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Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips

We want to wish you Happy Holidays from everyone here at NWA Car Clinic in Lowell, AR. If you are planning on taking a road trip to visit family or friends this holiday season, or are maybe traveling out of town for a holiday vacation, it is important to prepare for your trek. We have compiled some holiday road trip safety tips that will help you keep safe on the road and make sure your vehicle stays reliable during your trip.   Be cautious on the road. During the winter weather, especially during rain and snow, it is important to be extra cautious while driving. We recommend reducing your usually speed and giving yourself plenty of room to brake or decelerate on the road. Make sure that the driver is awake and alert and pays full attention to the road ahead.   Prepare for any weather conditions. Do your research before heading out on your winter road trip. Be sure to look up your route and the weather that you will be driving through. You may need to consider packing tir ... read more

Experience 2019 + Be Happy

Experience 2019 + Be Happy

It's been a year of growth and learning for us. Leading a company has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. As the holidays began approaching, Neil and I discussed what our plans are, like most everyone does. But something was pulling us, guiding us, a different way. Leading people helped us realize that WHAT we have, WHAT we do, WHAT we offer isn't going to make a brand. It's WHY. It's in the PURPOSE. It's in the HOW we LIVE the PURPOSE. And we've learned about so many mistakes we have made. What a blessing to see our errors. What an opportunity to realize Grace! And as with all learnings (business or personal), we've applied the learning to both our business and personal life.  This year we aren't buying all the Christmas presents that we have for years and years. This year we aren't wrapping up a bunch of plastic. This year we want to make a change. And we want this change to last for the rest of our lives. I ... read more

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5 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Used Car

5 Steps to Take Before You Buy a Used Car

You need a car and have some cash! You found a beauty and have enough so you buy her! And she drives like a dream that first day or even week. But then the check engine light comes on and something seems different. You take her in to a shop and you learn this car has been underwater. She has electrical gremlins and the repair will be extensive. But you used all your cash on buying the car. You weren't expecting this! We see this more than we care to admit. Hurricane Harvey was a beast in 2017. An estimated 500K cars were damaged in Hurricane Harvey. Many of these cars end up in auction houses. So how do you protect yourself from buying a car with a lot of problems, like a flood car? We have some tips to help you out! 5 Steps to Take to Before You Buy a Used Car: Ask for the service records -- we would recommend getting the service history for a used car before you purchase it. You want to look for how often the oil was changed. Was the transmission fluid changed at least once ev ... read more

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Education

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice regular vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our vehicles to ensure that our car is ready to handle the colder weather.   Proper car maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoiding costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure you and your family's safety on the road.    The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter: Check fluids - Important fluids include engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Topping off fluids and making sure fluids are clean will ensure proper lubrication and keep systems working smoothly through ... read more

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Maintenance

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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Networking

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

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