Pacific Automotive - Your Local Dealer Alternative Auto Repair Center

Serving San Diego Over 25 Years

5181 Santa Fe St San Diego

(858) 925-5359

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Fuel Saver Package

Want better fuel economy?  Stop by for our fuel saver package.  Or ask us to add it to your next oil change.  You'll feel the improvement, especially if you've recently noticed a drop in gas mileage.  Its combination of services helps keep your vehicle reliable and performing at its best, and includes more than those at many other garages. Fuel Saver Package Includes: Front-end Alignment  Our inspection and adjustments can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.  Additional benefits...
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Dealership Alternatives

Extensive studies have shown that repairs and maintenance at new car dealerships are 15% to 25% more expensive than at independent auto repair shops, also called dealership alternatives.  So it shouldn't be too surprising that nearly 3/4 of vehicle owners go to independent mechanics even during their warranty period.  Choosing a local shop with ASE certified mechanics and the latest diagnostic equipment gives you a true dealership alternative with the same quality of service.  That's...
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2019 Model Update: Best Retained Value

Depreciation is a big part of owning and operating a vehicle, especially if you prefer late models. The average new 2019 vehicle retains only a bit more than a third of its value after 60 months (five years out).  So besides price and interest rate, it's wise to consider resale values when shopping for your ideal car, SUV, or truck. For 2019 we're focusing on Kelly Blue Book (KBB) surveys and awards.  They've been establishing used vehicle values for over 90 years.  Rankings are based on...
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Back to School: Auto Maintenance

With school season soon starting your car's safety and dependability are even more important.  Whether you're a parent shuttling the kids or a new college student, it's an important time for some important car care items.  But they're often forgotten in the rush of loading up on school supplies and working out carpool schedules.  Or being away from home for the first time.  So here's a sort of automotive checklist for back-to-school. DIY -- Regularly There are several maintenance and...

Summer Heat

Hot summer day?  It shouldn't come as any surprise that heat puts a strain on your car's cooling system.  But you may be surprised that speeding down the freeway on a sultry afternoon isn't the worst case.  Actually your engine has to strain while traveling at low speeds, such as when towing or heading up a steep grade.  Why?  There's far less air going past the radiator and through the engine compartment. High temperatures affects other parts of your vehicle too.  They're dangerous for...
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Time for a Tune Up?

Despite advanced engine control systems, today's cars and trucks still need a tune-up from time to time.  It's an important part of preventive maintenance.  Neglecting it leads to poor engine performance and poor gas mileage, that can even cause damage.  So check the owner's manual for the maintenance schedule for each of your vehicles.  In the meantime, stay alert to symptoms that may indicate you're past due because of special circumstances. When Is A Tune Up Necessary? As with all...
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Don’t Skimp on Car Maintenance — It’s False Economy!

You may have heard the saying, "If you don't schedule time for your car's maintenance your car will schedule it for you." Preventive maintenance keeps breakdowns and their headaches to a minimum. And just might save you money in the long run, keeping a small problem from developing into a big one. So don't wait until something fails before bringing your car in. What Needs Maintaining? Oil, filters, and coolant are essentially consumables that need to be replaced anywhere from a few times per...
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Extended Car Warranties

Extended car warranties cover repairs after the manufacturer's standard warranty expires.  You could think of it as insurance against a big unexpected repair bill, or as an auto service contract (which they're often also called).  Either way you're trading unknown costs for a fixed known cost.  Just keep in mind that it's not the same as car liability and collision insurance. You can purchase an extended auto warranty at the car dealership or separately through an independent company,...
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Our 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Nationwide Warranty

Interested in a 3 year warranty? California laws mean that in most situations you have the right to choose any licensed repair shop for scheduled service, in-warranty, and insurance repairs. We hope you'll choose us. Have a late-model vehicle still under the manufacturer's warranty?  Our auto services save you time and money while keeping that warranty intact.  You can choose OEM (original equipment manufacturer -- the auto maker) or after-market parts. Our 3 Year Warranty Our automotive...
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Commercial Bus Maintenance

Our staff, technicians, and ASE Certified master mechanics work together save you administrative time and reduce commercial bus maintenance and repair costs.  A full-service shop, we're ready for all scheduled maintenance and repairs.  We've worked extensively with commercial fleets as well as single-vehicle businesses such as shuttle bus services, hospitals, retirement homes, and others with top-notch workmanship in our own facility as well as on-site. Regular scheduled maintenance is...
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