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COST SAVING TIPS

COST SAVING TIPS, Centerville, OH

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.



Centerville Service Center Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!

ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
IDENTIFIX
IATN (International Automotive Technicians' Network)
Jasper
ASE Master Technician
BBB Accredited Business
ALL-DATA
Enterprise
Wix Filters
Moog Parts
KYB
Standard
Car Care Aware

TESTIMONIALS

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Great trustworthy crew!
, 10/29/2014

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Friendly, professional environment. They did a great job and I look forward to using them again.
, 11/11/2015

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Have been so impressed with these guys since we moved to Centerville. They seem to honestly listen to customer concerns, diagnose the problem, and make the repair quickly. Great service goes a long way in the automotive repair business. They also take appointments for oil changes!
, 02/23/2016

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These guys are great ! My car took longer than anticipated (they're busy) so the owner brings it to our home. I'm very impressed. Thanks Ben
, 04/23/2016

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Centerville Service Center cares about people and community. I appreciate and trust any mechanics that lend their time and skills to support flood victims. Thanks for being a class act fellas!
, 07/01/2016

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Great service and such friendly staff!!! This is the 2nd time we've used Centerville service and both times exceptional fast friendly service!! Highly recommend Ben and all the staff!!!
, 04/04/2017

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Great customer service, great attitude , highly recommended on a scale 1 to 10 I give them a 20.
, 05/04/2017

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CSC has serviced our vehicles since 2010. Excellent customer service and automotive work at a reasonable price. This is the first place you should stop if you need an auto mechanic.
, 08/21/2017

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Amazing service will definitely recommend the shop to my friends and family!!!
, 09/22/2017

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Honest and reliable service every time we have taken our vehicles here ... will certainly recommend to anyone needing auto service!
, 11/02/2017

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Great service and a friendly staff! They even offered to give me a ride to work after dropping my car off for an oil change.
, 11/13/2017

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Great service! Knowledgeable and skilled mechanics! I only take my vehicles to Ben!
, 11/13/2017

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There is a reason they have 100% 5-star reviews. These guys are the best. Their prices are probably average, but the level of service and integrity is off the charts. They'll take the time to talk you through the issues without rushing through it. Highly recommend.
, 11/15/2017

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This place is on North Main Street in Centerville, not Dayton. Anyway - these guys are honest as the day is long (or short, this time of year!) and do great work. They're not the cheapest place in town, but they do only the work that's necessary and they do it right.


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I've taken my cars to CSC for about five years now. They have consistently been honest, reliable and speedy all while maintaining a great level of quality.


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Great service. Really appreciate you staying late to install new battery. Thanks again.


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I have used your facilities for over 30 years and do so because of the confidence that I have in your business. Your folks are well trained and they give good advice. I appreciate honesty and good service and reasonable prices. Thank you


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I always appreciate you working with me to get the best service and parts at the lowest price possible. Chad and Ben do a great job.


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I really appreciated the recommendations for maintenance and service on a used Camry that we are looking to purchase. Your evaulation was very thorough and helpful.


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It is important to me to have mechanics who care about my car, are trustworthy, and competent. This place has been excellent in my experience.


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They were ready for my appointment, took my car, completed the job, in record time. Very pleased with the quality of work.


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This location is friendly, honest, and trustworthy. The prices seem a bit higher than others, but you most likely won't find someone who will keep you from spending unnecessary dollars.


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I was very happy with the work done on our Jetta. They installed my own disc pads and did a great job. They just forgot to complete a tire rotation, but there was no charge at the time. I will definitely consider this location for future work on this car and others in our family


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Very satisfied, excellent service from people I have put my trust in through the years.


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Needed a quick fix on my automobile. They checked it out, did the repair and I was out the door in about an hour. Great Servic Center.


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100% satisfied with the folks working at Centerville Service Center. Very skilled and professional mechanics. A bonus for any customer is that they are friendly as well. These guys will always go out of their way to be sure you are pleased with the work performed on your vehicle. The price is always fare and very competitive. A clean place to await vehicle's repair with coffee and very often free doughnuts.


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I don't have any problems with the time, price or quality of the work. They did what they promise to do. Can't expect any more. Thanks


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Centerville Service Center is where I bring all my vehicles. They are very efficient at locating the problem/issue and their prices are extremely fair. They even offer military discounts unlike several other places. I recommend to anyone that needs work done on their vehicle to bring it into them.


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I brought my car in and had it checked for the check engine light coming on and some other noises it was making. They provided a quick diagnoses and the most money saving way of moving forward. I always appriciate their honesty and not just trying to offer the fix that will get them the most money out of me.


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Car taken in as scheduled and problem isolated quickly. Took a day to get the part and so a loaner vehicle was provided. Finished up next day and seems as though the problem was solved. Good service and followup. The servicing of my car was quick and complete and it was in and out in less than one day, as I had hoped. We have been coming here for years with our cars and will continue to do so when the service is so good.


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I wouldn't trust anyone else with general maintenance & repairs on my vehicle. Highly recommended


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The service was good. It would have been good for the bill to reflect that the technician inspected the brakes while he was replacing the rotors and that they were O.K. I asked that that be added before my bill was printed and the clerk did that.


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As long as I live in the area, Centerville Service Center has a customer in me! I will recommend this place to anyone. They were fast, friendly and honest. They even fixed a nail in my mom's tire on the spot when she was dropping me off to pick up my car. Also, many times I have gone to auto shops where I felt I was talked down to and charged unfairly, simply because I was a female. These guys are gentlemen. The problems were explained to me thoroughly and I walked away with a plan of action to deal with other, not as urgent issues. Cannot thank Ben and the whole team, enough. You guys rock!
, 07/28/2018