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My headlights are foggy!

Are your headlights foggy making it hard to see at night?  This happens to all of us over time.  Depending on where you live it can happen fairly quickly, especially if you are in an area with a lot of dust and or saltwater.  We can take care of this for you and have your headlights looking brand new.  Now that the days are getting shorter, we are driving more in the dark, and we need to be seen, and to see, so anything we can do to make this happen is important.  You won’t believe what a difference a buffed out headlight can make to your visibility.  Give us a call at 425-481-1739 and we will get you into the shop, and have those headlights buffed out in now time.

 

Back to School

Do you have a student that is going back to school?  Are they taking a vehicle with them, across the state, several states, or even the country?  If so, we would like to offer you peace of mind, by performing a FREE vehicle inspection before they leave.  We will check all of the belts, hoses, brakes, exhaust system, A/C system, cooling system, suspension…even the tires.  Having your child drive off to school where you don’t see them every day isn’t easy..I know, but knowing that their vehicle is in good repair, does help give you peace of mind.  Nothing is worse than getting that phone call “Help, I’m broke down”  and it always in the middle of NO where!!  Don’t let that happen to your student, give us a call, and we will get them in ASAP..we will also set up a time for them to come back in next time they are home, so that we can check everything again!!  We don’t want you to ever have to worry about the vehicle they are driving, we will take care of it for you!

 

 

 

Road Trip Inspection

Are you getting ready for that one last road trip of the summer?  If so, let’s get you in here so we can do a FREE Road Trip Inspection.  We want to give you peace of mind, so that you can relax and enjoy your trip, and not have to worry about your vehicle’s health.  We will check all of your belts, hoses, fluids, brakes, suspension, A/C and cooling system.  We will check the strength of your battery, and if needed make sure that your trailer brakes are in good shape.  We will also check your tires, including our spare.  Nothing is worse than getting a flat tire, and then finding out that your spare is flat also.  We will call you if there are any items that should be taken care of before you leave on your trip.  So, give us a call, make an appointment, and be off on your road trip!

 

Can I take my new car to any repair facility?

Can I take my new car to any repair facility?  Yes you can.  Federal Law prohibits new car dealers from implying or denying warranty service because of routine scheduled maintenance was performed at an independent repair facility.  We have customers that buy new vehicles upon occasion, and nine times out of ten they are led to believe that the dealership has to do all the work on their vehicle or they will void their warranty.  This just isn’t true.  So feel free to bring you new vehicle to use for you scheduled maintenance and any repair that may need to be done.  We will be happy to take care of your new prized possession!!

 

Auto Repair shop in Woodinville

Are you looking for a auto repair shop in Woodinville?  If so we invite you to come and visit our shop.  Meet us, our manager Ian, and our Crew, Paul, Rob and Brian.  A little bit about us, my husband, Randy, started this shop 30 years ago.  I joined the company 20 years ago.  We are the only AAA approved repair facility in Woodinville and have been for 28 years.  We treat our customers with integrity and compassion.  We understand that your vehicles are very important to you, plus they are a big investment.  We keep in depth maintenance records on every vehicle that we see, so that we can make sure that they are being maintained properly.  Our goal is to keep you vehicle running in tip top shape for as many years as you want to own it.  We do a vehicle health assessment every time you visit us, when we finish this we email the results to you, including pictures so that you can see what we have found.  We want to build a great relationship with all of our customers, and we do our best to do this.  So please, if you are looking for a great shop to take your vehicles, please come and meet us!

 

Who works with Fleets in Woodinville?

Are you looking for a repair facility to work on your fleet of vehicles in Woodinville?  We would like to invite you to visit our shop, meet us, our crew, and get a tour of our facility.  We work with quite a few fleets right now, including the City of Woodinville, Puroclean, Eastside Exterminators, and Eastside Insulation, just to name a few.  We have years of experience working with different companies, we understand how important a quick turn around is to you.  We keep extensive maintenance records, and remind you when oil changes and maintenance are due, so that you don’t have to worry about that.  We do a full vehicle health assessment every time one of your vehicle’s visits us.  This way we stay on top of brake wear, fluid levels, shocks and struts, belt wear, etc.  We know you don’t like surprises, so we want to keep an eye on these things to prevent unexpected downtime.  Hope to meet you soon!!

 

Want Free Oil Changes for Life?

Would you like FREE oil changes for Life?  Join our Lifetime Maintenance Program and you can.  This is a brand new program that we just introduced here at Long’s.  If you sell your vehicle, you can transfer the Lifetime Oil Change Plan to your new vehicle.  If it takes a more expensive package, you just pay the difference.  Fight inflation, as the price of oil and parts increase, they never will for you!  Gain peace of mind.  Have your vehicle inspected on a regular basis so that you can maximize reliability and performance.  The Lifetime Maintenance Club provides many valuable benefits:  1.  Free oil and filter changes. 2.  Multi point vehicle inspection. 3.  Maintenance service reminders.  5.  Free fluid top offs, brake, power steering, and washer fluid.  6.  Free shuttle service.  This is a great program, that we are proud to offer our customers.

 

It’s Road Trip Time!!

That’s right, summer is finally here, and that means it’s Road Trip Time!!  If you are going on a road trip, make sure to give us a call for a FREE pre-road trip inspection!  We want to make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape, before you take off on your adventure.  We will inspect all of you fluids, brakes, belts, hoses, suspension, charging system, and towing system, if needed.  So make an appointment at least a week before your trip.  That way if anything is needed you won’t be up against the wall to get it done.  Hope to see you soon.

 

When is it too hot to leave a dog in a car?

Every summer it seems people ask, when is it too hot to leave a dog in a car?  In my opinion any time it’s over 50 degrees.  That might seem low to some, but here in the Pacific Northwest, the temperature can increase fairly quickly.  I can be cloudy and cool one minute and the next the sun in blazing and it’s hot.  It’s just not worth the risk.  I like to bring my pup to work with me, but I make sure that I am going straight there, and have no stops to make, not even quick ones.   Quick stops, can turn into unplanned long ones, in the blink of an eye, and I don’t want to take that chance.  So if you know you have to make some stops, leave your pooch at home where he/she is safe.  I would hate to have something tragic happen.  Also, Long’s Car Care Center is a pet friendly shop, so feel free to bring you pup in for a visit.

 

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How much does it cost to have my transmission fluid changed?

When was the last time you had your transmission fluid changed?  Was it more than 30,000 miles ago?  If so you should get it changed sooner rather than later.  If it has been a long time, please make sure that a qualified technician checks it before it is changed.  If the fluid if really dirty and burnt, you probably are going to want to leave it, especially if the vehicle has high mileage.  Why?  Because over time the fluid breaks down and form a type of shellac on the interior of the transmission.  If you take out the old fluid and put clean fluid in, the clean fluid is going to act as a detergent and clean the shellac off, and at this point it could cause major damage, including losing the transmission.   This is why we recommend replacing your ATF every 30,000 miles, before it gets dirty, to prevent this from happening.  We want your transmission to run smoothly for years, and years.  As far as the cost of the service, it’s really going to depend on the year, make and model of your vehicle.  Give us a call, and we will answer this question for you.