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5 Auto Repair-related Red Flags You Should Not Ignore

5 Auto Repair-related Red Flags You Should Not Ignore

Sometimes, your vehicle will give you warning signs. When your vehicle tries to tell you something, it is best to pay attention. At first, it can be a struggle to figure out what your vehicle is saying -- it is a completely foreign language! Fortunately, the team at Orinda Motors can act as your interpreter. Here are 5 auto repair-related red flags you should not ignore:  If your car’s temperature gauge has a constant and slow fluctuation after warming-up, this may be an indication that air is getting into your engine’s cooling system. Your temperature gauge should only ebb and flow after a few minutes of driving. Temperatures gauge can accurately report your coolant temperature, but they can not read air temperature.  If you notice your headlights flickering at night, it may mean that your headlights are about to go dark, caused by a broken or loose headlamp mount. If the flickering occurs when you are driving on a bumpy road, it could mean that you have a brok ... read more

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New Year’s Resolution -- Eliminate Driver Distractions

New Year’s Resolution -- Eliminate Driver Distractions

Happy New Year’s from the team at Orinda Motors! We wish you and your vehicle a safe, happy, and healthy New Year’s! To make sure 2020 and the next decade is as safe as can be, we think an appropriate New Year’s resolution would be to eliminate driver distractions. We are here to help make sure this resolution comes to fruition. Your vehicle and other drivers on the road will thank you!  Here are some easy ways you can eliminate driver distractions:  Out of sight, out of mind! Put your phone away, and use it only for emergencies. No, an emergency does not include changing the song or texting your friend back. If you need to use your phone for an emergency, pull over.  If you are feeling drowsy, don’t hesitate to pull over and take a break. If you drive drowsy, you are four times more likely to get into a crash. Thirty-seven percent of all crashes are caused by drowsy driving.  Try to limit the number of passengers in your vehicle, if poss ... read more

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Best Christmas Gifts for Car Lovers

Best Christmas Gifts for Car Lovers

December is officially here, which means it is time to break out the holiday decorations, bundle our little ones in the coziest scarves, and start planning our New Year Day’s trips to Grandma’s. It is also means it is time to start thinking of the most thoughtful gifts to get our loved ones. If one of your loved ones is a car lover, the team at Orinda Motors is here to help.  Here are the best Christmas gifts for car lovers:  Riparo Reverse Stitched Leather Driving Gloves, $51.97 iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder, $19.95 TOGUARD Mini Dash Cam, $47.90 (Originally $69.99) DBPOWER 600A Peak 18,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter, $69.99 (Originally $159.99) Tile Mate Key Finder, $24.99 JooJoobs Personalized Custom Leather Keychain, $19.99-$24.99 Chemical Guys Complete Wheel, Rim, and Tire Kit, $79.99 Carrera GO!!! GT Contest Slot Car Track, $84.99 PunkyMoka Speedometer Cufflinks, $8.80 Wolf & Shepherd Gunner Driver, $225 Craftsman 450-piece mechanics tool k ... read more

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Reasons to Be Thankful: Orinda Auto Rental, Orinda Classic Car Center, and Orinda Motors

Reasons to Be Thankful: Orinda Auto Rental, Orinda Classic Car Center, and Orinda Motors

November is officially here. To us, November means falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course, Thanksgiving. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to take a moment and say how grateful we are to our customers. We are proud to play a part in keeping you and your family safe.  If you are looking for reasons to be thankful, we have three for you: Orinda Motors, Orinda Motors, and Orinda Classic Car Center and here is why:  Orinda Motors: Since the 1920s, Orinda residents and commuters in the East Bay region have trusted Orinda Motors for dependable and accurate auto repair. We can service and repair both new and older makes and models, and our technicians use the highest-quality tools and technology to do so. We are a Diamond Certified company, and AAA™ Approved Auto Repair Shop, and no other shop has both designations.  Orinda Auto Rental: If you land at SFO or OAK, you can take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to the Orinda station. We are conveniently loc ... read more

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Safety Tips for Driving in the Fog

Safety Tips for Driving in the Fog

Fog can occur at any time of year, but it tends to run rampant at the beginning of each season, especially in fall and winter. The Bay Area is particularly susceptible to fog, and highways can become especially dangerous during the transition from summer to fall and fall to winter. For many of us, we have become used to the summer rays of sunshine, and the onslaught of fall fog can take us by surprise. Here are some safety tips for driving in the Bay Area fog:  Slow down! Even if you know the road, other drivers may not.  For maximum visibility, use your fog lights and low-beam headlights, even in daytime fog. You need to see, and other drivers need to see you. Make sure to never use your high-beams in the fog.  Keep your eye out for vehicles parked on the side of the road, especially if you are using the headlights and taillights of other cars as your guidelines.  Speaking of guidelines, it is wise to use the reflective markers in the road as a guide to indicat ... read more

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What Is It Like Owning A Classic Car?

What Is It Like Owning A Classic Car?

An owner’s love for their classic car usually runs deep, as they’ve grown attached to their vehicles. They appreciate the more nuanced features and appearance of their classic car, holding their vintage vehicle close to their heart. At Orinda Classic Car Center, we understand this attachment. We have helped restore and service vintage vehicles fulfilling many of our clients’ dream of owning a classic car.  Here is what it is a sneak peek of what it is like owning a classic car:  Classic cars have a complete style of their own. When you are driving your classic car, you will feel yourself completely, as your vintage vehicle is practically an extension of yourself. Classic cars are an expression of yourself.    Expect to receive attention. People will ask numerous questions about your classic car, so be ready to answer their questions and bask in the glow of your vintage vehicle. Your classic car will be the subject of drooling. Owning a classic ... read more

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Best New Cars for College Students

Best New Cars for College Students

  Summer is coming to a close, which means that school is quickly approaching. For many of our customers, they are sending their teen drivers off to college. As nerve-wracking as this sounds, the process can go much smoother, especially if you know your college student will be driving in a safe and reliable vehicle. We have put together a list of the best new cars for your college students:  Toyota Corolla: A Toyota Corolla is a classic first car, complete with safety features and an economical price.  Honda Fit: The Honda Fit is small, but mighty, as it is a quite roomy Japanese vehicle that gets excellent gas mileage.  Toyota Prius V: This car is a little bigger than the average Prius, but all the safety features and  economical advantages are still there.  Subaru Crosstreks: Subaru Crosstreks are a fun, outdoorsy, and safe vehicle for school and college students, as they are complete with cool colors and state-of-the-art safety features.  Hyun ... read more

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Secret Spots for Viewing Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bay Area

Secret Spots for Viewing Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bay Area

The Fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays. We get to celebrate how our country came to be and what we stand for -- independence, bravery, and freedom. Luckily for us, Orinda hosts one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the East Bay. That is why Orinda Motors has proudly been a sponsor for Orinda’s Fourth of July Parade for many years. But if you cannot join us in Orinda for the city-wide Independence Day celebration, we are fortunate that other parts of the Bay Area is home to some spectacular fireworks. However, it can be a challenge finding the best spot to view these fireworks, especially if we are making the drive to busy San Francisco.  Here are some secret spots for viewing Fourth of July fireworks in the Bay Area:  San Francisco Art Institute: You can watch the fireworks from the roof terrace of this institute. Beforehand, you can meander through the halls, enjoying all the Diego Rivera murals.  Alta Plaza Park: If you have any little ... read more

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Top 5 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

Top 5 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

Orinda Motors has proudly served the Lamorinda area since the 1920s, and we know a thing or two about how to keep your car cool during the Summer months. That is why were inspired to share the top five ways you can stay cool this Summer.   Schedule an appointment for your vehicle’s air conditioning service. Let’s first start with the obvious. If you want to stay cool while driving your car, you should bring your vehicle in for air conditioning system service at Orinda Motors. As a Bay Area Green Business, we take the extra cautionary steps to protect the environment when we perform air conditioning service for motor vehicles. In fact, California is known for its strict emissions requirements, so we follow the EPA regulations regarding refrigerant, service certifications, and recycling. Because we love our planet and want to do our best to protect it, we encourage our clients to maintain their vehicle’s air ... read more

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Here is How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip

Summer is just around the corner, which means many of us are beginning to think of our summer plans. If you believe a road trip is in the running for a family vacation, we recommend bringing your vehicle to Orinda Motors for a thorough inspection. We recognize that when planning for a road trip, you have plenty to worry about, from packing and organizing your vehicle to deciding your route. Leave the safety and driveability of your vehicle to us.  When you bring your car, regardless of the make, model, or year, our technicians will perform a thorough inspection, focusing on these specific items, while still examining other components on your car:  Fluids -- oil, coolant and other fluids.  Lights.  Wheels and tires.  Brake pads.  Brakes and clutch.  Drive belts.  Spare tire (Better safe than sorry -- it’s always good to have a spare handy).  Steering System. Check for any leaks.  Windshield wipers. If we believe somethin ... read more

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