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Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

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Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

Summer road trip season is here. Taking proactive steps to make sure your vehicle is operating properly will help avoid the hassle and unexpected cost of a breakdown away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

This summer, AAA expects to receive calls from over seven million stranded motorists experiencing car trouble. The majority of issues the travel group anticipates will cause car problems, such as dead batteries and flat tires, can be prevented with a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

"Summer heat can take a toll on a vehicle, especially if it hasn't been properly maintained," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted professional technician, a pre-trip vehicle check will give you peace of mind and provide the opportunity to make any necessary repairs before you hit the highway."

AAA also reports that four out of 10 drivers are unprepared for vehicle breakdowns. So you and your vehicle are ready for the road, the Car Care Council recommends taking the following auto care steps before you leave home.

  • Check the battery and replace if necessary. Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system as proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort.
  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
  • Check the emergency kit and restock, if necessary. Be sure to fully charge cell phones before leaving home.

The Car Care Council also recommends inspecting the brake system and performing a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.

Source: Car Care Council

What People Say About Us

  • , 12/21/2020

    Thank you Jose for your patience and work you did on my trans. It is working better than ever before. GREAT JOB!

  • , 12/02/2020

    I live in the upper midwest and my daughter is a traveling nurse in Clearwater. She called today because she had a leaking tire and the dealer told her that her wheel was cracked and would only sell her a new wheel. The wheel was on back order and it would be at least a week to obtain one. She has an hour commute each way to work. The space saver spare was not going to be an option! A local salvage yard near me located a wheel at Budget Auto via a salvage yard search by zip code and gave me Budget Auto's number. I contacted Nino at Budget Auto and he was extremely helpful and arranged for shipping to my daughter's door. Crisis solved. Thank you Budget Auto!!

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    I DO NOT have enough good words to say about James and his staff at Budget. He has been going way out of his way to take care of me and my situation. LONG STORY - I went for an oil change at Walmart on my 2014 Subaru Forester and they drained out my transmission fluid and filled up my oil, without draining it. We went back to Walmart after leaving and having issues, and the manager told us there was "nothing wrong" with the OVER FILLED oil dip stick. We then decided to go to Budget. My husband did NOT make it there and they left right away to tow us to their shop. Upon their inspection they found the oil WAY over filled and hardly any transmission fluid. They had to flush all the fluids and refill everything. Needless to say we had to pay that bill and now am dealing with a claim with Walmart. I have talked to James and he is trying to contact the "CLAIM" dept. that I am TRYING to deal with. For SOME reason they don't seem to answer when I call. Being new to the area sure put us at ease about finding this good service garage. Wish we went there first !!! ***** FIVE STARS*****

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    Jim and jose and brad in the banana are so delightful. They all make doing business w/them fun and delightful regardless of whether or not i have candy with me for them

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    Very honest business! Took great care of my 2013 mustang (needed tranny) very fast service! Highly recommend anyone to this place! They have almost everything and if they don't, they can get it!

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    Highly recommend these guys, they are wonderful. Professional, knowledgable and always very helpful!

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