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Most Romantic Locations in and around Johnson City

Most Romantic Locations in and around Johnson City

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we are fortunate that Johnson City is home to many romantic locations -- perfect for a date with your loved one. To save you some time, we have put together a list of the most romantic locations in and around Johnson City, but before you embark on your journey, bring your vehicle to the technicians at Ponder Auto Repair. We don’t want you to experience any unexpected surprises on your night out! Yee Haw Brewing Co. Tweetsie TrailWinged Deer Park ... read more

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Cell Phone Use in Tennessee

Cell Phone Use in Tennessee

Happy New Year! As we all prepare to leap forward with fresh resolve, many of us are considering ways that we can bring greater health and benefit to our lives. One of the ways we can do this is by examining our cell phone use, especially on the roads of Johnson City! Here are some tips to keep you safe on the road: First of all, beware of new laws coming in. As of July 1, 2018, there will be steep fines imposed for talking on a handheld device in a school zone. Laws will continue to evolve and change as technology does, so be sure to check frequently for updates.  However, if you are behind the wheel, you shouldn’t be touching your phone at all! Many newer vehicles now include Bluetooth-enabled phone interfaces so that you can access calls at a click of a button.  Another option is a cell phone mount like this one from Amazon. There are hundreds of mounts on the market now, so take a look around and find the one that suits you best. https://www.amazon.com/BESTR ... read more

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Don’t Forget about your Car this Holiday Season

Don’t Forget about your Car this Holiday Season

Now that the stores are starting to play holiday music, get ready for more holiday travel! With Christmas coming up, you’ll need to make sure your family vehicles are ready to safely drive over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. Here are five things you can do to make sure your family is ready to safely travel to see family and friends this holiday season: Brake Service Brakes are super important for safety. Be sure your brake pads, rotors, and calipers are in great condition before you begin your road trip. You’ll never know what kind of heavy traffic and weather-related road conditions you’ll encounter while traveling during the holidays. Windshield Wiper Replacement If you cannot see clearly out of your windshield, your compromised visibility can be dangerous. Make driving more pleasant by replacing old windshield wipers that skip or smear or show signs of wear. Filter Replacement Your cabin filters help reduce allergens inside the ca ... read more

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5 Reasons Why You Should Winterize your Vehicle

5 Reasons Why You Should Winterize your Vehicle

  At Ponder Auto Repair, we don’t just want to provide auto repair for you. We want to help you have the best relationship with your car that is possible. We want your car to last a long time and for you to truly enjoy the experience of driving it. With winter fast approaching, you’re going to want to take some time to winterize your vehicle. What is winterizing? Don’t worry--we can help. Here are a few reasons why winterizing your vehicle is so smart: Save Money Winterizing means maintenance and maintenance saves you money in the long term. Bringing your vehicle in for regular checkups and getting it ready for winter means that you can get ahead of major repairs you might need. Knowing what repairs are coming up means not being blindsided by a huge auto repair bill, which is a win for everyone!  Shed Some Light On The Matter  Winterizing will involve checking your lights. With darkness setting in earlier and staying with us longer, it is even more cr ... read more

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Less Fright, More Fun: Family Friendly Car Costumes

Less Fright, More Fun: Family Friendly Car Costumes

It’s October again: the boots are out, the pumpkin spice is everywhere, and there’s a crispness in the air...and that means, it’s time to start planning for Halloween! Here in Johnson City, there are plenty of opportunities for Trunk or Treat. Here are a few of our favorite ideas! For something super kid-friendly, how about a big-mouthed frog?! This adorable guy can hold a trunk’s worth of candy, and he’s unlikely to scare anyone.  There’s no place like home...unless you can manage to rig together a super-slick Wizard of Oz setups like this one, replete with Dorothy and the Scarecrow:   Next up, we have an adorable recreation of Andy’s room in Toy Story:  Last, an awesome rendition of Lightning McQueen and Mater!    Now, it’s your turn! Do you have any great Trunk or Treat car costumes to share? Let us know, and don’t forget to schedule any auto repairs with Ponder Auto Repair! Remember to stay safe t ... read more

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Shocked? Check Your Suspension!

 Shocked? Check Your Suspension!

Shocks, struts, and suspension, oh my! Lots of our customers are overwhelmed by these terms, but really, with Ponder Auto Repair as your trusty auto repair shop, it’s no mystery at all. Read on to get our best tips for taking care of your suspension! First of all, the very best way to take care of your suspension system is with regular auto repair and maintenance. Your auto mechanic at Ponder Auto Repair can help you get on a good schedule that fits your car’s needs, the amount of wear and tear your vehicle experiences and the age of your car. Older car’s suspension systems need a little extra TLC to keep going, but newer cars can benefit from regular care as well, and it may just improve the life of your vehicle! What are some warning signs to look for?  Bumpy rides: All’s NOT well that ends well if you are feeling every bump in the road. If your tailbone is a little extra sore from feeling every single bump on the freeway or city roads, then you defini ... read more

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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

Best Summertime Family Vacation Destinations within Driving Distance of Johnson City, TN

We are almost finished with spring, which means it is time to start planning for summer break, and our team at Ponder Auto Repair is here to help. We have compiled a list of the best spring break vacations within driving distance of Johnson City, TN. If you are interested in planning a family-friendly, memorable spring break, keep reading. Blackberry Farm: This picturesque farm, complete with 9,200 acres of beautiful landscape, is entirely the getaway. Stay at one of the idyllic cottages on this property and enjoy the farm-to-the-table cuisine. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel: This fun, family-friendly hotel is located at the old Terminal Station and includes many activities of the same theme, including Chattanooga Choo Choo trolley and 48 authentic Victorian train cars. Deer Ridge Mountain Resort: This resort offers the best of both worlds: stunning landscape and outdoors located in Great Smoky National Park, along with lovely and secluded cottages. Gatlinburg: If you are searchin ... read more

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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

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