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A Day in the Life of an ASE-Certified Auto Technician

A Day in the Life of an ASE-Certified Auto Technician

At Airport Automotive, our technicians are ASE-Certified, and we are the trusted source for auto repair throughout the community, as Colorado Springs drivers continue to choose us time and again. However, what does it mean to be an ASE-Certified technician? To help answer this question, here is what a day in the life of an ASE-Certified auto technician looks like.  First, before even starting their day as an ASE-Certified technician, they had to get their ASE-Certification. What exactly does that mean? ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence and is an organization that holds auto repair shops and technicians across the country to a standard of excellence. For our technicians to receive this training, they had to undergo rigorous training and exams. Basically, our ASE-Certified technicians know their stuff.  After obtaining their certification, an ASE-Certified technicians’ day looks like this:  Perform a 10,000 or 20,000-mile service on a newer vehicle.&nbs ... read more

Five Engine Noises You Need to Pay Attention To

Five Engine Noises You Need to Pay Attention To

Sometimes, our vehicle can make odd noises, and it is our job at Airport Automotive to decipher those noises, acting as a translator between you and your car. Certain sounds can spell trouble, and if you hear any of these five engine noises, don’t hesitate to contact our technicians at Airport Automotive:  You step on the brakes, and you hear squealing, scraping, or grinding. If you hear of any of these noises, there could be an issue with your brakes. Because your brakes are practically synonymous with safety, don’t waste any time contacting a team of qualified professionals. Your safety always comes first at Airport Automotive.  When your vehicle is in motion, you start to hear a thumping noise. A thumping noise can indicate numerous problems, such as a tire that is coming apart, braking issues, or a broken CV axle.  A hissing or sizzling noise originating from your engine that may or may not is accompanied by smoke. This sound is likely due to engine fl ... read more

I Am A New Car Salesman's Worst Enemy

I Am A New Car Salesman's Worst Enemy

I Am A New Car Salesman's Worst Enemy We live in a day and age of recycling everything, re-purposing old products and making them new again. For a large portion of the motoring population, the automobile is the second largest purchase they will make in their lifetime…………….. But, it doesn’t and shouldn’t have to be every 5 or six years like the new car dealers would like it. I hear all the time from people when presented with an estimate for a repair, "ah, that car isn't worth that much." I have news for you. Neither is the new vehicle you’re going to buy. It’s going to depreciate 20% the first year, and 15% each year after that. So I want to make a case for driving your current 10-year-old vehicle another 5 years. I will give two examples. Both examples are similar. Bob and Mary own their home, have two vehicles and an annual household income of $100,000. Jim and Kathy also own their own home, have two ve ... read more

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Car-Lovers in Your Life

It seems that it was only yesterday when we are shopping for Christmas gifts. Time certainly flies, as Valentine’s Day is almost here. However, the team at Airport Automotive is here to help you come up with some gift ideas for your loved ones, especially if they are fanatics about cars. Here are 10 Valentine’s Day gifts for the car-lovers in your life: Magnetic Mounts for an iPhoneComplete Car Care Kit ... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for a Happier, Healthier Car

Eat healthily, exercise well, go on more road trips are just a few of the more common New Year’s resolutions, but what about some goals for our car? We rely on our car so much, and without our trusty sidekick, we would find ourselves struggling to get to work in the morning or pick up your daughter from school. So why not this year, we include some resolutions for a happier, healthier car?   Keep an eye on the car’s fluids. Some fluids in your vehicle, such as the oil, brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid, will need to be changed at certain intervals. If you can keep up with these fluid changes, you are well on your way to maintaining the longevity of your vehicle. Inspect the vehicle’s tires and wheels frequently. If your tires feel wobbly or are vibrating, don’t hesitate to bring your car into our shop for a quick look to avoid an expensive and possibly even dangerous problem. Bring the car in for preventative maintenance! Bringing your veh ... read more

Let it Snow! The Importance of Winterizing your Vehicle

From the crazy holiday traffic to your dropping temperatures, winter is an especially difficult season for your vehicle. At Airport Automotive, we recommend that you stay a step ahead of the game and make sure your vehicle is firing on all cylinders and ready for whatever comes your way.  Here are a few tips on how to prepare your vehicle for winter:  In the colder months, you want to make sure your vehicle’s mixture of antifreeze and coolant remains at 50/50. If there is more water, the risk of this mixture freezing is greater.  Take a look at your windshield wipers and look for any signs of aging. If your windshield wipers are worn out, they may impede your vision during the rain or snow, which can lead to a dangerous situation.  Don’t forget about your car’s battery. During the winter months, your battery’s power can be reduced up to 50%. We wouldn’t want you to be stuck out in the cold with a car that has a dead battery.  ... read more

5 Reasons Why We are Thankful for Our Vehicles

5 Reasons Why We are Thankful for Our Vehicles

With Thanksgiving almost here, we think it is the perfect opportunity to take a moment and give thanks to our vehicle. Without our car, where would we be? We probably wouldn’t be anywhere, as we find it very hard to get around without our trusty sidekick on wheels.  And at Airport Automotive, we would like to mention how grateful we are for you, your family, and your vehicle. We cherish the relationships we form with you and your family, and we look forward to sharing many more Thanksgivings with you. Along with being grateful for you and your vehicle, here are 5 reasons why we are thankful for our own, personal vehicles, and we think many of you can relate:  A car equals freedom. Nothing can compare to the feeling of putting your key into the ignition and driving wherever you want to go. When our car isn’t performing in tip-top shape, we can’t help but feel almost trapped and stranded. We have our vehicles to thank for that feeling of joy and freedom.&nbs ... read more

How Well Do You Know the Airport Automotive Team?

How Well Do You Know the Airport Automotive Team?

At Airport Automotive, we genuinely care about you, your family, and your vehicle. We strive always to go the extra mile to ensure you and your car will continue driving wherever and whenever you need to go. While our technicians are servicing your vehicle, we offer a courtesy shuttle, loaner cars, and a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind. But who is the team at Airport Automotive? Who is striving to keep your vehicle safe and secure? Gary Olson, the owner of Airport Automotive, has been serving Lexus and Toyota owners since 1991. Altogether, Gary and his team have over 100 years of automotive repair experience. Matt Fowler is the Service Manager at Airport Automotive, and he keeps things running smoothly. Dan “The Man” Tabar believes that cars are a way of life. Since Dan was 16 years old, he has been working on vehicles and he continues to enjoy every minute of it. The rest of the team, Guillermo Guevara-Cortez and Quentin Jackson, are also car enthusias ... read more

Cars are Containers for Life: If Your Vehicle Could Talk, What Would it Say?

Imagine if your car could talk. What do you think it would say? Would it be thanking you for taking such good care of it, or would it be wondering when it’s next checkup with the auto technicians at Airport Automotive? You and your trusty and reliable sidekick have shared plenty of bonding moments throughout the miles and months, and we think if your car could talk, it would say these 5 things:   “I’m thirsty!” Your car runs on a lot of fluids, from gasoline to radiator fluid. Unfortunately, it is quite common for drivers to let their fluid levels get dangerously low. For this reason, your car may sound the warning bells about dehydration.   “Ouch, my feet hurt!” When you get slam on your brakes, you can’t help but get jolted. Imagine what your vehicle feels. Be alert and give yourself plenty of space between the cars and objects ahead of you so you don’t have to slam on those brakes.   “Just one more minute of ... read more

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