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530-221-4132 | 1270 Hartell Ave Suite C

COST SAVING TIPS

COST SAVING TIPS, Redding, CA

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.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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Great service! Very knowledgeable and reasonable!

, 08/13/2020

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Good service

, 08/11/2020

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Good place to go when you need your car work On

, 06/26/2020

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Best auto shop in Shasta Co.,Honest, Trustworthy good old boy "AMEN"GOD BLESS GUYS LOVE YOU MORE ????

, 06/11/2020

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These guys are manic with a wrench. They've fixed most of my families cars/trucks. I have been going to them for years (around 5?) We have no problem or issues with this place. Holy moly! They are curtious and lower priced then other places. I just wish they'd work on my RV. Hehe. So fast...Im always surprised on how fast they get stuff done. My car was dying (I thought) and when they got done it was running like a new car. If you want your car or truck fixed the right way, go here. Love em. I recommend highly.

, 06/10/2020

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These Guys are the best! I've been going here for a few years now and Norm and Shane are the most knowledgeable, honest guys I've ever dealt with in Automotive mechanics. They really care about their customers.

, 02/10/2015

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I have been going to D and H Automotive for 17 years now. Love this shop. These guys do great work and are honest and fair. You can trust D and H Automotive to handle any automotive repair,from a window regulator to replacing the engine.

, 04/01/2015

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The honesty. My thunderbird needed alot of work done on the front end. A lot. I knew it did. So i did a little research on my problem. Had a price in my head.....they did not charge me a thing to check it out. Every thing i asked they deivered on. Worked it all out. They were fast. Knew what the problem was. And off i was. Very nice. Happy environment. Very reasonable prices. For labor also. Have no fear. Go to d&h. They have never done me wrong. Recommend to anyone. For sure

, 10/13/2015

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Reasonable prices and friendly service...Im really happy I chose D&H

, 05/03/2016

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I have been going to D & H Automotive for over 8 years now. I have had fantastic results every time. When a part has gone bad under warranty they have always replaced it in a timely fashion. It has been due to their fair prices, fast service and honesty that I have referred over 10 other clients and family to them. Each of them have always had the same experience as I have and never a complaint. Both my friends and I will always continue to do business with D & H Automotive for years to come. Thank You for your service, Daniel Torquato

, 07/19/2016

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I love these guys. They have helped me for 16 plus years. They are very helpful and they are great at getting the fix right the first time. Thanks guys!

, 09/30/2016

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They have taken care of my vehicles, from diesel to my family SUV. And always given great service.

, 06/10/2017

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I have taken several cars here for various reasons. Every time is quick and easy and fair pricing. I don't know a bunch about cars and could have been screwed over fairly easy but wasn't. They are friendly and very knowledgeable and usually pretty quick. I will continue to take my cars here in the future and definitely recommend others to as well.

, 08/09/2017

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Great shop! Norm got me in the same day I called and fixed my trunk in less than 20 minutes at a fantastic price.

, 11/09/2017

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Honest to good quality and priced. No BS either which I consider a plus.

, 02/13/2018

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Thank you so much, Norm and Shane! Your integrity and kindness is unsurpassed! The high quality of your service has made me a customer for life!

, 03/29/2018

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Thank you J & D Automotive for having amazing customer service.

, 05/23/2018

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I had a great experience at D and H auto. The service was friendly and honest and quick. They went above and beyond to make sure that my needs were met with my repairs. I look forward to using them again.

, 05/28/2018

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Great service and knowledge would recommend to anyone needing service on there vehicles.

, 06/04/2018

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I have used their services on multiple occasions for my own vehicle and my sons. They have always provided me excellent service at a competitive rate and without a wait. I will continue to use their services whenever I have automotive service needs.

, 07/16/2018

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Honest trustworthy and fair priced

, 07/19/2018

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Been going to D&H for years and have taken several vehicles to them. They have always bee honest and dependable and the customer service is amazing.

, 09/28/2018

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Great Service and Fair Prices. I was new to CA and I felt like I was in good hands with D & H.

, 09/30/2018

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They have great service and are very honest, they won?t do anything you dont need , every time I go in they give me quality service . It?s good to find someone you can trust . Check them out they are great .

, 03/09/2019

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Awesome work always done right , couldn't ask 4 a better shop 4 my vehicle.

, 07/02/2019

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These guys know what they are doing. Been here 3 times now usually to get my A/C recharged and they are fast and friendly guys. They do a through and complete job. Would not hesitate to give these guys a look.

, 07/18/2019

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This place is great. The techs were knowledgeable, the work was fast and high quality.

, 08/04/2019

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D&H automotive is the greatest. Wish I knew about them years ago.

, 09/04/2019

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Excellent customer service

, 09/14/2019

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Super awesome guys always have taken really good care of me. During and after all the work was done.

, 09/19/2019

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The best

, 01/26/2020

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The employees know thair stuff! The staff welcome you. They get to the problem and they dont brake the bank. Price for labor and parts are fair. My dad, my and son recommended this place to me and i also would encourage everyone to who needs work on thair auto. To take it to D&H Automotive . You will be pleased.

, 02/04/2020

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Norm and Shane are the mechanics here. They are trustworthy and excellent at their jobs. They truly care about their customers. Would highly recommend them over and over again!

, 02/07/2020

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They always try to get my car fixed in a timely manner and they had a lot of repairs this last week and Shane and Norm have it done within a week and it was basically rebuilding the top part of the motor it was amazing it ran great I drove it out of town and it drove way better wreck a highly recommend them in the customer with my grandfather for at least 30 years with them

, 02/26/2020

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I have taken several cars here for various reasons. Every time is quick and easy and fair pricing. I don't know a bunch about cars and could have been screwed over fairly easy but wasn't. They are friendly and very knowledgeable and usually pretty quick. I will continue to take my cars here in the future and definitely recommend others to as well.

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Thank you so much, Norm and Shane! Your integrity and kindness is unsurpassed! The high quality of your service has made me a customer for life!

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Been going to D&H for years and have taken several vehicles to them. They have always been honest and dependable and the customer service is amazing.

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I had a great experience at D & H auto. The service was friendly and honest and quick. They went above and beyond to make sure that my needs were met with my repairs. I look forward to using them again.

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Great Service and Fair Prices. I was new to CA and I felt like I was in good hands with D & H.

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I have used their services on multiple occasions for my own vehicle and my sons. They have always provided me excellent service at a competitive rate and without a wait. I will continue to use their services whenever I have automotive service needs.

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They have great service and are very honest, they won't do anything you don't need, every time I go in they give me quality service. It's good to find someone you can trust. Check them out they are great.

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This place is great. The techs were knowledgeable, the work was fast and high quality.

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D&H automotive is the greatest. Wish I knew about them years ago.

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These guys know what they are doing. Been here 3 times now usually to get my A/C recharged and they are fast and friendly guys. They do a thorough and complete job. Would not hesitate to give these guys a look.

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