Shop Hours: Mon – Thurs, 7:00AM – 5:45pM

Closed Friday – Sunday
closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 daily

Before & After hours Drop off/pickup available

Shop Hours: Mon – Thurs, 7:00AM – 5:45pM

Closed Friday – Sunday
closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 daily
Before & After hours Drop off/pickup available

Prepare for Holiday Journeys: Vehicle Safety Checks at Collinsville Auto Repair

The holidays are a time for joy, family, and often, travel. As you prepare to hit the road this season, ensure that your vehicle is as ready for the journey as you are. At Collinsville Auto Repair, nestled in the heart of Canton, CT, our family has been committed to providing our Hartford and Litchfield county neighbors with exceptional auto service since 2005.

Here’s your guide to holiday travel readiness, focusing on crucial vehicle safety checks.

Battery Life and Connections

The last thing you want is a car that won’t start due to battery issues. Cold weather can be harsh on your vehicle’s battery. We start by testing your battery’s health and ensuring the connections are corrosion-free and tight. If it’s time for a replacement, we can help you select and install the right battery for your car and your travel needs.

Tire Inspection and Pressure

Tires are your vehicle’s sole contact with the road, so their condition is paramount to your safety. We’ll inspect your tires for tread depth, signs of wear, and any damage that could lead to a blowout. Proper inflation is also key to safe driving, especially in colder temperatures that can decrease tire pressure. We’ll check and adjust the pressure, including your spare, so you’re set for any unexpected detours.

Fluid Levels and Quality

Your vehicle relies on various fluids to operate smoothly. Our mechanics will check your oil, coolant, brake, transmission, power steering, and windshield washer fluids. We’ll top off anything that’s low and recommend changes if any fluids are due for replacement or are no longer effective.

Brake System

Your brakes are your most critical safety feature, especially when traveling in winter conditions. We conduct a thorough inspection of your brake pads, rotors, and fluid to ensure everything is in top working order. If we find any concerns, we’ll discuss repair or replacement options with you.

Lighting and Electrical Systems

Visibility is crucial, especially during the shorter days of winter. We’ll check all your vehicle’s lights—headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and interior lights—to make sure they are functioning properly. We’ll replace any burnt-out bulbs and can even upgrade your lighting for better night vision if desired.

Windshield Wipers and Heater

A clear view and a warm cabin are non-negotiable for a comfortable trip. We’ll inspect your wipers for wear and ensure your heater and defroster are working effectively to combat those frosty windows.

Emergency Kit and Supplies

Lastly, we recommend that every vehicle have an emergency kit, especially for longer trips. If you don’t have one, we can help you assemble a kit with essentials like jumper cables, a flashlight, first-aid supplies, and more.

Remember, your safety and the performance of your vehicle are the top priorities at Collinsville Auto Repair. Before you embark on your holiday travels, visit us at 146 Powder Mill Road, Canton, CT. Call us at (860) 693-4588 to schedule your pre-trip check-up, or visit our website at for more information.

Traveling during the holidays should be about making memories, not dealing with car troubles. Let us take care of the technical details, so you can focus on the joys of the season. Safe travels and happy holidays from our family to yours!

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