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10 Helpful Tutorials For New Drivers

10 Helpful Tutorials For New Drivers

Photo by Jan Baborak on Unsplash   With Christmas done and the new year beginning, this may be a time of teaching someone in your home how to drive for the first time. It can be nerve wracking for parent and child, trying to keep the work ahead of you serious and focused without terrifying a new driver.   The first thing we’d like to recommend is to set up some goals with your young driver, skills tests that they will pass under your watchful eye. We recommend that you download this PDF from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a great checklist to knowing all the necessary skills. (Their website has a lot of great guidance.)   Be sure to check their preparation when they drive. Make sure they are making proper adjustments to the steering wheel, seat, and mirrors ... read more

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5 Road Trip Hacks For Family Holiday Travel

5 Road Trip Hacks For Family Holiday Travel

Photo by Sergey Tarasov on Unsplash   With December finally here, there's lots of anticipation to have a wonderful holiday ahead. Going "over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house" is an American tradition as old as the Interstate system, and it comes with its own beautiful traditions and pitfalls.   Holiday traveling can be wonderful, or it can be horrible. It really depends on who's traveling and what they think of the experience on the road. Thankfully, after nearly 75 years of highway travel, we've learned a thing or two about how to make a holiday trip less stagnant. Even as technology seems to pull us more into ourselves, a holiday trip can be a wonderful forum to reconnect with your family; in a way that makes them feel loved and happy to belong. Here are 5 tips to help you and your family have a better road trip experience.    Do your due diligence! Weather, traffic, and local events are often listed on travel ... read more

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How To Show An Attitude Of Gratitude For Your Vehicle

How To Show An Attitude Of Gratitude For Your Vehicle

Photo by autowelt_2014 on Pixabay   Welcome to November! It’s a month of reacquainting ourselves with our families as the holiday season begins. In the United States, we share the annual tradition of a large turkey dinner with our family to recognize the grateful pilgrims. After a difficult crossing over the Atlantic Ocean, they arrived centuries ago and managed to thrive in their first year.    And we should show gratitude to all the players in our story who help us out:   ·  The family who love and support us.   ·  The friends who care for us.   ·  The neighbors who accept and respect us.   ·  Even the pets who love us despite our flaws.     As a car owner, where would you be if your car refused to start tomorrow?    Our cars have held up in terrible circumstances for many drivers, managed to make it for miles on fumes, and handled potholes, bumps, and near-mi ... read more

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3 Big Reasons October Is Known For Brake Repair

3 Big Reasons October Is Known For Brake Repair

Photo by S. Hermann & F. Richter on Pixabay   October is one of our favorite months of the year. Lots of significant events happen in October. There’s Fall Carnivals, Halloween, and there’s a deluge of incredible sporting events, including baseball, soccer, football on the national, collegiate, and local high school scale, and more. It’s a great month, and it ramps up into winter very quickly.   In case you didn’t know, getting your brakes repaired this month is a good idea. The winter season is quickly approaching, and events are in motion that will make your brakes incredibly important. There are three other significant reasons why October is the best month to get your brakes repaired.   School’s back in session. With kids running home from school again, you need to watch out for sudden surprises on the road. If your brakes are starting to fade, a need for a sudden stop could turn deadly. Give yourself and the kids in your area eve ... read more

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Is Your Vehicle Ready To Roll If Disaster Strikes?

Is Your Vehicle Ready To Roll If Disaster Strikes?

Photo by Brice Cooper on Unsplash It’s been a rough past year, and we’ve got one more important month to get through-- the dry, hot days of September. The hottest month of the year, August is also the least wet month. As we enter the decay of Autumn, the dry weather and blistering heat make wild areas, forests, and savannas brittle and combustible, and it only takes one careless spark to destroy the homes and livelihoods of millions of people.  An essential element in a repeating crisis is that we learn from the mistakes of previous years without realizing through loss. In the event that disaster strikes and you need to self-evacuate, it is vital that you adequately prepare your vehicle for what could be a long trip and that you are ready to go (if and when the call comes).  Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your vehicle is eva ... read more

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5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool During Those Hot Summer Nights

5 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool During Those Hot Summer Nights

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash   Is it hot enough for you yet? August reminds us of just how hot the summers in Southern California can be (extremely hot). It can make travel difficult, especially when you go sightseeing or to the beach, only to come back to a car that is essentially a hellish oven.   No one likes getting into a burning hot car on a hot summer day. Huntington Beach is blessed with the ocean breeze, but California’s dry heat can make driving in the summer a miserable experience.   Here are 5 ways to keep your car cool:   Crack the windows when you leave the car - allowing just a little air to breeze in will help keep things tolerable. Also, try opening the back windows when you arrive and fan the driver’s side door over and over again to pump warm air out of the car. Coverage - use a sunshade for the fro ... read more

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What Is The Difference Between Major & Minor Service?

What Is The Difference Between Major & Minor Service?

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash   Let's explore the difference between minor service and major service, and what these services do for your automobile! Minor and major service can be confused in the conversation for minor and major repairs. Service means the work we do to keep our cars in shape. The word Repair is the signifier; it’s all about undoing the damage we do to our cars. The difference between these two things is that service is the steps that we take to prevent needing repairs.    Your car may be in need of service, but what kind? Let’s take a look at the differences between major and minor service.   Minor Service - a minor service usually takes place at intervals of 7500 miles ... read more

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Why Does Huntington Beach Have So Many Hot Rods?

Why Does Huntington Beach Have So Many Hot Rods?

Photo by Julio Ramirez on Unsplash   Welcome to the June Blog for HB Auto & AC!    Have you ever noticed how many hot rod cars are driving around Huntington Beach, California? Just last month, our blog featured the many events going on this summer. There are dozens of hot rod car events in the summer months.   The area grabs the attention of hot rod collectors and enthusiasts who come from all over to attend the wide range of hot rod events, and for good reasons-- we're the perfect community for it.   Here are some reasons why Huntington Beach draws the hot rod community:   Older demographic --  Classic cars are typically more prevalent among older men and are less popular among the young ... read more

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Best Car Shows of Summer 2021

Best Car Shows of Summer 2021

Photo by Wes Tindel on Unsplash With spring starting to shift towards summer and immunizations reaching new highs, people are beginning to get back out and enjoy events again. If you love cars as much as we love repairing and maintaining them, you should know that there are plenty of upcoming car show events around Huntington Beach! Here are some of our favorites:   Gary’s Classic Car Show with Buena Park Emblem Elks Lodge, 7212 Melrose St., Buena Park, CA Every Friday, 4 – 8 PM   Donut Derelicts Cars & Coffee Adams Avenue Donuts, 9015 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA Every Saturday, 5 – 8 AM ... read more

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Which Is Cheaper? Maintaining Your Old Car vs. Buying A New One

Which Is Cheaper? Maintaining Your Old Car vs. Buying A New One

Welcome to April’s blog! We’re looking over the pros and cons of maintaining your car as opposed to buying a new one when things begin to fall apart. It’s straightforward to tell where an auto mechanic stands: fix your car. But we often see customers bringing in vehicles that are just beyond fixing. They’ve waited too long, pushed it too far, and done the kind of irreparable damage to their engine that makes us wince. We have to advise them that they’d be better off getting a new car and letting go of their current model.  The unfortunate part about that is how much money the client is losing. Preventative maintenance saves money. It costs considerably less to bring your car to the auto mechanic at regular intervals and trust their instruction. You should believe a qualified mechanic when they tell you, “You’ll need to get that timing belt replaced in a few months,” than to drive for an additional year and then have the timing belt ... read more

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