Yearly Archives: 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for Being a Better Car Owner

First, we would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy New Year! It is officially 2021, which means it is time for fresh starts and new goals! Now is the time to start planning your New Year resolutions. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission is here to help. We have compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions for being a better and safer car owner.  Our vehicles are a part of our family. Just think of how much we rely on our cars as we drive to school, work, and so on. It makes sense to have New Year’s resolutions that dedicate a little TLC to our trusty sidekicks. Here are New Year’s resolutions for being a better car owner:  Stay up-to-date with preventative maintenance. An essential part of keeping your vehicle performing in tip-top shape for the long-term is bringing your car to Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service for routine services, such as an oil service or air filter inspection. Our technicians will thoroughly inspect y ... read more

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Importance of Winterizing Your Vehicle

We can’t believe how fast the year is flying by! Soon enough, the holidays will be here, and we will be breaking out our Christmas decorations, planning for New Year’s Eve, and racing around trying to check everything off our holiday to-do list. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission doesn’t want you to worry about your vehicle during these busy times.  During the colder months, your vehicle has to work that much harder. We encourage you to bring your vehicle to our technicians, so we can thoroughly inspect your vehicle for any signs of trouble. We will target a few times that will need a little extra TLC during the wintertime:  Heater and Defroster: Our heater is practically necessary if we want to survive the winter, and we rely on our defroster to eliminate early morning ice and frost on our windows. A chilly drive with limited visibility is practically torture and not safe. Coolant: It’s essential to make sure the ratio of antifree ... read more

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5 Reasons We Are Grateful for Our Cars

5 Reasons We Are Grateful for Our Cars

November is officially here, which means that Thanksgiving is just right around the corner. For us, Thanksgiving means taking a moment to realize what we are thankful for and express our gratitude. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Service is grateful for one of our trusty sidekicks, our vehicle. Imagine a day without your car -- it would indeed be turned upside down.  We are also grateful to you and your family. We cherish the relationships we form with you, and we are appreciative of the opportunity to serve you and service your vehicle. We look forward to sharing many more Thanksgivings with you!  Here are five reasons why we are grateful for our cars:  Our vehicles equal freedom. All you have to do is put your key into the ignition, and you are ready to go. With a properly working vehicle, you can go anywhere, as the possibilities are endless. When we don't have our vehicles, we can't help but feel stranded.  We are thankful for all the cutting ... read more

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10 Creative Halloween Costumes that the Whole Family Will Love

10 Creative Halloween Costumes that the Whole Family Will Love

October is officially here, which means it is time to start planning your Halloween costume. Halloween may look a little different this year in wake of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t celebrate. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission have put together family-friendly costumes your entire family can take part in:  Mario Kart -- the perfect costume for a car-loving family!    Lady and the Tramp -- perfect for fans of this classic Disney movie!  Legos -- both a fun way to spend time inside and an excellent Halloween costume!  Sandlot -- This costume idea involves all family members!  Care Bears -- this costume is both cute and comfy!  “Up” Characters -- another one of our favorite, family-friendly movies! It also looks like it would make a great costume too.  “Frozen” Characters -- we love how this costume idea involves the whole family, and your biggest “Frozen&r ... read more

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

When life is busy, it is easy to ignore your check engine light. You have to run to the grocery store to pick up some last-minute snacks for your little ones, and you notice that a light is flashing on your dashboard. You look closer, and you see that it is your check engine light. You think to yourself that you have it looked at in a few days. It is essential to check for any problems as soon as the light appears.  What does the check engine light mean? The check engine light is your vehicle's way of communicating with you when it needs a little extra TLC. Most modern cars are equipped with a sophisticated computer system that monitors your engine's various components for any issues. When a problem is detected, the check engine light will appear. For example, your gas cap might be loose. Your check engine light would appear, but it can also indicate something more serious, such as a misfiring engine. Your check engine light even might blink or remain ste ... read more

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Back-to-School is the Perfect Time for Preventative Maintenance

Back-to-School is the Perfect Time for Preventative Maintenance

Summer is just flying by, and we can’t believe that back-to-school season is just around the corner! Soon enough, we will be heading to the store to buy school supplies, figuring out the morning routine, and just watching our to-do list get longer and longer by the minute. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission doesn’t want you to worry about preventative maintenance during the back-to-school season.  Even in the wake of COVID-19 and schools possibly looking different in the fall, our schedules are still busy. We seem to have a million things to do, and it is quite easy to forget about our vehicle until we are faced with an issue. For example, we might have to race to the grocery store before it closes to get snacks for our little ones, and we find our vehicle not starting! At Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission, we strongly believe in the power of preventative maintenance.  Preventative maintenance prevents problems like a dead battery from h ... read more

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Best Summer Camps in Lafayette for Your Little Ones

Best Summer Camps in Lafayette for Your Little Ones

Summer is officially here! You might be scrambling to find ways to keep your little ones occupied, while making sure they are learning and enjoying themselves in the summer sun. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service considers many of their clients as members of their extended family, which is one of the reasons why we compiled this list of summer camps in Lafayette:  Animal Interest Camps Boiler Vet Camp: purdue.edu Camp Tecumseh: camptecumseh.org Columbian Park Zoo: columbianparkzoo.org Purdue Summer College for High School Students: purdue.edu Therapeutic Riding Horse Camp: newhorse.com Wild About Horses Equestrian Center: wildabouthorses.net Wolf Park: wolfpark.net Arts and Theater Camps  All Fired Up: allfiredupwestlafayette.com Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: artlafayette.org Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette:lafayettecivic.org Creative Clayground: creativeclayground.com Dance Moves ∧ Gymnastics: flipdmg.co ... read more

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10 Tips for Teen Drivers

10 Tips for Teen Drivers

It is a pivotal moment when our teen gets behind the wheel for the first time -- it is the first step toward both independence and adulthood. Not only does this moment as a significant meaning for us parents, but it also can be a cause for concern. Vehicular fatalities are the leading cause of death for American teens. Teens are three times more likely to crash than adults.  However, you can play a big part in keeping your teen driver safe. Here are ten tips to share with your teen driver that can maximize your child’s safety and minimize your worry:  Think about enrolling your teen in a driver safety course. These courses can be taught in-person or online, last up to 6-12 hours, and can often result in an insurance discount, as they are useful in instilling safe driving habits.  When selecting a car for your teen, prioritize safety and reliability.  Implement your own driving guidelines. For example, you might restrict nighttime driving after a particular ... read more

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Here is an Easy-to-Follow Breakdown of What Goes On Under Your Hood

Here is an Easy-to-Follow Breakdown of What Goes On Under Your Hood

For many of us, our vehicle works like magic -- we place our key into the ignition and off we go, ready to start the day! However, a lot goes into getting your vehicle out of the road and moving. It may seem like magic, but it is mechanics, to be exact. A combination of your vehicle’s engine, fuel, and the air is what makes your car move, not magic, even though it certainly seems like it. The answer truly comes down to your car’s engine, regardless of the make or model of your vehicle. The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission is here to break it down for you.  Your engine is what we call an internal-combustion engine. Your engine converts energy from burning gasoline into mechanical work, or what we like to call torque. Your engine also has pistons -- these pistons move up and down in cylinders, which look like metal tubes. Think of the pistons like a bicycle. When you are riding a bicycle, your legs are moving up and down to turn those pedals. These pisto ... read more

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Upcoming Specials at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service

Upcoming Specials at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service

The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service is thankful for their clients from Lafayette, IN and beyond. We appreciate each and every one of you, which is why we offer you several specials to choose from. We recognize that sticking to a budget, especially with a family, can be stressful. Auto repair, however, is a necessity, and it should not be neglected. We try our best to make auto repair easy for you and your family. Take a look at the upcoming specials we offer at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service:  $50 Off Service or Repairs: Redeem this special and receive $50 off any service or repair totaling $200 or more! Cannot be combined with any other special. Must present special in advance. $35 Off Diagnostics / Testing: If we perform the Repairs. We request this coupon be presented at the start of service. Not to be combined with any other discount or special offer.  Brake Services: Save Up to $50.00 When both Front and Rear brakes are replace ... read more

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