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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