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5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle For Mountain Road Trips

Vehicles, like you, like to stretch their legs and breathe some clean air. In Virginia, that especially means mountain air. For BMW, Mini and Mercedes-Benz vehicle owners who leave our cityscapes behind, all year-round, mountain road tripping captures our senses. But like any drive, proper preparation and a partnership between you, the driver, and your automotive shop, as your pit crew, is paramount. Here are five ways you can optimize your enjoyment and vehicle’s hassle-free performance when you head for the hills: Be Weather Aware — Mountain weather and subsequent road conditions can change suddenly and often. The elements themselves present challenges, and they can also prompt road debris, flooding, mudslides and more. So be aware, alert and ready to adapt. Check weather reports on your radio or phone app often; be ready to adjust your speed and adjust your following distances; keep your lights on and gas tank half full or more; and store a “go” box in yo ... read more

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How To Drive Safely During Spring Rains

Ah, Spring! With the change in temperatures come Spring Rains. Sometimes those rains are light, warm, and breezy. Other times, you could be stuck in a torrential downpour. Do you know how to drive safely during the rains of Spring? If you’re uncertain, here are a few helpful driving tips. Make sure your tires are in good condition. How do your tires look? Do they have plenty of tread?  Are they showing signs of even or uneven wear? Are your tires properly inflated? If you answer yes to all of these questions, chances are very good your tires are in good condition. If you aren’t sure, you can bring your vehicle into The Shop VA in Richmond for a safety check. Know how to react when you hydroplane. Hydroplaning is when your vehicle’s tires lose contact with the road because they’re floating on water. This happens when water pools on the road or during a heavy rain. When you feel your vehicle start to hydroplane, immediately remove your foot off the gas ped ... read more

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Why Is Preventive Maintenance Important to Your Vehicle?

Why Is Preventive Maintenance Important to Your Vehicle?

If you live in or around Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian and need preventive maintenance, you’re in luck! The auto mechanics at The Shop VA are experts at auto repair and ready, willing, and able to assist you. We’ve earned many long-term satisfied customers because, at The Shop VA, we're dedicated to quality work and genuine customer service. Staying on top of preventative maintenance will increase the lifespan of your vehicle and improve fuel efficiency. Also, preventative maintenance makes your automobile more reliable and saves you car trouble down the line. The auto mechanics at The Shop VA are experts at auto repair and would be happy to provide preventive maintenance to help you feel more secure on the roads. The team at The Shop VA is proud that we have so many loyal customers who give us great feedback about their experience with us. Here’s a recent rave review that we received from a client. “I received a low beam malfunction indica ... read more

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