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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Introducing Ricardo Garcia our newest service advisor

Introducing Ricardo Garcia our newest service advisor

Hello A+ Japanese Auto Repair clients -      We wanted to introduce Ricardo Garcia, our newest addition to the shop! After being fortunate to have Rob Lucas for over 11 years, we have found another gem. Ricardo comes to us from a humble background of being a porter at a local dealership. As a porter, he would check in vehicles, greet customers, park cars, and then bring them back when the client returned for pick up. It turns out... clients wanted to work with him! About a year into the job, his wife had a vehicle breakdown and brought their family car to another shop. Ricardo interacted with the service advisor at the another facility and it was horrible. That is when Ricardo decided to entered the service advisor roll. For the past 6 years, Ricardo has been helping clients from local Acura and Toyota dealerships but it wasn't the right culture for him. He was looking for a place to call home were he can treat his clients fairly and honestly. We hired him ... read more

ROB LUCAS IS MOVING OUT OF THE AREA

ROB LUCAS IS MOVING OUT OF THE AREA

Rob Lucas is moving out of the area     It’s with regret that we announce the resignation of Rob Lucas as Service Writer, effective this Friday July 22nd, 2016. Since Rob joined our staff in 2005, he has worked with many of our clients, made many great local relationships, and has been known as one of the top service writers in the area.   We sincerely thank you for your over 11 years of incredibly hard work, your focus on honest and integrity, and your attention to treating each client to the best of your ability.   A+ Japanese Auto Repair is also fortunate to have two other top rated bay area service writers, Justin Mills and Naeem Subedar, who will be able to pick up and take care of any of your vehicle service needs or car questions.   It is with our warmest personal regards that we wish Rob and his family success as he assumes his new position, in Eureka CA at a new automotive facility.   Please feel free to ... read more

Overall poor results for headlight performance in small SUVs

Overall poor results for headlight performance in small SUVs

Learn if your small SUV headlights properly illuminate the road A recent study by the by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has concluded that many SUV do a poor job of illuminating the road. Among the 21 small SUVs that were tested, there were over 41 different available lighting options. They included halogen, HID, LED, Adaptive Headlights and a few other options manufacture options. The Insurance Institute used a headlight rating system which included acceptable, marginal, and poor. The Institutes rating system is different from the government agency which regulates headlight standards. In the government agency, they rate headlights in the lab for output and angle. In this study, they headlights are studied for illumination in real world situations. “Acceptable” ratings were given to the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and the Mazda CX-3. Each of these vehicles had been tested with the highest lighting package available.  A few small SUV ... read more

How Long Should My Car Battery Last

How Long Should My Car Battery Last

How long should my car battery last? Car batteries last anywhere from 3-6 years based on the size, quality, location, and the type of battery.  Flooded Lead Acid Car Battery Most car batteries are still using lead acid flooded batteries. The battery consists of lead plates, an acid solution in which the plates are flooded, positive/negative terminals, and a plastic housing which holds it all together. Lead is known as a toxic agent and it will effect ones health but the battery companies still use lead. It’s a great material for maintaining a batteries’ charge, accepting a new charge, and the more lead a battery uses, usually the more energy it’s capable to hold. Size Of The Battery, Bigger is Usually Better The size of a car battery is rated to the amount of the Cold Cranking Amps that a car requires to start. A larger battery will typically last longer than a smaller battery but it certainly depends on how it is being used and it ... read more