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    Guess who visited A-1 during the off season?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you guessed NFL football player Julian Edelman, you'd be right.

    Earlier in the year, Frank Edelman (Julian's father) was intervied by ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. "I was very athletic without any coaching at all," Frank explained. "I figured if my kids had a little help, maybe it would get them over the hump." Often the road toward that kind of work ethic would lead to sport after sport and nonstop intense training. "No more!" his mother Angie protested. "We're on vacation!" 

    The work paid off for Julian after a breakout season. He tested the free agent market and even made it home to meet with the 49ers. But ultimately Julian signed with the Patriots. Here's what he had to say to ESPN's Field Yates - "You know, I got home to see the Niners, and I grew up a huge Niners fan. But being in New England the last five years, that's just home. I mean, that's just home for me right now..."

     

    PS Yes, Chris @ Skippyc the family does own an auto shop. Thanks for the inquiry. Frank brings that same work ethic to everything we do at A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. He's often the first one here and the last one to leave. That's becasue with a "...little help, maybe we can get [you and your car] over the hump." For auto service and repair please contact us at 650-964-7844.

    What's the craziest confection someone dropped off at your work?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Thanks Robert Dee for a little bit of Crazy Good!

    What's the better muscle car?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 vs 1970 Buick GSX 455

    Vote for the better muscle car between the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 and the 1970 Buick GSX 455!

    Write your vote in the comments section in this Round 2 pairing of +OnAllCylinders Muscle Car Match-Ups!http://tinyurl.com/mmjgxgt?

    Find A Mechanic That You Trust

    Last updated 3 years ago

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    • "Find a mechanic that you trust." That's the standard advice, but how do you do it? I found this place at the recommendation of a friend, and I've been taking my cars here ever since. It's been over 80,000 miles. My sedan just passed 123,456 on the odometer and runs like the day I first got it. I trust Frank when he tells me that my... More

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    Tips to Retain Your Car's Value

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Here are a few tips we'd like to share about retaining your car's value from the used car specialists at NADAguides.com. As noted, regular service and repair ranks high on the list. For service call A-1 Auto Tech at 650-964-7844, and speak to one of our knowledgable repair technicians about a regular repair and maintenance schedule.

     

    1. It might seem obvious, but when it comes to maintaining the value of your vehicle, its important to avoid driving excessive miles. If you plan on taking a long road trip, opt for a rental car. The cost of the rental will probably be much less than the mileage overage charges you'll pay at the end of your lease or the potential depreciation in the value of your high mileage car at resale time.
    2. Have your vehicle serviced on a regular basis and keep all records of maintenance and repair. Not only will routine car care help you avoid costly and unnecessary repairs, it also demonstrates to a potential buyer that you cared for and maintained the car properly and regularly during the time you owned the vehicle. Some prospective buyers might be willing to pay more for a car thats been routinely serviced.
    3. Avoid excessive wear and tear. Treat your vehicle with respect to maintain its value over the long haul avoid extreme start-and-stop driving, over-towing (or towing more weight than is recommended in your owners manual), excessive speeds or driving your vehicle in areas where road conditions are poor.
    4. Keep your car clean. Have it detailed on a regular basis inside and out and be sure to use a coat of wax to protect your vehicles paint surface from natures elements. Cleaning your car frequently will help maintain its value over time.
    5. Store your car properly. If you live in an extremely cold or warm environment and you have the facility to store your car inside, do it. Excessive sun can fade the outer surfaces of your car, including paint, trim and moldings. Additionally, extremely cold temperatures and environmental conditions can wreak havoc on your cars internal engine components. By storing your car inside in a climate-controlled environment, you can help avoid costly and unnecessary repairs in the future.
    6. Rust is the enemy. If you live in a cold climate with harsh winters, be sure to wash your vehicle often to remove salt deposits that can eventually lead to rust and whenever possible, have your car undercoated to avoid salt deposits from building up on the frame and the underside of the quarter panels and fenders.
    7. If you own a classic car (or are thinking of buying one), treat it as an investment. Store it inside to avoid damage from outside elements and have the car serviced on a regular basis. Don't forget to check the fluids and replace worn hoses and belts. Although you may not drive your classic car many miles, it is important to maintain tire pressure and use time rather than miles as a measure to change your fluids. Classic cars are unique and require extra special care to maintain their value over time. It helps to consult a specialist who is aware of the special requirements that your car may need, and have the knowledge of where to locate the correct parts. At the end of the day, it might be beneficial for you to consult a classic car specialist or a certified mechanic to implement a routine service itinerary and schedule.
    8. Don't treat your vehicle like a restaurant. Avoid eating and drinking inside your car and by all means, don't smoke. Spills, cigarette smoke and stains can ruin the inside appearance and smell of your car which can ultimately be a detriment to its resale value.
    9. Avoid conditions that can damage the exterior finish of your car. Paint chips, gouges or fading can decrease a cars value. If your vehicles paint is less than ideal, consider having it painted prior to resale time and be sure to have a reputable paint expert or body shop perform the work. A nice looking exterior finish can increase a cars curb appeal and ultimately, its value.
    10. Sure its important to maintain your vehicles value, but more importantly, be a smart car buyer from the get-go. If you're interested in determining which vehicles hold their value better than others over time, be sure to refer to the Used Car Information Center at NADAguides.com to compare the price of virtually every new and used vehicle on the market today.

     



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