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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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Planning a Last-Minute Road Trip with Your Dog? Here’re Some Things to Know

Planning a Last-Minute Road Trip with Your Dog? Here’re Some Things to Know

With the days still hot and the sky still clear, there’s just enough time for one last summer road trip. And what better companion than your loyal, furry friend? Travelling with dogs can be an unforgettable experience. Just make sure you know what to expect before you hit the road. Plan Ahead: With the stress of coordinating hotel reservations, packing lightly, and planning for the kids, Fido’s needs might escape your radar. That’s why it’s important to plan for your dog in advance. Make sure you know the answers to questions that will affect your trip. When does your dog typically need to go outside? What are your dog’s eating habits? Are your hotel accommodations dog-friendly? These questions affect everything from how often you should start looking for rest stops to the price of your reservations. Lucky for dog owners, there are websites to make planning easier. Find dog-friendly hotels and services with Bring Fido at ... read more

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The Car Wash Debate: The Pros and Cons of At Home vs Professional Cleaning

The Car Wash Debate: The Pros and Cons of At Home vs Professional Cleaning

On a hot July day, little is more pleasing to the eye than a sparkling clean car. But what’s the best way to clean your car? Is a trip to the car wash better than half an hour with a sponge and bucket? Most car owners prefer one option over the other, but who is right? The answer might surprise you.  Home Car Washes Home car washes can be tempting for some car owners, especially for those looking to save money. Why bother with a trip to the car wash if all you need is a sponge, hose, and bucket of soap? After all, most car owners know their car better than an automated cleaning machine ever could. For some people, the experience of scrubbing off the grime on a pleasant summer day is well worth the extra time it takes.   Store Car Washes These reasons are all valid, but professional car washes also have some benefits. First, they save time. From do-it-yourself car washes to automated machines, the in-store option is undeniably f ... read more

Three Great Car Shows for Dad this Father’s Day

Three Great Car Shows for Dad this Father’s Day

Summer is finally in full swing, and that means Father’s Day is almost here. What better way to celebrate Dad than a car show? Here are three great options to give Dad a Father’s Day he’ll remember. Father’s Day Car Show and Chili Cook-Off - Burien Does your dad like classic cars from the 50s and 60s? If yes, head on down to Burien Town Square Park (480 SW 152nd St, Burien) for a blast to the past. On June 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, impressively restored cars will decorate Southwest 152nd street. Classic throwbacks and greatest hits will also be playing. Plus, you can bring the whole family to enjoy local Burien eats or try your hand in the chili cook-off. Visit the website here to plan your day at this fun-filled event. Fenders on Front Street - Issaquah If Dad prefers vintage cars and wants to compete in the car show, buckle up ... read more

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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