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The Importance of Defensive Driving

Defensive driving is just another term for driving safe and alert on the road. Especially if you are driving during heavy traffic hours, defensive driving is a great way to protect yourself from accidents. Before you even get on the road, planning your trip and understand weather and road conditions is the first time in defensive driving. Here are some other ways to practice defensive driving:  Check your mirrors every 5 minutes or so and always be aware of vehicles around you.   Be courteous and allow other vehicles attempting to switch lanes to have the right away. Switching lanes in traffic can be dangerous and trying to fight others on switching lanes puts you at risk for an accident if the other car doesn’t see you.    Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, just in case you need to brake quickly.   Be wary of aggressive drivers who may not be paying attention to blind spots.    Make sure you follow the sp ... read more

Are Your Brakes Failing? Look Out For These Signs.

Brakes are super important when it comes to accurately controlling our vehicles on the road and staying safe. An issue with your vehicle’s brakes can sometime start small, and starting to gradually get worse over time. If you ever notice a problem with your brakes, it is important to have your vehicle looked at by your trusted local auto mechanic as soon as possible. Ignoring a small issue can turn into a larger one, that could eventually lead to brake failure and have devastating consequences.    Brake problems can manifest in many different ways, whether you notice a lack in performance or are suddenly experiencing a strange vibration while braking. Brake problems can stem from a number of different components, including brake pads or shoes, brake rotors, brake lines, and much more.    Any of the following symptoms can indicate an issue with your brakes:  Noticeable lack or decrease in brake performance Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor Brake ... read more

Planning a Road Trip? Don’t Forget to Schedule a Pre-Trip Inspection

If you’re planning a road-trip for the summer, don’t forget to plan an inspection for your vehicle. The last thing you want to do is get stuck on the road in an unfamiliar place while on your trip. Putting effort to have your vehicle properly tuned and inspected will ensure that your trip is safe and successful!    Give yourself a week or two before your trip to have your vehicle inspected by our experts. We will check vital components and make sure that there are no underlying issues that need to be addressed before a long drive.    Our experts will inspect the following:    Tires Brakes Belts & Hoses Fluids & Filters A/C System Battery A thorough look at major components will put you at ease when you finally embark on your journey. Whether you’re planning a camping trip, a trip to the beach, or a fun adventure to a theme park - make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape to handle anything.    For friendly se ... read more

Which Gas or Fuel Is Best For My Car?

So, you are low on fuel and what do you do? You find a gas station that is either close by, has the lower price, or is adjacent to the shopping center. That’s normal. But which gas or fuel is best for your car? Most people do not understand the differences between fuel octane ratings. Is Regular or Premium fuel better for your engine? If you’re not sure, check your Owner's Manual or seek advice from the friendly auto mechanics at Complete Car Care in Encinitas. When most people choose Costco, they may do so because the gas is cheaper or it’s convenient. But they often don’t understand what type of gas they’re getting. They’re getting gas that is often 30% Ethanol, which causes more damage to your car. Ethanol wrecks the insides of your car, and most people don’t realize this. Ethanol is supposed to be environmentally friendly, but it's not. Chevron often has the best quality fuel, and their prices reflect that. Shell, Mobil, and Che ... read more

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How To Find Mindfulness While Driving In Heavy Traffic

Does driving in heavy traffic sometimes make you lose your cool? Okay, let’s be honest. Do you get easily ticked off while driving around Encinitas, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, and the entire San Diego region? At Complete Car Care in Encinitas, we understand your frustration. That’s why instead of focusing on how our auto mechanics perform top auto repair services, we will discuss how to find mindfulness while driving in heavy traffic. Driving looks and feels easy, but constant distractions make commuting harder. There are a lot of gadgets inside the car, such as your GPS, playlists on your phone, the radio or CD player, your power cables, your dashboard lights, and text messages. There are distractions happening outside of the vehicle as well, like erratic drivers, brake lights, pedestrians crossing the street, motorcyclists, road signs, people waving signs, and you trying to read hard-to-find addresses. How can you ignore these ongoing distractions and find peace behind t ... read more

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Exciting Automotive Technology That’s In Development

At Complete Car Care in Encinitas, we work hard to stay up on the latest auto repair technology. Whether you’re driving the streets or flying the automotive airways of Encinitas, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe or beyond, our auto mechanics are and will be well-prepared to take care of all kinds of developing automotive technologies. And don’t blink or you’ll miss the latest developments in exciting automotive technology. If you’re into automobiles like we’re into automobiles, then you too are curious about the possibilities behind the wheel. From self-driving cars to alternative fuel vehicles to the no-longer-just-in-sci-fi-movies flying cars, hang with us here as we share just the tip of what’s in store for auto-lovers everywhere. Tesla’s self-driving cars are big-time in the news these days. Considering that Tesla is a technology company and not a car company, the automobiles they are crafting and creating are pretty incredible. One of the most ... read more

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10 Warning Signs Your Vehicle Needs Service

Complete Car Care is the go-to choice for auto repair in both Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Rancho Santa Fe. Our auto mechanics are experts are troubleshooting your vehicle, as they can identify the underlying cause of almost any issue. Due to their experience in auto repair, our team can predict when your car is in need of service. Here are ten warning signs that your vehicle needs service: Squeaky or soft breaks. When you come to a stop, it should be quiet and firm. If it’s making noise or the pedal feels soft, this can indicate a problem with your brake pads or more severe of an issue, the rotors or calipers. Don’t wait on this one. It’s not only a safety issue, but it’s also a cost issue. The longer you wait, the more damage, the more expensive. Liquids under your vehicle. Your oil and coolant are not supposed to be under your car. They’re supposed to be in it, and if there’s a deviation from that, it’s time to get it checked before you find ... read more

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Why Preventive Maintenance & Road Safety Is So Important

At Complete Car Care in Encinitas, our auto mechanics make it their mission to keep you and your family driving in a safe and secure vehicle, while out on the roads in Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, and beyond. However, you have a part to play too, as routine preventative maintenance and auto repair is imperative to securing both the safety and longevity of your vehicle. When it comes to auto repair, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you see the flash of the check engine light on your dashboard, bring your vehicle to Complete Car Care in Encinitas. This light could indicate numerous problems of varying degrees of severity. But like we said, it is always better to be safe than sorry, as ignoring the light could mean ignoring a potentially dangerous and expensive problem. The average car has 17 computers, and it takes a skilled technician to be able to interpret and analyze each one of the computers, along with all the other components in your engine. To keep these computers ... read more

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Weekend Road Trip Ideas From the Encinitas Area

At Complete Car Care in Encinitas, we want you to get out on the open road and enjoy what our community has to offer, and even the communities beyond the boundaries of Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Rancho Santa Fe. To make sure you aren’t faced with surprises worthy of auto repair during your highway adventure, our auto mechanics will quickly and accurately examine your vehicle, making sure everything is good to go. Complete Car Care in Encinitas is fortunate to be located in such a beautiful area, close to many lovely locations, including Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe. But we are only a few hours, a few hundred miles away from several other incredible places. Why not take the weekend and plan a road trip away from Encinitas? Here are some of our favorite road trip ideas:   Ensenada, Mexico: If you are searching for a true weekend getaway, Ensenada is all that and more. Ensenada is the starting place to explore Baja California, and this destination is worthy of a weekend to r ... read more

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Our Favorite Music Suggestions for Road Trips

Let The Good Wheels (And Tunes) Roll! Our Favorite Road Trip Music Suggestions Summer is coming, which means it is the perfect time to hit the open road! At Complete Car Care in Encinitas, our team is fully equipped with all your auto repair needs, and our ASE-Certified auto mechanics are on hand to help get your car ready for your road trip. Before you pass the boundaries of Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, and Encinitas, make sure you are good to go, with both a safe and secure vehicle and a road trip playlist. What is a road trip without some fun music to listen to? While our auto mechanics are servicing your vehicle, why not put together a playlist? We have some suggestions. Here are some of our favorite musical picks for a road trip: U2: This band has been around a long time. Who doesn’t love such hits as I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Mysterious Ways, or With or Without You? U2’s lead singer, Bono is an all-around amazing artist, performer, and ... read more

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