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  • Here’s How To Help Your College Student Navigate Back To School

    Posted on 01, September, 2018

    It’s September, which means that lots of students are heading to school--including your intrepid young college students! Between the joys of acceptance letters, the crushing defeats of the “thanks, but no thanks” letters, buying new sheets, helping your student negotiate roommate situations, crying at odd moments in Target, and all the other joys that sending your kid off to college brings, have you taken a look at their vehicle?

    First things are first: Students often drive older cars that might require more maintenance. Even if they have something that you deem trustworthy, do bring your car to a trusted auto mechanic to make sure that all the major systems are in good working order: transmission, suspension, and fresh tires, if necessary. Also, make sure the fluids are topped up: brakes, coolant, transmission, and oil.

    What about insurance? Don’t assume that your student will be ok with minimal, or no insurance: they need to be fully covered! Check with your current insurance company for rates for college students. Keep in mind that younger drivers tend to cost more, so be sure to factor that into your monthly budget. 

    Let’s face it: if your student is off to college, they may have chances to drink at parties. No problem--just make sure your student knows never, ever to drink and drive. Make sure that your student feels empowered to find safe alternatives, like using Uber or Lyft, or choosing a designated driver. 

    Safety is first! Bring your student’s car to us at D & K Automotive, and we will see to it that your student’s car is in top working condition! Whether it’s a simple oil change, a transmission flush, or anything else, we can help. Schedule your appointment today, and check off one item from that going to college list--leaving you free to soak up and enjoy.  

  • How To Protect Your Car From Overheating-

    Posted on 01, August, 2018

    August is hotter than hot here in Antioch. While we can stay cool indoors by running AC, our cars aren’t so lucky. Starting a car in 100-degree weather can cause problems, so let’s look at some ways to prevent the dreaded overheating!

    Top off engine coolant. First and foremost, make sure your coolant is topped off. This is a simple step that can save you a lot of heartaches! We recommend keeping a gallon each of water and coolant in the trunk of your car, just in case. 

    Consider tinted windows. One way to keep the car’s interior cooler is to tint your windows. This can reduce the need for AC, which is notorious for causing overheating on sweltering days when it is difficult for the engine to keep up. On that note…
     
    Turn off the AC and use the fresh air setting. Try to alternate AC with the new air setting. This will not get the car quite as cold as otherwise, but it will give your engine a chance to recuperate and can help you avoid overheating as well. 

    Flush the cooling system. Bring your car to D & K and let us flush the cooling system for you. Even if your coolant levels are topped off, cleaning the system is a perfect way to improve the overall performance of your vehicle. 

    Come and see us at D & K Automotive to learn about other ways to protect your car from overheating! As always, stay safe...and chill out!

  • What Is The Future Of Automotive Technology?

    Posted on 01, July, 2018

    The automotive industry has been on a wild ride since Henry Ford first rolled out his horseless carriages. Here, we discuss a few of the changes that have occurred in the last decade.

     

    Alternative Fuels

    First, standard gasoline is no longer the only game in town. There are alternative fuel options to fossil fuels, and there is demand for them to become more widely available, though not all alternative fuels are created equal, and each comes with their own set of issues. Ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel that is made from wheat or corn. With both corn and wheat being subsidized by the government, this is a really viable option. Another very popular fuel option is electricity, such as in the Chevy Volt. Methanol, a wood-based alcohol fuel, is one example of an alternative fuel that was around for awhile before automobile manufacturers stopped making cars that used it. Last is biodiesel; made from vegetable fats. Some forms of biodiesel are even made from recycled restaurant oils, making this a super efficient, if not high-quantity, alternative fuel.

     

    Hands off: Manual Transmissions fading out

    Another interesting change is the fact that manual transmission vehicles are ostensibly on their way out. Less than 3% of the cars sold in 2016 were manual transmissions, making this type of vehicle the purvey of an older generation. In general, automatics get better mileage than they used to. In addition, people rely heavily on public transportation. The younger generation, who increasingly are opting away from vehicles altogether, are also favoring automatic transmissions.

     

    Driverless Cars

    Driverless cars are becoming more popular, though far from mainstream. While once the driverless car seemed as distant a goal as the flying car, it might happen easily in the next ten years or so. Driverless cars are already on the road nationwide. Here is a video of one navigating heavy pedestrian traffic in Vegas. There are still problems, but they’re getting safer all the time as the engineering improves.

     

    The Internet of Things

    Internet of Things, or IoT, is a network of actual physical devices, like your toaster, heater, hairdryer, and home alarm system. In this new web of connections, everything can talk to everything else. According to Wikipedia, IoT is “creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits and reduced human intervention.”

     

    Cars as computers

    Elon Tesla once famously said: “Tesla is a software company as much as it is a hardware company...We view this as updating your phone or laptop.” In the Silicon Valley, Musk and his team of ingenious creatives at Tesla work tirelessly to create bleeding age automotive vehicles that are “sophisticated computers on wheels.”

     

    As always, D & K Automotive stays on top of industry trends and makes sure our technicians have up-to-the-minute training on all the latest developments and new ways of doing auto repair. Swing by our shop today to get your vehicle repaired and maintained!  

  • Top Ten Summertime Car Shows Near Antioch

    Posted on 01, June, 2018

    For many motorists, California is synonymous with car shows! What better way to rekindle your love of the open road in a fine motor vehicle than by seeing some of the best ones in the industry? Rub shoulders with glitterati and see some great cars. Read on to find our favorite car shows.

     

    13th Annual Capitola Rod and Classic Car Show

    Held in Capitola, miles from Santa Cruz from June 9-10, this show features classic rods and cars through 1972. Capitola is laced with charming shops and restaurants, so there’s something to please everyone.

     

    San Francisco International Car Show

    From November 21-25 at the Moscone Center, glimpse some of the world’s most astounding vehicles and cutting edge technology.

     

    Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

    This renowned show has something to suit even the most discriminating of tastes. A week-long multi-event show, there will be wine tasting, fashion shows, auctions and more.

     

    Rendezvous Back To Route 66

    In October, this event, held at the San Manuel stadium in San Bernadino, is a grassroots effort to keep the Back To Route 66 event alive. Last year, the event boasted over 1100 cars.

     

    Sacramento Autorama

    This event is held in February of each year and is entering its 70th season. Over 500 show vehicles will compete for awards and over 25 clubs will be in attendance.

     

    Cool Concord Cars

    Come on out to look, or else bring out your own car to be featured in this event for free, held in Concord on July 10, from 5:30-7:30.

     

    Summerfest Car Show

    Located right here in Antioch, this event is happening on July 15 at 11am at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds.

     

    Old Town Pittsburg Car Show

    Happening every Friday from May 11 through September 7 in Old Town Pittsburg on Railroad Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets from 6-8pm, this show has something for everyone, including special attractions and live music!

     

    Billetproof Car Show

    Antioch’s largest car show returns in September, featuring a low $10 admission, a swap meet, races, and even a pinup contest. Don’t miss it!

     

    Soap Box Derby and Classic Car Show

    If you’re looking for a truly family-friendly car show, come to downtown Clayton on September 1 from 9 am – 3 pm, Main Street Downtown Clayton. For information call Clayton Community Church (925) 673-9060.

    Let us know if you visit any of these car shows, or if we missed your favorites!

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