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Keeping Safe Over the Holidays

Keeping Safe Over the Holidays

For many of us, the months of January, December, and November mean holiday travel. We all know how congested and chaotic the roads can get. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service wants you to be safe each step of the way, which is why we have compiled a list of how to keep safe over the holidays:  Before you head out, make sure to pack an emergency kit with the following items:  Sand, cat litter or traction mats Small shovel Gloves, hats, and blankets Flashlights with fresh batteries and warning flares  Rags or paper towels Drinking water and nonperishable snacks  Phone chargers  It is smart to map your route ahead of time. This way, you can factor in heavy traffic and other road conditions. Before you embark on your journey, check the weather of your destination and any stops along the way. You never know what you may encounter on your trip.  Brush up on your winter driving skills. Be patient, and slow EVERYTHING down.&nbs ... read more

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Best Places to Celebrate Halloween (focus on Community)

Best Places to Celebrate Halloween (focus on Community)

Halloween is easily one of our favorite holidays. We love watching our little ones transform into something else for the night, and we love helping them do it, whether they are looking to be a fairy princess or a racecar driver. Putting together your Halloween costume is only one piece of the puzzle -- going somewhere to celebrate is also a big part of the spooky night!  Here are the best places to celebrate Halloween near and around Lafayette, IN:  Harvest of Hope Festival Sat, Oct 26, 10:00am 396 Park St, Noblesville, IN Free ArtsPark Fall Festival Sat, Oct 19, 11:00am Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN 2019 Ivy Tech Education Association Trunk or Treat Fri, Oct 25, 5:15pm 2725 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN Free The Great Pumpkin Festival Sat, Sep 28, 11:00am Wasson Nursery, Fishers, IN Free Halloween Party Night Thu, Oct 31, 5 – 10 PM Tier 1 Games, 2200 Elmwood Ave d8 Lafayette, IN Trick-Or-Treating with the Animals Sat, Oct 26, 1:00 – 2:30 PM The Fa ... read more

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When to Winterize Your Vehicle

When to Winterize Your Vehicle

We may only be in September, but before you know it, we will be breaking out the winter coats and scarves. It is easy to remember to winterize ourselves, meaning bringing out the appropriate clothes and turning on the heater, but sometimes, we forget about our car. Before the holidays get here, and you are absolutely swamped, bring your vehicle to Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission for winterization.  Here are important steps in winterizing your vehicle that should be performed before winter starts:     Check your battery. Cold weather will take a toll on your car, as the chemical reactions required to start your car slow down and decrease in chilly temperatures. It would be smart for a technician to perform a thorough battery inspection to ensure it is working properly or to see if it will need to be replaced in the future.  Check your antifreeze mixture. If your antifreeze mixture is about 50:50, your vehicle should be in good shape. To be sure the ... read more

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Prepping Your College Kids’ Cars for the School Year

Prepping Your College Kids’ Cars for the School Year

Summer went by crazily fast, as school season is just around the corner. For some of our customers, their children, or should we say young adults, are heading to college! For us parents, it is nerve wracking, saying goodbye. There is one thing you can do to ease your worries: prep your kids’ car for college. Here is how:  It is time for an oil change.  Don’t forget about the battery; we don’t want your teens late on the first day of class.  Those lights need to be shining bright. Make sure to have them checked out.  Take a look at those fluid levels to see if they are at the appropriate level.  If you see your vehicle leaking fluid, this mysterious fluid should be examined.  Check your tires for uneven tread wear and any other potential fires.  Replace the windshield wipers.  Take a look at your heater and defroster. We wouldn’t your kids to freeze in the wintertime.  Inspect under the hood.  It may be ... read more

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Tips for a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

Tips for a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

Fourth of July is almost here, which means it is almost time to celebrate! Before you start celebrating, we think it is important to review some safety tips. At Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service, we want you to be safe at all times, from driving your vehicle to your Fourth of July event to watching the fireworks. Here are some helpful tips for a happy and safe Fourth of July:  Make sure to check local laws for fireworks regulations.  Leave those professional, high-grade fireworks to the professionals. It is always better to be safe than sorry.  Avoid buying any fireworks that are wrapped in brown paper bags, as this is a sign these are meant for a professional.  Always have an adult present. Sparklers, though they are small, still pose a danger to children.  In case of danger or mishap, keep a bucket of water or hose nearby.  When lighting a fuse, never place any body part directly above the firework and make sure to keep a safe distan ... read more

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The Hackers Are Coming! What You Can Do To Protect Your Vehicle

Our cars are becoming more and more like mobile computers, complete with infotainment systems, automated driver assistance, and keyless ignitions. Even though these features have many benefits, there are also downfalls, including hackers utilizing these features to gain access to your vehicle.  The hackers may be coming, but there are several ways you can protect your vehicle. Take a look:  Make sure your software is updated. Just like how we need to make sure our mobile devices are updated regularly, we need to make sure our cars remain updated as well.  Keep in contact with your manufacturer for any news about any security updates or recalls.  Guard your WiFi password. It may be surprising to know that many people leave their passwords out in the open, such as in their glove compartments, center console, or cupholder.  When you aren’t using your WiFi or Bluetooth, make sure to turn it off. Hackers can exploit these connections, even when your vehic ... read more

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Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day

Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day

At Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service, we want to make sure we spend a moment discussing how much we appreciate all the mothers out there. We are so thankful for all that you do, and if we notice all your hard work and devotion for your children, your little ones undoubtedly notice and are grateful too.   Make sure you show your mom a little love on this Mother’s Day, especially if your mom has a hectic commute, as we are sure many of you do. Here are some gift ideas designed for those commuting mothers:   A Contigo Mug that actually doesn’t spill your coffee. A bag with sturdy straps and pockets for organization. How about an ... read more

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To Sell, or To Keep Your Vehicle? We Help You Decide

To Sell, or To Keep Your Vehicle? We Help You Decide

Tax season is officially upon us, which means we need to make some critical decisions, and one of the most common ones, upon the beginning of this new financial year, is whether you should keep or sell your car. We recognize how big of a decision this is, which is why the team at Guaranteed Automotive and Transmission is here to help. Here are three steps that will help you decide:  Step 1: Let’s figure out what your vehicle is worth. Many sites can help you with this. All you have to do is input some information about a car, such as make, model, mileage, and year, into their database, and you will be able to see how much your car is worth quickly.  Step 2: Determine how much it will cost to keep your car chugging along. The team at Guaranteed Automotive and Transmission can help you with this. Our ASE-Certified technicians can perform a thorough inspection on your vehicle, carefully assessing your car’s strengths and weaknesses to figure out an estimation of mu ... read more

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Spring Cleaning for your Vehicle

Spring Cleaning for your Vehicle

Let’s shake off that winter chill with some spring cleaning! This term is not solely meant for your home, but it can be applied to your vehicle, both inside and out. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission wants your car to be ready for both spring and summer, and that all starts with a little spring cleaning.  Here a few areas that need attention after winter:  Tires: Winter can affect the air in your tires, causing them both to expand and contract, which will, in turn, change the air pressure. Once the weather begins to warm up, it is essential to examine the air pressure to ensure it is at the appropriate levels. It may also be a good idea to rotate your tires to ensure there hasn’t been any damage from the snow or road salt.  Fluids: The colder temperatures of winter tend to put a little extra stress on your engine, which means now is the perfect time to ensure each fluid in your engine is the right level. At Guaranteed Automotive & Tr ... read more

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Your Love Playlist for Road Trips

Your Love Playlist for Road Trips

Planning a road trip with someone you love; perhaps you are picking up someone special for a date or taking your wife or husband out for a night on the town. Either way, you don’t necessarily need a special occasion to show your loved one how much you care and cherish them. If you are struggling to put together a love playlist, before Valentine’s Day is upon us, we have a few suggestions. Take a look: “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen"Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney and Wings"Perfect” by Ed Sheeran"Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel ... read more

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