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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.

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Scott Sherman Auto Care is Helping Families This Winter by Hosting a Coat Drive

Scott Sherman Auto Care is Helping Families This Winter by Hosting a Coat Drive

Since 1952 Scott Sherman Auto Care has been earning the trust of our local Seattle communities by giving the best service possible and giving back to the community.  The number of homeless in Seattle has risen 19% since last year, with 3,800 people sleeping outside.   The frigid weather is here, and a decent winter coat is vital for day-to-day survival.  Many people lack enough warm clothing to stay protected throughout winter, and Scott Sherman Auto Care is holding a winter coat drive to benefit those in need during this time of year.   Families with children make up 35% of the Seattle area homeless population. Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.&rdquo ... read more

Holiday Gift Guide For Car Enthusiasts

 Holiday Gift Guide For Car Enthusiasts

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 bra ... read more

Prepping for that Thanksgiving Drive Home

Prepping for that Thanksgiving Drive Home

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. 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. 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 spe ... read more

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

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

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 ... read more

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Breakdown: Roadside Tips for Teens and College Drivers

Breakdown: Roadside Tips for Teens and College Drivers

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 situat ... read more

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Driving Safety

Got a New Car? Make Sure You Have a Solid Maintenance Plan

Got a New Car? Make Sure You Have a Solid Maintenance Plan

You just bought a new car – this is an exciting moment for anyone. But to make sure you get the most out of your investment, you'll want to develop a maintenance plan to keep your car in good working condition. So where do you start? Developing a Maintenance Plan The first step is to find a mechanic or shop that you can rust. Talk to friends and family for their recommendations. Try to find one that will work within your budget and is close to your home in case of an emergency. The next step is to consult your new vehicle’s owner’s manual – some brands recommend maintenance at different mileage milestones or based on driving conditions. Any maintenance plan should be based on the recommendations contained within the vehicle’s manual and include the following items. Tires. Make sure they are properly inflated to the manufacturer's specified pressure. Tire gauges are cheap and easy to use. Tires should be re ... read more

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How to Get Better Gas Mileage

How to Get Better Gas Mileage

Summer is prime time for road trips. So with all of that driving, it's a great time to look at different ways to improve the gas mileage in our cars. Regular Vehicle Maintenance The largest and most important item to look at when trying to improve gas mileage is the car’s engine. In addition to extending the life of the engine, proper and timely maintenance will allow you to get more miles per dollar spent on gas. Addressing small issues as soon as possible will also prevent them from turning into bigger (and more expensive) issues later. The three specific areas to maintain for great gas mileage are the emission control system, the air filter, and the spark plugs. Emission Control System. If the oxygen (O2) sensor in the emission control system goes bad, your gas mileage can drop as much as 40%. If the O2 sensor is malfunctioning, it may be falsely alerting that there is too much oxygen in your exhaust when there really isn&rsqu ... read more

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Do You Share Our Love for American Cars?

Do You Share Our Love for American Cars?

Do You Share Our Love of American Cars? It’s no surprise that we have a passion for American cars and the people who drive them. For 65 years, our mission at Scott Sherman Auto Care has always been to provide the most professional, complete and personal automotive care in the Pacific Northwest. We do that not just because it’s good business and great customer service, but because our hearts beat to the pulse of American craftsmanship, dedication, and ingenuity.  The Pioneers of American Cars As the birth of our great nation approaches, we take the time to thank those who came before us. William C. Durant’s pioneering days in the development of General Motors and founding of Chevrolet paved the way for some of the most beautiful American machines on the market. Henry Ford’s incredible automobile ingenuity began with the invention of a Quadricycle, a four wheeled bicycle carriage. His foundation work in the Detroi ... read more

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Classic Cars

Air Conditioning: Staying Cool on Road Trips This Summer

Air Conditioning: Staying Cool on Road Trips This Summer

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and both kids and parents alike are looking forward to summer break. I bet many of you have already plotted out some vacation time whether it be camping, taking a road trip or visiting somewhere new. Before you start finalizing all those details and packing your bags, have you taken a moment to consider whether your car is ready for the journey awaiting your family? Warmer weather is almost here and your vehicle could easily become an unhappy place to be if your air conditioning isn’t performing optimally. Drivers don’t often think about the state of their heating and air conditioning until something has already gone wrong. However, this part of the car needs to be regularly serviced just as much as other vital components. If you are uncertain whether or not your A/C unit is up for the challenge, or if it’s starting operating in a way that isn’t typical, it’s time to bring it in for service. Her ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Car Maintenance for Spring

Car Maintenance for Spring

Now that the weather is starting to warm up and even out, the urge to tidy, organize and clean comes upon us all. Amid all the decluttering, garage clearing, and window cleaning – don’t forget to invest some time in your car! Spring cleaning is more than just airing out the house.  Our vehicles could also benefit from a bit of TLC with some basic car maintenance this Spring. Car Washing Whether you pull the car into the driveway or invest in a local car washing service, take some time to do a thorough wash and wax to remove all the winter buildup and grime. Plus, all the salt that builds up on your car in the winter needs to be removed. Not paying attention to those details could lead to rusting or other finish issues. Interior Now that it’s not freezing outside, there is no good excuse to avoid cleaning out the interior of your car. Besides, all the build-up from winter is probably bringing down your mood ... read more

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Car Maintenance