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727-329-8728 | 4655 118th Ave N Unit B

COST SAVING TIPS

COST SAVING TIPS, Clearwater, FL

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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I echo all the great reviews. I am new to area and live in New Port Richey. I had no idea where to go until I read the reviews for Affordable Auto. And it is hands down worth the short drive. Sunny, Kevin and techs are the best!l.

, 03/09/2020

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I feel very grateful for the work done by Affordable Auto in Clearwater. My car had to be towed to my hotel from an art fair I was in on a Sunday night. Affordable Auto then towed my car from the hotel to repair early Monday morning. The work was done that day & I was able to drive safely back to the Chicago area the next day. They were very kind and very helpful with the cost. They even followed up with me to make sure all was well ??

, 03/06/2020

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Good job on my brakes!

, 03/05/2020

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Place dosen't except checks but are very nice.

, 02/12/2020

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I had a great experience! I was a first time customer who found this place from their amazing yelp reviews, upon receiving a free quote, I was proven right. Sunny and the guys went above and beyond to effectively explain to me the issues and gave me a fantastic price. I will definitely be back for any car related issue.

, 02/08/2020

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Fast service, excellent customer service and the price was great!!! I use my vehicle as a work tool, having it out of service is detrimental to our companies bottom line! Affordable Auto turnaround time salvaged my day. Thank you for the great service!!!

, 01/31/2020

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Brought my F250 in for a tune up. They did a great job and had it done fairly quick. Drop off pick up same day. I got a message from one of the guys there making sure everything was okay. Good to see that this place checks up on customers! I will for sure be back soon. Thanks guys!

, 09/23/2019

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They are always friendly, and get my truck in and out in a short amount of time. Also, the prices are very good. I recommend it to anyone.

, 09/23/2019

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The place is honest and nice to deal with. I love the dogs on site too! Very friendly.

, 10/06/2019

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I looked up this shop online. I was looking to replace my alternator on my MDX. The shop was close to work and the reviews were predominantly positive so i hit the get a quote button in google. Sunny responded to me within minutes. The price was very good and my service was completed the next day. I have to attest that this was a great experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful and I was kept informed throughout the process. I will be back

, 10/18/2019

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Great service and very reasonable.

, 10/18/2019

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Always helpful and good service tech's.

, 10/19/2019

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I absolutely love this shop! Everyone there is friendly and thoroughly explains the issues that are wrong with your vehicle. They are extremely knowledgeable and efficient. Prices are very reasonable! I've had my vehicle taken to three different mechanics and no one seemed to know what was wrong with my car. After an hour of my car being here at this location, Sunny called me and explained exactly what was wrong! Their mechanics are top notch and work in a timely manner. I will continue to come to this shop if I need any work done to my car. Kudos to you guys for being so awesome!

, 10/25/2019

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Great service good price sunny is the best

, 10/29/2019

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Best experience in a car shop EVER! Sunny and JoJo are remarkable, organizd and go way above and beyond. I have already begun to recommended them.

, 11/21/2019

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Great service and repairs!! Couldn't ask for better

, 12/12/2019

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OMG what a great shop. I've never had such good service in all my days

, 12/12/2019

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They always take excellent care of our service vehicles.

, 01/06/2020

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They were very friendly and helpful, will be returning soon for additional service to my vehicle.

, 01/15/2020

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I'm new to the Tampa Bay area and I need an automotive shop I can trust. Plus, as a pretty darned good "shade tree mechanic" myself, I know when I'm being bamboozled. But I couldn't be happier with my experience with Affordable Auto and Truck Repair (a.k.a.: "Peterson Auto & Truck")! I recently purchased a used car and I wanted a bumper-to-bumper assessment of what-all it might need in the near term. They did me right. They provided me with a list, in priority order, of what the car needed "now" and what it may need in the future. Each job was clearly explained and an estimated cost for each job was included. Most of the things on the list were things I'd already made note of; a couple were new news to me, but when I checked for myself I confirmed the need. And, best of all, there weren't any bogus things on the list. Everything was accurate and nothing unnecessary was added to pump up the bill. After talking with them I've made an appointment to have the first couple of things taken care of so I'll have many miles of trouble-free driving ahead. (Oh, and they are "dog people." I'm a "dog person." We need to stick together! :-) )

, 01/16/2020

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They are fantastic! Very professional and thorough. From Sunny in the office to the mechanics and all the way to the top to the owner, Kevin. They are like family and want to make sure your vehicle is safe and won't give you any trouble. I've moved away and would give my left arm (since I'm not right-handed) to find a comparable shop somewhere near my new location.

, 01/27/2020

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I've never had such a positive experience with an auto shop. The customer service was top notch. The staff are all incredibly friendly and they made me feel very welcome. The quality and speed of the work was 2nd to none. I highly recommend this shop to anyone.

, 12/28/2016

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I needed some help checking out my truck. The team at Petersons auto and truck were able to get my truck in without delay. Pricing was fair, service was excellent. I'll be coming back for all my auto repair needs. Highly recommend Petersons auto repair services. Great local business team, Thanks guys.

, 01/12/2017

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I'm new to the Tampa Bay area and I need an automotive shop I can trust. Plus, as a pretty darned good "share tree mechanic" myself, I know when I'm being bamboozled. But I couldn't be happier with my experience with Peterson Auto & Truck! I recently purchased a used car and I wanted a bumper-to-bumper assessment of what-all it might need in the near term. Peterson did me right. They provided me with a list, in priority order, of what the car needed "now" and what it may need in the future. Each job was clearly explained and an estimated cost for each job was included. Most of the things on the list were things I'd already made note of; a couple were new news to me, but when I checked for myself I confirmed the need. And, best of all, there weren't any bogus things on the list. Everything was accurate and nothing unnecessary was added to pump up the bill. After talking with them I've made an appointment to have the first couple of things taken care of so I'll have many miles of trouble-free driving ahead. (Oh, and they are "dog people." I'm a "dog person." We need to stick together! :-) )

, 03/11/2017

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We found out about this place from a community event held on Halloween last year, they've given us great service for a fair price. Would definitely recommend them!

, 03/14/2017

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Excellent service and exceptional staff. They are by far the best automotive service I ever have experienced.

, 03/18/2017

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Great service and knowledgeable mechanics. Identified the problem with my truck and had it fixed and back to me within a few hours. I plan on taking my vehicle back for any future service.

, 03/24/2017

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These guys are the most honest mechanics I've been to in a long time! My check engine light (and my IMA light) was on. They could have sold me a new $900 hybrid battery and I wouldn't have been the wiser. Instead, they explained that I could take it back to the dealer for a free system refresh. Peterson Auto has been my mechanic ever since I moved here and I won't take my vehicle anywhere else!!!

, 03/24/2017

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How rare is it to find an honest mechanic! He could have taken an extra hundred towards repairs and we never would have known. Saved us money and I cannot think of a mechanic shop before that when I left I left knowing the job was done right and I did not get taken. Highly recommend

, 04/11/2017

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I needed to get a new timing belt for my car because it was 60,000 over the recommended mileage. Let's be honest...it was only a matter of time before it broke. After doing some research in the area (I just moved from out of state), I had called 13 different auto repair places to get estimates on how much it will cost to fix. Peterson's was the lowest, best reviewed, and had a 2 year warranty with their service!! Deal! The estimates were anywhere from $550-$1000+ . When I called for the estimate and to make the appointment they were so nice and polite on the phone and could get me in the next day! I was shocked. Dropped my car off in the morning and they had it ready by the end of the day! Super quick, friendly, and they have adorable pups in the waiting area that are so sweet! I felt comfortable chatting while waiting for my uber and knew my car was gonna be in good hands! All in all, I got a new timing belt and water pump for $550, same day service, and they followed up the following days to see how my car was doing! I would highly recommend Peterson Auto & Truck to anyone! They will be my go to auto repair shop!

, 04/20/2017

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These people were lifesavers. My truck wouldn't start and they came to the rescue. They ordered a tow truck to pick my truck up and take it to their garage. When I found out I needed a new starter and it had to be ordered, they actually took me back to my house and then picked me up the next day when my truck was fixed. Thanks to Sunny and the crew for helping me out and doing a great job.

, 05/26/2017

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Great service! Kevin is great and explains all your options thoroughly. I've been a customer for close to 10 years.

, 06/10/2017

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AAA towed our Lexus 400h to Peterson?s when our car overheated on a Saturday afternoon on I-275 heading home to Gainesville. They ordered a new radiator and installed it on Sunday morning. Kevin was very professional, knowledgeable, and skilled. He worked on his precious Sunday to get us on our way home. We are so grateful for his assistance.

, 11/07/2017

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I've been taking my vehicles to Peterson Auto for over 10 years. Through different management changes and owners their service has remained top notch and friendly. They are always honest and never try to sell me services that aren't really needed and will advise me on when certain failing parts should be replaced. It's terrific to have a locally owned, neighborhood auto shop to build a relationship with.

, 11/30/2017

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Honest, reliable, fair & accommodating...they're always willing to work with you & go out of the way to treat their customers well. Tell them what you need and Kevin will make it happen. So highly recommended, I'll never go anywhere else.

, 04/26/2018

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Had to have my wifes car towed to Petersons Affordable Auto to replace the battery ( honestly, who puts a battery in the wheelwell?) Ordered the battery and had it in under an hour. Fast and reliable, no hidden charges and Kevin went over everything they did. My apologies to the Service Tech that had to wrestle with the battery. All in all great service, Thanks.

, 05/29/2018

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Awesome service! So thankful for the owner who helped me this morning. Thank you!!

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My husband and I took our f150 truck to Affordable auto and had the engine replaced. We went solely on reputation and reviews and were very glad we found them. We were so pleased with the quality and the price of the work. The staff is great, very friendly and most importantly very knowledgeable. We will continue to take our cars and trucks to affordable auto as well as recommend them to our family and friends.

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Absolutely satisfied (after so many disappointing experiences ) finally it feels just the right place I need for my car needs thanks Sunny !

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They did our repair quickly. The cost was just fine! Great workmanship!

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Quality work at a great price!! Had a leveling kit installed on my 2019 Ram. Couldn't be happier with the work done and the owner is very nice and professional. Would definitely return as a customer.

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Excellent customer service. Very friendly and honest.

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Honest and reliable. Every time I bring my car there I never feel like I'm being sold something I don't need. They tell me exactly what's going on. I would not bring my car anywhere else!

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Great guys. Gave us a free diagnostic/inspection, and catered to our needs when we were picking up the vehicle after-hours. Really nice too. Come check out their doberman!

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Kevin, Owner and Jeff, Technician offer first rate customer service and repair expertise at very reasonable rates. They have repaired my vehicles several times throughout the years and always go the extra mile to accommodate my schedule and repair needs. Absolutely The Best!

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Man this guy was GREAT!!!! I mean that in every sense of the word. He gave great advice and does awesome work. I had a starting problem with a 96 Honda Accord and he took care of it with no problems. He definitely reminds me of the ole' school auto shops who weren't all about the money. They were all about the customer. And this guy shows that. I'm new to Florida and I've looked into a few other auto repair shops. Well this shop takes the cake. Even hooked me up with a towing company. All work on ALL of my cars not done by me will definitely be done by him. Strong Work!!!

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