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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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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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Oh, Rats! Rodent Infestation Under Your Hood

Oh, Rats! Rodent Infestation Under Your Hood

It may be surprising to hear that mice, rats, and other furry creatures are slipping under your vehicle and into your engine. We typically think of a rodent’s natural habitat as being a woodland or forest area, not the engine compartment of our car. However, your engine is, in fact, the ideal place for a rodent: dark, warm, and secure. Fortunately, our team at Orinda Motors knows how to deal with these four-legged terrorists.  For these rodents, it may seem like the perfect new home, but everything changes when you put the key into the ignition, and these critters are in for an unpleasant surprise. Not only does this spell trouble for these rodents, but it could also harm your engine. The rats move quickly too. In less than twenty-four hours, you could find your engine swarming with rodents, and they don’t discriminate against newer or older vehicles.  These rodents can cause a bit of damage in your vehicle, including chewing the insulation off the wires that co ... read more

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Spring Cleaning! Don’t Forget Your Vehicle!

Spring Cleaning! Don’t Forget Your Vehicle!

  Spring is officially here, which means it is the perfect time to erase all the damage winter has caused to your vehicle, both inside and out. Orinda Motors has a few tips and tricks to ensure your car gets a deep down cleaning.  Clean out and organize all your compartments: When you are in a hurry to get in and out of your vehicle during the winter chill, you may notice debris, trash, and crumbs have accumulated in all the compartments of your car. Make sure to clean them out and to organize any other objects.  Wipe down and wash your consoles: Your consoles and cup holders can get very dirty. We also recommend wiping down any electrical components such as your radio, but be careful not to get them wet. You can also use a slightly damp cloth to wipe down your dashboard.  Don’t forget about your windows. During the winter, your vehicle takes a beating from the harsh elements. Using a window cleaner, clean your windows inside and out. You can shine them up ... read more

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Fuel Economy Tips for Winter Driving

Overall, cold weather affects your vehicle’s fuel economy, as it takes longer for your engine to reach a fuel-efficient temperature. Warming up your vehicle for your engine to reach that ideal temperature also lowers your fuel economy. However, there are a few tips and tricks you could do to combat the effects of the cold weather on your fuel economy:  Try to park your car in the warmest place, so you can increase the initial temperature of both your engine and cabin.  Only let your vehicle idle for 30 seconds and then gently drive away.  If you can, combine your trips. It will be easier on both your wallet and engine.  If you have accessories that could increase wind resistance, such as roof racks, remove them.  Seat warmers and defrosters definitely keep you warm but try to minimize your use of them, if possible.  Check your tire pressure, not only for better fuel economy but for safety too.  Any extra weight in your vehicle? Do you hav ... read more

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Safety Tips for Driving in the Bay Area Fog

Safety Tips for Driving in the Bay Area Fog

Fog can occur at any time and anywhere, but the Bay Area is more prone to this pesky weather. And as fall progresses to winter, fog may even become more common. It becomes a serious and dangerous hazard on the roads, and our team at Orinda Motors put the safety of you, your family, and your vehicle above all else. Here are a few ways to combat the infamous fog that afflicts our area:  It may go without saying but make sure you slow down even if you know the road like the back of your hand.  Low-beams headlights and foglights are best for visibility.  Four-way flashers are an excellent way for other vehicles on the road to notice you, mainly when fog affects the visibility of your car.  If you can’t see any traffic, try listening for it. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there, and fog is known to impact your vision negatively.  Keep your driving speed in line with your vision, reaction time, and stopping distance ... read more

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