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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.

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Shake the Winter Blues With Exclusive Spring Specials


Chantilly, Virginia — March 22, 2016

Winter is rough — on the skin, on the roads, but perhaps most especially on the cars on the roads. But it’s gone now, and for that northern Virginians rejoice; and for that, Chantilly’s premier auto center, Advanced Automotive, is offering three exciting maintenance specials to help drivers rid their rides of winter’s dirt and grime.

Ensure prime vehicle performance through this season, and the next.

As the weather grows warmer, northern Virginia is spending more time on the road; Advanced Automotive’s fuel injection service (at a low price of $59.95) is designed to maximize fuel economy, reduce vehicle emissions, improve drivability, and improve overall vehicle performance before, during, and long after all those spring road trips.

Stay cool with an A/C tune-up.

Enjoy the spring breeze, or the chilly blast from the air conditioner: The power to choose should be yours. Advanced Automotive customers can take advantage of this exclusive air conditioner tune-up special (available now, for a limited time, at $89.95). Highly trained automotive technicians are standing by to check your air conditioning system for leaks, and its Freon levels; as well as to ensure appropriate pressure, compressor health.

Need a brake job? Due for transmission service?

Advanced Automotive is offering customers 10 percent off any factory-scheduled maintenance; but don’t wait: These specials will expire on Friday, April 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.