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What is a Nationwide Vehicle Repair Warranty?

What is a Nationwide Vehicle Repair Warranty?

The Total Peace of Mind Vehicle Repair Warranty A nationwide vehicle repair warranty is just that! It's a written agreement you can use at authorized auto repair shops nationwide, no matter their locations, to fix any qualifying repairs free of charge. So when you will be traveling out of town, feel confident in the fact that any vehicle problems you might run into will not be a costly headache. Please don't get it confused, though. A nationwide vehicle repair warranty is not an extended warranty but is a valid warranty that your auto repair shop offers. You can use the contract at specific repair shops across the nation, where they will cover any repairs with quality parts and labor. The nationwide vehicle repair warranty typically is valid for 24 Months/24,000 miles of use. However, Auto Fitness has extended ours further than the average, as we will cover 36 months/36,000 miles.  Never Worry About Your Car When You're on Holiday Again There is no greater peace of ... read more

Car Symptoms That You Should Never Ignore

Car Symptoms That You Should Never Ignore

Most of the time, car problems can be detected early on by having regular inspections. Knowing the warning signs and when to take your car to an auto repair shop can save you both time and money in the long run. Read on to learn 6 critical warning signs that indicate that your vehicle is in trouble: Check engine light on: If this yellow light is flashing on your dashboard, it’s a very serious sign that your car is in critical condition. It is almost always engine or emissions related. When you see this light, please pull over and call for a tow immediately.  Weird smells: if your car is emitting a foul or burning scent while driving, don’t take it lightly. It could signify any problems with your brakes, wheels, transmission, belts, or fluids. Loud metallic screeching: This noise is often associated with your brakes and can erupt when you step on the brake pedal. You should have your brakes checked to see if any components need to be replaced.  Smoke: Any odd-l ... read more

​​How To Tell When Your Car Is Low on Transmission Fluid

​​How To Tell When Your Car Is Low on Transmission Fluid

Similar to motor oil for your engine, your transmission needs fluid to keep its transmission components cool and lubricated. You should always have clean transmission fluid to make seamless gear changes. When you have a transmission fluid leak, or your transmission fluid levels dip too low for other reasons, you may notice one or more of the troubling signs below:  Burning Smells - You run the risk of overheating whenever your vehicle runs with not enough transmission fluid. As a result, you will smell burning odors. Continuing to ignore this smell will lead to further transmission damages. Clunking Noises - You may also hear unsettling noises whenever you make gear changes. Trouble Shifting Gears - Speaking of gears, you may not be able to get your automobile into proper gear at all. In other words, your car may refuse to go into drive or reverse. Furthermore, it's very common for a troubled transmission to slip out of gear and go back into neutral in the middle of driving ... read more

The History of Automobile Airbags

The History of Automobile Airbags

Even though Airbags aren't actively used every day by drivers, they have such an essential purpose in the overall safety of your vehicle. Airbags have saved hundreds and thousands of lives, but when did they become a major safety feature in the automotive industry? And how have they affected society? As the innovation of airbags continues to be studied and improved today, let's discuss the history of how airbags came to be.   The airbag was conceptualized and created by a gentleman named Walter Linderer, who was from Germany. It had been patented as early as the 1950s; however, it was initially coined as a safety cushion back then. Unfortunately, Linderer's design failed. One major flaw was that it required a cue from the driver to inflate.   American John Hetrick wanted to make the previous design better, as he was a vehicle accident victim. Hetrick was the individual who called his design "airbag". However, the automotive industry still failed to r ... read more

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

Important Winter Driving Tips Every Car Owner Should Know

Winter can be a very dangerous time to drive in your car. But you don't have a choice if you need to go to work or run errands for the busy holiday season. There are ways that you can make driving in winter safe for yourself and those around you. Here are some important winter driving tips every car owner should know.   Windows and Mirrors Make sure that you remove all ice and snow from your windows and mirrors. You can use a windshield scraper to get rid of snow and ice or you can use a windshield defroster. You need to make sure that your windshield and mirrors are clear for you to communicate with other road users when necessary.   Windshield Wipers Before driving make sure that your wipers are not stuck to the windscreen. Also, make sure that your wiper blades are in good condition and that they press against the windscreen. This will help to wipe snow and ice from your windscreen.   Make sure there is washing fluid in your washer. You can use anti-freeze ... read more

Why You Should Repair Your Drive Axle

Why You Should Repair Your Drive Axle

Drive axles are axles on engine-powered automobiles. It is responsible for transferring the energy from the engine and torque from the transmission onto the front and/or rear wheels. Drive axles respond to your steering wheel movement to determine how much power will be distributed to the wheels. The drive axle comprises of: Constant Velocity (CV) Joints Drive Shaft Differential Universal Joint Axle Housing If the drive axle is malfunctioning, the vehicle will not move properly. Most automobile experts agree that it is unsafe to drive when your drive axle is compromised. It can lead to severe accidents and injuries. One of the most problematic parts of the drive axle is the constant velocity (CV) joint. It can suffer from poor lubrication and worn-out boots. However, the entire drive axle can also suffer from weight overload.   Symptoms Of Drive Axle Trouble Automobile owners need to understand the common problems that drive axles may face. However, it's just as crucia ... read more

4 Reasons Why You Should NOT Put Off Windshield Repairs

4 Reasons Why You Should NOT Put Off Windshield Repairs

If your windshield has suffered minor damage (small cracks or chips), have you thought about going to get it fixed soon? Now might be the time to as you could get yourself in more trouble than you previously thought. Timely windshield repair is vital for many reasons, some of which you might not even know. If you need some encouragement to visit Auto Fitness, these are some of the reasons why you shouldn't wait any longer! Reason #1 - Interfere with Driving Visibility When you neglect a chip or crack in your windscreen, several things can cause it to grow. Even if the damage isn't currently conflicting with your driving, there's a good chance it will result in that soon. Do not put yourself and your passengers' safety at risk by simply getting the necessary repairs. Reason #2 - You Can Get a Ticket According to Georgia law, it is prohibited for motorists to drive with a cracked windshield or rear window, where the crack is over 3 inches by 3 inches in size. So if yo ... read more

Is It Safe to Sleep in Your Car?

Is It Safe to Sleep in Your Car?

It's not unusual to want to stop for a nap break on a long road trip. Sometimes, long drives can take a toll on your body. There are currently no national laws that say sleeping in your car is illegal, but you can suffer some consequences depending on where you choose to park.    If you don't have expressed consent to sleep on private property (outside of your own), many cities have places that you can opt to stay for your break. There are rest areas, campgrounds, and truck stops that may allow you to take a few hours to rest. In these cases, it's always a wise idea to plan ahead your stops or rest breaks before you hit the road. We suggest keeping a list of available rest stops along your route and call ahead to ask for expressed permission.    Restful sleep may not be worth justifying with the amount of risk sleeping in your car can impose. In the very worst case, falling asleep with the engine running can cause carbon monoxide levels to skyrocket ... read more

Back-To-School Season Calls for Maintenace

Back-To-School Season Calls for Maintenace

The summertime is flying by -- we can't believe it is August already! For many of us parents, August means back-to-school season. Before you know it, our little ones will be heading back to class or beginning their next journey at college. At Auto Fitness, we recognize how hectic August can be for parents, which is why our service team wants to help ease your stress levels. We don't want you to be concerned about your vehicle during this busy month - leave it all to our technicians!   When it comes to automotive repairs, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are driving your kids around, whether to school or run errands, your children need to be protected while cruising through the busy roads. Preventive maintenance is the key to success to prevent you, your children, and your vehicle from getting hurt on the street.    Before you are in the middle of school season and swamped with never-ending to-do lists, stop by Auto Fitness. Our skillful team ... read more

How to Customize Your Car

How to Customize Your Car

Having your own car is an exciting concept, and it should be celebrated. You can deck out your vehicle and do almost anything you want to it! Your vehicle is unique to you, so you should design it and add all the cool gadgets you want to meet your needs. These are some of our ideas on how to spice up your car:   Upgrade Your Sound System in Your Car If you often depend on your stereo for entertainment on your daily commute, then you should look to invest in a new stereo system in your car. Perhaps new speakers could amplify and enhance your overall listening experience. With an upgraded stereo system, your sing-alongs in the car will be turned up to a whole other level.   Get Matching Seat Covers and Floor Mats Adding seat covers is a simple and effective way to customize your car, especially if you want to preserve your interior. Seat covers can protect your interior from spills and sun damage. You'll be thankful for the extra layer of protection. In addition to se ... read more

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