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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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Our Five Favorite Car Commercials

Our Five Favorite Car Commercials

Do you know what one of our favorite things about cars is? You’re going to laugh when you find out. One of our favorite things about cars is the clever marketing that goes into their commercials. There are some fantastic car commercials that will make you burst out into laughter, make you cry, or touch your heart. That is why, in this month’s blog, we thought we would share our five favorite car commercials of all time. Lucky for us, there are so many terrific car commercials to choose from. But to be fair, we are choosing the commercials for the car brands we service and repair here at Nona’s Auto Center in Turlock. Yes, we admit it would be fun to highlight a car commercial for an exotic luxury brand, but that’s not who we represent. Instead, we are sticking to the car commercials that accurately reflect the American, Asian, and European vehicles we see on a regular basis. Subaru Barkley Family commercials -- Because they’re all so ad ... read more

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Ten Things Every College Student Should Know About Cars

means there are likely many dangers that life experience has not yet taught them, and that they will be underprepared. Time for a refresher course in the top ten things EVERY student should know about—tailored towards what a California State University student in Turlock should know! 10. The full function of the vehicle. A student preparing to leave home should know what every dial and lever on their dashboard does, and what to do about most of the warning lights and messages that they will receive. Knowing how to set the windshield wipers for any condition of rain is important, as well as how your headlights should be set up. Students should know about all the things that need replacing and the importance of paying attention to the manufacturer’s scheduled repairs. In the Turlock area, dust and pollen is the price we pay for a beautiful valley, and it’s wise to get these replaced at a minimum of once a year. 9. How to drive stick (manual). While many prefer to driv ... read more

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A Love Letter To Mother Nature

This Summer, we’ve decided to do something different, but very special. We want to show our appreciation for our customers, our community, and our planet by writing a heartfelt tribute. Please enjoy. Dear Mother Nature, We, here in California’s Central Valley, feel compelled to write you a love letter. As a farming region, we owe our livelihoods to your generous abundance of sunshine, rich soil, and wide open spaces. We love living here on this planet we call home. We want to thank you for all that you provide, including health, food, water, shelter, and so much more. At Nona’s Auto Center in Turlock, we are doing our part to show how much we love and appreciate you for supporting us. You see, we service and repair automobiles. We like to do it in such a way that we preserve the planet through environmentally-friendly business practices, hybrid vehicle service, and recycling oil. We also like to do it by reducing our carbon footprint as much as one auto repair shop ... read more

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Which Car Brands Are Best Suited For Young Drivers?

Which Car Brands Are Best Suited For Young Drivers?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a lot of teenagers and young adults are experiencing odd academic times. They had to shift to online learning, a lot of them missed their senior proms, and the entire Class of 2020 had virtual graduation ceremonies. To be fair, even though those who didn’t graduate need to continue their education, the future of exactly what their school year will look like in the Fall is unknown. These are uncertain times, indeed. Because the COVID-19 era has altered our society so drastically, we predict a few things: The family fleet of vehicles is going to get smaller. We believe that instead of one car per each driver in the household, there will be fewer cars that are shared among mom, dad, and the young drivers. After all, not many car owners are eager to have a car payment in a down economy. We have seen in recent years that Millenials and Gen Z kids are not excited about driving and owning vehicles. However, now that the family unit is together almost all of ... read more

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