Leasing vs. Owning a Car: Which is Better for You?

Other than buying a house, getting a new or used automobile is one of the most costly purchases you will make in your lifetime. If you're overwhelmed with the prospect of saving for the full price of a vehicle or getting an auto loan, there's always an option to lease.   Here are pros and cons of leasing a car as opposed to buying one.   Pros of Leasing:   It's fun to drive a new car every few years! Monthly payments are usually lower than auto loan No worries about selling and trading vehicle. A warranty is always protecting you and your vehicle   Usually, the payment on a leased car can be around 60% less than your monthly payments if you were buying the same automobile and financing with a traditional auto loan. Having a warranty is also a huge plus. It can be incredibly irritating if your new vehicle has big issues right after your warranty ends and you're left with zero coverage. Everything is covered with a lease and that appeals to ... read more

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Car

We all like our cars, mainly because they get us to where we’re going…most of the time. But some people LOVE their cars, giving them pet names, keeping them shiny and bright and keeping up with their maintenance to a fault. They’re not just a way to get from Point A to Point B, but to be a source of pride, something to puff your chest out about and show off to your neighbors. You rarely have to worry about your baby on the Interstate or on long trips. It’s ole reliable. And lookin’ good, to boot. It may sound funny, but some people give their cars gifts. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s a perfect time to reward your four-wheeled beauty with a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift. Of course, when you give your car a gift, you’re giving yourself a gift too. But here’s the bottom line, the more you love your car and take care of it, the more it will love you back. And who can argue with that? So here are a few suggestion ... read more

How to Figure Out if Your Car is Worth Keeping

Happy New Year! With commercials for the new 2018 vehicles flooding your TV screen, you may be asking yourself, “Is really cheaper to keep the car I have, or should I go for it?” At I-70 Auto Service in Kansas City, MO, we think it’s a question worth considering. One thing we know for certain is that regular preventative maintenance can extend the longevity of your current vehicle. If you own your vehicle outright, here are some items you might want to take into consideration:   Car Payments: Your car payment now = $0   The average monthly car payment in 2018 = $500   Insurance Payments: Newer cars with higher price tags generally come with higher insurance rates regardless of your driving record. Safety and security features add discounts to your rates, but newer vehicles cost more to repair or replace so it’s really a wash.     Registration and Taxes are higher on newer vehicles.   Sales Tax can be a hefty amount, dependi ... read more

What To Include in Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit

It’s December and the official start of Winter, In addition to winter weather, that means more driving in the dark. Even when you’re not on a long road trip, you want to be prepared for emergency situations. Here are some tips for keeping you and your vehicle safe on the roads this winter:     Preventative Maintenance: be sure to have your vehicle checked regularly to ensure your battery, tires, hoses, and fluid levels are as they should be. Stop by I-70 Auto Service and let our expert auto mechanics perform a maintenance check on your car. Jumper Cables: Get a good set of jumper cables and learn how to use them. Every driver in every vehicle should carry jumper cables, but you’d be surprised at how many don’t. In addition to helping you, your jumper cables can also help another in need. Flashlights: Always carry a good, strong flashlight with extra batteries. Be sure to check your batteries regularly as they lose power over time, even when not in ... read more

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