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Road Trip to the Mercedes Benz Plant

We were on a road trip last week and went to the only Mercedes Benz plant in the United States.  Located in Tuskaloosa, Alabama, the plant produces the Class C vehicles including the high-performance AMG line and all their SUVs.  All the Class C cars are sold within the United States and over 72% of […]

Adolf Hoepfl Renovation Underway!

We are so excited!  For over two years we’ve been planning the renovation of our service bays and now it’s finally begun.  While the original historic two-story building on the site stays, the 5,000 square foot service bays will be replaced with an 8,000 square foot bright red building.  We expect the renovation to take […]

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The Great Spark Plug Confusion

There is a lot of misinformation about spark plugs on the internet. We have been looking at much of it and are amazed by how inaccurate most of it is. When to Change Them The best advice about spark plugs that we can provide is that you should change them on your manufacturer's schedule. Here's […]

Car Emergency Kit – Keep It Handy

Having an emergency kit in your car is really smart.  It doesn't take up a lot of room in your trunk and can be very valuable in an emergency.  We have some suggestions for you on the items we keep in our vehicles.  In addition to the items listed below, take your cell phone even on […]

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The Good That Makes America Great!

We have long been students of the history of our country and one of our favorite holidays is Independence Day.  The signers of the Declaration of Independence had the vision and foresight to imagine not only the structure our country needed in their time but also create a plan that lives on 242 years later.  […]

How Bad Is It? Answers to Your Car Questions

We have a new topic for our blog – How Bad Is It?  We’re answering those tricky questions that you wonder about and don’t know who to ask.  To drive with the check engine light on? Kinda Bad. The “check engine” light can come on for any number of reasons, from a loose gas cap […]

Memorial Day History and Things To Do

For most of us, Memorial Day is the kickoff of summer.  During our celebration of summer, we would like to suggest that we also give a moment to those who have fought and died in the service of our county.  We also thought you might like to hear a bit of history about the day along […]

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Battery Basics

With all the gadgets we have on cars today, batteries are essential to meeting those needs. More than just cranking the engine, today’s batteries provide power to other electrical components even when the engine isn’t running.  And the battery acts as a voltage stabilizer for the entire electrical system. Batteries (12 Volt) fall into two […]

Technicians require Kaizen

Technicians require Kaizen By Kathryn van der Pol Last month I wrote how we enjoy looking at classic cars, but not necessarily driving them. Modern cars are far more comfortable, especially when it comes to air conditioning, and they actually stop pretty quick compared to cars of the past. You don’t feel like you’re driving […]

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Classic cars are Great to Look at, but be Glad We Don’t Drive Them Anymore

Common Car $ense By Kathryn & Sybren van der Pol Classic Cars are Great to Look at, but be Glad We Don’t Drive Them Anymore This past weekend was our 7th Annual Oldie & Goodie Car Show. We had over 25 cars and the public really enjoyed seeing the wide variety of cars and trucks. […]

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