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Welcome to the Family Auto Service blog! Not only does the team at Family Auto Service want to provide you with next-level auto repair, but we want to be a source of information for your family’s auto needs in the San Diego County area. Let us teach you how to care for the machine you’ve invested your family’s time and money in! To do so, each month on our blog you’ll find helpful informational posts from our experienced auto mechanics as well as ideas for your next family road trip, and much more. Make sure to take a look at Family Auto Service’s monthly blog posts for auto repair information you can trust in the San Diego County area.

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Preparing Your Car for Allergy Season

 Preparing Your Car for Allergy Season

Welcome to Spring 2021! There is so much to appreciate here in San Diego County. The sun is shining. We live in a beautiful place. Flowers and plants are blooming with lush, green leaves and lovely flowers. And though many are still wearing masks due to the pandemic, a lot of us are suffering through allergy season.  Have you prepared your family vehicle for allergy season? Getting ready for allergy season in your car means doing a few things to help you and your passengers travel comfortably, regardless of how much pollen is floating through the air. Here are three ways you can prepare your vehicle for allergy season: Change the cabin air filters to reduce the amount of pollen getting inside your vehicle’s climate control system. We invite you to Family Auto Service at any of our five locations in Alpine, Santee, Miramar, La Jolla, and La Mesa so we can change your vehicle’s air filters. Stock the car with oral antihistamine medications, bottled water, hand sanitiz ... read more

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Falling in Love Again

 Falling in Love Again

Love can be a funny thing. You may have found yourself sitting next to a total stranger, over time, and wonder (like the Talking Heads song), how did I get here?   We are growing and constantly changing in our lives until the first taste of our mortality sets us in place for the last significant change. Loving someone at 20 is not the same as loving them at 30, 40, or 50. Everyone changes. The people in our lives sometimes let us down or leave us feeling lonely.   In a good marriage, you find common ground that binds you together and allows it all to come back. We can sometimes grow with each other, loving each other to the very end of the line. And sometimes, along the way, we grow apart irreparably and must forge a new path on our own.   This situation can also apply to our car. It’s no wonder that a shiny 2021 model can turn our heads. New models have improved features and contemporary comforts. Even a good, faithful car can become too familiar over time ... read more

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Turning Over a New Leaf: Becoming a More Thoughtful Driver in 2021

Turning Over a New Leaf: Becoming a More Thoughtful Driver in 2021

Happy New Year, San Diego! As we say goodbye to 2020, and usher in 2021, those New Year’s Resolutions will be out in force. People will swear off their vices in order to get healthier, live longer, and be prouder of themselves, and the positivity and determination of that kind of commitment is something we love.   When we plan for improving ourselves, one area we may wish to look into is our driving. There is a kind of dog-eat-dog mentality in driving, where people think they are in a race, just because they have an appointment and they’re running late. We forgot the importance of maintaining the construct of law as a society, and choose our own, human needs over the safety and well-being of others. We cut each other off, we get angry and we curse and make obscene gestures, we refuse to let each other in, working some balance sheet of fairness in our heads that the other driver won’t know or understand.    One of the biggest keys to becoming a more ... read more

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Now Is The Time To Reflect On A Remarkable Year

Now Is The Time To Reflect On A Remarkable Year

December is a time of endings. There are so many faiths present in San Diego. And most of the religious observances  around this time of year are about renewal, in some way.    For Islam, it’s Mawlid el-Nabi, the birth of the Prophet, which ranges from small and sacred, to carnival-like processions, celebrating one who lead the way. Judaism has Hanukkah, which is a festival of lights to celebrate the triumph of faith in a very dark hour. Christianity has Christmas, which celebrates the coming of a messiah to redeem the world. And many of the Christmas rites we know come from the Winter’s Solstice, the darkest night of the year, which is a Wiccan (Pagan) tradition, celebrated with a spiced log on the fire to ward away the evils.   This past year, our community in San Diego has endured a lot. Fires destroyed a lot of homes and turned San Diego’s air difficult to breathe. Internet communication has polarized us instead of uniting us. There’s ... read more

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Best Places In San Diego County To Show Out-Of-Town Visitors

Best Places In San Diego County To Show Out-Of-Town Visitors

The San Diego area has a lot of beauty to show off. With relatives soon to be coming from out of state for family gatherings once the wildfires are contained, Family Auto Service wanted to point out some of the beautiful tourist spots to take relatives to, still open in the midst of COVID19, that can delight first-time visitors and old friends alike. La Mesa The abundance of Californian beauty is on display in La Mesa, "the Jewel of the Hills." With its many parks, such as Briercrest Park, La Mesita Park, Harry Griffen Park, and Mission Trails Regional Park, there’s plenty of natural views to see. And there’s the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum for those ferroequinologists (railfans) you may know. La Jolla  In addition to visiting the posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants in La Jolla Village, Camino De La Costa offers a scenic coastal road with sandy dune beachfronts. For inland people, it’s definitely somethin ... read more

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How To Maintain A Hybrid vs. a Diesel vs. a Gasoline-Powered Vehicle vs. an Electric Vehicle.

How To Maintain A Hybrid vs. a Diesel vs. a Gasoline-Powered Vehicle vs. an Electric Vehicle.

At Family Auto Service in San Diego County, we love maintaining vehicles because it is what’s best for our customers and their cars. If you are looking at the difference in maintenance for hybrid versus diesel versus gas-engine versus electric vehicles, you are going to enjoy this month’s blog.  There is a lot of talk about “Which one is better?” The answer lies in your needs. Hybrids are very affordable and have terrific fuel efficiency. Diesels are extremely reliable and last a long time. Gas-powered engines are most common. Electric vehicles are the trendy option, but their battery-recharge networks are not found everywhere yet.  But if you look at maintenance alone, we are happy to share our professional opinion about these four options. Spoiler alert: Each of these options require maintenance. None of them are going to last a long time if you neglect them. They all just have different nuances as far as the amount of maintenance the factory recom ... read more

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Is Your College Kid’s Car Ready To Go Back To School?

Is Your College Kid’s Car Ready To Go Back To School?

We can’t believe how fast summer is flying by. Soon enough, our kids will be beginning school again, whether their classes are online or on-campus. Back-to-school season is an exciting time for many --for parents, sending their kids off to college for the first time, and college students, taking that first step into adulthood. For parents, we also recognize that you can’t help but worry about your first-time college kids. Soon enough, we know that their days will be consumed with endless studying, and they will most likely have very little time, and brainpower left for caring for their vehicles.  The team at Family Auto Service is here to help. Regardless of whether your college kid is attending school online or in-person, they probably won’t have too much spare time for routine preventative maintenance and auto repair. Before your son or daughter begins college, it might be wise to schedule a Family Auto Service visit for preventative maintenance. This way, our ... read more

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How To Drive On The Beach Without Getting Stuck In The Sand

If you plan to take a trip to the beach, you may be tempted to drive on the sand. In California, there are only a handful of beaches you can drive on. But if you do choose to drive, make sure you take precautions not to get stuck in the sand. Trust us, it’s not fun getting stuck and you don’t want to have a tow truck pull you out. To avoid getting stuck in the sand at all, the obvious choice is to limit your driving and parking to the parking lots. Parking lots truly are your best choice for safety and not getting stuck in the sand. If, however, you decide to drive on a beach in your car, the number one rule is to stay on the hard-packed sand. The hard-packed sand is easiest to maneuver on and you should not have any problems.  If you have to drive in soft sand, DO NOT stop the car. Keep driving until you have gotten out of the soft sand and onto the hard packed sand. If you stop in the soft sand, you will lose your momentum and your traction, which will cause you t ... read more

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Top Parent-Approved Vehicles For Young Drivers

Do you remember getting your first car after turning 16? Few things get us more excited in life than this monumental event. It seems that all those kids think about in the months leading up to the day they get their driver's license, while as parents, we worry about what car will be right for them.  There are so many things to consider when deciding on a first car. Perhaps it is best to find one with less horsepower and a smaller engine. This can help keep them from putting "the pedal to the metal" so to speak. Are you considering a compact? It might be better to choose a more substantial, heavier car to help keep them safe. Perhaps find a vehicle that has electronic stability control (ESC) to help them stay on the road safely. Here are some of the top cars recommended for teens from the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under $20,000 to consider: Ford Fusion  This mid-size sedan comes in three trim levels to help with price-point as well ... read more

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Fun Family-Friendly Road Trip Ideas For Spring Break

Fun Family-Friendly Road Trip Ideas For Spring Break

With so many family-friendly places to go, how do you choose? Well, here are a few of our favorite trips to take with our families around California that are sure to leave you with many good memories for years to come. So many of us decide to jump on a plane to go on an adventure. However, our backyard is a playground filled with many amazing places to explore together. Palm Springs is a dreamy place to take your family for spring break; you can spend your time with family outdoors and not feel too chilled or hot from the desert heat this time of year. If your family wants to take a dip, they have plenty of pools to choose from. There are fantastic golf courses, and of course, a great day trip is to the Joshua Tree National Park. Surrounding towns such as Rancho Mirage, Indian Springs, and Palm Desert are great little towns to explore if you run out of ideas. However, you won't want to miss the living desert museum while you are there, so be sure to bring a sun hat and plenty of w ... read more

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