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Five Vacations Every Family Should Take

Five Vacations Every Family Should Take

Image by Pexels from Pixabay   Our July blog has us thinking back to the summer vacations of our yesteryear when we experienced things together as a family for the first time.   Time spent with family is worth every second, but what makes moments spent with family truly special are the memories that we make. We hope this year, you and your family get a chance to enjoy the experience of a once-in-a-lifetime journey together safely. We’ve mapped out five different vacations to take with your family to create lifelong memories:   Disneyland: Disney is as family-friendly as it gets! With character meet & greets, parades, rides, and fantastic food, this location will surely give you memories that will last a lifetime! There’s more than a single park to Disneyland; there’s adventures all over entertainment and pop cultu ... read more

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Our Favorite Supercars

Our Favorite Supercars

Image by Lee Rosario from Pixabay    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Supercar! Just like everyone has their favorite superhero, many have their personal favorite supercars. The most lavish and standout supercars include the McLaren 720S, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and Ford’s GT. But what makes a supercar so “super”?    Supercars stand out by the overall quality of design, performance, technology, and value. There is no direct definition of what is considered a supercar and what is not, but if you have ever come across a picture or poster of a luxury sports car in a magazine, it is most likely a supercar. Here are a few wa ... read more

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Why You Should Wash A Car You're Not Driving

Why You Should Wash A Car You're Not Driving

Photo by Stan Madoré from Pixabay   Welcome to the May blog! It’s an excellent time to get back on the highway and have an adventure or two if you’re not held up by work or life events. Sadly, many of us are quite busy this Spring and haven’t had much of an opportunity to get out.   If you haven’t been driving your car much since the pandemic began, you’ll probably know there are many things you still need to do to maintain your vehicle and keep it road-safe, like recharge the battery, and checking the tire PSI. Did you know one of these things is cleaning your car? We see so many dust and pollen cars that sit like traps for the moment when their owners ... read more

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April Showers are Here... How are your Wipers?

April Showers are Here... How are your Wipers?

Welcome to April’s blog! Here’s hoping you and the whole family have had a safe, productive, and prosperous first quarter of 2021.  With Spring Rains coming, and May flowers sure to pass on pollen, and potential fires in the fall bringing ash down on our windscreens, it might be a good time to check on the health of our windshield wipers. We’re needing them more and more as Spring turns to Summer! Here are some tips about checking the road fitness of your wipers: Try cleaning them first. Perhaps with a little rubbing alcohol (a hand wipe would be idea-- remember that your wipers clean bird guano off your windshield most days) and cleaning your windshield to make certain there are no small objects or spots of tree sap getting in the path of your windshield as it goes. Alittle bit of elbow grease on older blades can be all you need for the immediate future. View them up close. If you see a lot of cracking in the rubber of the wiper, it’s time to replace th ... read more

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Your Car and Spring Cleaning

Your Car and Spring Cleaning

Welcome to March! It's going to be another action-packed month in Turlock, with so much going on. Between crazy sudden snowstorms and the struggle to get COVID-19 under control, we have a lot of chaos in our lives. It would be good to be able to introduce some order. Spring will be here on March 20th, and with it comes a wave of spring cleaning as people look to remove the clutter in their homes. It's a time to simplify, refine, and reduce. It's an annual practice in our homes, but what about our cars? It makes good sense to spring clean your car. Beyond the obvious benefit of your car looking more attractive and cleaner, there are additional benefits to a clean, orderly car. It can't cure depression, but it can help to have things cleaner. An immaculate car can make you a more considerate driver, as you will want to baby your vehicle. Here are some natural next steps to getting the car spring-cleaned: Car wash. Your vehicle needs a good scrub and to have the engine ... read more

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How Your Car Shows YOU the Love!

 How Your Car Shows YOU the Love!

Welcome to another February! We're gearing up for Super Bowl LV in one week, and then the week after, it's Valentine's Day again in Turlock! We challenge you to bring your romantic A-game, and show the people in your life how much you care. We rarely acknowledge it, but our cars show us a great deal of love. They sit quietly, waiting for us to need them, and when we do, they really do come through. In the past year, we've leaned on them to protect us from exposure to the pandemic, and even when we hopped in our cars in a hurry and rushed off before the engine could lubricate properly, our vehicles still keep faith with us. Most people understand the importance of looking after your car. The love they put into their car is the love they get back. They don't have to question whether or not their car will pull through in a crisis because they have taken the necessary steps to ensure the best possible performance already from their vehicle. But for some, they never k ... read more

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Best Parts, Best People: How OEM parts and ASE certified technicians give us the edge!

 Best Parts, Best People: How OEM parts and ASE certified technicians give us the edge!

Welcome to 2021, we hope your holidays have been wonderful and joyful. As we return to our shop, the signs that greet us remind us of the lingo and terminology we use at the store, some of which might be a touch confusing. Have you often seen or heard terms bandied about in a service shop and wondered, “What does that mean?”, but smiled and nodded along? In this month’s blog, we’re exploring the meaning of ASE certification, OEM parts, and the importance of both to you, our customer. ASE is an acronym for an organization, the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. It’s the accreditation authority for the United States in auto repairs. Not every mechanic has this certification. Many beginning mechanics start out working under the direct supervision of a ASE-certified technician. As they grow, learn the trade, and seek acceptance, they may become accredited as an ASE-certified technician themselves. (Our technicians are certified.) This is im ... read more

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Top Winter Road Trip Destinations From Turlock

Top Winter Road Trip Destinations From Turlock

It’s December, and the holiday season is upon us again! COVID19 knocked out a lot of summer travel plans, and it may have you feeling a bit cooped up. If you’re looking to stretch your legs a little and see a side of the holidays that is not in Turlock, consider some of these winter road destinations! San Diego has much to offer. The Balboa Park December Nights has Christmas lights, food and drink, and free admission to all the museums! The Old Globe Theater is putting on How The Grinch Stole Christmas this year. Sadly, the Holiday Pet Parade in the Gaslamp Quarter has been postponed this year due to COVID19. If your plans include a trip in or around L.A., you might consider taking a trip to the Santa Monica Pier as well. Dressed out in holiday lights, it’s a beautiful, relaxing sight.  For those with kids wanting a White Christmas, consider Lake Tahoe or Mammoth Mountain! Both have great skiing options for you to consider. But if you’ and the kids would ... read more

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Best Safety Practices If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

Best Safety Practices If Your Vehicle Breaks Down

While the best practices of Preventative Maintenance can help you avoid most roadside breakdowns, sometimes, emergencies and accidents are just unavoidable. Do you know the steps to take if you are in an accident? There are some things you should do before you get in an accident: Consider a Roadside Assistance Membership Plan. Groups like AAA are very helpful to be in when disaster strikes, and are often included in tiers of your car insurance. Have an emergency kit. This is especially important if you decide to drive through snow in heavy winter. A first aid kit and a reflective vest would be good investments. Check for your insurance card. Make sure it is up to date and just include a copy you can give another driver in an accident. Get a good solar flashlight. You can leave one of these in your back window and let it charge all the time, and when you need power, it will be there for you. We can recommend the Goal Zero 250 for its roadside flashing settings. Once you find yourse ... read more

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Why Are Asian Vehicles So Popular?

Why Are Asian Vehicles So Popular?

At Nona’s Auto Center in Turlock, we repair over 40 different makes of automobile. But one niche of the market we’re in seems to have a lot of love from our customers, and that’s Asian vehicles (Acura, Daewoo, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota). This month, we thought we’d take a look at Asian vehicles and ask, why are they so popular in the U.S. and in California? Here’s five guesses: They’ve got style. Asian vehicles are not a very hard sell. They’re just plain sexy. Even their utility vehicles feel more stylized and interesting to drive. It’s a small wonder that their affordable compacts often wind up as street racers when better engines are available. Asian cars look like racers and feel like them, too. They're practical, efficient, dependable cars. We’re looking at Honda really intently here. People seem to love Honda cars and t ... read more

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