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Pints + Pistons

Pints + Pistons

Pints & Pistons is Northwest Arkansas' Premier Men's Networking event! We bring all things manly to the shop for a few hours and you get to meet and mingle whilst learning about cars and lots of other cool things in the local area. We would love to see you this November 13th, from 5:30pm - 8pm. The event does have a scheduled flow so you'll want to arrive as close to 5:30 as possible. You must be 21 to consume alcohol! This month's local spotlights are on: The Gents Place - a new men's spa in Bentonville opening October 16th One Eyed Jacks - a Cigar Lounge in Bentonville J.Hilburn Clothing - a custom made men's clothing line Dr. Anna from Chiropractic Acupuncture Metabolic Professionals in Fayetteville Mary Kay Specialist Barbara Maupin  Tickets are available HERE. Please bring a colleague / friend. Yes, products will be available for purc ... read more

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Communication and the Auto Repair Shop

Communication and the Auto Repair Shop

COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR AUTO REPAIR SHOP! The vast number of issues that arise between shops and consumers are directly related to communication. Good communication includes talking as well as listening. My name is Bambi, and I own Car Clinic. For years I was nervous at the thought of having to take my car to a shop. I would avoid or delay oil changes simply because I was afraid of being oversold, taken advantage of or ripped off. Auto maintenance was not a priority for me because of this fear. I practiced avoidance which left me paying more for costly break downs instead of budgeting for preventative measures. Here are some communication tips to review before your next automotive service visit. My goal is to empower you with knowledge, so you are in control at your next appointment. Questions! There are some important questions you should ask before you hire anyone to work on your car. Choosing the right shop starts by knowing this in ... read more

FREE BRAKE PADS - October Only!

FREE BRAKE PADS - October Only!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here at Car Clinic we firmly believe the best way to deter breakdowns is to perform preventative maintenance. We believe PREVENTION is the CURE for breakdowns. Another professional, Dr. Vincent Tuohy, of the Cleveland Clinic, is like-minded and believes prevention is the cure for his field too. His canvas: Human tissue. He has been working on breast cancer prevention since 2002. In our phone conversation he said: “Today the way we deal with cancer, we wait for it to happen; then, we beat the daylights out of it with surgery and chemotherapy and immunotherapy and hormone therapy and radiation therapy.” Dr. Tuohy told us he has a talent for destroying tissues so he decided to focus his energies on destroying tumors. Unlike vaccines, Dr. Tuohy's prevention shot has no mercury. It does not target a virus. In his words:  “It is a very different design. I arouse the immune ... read more

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Brakes

End of Summer Car Maintenance Tips

The summer is nearly gone and the kids are back in school, work is busy, and the fall and winter seasons are ahead of us. The summer is notorious for excessive driving, so it is important to make sure your vehicle is in top shape before fall starts to ensure your safety on the road. Before the rainy season starts, take the time to read through our list of end of summer maintenance tips to make sure that your vehicle is ready to take on the upcoming colder months. Check your windshield wipers - Windshield wipers are crucial for the upcoming rainy seasons and should be in good condition at all times. Wipers should be replaced once a year, so if it has been a while since your last replacement, your car is due for new wipers. Worn out wipers can be dangerous when you’re hit with unexpected rain while driving and can severely impair your ability to clearly see the road. Inspect your tires for tread - Take a look at your tires - how does the tread look? Do the top of the tires look n ... read more

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Maintenance

Lipsticks & Dipsticks

Lipsticks & Dipsticks

Hello Love! We're hosting this amazing Lipsticks and Dipsticks event for our Northwest Arkansas Lasses who want to feel more empowered at the Auto Repair Shop! Our goal with this event is to take the stress and fear out of maintaining or repairing your car.  We will have multiple technicians on site to show and tell all things automotive. If you have questions about fluids, plugs, bushings, noises, vibrations, leaks, etc - we are going to answer them! This is a great time to see under the bonnet, walk under a car and see the bottom side!  The goal? Make FEAR go away! We know first hand how empowering it is to gain knowledge - especially in an area many women feel so insecure about. So please come! We'll teach you some questions you should be asking when you go to a shop. We'll talk about questions a shop should be asking you. It's a sneak peek into the wide wide world of automotive!  First Annual Lipsticks & Dipsticks 2018. Please RSVP for you ... read more

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Maintenance

Top 8 Ways to Get Great Auto Repair & Service

Top 8 Ways to Get Great Auto Repair & Service

Get the Most out of Your Next Shop Visit I came to the automotive industry after more than a decade with a communications company. What I have come to realize in my experience in this industry is that most problems between auto repair shops and their clients are a result of faulty communication. It can be hard to understand the mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering aspects of cars. It's like going to your dentist or your doctor. You do not know what is wrong but you know you need it fixed. Here are 8 quick tips that can help you get the most out of your next auto repair shop. Communicate the Symptoms When you take your car to a shop for a repair, be sure to give the Service Advisor an accurate description of the symptoms your vehicle has. You know your vehicle better than anyone else. Carefully describe what you are feeling, seeing, smelling, hearing, etc. Jot down what you ... read more

Top 10 Road Trip Survival Tips for Moms and Dads

Top 10 Road Trip Survival Tips for Moms and Dads

Taking a Road Trip with the Littles? The Dogwoods Trees are blooming all around us which means Road Trip Season is upon us! If you’re like us and traveling with child(ren), you will appreciate this list of kid friendly road trip survival ideas. Top Ten Road Trip Survival Tips: Create a 3 ring binder for each child and print off the ‘I Spy Car Check List’ below. Place it in the binder. Pick up some Window Markers so your kiddos can draw on the windows (put them in a pouch that can be added to the 3 ring binder.) Print off some lines and dots games – or tic-tac-toe at this link. Place them in binder. Download Audible so you can enjoy some e-books while driving. Wrap a couple small toys from the Dollar store – kids love unwrapping presents on a trip and it keeps them occupied and happy! Take s ... read more

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Brakes

What to look for in a Quality Auto Repair Shop

What to look for in a Quality Auto Repair Shop

Searching for an auto repair shop can be hard work. It's no secret that the auto repair industry has an unfriendly reputation. As you search for a shop to provide your car with the care that it needs you should seek out certain qualities. If you can identify a shop that holds these characteristics, you will be well on your way to finding a shop you can trust with all your service and repair needs. Once you find that shop, we recommend sticking with them for absolutely everything you need. ASE Certified Technicians There is a way to determine if a shop values continuing education and employs educated technicians. You can look for shops that hire ASE certified technicians. Their website will have the ASE logo prominently placed on their website (usually in the footer of the first page). In order to gain this badge of honor in the industry, a technician must have at least two years of professional s ... read more

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Brakes

Engine Symptoms that Indicate it's time for Service

Engine Symptoms that Indicate it's time for Service

Your car's motor is responsible for generating the power that carries you from A to B. With routine maintenance it is likely that your car's motor will last multiple hundreds of thousands of miles with little extra service. However, this isn't always the case. Even well cared for engines may end up needing the occasional repair. If you notice any of the following signs of engine failure be sure to visit a local auto shop for further testing and repairs. Decreased Performance A common sign of engine malfunction is a change in performance. This might feel like a rough idle or the car may stall out. Sometimes performance decreases with fuel economy or how long it takes to get the car up to speed. These symptoms usually indicate a simple maintenance service is necessary. However, if you leave these symptoms too long, you can do irreparable damage to your engine. If you ever notice your car is having performance issues, get it to a trusted shop as soon as you can. Fall in MP ... read more

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Brakes

Suspension Symptoms Your Car is Giving You

Suspension Symptoms Your Car is Giving You

Your vehicle's suspension is critical to the safety of you and your family. If your shocks and struts are in poor condition, it can take 20% more time to brake. You have a better ability to navigate sharp corners when your shocks and struts are in good shape. Here's a look at five signs of a suspension problem. Bumpy Ride If you feel like you are rolling over bumps when on a smooth roadway, get in for an inspection. This is a prime symptom of failed shocks / struts. Drifting Another symptom is a feeling of drifting or swaying when you are driving around corners. This can be a steering or suspension problem and it is a safety matter. Unable to Pass the Bounce Test A third symptom is failing the bounce test. Basically, we safely park the car and then we push down on safe spots of the front and back of the car. If the car rocks more than a few times, it has failed the bounce ... read more

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Brakes
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