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Sentimental Journeys: Remembering the Road Trips You Took With Your Car

Sentimental Journeys: Remembering the Road Trips You Took With Your Car

Welcome to the April Blog for Family Auto Service in San Diego! Today, we’re thinking about looking back at the cars we have loved and lost over the years, that have kept us sheltered as a family during long trips and comforted us along the way.  In our generation, VW Buses were great for long road trips. Then came the 1980’s and the minivan, and as of late, the SUV. Long trips got a bit easier to take the more technology progressed. Even the age-old question “Are We There Yet” became a thing of the past, as kids can use driving apps on their phones or tablets to see exactly how far they are from their destination! When we’re living day-to-day, life goes by in a hurry and we just move on to the next things. And then we’re on the road for a break, and we expect our cars to pick up our slack. We practically live in these cars, but we rarely stop and appreciate how much these cars will come to mean to us when they’re gone.  One way t ... 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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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 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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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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Why Are Fluid Exchanges So Important?

Why Are Fluid Exchanges So Important?

We all want to get the most out of our investments, and a car is a pretty significant investment. Believe it or not, the fluids in our vehicles are designed to protect the engine and components; they play a significant role in extending the life of our car. Over time, these fluids, be they synthetic or petroleum, break down over time. Because of this, flushing and exchanging these fluids preserve and extend the life of your car. Is your goal to keep driving your car for as long as possible? If so, it might be time to schedule a flush for your vehicle. It is a simple fact of life that, over time, things break down or wear out. Oils, synthetics, and other liquids all fall victim to this same misfortune. The side effects are not pretty when we don't properly care for ourselves or our vehicles. Your car has engine oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, brake fluid, and coolant all running through its veins. Each one of these fluids plays an essential role in keeping your car in top ... read more

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Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved Ones

Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved Ones

  Ten Ways To Show Love For Your Loved One   It is the perfect time of year to think of ways to show our love. We here at Family Auto Service want to share with you this top 10 list of ideas we have come up with to show love to your loved ones.   Their Choice. Choosing what they prefer is a simple way to show your sweetie that they are a priority and essential to you. Simple things like picking up their favorite toothpaste or running through their favorite fast food joint. Do they prefer a date night in? Light some candles and surprise them by making their favorite meal, or if you don't cook, order take out on their busiest day of the week. It is such a nice feeling to come home after a long day to find your sweetie has taken care of the evening meal, and, that it is one of your favorites! And remember to reach for their hand and perhaps give an unexpected kiss giving them the butterflies. Tackle Some Chores. Taking care of some weekly chores, they don't lo ... read more

How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

How To Be Prepared For Unexpected Snow & Road Hazards

Are you ready for unexpected weather and natural disasters? Here in San Diego, we don’t often think of snow, except on TV shows. But earlier this year, in February 2019, we had unexpected snowfall at Lake Elsinore and The Grapevine. And we sure have had our fair share of unexpected fires in California. How do you prepare for these things?   At Family Auto Service, we have several tips to prepare you and your family vehicle for unexpected road conditions. Here is a list of things you should carry in your car, truck, SUV, or van so you can be ready for anything.   Spare tire, a jack, and a lug wrench. If your tire goes flat and you don’t have run-flat tires, be sure to carry an inflated spare tire, a jack that will safely lift your car, and a lug wrench. You get extra credit if you also pack a reflective vest and flares in case you need to be seen at night while on the side of the road.   Snow chains or snow socks. If you like to ski, you probably have ... read more

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October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice good vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our vehicle’s that are important for the colder weather.  Regular car care is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoiding costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety on the road.  The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter: Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.    Check hoses and belts - All hoses should be checked for corrosion and belts sho ... read more

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