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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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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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Latest and Greatest Safety Features in 2019 Automobiles

Each year vehicle manufacturers release new safety features designed to keep you and your family safe. From automatic high beams to lane keep assist, the future is bright for automotive technology, and the team at Orinda Motors has captured the best and brightest safety features on the horizon for 2019.  Pre-Collision Systems: This safety system includes a forward-facing camera along with a radar that is engineered to alert the driver if the distance between their car and the vehicle ahead is closing too quickly.  Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB): If a collision is impending, your AEB system will automatically begin to brake, hopefully preventing you from crashing into another vehicle.  Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Working as cruise control should, maintaining your requested speed on an open road, ACC also goes a step further, adjusting your rate to match a vehicle ahead of you to keep a safe and healthy distance between your car and the other.  Lane Departur ... read more

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Why is Orinda Motors such a Stand-out in the East Bay Region?

Orinda Motors is truly one in a million. Our care and compassion for both our customers and care are what separates us from other auto repair shops in the Bay area. And we are proud that families throughout the community are continuing to choose us for auto repair for both new and classic cars and auto rentals.  Here are a few reasons why Orinda Motors is such a stand-out in the region:  We are a Diamond Certified company and AAA™ Approved Auto Repair Shop, and no other facility holds both of these certifications.  Since the 1920s, we have been providing exceptional auto repair to families throughout Orinda and beyond. For ample experience and expertise in car service, you are in the right place.  Our shop is equipped with the latest and greatest state-of-the-art technology.  We are actively involved in the Lamorinda community, are founders of the Classic Car Show, and host a Car Clinic for Women.  Not only do we have expertise in the maintenan ... 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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The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

We consider our customers and therefore their vehicles members of our extended family, and when we are looking to add someone to our circle, we have to go through several precautions, including a pre-purchase inspection. A pre-purchase inspection is imperative to make sure that your potential vehicle is reliable and safe. When you bring this car to our auto repair shop, a technician will perform a thorough examination, leaving no stone unturned. We will look for both cosmetic and mechanical issues and anything else that may jeopardize the safety of your vehicle. The power of a pre-purchase is not to be underestimated, as this can prove extremely helpful in the buying process. Armed with this knowledge after a pre-purchase inspection, you can either decide to pass on the vehicle or go back to the seller with a counteroffer, especially if our technicians have come across any issues that will need to be fixed now or in the future. Without a doubt, a pre-purchase inspection is the most ... read more

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Maintenance for Cars of All Ages

Orinda Motors is a full-service, family-owned and team-operated auto repair facility in the heart of Orinda. We service and maintain all makes and models of vehicles, both new and old. We strive to be your one-stop solution for all things auto repair, from new car maintenance to classic car restoration.  At Orinda Motors, we make it our mission to be able to provide you with a stress-free, positive experience from the moment you walk through our doors. If you own a newer Honda Accord, for example, our technicians will provide thorough and accurate service. We also are able to service and repair your classic Ford Thunderbird. With us, you can expect to receive the best of both worlds: cutting-edge technology for the service and repair of both new and older cars.  Here are a few examples of the services we provide to vehicles of all ages (from vintage classics to brand new cars):  Scheduled Maintenance  Preventative Maintenance  Computer control Coolin ... read more

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