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Wildfire Season and Your Car

Wildfire Season and Your Car

Photo by Riley Edwards on Unsplash   Unfortunately, wildfires are wildly popular around this time of year in California. With this in mind, the conditions caused by wildfires can lead to vehicle damage if you don't take proper care of your vehicle. During June through September, there is a combination of warmer and drier weather.    Fires are more prevalent in the summer and fall since there are more frequent dry and hot winds. It tends to be riskier during September as fall begins, and the leaves, branches, and other material can dry out and become highly flammable. And just the way you take care of your home and yourself during these hot seasons, you should consider taking care of your vehicle!    H ... read more

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Camping for the New Camper

Camping for the New Camper

Image by Lawton Cook from Unsplash   Eager to enjoy your new camper at the campgrounds? Are you ready to learn some tips that will make you feel confident about using your new recreational vehicle?    Here are some tips that will help you have the best experience camping with your new camper!    Packing tips: Pack everything in totes and bins to be stored underneath the camper, but try not to overpack. Also, make sure to pack a toolbox with a trim level to avoid any uncomfortable sleeping.   Before heading out: Park the camper outside your house for two days before you leave so you can turn on the fridge and pack up. Check to make sure that everything is in working order and that you have a full tank of gas before leaving.   Towing tips: Practice pulling and backing in the camper and checking how much weight your truck can tow. Add a sway bar or install suspension airbags to safely tow your trailer and drive carefully on mou ... read more

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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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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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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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Hindsight Is 20/20: A Celebration of What We’ve Learned Over the Past 40 years.

Hindsight Is 20/20: A Celebration of What We’ve Learned Over the Past 40 years.

Since 1978, our family has been servicing vehicles in Turlock, California. Back in those days, before fuel injection was the norm, we were turning wrenches and taking care of customer cars and have been a staple of the community for nearly four generations.  Now that cars have evolved, so has our tools, technology, and training. At Nona’s Auto Care, we strive to stay up to date on the latest in automotive technology. Our technicians are ASE certified and keep up with the latest training, tools, and technology out there to help diagnose and repair your car. Many of our clients are the sons and daughters and grandchildren of our original customers from back in the ’70s. This shows what excellent customer loyalty we have, and there is a good reason for it. Our ASE certified auto mechanics on staff strive to provide the best service possible and take the time to explain what is going on with your car and what is needed for repairs to keep your vehicle on the road and in ... read more

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