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Unusual Car Noises and what they Mean

Sometimes, our car is known to make an unusual sound every so often, and it can be stressful when we hear our beloved vehicle whining around a turn or grumbling every time we start it. But most of our vehicles are going to make an unusual noise from time to time. The auto mechanics at Orinda Motors are excellent at deciphering what those noises mean, how we can fix the problem, and have you back on your way in no time. Here are some unusual car noises our technicians have experience troubleshooting and fixing:   A humming or groaning noise originating from your tires: If you are hearing something along the lines of hum or groan coming from your tires, it could indicate premature wear along the inside of your tires. This wear could expose the steel belts on the tires, which puts your tire at greater risk of falling apart. Growling when turning: Do you hear a growling noise coming from your vehicle? This noise could be an indication that your front wheel bearing is defective ... read more

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The Time to Spring Clean Your Vehicle is Here: Bring Your Car to Orinda Auto Detail.

With winter behind us, it is the perfect time to clean your vehicle. After dealing with the dredges of winter, your car is going to need a little extra TLC inside and out. Our team at Orinda Motors will ensure your car is performing in tip-top shape, and our team at Orinda Auto Detail will make sure your vehicle is shining in the spring sun. Bring your car to Orinda Auto Detail, and our vehicle appearance specialists will get rid of that winter mess. Using the best products, we will polish, wash, and condition your car. We can offer full-service interior cleaning and full paint correction. If the winter elements have wreaked havoc on your car, our team at Orinda Auto Detail will restore it to its former glory. Have you ever heard of the saying “April showers bring May flowers?” If your answer is yes, then it’s important to get your car ready for the onslaught of spring showers. Our team can eliminate any side of the effects of the winter season with these detailin ... read more

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The Story of the Switch from Full-Service to Self-Service Gas Stations (Or, Why Flying A Gasoline is Such a Local Treasure.)

The Story of the Switch from Full-Service to Self-Service Gas Stations (Or, Why Flying A Gasoline is Such a Local Treasure.)

  Flying A Gasoline, nestled in Orinda, CA is a hidden treasure. As a full-service gas station, we offer old-school service in today’s modern era. Nowadays, full-service gas stations seem to be a thing of the past. However, it wasn’t always like this, as self-service stations were, in fact, the rarity.   In 1909, the story of the gas station began, and the first filling stations began popping up in the United States. Back then, an attendant would fill up your vehicle, similar to how Flying A Gasoline is today. Flash forward twenty years, and in 1929, over 143,000 gas stations had crisscrossed the nation. And fast forward to 2018, and full-service gas stations seem to be part of the past.   Flying A Gasoline continues to be cherished by drivers from the Lamorinda area and beyond. We are honored to have won the hearts of so many people, and here are just a few reasons why Flying A Gasoline is such a treasure:   Full pump service for free. Low g ... read more

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Valentine’s Day for Your Classic Car

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we imagine you are already planning the big day. However, we don’t want you to forget about your classic car. Let’s make sure to show your classic car some love this Valentine’s Day, and Orinda Classic Car Center is here to help give your vehicle so much needed TLC.   It doesn’t matter if your classic car or even truck needs complex engine work, authentic restoration, or auto detailing. We can handle virtually anything your vintage vehicle needs, as our team possess the experience and finesse to service your car with the precision and accuracy it needs. Just tell our team at Orinda Classic Car Center your dream for your classic car this Valentine’s Day, and we will figure out to turn your vision into reality. With us on your side, Valentine’s Day for your classic car will be a success.   At Orinda Classic Car Center, we aim to do whatever it takes to complete a project, whether that ... read more

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New Year, New Car? How to know when it is the right time to purchase a new car.

Happy 2018 everybody! With the New Year upon us, you may be thinking “out way the old, and in with the new.” However, does this saying apply to your car; is now the right time to purchase a new car? We, at Orinda Motors, have compiled a few questions for you to answer. If you are saying yes to most of these, then you may think the New Year means getting a new car.   Are repairs costing more than the car is worth? If you are unsure about your answer to this question, bring your vehicle to Orinda Motors, and let our technicians have a look. We will be honest about the condition of your car. Is safety becoming an issue? It doesn’t matter how well maintained your car is. If it is unsafe to operate, it is time to go. We don’t cut any corners with safety, and we don’t think you should either. Is the cost of auto insurance rising? Older cars, on average, tend to be more expensive to insure, but pay close attention to your premium. You may end up payin ... read more

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Great Reviews for Orinda Classic Car Center

Orinda Motors is delighted to have a new division to serve our customers: Orinda Classic Car Center. At our facility, we truly enjoy working on vintage vehicles, and we think our passion shows in the work we perform. We think the honest and heartfelt reviews left by our clients are a testament to our actions. Take a look at this recent review from one of our beloved customers, who frequents Orinda Classic Car Center:   “The Appraiser said my fully restored stunning Aquamarine 1960 Thunderbird was a "Cream Puff Extraordinaire ". You can't get a higher rating than that, right? Thanks, John V. and Staff for getting me to the finish line on my dream car restoration. I feel like Doris Day driving over the Golden Gate bridge in one of her movies. Nice. Spoiled. Just Spoiled. I tell John V. what I want and please keep me on a budget and 3 days later he has 3 or 4 ideas of what needs urgent attention for safety and throws in some glamour as well. My rear view mirror ... read more

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Top 5 Ways To Protect Your Vehicle’s Value

Your car is often your second biggest investment, right behind your home. It is incredibly important to protect such a precious investment, and our team at Orinda Motors is here to help to keep your car safe and secure for the long-term. Along with providing exceptional auto service and detailing, we have a few tips and tricks designed to prolong the life of your beloved car.   Here are the top 5 ways you can protect and preserve your car’s value:   Protect your vehicle’s paint job with Opti-Coat Pro coating: Opti-Coat Pro will protect your car’s surface indefinitely. It is thicker than any other clear coating, as it prevents scratches, swirl marks, and acidic environmental substances. This product is only available at authorized installers. Fortunately, Orinda Auto Detail is one of these installers. Never underestimate the importance and necessity of Oil Change Service: An oil change service is vital to the safety and longevity of your car. If your ... read more

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Safety Tips For Driving on Halloween

Orinda Motors cares about the safety of you and your family, and we want your Halloween celebrations to go off without a hitch. From goblins to princesses, we think there will be a quite a few distractions out there on the road. That’s why we have put together some safety tips for driving on Halloween. We want your Halloween night to be more treat than trick, so we encourage you to take a look at the list of the safety tips we have put together:   Don’t use a cell phone or any other electronic device. In fact, we recommend putting it completely away, so it won’t even have the chance of distracting you. This way, you can focus on what’s in front of you. Who knows you might see a ghost gliding past you across the street? Pay close attention to crosswalks and intersections. Kids tend to dart across the street, eager to get to the next home and fill their bags with even more goodies, so be prepared for those enthusiastic trick-or-treaters. Make sure you ... read more

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What Separates Orinda Auto Rental from Other Rental Companies?

Orinda Auto Rental is an affordable alternative to rental car agencies. We have two convenient car rental locations. Our main location is at 63 Orinda Way, and it is only a 3-minute walk away from the Orinda BART station. Our second location is at the Flying A Gasoline Station at 22 Bryant Way in Orinda. At both locations, we offer clean, well-maintained, and affordable rental cars for you to choose from. You have the choice between compact, mid-, and full-size rental vehicles.   To make things even easier for our customers, Orinda Auto Rental offers local pickup and delivery service, free of charge. We can easily pick you up from the Orinda BART station and bring you to your waiting rental car. We are open 7 days a week, and we will try our best to work around your busy schedule.   Orinda Auto Rental is located in the heart the Lamorinda area, and we make sure to be involved in our beloved community. Our location is fitting, as we put our “heart” into helpi ... read more

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10 Car Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off Before School Starts

10 Car Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off Before School Starts

  Back-to-school season is officially here, which means running around to get school supplies, new clothes, and the list seems to go on and on. Amidst this busy time, it can be easy to forget about your reliable car. The team at Orinda Motors is here to remind you about ten car repairs you should have checked regularly:   Oil: Your car’s oil keeps everything running smoothly, and it doesn’t have the right level of oil, your car simply won’t run right. Tire Pressure: Nowadays, many cars are equipped with a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), which will alert you if something isn’t right with your tire pressure. Since this system monitors our tires, it is important to have it checked out by a professional. Brakes: Please don’t wait until you hear a screeching noise when you step on the brakes. Having your brakes regularly inspected by a professional is necessary for your, your family’s, and your vehicle’s safety. Power Ste ... read more

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