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  • 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!

  • The Benefits of State-of-the-Art Auto Repair Equipment

    Posted on 01, May, 2018

    New Shop, New Tools, Same Great Service!

     

    Is anyone else burnt out on fire talk? We are! D & K Automotive is back in business and ready to serve your auto repair needs! After a full renovation, our auto repair shop is better than ever. Our auto mechanics are thrilled to have a host of new tools, diagnostic equipment and software to serve you! D & K Auto in Antioch, CA is built on a reputation of quality and impeccable customer service.

     

    Summer is coming, and in Antioch, that means it’s HOT, baby! Now is a perfect time to make sure your fluids are topped off. We have a brand-new coolant service machine to check your coolant fluid so your car is ready to keep you cool! We also have a new brake fluid service machine to make sure your brakes are in top condition.

     

    We have brand-new, manufacturer specific diagnostic scan tools for those all important factory quality checks. Whether it’s BMW or Ford, Chevrolet or Mini, D & K Automotive has got you covered! We’ve also added cameras inside and outside the shop, and all new vehicle lifts with adaptors for ALL make and model vehicles, including a 14,000 pound lift for larger vehicles!

     

    No matter what your auto repair needs might be, D & K is the place to go. Our auto mechanics are thrilled to be back in our sparking new shop and we can’t wait to prove to you again why D & K Automotive is the best auto repair shop in Antioch! Appointments are accumulating fast as our loyal customers return to their favorite shop, so fill out a drop-off form today to secure your spot! We are located at 712 E 18th St in Antioch.

  • D&K Automotive Repair Update for March 29, 2018

    Posted on 29, March, 2018

    Hello D&K Customers Friends and Family,

     

    I know this is a day late but that is because we are hard at work putting the shop back together! This past week we are cleaning and preparing for our first day back on April 2nd.

     

    We are actively taking appointments every day and we are filling up fast. So please give us a call and book your appointment.

     

    Don't forget that we have our Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday March 31st from 11am to 3pm. We have lots of prizes to give away and TACOS!! Please check out this link to our Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/events/331002113973580/.

     

     

     

    We are very excited to see you all and get back to what we like doing the most. 

     

    We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday and if not after we re-open,

     

    R.J. Milnes

    General Manager

    D&K Auto Repair

    925-779-9242

    Fax 925-778-8374

  • D&K Automotive Repair Update for March 20, 2018

    Posted on 20, March, 2018

    Hello D&K Customers, Friends and Family,

     

    Things are moving fast here at the shop. Last week we started moving all of our equipment and tool boxes into the shop. We are finally setting up and getting organized. We still have a little work to do, but we are still on track for our opening day April 2nd!

     

    We are actively taking appointments. So please give us a call and we will be glad to put you on our schedule. 

     

    Don't forget that we have our grand opening celebration on March 31st. Please check out this link to our Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/events/331002113973580/.

     

    We are getting excited to see all of you again.

     

    Have a fantastic week and we will see you all soon!

     

    R.J. Milnes

    General Manager

    D&K Auto Repair

    925-779-9242

    Fax 925-778-8374

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