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Someone hit my car while it was parked

With more people working from home, it’s common to leave your car parked only to come back and notice another car has hit it. Don’t let this give you anxiety; these types of accidents are common and, with the right resources, aren’t too complicated to manage. A driver may have hit your vehicle and left a note, or hit and drove away. Both of these situations use similar steps to resolve.  The first step is to remain calm. Finding your vehicle hit after safely leaving it parked can cause most people significant distress. It’s best to collect your thoughts before proceeding to ensure rational and logical decisions.  If the driver is still around, calmly collect their contact information and car insurance policy. You’ll need this information when you report this accident to your insurance company and the police (if you choose to file a report). If the driver isn’t around but left a note, contact them to confirm that you have the correct infor ... read more

How to Travel Safely With Pets

How to Travel Safely With Pets

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and travel to your favorite spot. You don’t want to leave your beloved pets behind - so why not bring them along! Most parks and recreation spots do allow pets, so you can bring your furry friends along with you. However, doing your research and prepping as much as possible for the trip can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable for both you and your pets.  It is important to make sure that your pets will be comfortable on the ride. If you’re traveling in the car, be sure to bring a pet bed or blankets along with you. When your pet is able to relax on the road, they will be much more calm and less nervous on the road.  Make sure to stop at plenty of rest stops along the way. Getting out of the vehicle to stretch your pet’s legs and allow them to relieve themselves will be the best way to keep them comfortable and calm throughout the drive. It will also be good for the drivers, too!  Ensure that you br ... read more

Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Accidents

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed.   Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t pr ... read more

Keeping your Kids Busy During COVID-19 Shutdowns

Keeping your Kids Busy During COVID-19 Shutdowns

With offices and businesses closing their doors and schools canceling classes until May, we understand that many of you parents out there may be working from home or staying home to watch your kids during this time. COVID-19 has not stopped spreading since first news of the virus in the US was first discovered, and California has remained one of the top states in terms of virus cases reported.  Being couped up all day in a house with kids can be difficult, especially when trying to get work done if you are working from home. Of course, we should all understand how important these closures are to preventing the further spread of COVID-19 and why social distancing is essential. This is why we want to share a few ideas for keeping your kids busy while dealing with the shelter in place order.  Here are some ideas on how you can keep your kids busy during this time:  Keep the same routine in place as if your child is in school. Wake them up at the same tim ... read more

We Are Open and Here to Help!

We Are Open and Here to Help!

TOS Auto Repair is considered an essential business and we will be open and operating during normal hours during the recommended shelter in place order. We are taking extra precautions during this time and are taking extra steps disinfecting common areas and common touch points at the shop such as the doors, counters, etc and wiping down your vehicle after service. We are also offering “white glove service” where we will pick up and deliver your vehicle. Call for details. Please give us a call at [COMPANY_PHONE] to schedule an appointment and for more information or just click below to schedule an appointment.  Sincerely, TOS Auto Repair Team

What is a Fuel Pump Replacement?

The fuel pump in your vehicle is an integral part of your vehicle's fuel system, providing pressurized gas to the fuel injectors. The fuel pump is powered by an electric motor and is inside of the gas tank. The output and the pressure of the pump is actually controlled by a regulator.  A good OEM fuel pump can last you indefinitely with proper vehicle care. However, this part, like many other mechanical parts, can degrade over time and need to be replaced. If the fuel pumps fails, your engine won't receive the fuel it needs to run your vehicle. If your fuel pump needs to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Your vehicle won't start Car unexpectedly stalls The check engine light is on You hear a whirring noise coming from the fuel tank Any engine or fuel system issue should be addressed at the first sign of a problem. Here at TOS Auto Repair, we are here to help with all of your engine repair needs. If you suspect that you may ne ... read more

Items to Never Leave in Your Vehicle

We are all guilty of it...getting home after a long day and neglecting to take inside some items from our vehicle that we know we should. We know that it can take that extra self-push to take out what needs to be brought in, and understanding why you should never leave these items in your vehicle overnight can help you make the extra effort.  Actually, some items on our list may surprise you. You may have never thought that the following items shouldn't be kept in your vehicle, but we promise that the reasons are valid. Some items can even pose a safety hazard in extreme weather conditions. Here are some items never to leave in your vehicle overnight:  The most important is valuables. Never leave a laptop, phone, camera, or other valuable in your car overnight - especially in plain sight. While this may seem like common sense, if you live in a safe area you may not think that anyone would break into your vehicle. However, you never know where crime could strike, so avoi ... read more

What Our Auto Repair Technicians Want from Santa

What Our Auto Repair Technicians Want from Santa

The holiday season is officially here, and we can’t help but love this busy time of year at TOS Auto Repair. We genuinely love experiencing the joy of gift-giving, as we cherish the look on our loved ones’ faces when they open up the most thoughtful gift. We can’t forget about our technicians this holiday, as we are ever-so-grateful for the part they play in keeping the streets of Sacramento safe, even during the holidays.  What exactly do our technicians want from Santa Claus? First, our technicians want to receive continuing education and training for the automotive industry. To stay on their A-game and properly service your vehicle, training is a must. The team at TOS Auto Repair is going to get exactly what they want -- training is always a priority at TOS Auto Repair.  Next, our auto mechanics want the utilize the latest and greatest tools and technology. We make sure our auto repair shop in Sacramento is stocked with the highest-quality equipment. Ou ... read more

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Best Automotive Inventions For Which We’re Thankful

November is almost here, which means we will be soon celebrating Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and then finally New Years. Before the holidays are officially here, it is the perfect time to take a moment and remind ourselves why we are so grateful for our vehicles. Here are 4 of the best automotive inventions for which we’re thankful:  Teen Driver Technology: If you have been worrying about handing the keys over to your teen driver, you won’t have to stress anymore -- teen driver technology comes in with built-in limitations. In fact, teen driver technology will send you alerts if your teen goes over a certain speed, turn off the audio if the seatbelts aren’t on, and keep the volume at a reasonable limit.  Connected Mobile Apps: Most car markers come with an app that you can easily download. In this app, you will find information about your vehicle. You can also check your fuel and tire levels, unlock your doors, and remotely start your engine in the chill ... read more

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Why Investigate the Spooky Noises That Haunt Your Car?

October is the scariest time of the year, as on Halloween night, the streets will be filled with ghouls, goblins, and monsters, just to name a few. Sometimes, our car can make spooky noises, but with TOS Auto Repair’s help, these noises don’t have to be scary. If you are hearing any of these noises, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to our facility in Sacramento:  Any sound you hear when you turn around a corner.  An unusual flapping sound.  If your car has a manual transmission, and you hear a grinding noise when you change gears.  Hissing or sizzling coming from under your hood.  A knocking sound originating from your engine.  Loud bangs.  Humming sounds coming from underneath your car.  Rattling noises from under your vehicle.  Your vehicle starts to roar when you accelerate.   Your vehicle starts to make squealing noises when you accelerate.  You press on the brakes, and you hear squealing noises.  ... read more

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