction. In either case, the cost ofrepairing your engine will likely be way
more expensive than filling up your tank.
 
WHAT ARE YOU BREATHING?
 
The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airbornematerial that can make riding in a car unpleasant, particularly if you have allergies or other respiratory
problems.

Recommendations on when a cabin air filter should be replaced vary by manufacturer — some say every 19,312 - 24,140 km, others longer — and how often can depend on how much you drive and where. Check the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor airquality, you could need to replace the cabin air filter annually or even more often. However, that also could be true in a climate where there is a lot of dust to filter out.
Some signs that you may need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your climate control system,such as when you crank up the fan to high and get more noise than results. Another is persistent bad odors.Even if you don't have these warnings, however, you should have the air filter checked at least once a year,
Be proactive and breathe easy
 
 
Keep Smiling, Happy and Healthy!
Feel free to contact the office by phone, fax, email (andysauto@shaw.ca) or drop by to see us if you have any questions, concerns or
suggestions. Thank you again for the opportunity to be of service to you