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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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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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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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12 New Year’s Resolutions for Better Driving

It’s easy to make resolutions for ourselves and our family, but what about for our car and driving? We drive somewhere every day, either to make it to that morning meeting or to drop your daughter off at the soccer game, so why not think of some New Year’s resolutions for better driving? Not sure where to start? We have a few suggestions:   Of course, it goes without saying: never drink and drive, and also don’t drive while under the influence of medications either. Put your cellphone down. It’s so tempting to pick your cell and reply to that text message but refrain from doing so. Studies have shown that the results of texting and driving are the same as driving drunk. Yikes! Make sure to signal! For many us, we think we have outgrown signaling for safety, but that’s not true. Many, many accidents could have been prevented by signaling. Come to a complete stop at the stop sign. Rolling through stop signs not only can get you a ticket but can ... 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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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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Why Choose Orinda Auto Rental Over Other Rental Companies?

There are many rental companies for you to choose from, but we think your best choice would be Orinda Auto Rental. With an array of affordable vehicles for you to choose from, including compact and full-sized models, you will be ready to explore Orinda after a stop at our facility for one of our rental cars.   We are an affordable alternative to a rental car agency. Our location is at 63 Orinda Way, right here at Orinda Motors. You will receive kind, considerate service, along with a rental car that either compact, mid-, and full-size.   Because we understand how busy your day can get, Orinda Auto Rental offers complimentary, local pickup and delivery service. If you are at the Orinda BART station, we can pick you up and bring you to your rental car. As a bonus, we offer a 10% discount to AAA members.   For a rental company that recognizes how valuable both your time and money is, look no further than Orinda Auto Rental. We are a 3-minute walk from the Orinda BAR ... read more

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