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WE NOW HAVE 4 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU!

Fort Collins - Webster
Fort Collins - Riverside
Longmont - 20th Ave
Loveland - N. Garfield Ave

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Safe Tailgating Tips

Safe Tailgating Tips

Weekends are good and convenient for tailgating. Whether you are planning to spend time with family and friends or attending a sporting even or a football match, safety is key. However fun such events would be over a grill, some dangers may arise. Here are some safe tips for a successful tailgating experience. Timely planning and sourcing for meals saves time to find foodstuffs. It is often stressful to find everything you might need within a tight schedule. Planning will accord you an ample time to organize a great tailgating experience and also save your pockets from impulse buying. While having much fun, danger always sticks around for a bone or two. It is important to keep the grill a safe distance away from the gathering as people risk dangerous falls as it cooks your meals. In addition, fire extinguishers would also come in handy in case of fire emergencies while a first aid kit would be used to nurse minor injuries. It is important to note that nowadays, so much affects our h ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Ready for the Spring?

Is Your Vehicle Ready for the Spring?

As we transition from winter to spring, your car will need some maintenance items to cater to the changes. Plus, most drivers tend to use their vehicles more often during the warmer months. Please follow these tips to ensure you're driving safe on the road this season!   Get an Inspection When you bring your car, SUV, or truck to our auto repair shop, one of our qualified technicians will closely examine all your hoses and belts for leaks and other signs of wear. Everything should be tucked away nicely. Check Your Coolant Coolant or antifreeze is necessary to keep your engine temperatures at bay. Warmer temperatures outside increase your chances of engine overheating, so you need to be fully stocked on this superfluid. Check Your Tires There is nothing more nerve-wracking than having a flat tire or tire blowout. This is why it is crucial for all drivers to regularly check their tire pressure and tread depth. Ensure they're more than 2/32" deep and filled to the ... read more

4 Reasons Why Your Engine Is Knocking

4 Reasons Why Your Engine Is Knocking

Knock-knock, who's there? Hopefully, not engine problems. If your engine has been knocking recently, it can be a significant sign of engine trouble. As such, it is best to take your car to a professional mechanic to diagnose your engine problem properly. Below are some of the common problems behind engine knocking: Carbon Deposits in the Combustion Chamber Though most fuels today have additives to prevent carbon deposits, it's not impossible. Carbon deposits can jam up your cylinders and your fuel injectors, causing your vehicle not to ignite the air and fuel properly. The knocking that you may hear is probably from numerous detonations in each cylinder. You will need to get rid of these carbon deposits to fix the problem. Adding a Lower Octane Fuel Than Needed Modern, high-performing vehicles usually require fuel exceeding regular grade. If you accidentally put the wrong octane level of fuel in your tank, your engine will start knocking. Your car will still burn through th ... read more

Do You Still Need An Oil Change If You Don't Drive Often?

Do You Still Need An Oil Change If You Don't Drive Often?

Do you work from home or take public transportation? If you are an individual who has a car but doesn't use it daily, you may ask yourself whether you need to change your oil at its recommended intervals. Most of the time, oil changes are tracked through mileage and time. Depending on your vehicle make and model and the type of oil your engine receives, the intervals could be lengthier than 3 months or 3,000 miles, 6 months or 6,000 miles, or even higher.    So what if it takes you a lot longer to reach 3Kor 6K miles? Can you skip out on it and wait until you've hit the mileage interval?   Most experts do not recommend doing so. Because the mileage and time intervals are both critical, you should wait until you reach one or the other (mileage or time). If you don't use your car often, oil changes are still important and shouldn't be excused.   Engine oil breaks down and gets dirty over a certain period of time. Therefore, regardless of whether ... read more

What Are Symptoms of a Failing Transmission?

What Are Symptoms of a Failing Transmission?

The transmission is an indispensable system within all our vehicles because of its important job; it is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. Without it, your vehicle could not possibly go anywhere! When you shift your car into drive, you are putting the transmission to work. Since it is paramount in terms of the operation of your vehicle, it's no secret that it requires maintenance to work smoothly. Without proper care, your transmission will fail; and the symptoms of a failing transmission are very pronounced. Understanding these symptoms will help you identify them and help you address the problems sooner than later.    Here are some of the symptoms of a failing transmission:  Buzzing sounds coming from under the hood Transmission gears slipping Burnt odor when your vehicle is running Check engine light lit up on your dashboard Rough or difficult gear shifting Car revs when you press on the gas pedal but accelerate or move your ... read more

BG Automotive's Top 5 Fall Maintenance Tips

BG Automotive's Top 5 Fall Maintenance Tips

It's officially Autumn. A new season means new driving challenges to face. The weather is shifting, the leaves are falling, and the days are getting shorter. As a result, it's crucial to prepare for autumn conditions by performing basic maintenance tasks. Please take your vehicle to BG Automotive, where our expert team can give you a full-point inspection and help you identify any hidden issues before they become dangerous ones. Here are five key points to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape during the Colorado Fall. Tip #1: Check your brake system.  It's no news that your brakes are a key factor to your safety; without functional brake components, your vehicle will not be able to stop or slow down at all. This is why your brakes should be a number one priority when it comes to seasonal check-ups. If the brake pads have less than 4 mm left on them, it's time to make a trip to the shop. Tip #2: Confirm that all your lights work. As the days grow shorter, it means ... read more

5 Easy Ways to Up Your Fuel Economy

5 Easy Ways to Up Your Fuel Economy

Your vehicle's MPG, or miles per gallon, is a key measure of your vehicle's fuel efficiency and how much distance a car can go before it needs to be gassed up again. If you don't maximize this number, then you may feel some pain in your wallet. Let's be real, gas prices are not getting any cheaper! We've put together a list of 5 things you can do to increase your vehicle's fuel efficiency. Here's what they are: Tip #1 - Limit the usage of air conditioning and/or heating. The HVAC system plays a significant factor in influencing your miles per gallon number. If you like to blast your A/C in hot weather or heat in the cold winters, then you shouldn't be surprised to see a decrease in your fuel economy. To save money on fuel, try to limit the use of AC or heat whenever possible.  Tip #2 - Minimize what you store in your vehicle. Items that weigh a ton are not fitted for long-time storage. If you want to be more cautious on how much gas money you ... read more

How to Preserve Your Windshield Wipers

How to Preserve Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are so often overlooked, but they are such a crucial part of our cars. Wipers ensure our safety by helping us see through our windshield whenever it rains, snows, or fogs up when we drive. However, wipers can be very irritating if they aren't doing their job well. To ensure everyone's safety, we suggest you stay on top of when they need to be replaced. Some signs of failing wipers include skipping, streaking, and squeaking noises. According to many manufacturers, you should swap out your windshield wipers once every six months to one year. However, they can require attention before that time frame if not taken care of properly. To help extend the use of your windshield wipers, follow these maintenance tips: Clean your windshield. Cleaning your windscreen will limit the amount of dirt and debris that sticks to your wiper blades.  Wipe your wipers. As you regularly use them, your wipers blades collect dust and dirt. You can remove the debris to keep the r ... read more

How to Be a Defensive Driver

How to Be a Defensive Driver

Every time you step into a vehicle, you have to understand that your safety is compromised. The reality is that we cannot control or foresee how other people drive. There are many drivers out there who are aggressive and lack consideration for others on the road. Sadly, so many accidents happen every year because of the handful of people who like to speed and drive recklessly. To ensure your safety, please make an effort to practice defensive driving. Other benefits of defensive driving may include: Prevents Points from Being Added to Your Driving Record Avoid Accident Fees or Speeding Tickets Discount on Insurance Rates Sense of Personal Responsibility Tips on Defensive Driving 1 - Plan Ahead Defensive driving can commence before you even start your car. If you have a mobile device, get in the habit of checking weather conditions and traffic conditions to know what to expect on your commute.  2 - Always Check Blindspots Whether you are changing lanes or merging onto the h ... read more

How Often Should You Replace Car Battery?

How Often Should You Replace Car Battery?

Your car battery is an integral part of the automotive team. Besides powering the electrical system, it maintains a steady electrical current to start your car and keep it moving. In addition to routine oil and filter change, tire rotation, and other general maintenance practices, maintaining your battery in great shape is equally important. A properly functioning battery guarantees you a healthy and reliable vehicle that runs efficiently. So, How Often Does a Battery Need Replacement? Under proper regular maintenance and proper care, your car battery might even last for five years. All the same, most batteries tend to wear out and become inefficient after three years of daily use. With time, the battery will eventually deteriorate, becoming completely unreliable and calling for a replacement. The trick is to pay keen attention to your battery's condition and performance after three years. If you notice any problem, have a reliable mechanic address it before it affects the entire ... read more

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