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Sarasota Auto Repair


Dave’s Auto Repair Celebrates Dads and Grads in June with Great Savings!

At Dave’s Auto Repair, every milestone is a celebration! As we continue to celebrate 37 years of servicing Sarasota, we want to thank all of the dads who have trusted us to keep their cars running so you can make it to the school plays, sporting events and all of the activities that put wear and tear on your car! Use this special auto repair coupon in Sarasota in the month of June and don’t forget to ask for your Free 37 point Inspection so you continue to make the special moments that make memories! And we didn’t forget the grads! We know as you move on to your next goal, it can be hard to find a mechanic you trust with your baby. Dave’s Auto Repair is the trusted name in Sarasota for providing quality service and repairs for over 36 years. If you aren’t sure where to go, come into Dave’s with this special coupon so we can help keep your car on the road as you head for your next destination! And always remember to ask about our loyalty and rewa ... read more

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth In Fruitville

There’s a segment of the Fruitville population that’s not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Mistaken perceptions have crept into the FL area over time. Many Fruitville motorists think the root lies in the fact that modern cars are so reliable. Reliability has improved dramatically in recent years. Quality surveys report fewer problems with new cars than ever before. Back when cars spent more time in the repair shop, Fruitville drivers were more mindful of routine service. Now, it’s much easier to put it off. Take tune-ups for example. In the days of mechanical ignition systems, an engine needed to be tuned-up every couple of years. The ignition points had to be replaced, spark plugs and coils replaced and the timing adjusted. If your engine was out of tune, you knew it. It ran poorly and got bad fuel economy. Sarasota Springs The Maintenance-Free MythNow, the ignition system in your Automobile is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. S ... read more

Differential Service in Sarasota FL – What You Need To Know

Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Sarasota, FL, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. You might even have two or three. As you might guess from the name, a differential’s job is to compensate for differences. Specifically the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your Sarasota, FL home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you go around the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel. The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power. Without a differential, our tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns. You’ve probably noticed the big bugle in the middle of the rear axle when you’re behind a truck ... read more


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Recommended Service Intervals

Everyone in Sarasota, FL knows we’re supposed to go to the dentist twice a year. We get our teeth cleaned and have a thorough dental inspection. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can’t be seen with the naked eye. When the dentist is done, he tells us what he’s found – “Everything’s fine, see you in six months.” Or “You’ve got a small cavity starting, let’s schedule an appointment to take care of it.” By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary repairs. This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills. If we buy into this way of handling our dental care, why do we resist so much when facing the same system for our car care? Dave’s Auto Repair 4547 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34233 () Following the manufacturer’s recommended intervals can be confusing. First there are recommendations for so many thing ... read more


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Economics of Maintenance For Sarasota Auto Owners

Buying a new car in Sarasota is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide? People in Sarasota who’ve been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty? For purposes of our discussion, let’s assume you live right here in Sarasota and have a five year old vehicle. It’s now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there’ll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don’t know what to expect. For help we turned to has compiled maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They’re able to use manufacturer’s maintenance schedules and rep ... read more

Commitment to Make Your Automobile Last At Dave’s Auto Repair

For advice on how to make your Automobile last longer, visit us at Dave’s Auto Repair 4547 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34233 () These days many people in the Sarasota area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you’ve got to start with what you’ve got. It’d be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you’ve had the vehicle for a while, or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that’s where you start. Go through the maintenance schedule for your Automobile and see what’s been done and when. Have your Sarasota service advisor at Dave’s Auto Repair do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up. Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need ... read more



Gas Savings In Sarasota: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in Sarasota have hit most of our budgets. You’ve probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related stuff. Increased fuel costs are now consuming a bigger portion of that budget and you may be tempted to skimp in some other areas – like scheduled maintenance. According to news reports and industry studies, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn’t been done. Some of these items are serious safety concerns. Others are just more likely to affect the cost of operating your vehicle. Gas Savings In Sarasota: Sharpen Your PencilIn this area, we can take a lesson from professional Sarasota vehicle owners. I’m talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, Sarasota folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they have gotten scheduled maintenance down to a science. And the last thing they skimp on is regular maintenance. Why is that? We ... read more

Lease verses Buy

Lease? Or buy? It’s always a tough question for residents in the Fruitville area. But here are a few ideas that’ll make the choice more clear. Either option gives you a choice of how you might finance your car. If you buy, you’ll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge. If you lease, you’re financing the portion of the cost of the car that’s used up during the term of the lease. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local Fruitville area dealership. You’ll pay some money upfront; fees, security deposit, first month’s payment and maybe a capital reduction. The month payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. So how do you decide? First, how big a down payment can you make? A lease would require a smaller down. How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for any given down payment. A lease needs you ... read more


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Training Received by Technicians In Sarasota FL

When your car breaks down in the Sarasota, FL area, or just needs some routine service, it can make you a little nervous. Because your car’s so important to your life, you need to be back on the road as soon as possible. And, with the problem fixed right the first time. We’ve been checking into some of the training our Sarasota, FL technicians receive, and we’re very impressed. It’s amazing how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. So it’s not like when your uncle worked on his hot rod over weekend. Today there are four cylinder engines that make more power than the V-8’s in luxury cars 20 years ago. A new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to 60 mph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up. And they’re so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so muc ... read more

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Sarasota

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine, has to do with the combustion cycle. Your Automobile engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call Dave’s Auto Repair at (941)371-5981 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our Sarasota, FL service center on 4547 Bee Ridge Road, 34233 It’s critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all. The timing belt is responsible for rotating the shafts that control the valves. It’s vital and precision work. Timing belts are made of very t ... read more