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At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This commitment to your vehicle doesn't stop when you leave our facility.

In this section of our website, you will find tips and news that you can use to help you maintain your vehicle and keep you driving safely and comfortably. Be sure to check back as these tips and news will be updated regularly.

 

Holiday Gift Guide For Car Enthusiasts

Posted on 12/15/2017

December

Sometimes it’s tough to buy the perfect gift for the car enthusiast in your life. We’ve taken the guessing game out of it by giving you some of our favorite gadgets, gift basket ideas, and more! 

Organization Enthusiast
There’s nothing more frustrating than having the backseat full of junk. Keeping things organized and stylish can be a hassle. This backseat leather organizer by PALMOO is both stylish and affordable! 

For those who want to organize the front seat for work and travel, this organizer from Think Clean Car really makes work on-the-go super easy. 

A personal favorite way to keep the gap between your front seats neat and tidy is to use the Drop Stop seat gap filler. There are lots of options to choose from and different brands to try, but the original is still a big favorite.

Off-Road Enthusiast
In snow and mud where a high lift jack would be unstable, the inflatable X-Jack kit may be just what you need. 

This bungee cord kit is one of the best we’ve seen on the market. Affordable, durable and heavy duty, and it comes with its own storage bag. 

Your off-roader may need a new update to their emergency survival gear kit. This ten-in-one is a fan favorite, but our favorite is the compact edition in the waterproof bag that includes a multi-purpose tool. 

Gadget Lover
Aftermarket rear-view cameras are popular this year. One of our favorites is the Auto-Vox M6 dash cam backup camera kit with motion detection, night vision, and waterproof system.

What about this gadget to turn your car into a Bluetooth receiver for hands free wireless talking and music streaming? Besign’s BK01 Bluetooth 4.1 has received rave reviews for their product. 

This Portable Car Jump Starter and Battery Booster Pack is a favorite gadget for our fellow car geeks. As a bonus it also includes USB and laptop charging options. 

Book Lover
There are many great books out there. This Classic Cars  book is a huge favorite. 

If your car enthusiast also loves puzzles and trivia, why not consider the Car Enthusiast Adult Activity Book

Great Stocking Stuffers
This durable wristband magnet ensures that bolts and nuts won’t go all over the place. It’s also a great place to store small metal tools that are needed for the job at hand. 

There’s nothing more luxurious than a pair of driving gloves. This leather set is both luxurious and practical since its built for touch screen texting.

Car Care Kits
Meguiar has a highly rated quality care kit. It comes with everything your car enthusiast could want. 

Turtle Wax has an ICE Premium 8-Piece Car Care Kit that may entice your car-lover. 

We hope this list has given you some great ideas for the car lover in your life. Happy Holidays from us at Scott Sherman Auto Care. Our Fall Special is still in full swing for a basic oil service, tire rotation, an inspection, and two new wiper blades for $59.99. It’s only available until Christmas day! 

Prepping for that Thanksgiving Drive Home

Posted on 11/13/2017
November

Each year nearly 50 million people take to the road over the Thanksgiving holiday. That can mean crowded roads, frayed nerves, and travelers that are a bit crankier than usual. There are ways that you can avoid the stress, and we’ve got the tips to help you.

  1. Give yourself time to plan: When you wait until the last minute to begin your preparations you increase the likelihood that you’ll overlook an important detail or forget something that will make the trip easier. As you map your route, allow plenty of travel time. You may run into unanticipated delays along the road. If your schedule is flexible, avoid the heaviest travel days. Traveling on off days may save time in the long run.
  2. Give your car a little love: Before you pack up the family truckster, have your mechanic give it a good look. Small maintenance tasks like checking tire pressure, having the oil changed, and looking for frayed belts can help you avoid getting stranded on the road. Remember that you’ll be spending a lot of time in your car so starting out with a squeaky clean cabin will get the trip off to a good start.
  3. Prepare for the unexpected: It’s unlikely you’ll find yourself in an emergency situation, but if the unexpected does occur, having the right supplies can be a lifesaver. Be sure to include a fully stocked first-aid kit, blankets (if you are traveling in cold weather), working flashlights, a charged cell phone, and other standard automobile emergency supplies. As you prepare for the trip, create a checklist to avoid leaving out important items.
  4. Get fully charged: Phones, tablets, e-books, and video games should all be gassed up and ready to go. When you have multiple passengers competing for the charging ports, developing a plan to allocate charging time can avoid arguments. Investing in a converter that allows multiple people to charge simultaneously may be worthwhile
  5. Stock up on snacks and entertainment: To avoid a car full of hungry travelers, have plenty of healthy drinks and snacks on board. Be sure to pack plenty of entertainment options. Create a special playlist or choose an audiobook that the whole family will enjoy. Take advantage of phone apps that provide information on radio stations that are available on your route, rest stop locations, and special points of interest.

Preplanning your trip is the best way to ensure that it is fun for the whole family. Once you are on the road, remember that safety comes first. Drive defensively and take breaks when you need to. Enjoy the ride and happy holidays!

Tips from the Scott Sherman Crew for National Fall Car Care Month

Posted on 10/17/2017

car care tips from our crew

October is a wonderful month in the Pacific Northwest for transitions. Here in Seattle, the leaves turn bright fall colors, the air blows a crisp breeze and we get to enjoy some sunny days before the rain begins. It’s the perfect transition time between the lazy days of summer and the busy holiday months ahead. October also happens to be National Fall Car Care Month.  It's a great time to make sure your car is ready for the cooler weather.

The crew at Scott Sherman Auto Care came up with their favorite tips for preparing your car for the changing season. Read on for some recommendations form Jeremy, Chris and Andy.

Tips from Jeremy

1.  Mix up Homemade deicer.  Put a mixture of 1 to 1, rubbing alcohol and water in a squirt bottle.  It melts ice off car windows in a snap.

2. If you go over the pass make sure to have winter formulated windshield washer fluid.  This will ensure it won't freeze in the bottle and be at the ready as you need it.

3.  Make sure to have your winter tires put on before the threat of snow. Alternatively, store chains in your car so you will have them ready. Nothing is worse than getting caught in a sudden snow fall.    

Tips from Chris

1. Ensure you have good wiper blades and a clean wind shield.  Smearing or streaks usually happen because of a dirty windshield.

2.  Have your battery checked before the temperature gets below freezing.  Cold weather puts the battery under its highest stress and if it's marginal, the cold could push it over the edge. 

3.  Fall is also a good time to have your cooling system checked for freezing point and corrosion.  A proper functioning system will help with defrosting, heating, and ensure your engine won't freeze at night in a deep cold spell.

Tips from Andy

1. Keep an emergency or preparedness kit in your car in case of avalanche closure or delay if you plan to travel over the pass.  Kits should have blankets, water, snacks, flashlight, batteries, and maybe a portable phone charger.  Cards or a book are a good addition to help pass the time.

2.  As the temperature changes and cools off, keep an eye on your tire pressure.  The change in temperature can affect your tire pressure.  Most tire monitoring systems only look for a difference from tire to tire, so if they all go low at the same time it may not warn you.

3.  Wash your car often.  Winter months bring wet and salted roads. The salting creates a large amount of debris and dirt on a car.  Washing it will help keep the paint nice and avoid corrosion or moss that can damage the finish.

Final Thoughts on Car Care

Looking for additional tips for car care as we move into the winter months? We’ve got more winter car advice on our blog. Or just give us a call at (206) 745-5886 to book a time to bring your car into the shop for our Fall Special for $59.00 and we will make sure your vehicle is ready for the colder months.

Breakdown: Roadside Tips for Teens and College Drivers

Posted on 09/26/2017

breakdown tips for teens and college students

Fall is here and that means back to school for young people of all ages. For teens and college kids, back to school time means more time on the road in their vehicle. Driver education classes teach the basics of driving rules and regulations.  But it's often up to the parents to teach young people what to do if they experience a breakdown and get stuck on the side of the road.  Here are some tips you can pass on to the young driver in your life.

Breakdown Tips

  •  Pull the car over to a safe location as soon as you suspect something is wrong. Usually that means the right side of the road, but sometimes you can also pull into a parking lot. Make sure the location is accessible so that a tow truck can find you, but also safe.
     
  • Turn on your hazard lights as soon as possible. After you’ve pulled over to a safe location, turn on those hazards. Especially on highways, it’s difficult for other fast-moving vehicles to gauge the situation of others on the road. Your hazard lights warn other drivers to be careful as they pass by.
     
  • Make sure you have a charged phone on hand. You don’t want to be stranded without a phone or one that has a dead battery. Bringing a charger on a long road trip will help prevent this. And if your phone battery is low, use it as little as possible so you can communicate with a tow truck or call others to help.
     
  • Have your AAA or roadside assistance number with you at all times. If you were issued a card, make sure it’s in your wallet, the glove compartment of your car, or have the number programmed into your phone.
     
  • If you need to leave your car, use the door on the opposite side of the roadway to exit and enter your vehicle. Usually it’s safer to stay with the car if you are pulled over in a safe place in an area of high traffic. 
     
  • Have an emergency kit on hand in case you are waiting a while. Some items to include in the kit are a flashlight, snacks, bottled water, first aid kit and blanket. 

Final Thoughts

No one, including young people, likes to imagine having a breakdown by the side of the road. But most of us will find ourselves in that situation sooner or later and being prepared ahead of time can make all the difference in how your young driver handles the situation.

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