Perhaps we’ve all been there… driving along on snow or ice. We hit our brakes, but nothing happens. The car just continues to move forward. Obviously, in certain conditions, even the best brakes and tires will not stop the car, but don’t let bad tires or worn brakes be the cause of your next accident! It’s important any time of year, but especially in the winter, to have fully functioning brakes and tires with a proper amount of tread to ensure that you can drive your car safely on the Minnesota snow- and ice-covered roads. If you live or work in the Blaine area, let us check your brakes and tires for you.
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Minnesotans are used to dealing with the snow and ice that comes each winter season. Oftentimes, motorists prepare their cars with tire chains or switch tires altogether to their winter season treads. Snow brushes and ice scrapers are conveniently mounted in the trunks. But what about some preventative maintenance on your vehicle? When was the last time that you had your vehicle’s battery checked for efficiency? Cold weather has a negative effect on your vehicle’s battery, enough so that you can be stranded anywhere at any time.
Anyone who has owned a car or truck knows that, to remain in good standing with state authorities, the vehicle must pass a state inspection each year. The reason for this is simple: even the cleanest fuel burning automobiles contribute to air pollution but ensuring that registered vehicles pollute as little as possible lessens the impact of automobiles’ pollution on the environment. Clark Automotive provides a variety of services that help to ensure that your automobile passes inspection, contributes minimally to air pollution, and keeps you safe in the process.
Minnesotans are no stranger to harsh winters and deep snows. Even still, there is something that is amazing and mesmerizing about the first flakes of snow falling in the winter. As we have already seen snow this season, this serves as a last-minute reminder to ensure your car’s maintenance is up to date. We, at Clark Automotive in Blaine, have put together the top five issues that we see year after year.
Almost everyone has had a moment when they’ve been driving their car or truck around town, and you begin noticing a strange noise. Is it coming from someone else’s car? Where’s it coming from? Sounds expensive! How much is this going to cost me? And more importantly, what does it mean? There are a variety of moving parts in and around your vehicle, and sounds can come from any one of thousands of spots. At Clark Automotive in Blaine, we want to help identify some of the more prominent sounds that can be a sign of some larger issues. Brig your vehicle in for evaluation.
When we opened our auto shop in Blaine, MN 17 years ago, we knew that we wanted to provide outstanding customer service, clear communication and affordable prices. What we could not have imagined is how this would look nearly 2 decades later. Our company is now firmly based in the community with many local customers who are now regulars. We get to know our clients over time and are able to help with many different issues that come up related to cars and trucks. We feel very fortunate to have built trust with our customers. We understand that trusting us with your car or truck
The holidays are here, and you may be getting ready to travel. Whether you are traveling 10s of miles or 1000s of miles, if you travel by car, you should make sure that your car is ready to make the journey safely. The last thing you need is to get stuck with a dead battery, a flat tire or a broken-down vehicle when you are miles away from home and lots of businesses are closed for the holidays. Bring your vehicle to Clark Automotive and we will complete our winter maintenance checklist for you so that you can be confident that your car will not interfere with your upcoming holiday travel plans.
Think about how many times a day you drive over a speed bump or a pothole on your drive to work, school, or the grocery store. Each and every one of those speed bumps and potholes can cause your tires and wheels to become misaligned. This can cause a drop in gas mileage, uneven wear and tear on your tire, which means you may have to replace them more often. Getting your car aligned periodically is an important part of regular vehicle maintenance. Clark Automotive can complete an alignment check quickly
When you are looking for someone to repair your car, you likely have an idea of some of the qualities you need: honesty, responsiveness, affordability and the ability to communicate clearly. In addition, you also want to look for someone who has experience with many different types of vehicle repairs and has received training on fixing cars and trucks. One certification that you can keep your eye out for when you are looking for
When some Minnesotans hear the forecasts for Buffalo that mention measurements of snow in feet, they respond with a hearty, “Hold my beer.” Others may say, “Better Buffalo than here,” but no matter your response, we all know that wintry weather is never too far off in the distance for us. We may get