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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.

 

How much does it cost to repair a coolant leak?

Is your vehicle leaking coolant?  Are you wondering how much it is going to cost to repair it?  Well, that is a great question.  There are numerous things that could be causing this leak.  It could be a loose hose, or a leaking hose.  Your radiator could have sprung a leak.  It could be as simple as a loose connection.  If your vehicle is leaking coolant it is best to get it check out as soon as possible, repair a leak, is going to be a lot less expensive than the repair would be if you overheat your vehicle.  Give us a call, and we will get you in as soon as possible.  One of our mechanics will inspect and test your cooling system to pinpoint this issue.  We will then let you know what the repair is going to cost, get the parts, and repair the leak.  We will have you back on the road in no time.

 

How much does a Tune – Up cost.

Is your vehicle running rough, and are you wondering how much a tune-up will cost?  This really is a great question!  In the old days a tune-up was pretty straight forward, and on some of the older vehicles it still is.  Spark plugs, Wires, Cap and Rotor, and you were good to go.  Unfortunately with newer vehicles it’s just not that simple.  If your Check Engine light is on we will need to diagnose what the codes mean, and what they lead us to.  If your vehicle is running rough, and the Check Engine light isn’t on we will need to visually inspect the tune up parts, and test drive it.  So the cost is really going to depend on the year, make and model of your vehicle, and it’s symptoms.  Computers are amazing, but sometimes they make things a bit more difficult to repair.

 

How much does it cost to have my vehicle inspected?

Are you going on a road trip and wondering how much an inspection on your vehicle would be?  Well, the good news is, that at Long’s Car Care Center, we perform what we call a Pre Road Trip inspection for FREE!!!!  We want you to have an enjoyable vacation, and we know that there is nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere.  We suggest having this inspection done at least a couple of weeks before you plan on leaving so just in case there is any work to be done, you would have plenty of time to get it done, and not be under the gun and stressing out.