Should I Take My Car to the Dealership or an Independent Shop?

Are you looking for the best place to take your vehicle for auto repair in Vancouver WA? You have a ton of options. But not all auto repair shops are the same. One of the most common questions car owners have is where should they take their car for repairs? And which is better, the dealership or an independent repair shop? This is a very important question. And your decision will go a long way in determining your auto repair satisfaction. So let’s look at the different pros and cons of both of these options. DealershipPros – when you take your car to a dealership in theory you’re getting expert service on your brand of vehicle. The dealership mechanics have specialized training about your vehicle so they understand how to service them. Dealerships also have large shops with numerous service bays, which mean they can often get your vehicle serviced faster. You can also purchase extended warranties with your manufacturer through the dealership. Your manufacturer’s warranty ... read more

How to Make Your Car Ultra Clean

How to Make Your Car Ultra Clean There’s nothing quite like driving a super clean car. It just gives you a feeling of pride to be seen in a shiny, clean vehicle. Plus, your vehicle always looks its best right after you clean it. Washing and vacuuming your car are the first things that come to mind to keep your car clean. But if you really want to keep your car, truck, crossover, or SUV looking its best, there are several other steps you can take. In fact, by following these simple tips you can take your car’s cleanliness to the next level. And you’ll really notice the difference. Top Car Cleaning TipsPaint Brush Trick – do your vents look a little dirty? It’s hard to get a vacuum in there and most dusters won’t fit either. If you have a paintbrush or foam brush it will quickly take care of that dust. If you don’t have one handy, you can pick one up at just about any hardware store, or craft ... read more

Top Driving Tips to Save You Money

Top Driving Tips to Save You Money There are a lot of ways to save money when you drive. In fact, your driving habits play a huge role in how much you spend on your vehicle. No matter what time of year it is, you can save money by following some very simple steps. You use your car for a lot of reasons. And you rely on it to get you where you need to be. But if you want to save yourself some extra cash every month, then stick to these tips to get the most out of your car, truck, crossover, or SUV. 1. Time for a Tune-Up – there’s no better way to ruin a road trip than by getting stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. That’s just one reason that getting a tune-up is a smart idea. Your mechanic will check all the key components of your vehicle, including fluids, filters, battery, brakes, and more to make sure your car is running properly. This can save you on your road trip and in your every day commuting. 2. F ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Fall and Winter?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Fall and Winter? Winter is getting closer and we still have several weeks of wet fall weather to get through. If you haven’t done anything to get ready for these for driving conditions then don’t put it off any longer. Your car needs the right service if you want it to get you safely where you need to be throughout the coming winter driving season. After all, no one wants to get stuck on the side of the road, especially when the weather is bad. So what should you do to get your vehicle ready? Take Your Vehicle to the Pros One easy step is to take your vehicle to an ASE certified mechanic to give it a good tune-up. At Hoesly Eco Automotive, our mechanics are ASE certified, meaning you always get expert, professional car repair and maintenance. If you want to check some of these things yourself first, here’s a list of items to keep track of. Following these important tips will help you have peace of mind as ... read more

October is Time to be Car Care Aware

October is Time to be Car Care Aware

October is the month that is recognized by the Car Care Aware Council which is dedicated to bringing awareness to proper maintennace and service of vehicles. When you take care of your vehicle properly, you protect your safety on the road as well as the safety of other drivers. You will also end up saving yourself money on repairs over time by avoiding problems that can occur with poor vehicle maintenance.  The best way to take care of your vehicle is by having regular inspections completed periodically throughout your vehicle's lifetime. Catching issues early on is the key to saving money on major repairs and helps you avoid breakdowns on the road. The best part is, when you find an auto repar you can trust like Hoesly Automotive, you'll find that you won't be pushed to have services done that you don't need. We will only suggest repairs that we feel are necessary to the integrity of your vehicle.  Below is a guideline for service intervals that will h ... read more

How to Choose the Right Tires for My Car

How to Choose the Right Tires for My Car Are you looking for some new tires? These days, there are almost as many different tires to choose from, as there are vehicles. Tire options are endless. But it’s important that you choose the right kind for your vehicle. After all, your tires are where the rubber the meets the road. You have to be sure you’re driving on the right kind of tires if you want to be safe. In other words, you can’t afford to get this decision wrong. So, with so many choices, how do you select the right tires? When to Replace Your Tires But first, when should you change your tires? Most tires have a specific tread life. For example, if you buy a tire with a 50,000-mile tread life, you could expect to drive on them for 50,000 miles. However, it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, tires wear out before they reach their tread life. Driving conditions play a key factor in how long your tires last. Addit ... read more

When Should I Change My Fuel Filter?

When Should I Change My Fuel Filter? Your engine needs gas to run, unless you have an electric vehicle, of course. But in order for your vehicle to send clean gas to your engine it must first pass through the fuel filter. This part is extremely important. If your engine is getting dirty fuel it’s going to hurt its performance. The fuel filter also protects your fuel injectors. But as with any other part, your fuel filter wears out over time. Eventually, fuel filters get clogged with so much debris they don’t allow the fuel to pass through to the engine. Of course, that means your car isn’t really going to work right. In fact, without gasoline, it’s not even going to start. So that’s why it’s so important for your entire fuel system to be working properly, including your fuel filter. So how often should you change your fuel filter? When to Replace Your Fuel Filter With older model cars the general rule is to repla ... read more

Never Ignore These Bad Smells From Your Car

Never Ignore These Bad Smells From Your Car Have you ever been driving down the road or just started up your car and you smell something different? Maybe it’s a burning oil smell, or the smell of gas. Or maybe it’s something even worse, like rotten eggs. The truth is your car has the potential to produce a lot of bad smells. There are so many working parts and different fluids in your vehicle, that bad smells are pretty common. So if you’ve ever asked yourself: “Why does my car smell like rotten eggs?” you’re not alone. Bad Smells You Don’t Want to Ignore That rotten egg smell is a bad sign and you should pay attention to it. In fact, there are several bad smells that you should never ignore. Rotten Egg Smell – of course, there are no eggs in your car, unless you forgot about some groceries from a week ago. That rotten egg smell is actually sulfur. It comes from your catalytic convert ... read more

When Should I Change My Transmission Fluid?

Do you know how many fluids it takes to operate your vehicle properly? Obviously, you need oil and gas. But there are many other important fluids that make it possible to drive your car. You need radiator fluid (antifreeze/coolant), brake fluid, steering fluid, and several others. One of the most important fluids that often gets overlooked is your transmission fluid.   Your transmission fluid needs to be changed, like every other fluid in your vehicle. But how often you need to change it varies on several factors. Many manufacturers recommend flushing your transmission fluid at 100,000 miles. Some companies, like Ford for example, recommends you flush your transmission at 150,000 on some of its vehicles.   However, not everyone agrees with those numbers. Some mechanics think you should flush your transmission every 50,000 miles. And manual transmissions usually follow a different maintenance schedule. So sticking to the owner’s manual is the best plan for manual tra ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

While a tune-up can mean a number of different things depending on how old your vehicle is, the make and model, and how well you maintain your car - a tune-up is essentially refresher for your vehicle. It will replace necessary parts, clean parts, check fluids, and basically just ensure that your vehicle is running at its best.  Most tune-ups are considered a major service, and are typically needed every 30,000 miles or so. However, there are certain symptoms that can indicate you may be due for a tune-up, especially if you have an older vehicle. Here are some of the main symptoms to keep an eye out for that are indicators that your vehicle needs  a tune-up: Engine misfires Dirty engine air filter Engine carbon deposits Check engine light is on Poor fuel mileage Lack in overall performance Shaking or vibrating at certain speeds  Rough running engine   If you notice any of the symtpoms listed above, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the professi ... read more

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