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Yearly Archives: 2020

Wheel Balance vs Wheel Alignment in Elk Grove

It seems like tire balancing and tire alignments are used almost interchangeably, leaving most drivers confused. There appears to be a common misunderstanding between the service of lining up the front end of a car and balancing tires.  A tire balance and alignment are two very different services. Both of these services contribute to a smoother ride, improved handling performance, and extended tire life. However, they shouldn’t be confused for the same thing. A tire balancing service corrects any uneven distribution of the weight of the wheels. If your wheels are not adequately balanced, your tires can experience excessive wear and tear. This can lead to your suspension becoming damaged, resulting in your vehicle vibrating during drives. Your wheels can become unbalanced due to normal wear or worn suspension parts. Sometimes if your car accidentally hits a curb, it can throw off the wheel balance as well. To combat this issue, your tires are placed on a balancing machine du ... read more

Prevent your car from overheating in Elk Grove

After staying home for several months, the summer sun becomes a welcomed visitor. We turn on our A/C, prepare the lemonade, and lather on the sunblock, forgetting about our beloved vehicles. When the temperature rises outside, it’s essential we also prioritize the safety of our car. We can prevent significant engine damage by making an extra effort to keep our vehicles protected from the sun.  Here are some helpful tips to keep your vehicle safe in the blistering summer sun:   Park in the shade.  If you have to make a road trip, it’s always best to choose a shady area to park your vehicle. Just as the shade helps protect our skin from the sun, the shade also protects your vehicle. If there aren’t any available shaded parking spots, use a sunshade to limit the amount of heat that flows into your car. Some retailers also sell window shades that shield your vehicle from the sun’s UV rays. If you have a few extra dollars to spe ... read more

Prepare For Accidents Before You Drive

Prepare For Accidents Before You Drive

During the summer months, many people will be planning road trips with their families and friends while school is out and the weather is warm. Because summer means more traveling, there will be more cars out there on the road and traffic always brings the possibility of an accident.  Although you may not even want to think about a car accident occurring, it is always a good idea to be prepared for anything - just in case. A minor accident may not ruin your entire trip, but not having the things you need can put a damper on your journey.  We recommend packing a safety kit with you, just in case you find yourself in some sort of vehicle accident or emergency. The safety kit should have the essentials, such as your Driver’s License, car registration, and your insurance card and medical information.  Some other items you should always have on hand include a phone and phone charger, water, snacks, jumper cables, emergency phone numbers, spare tire and tire changing k ... read more

*Press Release* Prestige Auto Works NAMED CARFAX TOP-RATED SERVICE SHOP

*Press Release* Prestige Auto Works NAMED CARFAX TOP-RATED SERVICE SHOP

Verified Customer Ratings Used to Name the Inaugural CARFAX Top-Rated Service Shops of 2019    Prestige Auto Works is being celebrated as a CARFAX Top-Rated Service Shop based on verified reviews from actual customers. The exclusive list of service shops being recognized in the inaugural CARFAX Top-Rated Service Shops received an average of 4.77 stars out of 5 on CARFAX Car Care (formerly myCARFAX). “Our goal is help car owners make confident decisions,” said Mike Liou, head of Service Marketing at CARFAX. “We have over 10 million active Car Care subscribers who use the program to help keep up with maintenance and recalls on their vehicles. We want to utilize this community to highlight the service shops who are going above and beyond when it comes to customer care, and we do so with reviews from only verified customers.” In February, CARFAX also launched the first ... read more

The Importance of Regular European Vehicle Inspections

The average car owner may think - if there’s nothing wrong with my vehicle that I can see or feel, then there’s no reason for me to go to the auto shop. However, this is not the case. Good car maintenance is proactive and also preventative - the best way to save yourself money on your European vehicle over the years is to catch issues early on before they become expensive, larger repairs.  Daily driving, weather, road trips, and more can take a toll on the condition of your vehicle. When you get regular inspections on your European vehicle, you allow an experienced mechanic to evaluate the condition of your vehicle overall and the systems within it. At our shop, we only recommend services or repairs that we feel are completely necessary to your safety and that will lead to major repairs if ignored.  We want to change the way that car owners think about vehicle maintenance. It isn’t a way for an auto shop to take your money - it is actually a way that you c ... read more

Can I Get My Car Serviced During COVID-19 Shutdowns?

Can I Get My Car Serviced During COVID-19 Shutdowns?

At Prestige Auto Works, we understand how scary and uncertain times are with the rapid spread of COVID-19. Each day, we are discovering that the cases in the United States are rising, especially here in California. With the rise of virus cases, it becomes even more important for us all to do our part to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and to protect ourselves from getting sick.  We have had many customers ask us if they are still able to get their car serviced during COVID-19 shutdowns. While many businesses in our area have been asked to close or reduce their service offerings, auto repair is recognized as an essential business and is permitted to remain open. Now more than ever, your vehicle needs to be reliable. Whether you work in an essential industry and need to continue traveling to work or just need your car to get you to the store to buy food for your family, your car's reliability is necessary.  So the answer is - yes! You can get your car serviced or r ... read more

Auto Repair In Elk Grove, CA

Prestige Auto Works proudly serves the Elk Grove, CA area! We are truly your local source for all of your vehicle's needs, from general maintenance to major repairs. Whether you suspect that something is wrong with your vehicle or you are due for service, the specialists here at our friendly Elk Grove auto service shop are here to help.  At Prestige Auto Works, we work on all makes and models of vehicles and offer a complete comprehensive list of services for your vehicle. We advise you to follow your vehicle's factory recommended services and will help remind you of when upcoming items are due so that you never miss an important milestone. We also provide regular inspections to catch any issues early on and keep your vehicle running at its best.  Our Elk Grove auto repair and services include:  A/C Repair Alignment Batteries Belts Brakes Check Engine Light Diagnostics Electrical Engine Repair Oil Change Power Steering Vehicle Inspection ...&a ... read more

What Can Drain a Car Battery?

Getting into your vehicle in the morning on your way to work only to find that your car won't start can be stressful. You hear the click of the ignition but nothing happens...is it your car battery? If so, why has it seemed to have completely drained overnight?  While the issue could be the battery itself, there are many connecting parts to the battery that can fail and cause your car not to start. The following reasons can be behind why your battery is suddenly drained:  You made a mistake, such as you left your headlights on over night or an interior light was left on. This can definitely drain a car battery if left on overnight.  The charging system can also be a culprit of a dead battery. A faulty alternator or other charging system component can prevent the proper charge from getting to the battery.  Electrical problems can also cause battery issues, such as a failing fuse or faulty wires.  Driving your vehicle for only short periods of time ... read more

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

Shocks and struts are key elements in the suspension system of your vehicle. The job of these components is to ensure that your ride is controlled and smoothed. They both help to absorb the shock of driving over uneven surfaces or debris, which enables you to properly steer and remain in control of your vehicle's direction.  Due to the job of these parts, they will wear down over time just with normal use of your vehicle. If you follow your vehicle's recommended services closely, you'll know when they need to be inspected and replaced. However, there are certain symptoms that can occur that can indicate it is time to have your shocks and struts replaced.  The signs of worn shocks and struts include:  Your car is veering or sliding and you find yourself having to correct your vehicle's direction often Uneven or excessive tire wear Car bounces up and down after driving over speed bumps or uneven roads Car nose dives or dips when braking Car vibrates ... read more

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