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The Dealership Alternative

April 13th, 2016

The Dealership Alternative

Dealerships are a great place to be introduced to the car you love, but when it comes to caring for your new car – bring it to us!  There is a common misconception that you have to have your vehicle maintained or repaired by the dealership, but you have the right to choose where you take your vehicle! So, what makes Dekalb Tire a better choice than the dealership?

1. Under Warranty Maintenance Can Be Done Here

Did you know the only time you need to go back to the dealership is for under-warranty REPAIRS and for recalls? The law states that required maintenance for your vehicle does NOT have to be performed at the dealership. This means that you have freedom of choice when it comes to your required maintenance.  Because we are a qualified auto repair shop using quality parts that equal or exceed the manufacturer’s requirements, we can perform your ...[more]

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Road Trip Checklist

April 2nd, 2016

Whether you plan to go for a day or for a weekend or longer, it's important to have your vehicle inspected before taking it on vacation. Getting your car checked out before you leave will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home. Here is a list of the top 10 things to check before hitting the road.

  1. Schedule a checkup with your neighborhood auto repair center.
    • Have any maintenance services performed - like getting your oil changed.
  2. Fluid Levels
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Brake Problems: 5 Warning Signs

February 23rd, 2016

Brake inspections are an easy way to keep you safe on the road. Routine inspections of your tires and brakes give you peace of mind while commuting on our busy roads. A great time for these inspections is when you get your tires rotated, for most drivers this is every 6 months. Any Dekalb Tire location will rotate your tires and check your brakes at no charge. In between ...[more]

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The Vital Role Clean Air Filters Play in Maintaining Your Vehicle

November 10th, 2015

A clean air filter is necessary for the proper operation of your vehicle. Last year, during the national car care month inspections, the Car Care Council found that 18%, or nearly 1 in 5 vehicles, needed new air filters. Read on to learn more about the important role clean air plays in your vehicle.

  • Precise Performance – An engine needs a mixture of fuel and air to operate properly. Without air, the gasoline or diesel fuels cannot burn and provide the energy needed to power th ...[more]
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Benefits of Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

September 15th, 2015

Maintaining a car is similar to maintaining yourself as a human: you make appointments for regular checkups to make sure everything is in working order, and this helps you catch any potential problems early. These principles are the same for your car, so regularly scheduled maintenance can provide many benefits.

Regularly scheduled automotive maintenance will make sure that you get the most out of your vehicle. You want your vehicle to last as long as possible, and regularly maintaining it will make sure that you avoid breakdowns and keep your car moving. When you bring your car in for maintenance, you can have your oi ...[more]

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Common Vehicle Problems Caused By The Summer Heat

August 19th, 2015

The summer heat in Atlanta is extremely intense and can cause heat related auto failure. To keep your car from overheating or experiencing other heat-related problems during Georgia’s heat waves, take the following measures and precautions:

Watch Out for Signs of Engine Overheating

Familiarize you ...[more]

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5 Signs Your A/C Needs Service

July 7th, 2015

The summer heat can be very difficult to manage in the Atlanta area, especially if your vehicle isn’t prepared for it. Nothing is more uncomfortable or inconvenient than a broken down air conditioner in the middle of the summer. Fortunately, you can use these tips to catch any problems and keep the cold air blowing all summer long. 

Air Conditioner Not Starting

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6 Vehicle Warning Smells You Can Recognize Infographic

May 1st, 2015

Remember that new car smell? Unfortunately, that smell eventually fades, but throughout the life of your vehicle there will be lots of different smells coming from your vehicle. Some of them are perfectly normal, but other odors are an indication that something is wrong. "Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you'll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car," says Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council. The Council has identified 6 vehicle-warning signs your nose can recognize.

Have you noticed one of those sme ...[more]

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National Car Care Month - Maintenance Procedures

April 14th, 2015

Properly maintaining your vehicle goes a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle. "Neglected vehicle care almost always means high costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value," says Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. That's why they have designated April National Car Care Month. April is a great time to focus on your vehicle's maintenance needs to make sure your car is ready for summer travel! This month, take some time to check these basic maintenance procedures.

National Car Care Month

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Top 4 Most Neglected Auto Maintenance Procedures

April 11th, 2015

Many people don't know that neglecting car maintenance in order to save time and money will inevitably backfire. To prevent expensive repair bills down the line, remember to have the following basic car and tire maintenance services routinely performed at your local automotive repair facility.

Vehicle Battery Care

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