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  • 17662 Metzler Lane Suite A
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Tue 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thu 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Sat 8:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Sun Closed
    CLOSED SAT 9/1 & MON 9/3

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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 People Say About Us


  • -David P.

    Mike and Val run an excellent shop, starting with good communication and all the way through to great service. Reasonable prices and honest; no surprise they have been succeeding in this business well over 20 years.


  • -Marla S.

    Love Val & Mike's! They have been pampering me AND my car for the past two years. Friday I just dropped in and they were able to accommodate a new battery and oil change immediately! Bonus, if Mike's there, it's like going to the comedy club; can't beat that!


  • -Becky H.

    I have always been VERY HAPPY with the service I've received from Val & Mike. My family has been taking our vehicles to them for 15 years. I really, REALLY appreciate you BOTH. Thanks so much.


  • -UCC Distrubuting

    Same day service!!! Extremely friendly and I was completely surprised by how little it cost. Great mechanics that take pride in their work. Will be going back with any more car problems.


  • -Jim H.

    As Usual!!! The team at Val & Mike's service our company fleet and keep us on the road. I feel confident when I pick up a truck that there are no issues that will pop up down the road. So I shouldn't say as usual I should say " AS AMAZING!!!"


  • -Brian S.

    Been going here for years. Val and Mike are the best. Great service. Trustworthy and very fair.


  • -Shannon D.

    Very friendly and will work with you, within reason. Also very trustworthy. Said there are some things that should be done but understands that money is an issue and it could wait a little while before it HAS to be taken care of.


  • -Paul H.

    The most reputable automotive service I have ever dealt with. Hard to find these kind of repair shops that treat you well. I recommend them to everyone I know.


  • -Phillip D.

    I've been coming to Val and Mikes for over 10 years now and I greatly appreciate the service I get there. My buddy referred them to me and I always refer my friends and family to them.


  • -Barb S.

    I am always pleased. It took much longer than I had planed but I know you wanted to make sure you found the needed repair. If I didn't trust you, I might be mad. But, I wouldn't use anyone else!


  • -Susan W.

    Val & Mike's Auto Repair is exactly where my car and I belong!!! I am fairly new to Huntington Beach and have already been to 3 other auto repair companies who charged enormous amounts for poor, failing repairs. I will never go anywhere besides Val and Mike's again. They take excellent care of both cars and customers!!


  • -Pat J.

    I having been taking my cars there for years. They are honest, ethical, and I trust them to not take advantage of my knowing very little about cars. That was extremely important to me when I was a single woman, because some places will take advantage of you. Not Val and Mike's! They don't try to upsell you. I always feel like they will take great care of me and my car and that is priceless! Such nice people, too!


  • -Stu E.

    This was my second time having Val and Mike?s Auto work on one of my cars and, like my first experience, everything was excellent! .. their price was very reasonable and their service fantastic! .. I highly recommend Val and Mike?s to anyone who wants their vehicle serviced properly and at a fair and reasonable price.


  • -Alexandria B.

    If I could describe Val and Mike's Auto Repair in just one word I would choose FAMILY. I felt so very welcomed from the first 2 steps when I walked in to the final steps when I left. I felt reassured and was told exactly what they were going to do to my car and they told me if they needed to do any additional work that they would call me immediately before making any adjustments. Very sweet people! I definitely recommend them! Thanks guys! :)


  • -Hank M.

    Excellent service. This is my first time using Val and Mike's and I was extremely pleased. Mike B took care of me and I was very pleased with his communication. My service was completed faster than promised and for a little less than the original estimate. I was happy with my car was freshly washed when I picked it up.


  • -Nick C.

    Great customer service, honest, friendly! Definitely would refer any of my friends!


  • -Terri G.

    Folks come from hours away for Mike's quality and trusted service... I totally recommend them, 100%!


  • -Emily B.

    I love getting my car serviced at Mike's! I always bring my laptop and turn their waiting room into a makeshift office using their free WiFi. They take such great care of my car, and timely too!


  • -Julie H.

    I have known Mike and Val for many years. They are very caring and friendly people. While running their business...they are professional, thorough, and most importantly, honest! They know what they are doing! Without a doubt, I give them five stars.


  • -Ty J.

    Val and Mike are some great people! They do a great job and I love their work!


  • -Carol Y.

    I can trust Val and Mike with my older model Toyota as they diagnose the mechanical problems and repair it to my complete satisfaction. As a Senior citizen, I am not often treated with respect but the staff at Beach Cities Auto Repair always does. Thank you for your perfect service and caring concern.


  • -David P.

    Mike and Val run an excellent shop, starting with good communication and all the way through to great service. Reasonable prices and honest; no surprise they have been succeeding in this business well over 20 years.

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