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Ahead of the Curve — Hybrid Vehicle Innovators and Early Adopters

Ahead of the Curve — Hybrid Vehicle Innovators and Early Adopters

Victor Wouk poses proudly with his 1972 hybrid Buick Skylark at the EPA vehicle emissions-testing laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today, the Toyota Prius is the most popular car line in California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area leads the nation in the sale of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Forty years ago, no one would have predicted that HEVs would be so popular.  No one except Victor Wouk, the “Godfather of Hybrid Technology”. Wouk built the first working proto ... read more

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What My Father Taught Me: A Father’s Day Message

What My Father Taught Me: A Father’s Day Message

When I was a little kid, I thought my dad was the best. At everything. Nobody could build a deck as sturdy as my dad’s. Nobody could create a garden as beautiful as my dad’s. Nobody could skip a rock across a pond as many times as my dad. Nobody could sing in the shower with as much gusto as my dad. Nobody was his equal. Nobody. My father shaped me into the person I am today. Because of his influence, I enjoy getting outdoors and being physically active. I love hiking — the wa ... read more

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Hillside Auto Repair Introduces Cutting-Edge Service for Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

Hillside Auto Repair Introduces Cutting-Edge Service for Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

Dave and Zoie Carney, owners/operators of Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance, are pleased to announce that they have joined The Hybrid Shop (THS), an international network of auto repair shops committed to providing expert care for hybrid-electric vehicles by embracing the latest battery pack conditioning, hybrid technology and knowledge that is available only to licensed dealers. Typically, a new hybrid battery can cost as much as $3000 to $8000. Hillside Auto Repair’s fully trained and certi ... read more

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The Hybrid Shop Named a Finalist in the 2014 American Business Awards!

The Hybrid Shop Named a Finalist in the 2014 American Business Awards!

  The Hybrid Shop has been selected as a finalist in the New Product or Service of the Year - Consumer Services category of the 2014 American Business Awards and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program. Award winners will be announced in San Francisco on Friday, September 12, 2014.    “We’re extremely honored by this recognition. To be selected as a finalist in the New Product or Service of the Year – Consumer Services c ... read more

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Hillside Auto Repair Earns Angie’s List Award

Hillside Auto Repair Earns Angie’s List Award

Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. “Only about 5 percent of the companies Hillside Auto Repair competes with in the Los Angeles South Bay are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.” Hillside Aut ... read more

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Hillside Auto Makes The Top 25 Auto Repair Shops in Us

Hillside Auto Makes The Top 25 Auto Repair Shops in Us

Dave and Zoie Carney, Owners/Operators of Hillside Auto Repair in Torrance, are pleased to announce that Hillside Auto Repair was named one of the Top 25 Auto Repair Shops in the country at a recent Automotive Training Institute Industry Summit held in Puerto Rico. A group of 1,167 member shops vied for the distinguished award, which acknowledges efficient and good business practices.

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Maintaining Your Car … and Your Car Warranty

Every day I talk to my customers about the advantages of maintaining their car regular. One question I often have to answer is, “But, Dave, can I keep my car warranty in force if I have my regular car maintenance done by an independent service facility?” You may be surprised to learn that the answer is, “Yes.” You Can Choose Who Does Your Vehicle Maintenance The car manufacturer reimburses the dealer for the cost of warranty-related work. This is why only authorized dea ... read more

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Auto Air Conditioning Maintenance and Repair

You may not have thought about this, but your car has two cooling systems: one that cools the engine and another – the air-conditioning system (A/C) — that cools the passenger compartment. In my previous blog, I described the system that keeps your car’s engine cool, and provided tips for maintaining and extending the life of that cooling system. CLICK HERE to read that entry. Now let’s look a ... read more

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Auto Cooling System Maintenance and Repair

Auto Cooling System Maintenance and Repair Did you ever think about the fact that your car has two cooling systems? It’s a fact: one system cools you and the other system cools the engine. These are two separate, unrelated systems. If the first one — your air conditioning — isn’t working, you’re uncomfortable, so what?, you open the window! However, if your engine cooling system isn’t working properly, it can cause severe damage to your car. Your car’s ... read more

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Oil Changes Every 3,000 Miles

Oil Changes Every 3,000 Miles

After 29 years in business, the single most important auto maintenance advice I can give is change your oil every 3,000 miles. Here’s an impressive fact: today’s cars are built to last for 200,000 miles. Seriously. How is this possible? It may not be possible unless you are diligent about performing the single most important service on your car; namely keep the oil clean. Modern engines have onboard computers and fuel injection, which results in a very efficient engine that operates ... read more

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