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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

Distracted Driving: Why You Should Not Risk It

3,179 were killed and 431,000 were injured in 2014 alone via distracted driving car accidents. According to distraction.gov, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.” Although using maps, radios, eating, and talking are all considered distractions, the most hazardous one is texting. Texting requires visual focus, concentration, and taking your hands off the wheel. So, please, don't text and drive. It can wait. The thing is, we can cite statistics at you all day long, but the real goal here is to prevent you from becoming one of those statistics. It’s a serious issue with a lot of arguments for and against, but distracted driving is just not worth the risk. The good news is that you're never just a statistic here at I-70 Auto Service. Our customers are part of our extended family ... read more

Top Ten Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine's Day

February! We’re already in the second month of the new year! You’ve got 14 days to plan a happy holiday for you and your sweetheart. Or, if you’d rather spend the day with the best of friends, there’s plenty of ways to show your love for those dear to you too! So in honor of St. Valentine’s day, here’s a few ways to show your significant other or even your best pal how much you care! 1. Celebrate Valentine’s Day! We thought we ought to start out with classics; flowers, chocolate, a romantic card… so you can celebrate your love on February 14th of this year. You can mix it up by baking sweet treats yourself or getting your loved one a potted plant for a reminder that will last past the winter months. 2. Take care of a few little things. Really! Maybe tidy up, fill their gas tank, or make dinner for the night. A little contribution to make your special someone’s busy day just a little calmer and a little more joyful ... read more

ASA Membership and Why It Is Important

You may be wondering what ASA membership is. ASA stands for Automotive Service Association. It is an association for auto repair shops to join. However, in order to join, auto repair shops must stand by a code of ethics. I-70 Auto Service is proud to be a part of the ASA and stand by their code of ethics and values. When you visit an ASA certified auto repair, like I-70 Auto Service, you can expect to receive the following service: ASA certified shops are expected to be attentive to each and every one of their customers. The team at I-70 Auto Service strives to provide honest and thorough service to each and every one of our customers. All repairs and services are backed by years of experience. In fact, 94% of businesses, including our auto repair shop, are family owned and operated. We strongly adhere to ASA’s code of ethics, which includes performing high quality repair at an affordable price and having a sense of obligation for each customer. ASA certified shops, inclu ... read more

Prepare Your Vehicles for Back to School

Back-to-school season is upon us. Soon, our days will be filled with busy mornings and afternoons, packed with afterschool activities. You might even be sending your child off to college, away from our hometown of Kansas City. Either way, from grade school to college, your car needs to be working in top condition. During this busy month, we rely on our car. Imagine during a busy morning driving your children to school in Prairie Village, your car breaks down. You are driving your child to college, your car is completely packed, and you feel your car slowly to stop. As you can see, it is imperative that your car is working tip-top shape. How exactly can you prepare your car for the month ahead? You can get prepared by following these easy guidelines: Do not forget about basic maintenance. Preventative maintenance goes a long way in the auto industry. Often, our team can catch problems before they even happen. Get acquainted with the owner’s manual. If you do this, you can begi ... read more

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