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By Johny Fares, Aug 18 2017 12:00AM

We all enjoy the feeling of zipping around Chevy Chase, MD in our cars. Feeling the power and roar of the engine…the wind blowing in your hair. It doesn’t count for much if your automobile can’t stop fast enough when you hit the brakes. The brake system of your vehicle is by far the most important safety system that it has. Being able to slow down or stop at a moments notice will help to avoid an incident or accident. Improperly working brakes will not do the job they are designed to do and will not be as effective when needed, especially in a panic situation.

You Owe Yourself a Checkup

It’s always a good idea to have your brake system inspected with each oil change or at minimum every 6 months, or about every 6,000 miles. You can save yourself some time and money if you keep your eyes and ears open for brake damage. That’s not to say your brakes shouldn’t be regularly inspected, because they should. But knowing when to bring in your car for a check-up keeps you one step ahead of trouble. It’s always a good idea to bring your vehicle in to a trusted repair facility to regularly test drive the vehicle to see how the brake system functions.

And while you’re there, they can perform an actual visual inspection, measuring pad and shoe thickness, check for even wear of the pads and shoes, check rotors for run out and hot spots, check hardware to make sure it is working properly and that it is adjusted properly. No vehicle will stop effectively with worn brake pads and or rotors.

Stop, Look and Listen

It’s important to note that there are two ways to determine whether or not the pads will need replacing…the first is visually. If you see that the depth of the pad is less that 1/4 inch, you need to replace it, and soon! If you see that it’s less than 1/8 inch, there isn’t any time to waste as you are getting really close to damaging the rotor.

The second is by ear. If you are hearing a screeching sound when you put your foot on the brakes, it’s not good. You are overdue for a repair. But, if it sounds more like scraping on metal, then you have damaged your rotors and you need to fix the brakes immediately, otherwise, you could cause major damage.

When it comes to choosing a Chevy Chase, MD brake repair shop, the smart choice is Auto Clinic Care. Let us earn your business and prove to you why we proudly hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You'll be served by the best and you'll see we're proud to assist with all your auto repair and maintenance needs. Auto Clinic Care proudly serves Kensington, MD and all surrounding areas. Auto Clinic Care is located at 5531 Nicholson Ln Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852. ACC's business hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. Give us a call today (301)881-7891 or shoot us an email.

Auto Clinic Care: it’s our business to keep your automobile on the road.

By Johny Fares, Aug 14 2017 12:00AM

The analogy has often been made between mechanics and doctors. You don’t necessarily want to go see one or the other very often, but when you do, you want to feel like the kernel of a relationship exists so you’re not just being treated like a number.

When it comes to finding and/or frequenting an auto repair shop, it pays (literally) to see someone who is familiar with your vehicle, its maintenance and repair history. Someone who knows you will be more likely to take the greatest care of you and your car. This trusting relationship will reduce the stress of the inevitable major repair and you’ll be able to drive down the road confident in your vehicle’s performance and safety.

Like Colors of a Rainbow

It’s not easy finding a decent mechanic. This is a business and, as such, auto repair shops in Chevy Chase, MD have different pricing structures for a variety of reasons. If the repair shop is worthy of your trust, they will explain how they came to the total cost in a way that helps you feel good about what you are paying for.

Getting back to the doctor analogy…you wouldn’t just go see anybody and it’s the same with auto repair shops. Make your mom proud and shop around with a discerning eye (preferably before your vehicle needs service).

Customer Service: Will the mechanic (or their Service Writer) sit down with me and talk through the repairs needed, the urgency of each, and cost? Will he or she listen to my experiences driving the vehicle and hear out my questions and concerns?

Diagnostics: Does the mechanic apply skill and effort toward diagnosing problems instead of guessing with parts? You should always be given a good reason to replace a part, and it’s ideal to replace parts based on a confirmed diagnosis. A trustworthy mechanic won’t want to recommend more parts than needed.

Pricing: Consider how their pricing compares to other mechanic shops. Are they the cheapest? Why? Are they the most expensive? Why? Cheapest or most expensive doesn’t always mean better or worse. Good work that costs more now will be less painful on your bank account than lesser quality work which needs to be revisited multiple times.

Tools and Resources: Is a shop equipped for a variety of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair jobs? In addition to tools and equipment, do they have access to professional service information and resources to get the job done well?

When it comes to choosing a Chevy Chase, MD auto repair shop, the smart choice is Auto Clinic Care. Let us earn your business and prove to you why we proudly hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You'll be served by the best and you'll see we're proud to assist with all your auto repair and maintenance needs. Auto Clinic Care proudly serves Kensington, MD and all surrounding areas. Auto Clinic Care is located at 5531 Nicholson Ln Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852. ACC's business hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. Give us a call today (301) 881-7891 or shoot us an email.

Auto Clinic Care: it’s our business to keep your automobile on the road.

By Johny Fares, Aug 11 2017 01:45PM

Has there ever been a prime-time drama or situation comedy dealing with auto or brake repair? If there hasn’t, maybe there ought to be, because a lot of the situations in Rockville, MD that present themselves to the auto mechanics in our shop are pretty incredible! The things we find, the repairs we make, and the people we meet. All worthy of episodic television.

The difference is that at Auto Clinic Care, we’re not play-acting. We take our jobs seriously. Especially the work done on your brakes. Most car owners just don’t see the big picture when it concerns the brakes on their automobiles. They hear their brakes squeaking when they come to a stop, they feel their vehicle dragging to a complete halt. And more often than not, these tell-tale signs are ignored! In fact, the first episode of our fictional television series should be called “The It-Won’t-Happen-to-Me Club!” That’s where faulty brakes and accidents happen to the other person! Because of course it’ll never happen to you.

Until it does!

Come See the Pro’s

There’s nothing make-believe about the service we provide at Auto Clinic care or the work we do. Brake repair for your vehicle can be a ratings blockbuster if you don’t ignore your brake’s warning signs! When brake repair is ignored, the impact is ugly. You wouldn’t deprive yourself a visit to the doctor so why would ignore the need to bring your car in for brake repair? Even ignoring something as small as a burnt out brake light or turn signal can lead to trouble on the road. It’s just not worth it.

Bringing your car in for new brakes or brake repair in Rockville, MD is the sign of someone who cares not only about their vehicle, but also about the passengers who ride in it. When you bring your vehicle in for new brakes, we give you an award-winning performance. We check the brakes and any collateral systems that faulty brakes can impact.

All the World’s a Stage

Let the “other guys” try to talk you into a sweet deal. At Auto Clinic Care, brake repair play to sell-out crowds. Swing by for a visit and tune in to Auto Clinic Care before your brakes go south. We’ll give you the deal in a language you can understand. When it comes to choosing a Rockville, MD auto repair shop, the smart choice is Auto Clinic Care. Think of us as your family doctor…but for your automobile. We’ll give your vehicle the best checkup possible to ensure that it’s up and running in no time and stays that way!

The trained and certified Auto Clinic Care technicians proudly serve Rockville, MD and all the surrounding areas.

Auto Clinic Care is located at 5531 Nicholson Ln Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852. ACC's business hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. Give us a call today (301) 881-7891 or shoot us email.

Auto Clinic Care: Here for you. Here for your car. Now THAT'S a winning combination!

By Johny Fares, Aug 7 2017 12:00AM

If you want to have a good time, the old saying goes; you gotta have a good watch. Likewise, if you want your automobile to take good care of you, then you have to take good care of your automobile. It’s all relative. You need a quality auto service that will get you back on the road with a minimum amount of stress and strain. Both on you and your wallet.

Think about it: As soon as something goes wrong with your vehicle, the clock starts ticking. You need to find a mechanic, bring in your car, figure out how to get to work and then repeat the whole process once your car is ready!

Work Ethic

Sometimes it seems like pride and ownership is a thing of the past. There are auto repair shops out there that will make you feel like YOU are working for THEM and not the other way around. At Auto Clinic Care, we know that we’re only as good as our last job. So it doesn’t matter if you come in for a tune-up or to get your tires balanced. If we don’t treat the job like it’s our first, you won’t be back and neither will any one else. Because word DOES get around!

(Garage) Door is Always Open

Bringing your car into to a Rockville, MD auto repair shop not only extends the life of your vehicle, but ensure that it is safe for you and those around you. Even ignoring something as elementary as a burned out brake light or turning signal can lead to trouble on the road. It’s just not worth it!

If you have a new car, your warranty demands you follow and maintain and periodic maintenance schedule. And if your vehicle has put its best years behind it, then it is even more important to schedule an annual or semi annual visit to a Rockville, MD auto repair shop.

Tick-Tick-Tick

When the clock starts ticking, will you know who to call? Will there be a reliable auto service to come to your assistance? Make the right choice at the right time by calling Auto Clinic Care. We’re trained and ready to ensure your automobile gets back on the road in better shape than when you brought it in.

When it comes to choosing a Rockville, MD auto repair shop, the smart choice is Auto Clinic Care. Think of us as your family doctor…but for your automobile. Our trained and certified Auto Clinic Care technicians proudly serve Rockville, MD and all the surrounding areas. We’ll give your vehicle the best checkup possible to ensure that it’s up and running in no time…and stays that way!

Auto Clinic Care is located at 5531 Nicholson Ln Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852. ACC's business hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. Give us a call today (301) 881-7891 or shoot us email.

Auto Clinic Care: Time waits for no one. We’re here for you. Here for your car. Now THAT'S a winning combination!

By Johny Fares, Jul 28 2017 12:00AM

When we were growing up as small children, we probably spent some time playing in a sand box at the park or in the backyard. And in the sand box, ideally, you could find all your favorite toys and tools: a shovel or spade, a pale and a few toy trucks. Life was good back in the day! Now as adults, when you are looking for a quality auto repair shop in Rockville, MD, you want to find one where the “sand box” is also chock full of the right tools for the right job.

Discover What’s Important

Time for a quick test: what’s the most important part of your automobile? The engine? The brakes? The tires? Or the air conditioning? The truth is, it’s ALL important! If your entire vehicle isn’t in sync, every problem will trigger another issue and in the bigger scheme of things, the shelf life of your car will continue to get shorter! Which is why in Rockville, MD, you want an auto repair shop that places a high premium on customer service. That repair shop is Auto Clinic Care.

The Value of Comprehensive Care

In the medical world, the term “comprehensive care” refers to treating the whole patient. Because a sore toe could be a hint of something more important. We treat your car the same way: A vehicle checkup ensures that the engine is running properly. That means belts that aren’t dry or cracked, new spark plugs as needed, brakes and brake pads that allow you to stop on a dime and an oil change that is in sync with the number of miles you’re putting on the car.

And if you have a new car, your warranty demands you follow and maintain and periodic maintenance schedule. Even if your vehicle has put its best years behind it, it is even more important to schedule an annual or semi annual visit to a Rockville, MD auto repair shop.

A Bigger Place to Play

We’re all a little older, but our sand box of choice is Auto Clinic Care. We have all the tools and toys you need to ensure your automobile gets back on the road in better shape than when you brought it in. It’s a bigger place to play, but helping you is what brings us the biggest thrill.

So remember: When it comes to choosing a Rockville, MD auto repair shop, the smart choice is Auto Clinic Care. Think of us as your family doctor…but for your automobile. We’ll give your vehicle the best checkup possible to ensure that it’s up and running in no time and stays that way!

The trained and certified Auto Clinic Care technicians proudly serve Rockville, MD and all the surrounding areas.

Auto Clinic Care is located at 5531 Nicholson Ln Ste A, Rockville, MD 20852. ACC's business hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm. Give us a call today (301) 881-7891 or shoot us email.

Auto Clinic Care: Here for you. Here for your car. Now THAT'S a winning combination!

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