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Working Hours
  • 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

  • , 07/06/2020

    My classic car broke down in Bloomington. I live in Champaign (48 miles away). This car (a 1972 Cutlass Supreme convertible) almost never is more than 10 miles from home and has spent all but 2 nights in the past 25 years in my garage. To say I was anxious leaving it at an unknown, out of town repair facility would be an understatement. Zaabs and Bryan handled the repair quickly and very affordably. 5 stars! A good outfit that has earned my respect.

  • 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!

Call us for service: 309-386-1999

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