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Hotchkiss Auto Repair Voted Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite 2021

Hotchkiss Auto Repair Voted Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite 2021

The Hotchkiss Auto Repair Team in Denver would like to thank our outstanding customers and community yet again! We have won the coveted Neighborhood Favorite award on Nextdoor for 2021. This is the 5th CONSECUTIVE year we have won this award. These last few months have been a challenge for so many, but we are grateful for our community's loyalty and as a reflection of our dedication to excellence, our customers' support. This motivates our team to continue improving each day! Even more exciting, we are proud to win the Neighborhood Favorite award in TEN unique Denver neighborhoods. We appreciate the countless customers from across the metro area that drive passed many other repair shops to visit us. Every year, the automotive repair industry becomes more complicated and costly as technology advances, and every year, our team embraces the challenge. We here at Hotchkiss Auto Repair continue to invest in the technol ... read more

Catalytic Converter Theft Spikes in Colorado

Catalytic Converter Theft Spikes in Colorado

Over the past couple years, Denver has seen a large uptick in the amount of catalytic converter (“cat”) thefts. Denver PD reported a 1,613% increase in cat theft between 2019 and 2020. The growth trend has continued strongly through 2021. It leads us to wonder, why there is so many thefts, and why would somebody want to steal my catalytic converter? Many other cities across the nation such as Dallas, Honolulu, Missoula, Montana, Orlando, Rochester, and San Francisco are similarly reporting a large spike in vehicle and catalytic converter thefts. Oceanside Police Department in California has predicted catalytic converter thefts to rise up to 30% in the next two years. Many experts are attributing these crimes to the pandemic. With the loss of community and youth outreach programs, many at-risk youths have resorted to criminal activity. Moreover, the economic downturn, loss of jobs, and cuts to law enforcement budgets since the start of the pandemic have further flamed vehicl ... read more

Vehicle Maintenance During COVID-19

Vehicle Maintenance During COVID-19

Normal activities in a pre-COVID world are a distant memory. Many people have been able to work from home rather than commute. Others have lost employment, especially industries relating to hospitality and leisure. Some have shifted to food delivery service rather than going to the grocery store. Shopping has shifting dramatically to from brick-and-mortar retailers to online vendors. Social activities have grounded to a halt. Each of these situations have pointed to less use to automobiles.  Lower Vehicle Usage Chances are if you haven’t been commuting to work, your vehicle hasn’t been getting much, if any, use during the last year. Not driving can have its financial advantages, since you aren’t gassing up as often and may even save money on auto insurance premiums. On the flipside, a vehicle that sits idle for too long could end up building up hefty repair bills. Whether you are working from home, following social distancing guidelines, or jus ... read more

Are Winter Tires Important?

Are Winter Tires Important?

Are Winter Tires Important? Living in Colorado comes with great perks such as hiking, camping, and skiing across the state’s changing seasons. The changing weather does however require more automotive maintenance than other regions with boring climates. Tire maintenance is one of those categories. You may be asking, “why do I need to buy a whole new set of tires for winter when I just bought all-season tires during the summer? Technically, if your vehicle is 4WD, the all-season tires may be good enough, but it is recommended for safety and drivability that all vehicles, including AWD/4WD, switch to winter tires in October or November. Colorado roads are slick, and some drivers can be reckless. Although winter tires can be expensive, the cost of an accident, both human and to property, is far greater. In recent years the influx of new residents from warmer climates who are less experiences in driving in snow and sleet conditions makes defensive winter driving all the more ... read more

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The Oil Change Guide: 10 Questions Answered by Hotchkiss Auto Repair

Periodically the question comes up, “Do I need an oil change?”  Life is busy and it is never a great time to be without your car.  As you are cruising down the highway, that pesky “Maintenance Required” light comes… great timing! You also noticed your oil change reminder sticker and see that the next oil change is overdue.  It is tempting to skip your oil change or put it off for a more convenient time and it won’t be that bad right?  Wrong.   Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and it has many vital roles in protecting the longevity of your car.  Poor vehicle maintenance is the most common cause of premature vehicle failure.  Continue reading to learn more on Ten Common Oil Change Questions that will better inform you on how to best maintain your vehicle and ensure it has a long and reliable life! 1. Why does my vehicle need an oil change? Engine oil has additiv ... read more