Frequently Asked Questions

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Here are some common questions that are asked by our customers.


Q: How soon can I get my car inspected?

A: You can get you car inspected 3 months before your sticker expires. (Ex. 06/YY sticker can get their car inspected in April, May or June)


Q: Do I need my new registration to get my car inspected?

A: No, you need only a valid current registration and insurance card for inspection.  

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Q: I drive my car under 5,000 miles a year, do I need an Emission test?

A: No, but your car still has to be entered into the emission machine and you will get an "Exempt" sticker.


Q: What should I do when I am thinking of buying a used car?

A: You should have it checked out first before you purchase the vehicle. For a nominal fee we can check the vehicle over and give you a piece of mind before you buy.


Q: How often should I change the oil and filter in my car?

A: It is recommended every 6 months or 3000 miles, which ever comes first, for most types of driving. If you drive more highway you can extend the mileage.

*See Oil Change Intervals*


Q: How often should I have my tires rotated?

A: A rule of thumb is 6000 miles (local driving) or every other oil change. If you do a lot of highway driving your tire rotation can be extended up to 9000 miles.


Q: When should I have my tires checked for balancing?

A: It's a good practice to have them checked when tire rotation is due.


Q: Do I need to use synthetic oil in my new car?

A: In most cases, No. It is a better quality oil that can make your engine last longer, but check your owners manual. It is the required oil in a lot of newer cars and trucks.


Q: How often should I get my car/truck aligned?

A: Every 2 years or 30,000 miles, unless you hit any large pot holes or see any abnormal tire wear or have driving problems.

 *See Alignment*


Q: How often do I need my cooling system flushed and antifreeze changed?

A: Even though today's antifreeze say they will last 5 years 100,000 miles, I have seen many fail a lot earlier and cause damage. So 3-4 year change will be better and it may save you from replacing expensive components.

*See Cooling*