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COST SAVING TIPS

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

Excellent service - amazing prices. These guys are top notch!!


-John P.

I called to get an oil change and it was cheaper than a local competitor that I had gone to, and they even inflated my tires that were a little low! I appreciate their great customer service!!


-Kirsten M.

Had my old Mercedes to 3 other shops to get the brakes working and they could not find the problem. Southern had to order parts but had me stopping the next day at a reasonable cost for that car. I need to get back for a tune up.


-Tom G.

I went on my lunch break today for an oil change. I'm a first time customer and I will go back. Friendly service as soon as i walked thru the door. Also price was great. I didn't have to wait long. Kudos to this business!


-Kim G.

An honest reasonable mechanic is hard to find, but I found it here at Southern Automotive. They work on German cars too which is great! Prices are fair, the work time is prompt, am so glad I took my vehicles here to be worked on, THANKS guys!


-Lois O.

Went there yesterday to have my car checked over and to get my tires rotated the staff was knowledgeable and very helpful prices are reasonable and they were able to get me in quickly I would strongly recommend southern automotive to anyone great service


-Wanda F.

Took my car today to repair front bumper which was about to fall off. They fixed it...can't even tell it was broken. Only took about 45 minutes. I also didn't have an appointment and they immediately repaired it. Staff is very friendly...I highly recommend them.


-Gail F.

Only place around that I trust to work on my car!! Everyone is always extremely nice and willing to do whatever they can to help you!


-Brittany M.

Great service in a timely manner, and for a reasonable price.


-Allen G.

Great customer service, excellent mechanics that back up their work! Wouldn't take our vehicles anywhere else!


-Mitzi G.

Tony is a great guy to work with on your auto problems!


-Donald G.

Master L1 ASE certified technician, and very honest to do business with. Great service department!!


-Bruce M.

Thank you Tony and staff for fixing my van in record time and at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Southern Automotive!


-Ellen P.

I am an out of state traveler on assignment that broke down here in South Boston. I was referred to this place by more than one person. I was so greatful that I met someone that wouldn't take advantage of me. I am a woman and I am from another state. It could have been worse. Scott and the rest of the staff was great.thank you so much for being so helpful and kind. I will never forget this. I highly recommend this company.


-Danielle P.

Got an appointment fast, clear explanation of problem with my car. Fast service. Customer lounge was comfortable.


-Mary M.

They fixed my car fast. I called and they let me come in within hours when nobody else would for days. They were friendly and the price was very reasonable.


-Jessica D.

Great customer service and great work


-Tina M.

Awesome people and very knowledgeable.


-Jimmy M.
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