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  • Spring Cleaning for Your Engine!

    Posted on 01, April, 2017

    We understand. Your car’s grimy, greasy engine is probably not your favorite thing to clean. Trust us, we know very well just how dirty a car can get! But Spring is here, and that means spring cleaning -- even in those automotive spaces that you might usually brush off.


    In our opinion, there are very few places that are more important to your safety than the engine of your car. A dirty engine can mean an unsafe engine. So, here’s a few suggestions from your friends at D&K Automotive for keeping your engine clean!


    • Get an oil change. We simply can’t say enough about the importance of regular oil changes. Whether you do it yourself or bring your car in so we can take care of you, it’s vital to increase the longevity of your engine and car.

    • Check the oil. It’s a quick and easy one to check off your list, but important nonetheless. Grab some motor oil at your local gas station that matches the type inscribed on your engine cap, check the dipstick, and continue your drive.

    • Good old fashioned scrub. This is the time of year to take out all the leaves and twigs that have accumulated under the hood, and wipe down all the muck you can safely reach. Remember to let the engine cool first!

    • Finally, bring her in for a full check-up. At D&K Automotive, we’d be happy to take a look and make sure you’re driving safe for the rest of the year.


    If you’d like to know more about automotive ownership and maintenance, you’re in luck because it’s our favorite subject! Give us a call or schedule an appointment. We’ll see you soon, in the meantime, drive safe!

  • March​ Road Trip Idea:​ ​ ​St.​ ​Patrick’s​ ​Day​ ​Parade in Sacramento!

    Posted on 24, February, 2017


    St. Patrick’s Day may not be the most venerated holiday, but it can be a happy occasion nonetheless! In fact, did you know that there’s even a parade for it, just an hour out from Antioch? It’s on March, 18, 2017 starting at 1 PM in Sacramento. The past few years have seen almost a thousand green-clad marchers, and the jovial occasion is free! When we heard about this, we just had to share it with you.


    You can check it out yourself here: http://www.seecalifornia.com/festivals/sacramento-stpatricks-parade.html

    There’s also a St. Patrick’s parade an hour and a half West in San Francisco. This parade is much earlier, taking place on March 12, 2017; starting at 11:30 AM. There will be floats, marchers, and all sorts of fun things to do. This parade is also free, meaning all you need is a safe set of wheels and gas to get there!


    For more information on the St. Patrick’s parade, click here:


    If this sounds like fun to you, we encourage you to take the short road trip North to Sacramento or West toward San Francisco! And before you hit the road, come stop by D&K Automotive to ensure you’ll make it wherever you go this month. Best of luck from everyone here at D&K Automotive!

  • Romantic Road Trips Around Antioch

    Posted on 01, February, 2017

    This Valentine’s Day, take your sweetheart on an adventure! Of course, you won’t be surprised to learn that our favorite kinds of adventure are road trips! So pack up some snacks, pick the most romantic songs for your playlist, and head out to some of these awesome destinations!


    Antioch to San Francisco

    One of the briefer trips on our list, Antioch to San Fran is only 45-50 minutes straight through. However, the trip to San Fran from Antioch has some great views and stops to take, with a destination that takes the cake! You’ll pass Mt. Diablo, with a great view and definitely worth a stop! Going through Oakland, you can enjoy the area around Jack London Shopping Center to get some ice cream or hot drinks. Those of course, can’t hold a candle to the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and even the Walt Disney Museum! Give your significant other a fun, thoughtful adventure


    Muir Woods

    About an hour and twenty minutes out, Muir Woods is mostly for the destination. If you and your significant other are all about the scenery and outdoors, this is the place. You’ll be faced with city streets for the first half of the drive, but the second half is beautiful forest scenery to enjoy. The tall trees seem to reach up forever, and there’s so much space to walk, talk, and explore just you and your loved one.


    Napa Valley

    If your loved one is a fan of wine, then this is the perfect place. It’s also about an hour out, but the road trip is driving through all the vineyards- and stopping at most of them because frankly, they’re all amazing. Although there’ll be so many wineries to stop by, be prepared not to drink if you’re the driver because there’s a lot to see!


    Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove

    Finally, we’ve got the most distant, most beautiful road trip ahead. Although Lover’s Point is the destination, the route is just as incredible. The two-hour drive will take you south through San Jose, Gilroy, Monterey, and into Pacific Grove with places to explore and ocean views in and out the whole way there. There are so many places we can’t possibly name them all, so this would be a great one to plan together with your sweetheart, so you can make all the stops you’ll both enjoy.


    Good luck this Valentine’s day, and drive safely! Before you head out, you’ve still got plenty of time to make a trip into D&K Automotive to make sure your car is in top shape for your romantic road trip adventure!  

  • New Driving Legislation for the New Year

    Posted on 02, January, 2017


    This new year, the state has set a resolution for you! The new bill, AB 1785, goes into effect on January 1st of the new year. It will restrict cell phone usage while driving to such that drivers may not have their phones in their hands at all whilst operating a motor vehicle. The law also indicates that car-mounted devices are allowed, but they only permit one swipe or tap on the device. Here’s what the law says according to the DMV:


    “Use of Electronic Wireless Devices (AB 1785, Quirk): Driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device will be prohibited, unless the device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield or is mounted/affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road. The driver’s hand may only be used to activate or deactivate a feature or function on the device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger, but not while holding it. The law does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems that are embedded in a vehicle.”


    Rules like these are no surprise to automotive service professionals like us, who see cars roll in damaged on a regular basis because of cellphone-related accidents. According to the CDC, 69% of drivers report using their cell phone and 31% said they use a mobile app to send an email. Don’t be the cause of an accident- get a hands-free device or just wait to respond until you reach your destination. But if you find yourself in an accident, at-fault or not, let us know so we can fix you up! 925-779-9242.

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