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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

In our fast paced lives, it’s easy to find distractions behind the wheel of your car. This month, in honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we want to take a moment to consider common distractions and their risks. We encourage you to be aware of these threats and make an effort to drive safely and distraction free! The most common distractions include using a cell phone, texting, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, reading (including maps), grooming, and watching a video. Even features of your car can be distracting, like using a navigation system, adjusting the radio, or adjusting the heater or air conditioning. Though all these distractions can pose a threat, the most dangerous by far is cell phone use and texting, so that’s going to be our focus today. Cell phones have become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. At any one time, 9% of drivers are talking on cell phones – making them 4 times as likely to crash. Technological advances like ... read more

Car Waxing and Polishing – What’s right for your car?

Car polish and wax are among many products used to protect your vehicle and keep it looking its best. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception among car owners about these products and what they are used for. So what is the difference between a wax and a polish? And what’s right for your car? Polish A polish is used to give your vehicle a smooth, shiny surface. The primary purpose of polish is to remove imperfections from your vehicle’s paint or clear coat. Polish can clean off contaminants such as grease, dirt, and rust that normal washing cannot remove. It is also used to fix small scratches, scrapes, or swirls from the finish. There are two primary types of car polish: chemical polishes and abrasive polishes. Chemical polishes are used to clean the exterior, removing rust, grease, and stains that normal washing cannot remove. Abrasive polishes are used to fix imperfections in your car’s paint job or clear coat and smooth out small scratches or ... read more

Show your car some Love with Preventative Maintenance

Show your car some Love with Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the single best way to keep your car running smoothly and save you money down the road in Albuquerque . By periodically checking the fundamental systems in your car, you can spot anything out of the ordinary before it becomes a bigger issue – and it is easy to do! Show your car some love this month with these preventative maintenance services: Read your owner’s manual – Every manufacturer includes a schedule of recommended maintenance for the vehicle, so check your manual for the proper maintenance intervals for your vehicle. Even if it doesn’t seem necessary, following this schedule can help to avoid bigger issues that stem from delaying these services. It is also a necessity for maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty. Check your oil and fluids – Most fluid or oil tanks have gauges or dipsticks to let you easily check the levels ... read more

Myths about European Vehicles

Myths about European Vehicles

Myths about European vehicles Whether you drive a state-of-the-art Mercedes or a vintage BMW in Albuquerque , your European vehicle is a finely-crafted machine. But does that craftsmanship require a special level of care and support? Let's take a look at three common myths about European vehicles, and how these myths could be affecting your wallet. Myth 1: There's no avoiding it -- You Have to go to the Dealership for Some Repair and Maintenance The first thing we should call attention to is the Magnuson-Moss warranty act: the law says you don't need to take your vehicle to the dealer for routine maintenance to maintain your warranty. As long as the maintenance is done according to the schedule in your vehicle's manual, the dealer can't void the warranty ... read more

Albuquerque Car Care Tips: Preventing Sun Damage

Albuquerque Car Care Tips: Preventing Sun Damage

While many of the nation’s car owners are putting on their snow tires, Albuquerque drivers don’t need to worry about snow and ice as much. But just because we’re in a warmer climate doesn’t mean your vehicle is safe in the winter months. This month, our team is here to teach you how to protect your car from the sun’s UV rays. Just like the sun to your skin, your vehicle’s paint can be damaged by brutal UV rays. If you don’t protect your vehicle, these UV rays can fade the paint on your car’s exterior and even damage its interior as well. To avoid faded paint, corrosion, rust and cracking interior, follow these tips and keep your vehicle looking as good as new. Wash your car often - In warm climates, the longer you wait between car washes, the easier it is for the sun to affect your vehicle’s exterior. Adding a car wash to your weekly routine will keep your paint job looking fresh. Dry your vehicle thoroughly after a wash - After a car ... read more

Our First Annual Food and Clothing Drive

Our First Annual Food and Clothing Drive

With the holiday season right around the corner, our team at Donald Brown Parts and Automotive is getting into the giving spirit! We’re partnering with The Rio Grande Food Project and The Storehouse of Greater Albuquerque to organize a food and clothing drive to help the less fortunate in our community. Who We’re Supporting The Rio Grande Food Project provides emergency food relief to hungry individuals and families throughout the Albuquerque metropolitan area and is one of the longest operating food pantries in the state. The Storehouse of Greater Albuquerque has provided free food and clothing to the working poor of Central New Mexico and has served more than 17,000 families who are working but not earning enough to cover their family’s basic living expenses. Over the years, we have supported many organizations to better our community and now we’re giving you the opportunity to help us s ... read more

The 5 Thanksgiving Travel Tips Every Driver Needs to Know

The 5 Thanksgiving Travel Tips Every Driver Needs to Know

According to a 2012 AAA report, the number of Thanksgiving travelers has been steadily increasing since 2008. In fact, there were 43.6 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving weekend, and 90% of those travelers (39.2 million) were making the trek by car. You can count on the roads throughout Albuquerque to be crowded this holiday season, so our team has some key tips to help you reach your destination safely! 1. Check your tire pressure: Tire pressure can easily be forgotten. If they aren’t properly inflated, you can decrease your gas mileage up to 0.6 MPG. Also, if you come across any inclement weather during your holiday travel, over or under inflated tires can cause a loss of traction and lead to an accident. Tires should be checked before your holiday journey to keep you safe. 2. Spark Plugs: When is the last time you checked or changed your spark plugs? A dirty, corroded or improperly installed spark plug can leave ... read more

What is ASE and Why is it Important to You?

Finding a talented, trustworthy auto mechanic in Albuquerque isn’t as hard as you think and since October is National Car Care Month, our team at Donald Brown Parts & Automotive is teaching you why you should only let an ASE-Certified mechanic work on your vehicle. To get your car a thorough repair the first time, you need to take it to a trustworthy facility, like Donald Brown Parts & Automotive, that employs top-notch technicians who have the drive and experience to get the job done quickly and professionally. That’s why you should always look for the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence on a shop’s window. The ASE, or Automotive Service Excellence Program, was established in 1972 in an effort to improve the auto industry with better technicians and more ethical practices. This not only benefited the auto facilities but their customers as well! When technicians are ASE-Certified, they have passed the rigorous testing standards set forth by the program. These me ... read more

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Fall Today!

September is here and the season is changing—good-bye summer; hello autumn. While you may be preparing your wardrobe for the fall weather in Albuquerque, this video will help you get your vehicle ready for the upcoming driving conditions as well. Don’t wait too long to prepare your vehicle for the elements. Our team of ASE-Certified technicians is standing by, ready to help you with all of your car repair needs. * Donald Brown’s Parts & Automotive is proud to partner with Monday Morning Mechanic to bring you helpful money saving tips to help you get more miles for your dollar! http://www.mondaymorningmechanic.com

Start saving money with a wheel alignment!

Does your steering wheel vibrate while you’re driving around Albuquerque? Do you notice your car drifting to the side of the lane making you really concentrate on driving straight? These are signs that you are could need a wheel alignment, a maintenance service that has plenty of benefits to keep you on the road and save you money in the long run. A wheel alignment is the simple task of adjusting the angles of your wheels so they are completely parallel with the other tires making them perpendicular to the road. Hitting a pothole or a curb can affect a tire’s alignment which can be detrimental to a vehicle and cause issues such as decreased MPG and loss of control. Although the actual service may seem meek, it is very valuable to a car owner. You may need a wheel alignment if… Your car pulls to the right or left when you drive The steering wheel of your car shakes while driving You’ve hit a pot hole or speed bump at a moderate to high speed ... read more

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