From Turkeys to Christmas Trees

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The holidays are just around the corner. As I am writing this, Thanksgiving is 2 short days away, Hanukkah is 21 days away, Christmas is 34 days away and the New Year, just 41 days away. It seems like 2017 has flown by. When I think holidays, I think food, family, presents, laughter, light. I have always loved celebrating the holidays.

This time of year also brings snow, ice, wind and unpredictable road surfaces. ...

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Gaining Confidence in the Repair Process-Part 2

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Diagnosis

That dreaded check engine light came on.  You call your local repair facility and they ask you to bring your vehicle in for diagnosis.  Diagnosis is one of the terms we use in the automotive industry quite often.  Just as though you were going to the doctor, occasionally your car needs to go to the car doctor to see whats going on under the hood.  Unfortunately the word diagnosis has become one of the negative words in our industry.  Today, ...

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Accepting and Embracing Change

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As many of you know, downtown Colorado Springs has been in construction purgatory for several months.  Fortunately, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  With the improvements under the street, the city has announced major improvements to Pikes Peak adding bike lanes, better pedestrian walkways and updated parking.  Even more exciting, we are getting a new “moon-about” at the intersection of Pikes Peak and Colorado.  Access to Autosmith will be be improved and our ...

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Gaining Confidence in the Repair Process-Part 1

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Let’s talk about the repair process. Today we are going to look at part one of the repair process, so you know what to expect when you take your car in for service or repair. At Autosmith, we do things a little differently, so I’m going to use us as an example.

Step One: The Need

The repair process typically starts with a need. The need can be anywhere from I need an oil service, my car won’t start, the ...

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Going Against the Grain

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Auto repair has always had this negative connotation. There are lots of shops out there that scare or try to tug at your heartstrings in order to sell you their services. Some take out full page ads in the local paper highlighting how much they care about children or pets while “the other guys” only care about your money. Some offer deeply discounted oil change services to up sell you on all the “additional” work you need ...

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From the Farm to the City

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As I have mentioned before, I grew up in Southwest Kansas.  There is something magical about fall in Kansas.  While we don’t get to appreciate the beautiful changing colors we get in Colorado, we do experience the age-old tradition of harvest and preparing the ground and home for winter.

I can honestly say, it’s such a difference experience living in the city.  Fall in the city is pumpkin spice everything, driving to look at colors, boots, the excitement of cooler weather ...

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Tales of an Accidental Shop Owner Part 2 in a Series

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Jamie Dodd is a refugee from Southwest Kansas, finding her forever home (unless winter won’t give it up) in beautiful Colorado Springs.  Growing up on a farm and only driving a tractor once gave Jamie the unique ability to run from anything mechanical at a very young age.  So as life likes to be, it’s completely ironic that she is now the proud owner of Autosmith, an automotive repair facility in downtown Colorado Springs.

I started driving at 12.  It was ...

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Tales of an Accidental Shop Owner Part 1 in a Series

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Jamie Dodd is a refugee from Southwest Kansas, finding her forever home (unless winter won’t give it up) in beautiful Colorado Springs.  Growing up on a farm and only driving a tractor once gave Jamie the unique ability to run from anything mechanical at a very young age.  So as life likes to be, it’s completely ironic that she is now the proud owner of Autosmith, an automotive repair facility in downtown Colorado Springs.

 

I love small business and always wanted ...

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Factory Maintenance

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Factory maintenance is one of those items, when you own a car, on your to-do list.  Did you know, factory maintenance can be done at your local repair facility?  I explain why factory maintenance is important and the differences between taking your vehicle to the dealer and your local repair facility.  That way you are empowered and confident when it comes to making the best decision for your vehicle.

Why must I keep up on all the factory maintenance?

Factory maintenance guarantees ...

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Welcome to Fall!

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I love fall!  It happens to be my favorite time of year.  There is something about the crisp air, the way the sunlight reflects and the changing colors that makes me happy.  I also know fall brings rain, sleet and snow.

Having lived in Kansas during my childhood, when the snow would come, the schools would close and we would stay home, not venturing out much in the weather.  Blizzards were deadly and not worth the risk ...

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