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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.

Yearly Archives: 2016

Winter Car Care to Keep You on the Road

Winter Car Care to Keep You on the Road

It’s a typical extra-moist winter start in Seattle, and we all know how quickly and unpredictably our weather can change. Massive weather events are no joke, and we need to make sure our vehicles are well-maintained and ready to go. Having some winter car care done on your vehicle can save you a trip to the mechanic’s shop. Here are some of our top tips to keep you safe on the road: Keep Your Battery in Excellent Shape As the temperatures drop, your vehicle’s battery cranking power is reduced. Did you know that at 0 degrees, the battery only produces half the cranking power it has at 80 degrees? Checking your battery should be on your winter car care to-do-list. It's simple to do.  (Your owner’s manual can walk you through the steps.) You’ll want to remove the plastic caps and check the fluid level. For maintenance-free batteries, check the charge state window at the top of the battery. Have your battery tested to see if your battery is defectiv ... read more

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Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Stress-Free

Travel Tips to Make Your Holiday Stress-Free

Over 47 million travelers will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year. Over 89% of those will be on the road.  Don’t worry, we’ve got a great list of travel tips to keep your stress levels in check. Stress-Cutting Travel Tips There is a 60% improvement in traffic between Saturday and Sunday the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you can wait to travel on Sunday, do it. Travel before 2 p.m. or wait until after 7 p.m. since the late afternoon and early evening traffic will be a nightmare. Look up your destination ahead of time to see what travel problems others have faced in previous years. Waze is a great, real-time, app to track traffic issues along your route. Do your research on holiday season traveling. Choosing a more scenic drive that adds miles to your trip may actually save you hours of driving a congested freeway. Break up long drives by selecting key places to stop along the way. Travel apps and chargers are a must-hav ... read more

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Safe Driving While Having Fun on Halloween

Safe Driving While Having Fun on Halloween

Halloween can be great fun for just about anyone. It’s a holiday for revelry and just making some great memories. Due to the fact that it takes place outside, and in the evening, safety should be the #1 priority for those celebrating October 31st.  Here is a roundup of our favorite local Halloween spots (including our favorite: a “Trunk or Treat”) plus some tips for safe driving during trick or treat season. LOCAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS Halloween Boo Bash. Lil’ ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses are going to have a frightfully good time at this annual Halloween bash at Northgate Mall. Come in costume and enjoy games, treats and a bounce house. Phinney Ridge/Greenwood Area Head north to the Phinney Ridge (Phinney Ave./Greenwood Ave.) neighborhood, and you’ll find plenty of little ghosts, goblins and other characters enjoying Halloween during this G ... read more

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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

  Buying a used car can have many benefits when done correctly. A used car is a great way to avoid the depreciation that happens with a new vehicle. Plus the cost of a used vehicle is hard to beat. Unfortunately, no one wants to get stuck with a lemon or end up paying more than it’s worth. A great used car has minimal wear and tear, so it’s essential to know what to look for before purchase. While we recommend having the vehicle inspected by a professional prior to purchase, these tips can help you weed out potential lemons or issues during the purchase process.   WALK AROUND INSPECTION Do a walk around and look for variations in pain color and finish. If you see slight differences in the paint color or finish type, it’s a sign the vehicle may have been in an accident.   During the inspection, look for paint that has bubbled up. This is a sign of rust under the paint. This is most common at the bottom of the wheel wells and at the corner of doors a ... read more

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Giving Kids Some “Brakes” With Our School Supply Drive

Giving Kids Some “Brakes” With Our School Supply Drive

While it may be hard to let go of summer, back to school season is definitely upon us. As our community’s young people gear up to get ready for another year of teachers, books and backpacks – Scott Sherman Auto Care wants to lend a helping hand for children who are lacking necessary school supplies by helping them catch some "brakes" on supplies. We value education and family and are consistently looking for ways to give back to our local community. The age-old tradition of purchasing supplies for school means that now is a great time to stock up on pencils, paper, folders and other educational tools. However, some families in our city find this part of the end of summer to be an added strain on their tight finances. To support these families in our area, Scott Sherman Auto Care is holding a “School Supply Drive to Give Kids a Brake” to benefit those in need at this time. SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE The list of products needed per child each year can be ext ... read more

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Car Maintenance for Your Summer Road Trip

Car Maintenance for Your Summer Road Trip

The Seattle weather is clearing up, kids are out of school, and thousands of people in the area are gearing up for a good old-fashioned road trip. There are so many places in Washington State that are just a car ride away that it’s tempting to see the sunny weather report and just take off. But before you pack your bags, you want to do a little car maintenance to make sure it's as ready to go as you are.  BEFORE YOU LEAVE Here are a few of our favorite maintenance tips to follow before you embark on your summer adventure.  Check oil and washer fluids. Check your car’s oil. If you are nearing the time of an oil change, it’s best to do it before your trip. Make sure your windshield wiper fluid is full in both your front and rear windows. Look at the condition of your tires. Check the air pressure in the tires and your tire wear. If one tire is lower than the rest have it checked for a nail or screw. Examine your spare tire. Look a ... read more

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3 Signs Your Car Air Conditioning Needs Serviced

3 Signs Your Car Air Conditioning Needs Serviced

The summer days are kicking in and the temperature is going up.  Is your air conditioning system ready for the warmer days?  Most people don’t know that their car air conditioning needs to be serviced until it’s too late and it’s not working at all.  But your car’s A/C system will usually give you some hints before it gets to that point. A/C ISSUES Here are 3 ways to to tell if it needs serviced: The odor coming from the air conditioning smells “off.”  This is an easy one to notice.  The odor from an A/c system that needs to be serviced might smell like mildew or just a bit strange.   The temperature varies when you are driving versus stopped. If you are at a red light and notice that the A/C temperature is blowing warmer or cooler than when you were driving, it could be a sign that the system is not working efficiently and needs to be inspected.   The setting for the A/C doesn’t match the temperature ... read more

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5 Reasons Why Your Teenager’s First Car Should Be a Classic

5 Reasons Why Your Teenager’s First Car Should Be a Classic

As graduation season and the freedom of summer approaches, car buying season continues to sneak up on unsuspecting parents, grandparents, and relatives. If your teenager hasn’t already placed a lockdown on your family car’s set of keys, you know the thrill of the open road and rolled down windows won’t keep them there for much longer. Choosing a first car for your child is more than an investment in their safety and education as a driver - it’s a major milestone in a person’s life. While they may have ideas about what car they want and how they’ll pay for it, your responsibility as a parent is to provide them with a safe, reliable form of transportation that they can use as a learning tool before moving onto bigger and better things. Widely overlooked in the “first car” category are classic American cars that, yes, need some work, but bear with us: the benefits of choosing a classic car as your child’s first may surprise you ... read more

What Can I Do If My Mechanic Overcharged Me?

While the majority of automotive mechanics are honest, hard-working professionals, there are bad eggs in every line of work. Despite the widespread adoption of the internet and the growing importance of customer reviews online, there are still some mechanics that thrive off duping unknowing motorists into paying for services that are invented, unnecessary, or much less serious than they portray them to be. If you suspect your mechanic may have overcharged you, there are a few steps you can take before things get too serious: Stay Calm and Be Polite No one enjoys an angry, rude person intruding on their workplace - even if they're a paying customer. Mechanics are people too and often very busy people at that. Escalating a situation to anger and frustration is an easy jump to make, but doing so will only put the mechanic on the defensive. Instead, ask for a detailed explanation from the person who performed the work, inquire about the differences between the final ... read more

Avoid These Costly Car Mistakes After a Snow Storm

Avoid These Costly Car Mistakes After a Snow Storm

While we're enjoying our typical extra-moist winter months in Seattle once again, anyone who has been travelling this season knows the treachery that winter weather can bring. Snoqualmie and much of the mountain west received a tremendous amount of snow fall so far this winter - over 300 inches of cumulative snowpack over Snoqualmie Pass as of February 16th! After such significant winter weather events, it's important to keep your car well-maintained and ready to go or it could end up costing you big. Here are a few ways to avoid an expensive trip to the mechanic's shop: Replace Your Hoses and Wipers Rubber hoses and seals have a tendency to break down or wear out during cold weather, which could leave a motorist stranded in dangerous circumstances. While breakdowns are unfortunate and frightening, emergency crews often consider them low priority during significant snow events with multiple acci ... read more

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