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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.

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  • Honest work at a fair price. Lee at Black Forest Workshop has been taking care of my cars as if they were his own for over 11 years.
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  • Lee and staff are the best. They are helpful, friendly and take time to show me what's happening with my car. I would never go elsewhere.
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  • Lee was very honest with me from the get-go, which ultimately cost him a few grand in expensive repairs. I genuinely believe that he wants to help the driver make an informed and smart decision.
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  • I would not trust my Mini Cooper S to anyone but Lee and his crew at Black Forest. Lee is a class act! Very professional, personable and above all else, trustworthy. He really cares about his customers and his team of Mini experts have kept my 2006 car running like new.
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  • Absolutely an honest and professional shop! I'm preparing to sell my BMW and their pre-purchase inspection was quick, thorough, and helpful to both myself and the buyer. Being able to trust the knowledge and integrity of your mechanic is so important, and this group is doing just that. Thank you!
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  • These guys really went above and beyond to help me get my car back on the road as price efficiently as possible. From the first call to the last visit the owner/operator was happy to help me find the best solution for my car that wouldn't break the bank.
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  • I've been taking my Mercedes for service A and service B for over 2 years. I trust Lee and Tony with my car! I stopped taking my car to the dealership. A year ago I moved to Dallas area and I still drive to Austin for service for my car, that's how much I can appreciate the Black Forest Werkshop!!! Best customer service with Channel!!!!
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