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HELPFUL INFO

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 Our Customers Are Saying

Brought a new exhaust system to be installed in my '96 Toyota Tercel, and the service was exceptional. Very friendly staff and loved their office dog Lucy. :) Would definitely recommend to anyone and will plan to use them again in the future.


-Katie Bowles

I cannot say enough about Rick's Auto Care. Today I started my vacation only to have my car stop moving on the way to Skyline Caverns. Rick's set up a tow and were able to repair my car quickly. I couldn't be more happy with my experience with them, and if I lived here I'd without hesitation use them EVERYTIME I needed auto service. Thank you for getting my car fixed FAST and allowing me and my girlfriend to resume our vacation quickly.


-Vincent Corrado

We were on vacaton, and about an hour from Front Royal we heard a grinding noise. The next morning we brought our Sorento to Rick's, explained the problem, and that we were on vacation. They got us right in, let us know the problem, and ordered the parts. They made the repairs the following morning. All around excellent staff and service. Thanks so much for understanding our predicament and making us your priority.


-Erick Frost

I have used Rick's several times for multiple vehicles. Trustworthy mechanics that do quality work. Rick's Auto has never disappointed me, and his prices are reasonable.


-Larry Gniewek

Been going to Rick's Auto Care for years & love the service. The atmosphere is relaxed & friendly, but work is totally professional. I spent many years of my career in the car business so I really appreciate the honesty & integrity of this group. This is the only place my vehicles will go for service!


-Cheryl Kennedy

My wife and I have for many years relied on Rick's to maintain our vehicles. The service at Rick's is top-notch and professional, but the atmosphere is down-home and friendly. I always feel---and am treated---like family there. I'm grateful to have a place like Rick's Auto Care to take care of our vehicle maintenance needs.


-Vernon Kirby

Great staff and customer service. I've been going to them for around 4-5 years now. Honest is the best word to describe them. These guys will tell you what absolutely has to be repaired and what can wait. Repairs are always done in a timely manner and at a fair price.


-Johnson Turner

Trust is something that is earned. Rick and his crew have gained my trust by treating me fairly over the years. I will continue to bring my vehicles to Rick's and to recommend your business to everyone I know. Thank you and God Bless you for your honesty and integrity!


-Rick Morgan

Awesome. Garages who use the best tools (Snapon) give the best service.


-Jason Muir

Always fair and friendly.


-Nancy Mangione

Rick's is great...easy to work with...find a way to help you out and just good work! Give them a try and see first hand!


-Tim Morse

Doing business with them for a few years...real good.


-Ron Sutherland

Went to Rick's for minor car exhaust work and my yearly inspection, which turned up an issue with the brake lights. They were able to get me back on the road quickly and at a fair price. I would highly recommend Rick's for anyone looking for auto service in Front Royal.


-Neil Wood

I had a bit of work done on an old 1992 Geo Prism over several days. I think the labor was fair and they were friendly as a neighbor to me. They definitely went the extra mile. Total cost to me was about $500 for the parts/labor/inspections. I was impressed.


-Daniel Sutton

Honest people, waiting room has tv, coffee, family atmosphere.


-Jennifer Collins
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