11011 Scaggsville Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: (301) 317-7886
Hours M-F 7:30am-5:30pm
Just like flashlight batteries your vehicle’s battery will wear out. So how do you know when & what causes it? First regardless of what you may have been told, anything over 5 years, (60 months) is exceptional life from a car battery. The size, location & temperatures also play a factor on the life of your battery.
Cold air "pulls the battery down" & makes even a new battery struggle. Yet the colder it gets, the harder it is to start an engine!
Lets talk terms as they apply to a vehicle's battery. The number 1 term to know is CCA (Cold Cranking Amps). Think of this as available power, every vehicle has a spec it needs to start, so I always recommend a CCA above the required amount needed to start your Vehicle. Let's say that your vehicle calls for 540 CCA. If possible we recommend 650 or higher. Think of it as you can lift 50 lbs, but you and your friend can easily lift 100lbs. A higher CCA costs only a couple dollars more at purchase time. If you have a lil' extra, when the vehicle sits outside for 3 or 4 days on a long, cold, snowy weekend, your vehicle will always fire up.
So how do your know the life expectancy of your vehicle's battery? There are codes on a battery that explain when it was made. Also there is hi-tech equipment that allows us to test the battery easily. The age along with test results tell us whether it is fine. Or it soon should be replaced. So we can test yours while you wait & thru the end of the month February 2019, NAPA has a Rebate we can offer to you to help out should your car battery need to be replaced. Come see Stephen or Jon & let us make sure you can start your car and save with a Rebate (301) 317-7886. To learn more about our car repairs in Scaggsville, Maryland take a look around the site. Learn more about Car Batteries
With the beginning of the new year often comes resolutions. Save Money is always high on the list. Being more efficient, better financial decisions and saving money are all great ideas. One of the best ways to do this is being organized on car repairs. Our service area has a lot of organized people in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia. We see them on a regular basis bringing their car in for regularly scheduled maintenance. When the car or truck manufacturer sets a schedule to keep the vehicle running well and lasting more miles with less overall costs it's a great idea to follow that. Sometimes it's as simple as oil changes and fluid flushes. Those are quite affordable and convenient because they can be planned with mileage and/or age. We get to help with a lot of those car repairs in Scaggsville, MD.
Another helpful step in keeping your resolution of saving money with car repairs is the planning. With repairs which are expected with use aka "wear" like oil changes, tires and brakes it's important to have the factory schedule plans in your mind so that you can plan for them. We offer two helpful steps to keep this running smoothly. One is our Maintenance Plans. The other is our Free / Courtesy checks / inspections for every vehicle which comes in for a service. When you come in for that oil change, brakes, tires or other service we perform this courtesy check so that you can know the upcoming services to help you be prepared, budget and save money. If you are looking to save money, invest wisely and enjoy the 2019 year give us a call or schedule you car repairs in Scaggsville, MD online with our trusted ASE Certified Master Mechanics.
So you head out to get in the car for the days work and your car's tire is low. Perhaps your car's dashboard lights shows the low tire air symbol. The worst case is that you get into your car and drive with tires at a low pressure and hear the "flap, flap" of a tire with too low air pressure. There are many reasons that a tire can lose pressure. This time of year with the cold temps our mechanics in see and hear these low tire pressure questions. We can help with tires loosing pressure as well as all your car repair needs in Scaggsville, Maryland.
Remembering science class will help us all understand that all tires loose tire pressure over time. "Osmosis or Permeation" does occur but this is rarely the case when you notice a low tire or dashboard warning light.
The more likely case this time of year is the cold temperatures cause the air to compress or contract. While this can be fixed with filling the tire to the correct pressure it may not be the only cause.
Tires will age and the rubber and other tire components can fatigue. When you own a car which doesn't see many miles this can happen as the years pass even though the tire has plenty of tread left. Tires do have a "date" associated with them. You can even see the aging of the tire in cracking on the outside of the tire.
Another reason is the obvious a leak from a tire puncture. Here in our local areas of Burtonsville, Scaggsville, Clarksville, Highland, Fulton and even Columbia Maryland has a fair bit of construction which produce many screws and nails. These can find their way onto our local roads and into our car tires eventually.
Yet another cause of low tire pressure is the tire valve stem. These stems can wear and begin to crack. A slow leak can happen and replacing the valve stem is needed to fix this issue.
Wheel rims can also be damaged and this allows for a small leak between the tire and the rim of the wheel.
Tire pressure monitoring system or (TPMS) can have a faulty sensor and give a false reading which comes into your car's computer and displays on the dashboard as a low tire pressure.
No matter the cause of a low tire pressure indicator we can help. As ASE Certified Master Technicians we can have been trained and stay up to date on the latest in automotive technology. We can help with the older, muscle cars, historic, hot rod and the newest models. We have a great access to tire sales and we also provide tire services from repair to mounting, balancing, rotation and keeping your tire pressure in check with high end precision. Give us a call or email for all you car repair in Scaggsville questions and maybe we'll select your question for a automotive news article in the future.
Continental Tire has a Fall Promotion Going on and you can save here at our Car Repair shop in Scaggsville MD.
Combine this Continental Offer with our in house instant rebate and save $130-$160 total in November!
Fall in our areas of Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia can lead to radiator services. We all think about radiators in the heat of summer and the cold of winter but the fall is a great time to have that radiator flush. Coolant aka anti-freeze helps to regulate your vehicle's temperature. When a radiator hose leaks it quickly becomes an issue which can leave you on the side of the road with a emergency breakdown situation. The engine light will usually light and the steam coming out from under the hood will all point towards the radiator as a probable issue. The radiator cap should only be opened when it is cool enough to safely do so since scalding host coolant can spray and burn. A radiator flush can help to even save other internal components like your water pump. When coolant gets "old" and brakes down or corrodes it can effect the water pump as well. Having coolant flushed allows for the proper strength and checking on the other tell tale signs that an ASE certified Master Technician aka "Mechanic" can find and save you lots of money with a simple repair.
We can help with all your car repairs like an engine saving oil change to a complete engine replacement. We're ready to help with all your radiator services like Radiator replacement, repairs, leaks, hose cap and flush for Trusted Car Repairs in Scaggsville, Maryland. Give us a call 301 317-7886
Summer seems to be holding on in central Maryland. Those temperatures can test your AC, tires and engine. With summer events and a hurried pace trying to "fit it all in" it may be time for a little service to save money. Sending kids off yo school, college and errands can take a lot of time and effort. Being prepared can make things go smoother and procrastination can mean mistakes and even roadside breakdowns. We all like to be efficient and productive. We often include this types in our New Years resolutions. We can help with getting you back on track for the end of summer and ready for fall events. See real peace of mind with our Industry Leading Warranty 36 months 36,000 Miles.
If you've put off the oil change, tires or preventative maintenance give us a call or schedule online. We've been helping motorists as their trusted mechanic in Scaggsville "aka: ASE Certified Master Technicians" for decades. We extend that same offer for a trusted relationship with you and your family. Being locally owned and operated we've sent kids off to school, sports, college and picked up the groceries in the local areas of Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia. Give us a call 301 317-7886
End of Summer and Back to School with Trusted Car Repairs in Scaggsville, Maryland
Heat and humidity has returned to Maryland and there are some common car repairs in Scaggsville. All across our service area of Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia cars are benefiting from preventative maintenance. Higher heat often means making the engine work harder by running the Car Air Conditioning. Which should be performing just fine. However, older cars with worn hoses, belts, thermostat, water pump and too much time between oil changes and radiator flushes can cause and engine to work harder than needed. In some cases overheat with a roadside breakdown. Nobody wants a breakdown at anytime but in the middle of Maryland's heat and humidity combined with rush hour is a terrible day. We can help with preventative maintenance.
Car repairs can save money and time when performed by your trusted mechanic aka "ASE Certified Master Technician." We keep up on our ongoing automotive training to bring you the best service as if you were a family member. We've been working on cars for decades and built quite the reputation. From car inspections to services to help the environment like our computerized analysis to help with tuning to help you pass emissions testing. We are experienced and have all the needed equipment for emission repairs. We can help with your oil change & A/C all the way to your engine and transmission repairs to help with the heat and humidity in Maryland.
Get ready for the heat and humidity with Trusted Car Repairs in Scaggsville, Maryland
With plenty of time to get all the car repairs done before going back to school it is a good time to plan. Whether it's transporting the kids to school daily or sending a child off to college with the car it's important to be prepared. Being stuck on the side of the road when away at college is frustrating and can throw off anyone's schedule.
Perhaps an oil change, brakes or tires will help to make the semester trouble free. We also have the latest in technical automotive analysis and repair equipment to take a deep look into your vehicle before heading off to college. Having a little more peace of mind that you are prepared can help. Being locally owned and operated right here in the Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia areas we've sent our own children off to college and know the feeling. We can help with all your car repairs in Scaggsville MD.
Be ready for back to school with Trusted Car Repairs in Scaggsville
What could be more of a celebration of Independence than the American Flag, an American Corvette and a Convertible? We enjoy working on both foreign and domestic vehicles and keeping you safe on the road but we have to admit it is great to have a classic American muscle car in our Family owned and operated auto repair shop right here in Laurel, MD. The 4th of July holds a lot of great memories for us here at the shop like family and friends getting together for picnics with great food and conversations. Course what would the day be without Fireworks? The nice weather of Summer means that travel is a little easier and that brings newborn additions to families to the get togethers and of course that means special memories for parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and extended family. Taking a classic car out for a drive with the top down at sunset is a great way to celebrate on this 4th of July 2018. We can help with all your car repairs in Scaggsville MD so you're ready for all this summer's travel.
To American's Everywhere Enjoy Your 4th of July from the Thoroughbred Auto Care Family
You don’t have to be a Maryland resident to know that winters in the northeast can be rough much later into the Spring. Trips in the spring can take you to places which are still experiencing rough weather. While none of us intend to get stuck on the road during inclement weather, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure your car is packed with some essentials, so that if an emergency were to occur you don’t have to go completely without. By getting a pack together at the beginning of the season and storing it in your trunk you can have peace of mind if you ever find yourself traveling while it’s snowing. After the initial packing you won’t have to do much else the following years, just take out and add supplies as you find necessary. Two of the most obvious essentials are food and water. The next things would be cold weather clothing- extra socks, gloves, and hats can be lifesavers. Throwing in a blanket wouldn’t hurt either. If you don’t want to commit to a full kit, but still want to have some tools, then buy an ice scraper, that’s something that can be helpful everyday in the winter, even after a frost or light snow.
Some things that are good to store in your car no matter the season are jumper cables, a flashlight, and a tool kit. You never know when they could come in handy. A radio and portable phone battery charger are also helpful. Keeping a kit in the trunk of your car can help you stay prepared in case of an emergency, no matter what time of year. If you find the pack to be too cumbersome, then store it in your garage during the off-season, and as soon as it gets colder or when taking a long trip and make sure to add it back in. Packing your trunk is an easy way for you to prepare in case of an emergency. There’s also ways your local auto repair company can help you prepare as well. To take steps to prevent a winter accident, bring your car into Thoroughbred Auto Care to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter season and travel. We can give your vehicle a courtesy inspection to make sure that you’re ready to battle the season's weather or summer travel plans. We can check out your tires to ensure that they have enough tread so that you can easily maneuver through inclement weather. Without enough tread you can easily lose control of your automobile. Another item on the list is washer fluid. We can check that you have enough and that you’re using the right kind, so that you never find yourself with a lower level of visibility while driving. As a Maryland business we know that the winter weather can really take a toll on your car. To be proactive this winter visit our shop, so we can give your car a once over. We’re happy to service cars in Maryland from Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia.
It turns out that magazines and newspapers aren’t the only things you can subscribe to. Many motor companies are now allowing car buyers to purchase vehicle subscriptions. From Ford to Cadillac, this new program is being used by mostly high end manufacturers. This new system will allow potential car owners to pay a per month fee. While this model works similarly to leasing an automobile, it is more of an all in one package, providing customers with insurance along with the car. One group that could benefit from vehicle subscriptions are people who live in cities. With so many public transportation options available they may be on the fence about purchasing their own automobile, but this could give them the opportunity to have a car for a short amount of time and see if it’s the right decision for them. While this program may not be available in every state, it’s an option for those living in major cities, like Los Angeles and New York City, depending on what brand of automobile someone is looking to buy. As expected monthly costs are high in exchange to change cars on an almost monthly basis.
For people in Maryland who are still looking for a more affordable car buying option, there’s always used vehicles available. Purchasing a pre-owned automobile can be daunting if you’re not sure what to look for, but we can help. Used cars legally have to be inspected by the seller before being sold, but it’s never a bad idea to take matters into your own hands and have the vehicle checked out by a group you trust. Our ASE certified Mechanics will perform a thorough, top to bottom examination of your potential automobile, looking for anything questionable. Our technicians follow the Maryland State vehicle inspections guidelines and will let you know if the car surpasses those standards or not. This check covers the vehicle from the brakes to the electrical system to the wipers. It's peace of mind to have the experience of our mechanics on your side. For those looking to purchase a car in the Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, or Columbia MD bring it in for an examination before making your big investment.
Stephen Powell Owner, along with my wife Donna, of Thoroughbred Transmissions & Autocare. Today I would like to talk a little about Transmissions. In 1980 I went to work for a local Chevrolet dealer rebuilding Transmissions. For those of you that have been around for a while, you may remember the originals failed often so I stayed very busy in the dealer. Mean time I was Racing & began building transmissions for my race cars and soon my name grew Quickly as the guy to get it done right the first time. As the side work grew I soon ran out of space at home & in 1991 Donna found our shop. We continued growing and while I still build all the racing & Classic car Transmissions. Most of our work is done using Jasper Re-manufactured units. You might ask, "Why?" Well to better service you, our clients. Warranty on these units is 3 years or 100,000 miles and its’s Nationwide & transferable should you sell the vehicle before 3 years has passed. This means it is a selling feature, adding value to your vehicle. After our staff toured the factory, we can share: they build a Fine product & we are proud to be a preferred installer for them. If you have questions on a transmission we have options, let us guide you. Thanks Stephen Powell. Video & more Transmission repairs in Scaggsville, Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia Maryland.
Calling ahead to reserve a table may be a thing of the past. Thanks to GM’s marketplace capabilities in new cars you won’t even need your cellphone to make a reservation. This new amenity, which uses the same screen as the car’s GPS and radio screen, will give drivers easy access to a preset list of restaurants and gas stations. With options for places like Dunkin’ Donuts and Shell, drivers will be able to easily purchase every commuter’s necessities- gas and coffee, right from a screen in the car. Not only does this supposedly make things easier, but it means you won’t need to use your phone while driving. GM’s steps into this new realm offer more possibilities for cars and take them above just being something used to get from point A to point B. While this new feature is definitely interesting, manufacturers have yet to make a car that can repair itself. Because of this, we’re still thriving. As new features and styles of cars come and go, our auto repair shop has always been here. For 24 years we have been fixing every make of car, from the newest to the oldest. We have experience in historic, classic, muscle, and hot rod cars, and have even repaired a Model T. There’s nothing more important to a car enthusiast than their car. Being trusted to repair vintage cars is something we don’t take lightly. No matter what year or brand your car is, we have a mechanic that can handle the repairs you’re requesting. We offer everything that your car could possibly need. Air conditioning and engine repair, tire sales, and oil changes are just a few of the many things we offer. Our loyal, Maryland customers in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia have been bringing their cars in for years. Whatever issues you may be having we have a qualified mechanic that’s ready to get you back on the road.
Self driving cars? Autonomous Vehicles? Driverless Cars?
Welcome to the future of transportation. With the introduction of a simple app that connected riders to drivers, Uber was able to disrupt the market and forever change the way people used car services. With 24/7 access that allows users to request a ride with a few easy steps done through their app, Uber has made its mark. Now, the company has solidified a deal with vehicle manufacturer, Volvo. This partnership will combine Volvo’s automobiles with the autonomous driving technology that Uber has been working on. While the system is still a work in progress, the plan is that, once everything is figured out, Uber will implement the new tech in up to 24,000 Volvo cars. Uber is known for its business model that allows everyday people to become instant employees for the brand, driving and transporting users who they connect with through the company’s app. This possible change to self-driving vehicles will make for an interesting transition for the company and all of the drivers it has employed.
While this new deal is big news, Uber isn’t the first company to be experimenting with self driving automobiles. Other groups like Tesla, Google, and Ford have also done their share of research and development. The race to become the first to successfully introduce their technology is on. Who knows how long it will be until self-driving cars become a reality, but regardless of whether your car is autonomous or it requires a driver, all vehicles need maintenance. With over 14 years of experience in everything from air conditioners to tires, any issues that you’re having with your automobile we can fix. If you’re a Maryland driver in Laurel, Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland 20777 or Columbia and your vehicle needs any number of car repairs, then make an appointment today to get everything squared away. Photo Credit: wikimedia.org
Automotive news in Maryland would not be complete without a New Year's resolution on how to save money. With so many people making positive changes with the new year we talked around the shop and many mentioned saving money. A good way is to be prepared, it also helps to lower stress as planning for things means more control over your life. Auto repairs preventative maintenance can be a real money saver. A new engine, new transmission or expensive brake job can usually be avoided with simple preventative maintenance.
Many will remember 30, 60, 90,000 miles services for their Laurel Maryland vehicles. Many car manufacturers are extending those mileages and some will wonder if this is related to a marketing / sales technique. Only time will tell for many models. It is an expensive gamble to stretch maintenance on any mechanical device let alone one as important as your car, truck, van, SUV or other vehicle. Having a mechanic you can trust goes a long way to saving money and bringing stress reducing, peace of mind. As a locally owned and operated car repair shop close to Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia MD we know the importance of being honest and upfront with auto repair advice. We have been repairing cars since the 1970s, allowing us to build a reputation that has turned into a local family business in 1992. We've expanded and done well because we are here for the long haul and building trust with every service like brakes, oil changes, alignments, tires, wheel balancing, engine performance, emissions repairs and free courtesy inspections. With that we keep our customers happy and providing them with Money Saving, Honest communication on repairs and the condition of the vehicle.
If you are looking for a great way to fulfill and reach your New Year Resolution to save money consider a little automotive preventative maintenance. In the long run you will extend the life of your car. You might be surprised but we've seen the trend of lower overall costs when maintenance is done on a regular basis instead of waiting for that catastrophic emergency break down on the side of the road. Stay warm and Drive safely this New Year of 2018 in Laurel MD 20723.
At our car repair shop in Scaggsville our ASE Certified Master Technicians (you may think of us as old school car mechanics in Laurel as well - that's ok) get into discussions about the latest in Automotive news. We got on the topic of buying a car in Maryland. As everyone knows, purchasing a car is a big investment. With so many options on the market it can seem overwhelming. Potential buyers have to decide between color, size, and brand. Within recent years the choices have expanded to include deciding between gas, hybrid, or electric. While buying an electric vehicle has its obvious benefits it may not be as appealing to buyers as other alternatives.
A big factor is price. When purchasing an automobile and deciding between two compact styles the majority of buyers makes more sense to buy the car that uses gas, especially for a driver on a budget. The benefits of being eco friendly don’t seem to outweigh the benefits of being wallet friendly in a majority of buyers. In addition to pricing, electric vehicles lack the amount of options found in more traditional styles of cars, making them less appealing. Because electric automobiles are less popular, there’s a lack familiarity with them among prospective buyers and if you’re going to make a big investment many are going to go with what they’re most familiar with. Another reason is that there just seems to be less resources available for electric car owners. There is apprehension when buying early models of any item because we wonder if all the "bugs and kinks" are worked out. Others have mentioned the cost of battery replacement. A while back we wrote an article on buying a used car in Maryland which may be helpful to those looking for a used car. We enjoy conversation on all types of automotive news and are open minded on everyone's choices and welcome any feedback.
But, no matter what type of vehicle you’re in the market to buy, we can be your car care resource. After over 24 years of working with automobiles we have seen a wide variety of styles and brands, making us confident that whatever vehicle you’re driving we can get you back on the road. No matter what type of automobile you own, our group of highly trained ASE Certified technicians aka Mechanics is ready to repair any problems our customers in the Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland, and Columbia MD area may be having.
As a local automotive business we are proud to say "Thank You" for everyone who participated in the toys for tots again this year. Dec 6th is the final day for drop off of new unwrapped toy at our auto repair shop at 11011 Scaggsville Rd, Laurel, MD 20723. It's great to see the giving during such a "giving season." Our ASE Certified Master technicians aka "Mechanics" live in and around our areas of Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD and we get to see first hand the people stopping by and dropping off gifts. Working with the Marines to help collect toys for tots is a long standing tradition and just one of the projects that keeps us connected to local community. It's heart warming to see longtime customers bring in their vehicle this time of year and remember to bring a toy for the box. It's also reassuring in the kindness of the local community to see new customers learn about the toys for tots and return to the shop with a new unwrapped toy.
It's just about time to say "HAPPY THANKSGIVING" and for many of us that means travelling in the car. Many will follow up with shopping and preparations for Christmas and other holiday events and parties. We get questions from friends and family about car repairs before travelling and specifically the longer holiday trips. You can gain a lot of peace of mind with that oil change that you might have put off before the holiday rush gets here. A tune up is also another great step to keeping the little things being found early and saving your money, time and keep you from emergency roadside breakdowns which can often be avoided. With our car repair services in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia only a few miles away we offer a courtesy inspection to find those small issues at no additional cost. That courtesy inspection is not to be confused with the Maryland State Inspection, aka MSI, aka car inspection required by MVA when selling / transferring a vehicle.
Car tires are another important item that can wear down and not inspected regularly enough, only get replaced after sliding on a cold wet road. You might not need new tires but you can certainly help yourself by checking your tire pressure. Tire pressure can be low this time of year with older "cracked" or "dry rot" tires and the colder weather. Having the pressure at the level can help to keep control, help proper wear and gas mileage for your trip.
As a locally owned and operated car repair shop in Maryland we suggest Plan and Map the Route to keep your Holiday travels smooth. Many are familiar with the route and with all the electronic devices, mapping apps and traffic predicting models it can be easy to think, "I don't need to prepare." However many areas of the US struggle with cell service, GPS and even those specific apps connectivity. Match that with loosing battery, a cracked or lost phone and you might be looking for that old "folding" map in the glove box. Making a plan before you go can help to see alternatives and even predict traffic patterns from the safety and relaxing environment of your desktop days before you head out on Holiday travel. You might even be able to find traffic patterns to help you decide on the right time to leave. Even your "Mechanics in Laurel" plan out their travel plans.
What Goes in the trunk? Travelling around the Holidays can mean valuables in the car and leaving that car unattended. That can make for a target that a thief may want to grab a few of your things. Planing what goes in the trunk, under the seat or under a cover can help to keep prying eyes from seeing those valuables. Planning the packing can also keep dangerous items from becoming a projectile in a crash.
As your family owned and operated auto repair shop we know first hand the travel plans of the holidays and hope you found these helpful and time saving. If we can be of any help with your pre-travel maintenance, tuneup, tires, oil change, alignment or dashboard warning/emergency light give us a call or schedule your appointment online. We bring convenient auto repairs to Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD with many complimentary services.
With hurricanes and heavy rains in the last few months and the hurricane season not over yet you might be fooled into buying a flood damaged vehicle. You might think that those cars which have been "totaled" by an insurance company can't be resold, but unfortunately their are gaps in the regulations and that allows for unscrupulous people to sell a flood damaged car at your expense.
This happens when insurance companies do the right thing and change the title to "Salvage" or possible "Flood" depending on the state but people work around the "right thing". If bought at an auction which is marked for parts, salvaged or even put through the shredder at the recycling center, however they can put some repairs into the vehicle and get it retitled without the "flood or salvage" in the title.
You might even consider buying one which "might be flood damaged because it is such a great deal. However the odds are extremely stacked against a flood damaged car being worth any realistic value because of the high amount of electronics and sensors. If a car is moved from a flood damaged area immediately and minor repairs and Major cleaning are done it may run for a few months without an issue. When corrosion occurs over time the electronics fail and the vehicle is only worth parts or scrap value. Think about a piece of metal left in the rain. It will last for a short time however rust sets in relatively quickly.
Like all car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD we want to be honest and forthright so you can have the answers needed to make an informed decision on all your automotive needs and news.
As will all our automotive news articles we hope this information is helpful to you BEFORE you need it. Remember this not only during hurricane season but well into the spring and Summer of the following year. We are glad to help with all your car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD and all your automotive news.
Car repair news in Maryland and across the country includes informing you about your tires. Specifically being prepared with a spare tire. Studies have found 28% of new cars do not have a spare. That may not be the end of the world but it certainly is important to be informed so that you are prepared in case of a roadside breakdown. Imagine driving along on a long road trip and your TPMS (Tire pressure monitoring system) light comes on as a dashboard warning light. You realize that you probably have a flat and think "I'm pretty far from anyplace I think I'll have to change the tire." That is frustrating enough, imagining you'll be late to your destination, dirty hands, scraped knuckles. Now go a step further and imagine the level of frustration you reach when you can't find your spare? You may check the car's manual. You might even google your car make and look for the spare's location. Only then finding out that your car Does NOT come with a spare tire!" That's what inspired us to write this article to help keep you informed. Like all car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD we want to be honest and forthright so you can have the answers needed to make an informed decision on all your automotive needs and news.
We hope this inspires you to check into your existing car's spare and become familiar with it, if it has one! You may also consider independent research, at least asking the car seller before you make your new car purchase in the future. We are glad to help with all your car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD and all your automotive news.
So I have included a few Tips on how to avoid hitting or being hit by deer. Sadly within our home, "fleet of Drivers" we have been involved with no less than 6 collisions.
So a Few Tips on Deer. Since there are estimated to be more then 250,000 in Maryland as of September 1 2017, most of us are Likely to see a lot of them
If you are looking for ways to see deer more easily and do something about those dim headlights and streaky wipers, check our car repair coupons page for a great deal on Headlight Restoration and a new set of Wipers along with a 51 point pre-season inspection.
If you love football and especially love your local NFL team then you'll be happy to know that you can get a FREE NFL Fleece with a castrol oil change here at our auto repair shop in North West Laurel. The offer is good through 1/31/18. You are probably ready for an oil change or will be within that time period. We can help with ASE Certified Technicians but at an affordable price. You'll also get our courtesy inspection. The Free NFL Fleece needs a Redemption Certificate You can get more info here at our shop or online.
Choosing your NFL team logo and Getting the oil change is simple at our auto repair shop in North West Laurel and for the neighborhoods like Maple Lawn Farms, Burtonsville, Highland, Clarksville and Columbia as they are conveniently close. So cheer for your favorite Football team under the warmth and good looks of the free NFL fleece this football season while extending the life of your engine. An oil change is one of the highest values of all car repairs in Laurel and all of Maryland. You are ready for an oil change it's time to get in because the Offer expires 1/31/18. And it's only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Phone: (301) 317-7886 Hours M-F 7:30am-5:30pm
Are Car Batteries about to change for the better? Everyone would be a little happier with longer lasting and more eco-friendly batteries for their devices from the cell phone to the hybrid and electric car batteries. The University of Texas at Dallas battery research into a new material of sodium-ion may have better storage and lower costs than typical lithium-ion. Lower costs will help to grow the hybrid car market which has well surpassed the 1 million mark. When it comes to automotive advances and the ability for batteries of many types to become cheaper, better for the environment and possibly last longer. Researchers are still working to pass the issues of 1/5th lower energy density. It will be interesting to watch as an auto repair shop in North West Laurel and in the neighborhoods like Maple Lawn Farms, Burtonsville, Highland, Clarksville and Columbia as they are seeing more hybrid vehicles. With lower costs possible and sodium replacing the expensive and rare lithium there is a lot of promise. Getting your next car battery may involve something as simple as common sodium and with the majority of the world covered in sea water, resources are there for the simple harvesting. When needs for standard car batteries charging, service or replacement we are happy to oblige. Being ASE Certified Master technicians aka "Mechanics in Laurel" with top of the line computerized diagnostic equipment we can help to find the root cause to your electrical issues. Give us a call for all your auto repair services.
Vehicle repairs in North Laurel, MD often include muffler and exhaust repairs. Exhaust systems are necessary to carry those fumes away from the passengers and filter out harmful gases from your engine such as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide by means of a catalytic converter. On top of this is a muffler that simply reduces the amount of noise generated by the exhaust. So if your vehicle is emitting loud noises, giving off bad odors, or getting lower gas mileage your exhaust system probably needs checked for possible repairs. Our ASE certified master technicians (or "mechanics in Laurel") can make a computerized analysis to find the problems with your vehicle and provide the necessary repairs. A properly functioning exhaust means your car won't damage it self or the environment. Give us a call or make an appointment on-line for all your auto repairs in Laurel 20723. We're a Honest, Trusted Mechanic, give us a call for all your auto repairs in Laurel 20723 and surrounding areas like Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton 20759, Clarksville 21029 or Highland 20777 and Columbia MD, with a track record starting back in 1979.
Has finding a good auto repair shop seemed like a Puzzle? Choosing a mechanic "Or ASE Certified Master Technician" in North West Laurel 20723 Maryland should involve Trust, Honesty and Values. It can be hard to trust a shop when you don't have much experience and you don't know a lot about the automotive repair shop. We've been in the automotive field since 1979 and built a huge reputation over those decades. Being Family Owned and Operated we know the importance of Building Trust for the long term. That trust turns into a relationship and that makes for a good partnership between us and our customers. We pride ourselves on clear communication and Honest information to help you plan on keeping your vehicle as long as you want. Knowing that you can trust advice and invest in keeping your family in a properly running vehicle often reduces stress and keeps you off of the side of the road in an emergency situation. Check our Google Reviews and then Check our Facebook Reviews. And then ask around. Knowing that your car or truck has had a 33 point inspection which is more than a simple selling point, but is a hard look into what you can expect for the near future with state of the art computerized diagnostic equipment to look for issues before they breakdown and create costly repairs. If you are looking for a Honest, Trusted Mechanic with a track record starting back in 1979 give us a call for all your auto repairs in Laurel 20723 and surrounding areas like Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton 20759, Clarksville 21029 or Highland 20777 and Columbia MD.
Thoroughbred Auto Care is very happy to announce that we will be participating in the Toys for Tots in Maryland for 2016. Starting October 30th, 2016 we will be accepting new, unwrapped toys at our auto repair shop in West Laurel MD 20723. Our Address as a donation center for Toys for Tots is:
11011 Scaggsville Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
Please contact us if you have any questions or need further directions. Thank you, from the Family owned and Operated Mechanics at Thoroughbred Auto Care. Toys for Tots from your trusted Mechanics in West Laurel 20723 area
Thank You all who participated in this promotion to help deserving families with auto repairs in Laurel MD. Soon we will be sharing with you the results and the community services. It was a joint effort between us ”the Laurel Auto Care Group“, Laurel NAPA on main street, and NAPA Corporate. During the months of July, August and September we will be accepting nomination forms at our auto repair shop. We look forward to more community service in the future with our auto repair in West Laurel MD 20723
11011 Scaggsville Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
See and learn even more or community service auto repairs in West Laurel 20723 area
With the Labor Day weekend in full swing, we take this time as an auto repair shop in West Laurel to say "Thank You" to all the workers of the Country, both past and present who have labored so tirelessly. The first Monday in September became the formal Federal holiday in 1894, to recognize the efforts and sacrifices of unions and workers of all types. Auto repair is a unique field of work in that you often form a relationship with people in the community. There is a level of trust and honesty that grows over time as repairs are made and vehicles run longer and more dependably. In 1979 the family of Thoroughbred auto care started with work on local cars and a lot of high end transmission repairs and modifications in those early days. Fast forward more than 37 years and we have worked with numerous hard working "labor" families (including ourselves) to make ends meet and provide quality auto repairs in the West Laurel, Burtonsville, Highlands, Maple Lawn Farms and beyond. We hope that everyone has a great weekend and enjoys today - Labor Day 2016 with loved ones.
Happy Labor Day weekend 2016!
Thoroughbred Auto Care 20723
As the Memorial day weekend approaches, many in North Laurel are preparing for vacations, cookouts and time with family and friends. We hope that if you travel your vehicle is running great and you have a safe trip. Simple automotive things like checking the oil, tires and that your wipers are working well are well worth taking the time before traveling.
Memorial Day in the US originated around the Civil War as a way to remember all the sacrifices. Then in the 19th century is was expanded to remember all the military who had given their lives for the country. In 1971 Memorial day became an official federal holiday across the United States. Many of the friends and family here at Thoroughbred have ties to the armed services and their families. We hope that the weather cooperates and everyone gets to enjoy the time with good food, good conversation and have good memories this Memorial Day weekend 2016.
We want to say "Thank You" to all who came by our car repair shop to drop off a toys for the "Toys for Tots" program. It was great to see the local people from communities and towns of Scaggsville, Laurel, Fulton, Columbia, Maple Lawn Farms and beyond as they shared the holiday spirit of giving with new toys for local children. We had another great year for collection and giving for the local kids.
We hope that all the people who gave and the children who will receive the toys know how much we enjoyed being a donation location center. Hoping everyone has a great Holiday season and travels safely as we share the roads around our family owned car repair shop in 20723 Maryland.
We're in the last week for Toys for Tots donations. The marines come to pick up the New, Unused Toys on Dec 15th 2015. So, we hope that as you are "out and about" enjoying the Holidays that you stop by and drop of your contribution. Tuesday, Dec 15th is the day for pick up so be sure to be here by Dec 14th.
We are located at 11011 Scaggsville Rd. Laurel, MD 20723. We're here and the big red box will be out front 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. We serve as a convenient donation center to our local towns of Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville and Columbia MD. Thanks for all the loyal customers and giving folks in our community, See more of your Toys for Tots collections of the past. Enjoy the Holidays!
Being thankful goes hand in hand with a local auto repair business. We are extremely thankful for all the loyal customers who support a family owned and operated business. We're thankful for the great staff of Maryland mechanics / technicians, service writers and all who are supportive of the shop working so well. We will be closed on Thursday Nov 26th to celebrate with our families and loved ones. We will be OPEN on Friday November 27th for all of you who are out and about on Black Friday. We will be here to provide any emergency services as always. Our Toys for Tots drop off box will be open and ready for you drop off a toy if you are in the area with all the shopping going on in Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Clarksville, and Columbia Maryland.
Again, Thank You for all the good relationships and loyal friends. Enjoy your Thanksgiving in Maryland.
We take a moment to say "Thank You" to all the Veterans past and present. As an auto repair shop in Laurel Maryland we see a lot of Veterans and enjoy being of service in their automotive needs. Seasoned Vets often have great stories and we are respectful of the hard work that service in the military requires.
In order to show our appreciation we regularly have an auto repair coupon special directly for our military customers. It includes 10% off of labor, up to $50. Be sure to print your coupon and present it at time of estimate. See more details on our car repair coupons page.
Veterans Day actually started at the end of World War I and was named Armistice Day, marking the truce between Germany and the Allied nations. It was set for the eleventh hour of the eleventh day, of the eleventh Month, thus 11am Nov. 11th, 1918. Armistice Day was changed to "Veterans Day" by Eisenhower and the Congress in June of 1954 and became the day to honor American military service of ALL wars.
Being in Laurel and such a short distance from so many current and retired military service men and women we are glad to share time with you and want to offer our sincere THANKS.
It's getting to the time of year once again for Holidays and an important part of that is Toys For Tots. We will be accepting new unwrapped toys for Tots November 1 through December 15. We are proud to be a drop off location for the program. We are convenient to the local areas of Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Clarksville, and Columbia Maryland. You can find the Toys for Tots Drop Off box at our shop : 11011 Scaggsville Rd. Laurel, MD 20723. Our hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Your donation should be a new, unwrapped toy. Like any of them in the image above.
Feel free to stop by and see us or give us a call if you have any question about Toys For Tots. Directions to the Drop off box and a map can be found on our location page. We've had a number of great years for Donations since the 1990's and we hope that you will make this year great as well.
Car repairs and Mother's Day may not seem like they go together, but they do. We provide car repairs for zip codes 21046, 20861, 20723, 20759, 20777, 21029 and well beyond and we see a lot great moms. Mothers provide for the family, schedule around children's needs and often make serious car repair decisions. They have to balance the family budget and they do a good job at it.
Good Moms and Mechanics share many of the same traits; honesty, good communication and care. While we would never claim to be as good as your mother we certainly strive hard to be your trusted partner for the life of your cars. We are a family oriented, locally owned and operated car repair shop who value all that mothers do for their families and the greater community. Looking for a locally owned and operated mechanics in Laurel or areas like these Clarksville, Scaggsville, Fulton, Maple Lawn Farms, MD? Give us a call.
Local Mechanics in Laurel Maryland live in the area and care about their community. Car repair and Earth Day can work very well together. We pride ourselves on being a good neighbor and that means being environmentally conscious. In every step possible we are careful to provide vehicle repairs that help the environment with highly precise tune ups providing higher fuel efficiency and longer lasting cars and trucks.
Recycling car parts at our local recycling center and automotive fluids appropriately are just some of the steps we've taken since the opening of our Laurel car care center. With experience we improve our processes so that there are less leaks and when their are we capture them and recycle those fluids in an environmentally correct manner. If you are looking for a locally owned and operated mechanic in Laurel or areas like these Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms or Clarksville, MD give us a call.
Auto repair isn't the first thing on our minds with Spring here in Laurel MD. We see more people on the roads traveling to spend time with friends and family. Winter has been longer and colder this year and that has kept people in and safe at home. Warmer temperatures and the colors of Spring allows us all to spend more time out getting errands done which have piled up from the longer winter.
Hoping everyone is enjoying the Easter Holiday with friends and family. Be safe while traveling as it is a popular time for many of us to visit with family in Laurel, Maryland and beyond. We hope to see everyone again this Spring and are glad to be making new friends already in 2015. We are only a short distance and offer towing and shuttle service to areas like these Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms and Clarksville, MD.
Happy New Year from your Local car repair shop in Laurel MD 20723. Thanks for the great year 2014 and all the new people, old friends and things we've learned from you. With new training on the latest equipment upgrades we have been able to bring better repair services to areas like Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms and Clarksville, MD on a regular basis. Whether it was an older vehicle that we were working to keep running great into its older years or a brand new model with regular maintenance we enjoyed meeting lifelong customers and it was nice making new friends as they moved into the area.
We look forward to the New Year, 2015 and again seeing lifelong friends, their cars and making new friends while helping with their vehicles. Vehicles are getting more complex so we plan as always to continue our technical training to stay way ahead of the curve with the latest computerized equipment to serve and repair your car, truck, van or SUV with great repairs. If you find yourself needing an inspection for a car that you purchase in 2015 give us a call or check out our Maryland car inspection page to learn more about the process.
Our mechanic shop hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Stop in to see us! Thoroughbred Auto Care, 20723 Laurel
A car repair shop in Laurel MD 20723 over time becomes more than just a local business. It becomes part of the community. When a shop first starts with local mechanics and owners there is a anxious start, mixed with pride in building something from scratch. But as years come and go then, turn into decades a business becomes part of the community and wants to say "Thank you" and genuinely give back.
Long term friendships are built and when someone suggests that it would be a good community place for a Toys for Tots collection location we couldn't have agreed more. This year has become a great result for the Toys for Tots program and might become the best year yet. It really goes to show the caring people and the activities of our local areas like Laurel, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton and Clarksville have stopped in and donated so many toys. So we say a heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all who have given to the local children this Holiday season. If you would like to stop in and answer any questions we would be more than happy to meet new friends in the 20723 zip code and well beyond in our friendly, community car repair shop. Our shop hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.
As an Auto repair shop in Laurel MD 20723 since the early 1990s we see ourselves as a long standing member of the community. Part of being a good member of an community is finding ways to be involved and give back when possible. That is the reason that we have been a partner of Toys for Tots and the Marines for years.
We are happy to provide a place where you can drop off your new, unwrapped toy for a child in the community this holiday season. Our toy box is here at our Laurel auto repair shop. If you have any questions about; gift types, sizes or dropping off after hours you can call us at (301) 317-7886. The Marines come to pick up the toys on Wednesday 12/17 so don't delay.
Our shop hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. If you would like to stop by and see us and drop off your gift. We look forward to the Holiday season and all the community events that go along with it. We hope that yours is filled by spending time with loved ones in rich conversation and making memories that will last a lifetime.
Don't forget your car's clock when it comes to the time change for Daylight savings time in Laurel MD 20723. Some new models have clocks that update automatically however many models still rely on us to change the vehicle's clock settings. If you have any questions check your manufacturers owner's manual.
While you are turning your clocks back for the Fall you should consider testing your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The batteries in these do lose their proper levels and need replacing. You vehicle's battery is no different so it's also a great time to check the date which is on the battery top in most cases. Getting your battery in good condition before the freezing temperatures of Winter is a great way to be prepared. If we can be of service of any automotive needs like car inspections, brake repair, oil change or regularly scheduled 30,000 regular maintenance don't hesitate to call us right here in Laurel, Maryland. We are only a short distance and offer towing and shuttle service to areas like these zip codes 21046, 20861, 20723, 20759, 20777, 21029.
Auto repair in 20723 zip code area of Maryland means FALL is coming. With the end of Summer means Fall colors are coming along so don't neglect your vehicle's care. Going back to school, travel vacations in nice temperatures and more wildlife on the roads all point toward having your vehicle in good shape before the heavy rains and snowy conditions come along. Take advantage of the nice weather and get that regular maintenance brought up to date before the winter weather has you stuck in the house or worse yet stuck on the side of the road.
Your car's regular maintenance in areas like Fulton MD and surrounding zip codes like 20723 and 20759 is something that we provide to our regular customers as well as people new to the area. Maple Lawn Farms is a new community in the area and we are happy to have found some new friends and customers in providing them services like "MD state auto inspections", Brake repair, tire sales and service along with general auto repair to our new Maple Lawn Farm neighbors. The Fall also means that more wildlife is on the roads and deer are especially noticeable. While nice to see at a distance they can create dangerous events. So be cautious to drive more attentively as well as consider getting your headlights checked and it needed we are happy to provide "headlamp restoration" to SAVE you money instead of a more costly replacement of the entire headlamp.
If you have any automotive repair needs in the Fulton MD, Scaggsville MD, Laurel MD and/or surround area codes like 21046, 20861, 20723, 20759, 20777, 21029 please give us a call and we will be happy to provide you Personal, Quality Auto repair from a Locally Owned and Operated auto repair shop.
The Thoroughbred Auto Care Family hopes that you and your loved ones enjoy the Labor Day weekend 2014.
With estimates that this Labor Day weekend will be a record for travel we hope that everyone is safe and that they get to meet with those important in their lives. America is unique in many ways and it's work ethic and celebrations are a testimony of that uniqueness. Labor Day was first recognized in 1885 by local municipalities and just 9 years later most all states had joined in the celebration as well as the Federal Holiday for the first Monday in September. Many events, changes and additions have occurred to extend the celebrations from Monday into the entire weekend. Be safe with all the vehicles on the road!
To People Everywhere Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend from the Thoroughbred Auto Care Family in Laurel Maryland
Where would we be without our Mothers? Taking the time to say thanks to all the moms who cared about us on this Mother's Day weekend May 11th 2014. This year (2014) marks the number 100th celebration for the second Sunday in May. So for all the times that you kept us safe and knew what was best for us - Thanks MOM!.
To Mother's Everywhere Enjoy Your Day from the Thoroughbred Auto Care Family
Being able to see better in low light and night conditions
is an important part of safe driving as it allows us to identify road hazards as well as street signs and lights. Headlamp restoration is a good way to gain as much as 75% back from our light sources. Looking at your car's headlights and seeing hazy, cloudy or aged material is a simple way to indicate that restoration might be the right answer for you.
With the cost of replacing headlamps extremely high in comparison many people are choosing restoration to save money and increase their safety levels. These headlamps get damaged mostly due to UV rays from sunlight so preventing the conditioning in the first place can be achieved through parking in shaded areas or completely enclosed areas like your garage.
The shape, angle and material composition can greatly effect the severity of the damage and therefore we see this occur more frequently in certain models. So before you head off to get a replacement and spend a lot of money, stop on in and let us check your headlamps and see if your vehicle is a good candidate for Restoration.
Thanks from the locally Owned & Operated Thoroughbred Auto Care Family
Tire repair is something that we all need now and then. Here at Thoroughbred giving back to the community and being a good neighbor is something that has always been at the center of our business philosophy. A big part of that is treating people as we would like to be treated and in that direction we are offering free flat fixing and tire repair. We tried this in February and with great success we are going to bring it into everyday offer until further notice. So if you have a flat tire and would like it fixed for FREE bring it on in. This offer applies to most cars and light trucks with a limit of up to $50. Please call for detail and tell your friends there is no need to pay for your next flat tire repair!
Earth Day celebrates the recycling and Eco-friendly processes that have been put into place and here at Thoroughbred we have been recycling auto parts and automotive fluids responsibly well before we knew the term "Earth Day." It's part of what we do to be a good friend to the community and a good neighbor.
So know that you have a partner here in Laurel Maryland who follows and exceeds the rules and regulations when it comes to being a responsible steward of the environment when it comes to recycling things like Motor oil, Transmission fluid, Anti-freeze and coolants and those car parts like starters and tires don't go to the landfill but instead off the recycle center.
This Vehicle came in with condenser and radiator "problems" The combination of Plowing and Potholes can leave some really large road debris so Be Careful and if you have a problem know that we are here to give you a hand and get you back on the road with 24,000 miles or 24 month Nationwide Warranty.
A customer came in with transfer case problems to their AWD / 4WD.
They had recently gotten discount “bargain” tires from a “bargain” place
instead of an experienced auto repair shop.
The problem is that the salesman sold them tires which were the wrong
size - 1 ½ inches different in circumference which is what caused the Blown transfer
case. Tire savings $10 a tire… Transfer cases
replacement / repair range from $1,300 - $2,200.
Knowing the difference : PRICELESS
With freezing Cold temps vehicles can run into unique issues. Here are a few tips for helping your vehicle survive.