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Simple and Straight Forward Auto Repair Tips for Every Car

auto repairHave a new car and aren’t sure on where to start when it comes to car maintenance and repairs? No worries — we’ve got you covered! Here are some easy, straight-forward facts about auto repair that will keep your car in tip-top shape.

The air filter

Even though your air filter mostly goes unnoticed, it serves a very important part in the efficiency of the engine. Here are some warning signs that you may need to replace yours.

  • Has your gas mileage gone down? Because the engine needs to run with as clean air as possible, if there is dirty air it will cause the car to use up more fuel to produce enough power.
  • It takes a couple tries to start your car. Your car should start without a hitch, and if you are having a problem, your spark plugs could be polluted, causing engine misfires.
  • Your car is experiencing reduced horsepower, which means that it doesn’t have enough clean air to accelerate properly.

Tires

  • When your car is out of alignment, its suspension and tires do not function normally. One way to test this is to go to a side road, and slowly take your hands off the wheel while going at a slow speed. If you notice that your car is starting to fade to the right or left, you can have alignment problems. To prevent this, experts recommend checking your tire alignment every 6,000 miles, or whenever you have your oil changed.
  • To ensure your tire wear is worn down evenly, make sure to have your tires rotated every 7,500 miles.
  • It is common for your tire air pressure to fluctuate during the colder months, so to prevent a flat, make sure to check this bi-weekly.

Transmission

  • A common culprit behind transmission failure is the overheating and contamination of its transmission fluid. Make sure to monitor this every month.
  • See any leaking fluid? Your car needs transmission repair right away. This fluid typically smells pretty tart, and a leak means that the multiple different parts have nothing to prevent them from burning up.
  • A grinding noise. Yet again, this noise can mean there is a lack of transmission fluid, and the gears are working harder than necessary.

Is your car in need of some auto repair? Come on down to see our car professionals today!

Without Factory Scheduled Maintenance, Road Emergency Could Happen To You

Drive the car. Park the car. Scrape the ice of the windshield of the car. Drive the car. Take the car to your Chantilly VA auto repair center for an oil change. Drive the car. Park the car. Wash the car. Drive the car… You understand where I’m going with this.

Most people don’t give even a second thought to the factory-scheduled maintenance every automaker recommends be performed on its vehicles. And of the ones who DO think about it, many of them put off these tasks or avoid them altogether in an effort to save time or money. The power of the almighty dollar, but here’s the thing: missing out on necessary preventive maintenance is often more expensive in the long run, and occasionally downright dangerous.

Think it can’t happen to you?

Keep up with factory scheduled maintenance, or else:

The transmission could fail.

A leak, clogged lines, or a dirty filter are quite common in the keep and care of transmissions, and relatively easy to diagnose and repair — when drivers stick to regular maintenance schedules. Left untreated, however, minor troubles such as these can turn into big problems, leading to transmission failure and causing the vehicle to overheat and break down.

Contact Advanced Automotive to schedule transmission service today.

The brakes may fail.

The thought alone is terrifying. In stop and go traffic on the Beltway at rush hour; you depress the right pedal, but CRASH. You hit the car ahead of you because your brakes just failed. You’re both okay, but take a second to imagine what could have happened differently. Don’t skip it; have your brakes checked regularly.

Contact Chantilly and Warrenton VA’s auto repair experts to have your brakes inspected today.

The engine could catch on fire.

Billows of smoke pour from underneath the hood as your car slows to a stop. When an engine is left without maintenance too long, the risk of developing a leak multiplies. Gasses that escape from this fissure come into contact with sparks from firing pistons, etc. and what results is fire or worse. Less explosive but equally damaging, low oil volume or a clogged oil filter overtax the engine’s capabilities and may cause it to seize up or break down.

Call Advanced Automotive to schedule a complete engine tune up.

The heater might stop working.

In February in Chantilly VA; or Warrenton at that, these are not words anyone wants to hear. A car with no heater is not one anybody wants to drive. BRR. Yes, even in the wintertime, it’s important to maintain your air conditioner. Ensure proper coolant levels, and have your belts and hoses inspected regularly. Compressor belts get worn out; filters get clogged; motors overheat; and drivers are left out in the cold, but it doesn’t have to be you:

Call Advanced Automotive with questions or to make an appointment for your next factory scheduled maintenance in Chantilly and Warrenton, VA.

5 Signs It’s Time to Have Your Brakes Checked

brakesThere’s no question about it: Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. Most brakes will last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles before they need to be replaced — but that’s a pretty wide timeframe for something so vital to your safety on the road. Car owners should always be on the lookout for signs that their brakes are wearing out or not functioning properly. Here are five of the best ways to tell if you might need a brake repair soon.

  • The pads are wearing thin.
    Take a look between the spokes of your wheels to check the thickness of your brake pads. They should be at least one-quarter of an inch thick. Any thinner and it’s probably time to take your car into the auto repair shop.
  • The brakes are screeching.
    The high-pitched noise you hear when your brakes are wearing out is actually an indicator called a shim — it’s annoying on purpose! If your brakes are constantly screeching, it’s time to get them looked at.
  • The car pulls to one side as you make a stop.
    A vehicle that pulls to the right or left side as you brake could be a sign of uneven wear on the brake linings, a stuck caliper, or something clogging the brake fluid line. At any rate, it’s a sign that you need to do a little bit of investigative car maintenance to fix the problem.
  • The car vibrates when you brake.
    If you’ve ever had to make a sudden stop in a car with antilock brakes, you’ll be familiar with the vibration feeling of the rotors. But if you experience this sensation even when you brake normally, it could signal that the rotors are warped or your car is simply out of alignment.
  • The vehicle experiences reduced responsiveness to braking.
    Do you have to push your foot all the way to the floor in order to get the brakes to kick in? Or does your car take noticeably longer to come to a complete stop? Don’t take chances — get into the shop immediately.

Your brakes are too important to ignore. Familiarize yourself with the signs of brake wear or failure so that you can stay safe on the roads, mile after mile.

Leading Northern Virginia Automotive Repair Center, Advanced Automotive To Expand Operations Into Warrenton

The premier auto center based in Chantilly is excited to announce it is expanding! As one of the fastest-growing and most trusted automotive repair and towing service provider, Advanced Automotive is opening its second location in Warrenton, Virginia at 655 Industrial Road, across James Madison Highway from Walmart.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve northern Virginia from our flagship location in Chantilly, and now from our brand new location in Warrenton,” said Donnie Scott. “Advanced Automotive is committed to keeping the people of Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties safe, and on the road.”

The new location boasts more than 9,000 square feet of high efficiency workspace, and will enable the experienced, ASE certified technicians to service vehicles of all makes and models.
Advanced Automotive Inc. offers preventative and repair automobile services in Chantilly and Warrenton, Virginia, with the equipment and technology necessary to diagnose and repair domestic, import and hybrid vehicles. Advanced Automotive customers can rest assured knowing that all parts and service are 100 percent guaranteed for one year or 12,000 miles.

For more information about Advanced Automotive’s new location, or to inquire about towing and repair services in Warrenton, call 540-212-6080 or visit http://www.advancedautomotiveva.com

Stop Your Engines! Common Auto Repairs You Should be Making

auto repairNeglecting vehicles costs the U.S. economy upwards of $2 billion annually, and it can cost you even more in time and frustration if you’re not careful. Auto repair might seem like it’s only necessary when a very serious problem presents itself, but preventative car maintenance is crucial to extending the life of your car.

If you’re unsure what kind of repairs should be made to prevent further problems, here’s a short list of the most common auto repairs you need to stay on top of in the new year.

Checking the Oil
This is especially important if your car is over 10 years old. Oil keeps parts in your engine properly lubricated, and without it your engine will have to work much harder than it needs to. In addition, you should be getting your oil changed as often as the manufacturer recommends to ensure that the oil lubricating your engine is clean.

Keep the Tire Pressure Up
Your car’s tires are the singular point of contact with the road, which means that without them, you’re not going anywhere fast. If you get a flat or lose tire pressure, you’re going to have less traction and probably end up needing towing services.

Service Your Brakes
It’s important to know when to go in for brake repair. If you need to hit the brakes extra hard just to slow down, then it’s probably time to get your brakes serviced. Likewise, strange noises when you hit the brakes should be a cause for concern. If your brakes go, then it poses a serious driving safety hazard not only to you, but to all of the drivers around you.

Pay Attention to the Check Engine Lights
If there’s one mistake all drivers make, it’s ignoring the check engine light and other emergency indicators when they come on. Believe it or not, your check engine light usually means it’s time to check your engine for an issue, so if it comes on, you should take some time to visit the mechanic and see what’s wrong with your vehicle. Don’t be the driver who ignores the check engine light and then loses a car because of a major issue that could have been prevented.

Don’t let your car get the best of you, pay attention to these simple things!

A Beginner’s Guide to Auto Repair : Part 1

auto repairThere are about 30,000 parts on the average car, so it can be really confusing when you are in need of auto repair. And for many drivers, it can seem like mechanics are speaking in a foreign language. It’s enough to make any driver wonder, “What can I do to prevent these problems in the first place?”

To prevent confusion and to make your maintenance as easy as possible, here are some basic car maintenance tips even a beginner can understand.

Tires

  • Rotate your tires about every 7,500 miles. Doing so not only will prevent excessive wear and tear, but it will ensure they last longer! Having one tire in the same location on the car for an extended period of time can cause premature tire failures, as it will not be worn down evenly.
  • Double check your tire pressure about once a month or so, and fill them up with air when your indicator light says so. This will help with fuel mileage and the comfort of your vehicle when driving.
  • Do the penny test for tread depth. Take a penny and with Lincoln’s head upside down, put it in the tread of each tire. If you can see his head at all, your tires are wearing too thin and they need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Brakes
In general your brakes will be able to last between 25,000 to 50,000 miles. Brake repair can be expensive, so to make them last longer do the following:

  • Always come to a gentle stop when you are going high speeds, as slamming on your brakes while going 65 mph can cause it to dissipate a third more energy than if you were going 55 mph.
  • Only use your right foot to brake. Your right foot is already used to the gas pedal, and is much gentler on the brake than your left.
  • Don’t forget about your brake fluid. This fluid makes your brakes work more efficiently, so check your levels once a month.
  • Clean off brake dust, as this can settle onto your tires and engine and cause them to malfunction.

State Inspections
Most states have rules requiring drivers to have their cars inspected once per year. The specific rules regarding these inspections vary from state to state, so check your state’s DMV website to see exactly what you need to do.

During these inspections, mechanics will check the overall state of your vehicle, engine, headlights, and can tell you whether you’re in need of more serious servicing like transmission repair or battery replacement. Failure to get your car inspected could cause serious trouble with both your insurance company and the local police.

Keep a lookout for our next installment on easy auto repair for beginners!

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Winter is Coming. Protect Your Car.

Winter is coming. Some people are excited about sweaters and snow. Others just want to hibernate until March. Cars, they’re the hibernating type. Without special care, cold weather can negatively affect machine mechanics, and just as you take steps to winterize your home, and your lawn, so, too, should you prepare your vehicle for the arctic (okay, maybe not quite arctic) conditions ahead.

Have your oil changed.

Check your car’s owner’s manual to determine the correct intervals and adhere to this schedule. Just purchased a new car? Consult with your Chantilly VA lube technician about which oil is best for different climates and temperatures. When the weather gets cold, motor oil thickens, and when motor oil thickens, it can’t do its job as well.

Replace your windshield wiper blades.

It could be tomorrow or Saturday, or January or March, but chances are at some point this winter, snow will begin falling from the sky. Me personally, when that happens, I stay inside as much as possible. But work beckons and kids need to be fed. It often can’t be avoided. So in the event that you have to venture out behind the wheel, it’s important that you’re able to see. Windshield wiper blades typically last about a year; December is a great time to change them, before the season’s worst comes to northern Virginia.

Check your battery.

Check posts and connections to make sure they’re corrosion-free; in fact, if your battery is more than three years, we recommend a visit to Chantilly VA’s premier auto center so that one of our certified auto repair technicians can check your battery’s ability to hold a charge. Be proactive. Don’t get caught out in the cold with a dead battery.

Check belts and hoses, too.

While you’re here, ask Advanced Automotive to check your car’s belts and hoses for wear and tear. Extreme cold temperatures can do significant damage to these, and they should be inspected regularly, replaced as needed.

Check your tire pressure.

A general rule of thumb: Your tires lose air pressure at a rate of one pound per square inch whenever the temperature drops by 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Properly inflated tires are the best way to ensure maximum traction; as traction is harder to maintain in wet, icy conditions, you’d be wise to stack the cards in your favor.

Keep an emergency kit handy.

Better safe than sorry. Pick up a waterproof bag (from wherever waterproof bags are sold) and stuff it with a blanket, an extra set of dry clothes, a flashlight, flares, jumper cables, tire chains, a gauge, a first aid kit, and maybe even water and food. Keep this bag in your trunk for use in the event of an emergency. You’ll be glad you did.

You’ll do everything you can to ensure it doesn’t, but if your vehicle succumbs to the elements, it pays to be prepared. If you’re experiencing an automotive emergency, call 911.

When you need automotive repair, a tow, or when preventive maintenance is necessary (Read: It’s always necessary.) to keep your car safe all winter, contact Advanced Automotive at (703) 991-7245.

Advanced Automotive Offers Exclusive Fall Maintenance Special

Fall Automotive Special in Chantilly, Va

Pack away the swimsuits and the beach balls, FALL is officially here. Advanced Automotive wants to make sure you stay on the road and are prepared for the cooling temperatures.

Worry about your grades, not the road-worthiness of your vehicle. Customers of Chantilly, Virginia’s premier auto center can take advantage of this exclusive offer, with an oil change; a tire rotation and balance; cooling system check; belts and hoses, and a brake inspection too — all for the low, low price of $59.95.

Advanced Automotive’s fall maintenance special is available to all drivers on the road with this limited time deal from, available until November 15. Call (703) 565-2147 to schedule an appointment today.

About Advanced Automotive
Advanced Automotive provides high quality automotive repair to Virginia customers in Chantilly, Herndon, South Riding, Centreville and the surrounding areas. Chantilly’s premier auto center offers top quality transmission, brake repair, vehicle inspection and other car repair services from honest, experienced professionals. All parts and services are 100 percent guaranteed for one year or 12,000 miles. In addition, Advanced Automotive provides the AAA approved nationwide warranty of 12 months or 12,000 miles to AAA members. For more information, visit www.advancedautomotiveva.com.

Sometimes, More than your car needs to be repaired..

Even though Advanced Automotive Inc has seen its fair share of car accident related repairs and can handle all of your car accident repairs. There is however one thing they cannot fix and that is your health. Follow this 5 step process to help you and your loved ones when dealing with personal injury from an auto incident.
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What to do following a personal injury auto accident

Car accidents can be very stressful situations, made worse if there is an injury. Most people think of contacting a personal injury attorney, but what happens immediately following a personal injury accident can affect your claim with an insurance company. Remain calm and follow our Do’s and Don’ts to ensure this chaotic time goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Take Detailed Notes from the Accident
Don’t admit fault. You may feel inclined to apologize for the accident in the heat of the moment, but doing so can jeopardize your insurance claim. Instead of assuming blame, get a police report and give a detailed description of the accident. Give an honest report of what happened, omitting any fault for either party. If there are witnesses, make sure you get their information for the insurance company and report.
Take ample photos. Take photos of the location and any stop signs or traffic lights. When photographing the damage done to your car, take several photos from multiple angles, including close-ups and shots from far away.
2. Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor immediately. Many injuries from car accidents can have symptoms that don’t appear until days following the accident. The longer you delay seeking medical care, the more difficult it is to prove the injuries were from the accident. If you have any pain, discomfort, dizziness, or numbness, seek medical attention right away. Not only is this important for your health, but it also strengthens your personal injury claim.
3. Keep Detailed Information on All Medical Treatment
Take detailed notes on all injuries sustained from the accidents with accompanying photos. Keep the names and addresses for all doctors seen, including chiropractors and physical therapists. Save receipts from all medical care, medications, and any assistive devices, such as crutches or wheel chairs.
Consider a daily journal to document pain and medical care. This will not only help your doctors with your care, but will also help you keep track of dates and the extent of damage for your claim.
Document any proof of financial loss following the accident, such as lost wages or opportunities. Keep track of the amount of sick time used from work and any time on your company’s Short-Term Disability list.
4. Don’t Settle Early
Do not agree to any insurance settlements until all of your medical treatments are completed and your injuries have healed. You won’t know the total cost of your injuries until then. This includes avoiding all release forms or signing checks with releases on them before you’re ready. Doing so can absolve your insurance company from the responsibility of continued care for your injuries.
5. Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney
Having a personal injury attorney on your side is immensely helpful. They can speak to insurance companies on your behalf, help you know what information to provide, and ensure you aren’t cheated from the claim payout you deserve.

Let’s Recap our Last 12 Months!

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Check out this recap list of all our favorite topics over the last year! We’re more than just the premier Chantilly VA auto repair company, we’re here to give you excellent advice on all things automotive and driving.
Did you know 87% of all drivers engage in at least one risky behavior while behind the wheel? Drivers who research safer means of transportation are more likely to be safer behind the wheel and less likely to be ticketed. So check out these great links below to keep you in the top 13%!

1.Getting ready for a road trip?

Nothing says summer like wide open roads and clear blue skies. And nothing can ruin those dreams faster than a flat tire or hot air conditioning. Advanced Automotive has excellent packages to keep your car running in tip top shape before hitting the road. Need an oil change? Tires rotated? Coolant checked? Bring your car in and have one less thing to worry about this summer!

2. Need a tow truck?

Meet Jim, Advanced Automotive’s number one tow truck driver. Whether you find yourself stranded because of a flat, your car is immobile from an accident, or that battery is deader than a door nail, you can call on Jim or any of our expert tow truck drivers to save the day. Read up on what a day in the life is like!

3. Got a teen driver?

There are few things that shoot terror into the hearts of parents than that of a teen driver. Share our driver’s safety tips with your teen to minimize the risk of accidents or tickets. And it may be a great refresher for our more experienced drivers!

4. The Great Motor Oil Debate!

Don’t know if you should use synthetic or conventional oil for your car? Tired of having a new mechanic tell you which oil you should use? Advanced Automotive is here to settle the debate once and for all.

5.Most Reliable Cars of 2016

Though we are now almost halfway through the year, don’t miss our list of the most and least reliable cars of 2016. Whether you’re looking to upgrade or just make sure you made a sound purchase, this list is definitely worth checking out.

6. Recap of the CES 2016!

We’ve got all the details you may have missed from the illustrious Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. The star of the show was Automotive Innovation, and you do not want to miss this!

7. Got Tax Refund? Spend it On Your Car!

Vacations and new gadgets can be tempting with a sudden influx of cash, but a sound investment is putting that money into your car! Check out our recommendations on how to spend your hard-earned cash to keep ol’ reliable still running in tip top shape.