AllenMotors
(805) 496-3370
2594 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Allen Auto Body
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(805) 496-3370

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Door Dings Are A Real Drag!

Shopping cart dents and door dings are just a few of the things that can happen to your vehicle in a parking lot. Most of the time, they seem to just appear out of thin air. While a new dent can be frustrating, it’s not the end of the world.

Five fast facts to take the frustration out of door dings

  1. Document the damage
  2. Who is responsible for shopping cart dents?
  3. Should you file an insurance claim?
  4. Why you should fix dents and dings.
  5. Use PDR for dent repair.

Simple Steps to Save Gas Without Driving Less

Gas prices are up, everywhere! To save money on fuel without having to impact your present lifestyle, try these tips…

NO jackrabbit starts! Your vehicle uses the most fuel when accelerating. If you accelerate slowly, you can minimize the surge of fuel to meet the demands of getting rolling. In fact, if you can keep your vehicle moving and reduce the need for stops, you’ll save even more.

Get Straight Talk About Auto Service and Repair

Our goal is to provide you with the finest repair and maintenance services available. We know your time is valuable in other pursuits, so we will do our job as quickly as possible to minimize impact on your day and schedule.

When you come in, we’ll prepare an estimate, explain the job that is needed, and when you can expect to be back out on the road. Along with needed repairs, we’ll make you aware of any potential areas of concern, such as parts with excessive wear, or delayed maintenance.

My Body Shop, My Choice

The old procedure after an accident was to get three estimates at different shops, submit them to your insurance company, and let them tell you what they were willing to pay. You brought in the car, the work got done, shop got paid and you got your repaired vehicle back.

Today, it’s much more likely that your insurance company will want to inspect the vehicle first themselves and give you a list of their “approved” repair shops. While they will want you to take it to a shop on the list, the good news for you is that you are still free to choose whatever shop you desire!

Slime on the Driveway: Monsters Under my Car!

Out of the blue, there’s suddenly green, red, or other color fluids under my car. WHAT’ S GOING ON!! No need to panic…yet.

Depending on the manufacturer, some coolants are red, some are green, and some are yellow. Never mix colors, and always use the color your vehicle already has in the radiator. Also, many transmission fluids are red. If any of these are under your car, you have a leak, and it needs to be addressed. If it’s monstrously large, don’t drive the car, have it towed to us to avoid more damage.

Don't Let your Car Be The Nightmare on Elm Street!

If you notice that your car, truck, or SUV is wandering, or pulling to one side of the road, that’s an indication of a safety issue with your steering. It may be caused by bad tires, a steering component failure, an alignment issue, or some other problem.

Once it starts, it’s likely to get worse, and could lead to a catastrophic failure and a collision. At the first sign of this, come in and we’ll do an inspection. We’ll find your steering goblins and get your vehicle back to handling like a dream!

There’s a lot Riding On Your Brakes

The braking system on your vehicle is just as important as the drivetrain that moves it under power. While your engine and transmission provide the “GO”, it’s your brakes that slow you down when you’re ready to “WHOA”! On all vehicles, brakes take a beating every time they are applied. They take the rotational energy of the turning wheel, and by hydraulic pressure turn that energy into heat. This conversion of energy is what allows you to slow down a little, or a lot by pressing the brake pedal.

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Door Dings

Shopping cart dents and door dings are just a few of the things that can happen to your vehicle in a parking lot. Most of the time, they seem to just appear out of thin air. While a new dent can be frustrating, it’s not the end of the... Read more

Car Care

Now more than ever it’s important to maintain your vehicle. Many people overlook preventative maintenance or skip it during the holidays to save money. The best way to save money and extend the life of your vehicle is preventative... Read more

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