Yearly Archives: 2013

Safe Holiday Driving Tips

This is an exciting time of the year. Family and friends gather together to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. Some may be traveling across town while others may be driving long distances to get to their holiday destination. If you’ll be the one driving long distances, here are some tips you can follow to make your holiday travels safer and less stressful: Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle ready for the long drive. It’s as easy as scheduling a pre-trip inspection with Trojan Auto Care. We’ll let you know if we find any problems and we can get them corrected so you can travel with a little more peace of mind. Be flexible with your travel plans. Traffic and weather will be your biggest contentions. Plan to leave at off-peak times to avoid major traffic. If snow or inclement weather is predicted, change your schedule. Stay fresh and alert while driving. If you get tired, pull into a rest area, get out of the car for some fresh air, buy something refreshing to eat or d ... read more

Trojan Auto Care Welcomes Lisa Collins as Service Advisor

Trojan Auto Care Welcomes Lisa Collins as Service Advisor

Vic is pleased to announce that Lisa Collins has joined Trojan Auto Care’s team of automotive repair experts. Lisa comes to Trojan Auto Care with over 12 years of automotive industry experience. “I’m excited and pleased to have Lisa on board with us,” says Vic. “She has excellent people skills along with extensive industry knowledge. Both are important when it comes to providing the top-notch service customers expect from Trojan Auto Care.” Before coming to Trojan Auto Care, Lisa worked as a Service Advisor for 10 years and in the wholesale auto parts industry for 2 years. When asked what she enjoys most about the business, she says, “It’s great to meet new people every day and know you play an important role in taking care of their auto repair needs.” Lisa chose to work at Trojan Auto Care because of our reputation for excellent customer service and the fact we employ ASE-Certified Technicians. She also believes m ... read more

Trojan Auto Care to hold annual fundraiser for Health Partners Free Clinic

Trojan Auto Care to hold annual fundraiser for Health Partners Free Clinic

Starting on November 29, 2013, Troy Ohio’s Trojan Auto Care will begin its annual fundraising campaign for Health Partners Free Clinic. The clinic provides free medical care to residents of Miami County, Ohio, who are either uninsured or under-insured. As the colder months set in, the need for financial assistance increases dramatically. Free clinics nationwide will continue to play an important safety-net role by providing healthcare to the estimated 26-million residents who will remain uninsured and under-insured even after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “This year’s campaign is going to be structured a little bit differently than we’ve been doing over the past several years,” says Trojan Auto Care’s owner, Vic Haddad. “The day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve day, we will be selling gift certificates to individuals interested in saving on car services at Trojan Auto Care. For every ... read more

The Basics of Car Care

If your goal is to make it last for the long haul, there are some basic ways to care for your vehicle. Preventive maintenance is the best way to keep your vehicle running as it should. It is also an important part of preventing breakdowns and major repair costs. Here are some car care basics: Go through and read the owner's manual for your vehicle. Doing so will allow you to better understand all its features and it will also identify the recommended maintenance schedule. Maintain all the fluids. Engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, etc. should be clean and topped off. If you don't know the best maintenance schedule for specific components in your vehicle, ask us. If we’ve been maintaining your vehicle all along, we’ll be happy to advise you on the best schedule for your vehicle. Change the engine oil and filter every 3,000 miles and the transmission fluid and filter every 30,000 miles. If you are noticing an irregular noise, vibration, or leak, have your vehicle inspected as ... read more

Automotive Advice for College-Bound Drivers

Automotive Advice for College-Bound Drivers

If you are attending college away from home, you will be driving back to school in the very near future. There are a lot of things to get done before you leave and one of them is making certain your car is safe and reliable before you go. That way you can avoid the hassles of dealing with a breakdown or finding a mechanic near your school. By following some basic automotive advice, all you college-bound students can make sure your car is road-worthy. Schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in for a check-up well in advance of leaving. While it’s in the shop, have the oil and filter changed. During the appointment have the fuel and air filters replaced, the valves adjusted, spark plugs inspected/replaced, the tires rotated and balanced, and all the fluids topped off. If you know there are some old hoses and belts on your car, make sure they are replaced. These parts become dry and brittle over time, and if they fai ... read more

How to Maintain Your Vehicle

When it comes to your vehicle, have you ever wondered about the importance of preventive maintenance? If you have, you are not alone. The general perception among vehicle owners is that preventive maintenance is an unnecessary cost. They feel they are spending money to fix problems do not yet exist. This could not be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that preventive maintenance can be a valuable investment. Properly maintaining your vehicle will increase fuel efficiency. It will also help you avoid the higher expenses of emergency repair service, towing charges, and even the inconvenience of a breakdown. Preventive maintenance is the key to dependable vehicles, yet we find that: 38% of vehicles have dirty or low levels of engine oil 54% have low tire pressure 28% have inadequate protection in the cooling system 19% need new belts 16% need cabin air filters 10% have low or bad brake fluid What happens when situations like this continue? Parts wear out and fail ... read more

Before You Travel...

Before You Travel...

Driving to your weekend or vacation destinations can sometimes become a stressful situation. Add to that the worry of whether or not your vehicle will make it is no way to start a relaxing trip. Taking care of some maintenance issues before the summer starts will help ease your mind as you get your car on the road. Here are some car care and travel tips to make the process easier: Check all fluid levels and their condition -- engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. If you are nearing your next scheduled oil and filter change service, visit us in advance of your leaving. Make sure your tires are inflated properly, have enough tire tread and are in good condition. Also, check your spare tire. Remember that visibility is important so check all the lights on your vehicle. Make sure your head lights, brake lights and directional signals are working prope ... read more

Smartphone App Makes for Easy Tracking of Gas Mileage and Performance

Have you ever wondered if your car was performing at its optimum? One of the best ways to tell how your vehicle’s engine is performing is by tracking your gas mileage. If you notice you are getting less miles to the tank, it’s a good indication something needs to be tuned up in your vehicle’s engine. This simple Smartphone app makes it simple for you to track your mileage. It can remind you when the oil needs to be changed and the tires rotated. It can even track how much you are spending on gasoline. To learn more about this app, go to: http://appcubby.com/gas-cubby. You can also download it from the iTunes App Store

Trojan Auto Care welcomes John Grassmann to its team of Trusted Auto Repair Experts

Trojan Auto Care welcomes John Grassmann to its team of Trusted Auto Repair Experts

Trojan Auto Care is pleased to announce that John Grassmann has joined its team of trusted automotive repair experts. Grassmann comes to Trojan Auto Care after having served for several years with the Unites States Army (he is on the right in this photo). “I’m very pleased to have John join our automotive repair team,” says Vic Haddad, owner of Trojan Auto Care. According to Haddad, “We’ve been working hard to build an automotive repair business that has a reputation of providing exceptional customer service. John’s enthusiasm to the automotive industry and his dedication to hard work fit perfectly with our goal. We’re excited to see him excel in his studies and his position here at Trojan Auto Care.” Grassmann grew up in Eaton, OH, and joined the Army in March of 2004. After going through basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and then advanced training at Fort Drum in New York, he was deployed to Iraq for ... read more

Spring Car Care Tips

In just a few weeks, the official start of Spring will be here. Will you be getting ready by doing a Spring cleaning around your home? If so, you may also want to consider a little Spring maintenance on your vehicle, especially if you want to make sure it's in good shape for the scenic drives you'll be taking. This checklist is a good start to making sure your car, truck or van is ready for the change of the season. Remove winter tires or rotate all-season radials. Once the weather warms and the threat of snowstorms is over, it’s time to remove and store the winter tires. If you’ve got all-season radials on your vehicle, have them rotated. Replace wiper blades. Winter weather can be harsh on wiper blades. Make sure you can see out your windshield when those Spring rains come by changing the wiper blades. Have the brakes checked. You don’t want to find out your brakes need to be replaced when you need them for stopping. Some warning ... read more

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