Family-Friendly Car Solutions

When you think of a family-friendly car, a minivan probably comes to mind. Things have changed, though, and there are lots of great transportation alternatives available. At Sallas Auto Repair, we understand that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all, family-friendly car. So, if your family is in the market for a new family-friendly car, make sure to check out our list of car solutions. Family-Friendly Sedan Looking for something that doesn’t quite scream “family car?” A family-friendly sedan may be the perfect car solution for your family. When we began our search for the best family-friendly cars, we looked to the industry experts. It was no surprise to us that Consumer Reports named the new-generation Honda Accord as one of the best sedans in its class. Generally, Hondas are reliable, low-maintenance cars. What’s so special about this model? This sedan really shines because of its spaci ... read more

Who Says Hybrid Cars Can’t Be Sexy?

We’ve been talking electric vehicles for a couple of posts and even shown you a few that can be in your driveway today. For the most part they look like any other car on the road and if you do the conversion yourself they are exactly like any other car on the road. So if you’re hesitating about electric simply because they’re kind of ordinary we have the blog for you. From Audi to Porsche the concept car is going electric. And unlike the concept car of old these may just see the light of day and the envy of your neighbors. Citroen Survolt- we’ve covered electric cars before but not like this one. How about a pure electric dream? Zero to 62 in 5.0 seconds with no gear shifting and a reported 124 miles before recharge. An ... read more

April is National Car Care Month: Spring Into Action

April is National Car Care Month and the Car Care Council reminds motorists to spring into action and follow 10 basic maintenance procedures to make sure their vehicles are running at peak performance for the summer driving season. 1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. 2. Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear. 3. Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free. 4. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change. 5. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay. 6. Schedule a tune-up to help ... read more

Sallas Auto Repair’s Staff Spotlight | Service Advisor Barry Degges

We have the best staff in the world at Sallas Auto! That’s why we we’re kicking off our “Sallas Auto Staff Spotlight” and showcasing our team members! We thought we’d begin with Service Advisor Barry Degges from our auto repair shop in Kansas City, MO. When you call Sallas Auto Repair’s Kansas City location, many times you’ll talk to Barry on the phone. He’s the one who will call you to give you updates and estimates for your automobiles. Barry’s a fun guy who does a great job at providing excellent service to our customers! We hope you enjoy getting to know Barry as much as we love working with him! Sallas Auto Repair’s Barry Degges Sallas Auto Service Adviser Barry Degges Name: Barry Degges How Long Have you Worked in the Auto Industry? 30 years, worked at Sallas for 5 years What Is Your Role at Sallas Auto? I am a s ... read more

Sallas Auto Repair’s Staff Spotlight | Shop Manager John Blauw

Today we’re featuring another one of our amazing team members in our “Sallas Auto Staff Spotlight.” Last time, you met Barry Degges from our Kansas City Auto Repair Shop. Today, you’ll meet John Blauw, who manages our Overland Park Auto Repair Shop. Sallas Auto Repair’s John Blauw Sallas Auto's John Blauw Name: John Blauw How Long Have you Worked in the Auto Industry? A long time – 33 years – it’s all I’ve done. Worked at Sallas for 15 years. What Is Your Role at Sallas Auto? I am the manager at the Overland Park repair shop. I oversee the operations, customer service, advise customers on needed repairs. Parts inventory, parts ordering, inventory – all sorts of little things. What Do you Like About Working at Salla ... read more

Service Advisor Jon Monaghan | Sallas Auto Staff Spotlight

Our auto repair shop wouldn’t be the same without our fantastic team. You’ve previously met Barry Degges from our Kansas City Auto Repair Shop and John Blauw and Eric Atchley from our Overland Park Auto Repair Shop. Today, meet Jon Monaghan from our Kansas City repair shop. Sallas Auto Repair’s Jon Monaghan Service Advisor Jon Monaghan Jon Monaghan Early bird Jon Monaghan loves working at Sallas Auto so much that he has come to work early every day for the past 15 years. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Jon is one of our Service Advisors that goes above and beyond to offer our customers accurate estimates and outstanding service. Jon’s fascination of cars began as he traveled around ... read more

Sallas Auto Repair’s Staff Spotlight | Eric Atchley

The Sallas Auto Repair team is the best in Kansas City. We’ve previously introduced you to Barry Degges from our Kansas City Auto Repair Shop and John Blauw, who manages our Overland Park Auto Repair Shop. Today, meet Eric Atchley from our Overland Park repair shop. Sallas Auto Repair’s Eric Atchley Service Advisor Eric Atchley is a car guy. He took his first job at an auto repair shop when he was 17, and has worked with cars ever since. As part of our team, he also works with people. Eric is one of the guys who provides estimates, explanations and service to each customer. He loves his job, and it shows. He stands by Sallas Auto because no other repair shop in the area gives customers complem ... read more

9 Gas-Saving Tips

Over the past few months, many families have readjusted their budgets to accommodate for rising gas prices. It’s not unusual to pay over $50, $60 or even close to $100 at the pump these days, depending on the vehicle you drive. While we don’t have much control over the price at the pumps, there are a few ways we can save money on gas while driving and maintaining our vehicles – and allow us to visit those painful gas pumps less often. Be a Smart Stopper As you see a stop light or stop sign approaching, start slowing down sooner, and don’t ride the gas all of the way up to the breaking point. Also, when the light turns green, don’t “gun it,” and instead ease back into driving. Drive Slower While none of us want to drive like little old ladies, it will save us money (and keep us safer) by driving slower. Lighten up the gas pedal, and slow it down when driving. You can increase your gas mileage as much as 1 mile/hour (depending on the vehicle you drive) by driving 65 rather than ... read more

Electric Cars: The Pros and Cons of Going Green(er)

America is a car culture. We buy big, drive far, commute alone and judge each other by what’s in the driveway. And we’re paying for it in numerous ways. Taking the DOT and other estimates of the general commuting population of larger cities into account we are throwing an average of 13,000 tons of CO2 into the air on a daily basis. The average cost of fuel for the same daily commute was approximately $15.5 million dollars. So why aren’t we all driving electric cars? The industry has had difficulty getting off the ground due to technology and consumer issues but we may be on the cusp of an electric revolution. This year 12 car manufacturers will introduce EVs, hoping to entice a huge car nation to take the chance and plug one in for themselves. So what are the Pros ... read more

The DIY Electric Car Conversion-Should You Try It?

If you read our last post on the Pros and Cons of electric vehicles you may decided that an EV is the choice for you. So how about converting your existing vehicle to electric? It’s definitely doable, not excessively complicated, but should you do it yourself? DIY electric car conversions aren't for the automotive faint of heart. According to the website it can be done but only by those with the some skills: Mechanical – you are accustomed to working on cars. Electrical – you have an understanding of basic wiring and electricity. Welding – you have basic welding skills or know someone who does. Troubleshooting – you have experience troubleshooting problems in vehicles. Not all cars are good candidates for conversion. The car you ... read more

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