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Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Drivers

It’s November and the holidays are just around the corner. Did you know that Thanksgiving is the busiest road-trip holiday in the U.S.A? At I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Here are some safe-driving tips to help make that happen:     Buckle up. Slow down. Be patient. Don’t drive after drinking. Stay rested and alert. Obey the traffic rules. Pay attention to what you’re doing, leave your cell phone alone. Make frequent stops. Rotate drivers or stop and rest if you’re feeling sleepy. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows. If you have car trouble, pull as far off the road as far as possible and use flares. Have your vehicle winterized at I-70 Auto Service. This Thanksgiving, remember the roads are extra crow ... read more

How to Dress Up your Car For Halloween

October is a fun-filled month, especially for the kids. One of our favorite holidays is Halloween, and we thought we’d share a few ideas about how to dress up your car for the occasion.   For those of you who attend Trunk-or-Treat events at your church or school, here are some decorating ideas for the trunk of your car or truck:     If you want a cool DIY decorating project that will transform your truck, check out the cool things this gal has done:     If you want more Halloween decorating ideas for your cars, check out these photos:     Now that you’re all set with Halloween decorations for your vehicles, there’s one more thing to consider:  Car Safety. You want to be extra sure that your headlights, brakes, and tires are in top form on your vehicle so you can avoid any collisions with little ghosts, scaredy cats, multitasking trick-or-treaters, or distracted drivers. To make sure your vehicle is driving safely, bring ... read more

The Aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: What it Means for the Purchase of your Next Car

  In the aftermath of the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, we are going to find ourselves faced with a flood of water-soaked cars on the market. These cars were damaged by the intense flooding caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Hurricane Irma in August and September of 2017. Roughly, over half a million cars were damaged by the hurricanes, which will create both a need for car-buyers and an opportunity for dealers and auto insurance companies alike. Many of these flood-damaged cars will be fixed and placed back on the market, and many buyers will jump at the opportunity to purchase one of these often less-expensive vehicles.   However, we must be wary of these flooded cars. Often, they are camouflaged as just another used car and are transported to areas not affected by flooding. The trouble with these cars is that water can permanently damage many aspects of the vehicle that the average car buyer overlooks, including the electrical s ... read more

Autonomous, Self-Driving Cars are The Future

Autonomous cars or self-driving cars are the cars of the future. If you’re like us, you probably dreamed of flying cars since you were a kid. But who would have dreamed autonomous, self-driving vehicles would become a reality within our lifetime? It’s amazing, isn’t it?   Autonomous cars are all the rage. Google started the buzz of self-driving cars as they mapped out the world. Now Apple, Microsoft, BMW, Ford, Tesla and 39 other companies are trying to break into the autonomous vehicle market. You know you’re onto something big when high-tech companies are scrambling to offer up the car of the future to the masses. These are exciting times, for sure.   So what do these self-driving vehicles mean to us in the future? What happens when autonomous cars no longer require human hands, human eyes, and human cognitive abilities to steer, stop, and park themselves? These cars of the future are going to change many aspects of our daily lives, and the I ... read more

Essentials for a Road Trip with your Family

  Family road trips are ripe with opportunity for creating happy memories, but can also quickly become a catastrophe if when you’re not prepared! The hot summer sun has been known to inspire cranky attitudes among even the calmest kids, and when the kids call for every single rest stop from point A to B, it can be taxing on the driver and extend the trip by hours! At I-70 Auto Service, we like to be prepared for anything! So we’ve come up with a list of essentials for what to bring, plan, and prepare on your family’s next big road trip!   What to Bring There are a thousand and one things you could pack into the family van and hope for the best. We’ve narrowed it down for you to a few absolute must-haves for the car. First off, bring sunscreen. Driver’s side arm burn can be a pain for anyone exposed. On top of that, if you’re planning any rest stops or beach stops along the way, you want to have some sunscreen on hand. The last thing an ... read more

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit I-70 Auto Service

We won’t dance around it. At I-70 Auto Service, you’re getting some of the best auto care around. Our team has invested the time and energy it takes to build a great business, where you can count on us to provide you with car repair and maintenance you can rely on. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should visit I-70 Auto Service today!   5. Convenience. We do everything we can to make car care and repair easy and stress free for you. If you need a lift to work or back home? We have shuttle services. Need a car to get around for the day? We have loaner vehicles. If you’re in a hurry, you can drop off your car with us and pick it up once repairs are complete. We’ll reach out to you to keep you informed every step of the repairs process, so you won’t need to call and ask to find out information. And finally, we’ll explain why each repair is needed, and work with you on your timeline to make a plan that is beneficial for both you and your vehicl ... read more

A Mechanic Faces the Age of the Self-Driving Car

Joe Sevart, an auto technician turned business owner in Kansas City, Missouri, talks about the future of servicing more advanced vehicles. The Model T automobile, produced by Ford Motor company in 1908, cost just $850 at the time. While it wasn't the first automobile on the market, it was the most affordable option for many Americans, which in turn put more drivers on the road. With the arrival of those cars came a need for a new kind of worker: people who could fix automobiles. It was a job that could provide a decent income and didn't require a college degree. Automobile technology has advanced measurably since those days, so much so that tech giants such as Google, Tesla, and Uber are fighting to get Americans out of the driver’s seat by way of ... read more

Is Your Car’s Air Conditioning Blowing Hot?

It gets hot and humid in Kansas City. Is your vehicle’s air conditioning blowing hot, or not working at all? We all know how miserable it can be when your air conditioning isn’t working correctly, and you’re trying to stay comfortable in your car while driving around Kansas City. Lucky for you, the I-70 Auto Service team has the right solution for getting the A/C system in your vehicle operating as it should. Here at I-70 Auto Service, we have done a lot of research on automotive air conditioning system, and we’ve made some conclusions. Older methods of servicing A/C systems in your car can be time-consuming, inconvenient, and costly. To combat this, we’ve invested in the Bullseye Leak Detection System, and it’s the latest thing out. Here is a video explaining what the Bullseye Leak Detection System is and what it can do. The I-70 Auto Service team is excited to have this tool, for it makes leak detection in automotive A/C systems go much faster, wh ... read more

Frequently Asked Questions about Car Repair

At I-70 Auto Service, we have a lot of experience answering questions about auto repair and car care. For this month’s blog, we thought we might share with you some of the most frequent questions we hear. How often should I get an oil change/new tires/ new wiper blades/ etc? There seems to be a lot of misinformation and conjecture about what maintenance is required and how often. The best place to check for this is your car’s manual: it will tell you exactly what mileage or time frame your car needs for service. Beyond that, there are a few rules of thumb you can go by to keep your car in the best shape. Here’s a neat little chart to answer your questions! Maintenance or ServiceTime Frame or Mileage Oil Change 3,000 - 5,000 miles New Tires 25,000 - 50,000 miles Wiper Blades 6 to 9 months Serpentine Belt Replaced by 90,000 miles Timing Belt Replaced between 60K - 105K miles Cabin Filter Replaced onc ... read more

Getting Your Car Ready for Spring Weather

As car owners, we are often aware of our car’s needs during the transition to Winter weather. However, drivers don’t often consider all the variables when it comes to their car’s performance in the Spring. Take some hints from the automotive maintenance experts over at I-70 Auto Service, because we’ve got some advice to help you rolling safely in the sunshine! Check your tires! Are they in good shape? Proper alignment? Now is the time to switch out your winter tires for their summer counterparts, Inspect places that may have taken a beating through the winter months. Your suspension may have damage from potholes or you might have chips, scratches, and cracks on your windshield. Running your car through the wash or washing it yourself could help you identify small dents and scratches that come from the normal wear and tear on a car. Refill. Refill your motor oil, wiper fluid, gas tank, coolant, check it all. Some may be hesitant to trudge out in the cold wind ... read more

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