AutoStream Car Care http://autostreamcarcare.com Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:57:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Driving Student Success Initiative http://autostreamcarcare.com/driving-student-success-initiative/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/driving-student-success-initiative/#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:43:38 +0000 http://autostreamcarcare.com/?p=1762 Since 1999, we’ve had a history of service to both our customers and to our community. Our core values here at AutoStream Car Care Center are passion for work, concern for others, and perseverance. This is why we are proud supporters of local educational initiatives in Howard County. We are proud to announce that we

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Since 1999, we’ve had a history of service to both our customers and to our community. Our core values here at AutoStream Car Care Center are passion for work, concern for others, and perseverance. This is why we are proud supporters of local educational initiatives in Howard County. We are proud to announce that we are founding gold sponsors of the Driving Student Success initiative by Bright Minds: The Howard County Public Schools Educational Foundation.

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Since it’s inception in 2006, the Bright Minds Foundation has been the driving force behind programs to help students in Howard County. Over the years they have given computers to 700 disadvantaged students and donated $94,000 in grants to teachers to “initiate innovative classroom enrichment projects.” In May 2015, they began awarding scholarships to worthy students to be able to continue their education.

This new initiative, Driving Student Success, is aimed at helping improve student transportation in Howard County. Many students have not be able to participate in sports, arts and education programs because they do not have after-school transportation. Driving Student Success will help fund additional buses and drivers to run in the late afternoon to help take students from their afterschool activities.

The Bright Mind Foundation has partnered with local service stations with the initial funding of this initiative, and we are proud to be founding gold sponsors for the Driving Student Success Initiative. From our very own Rick Levitan, “’Driving Students Success’ will really make a positive impact in so many ways for the students who can now participate in after school activities. As a small business owner in Howard County, I am thrilled to be supporting such a great cause.”




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Help Us Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer! http://autostreamcarcare.com/help-us-put-the-brakes-on-breast-cancer/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/help-us-put-the-brakes-on-breast-cancer/#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:38:02 +0000 http://autostreamcarcare.com/?p=1602 It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole nation to help eliminate breast cancer. AutoStream Car Care is an active participant in the nationwide Brakes for Breasts campaign. This organization supports a valiant fight to discover a vaccine for breast cancer. Everyone should be doing their part to ensure

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It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole nation to help eliminate breast cancer. AutoStream Car Care is an active participant in the nationwide Brakes for Breasts campaign. This organization supports a valiant fight to discover a vaccine for breast cancer. Everyone should be doing their part to ensure the long, fruitful lives of our daughters, wives, and mothers. Brakes for Breasts has created a way for 139 auto repair shops to Help Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer.

Free Brake Pads

Many people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And for all those who don’t know, that’s the reason you’re seeing all the pink worn by NFL players. Your vehicle’s next brake service will receive free brake pads in the month of October. As the NFL spreads the awareness, AutoStream Car Care contributes to the fight by giving its customers free brake pads for any brake service. This promotional offer will donate 10% of the brake service revenue to The Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

139 Participating Auto Repair Shops

The Brakes for Breasts’ fundraising campaign is nationwide, presenting an excellent opportunity to make a difference. By simply making sure your car’s braking system is operating at its best, you’ll be contributing to a vaccine research fund that’s going to save lives. For your brake service, the only things that you will pay for are the labor and any other parts. Your brake pads will be completely free. AutoStream Car Care is proud to be a part of the Brakes for Breast Cancer organization.

Let’s All Do Our Part

Breast cancer is an awful disease that has gotten to better of too many women. It’s our responsibility to contribute to the research efforts in any way we can. People often don’t know how to contribute, or to whom. But if you’re continuing to raise awareness of the need, donating money, or getting your brakes serviced at AutoStream Car Care, your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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4 Steps to Follow After an Airbag Deploys http://autostreamcarcare.com/4-steps-to-follow-after-an-airbag-deploys/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/4-steps-to-follow-after-an-airbag-deploys/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:00:16 +0000 http://autostreamcarcare.com/?p=1365 Airbags are lifesavers. They protect you from being even more injured during violent car accidents. There are occasions, however, when an airbag is deployed during softer impacts, potentially causing drivers more injury from the airbag itself than the collision. While this is rare, it is a possability. If your vehicle’s airbag deploys, make sure you

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Airbags are lifesavers. They protect you from being even more injured during violent car accidents. There are occasions, however, when an airbag is deployed during softer impacts, potentially causing drivers more injury from the airbag itself than the collision. While this is rare, it is a possability. If your vehicle’s airbag deploys, make sure you follow these 4 steps.

4 Steps to Follow After Your Car’s Airbag Deploys

Car Airbag Deployed

1. Check for Injuries

If you are conscious and aware of your situation, you should check yourself for injuries after your airbag deploys. Make sure all of your passengers are fine as well. Medical attention is always the priority whenever an airbag deploys. There is no need to worry about anything else if there were people injured as a result of your car accident. Seek medical attention, but do not drive vehicle.

2. Turn Off Engine

Most airbag deployments will trigger a mechanism that automatically turns your car’s engine off. This is to protect passengers from any possible explosions from oil leaks. If for some reason your automobile is still running, however, then it is very important that you turn off your car and safely exit it as soon as possible. Always check your surrounding before exiting your vehicle, especially if you car accident occurred on a highway where other vehciles make still be driving around you.

3. Examine Your Vehicle

Once it has been determined that everyone involved in the car accident is OK, it’s time to assess the damage. Call the police to have them help you document the accident. Take pictures of the damage, and even make notes about it if you think it will help you remember the events. Then contact your insurance company and relay the information about the crash to them. They will be able to guide you through the next steps of getting your vehicle repaired.

4. Replace Car’s Airbags

Replacing an airbag can be very expensive. There is a good chance that when it deploys your insurance company and trusted mechanic will determine that the car is totaled. If the collision wasn’t too bad and your auto repair shop can replace the airbag, this is a viable option as well. It will all depend on the amount of damage that occurred during your accident or fender bender.

Getting into a car accident, no matter how big or how small, can be a hassle. It’s important to have a mechanic that you can trust to help you determine what to do with your vehicle after the airbag deploys. Ultimately the decision should be made with safety as the main priority!

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Top 3 “Future” Car Technologies that Are Already Here http://autostreamcarcare.com/top-3-future-car-technologies-that-are-already-here/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/top-3-future-car-technologies-that-are-already-here/#respond Sat, 30 May 2015 17:01:07 +0000 http://autostreamcarcare.com/?p=1330 We’ve been watching sci-fi movies for many decades now, and movie magic has given us a glimpse into what transportation could look like in the future. We’re still a long ways from teleportation or flying cars (although the flying cars have at least reached the prototype phase). There are several cool inventions that you can

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We’ve been watching sci-fi movies for many decades now, and movie magic has given us a glimpse into what transportation could look like in the future. We’re still a long ways from teleportation or flying cars (although the flying cars have at least reached the prototype phase). There are several cool inventions that you can find in today’s cars that you may have not realized!

Top 3 “Future” Car Technologies that Are Already Here

Future Car Technologies

1. Self-driving Cars

In the movies, the self-driving car may have been called Herbie the Love Bug, K.I.T.T., or the Batmobile. Engineers and scientists are still in the process of bringing those to fruition. But for now, the self-driving car is technically a self-parking car. Parallel parking is something that causes many drivers anxiety, but self-parking/driving is a common feature among cars. With this self-parking capability becoming more common, it won’t be long before driving is completely hands off.

2. Cars That Communicate

Another technology that we’ve seen for years on television, and in real life, are cars that are able to communicate with us. With GPS systems and OnStar technology, that’s nothing new. However, cars that communicate with each other are a new development. To ensure road safety, the Department of Transportation is mandating this responsive technology. All vehicles will be manufactured with the ability to be in sync with each other. Notifications will alert drivers of all types of possible dangers from other cars, curves, curbs, and road conditions.

3. Augmented Reality Dashboards

This newest technology is straight out of a Mission: Impossible movie. Your dashboard and your windshield present real-time information for drivers. Imagine hologram-style messaging or images appearing right before your eyes while you drive. The amount of information and the types of information a driver can receive is limitless. With the wave of your hand or sound of your voice, this technology will respond. Mercedes-Benz is leading the way on all of the newest technologies.

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3 Important Reasons to Keep a Map in Your Car http://autostreamcarcare.com/3-important-reasons-to-keep-a-map-in-your-car/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/3-important-reasons-to-keep-a-map-in-your-car/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:41:31 +0000 http://autostreamcarcare.com/?p=713 It sounds funny, right? You probably have to think about when’s the last time you’ve actually seen a road map. For many of you, you’re wondering if you’ve ever really used a good ‘ol fashion road map. Nowadays we have a variety of GPS devices to help us get where we need to go! What

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It sounds funny, right? You probably have to think about when’s the last time you’ve actually seen a road map. For many of you, you’re wondering if you’ve ever really used a good ‘ol fashion road map. Nowadays we have a variety of GPS devices to help us get where we need to go! What possible reason would there be to purchase a paper map? We’re glad you asked.

3 Reasons to Keep a Map in Your Car

GPS vs Map

1.  Maps let you better plan your route. 

When you’re headed out for an extended road trip, it’s a good idea to have an idea of the route you’ll be taking before you leave. Make not of significant landmarks, bodies of water, or cities that you’ll cross through, so you know what you’ll be passing through. It’s also important to know which stretches of road will have rest areas or restaurants so you can take a bathroom break and get food. Maps are great for planning ahead, and getting a good idea of what you can expect on your trip, GPS devices aren’t quite as easy to read in this way.

The GPS in your car or on your phone will only give you a small piece of the route at a time. This prevents you from having foreknowledge about cities, mountains, bodies of water, etc. that you would easily know about with a regular road map. How often are we totally taken by surprise by our GPS simply because we’re listening and driving, rather than paying attention to our surroundings? All of a sudden a wildlife preserve that you may or may not have wanted to avoid comes out of nowhere.

2.  Maps never lose service. 

If you’re using a smartphone’s navigation app to guide you, you do run the risk of losing signal. You’re depending on being able to get cellular service wherever you are, which isn’t always the case! And of course the places you would lose a GPS satellite signal would be in more remote locations, where you probably don’t know where you’re going. If you were to plan on not having cellular service, you would make sure to have a road map on hand, so it’s best to be on the safe side and just keep one in your glove box.

3.  Maps can’t run out of battery power. 

If there is one thing that we are certain of, it’s that electronic devices, such as GPS systems and cell phones, tend to fail at the worst possible times. Out of nowhere, a battery will die or a screen will freeze. And if you don’t have car charger for your phone or GPS, you’re really out of luck!

Now we’re not saying to do away with your GPS, and only rely on maps. But if you want to make sure that you reach your destination as safely and quickly as possible, it’s important to be prepared. And that preparation should include putting a trusty map in your glove box, just in case.

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9 of the Most Patriotic American Flag Cars for the World Cup http://autostreamcarcare.com/9-patriotic-american-flag-cars-world-cup/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/9-patriotic-american-flag-cars-world-cup/#respond Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:21:57 +0000 http://www.autostreamcarcare.com/?p=552 If you’re like us, you’ve had a great time this month watching the United States Men’s Soccer Team play some exciting games in this 2014 World Cup in Brazil! We’ve really enjoyed getting into the soccer matches with our friends and family and cheering the USA to a great victory over Ghana and an exhilarating

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If you’re like us, you’ve had a great time this month watching the United States Men’s Soccer Team play some exciting games in this 2014 World Cup in Brazil! We’ve really enjoyed getting into the soccer matches with our friends and family and cheering the USA to a great victory over Ghana and an exhilarating (yet heartbreaking!) tie to Portugal. The USA will take on Germany this Thursday, June 12, and we’re ready to cheer for the red, white and blue again!

After getting caught up in the World Cup games – and with the 4th of July right around the corner – we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some of the most patriotic red, white and blue cars that we’ve spotted across the Internet. Bask in the glory of these American flag automobiles and appreciate what a great country we live in.

9 of the Most Patriotic American Flag Cars Ever!

The Patriotic Corvette:

American Flag Corvette Car

Photo by: katvitulano (Own Work) [CC BY-ND 2.0]

 The Star Spangled Shelby Cobra:

The Star Spangled Shelby Cobra

Photo by: TLPOSCHARSKY (own work) [CC BY 2.0]

 

The Old Timey American Flag Ford with the Best Wheels Ever Created:

Patriotic Old Timey Car

Photo by: Damiean Gadal (own work) [CC BY 2.0]

The Corvette that Loves Its Country: 

The American Flag Decorated Corvette Car

Photo by: Don O’Brien (own work) [CC BY 2.0]

The 1972 Plymouth Cuda of American Pride:

1972 Plymouth Cuda painted like the American Flag

Photo by: Rex Gray (own work) [CC BY 2.0]

The Rightly Named ‘Intimidator’:

American Flag Classic Car

Photo by: Venturist (own work) [CC BY 2.0]

The Spectacularly Photographed 1929 Model A:

1929 Ford Model A Car with American Flags

Photo by: Mike Fisher (own work) [CC BY 2.0]

The PT Cruiser Ablaze with American Pride:

American Flag PT Cruiser Car

Photo by: Jim Trottier (own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0]

And of Course Liberace’s 1954 Rolls-Royce of Red, White & Blue Passion:

Liberace's 1954 Bicentennial Rolls Royce

Photo by: Meredith P. (own work) [CC BY-ND 2.0]

USA! USA! USA!

 

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9 Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain http://autostreamcarcare.com/9-tips-driving-safely-rain/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/9-tips-driving-safely-rain/#respond Sat, 31 May 2014 14:51:01 +0000 http://www.autostreamcarcare.com/?p=545 Well we’ve made it through the April showers and have been enjoying some lovely May flowers here in Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City, MD! But just because April is over, doesn’t mean the summertime rainstorms are too. Summer showers are common, so it’s important that you are prepared to handle the slippery road conditions. Next

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Well we’ve made it through the April showers and have been enjoying some lovely May flowers here in Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City, MD! But just because April is over, doesn’t mean the summertime rainstorms are too.

Summer showers are common, so it’s important that you are prepared to handle the slippery road conditions. Next time you find yourself caught in some bad weather, make sure you remember these 9 tips for safe driving in the rain.

Safe Driving in the Rain in Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City MD

9 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

1. Turn on your headlights. Not only is it safer to turn your headlights on when driving in the rain because it helps other drivers see you better, it’s also the law. Maryland Law says you must turn on your headlights when you are using your windshield wipers. 

2. Increase the following distance between the car in front of you. It takes longer for your car to come to a complete stop when the roads are wet or slick. Make sure you leave extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you can brake safely.

3. Drive closer to the middle of the road. When driving in the rain, try to stay more towards the middle of the road and away from the shoulder. Puddles tend to form along the edges of the road, and you never can be sure how deep these puddles are. These puddles could be major potholes that could greatly damage your automobile! 

4. Be extra cautious if it hasn’t rained in a while. Did you know that the road is slipperiest when it first starts to rain? It’s true. The dried grease and motor oil that is on the road gets pulled to the surface when it starts raining, making the road conditions especially bad. This is even worse if it hasn’t rained in a while. After it’s been raining for a bit this grease gets carried away, and you actually have better traction than when it first started raining.

5. Never use cruise control when it’s raining. When you use cruise control, your car wants to keep you at a consistent speed. So if it’s raining outside and your car catches some water and starts hydroplaning, your car will actually speed up to maintain your speed! This can cause you to lose control of your car and end up in a car accident.

6. Don’t panic if you start hydroplaning. Your vehicle will hydroplane if a layer of water comes between your tires and the road. This causes you to lose traction and possible drift. When this happens, DO NOT PANIC OR SLAM ON THE BRAKE. If you do panic and slam on the brakes, you run the risk of spinning out and completely losing control of your car. Rather than braking, simply let off the gas and keep your steering wheel straight. That way when your tires make contact with the pavement again you’ll be able to safely drive straight out of it.

7. Periodically replace your windshield wiper blades. Windshield wiper blades that work properly without streaking or sticking are vital to safe driving in the rain. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about changing their wiper blades until they are caught in the rain with a streaky windshield. Sound familiar? Next time you think about changing your windshield wiper blades, do yourself a favor and get it done right then. It doesn’t take long, and it will save you a lot of hassle later.   

8. Keep up with your car maintenance and tire services. Good tires are especially important when you’re driving in the rain. Make sure they are inflated to the proper tire pressure for your vehicle, and make sure they have optimal tread. If your tread or tire pressure is too low you will have less traction or grip on the road, both when it’s raining and when it’s not.

9. Don’t be afraid to pull your vehicle over. If the weather conditions ever make you too uncomfortable to drive in simply pull over in a safe location and wait out the storm. It’s not worth the risk to keep driving on if you can’t see or are nervous about safely reaching your destination. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Chances are you have some experience driving in rainy conditions, but it’s always important to brush up on the basics just in case. Make sure you and your family members are aware of these 9 tips for safe driving in the rain so you can all be prepared the next time you get caught in an afternoon thunderstorm.

If you ever need any help with your tires, windshield wiper blades or other car maintenance services, the expert mechanics here at AutoStream Car Care Center are always here to help! We have three convenient auto repair shop locations in Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City, MD that are here to take care of all your automotive service needs.

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Thank You for Helping AutoStream Car Care Center Turn 15! http://autostreamcarcare.com/thank-helping-autostream-car-care-center-turn-15/ http://autostreamcarcare.com/thank-helping-autostream-car-care-center-turn-15/#respond Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:18:26 +0000 http://www.autostreamcarcare.com/?p=403     It was nearly 15 years ago that AutoStream Car Care Center first opened its garage doors to provide quality auto repair to the Baltimore area. Best friends Doug Grills and Rick Levitan started the first location, the Dorsey Hall Location in Ellicott City, MD, on May 10, 1999, and are excited to reach

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It was nearly 15 years ago that AutoStream Car Care Center first opened its garage doors to provide quality auto repair to the Baltimore area. Best friends Doug Grills and Rick Levitan started the first location, the Dorsey Hall Location in Ellicott City, MD, on May 10, 1999, and are excited to reach this great 15-year milestone in an industry that has proven to be competitive and ever changing.

AutoStream Car Care Center Celebrates 15 Years in Business!

We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

We are so thankful for our many loyal customers who have helped us grow our business from a humble one-location store, to a quality 3-location business. We now have auto repair shops in Baltimore (Greenspring), Ellicott City (Dorsey Hall) and Columbia, MD, and have greatly enjoyed taking care of all the wonderful people in these communities! One of the best parts of our days is talking with our customers and helping them take great care of their cars.

Working to Improve the Auto Repair Industry’s Image

Thank you for helping us reach 15 years of automotive repair in Baltimore, Ellicott City and Columbia, MD!The auto repair industry as a whole can get a negative reputation, but at AutoStream Car Care Center we have been dedicated to turning the auto shop experience into a positive one. If you haven’t tried one of our shops out yet, we encourage you to do so. We take great pride in making it easier to keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance services and have:

  • ASE Certified Mechanics
  • Lifetime Warranty on Services
  • Free Local Shuttle Service
  • AAA Approved  Auto Repair
  • Convenient Vehicle Pickup/Drop Off from 5:00am-Midnight

Free Oil Change Giveaway on Facebook!

To celebrate our 15 Year Anniversary, you may have noticed that we are giving away a FREE oil change each week on Facebook! Simply ‘Like Us’ on Facebook, and then ‘Like’ our post each week that asks for entries into our free oil change giveaway. Winners are posted each week on Facebook, so be sure to check back! Winners also must send us a private message on Facebook so we can make sure to get you the free oil change service that you have won.

Thank You Again & Here’s To Many More!

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6 Tips for Spring-Cleaning Your Car http://autostreamcarcare.com/6-tips-spring-cleaning-car/ Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:16:19 +0000 http://www.autostreamcarcare.com/blog/?p=145 Well it is officially springtime now! Even though our temperatures here in Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City, MD are still hovering lower than we would want them to, and the snow just doesn’t seem to want to get out of the forecast, the changing seasons are upon us. Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation

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Well it is officially springtime now! Even though our temperatures here in Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City, MD are still hovering lower than we would want them to, and the snow just doesn’t seem to want to get out of the forecast, the changing seasons are upon us.

Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation and rigorous cleaning rituals. Whether you have plan to deep clean your home or not, there is one thing that you need to make sure you don’t leave off your spring clean list: your car. Whether you drive a car, truck, SUV, minivan or hybrid automobile, winter was tough on your vehicle. It needs some TLC to get it ready to function properly in the summer! Many people do not realize that cleaning your car is actually a very important vehicle maintenance service, and failing to do so can have a negative affect on your vehicle’s performance.

Our expert mechanics have compiled this list of 6 tips for spring-cleaning your car to help you keep your vehicle running its best.

Spring Clean Car Wash Baltimore

6 Tips for Cleaning Your Car this Spring 

1. Only use soaps that are designed to wash a car. Regular kitchen soaps or detergents can contain chemicals that may damage your vehicle or its paint job.     

2. Never wash your car in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can leave spots on your car as your car dries, and greatly wears down the paint. 

3. Lighten your load. Remove heavy, excess cargo from your trunk or the interior of your vehicle that you may have collected over the winter months. Carrying unnecessary weight in your car slows it down on the road and reduces fuel efficiency significantly.

4. Vacuum the inside of your vehicle. Crumbs and food particles will attract ants and other critters now that it’s getting warm outside!

5. Don’t forget to clean under your car. It’s important that you hose down the undercarriage and wheels of your vehicle to remove salt buildup from the winter roads. There are many vital auto parts under your car that are exposed to the elements, and forgetting to clean them can lead to rust and other expensive damage.

6. Inspect your vehicle for rust. Take a look under your car or around any dings or dents for signs of rust. If you notice anything suspicious it’s best to let your trusted auto repair mechanic in Baltimore know right away to prevent further damage.

While you are spring-cleaning your car, make sure you keep an eye out for anything that looks out of the ordinary. Also make sure you pay special attention as you are driving to see if you notice any new noises or feel any changes in your cars ride. If you do notice anything, or you would just like to get your automobile checked out with the changing seasons, you can always bring your car to one of AutoStream Car Care Center’s three convenient auto repair shops in Baltimore, Ellicott City and Columbia, MD. Our expert mechanics are here to answer all of your car maintenance questions and are always happy to help!

 

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7 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop in Baltimore http://autostreamcarcare.com/7-tips-choosing-right-auto-repair-shop-baltimore/ Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:42:16 +0000 http://www.autostreamcarcare.com/blog/?p=136 Auto repairs are can be both costly and unavoidable. When the time comes that your vehicle needs service, you need to bring it to an auto repair shop in Baltimore, MD that’s reliable and trustworthy. After all, you spend a good amount of time in your car, you need to make sure whoever keeps it

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Auto repairs are can be both costly and unavoidable. When the time comes that your vehicle needs service, you need to bring it to an auto repair shop in Baltimore, MD that’s reliable and trustworthy. After all, you spend a good amount of time in your car, you need to make sure whoever keeps it running keeps it running right!

Below are some tips to help you choose an auto repair shop that you can rely on. It makes getting your car repaired that much easier when you know exactly where to take it!

Choosing the right auto repair shop in Baltimore

7 Tips for Choosing the Right Auto Repair Shop

1.  Ask friends and family for their recommendations. After all, it’s often their opinions that you value most, and unless asked directly, most people won’t offer their advice on their favorite shop or mechanic, it’s just not the most interesting topic!

2.  Choose an auto repair shop before major repairs are needed. It’s a lot easier to choose a shop without the pressure of needing immediate repairs. It also gives you time to better weigh your options.

3.  Pick a shop that employs ASE Certified Technicians. ASE Certified Technicians are mechanics who have gone through rigorous training and testing to be experts in their automotive fields. You can trust they will take good care of your automobile.

4.  Make sure the auto shop your choose works on your make and model of vehicle. Some repair shops are specialized, so be sure that the shop you choose has mechanics that are certified to work on your type of vehicle.

5.  See if the shop has transportation options available. In the case that a major repair arises, can the shop give you a lift back home or to the office? Many auto repair shops will accommodate your transportation needs (within reason), so be sure to call and ask if a free local shuttle service or loaner cars are available.

6.  Make sure the shop will honor your vehicle’s warranty. Most independent auto repair shops will honor vehicle warranties, but it’s too important of a topic not to ask directly.

7.  Ensure the shop guarantees their services. Nowadays, you should never choose a shop that does not stand behind the car repair or maintenance services they provide. Ask about the warranty options the shop provides.

At AutoStream Car Care Center, we understand that vehicle repairs can be costly, and we’re here to help. Whether you call us at the time that your vehicle is in need of service, or to simply gather information on what our auto repair shop in Baltimore has to offer, we’re here and happy to help answer your questions!

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