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Educational Apps to Keep Your Little Ones Busy During Roadtrips

Educational Apps to Keep Your Little Ones Busy During Roadtrips

Spring break is almost here! For many of us that means a spring break vacation. If you are planning a roadtrip for your spring break vacation, you may be a little apprehensive if your little ones tend to incessantly ask “are we there yet” or “how much longer.” The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission is here to help with these educational apps to keep your little ones busy during road trips:    For younger children, ages 3 to 7:    Chomp by Christoph Niemann  HangArtMoonbeeps: GizmoSago Mini Robot Party    For older children, ages 8 and up:  MSQRD — Live Filters & Face Swap for Video Selfies  ... read more

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Show Your Car Some Love with These Cleaning Tips

Show Your Car Some Love with These Cleaning Tips

If you have little ones, you know how challenging it can be to keep your vehicle clean. From the crayons stashed in between the seats to the crumbs and mud littering your floor, your vehicle can look and feel as if a hurricane just stormed through. Before you start to lose your mind at the sight of your messy vehicle, the team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission is here to help you keep your cool and keep your car clean!  Now, is the perfect time to bestow a little TLC on your vehicle this holiday. Show your car some love this Valentine’s Day with these cleaning tips:   Put your old makeup brush to use. You can bring it out to your vehicle, and use that fluffy brush to dust away any pesky debris or dust accumulated on your vehicle.  If you have a pet your vehicle might even be covered in a thin layer of pet hair, use a spray bottle and a squeegee to get clean away any hair on your upholstery.  Want your dashboard to look brand new and shiny? R ... read more

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New Year’s Resolution -- Preventative Maintenance

New Year’s Resolution -- Preventative Maintenance

The team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission Service wishes you a happy and healthy New Year’s! Not only for the year 2020, but the entire decade. We want you to start the decade off on the right foot, which is why we encourage you to bring your vehicle to our facility for preventative maintenance.  Why is preventative maintenance so important? You can think preventative maintenance as a physical. On a routine basis, you visit your doctor’s office for a check-up. You don’t wait until you are sick, but you make sure your doctor performs a physical to ensure you are healthy. Just like you, your vehicle needs to visit the team at Guaranteed Automotive & Transmission for an inspection.  Our technicians will thoroughly examine your vehicle, looking for any signs of trouble. This way, we can catch problems before they can become little ones. Some of the most expensive and potentially dangerous repairs could have prevented with preventative maintenanc ... read more

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All’s Well That Ends Well: Tire Health

December is here, which means the year is coming to a close. For many of us, this is the busiest time of year, as we are racing to the mall for those last minute gifts, stringing up the last box of Christmas lights, and going over recipes for our holiday dinners. During the midst of December, it is easy to forget about our vehicles. However, it is during this time of the year that we need our car the most -- your tire health is especially important.  Tire tread depth: As you drive, your tires automatically get worn from rubbing on the road. If your tires are overly worn, it will take you much longer to come to a complete stop, as your old tires won’t necessarily have a good grip on the road.  Alignment and balancing: If your tires aren’t properly balanced, your tires will wear out faster.  Tire rotation: It is important for your tires to be rotated at your manufacturer’s recommendations. Front and rear tires will wear different because they carry dif ... read more

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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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