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Preparing your Car for Back-to-School Season

Preparing your Car for Back-to-School Season

Swans look their best while shuttling their kids around...your car deserves the best too! School is starting soon, which means the family taxi service is back in business! Make sure your kiddos can get to their soccer games and ballet practice on time by preparing your car for the fall. Grab that iced coffee and read on for tips... First, check the tires! Get your tire alignment checked, and have the tires rotated if necessary. Have the guys at Ponder Auto Repair check for any slow leaks, screws or nails, and inspect the overall health of your tires. This is especially important to do as the rainy and snow seasons approach. Next, get your oil changed. Oil changes need to occur every 3,000 miles, and the average American drives about 1,000 miles a month. That means that if you got your oil changed in June and took a summer roadtrip...you’re due, home skillet! But don’t stop there--have your oil filters changed as well. Is your engine jerking? Does it have reduced power ... read more

How to Enjoy Independence Day in Johnson City, TN

July 4th is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with family and friends? There are lots of events in and around Johnson City that are fun and worthy of attention.   If you want to cool off and get the kids some exercise, then drive over to Legion, TN, where the city hosts an annual 4th of July pool party! From 10:45am-5pm, you can splash, play, and swim to your heart’s content. There is food and music as well!   If you’re looking for something a little more historically based, check out the reading of the Declaration of Independence in Rocky Mount--Piney Flats, where you can also hang ribbons in the Liberty tree.   Of course, we can’t mention the 4th without mentioning the Pepsi Independence Day Parade in Johnson City! This parade has been going on for over 30 years and begins at 5 pm at Freedom Hall. Activities include vendors, crafts, food, and live entertainment, in addition to a great fireworks show around 9:55 pm. The l ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer

Summer is here! The kids are out of school and everyone is itching to get outside. We all want to get that summer body: toned and strong for such adventures as rafting, fishing, or a game of catch with the kids. Here at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City, TN, we’ll help you get your car’s body ready for summer as well! Get your car in shape for summer by taking a look at your tires and brakes. Tires and brakes may need to be replaced after the long winter months so that they’ll serve you well on those weekend fishing trips or the drive to see the baseball game. You wouldn’t hit the hiking trails in old flip flops with holes in them, so why take a road trip with bald tires and brakes that haven’t had any attention since Christmas? Long trips in hot weather can quickly lead to an overheat. Don’t get caught with your coolant down! Your car works hard to keep you and your family cool in the hot days, so treat it to the best by making sure the coolant ... read more

Quick Tips on How to Spring Clean Your Vehicle

Quick Tips on How to Spring Clean Your Vehicle

Spring is here, which means it is time for spring cleaning. And our team at Ponder Auto Repair doesn’t want you to forget about your vehicle. After dealing with the dredges of winter, it is the perfect time to reward your car with a little extra TLC. Here are a few quick tips on how to spring clean your vehicle:   Toss the junk. During the winter time, we tend to go into hibernation mode and stock our car with winter supplies. Use this time to get rid of all that unnecessary stuff. Vacuum every nook and cranny in your vehicle to eliminate all those crumbs, dirt, and fur.   Wash the exterior. Get the exterior of your vehicle sparkling in that spring sun. n Brighten up those headlights. Headlights are one of your first defenses against mother nature, and they can grow hazy with dirt and debris. Scrub off any grime. Have you ever heard of the saying “April showers bring May flowers?” If you have, then you know there are some spring storms in store for ... read more

10 Benefits of Preventative Maintenance

If you want to protect the ones you love, you do your best to remove or reduce their safety risks, right? Well, what about showing some love to your vehicle, too?   If you love your car, truck, SUV, van, or fleet vehicle, give it some tender loving care with preventative maintenance. When you service your personal and fleet vehicles with preventive maintenance, they can operate their best, help you and your passengers travel with less risk, and reliably transport you for many years to come.   Here are ten benefits of preventive auto maintenance:   With preventive maintenance, you lower your overall maintenance costs. You protect your investment and tend to have higher resale rates when buyers know you took exceptional care of your vehicle. Preventative maintenance reduces the risk of breakdowns that could cause you to miss work, miss an important meeting, or be late seeing your child’s sports or musical performance. By providing preventive maintenance on y ... read more

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Car

Happy 2018 Everyone! Most of us have already put together our list of New Year’s resolutions, but how many of you mentioned something about your vehicle? The Ponder Auto Repair team doesn't want you to forget about your dependable sidekick. We have put together a list of New Year’s resolutions for you and your car:   Get maintenance done on time: Most of our clients know that their car requires preventative maintenance, but it can challenge to get each service performed at the appropriate interval. With Ponder Auto Repair, we can develop an easy-to-follow schedule tailored to your driving habits and the make and model of your car. Set up an automotive savings account: Your vehicle is your second largest investment, right behind your home. It seems like a no-brainer that we should have money set aside for something so valuable. If you have a savings account set-up, you won’t have to worry if you are suddenly strapped with an expensive repair or needing a ... read more

Top Ten Gift Ideas For People Who Love Their Cars

Do you know someone who just can’t get enough of cars, even down to their stocking stuffers and gifts under the tree? If this sounds familiar, then we think you have an automotive-enthusiast on your hands. To help make holiday shopping just a little bit easier, we have some gift ideas for the car lover on your shopping list:     Car Speedometer Gage Cufflinks $26 Steering Wheel Cover  $16 Ponder Auto Repair Preventative Maintenance Inspection  Prices vary Car Seat Protectors for Pets $30 Anker Roav Dash Cam ... read more

Over The River and Through The Woods: Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel?

In Johnson City, TN, and the Tri-Cities area holiday weather can include severe storms with thunder, lightning, high winds, hail, tornadoes, snow and icy roads. Wow! Driving in those conditions can be a challenge for the best of us. In addition to taking care of your family and vehicle, your safety depends on your ability to watch out for other drivers, too. Here are some ideas about preparing yourself and your vehicle for the holiday travel season.   Check The Essentials Make sure the basic safety features of your vehicle are in top form. Make sure all your fluids are topped off. Change your oil if it’s been over 5000 miles since the last oil change. Check your tires to make certain they’re in good shape and fill with the correct amount of air. Look at your air filters and see if they’re clean enough. Replace old windshield wiper blades. Make sure your lights and brakes are working properly. There’s a lot to consider, but a quick walk around your vehicl ... read more

Preventive Auto Maintenance Tips for Fall Weather

Autumn is here and you want to be sure your vehicle is ready. When it comes to road trips, the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of those you love is to bring in your vehicle to Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City, TN, for preventative maintenance. Think of it as a physical check-up for your car. You don’t want to wait and find out you have a problem late some evening in the middle of nowhere.     At Ponder Auto Repair, a thorough preventative maintenance checkup includes inspection of your vehicle’s:   Battery   Tire pressure and tread ... read more

Disaster Preparedness in Johnson City, TN: How To Prepare Your Vehicles

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. The Federal Emergency Management Administration, National Weather Service, and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency recommend that you learn about the kind of disasters that can affect your part of the country and make plans accordingly.   In Johnson City, TN, and the Tri-Cities area that means severe storms with thunder, lightning, high winds, hail, tornadoes, snow, and icy roads. In addition to securing your home and stocking up on water, canned goods and other non-perishables, you want to be sure your car is safe and in good working order. The short checklist includes:   Checking the tread and air levels on your tires to be sure they can properly maneuver in severe weather Replacing your windshield wipers and topping off your window washing fluid to ensure you can see where you’re going Checking your engine oil and steering fl ... read more

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