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Vehicle InspectionMaintenance lights are the 1st warning. Has it been a while since your last service? Is your vehicle making weird noises, having electrical issues or has your check engine light come on? You should bring it down for a Vehicle Maintenance Inspection.

Vehicle repairs are usually at the back of our minds and ASE Certified Technicians, AAAseem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Why not be proactive about your cars maintenance and prevent any possible big surprises down the road?

Regular scheduled maintenance is an important part of your vehicles long term health. Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape can have many benefits.

  • Better gas mileage and efficiency
  • Smoother running engine
  • More eco-friendly
  • Prevent tire blowouts and other mechanical failures, costing big $$ to fix
  • Ensure safety for all riders in the vehicle

At Sierra Car Care, our Quality Assurance Vehicle Inspection will be conducted by one of our ASE Certified Technicians. They will thoroughly inspect the condition and appearance of your vehicle. So come in today and make sure your vehicle is in good running order.

During your vehicle inspection our mechanics will check to ensure proper functioning:

Vehicle Interior

  • Door locks
  • Headrests
  • Seats
  • Ashtrays
  • Mirrors
  • Door jams
  • Seat belts

Vehicle Drive Systems 

  • Steering rack and linkage
  • Bushings
  • Controls arms
  • Dust boots
  • Drive and axle shafts
  • Fluid levels, including differential fluid
  • Tire tread depth

Vehicle Lighting

  • Warning lights
  • Headlight
  • Tail lights
  • Brake lights
  • Backup lights
  • and Turn signals

Additional vehicle inspections offered by Sierra Car Care include:

Insurance Inspection
insurance inspectionAn insurance inspection is done to verify that a vehicle actually exists before an insurance policy is written on it. Also to verify that damage that is reported to insurance for payment of repairs actually exists. Learn more

State Emissions Inspection
emissions inspectionMost cars and light-duty trucks are required by the Nevada DMV to have an emissions inspection once per year. This state emissions inspection program ensures compliance with federal air-quality standards to help protect our environment. Learn more

 State Safety Inspection
safety inspectionMany states require state safety inspections. Emissions inspection may also be required as part of the vehicle inspection. When done correctly, safety inspections can prevent vehicle failure on the roadways. Learn more

Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible
to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently.

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.
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SPECIAL OFFER: Buy One Oil Change, Get One FREE!
Come in for an oil change and receive a free oil change voucher good for up to one year. Pass it to a friend, loved one, or keep it for yourself.
Offer Expires: October 31, 2013
Mention Coupon Code: FREE OIL
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GAS FOR GOODNESS: Supporting Our CommunityNSET Logo

Every Wednesday in October, we’ll make a donation to a local charity for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center on Mill Street. All donations in October will support Northern Sierra Endurance Training (NSET).

NSET_Handing_CheckNSET’s mission is to provide a venue for individuals to meet other people training for endurance events in the Truckee Meadows. By promoting the benefits of endurance sports, like walking and running, in the Truckee Meadows, NSET hopes to improve individual’s health and performance as a result of positive, supportive group association.

NSET is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting physical fitness through activity in the surrounding community. The organization strives to foster an environment of fellowship and good will and exemplify key attributes of being friendly, professional and morally supportive of other athletes goals and achievements, no matter their level of success.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local Northern Sierra Endurance Training by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information,visit: www.SierraCarCare.com
Thanks for supporting our community!

Nevada-Wolf-Pack

 

Show your UNR WOLF PACK support and win a pair of tickets (2) to the game. Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers will be holding drawings for each home game, until we run out of tickets to give away. To enter just post comment “Thanks Sierra Car Care!” to be entered into the drawing. You can also find us on Facebook here. You can even “Like” us if you think we are great.

The drawings will be held from Monday – Thursday the week before a home game. Winners will be notified the same way they entered. Winners will be notified of where and when the tickets will be available for pick-up on the Friday before the game. You will also have to bring picture ID for verification.

Be sure to enter by posting “Thanks Sierra Car Care!” here on this site, our Facebook page, or you can enter at any of our 5 locations around the Reno-Sparks area. Locations are listed below. Enter now!!! And you can win!!!

STOP BY ANY OF OUR 5 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO ENTER
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Lakeside Service
(775) 825-1185
190 W. Plumb Lane & Lakeside
(1 block West of So. Virginia)

Northwest Service
(775) 747-1345
1300 W. 7th & Elgin
(1 block W. of Keystone)

Village Service
(775) 348-7508
1101 California Ave. & Booth
(S. on Keystone to Booth St.)

Sierra Car Care Sparks
(775) 358-6186
800 Prater Wy. & Pyramid Wy.
(1/2 mile N. off I-80 exit)

Mill Street Tire
(775) 329-6434
3180 Mill Street & Telegraph
(2 blocks East of Terminal)

ASE Certified Technicians, AAA

Hot August Nights - Kay Sawyer Dean

Photo By: Kay Sawyer Dean

Once again we begin Reno’s Hot August Nights! The plethora of events taking place in Reno and Sparks in August make it a hot spot for visitors from around the world, near and far alike. The biggest little city is an exciting place to be! The events, festivals, and concerts are some of the best attributes this city has to offer. They allow us to share our city with travelers from all over.

We are currently wrapping up July’s amazing Artown events to bring us into the long awaited Hot August Nights. It’s the largest classic car event in the country and participants span the entire region.

Our classic car appreciation is shown all year long at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center. We display are classics in front of the stations, to share our deep roots in the automobile industry. We love this time of year!

Classic Car Sierra Car CareCome and enjoy the event with the whole family! You will see restored hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars, some with hoods open and some cruisin. It is enough to make any hot rod enthusiast nostalgic of popular decades of the past. You can expect to see more than 5,000 classic vehicles in this year’s showing! The events include: Show-n-Shines, drag races, burn-outs, nightly cruises, swap meet, sock hop, prom, and more. All of this whilst the best performers from the era provide headline entertainment!

At Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers, we would like to remind you that if you need a cold drink or to fill up your gas tank we are right there, next to the action in Sparks and Reno. We carry packaged VP Racing Fuels at all locations and from the pump at our Pyramid and Prater location in Sparks, NV. When you crave the most power, best performance and must-have fuel consistency, you need VP Racing Fuels.

Barrett-Jackson Cup 2013

Hot August Nights – Tahoe South
Aug. 2, 2013 – Aug. 3, 2013

Hot August Nights – Reno and Sparks
August 6, 2013 – August 11, 2013

INAUGURAL BARRETT-JACKSON CUP
ANNOUNCED AS GRAND PRIZE
AT 27TH ANNUAL HOT AUGUST NIGHTS

SHOW-N-SHINE COMPETITION TO
FEATURE $40,000 PRIZE PURSE

ULTIMATE BEST OF SHOW PRIZE PURSE $20,000

Our closest Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center location to the Victorian Square in Sparks, NV, is on the corner of Pyramid and Prater. We have a few locations close to the downtown Reno strip; they are, California Ave, Lakeside and Plumb, and Keystone and 7th.

If you find yourself in need of tires during the event, we have exactly what you are looking for at our Tire Warehouse location on Mill Street, MST Tire Center. Because we have an extensive inventory of more than 4,000 tires in-stock, our unparalleled tire selection assures you that we will have the replacement tire for your car or truck.

Daily Event Schedule for Hot August Nights
There will be many different activities to fill each day of Hot August Nights. For a detailed events schedule click here.
Upcoming Events in Reno-Sparks and Surrounding Areas:
  1. Artown
    Hot August Nights
    Lake Tahoe Summerfest
    Sparks Farmer’s Market
    Reno-Tahoe Open
    Shakespeare Festival
    Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series
    Rib Cook-Off
    Burning Man
    Balloon Races
    Camel Races
    Reno Air Races
    Street Vibrations
    And Much More!!!

Sierra Car Care/MST Tire CenterTune your radio to 96.1FM and/or 1270AM at 10:00AM tomorrow (Saturday) morning to find out more about why you should shop local with Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers.

We are being interviewed on “The CarBuyer Advisor” and would like to remind consumers of what to keep in mind when choosing the right car care center.

We will be discussing The Consumer Bill of Rights for car repair facilities, the benefits of ASE certified technicians, and the many products and services our shops provide every day.

We will also be discussing “Gas for Goodness,” a local charity donation program we started. We will be asking the community to share their favorite local non-profit and how we can help.

So, listen in and we’ll announce an ON AIR DISCOUNT for you loyal customers who are interested. Just remember to tune your radio tomorrow morning at 10:00AM to 96.1FM and/or 1270AM. Thank you for your continued support.

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Also, we will have a booth at the 2013
Nevada Women’s Expo, Are you going?

Nevada Womens Expo 2013 Logo

March 23-24th, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center

It’s not just for the ladies – we have prizes for every driver!
So tell your friends, family, and loved one’s to come and see
what all the excitement is about.

We also have entrance coupon discount tickets
for the Nevada Women’s Expo available at our 5 locations
in Reno and Sparks, if you are interested. Just visit
www.sierracarcare.com for a location near you.

We hope to see you there!

Why switch to a winter or snow tire during the winter months?
Winter time presents the most challenging driving conditions drivers will face throughout the year. In addition to the reduced hours of daylight and colder temperatures, drivers must combat winter’s wet, slush, snow and ice-covered roads.Driving in Snow

Having the best tires for these conditions can mean the difference between a slightly stressful journey and ending up in a ditch. Due to the high elevation mountain ranges throughout the state that receive snow on a regular basis, winter in Nevada requires a more reliable tire.

Winter Tires
Winter tires are designed for winter road conditions, including ice, snow, and slush, as well as cold temperatures. Winter tires use softer compounds and dedicated tread patterns to provide better traction and performance once the roads are covered in snow. Benefits of winter tires:

  • They perform well on all winter road conditions, not just ice, as studded snow tires do
  • Deeper tread means that slush and snow fall out of the tire as it rotates, meaning less build-up
  • Noise levels are the same as for all-season tires

Snow Tires
Snow tires are often thought to have the best grip, so many drivers choose them in case they get caught in a slippery situation. This is not always the case. The grip of studded snow tires is best only on ice and when temperatures are near or below freezing. Benefits of studded snow tires:

  • They stop faster than any other type of tire on ice in freezing temperatures
  • Studded snow tires chew up the ice on the roads, creating friction that benefits drivers with non-studded tires

So with a snow tire, you still get chunky tread, a bit less stability on the highway and more noise from the studs, but you do get excellent snow traction. Nevada Law permits the use of studded snow tires from October 1st – April 30th each year.

Stop in for a FREE tire inspection and we’ll top off your windshield wiper fluid.

Yours truly,
Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Charlie Before Adopt A Vet Dental

Charlie Before Adopt A Vet Dental

Gas for goodness

Veteran’s Day is November 11th. But we’re supporting our local vets all month long. Every Wednesday in November, we’ll make a donation for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold, or $4.00 for every set of four on Saturdays at our Mill Street location. All of November’s donations will support Adopt a Vet Dental Program.

AAVD provides free dental care to Northern Nevada’s low-income veterans who are in critical need. Although most of these veterans fought bravely for us in the front lines, they do not qualify for treatment at the VA Dental Clinic.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local, low-income veterans by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

Charlie After AAVD with Dr. McElhinney

Charlie After AAVD with Dr. McElhinney

For more information,visit: www.AdoptaVetDental.com
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Email me at:
Laurie@USAFleetSolutions.com

We’re often asked, “What’s a coolant or antifreeze flush, and do I really need one?”

In short, yes. Here’s why… The name coolant/antifreeze is misleading because it does more than heat or cool your engine, and protect your engine from Checking the radiator antifreezefreezing in the winter.

Coolant/Antifreeze keeps your car running and prevents expensive bills like replacing radiators, head gaskets, and heater cores. These repairs could run you $400 -$1500. But a simple coolant flush done every 2-5 years can help you avoid those high bills.

How Coolant/Antifreeze Works
Today’s engines run hotter than older cars. And to meet government fuel mileage regulations, manufacturers make most engine parts out of aluminum. This includes your cooling system, radiator, and heater core.

The problem is, aluminum corrodes easily – especially when heated. So our hotter-running cars mixed with aluminum parts combine to break down your engine antifreeze faster.

Engine coolant/antifreeze contains inhibitors that protect metals from eroding and corroding. It does this by raising the boiling point and lowering the freezing point of your engine’s cooling system.

So just like the carton of milk in your refrigerator, engine coolant/antifreeze breaks down over time and needs changing.

When Should I Change My Coolant/Antifreeze?
If you want to avoid hefty car repair bills, change your coolant/antifreeze seasonally. It’s best to have a professional check your antifreeze and recommend the next change.

Yours truly,
Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Gas for goodnessWe Care Volunteers

Every Wednesday in October, we’ll make a donation for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center on Mill Street. All of October’s donations will support We Care Volunteers.

At We Care Volunteers our goal is to feed those who cannot feed themselves, and to educate – through OUR volunteer service, those individuals who lack the life skills needed to make wise food choices and to help provide them with the skills to become better stewards of their health.

  • We envision communities comprised of
    individuals who have been trained to prepare
    meals that are nutritious– that enrich their
    bodies and nourish their souls.
  • We envision communities that are resourceful,
    self-sustaining, and that work towardsWe Care Volunteers Reno, NV
    everyone’s highest good.
  • We envision communities built around
    cooperation rather than competition.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support We Care Volunteers by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires.

For more information, visit: www.wecarevolunteers.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Email me at: Laurie@USAFleetSolutions.com

Here are a few simple tire tips to keep you safe on the road…

Rotate Every 3,000-5,000 MilesTire Tread Comparison MST Tire Center or Mill Street Tire
Because your front tires bear so much burden, you should rotate your tires from front-to-rear several times during their life cycle.

This lets all four tires wear evenly, which can:

  • Increase gas mileage
  • Improve ride comfort
  • Give you maximum life for each tire
  • Improve handling during sudden stops or turns

Watch Your Pressure
Having your tires even slightly over inflated or slightly under inflated can:

  • Increase your chance of a flat or blowout
  • Prevent you from stopping in time
  • Severely shorten the life of your tires.
    You’ll end up buying new tires earlier
    than you expected.
  • Lower your gas mileage

Proper Tire Care Will:

  • Improve tire performance
  • Increase tire life
  • Improve ride smoothness
  • Increase your safety

We suggest rotating your tires every 5,000 miles, or every other oil change. Even better, save time and hassle by scheduling a tire rotation WITH your oil change at any of our 5 Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers.

Yours truly,
Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Please Meet…. 

Rob Wolter, Store Manager Sierra Car CareRob Wolter, Store Manager
Lakeside Sierra Car Care
  (on Lakeside and W. Plumb)

“I like solving car problems for customers. Especially when they come in feeling like it’s the end of the road and we fix their problem easily and get them back on the road faster than they expected. I also keep every part of the store clean, so you feel comfortable leaving your car with us. The way I see it, we’re like doctors for your car. You wouldn’t trust a doctor with a messy exam room, would you? Well, I believe you shouldn’t trust a messy mechanic either.” 

Gas for goodness

Every Wednesday in September, we’ll make a donation for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center on Mill Street. All of September’s donations will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.

When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, you join our cause to support children in our community. It’s not just a donation; it’s an

Big Brothers Big Sisters

investment in a child’s future. Mentoring impacts children’s educational and social skills and sets them on a positive path for life. Be part of something big.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires.

For more information, visit: www.bbbs.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Email me at: Laurie@USAFleetSolutions.com

Customers often come in frustrated that their air conditioning:

  1. Starts off cool, but then the air warms up as it runs
  2. Is cool, but it isn’t as cold as it used to be

What to Do
If your A/C isn’t blowing frosty air like it used to, your system may have a leak or need a part replaced. Or you’re A/C may just need a recharge. To find out, bring your car into any of our 5 Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers for an air conditioning inspection.

Complete Air Conditioning Inspection
If your car’s A/C isn’t keeping you cool enough, schedule an air conditioning inspection at one of our service stations. We will:

  • Measure output temperature
  • Visually inspect for leaks on hoses, lines, and seals
  • Inspect drive belts and pulleys
  • Check system pressure
  • Inspect condenser function
  • Test compressor function

Everything you need to keep you cool on the road.

Yours truly,
Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Please Meet…. 

Richard Blasey, Store Manager at Sierra Car Care

Richard Blasey, Store Manager
Northwest Sierra Car Care  (on 7th St. and Elgin)

“The best part of my job is making sure a customer’s car is safe – and doing it honestly. I want customers to feel happy and safe about their service. For me, being able to give customers peace of mind about their cars is priceless.”

Gas for goodness
Every Wednesday in August, we’ll make a donation for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold from MST Tire Center on Mill Street. All of August’s donations will support Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company.

Good Luck Macbeth captures the imagination and nourishes the heart of our vibrant community by creating great theater for adults and children, providing academic theatrical training, encouraging artistic growth, collaborating with area businesses, partnering with other organizations and artists to present movies, improv, puppetry, life drawing events, and music.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support the local arts in our community by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for Sierra Car Care gas and Saturdays for tires at Mill Street.

For more information, visit: www.GoodLuckMacbeth.org
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Email me at: Laurie@USAFleetSolutions.com

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