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.

Batavia Automotive Inc. Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!

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TESTIMONIALS

"Always a great experience, friendly staff and knowledgeable. Will be going here for future repair work as well as oil changes."


-Doug P.

"Good place"


-Doug D.

"Great bunch of guys very honest and best prices in town would very much recommend them to anybody I know I wont bring my car anywhere else!!"


-Matthew K.

"Great group of guys! They replaced my head gasket for half of what I thought it would cost. Highly recommend this shop!"


-Jason W.

"I came here to have my car annually checked and let me say that the people here were amazing , very friendly knowledgeable, and great attitudes. I highly recommend everyone to go here for all of there service needs and concerns"


-Timothy P.

"Good, honest guys who stayed after hours to look at my car when I thought it was about to break down. I probably won't be back soon because my car is running as smooth as when I first got it. Thanks"


-Barry R.

"Friendly and helpful staff."


-Lawrence D.

"We took a car here to get inspected before purchasing from a dealer. The service was excellent. The inspection was thorough. Thank you!"


-Kelci Y.

"John went above and beyond and way out of his way to help my boyfriend and i! my car starter went bad and he replaced it for me within the day and was super helpful and nice! definitely recommend getting work done by this shop! the shop wasn't even open and he opened it up for us to help us get home today."


-Sky R.

"I had not gone back to this place since my family sold it to Jiffy Lube 15 years ago. The Oil Spout, Inc., a very successfully operated, one-of-a-kind, built from the ground-up family business I grew 20+ years with was run into the ground by those purchasers, and I swore after my first visit to them, I would never go back. It is now called Batavia Automotive. I decided to step in, hoping things would be different than Jiffy Lube. It was! John, the technician who worked on my vehicle, shared with me that he had the utmost respect for his boss and how well his employees are treated. I knew right away this was the place I needed to make family again. I felt right at home. I highly recommend taking your car here for services! Not only was I in and out in less than a half-hour with none of the problems I had when I pulled in, I was faced with a great staff, who very much informed me about my vehicle's problems. John is nothing less than incredibly helpful & friendly, as well as a highly-skilled technician whom I can trust. Customer for life. Might I add that this was the most inexpensive visit to a garage in my life! Thanks again John!"


-JC O.