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What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

If you're considering purchasing a used vehicle, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended in order for you to understand the condition of the vehicle and whether or not it is a good investment for you. Oftentimes, the person selling the vehicle may report that there are no issues with the vehicle, and a pre-purchase inspection can help to verify that claim and inform you of any future expenses that you may incur. Here at our auto repair shop, we are your source for honest and professional pre-purchase vehicle inspections in the area. At our facility, our goal is to help you make the best decision based on the results of our inspection. We provide pre-purchase inspections to thoroughly check the vehicle you are considering buying and give you our evaluation to help you understand if you're getting the car at a good value or not. A pre-purchase inspection at our shop will: Help you better understand the value of the car Reveal any underlying issues or needed repairs Identify ... read more

​​Common Misconceptions Regarding Motor Oil

 ​​Common Misconceptions Regarding Motor Oil

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, oil and filter changes are the most important task in preserving the performance and longevity of your car. Oil allows the various parts of your engine to move smoothly while minimizing friction. As a result, you will notice reduced wear, stable temperatures, and less likelihood of problems later in life. Over the years, there's been numerous falsely spread information regarding motor oil and its changes. We're here to squash those lies. Myth #1: Dark Oil Is Bad While dark engine oil can indicate that your oil is bad, sometimes it doesn't. Certain oils can darken shortly after you get an oil change. There are other deciding factors like viscosity, smell, and levels to consider too when it comes to oil changes. Myth #2: You Need An Oil Change Every 3K Miles This 3,000-mark may have held true for all vehicles before, and it still applies to some today but not all. If your car has a complex engine and takes synthetic blend oil, it can ... read more

When Does a Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

When Does a Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

The timing belt in every car is a necessary component of the engine that keeps the camshaft and crankshaft attune. When it gets old, it runs the risk of breaking, which can cause many problems for you and your car. Timing belts are typically made with tough rubber with durable steel or polyester threads running through them. They are also ribbed accordingly to ensure the perfect "timing" of the opening of the engine. As mentioned before, the belt surrounds the crankshaft and connects to the camshaft and pulley.   If your engine is experiencing weaknesses, your timing belt could very well be the cause of it. Some other signs of a bad timing belt include: Ticking or clicking noises Engine misfiring or runs rough Oil pressure decline Visible smoke To ensure your timing belt's condition, we recommend bringing your car to Scruggs Automotive for an inspection.   Why Replace Your Timing Belt? Replacing your timing belt will enhance your fuel efficiency and eng ... read more

How to Safely Bring Your Christmas Tree Home

How to Safely Bring Your Christmas Tree Home

The holiday season is finally here, and most of you are probably in the process of decorating! If you celebrate Christmas, you know that a must-have decoration is, of course - the Christmas tree! While you can opt for a fake tree, there's something special about a real tree. The only dilemma is that you usually have to transport the tree home from the farm. This task can be tedious and a hassle if you don't know what you're doing. Thankfully, we have put together several tips of our own. Please make sure you have the following items: gloves, a covering (blanket, sheet, or tarp), and lots of rope (or twine, nylon straps, or bungee cords)   Follow these steps to ensure you safely and securely bring your tree home: Rock the tree before anything else! Giving your tree a shake is a great way to eliminate bugs, needles, or splintered branches before encasing it. After choosing your tree, the tree farm may even offer to net it for you. Wrap your tree using a blanket, tarp ... read more

Driving Home for Thanksgiving? Follow These 3 Tips!

Driving Home for Thanksgiving? Follow These 3 Tips!

Thanksgiving day is one of the biggest holidays in America, and millions of people are going to be packing up their cars and heading home to celebrate with their families. That means tons of people will be on the road at the same time, and everyone knows how terrible holiday traffic can get. To ensure you beat the traffic and get home safely, please ensure you follow these suggestions! Plan Ahead A little pre-planning and readiness can make the holiday travels less stressful and more manageable. One way to plan ahead is by packing and loading the car the night before. That way, you're not trying to cram everything inside your trunk right before you leave. Another way to stay prepared is by checking the traffic and weather conditions before you depart. The worst days to be on the road are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If you can make your plans outside of these two days, traffic won't be as bad. Additionally, you might want to map out your pit stops f ... read more