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Oil Change

Oil Change

The Phrase it’s time for an oil change is not something you probably ever want to deal with. An oil change is a necessary evil if you want to keep your car, truck or RV running for a long time. Think of an oil change as an insurance plan for your engine but unlike most insurance a routine oil change actually will extend the life of your engine. How often should you change your oil? Again doing a oil change can make all the difference in life of the engine. As a general rule at our facility we recommend every three months or 3,000 miles for standard organic motor oil. Some engines require synthetic motor oil; recommended interval is every 6 months or 6,000 miles. Can I use systemic motor oil if the engine does not require it? In most cases you can change to a synthetic oil and extend the useful time between oil changes. Ask your service advisor if it recommended for your vehicle. The advantage of going to a synthetic oil is longer time betwe ... read more

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Dealer knowledge , family beliefs in Bellflower

Dealer knowledge , family beliefs in Bellflower

Leo & Son Garage has been a part of Bellflower community since 1949. Leo Henderson started an auto repair business to help the community with quality car and truck repair at a reasonable price. We are a family owned and operated for over 64 years. This means we know how to take care of our customers. Ask around I’m sure someone you know uses our services. Our customers tell me all the time how friendly my staff is, and they can’t believe we have a two year warranty. We love to keep our customers’ vehicles in top-notch shape. We want our customers to have the confidence to take their car to the local grocery store or on a vacation road trip to New York. Something you want to know about your car or car repair, leave me a comment and I will address it as soon as possible. By Donald Henderson

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Bellflower Auto Repair Shops – What was your first car you drove around Bellflower?

Bellflower Auto Repair Shops – What was your first car you drove around Bellflower?

What was your first car? My first car that I was cruising around Bellflower in was a 1978 Ford Mustang. Of course, my family owned an auto repair shop, so my grandfather bought me a car out of the wrecking yard. It need a lot of work including replacing the motor and giving it a paint job. I replaced the stock V-6 motor and made it a little more fun! I wished years later I would have shoved a larger V-8 in it… Since it was my first car, big horse power is probably not what I needed….I got enough speeding tickets as it was. I had a hood scoop put on and a rear spoiler and painted it bright red… again probably not the best choice as far as getting unwanted police attention.I loved that car; it got me though high school. I thought I was “it” when I was driving. Unfortunately, it was one of those cars where you would fix one thing and something else would break. That’s probably why it was in the wrecking yard in the first place. We live and learn I guess, but at least ... read more

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Seal Beach Car show April 26, 2014

Seal Beach Car show April 26, 2014

Seal Beach Car Show April 26, 2014 Today was a great day for the Seal Beach Car Show. The weather was wonderful in the low 70′s with a slight breeze. The sun was shinning and the cars were roaring. We found this Austin Healey that was so happy to be at the show you would think it was smiling. (pictured to the left) This is the first time I have been to the seal beach car show in quite a while. My wife and two boys when out to the show with me to see what was what in the car trends among the custom car market. It’s always nice to see a hot rod, custom or stock vehicle we had a hand in working on. We have been involved in some pretty extreme vehicles. We currently have in the shop a 68 Camaro the customer plans on showing at SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This car is very cool with a 502 crate motor custom front tube frame and all kinds of custom touches you would have to see to believe. Anyway, the show was packed with people and a ton of vehicles to look at. I saw a ... read more

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Brake and Lamp Inspection in Bellflower

Have you ever heard of an official brake and lamp inspection? Brake and lamp inspections are required by the DMV when a vehicle is deemed a salvage vehicle by the Insurance companies. If a car or truck is in an accident or has been stolen and the repairs to the vehicle are greater than the vehicle value it can be designated a salvage vehicle. Bellflower, Long Beach and Downey residents who need a Brake and light are usually in the dark about where to go get an inspection. Let me give you a little break down of how this process usually works: You have just had a really bad day because your vehicle is now a mangled mass of metal. You have to deal with the person who was also in the accident. You have to give the police officer a statement and arrange for your vehicle to be towed to a repair facility. All you want to do is hope it was a dream. Next you have to deal with the insurance company and if they feel the repairs are more than the value of the car they will usu ... read more

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Bellflower Car Repair

Bellflower Car Repair

Auto Repair in Bellflower, California: Customers have so many choices when it comes to auto repair on their favorite car, truck or motorhome. If you Google “auto repair Bellflower,” you come up with over 450,000 results; how do you pick one that is right for you? We would like to think Leo & Son Garage is right for you and I will explain why we can do it better than the rest of our competition.Fixing your vehicle comes down to getting it done right at a fair price, right? We take that statement one further. No one likes to do auto repair. I’m sure you didn’t wake up today and say wow I would love to spend some of my hard earned money on my car. Car maintenance and repair is just a necessary evil of owning a car or truck. I think a great ‘no hassle warranty’ should be a component of any automotive repair. Who wants to pay for the repair a second time? Do you know what the standard warranty is from your last car repair? Most independent repairs shops warranty there ... read more

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AAA approved auto repair- pre purchase inspection

AAA approved auto repair- pre purchase inspection

We are your AAA Approved Auto center in Bellflower, CA. How may we be of assistance? We have been servicing AAA Members cars, trucks and RV’s for more years than I can count. We have a number of custom tailored services just for AAA members. AAA pre-purchase inspection is a service you may not even know AAA offers. We can do a new/used car inspection so you don’t buy a vehicle that drains your pocket book. If you are in the market for a used car, do yourself a favor and have it checked out prior to the purchase. If you have it checked out after you make the purchase, often times, it is too late. It just takes two simple steps: Step one: Ask the buyer if you can have it checked our prior to you buying it. If the buyer says no, walk away from the deal. In my option if the seller has something to hide it’s not a vehicle you want to buy. Step two: Bring the vehicle in to the shop for inspection or we can arrange for the seller to bring i ... read more

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Star Smog Inspection in Bellflower

It’s that time again: you got the dreaded “it’s time for a smog check” on your registration renewal. You say to yourself, “Didn’t I just do that last year”? If you are in Bellflower, Lakewood, Downey, or Paramount we can take care of you smog inspection needs. We certify regular smog inspection and we also certify Star Smog Inspections. People ask what the difference between a regular smog and a Star certified Smog. The truth is nothing, it is the same exact smog done on the same state certified smog machines. The only difference is where the state directed you to go. A Star Certified Smog Station like ours can certify ALL vehicles and do any needed repairs to get vehicle into compliance. A regular (non -star) station can only certify vehicles that say to take your car to a smog station on the renewal notice. We can certify and do any need repairs on your car, truck or motorhome in a timely manner. Our standard warranty is 2 years 24,000 mile so you will hav ... read more

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Bellflower Auto Repair, our first blog post

Bellflower Auto Repair, our first blog post

We would like to know how to make your Bellflower Auto repair less painful. We have put together this blog so that we can help you as a consumer have confidence when talking to an automotive repair professional. We don’t believe the consumer should be in the dark about how the basic systems of a car work. You should be empowered as a consumer to have the knowledge you need to make the right decisions when it comes to auto repair on your car, truck or motor home (RV). Please tell us what you would like to know about how your vehicle works. Please add a comment about what you would like to understand better about your vehicle. For more information please see our web page for all our products and services. By Donald Henderson

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