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I See The Light!: Torch Award Winner & How Headlight Restoration Helps for Better Night Driving Visibility

I See The Light!: Torch Award Winner & How Headlight Restoration Helps for Better Night Driving Visibility

Complete Automotive in Springfield, Missouri is excited to announce some de-LIGHT-ful news!   Our auto repair shop was recently announced as the winner of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award in 2019! Yay!!! Here is the write-up that earned us this esteemed award:   “Proudly serving the community of Springfield, MO for 10 years, we have developed a solid reputation for 5-star service. Our team of auto mechanics are highly-professional, talented, personable, and are always studying up on advances in automotive technology. We can confidently say that our team is among the best in the auto repair industry. But we are in business for more reasons than to fix cars. We are deeply dedicated to our community, as well. We support many local artists to display and sell their works of art in our lobby. We host several community events and fundraisers, including National Police Officer Day and activities at local schools. Whether it is auto repair or community service, our re ... read more

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What You Should Know About Fall/Winter Maintenance and Battery Reliability

What You Should Know About Fall/Winter Maintenance and Battery Reliability

With the changing of the seasons comes changes to how you should be maintaining your vehicle. Summer can create some issues for your battery and unfortunately, that toll crops up during the colder months, making our batteries less reliable or prone to failure. When it’s time for you to prepare for the winter months, there’s a lot you can do on your own, but don’t forget that Complete Automotive is here to assist you with all of your auto repair and maintenance needs.  Car batteries are lead-acid batteries, and the way they work depends on chemical reactions. These chemical reactions are affected by environmental temperatures. Hot or cold, it is going to change how efficient your battery is and how long your battery is going to last.  Cold temperatures are going to slow down the chemical reactions, meaning your battery is going to bog down when it gets cold out. This can happen despite how fully charged your battery is. Though, a new battery before an extreme ... read more

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The Importance of Good Tires for All Seasons

The Importance of Good Tires for All Seasons

One of the best investments you can make for year-around safety is in a great set of tires. Tires are what not only make you move forward, but they also help you stop when you most need to. They can also help improve your fuel efficiency and get the best performance out of your car. When they are good tires in good condition, they hug the ground beneath their tread and keep you right where you should be going around that tight turn. Just don’t speed into it and you’ll be just fine! We live in a part of the world that experiences extreme weather conditions. We don’t have to tell you that, because you already know. If you already know this, then you also know that having really good tires is critical, especially when the weather conditions take a turn toward freezing.  Winter tires aren’t like regular tires. They are geared toward being able to properly function in harsh winter conditions with temperatures below 45 degrees. Winter tires come in all shapes a ... read more

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How Does Your Car’s Air Conditioning System Work?

 How Does Your Car’s Air Conditioning System Work?

With summer comes a huge change in the weather, it gets sunny and warm and turns your car into an oven. Your car's air conditioning system is your best friend as soon as the weather warms up. When it goes out its a sweaty nightmare. Do you know how your air conditioning system works? If not, you should! Knowing how the system works can help identify the problem if it goes out.  The air conditioning system’s purpose is to blow air to cool down the inside of the car that passengers are riding in, obviously. It also removes any moisture from the car so the air is more comfortable which you’ve seen when your car gets steamy. Your air conditioner automatically turns on when you turn on the defrost setting to pull humidity away from your windshield.  Your air conditioner is made up of five parts that are connected by tubing and hoses. There is a compressor, condenser, evaporator, thermal expansion, and the accumulator which is also known as the receiver drier. The ... read more

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Maintenance Tips for Summertime Travel

Maintenance Tips for Summertime Travel

Summers are meant for spontaneous adventures, day trips, and traveling as much as you can. As ready as you are for summer traveling your car might not be as ready. Prepping your car for summer is just the start, you’ll need to keep up with maintenance so your car doesn’t overheat, blow a tire, or damage your brakes. Keep these maintenance tips in mind when you’re traveling this summer.  You’ll want to make time to do regular maintenance regardless if you are traveling or not. Get oil changes regularly, you can find the suggested mileage in your owner's manual. Look under the hood every few weeks and make sure your fluid levels are full. These fluids include coolant, oil, transmission, and windshield wiper fluid. If you’re not sure where to look for these stop by your local mechanic who can show you where and what to look for.  While you’re under the hood take a look at your battery. Batteries tend to last 3-5 years depending on the cl ... read more

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Best Songs for Winter Road Trips

Winter is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Some of us like to go skiing or snowmobiling, while others like to go ice-fishing or hunting. Whatever your reason to head out for a Winter road trip, you’ll need to take some important things with you. Of course, these road trip items include the basics, like food, water, blankets, gloves, emergency kits, power sources for our mobile devices, and more. But what about your road trip music? Do you have your road trip tunes ready to go? Regardless if you have access to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, or CDs, you could boost your road trip enjoyment if you plan out your favorite traveling songs. Check out these wintertime road trip tune suggestions for your next outing.   Motivational songs Eye of the Tiger by Survivor Rocky Theme Song (“Gonna Fly Now”) by Bill Conti Chariots of Fire Theme Song by Vangelis Upbeat songs Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars September by Earth, Wind, and Fire I Believe I Can Fly by R. K ... read more

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Best Songs for Road Trips

Best Songs for Road Trips

    It doesn't get much better than driving on the open highway alone or with loved ones listening to tunes that soothe our souls. Besides, it’s fun feeling like you’re living inside a musical. Here are some songs that are sure to have you belting, feeling joy, and just being in the moment as these tunes enhance the vibe as you drive. “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin It’s hard not to tap your fingers and sing along to this song that comes with a message. Driving and rambling on seem to go hand in hand. We just always need to be moving forward regardless of what life serves us. “I want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles This song is the epitome of joy and hope. The Fab Four have the gift of bringing a festive touch to any room (or vehicle.) “Walls” by Tom Petty “Some days are diamonds Some days are rocks Some doors are open Some roads are blocked” This song reminds us that life is a tapestry of experiences and ... read more

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Vacation Ideas Near and Around Springfield, Missouri

Vacation Ideas Near and Around Springfield, Missouri

  If you're feeling it's time to take a little getaway vacation away from Springfield, MO, there are so many wonderful locations not too far away. Consider some of these ideas if you're sensing it's time to reward yourself with a fun adventure.   1) Sleep in a Yurt at StoneWind Retreat If your main mission for some time away is relaxation, check out StoneWind Retreat just outside of Chester, Arkansas. Located just under 3 hours southwest of Springfield, this 160-acre retreat is located on a mountaintop in the Boston Mountains in Arkansas. This area truly is a slice of paradise, and the quaint yurts are ideal for a romantic getaway or a fun family bonding experience. These yurts aren't just tents. They have peaceful views, luxurious furniture, and hot tubs. There are also walking trails at StoneWind, and it's a fast drive to Devil’s Den State Park and Lake Fort Smith.     2) Take in Some Fine Theatre in St. Louis If you're a th ... read more

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring has arrived and with it comes the need to do a vehicle cleanse after a long winter. Cars go through so much during the chilly season— ice, snow, salt, slush sand, gravel, and dirt can all can pull a number on the cleanliness of your ride. Even if you live in a warmer part of the world, these are helpful suggestions for spring cleaning your vehicle and getting your car ready and sparkly for the warmer weather and longer days:   Clean Under the Cloth Floor Mats You'll be surprised how much salt, gravel, and dirt can get stuck under the floor mats. If left there, all this debris can eventually work through the mat and corrode the body of the car.   Wash the Headlights and Taillights The headlights and taillights can take a beating in winter and by the spring, they're generally pretty foggy and filthy. For safety and visibility at night, it's so important to make sure your headlights and taillights are clean. Just washing them with warm water on a d ... read more

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Top 10 Must-Haves For Summer Road Trips

Top 10 Must-Haves For Summer Road Trips

It’s summer and the perfect time of year to hop in your car with friends and family and take that roadtrip. Cruising the open road gives us freedom, a sense of freedom, and the opportunity to experience joy alone or with those we love the most. Having your car stocked with the things that could make your trip safer and more fun is essential before you hit the road. The team at Complete Automotive has 10 “Must have” suggestions for you before you’re off for the adventure of a lifetime! OLD SCHOOLMAPS – Even though there are countless APPS that have electronic maps and directions, it’s always wise to have “old fashioned” paper maps on hand. Sometimes electronic map applications get a little fickle and can lead you in circles. Having a paper map on hand is a great precaution. SNACKS – To avoid extra stops and blood sugar crashes, it’s smart to keep some of your favorite non-messy snacks on hand. Fruit, cheese, and nuts are simple easy healthy choices. AAA – J ... read more

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