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  • Mon 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Tue 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wed 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Thu 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Fri 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Sat Appointment Only
  • Sun Closed

COST SAVING TIPS

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. Check the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.

  2. Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per gallon.

  3. Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

What People Say About Us

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    Went in for my breaks, amazing place! Great service, nice guys got it done fast.

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    Thanks for getting our '92 Pontiac back on the road. Very affordable & quick service.

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    I brought my truck into Zaabs and they were quick and helped me understand exactly what they were doing. I finally found a mechanic here who I can trust.

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    After a different repair shop's service manager boldly lied to me about how an expensive repair was diagnosed, I took my car to Zaabs. The actual diagnosis and proper repair by Brian was 10% of the other shops alleged "repair". I fully recommend Zaabs.

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    Called about getting the motor from my passenger window replaced. Brought it in the same day and the next day my window had been fixed and replaced. Quick and friendly service. Thanks!

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    Very grateful to this business because he saved my car from a major car expense. My radiator was overheating due to my thermostat needing to be replaced due to a sensor issue. He was willing to fix it on a Sunday. Now my car is working wonderfully. Thank you Bryan!!!!!

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    Zaabs provides excellent service and quality work at fair prices. I will have all of my auto maintenance and servicing done at Zaabs from now on. Brian is an exceptional auto technician and honest.

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    Excellence! Truly one of the best experiences I've ever had with customer service and overall excellence in the quality of repair service I received. Fast, reliable, honest, and genuine service. I am confident that I chose the best place for my full service auto repair needs!

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    We were on our way back home from a vacation in Wisconsin, heading back to Key West, Florida. Our car started running hot, so we pulled in to three different auto shops. And the last one was the one that did the magic. Bryan Saner was very professional, clean and very friendly. I would highly recommend him and his shop. For a one man crew he was amazing. We are very satisfied.

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    Excellent customer service and Brian was always nice and friendly. What I appreciate is the honesty I've experienced since taking my vehicles to Zabbs. And I normally don't take the time to write reviews but I felt it was necessary to give these guys their just do.

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