Cost Saving Tips

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

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

    1. Check all fluids – There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
    2. Check all hoses and belts – A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
    3. 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.



Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

    1. Vehicle gas caps – about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or 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 a parking brake on. It 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 electrical and chemical erosion from heat.
    4. Dirty air filters – A clogged air filter creates a “rich” mixture – the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.
    5. Don’t drive aggresively – Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.
    6. Avoid excessive idling – sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
    7. Drive the speed limit – Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

Discover More About Prices and Repair Services At Joy Automotive in Santa Monica

Putting Your Safety &
Convenience First
Auto Repair in
Santa Monica, CA

We deliver fast and accurate repairs because of our highly trained mechanics and factory-grade tools. In most cases, our team can finish servicing your car while you wait comfortably in our customer lounge. Our auto repair shop in Santa Monica offers same-day or next-day services to get you back on the road ASAP.

Joy Automotive also takes your health and safety seriously. We use EPA and Health Canada-approved disinfectants to sanitize our auto repair facility in Santa Monica. We also sanitize your vehicle before returning it to you.

You can have peace of mind that your car surfaces are free from bacteria, mildew, fungi, and viruses like SARS-CoV-2. In addition to making it smell good, we help reduce allergens, dust, and pet dander in your cabin.

Auto Repair & Diagnostic Experts

At Joy Automotive, we use state-of-the-art tools when performing vehicle inspections. We strongly believe that thorough and accurate diagnostics should be the foundation of any repair.

Our tools directly connect to your car computer and engine control module (ECM). This allows us to pinpoint the location of issues under the hood and diagnose what triggered indicators like your check engine light. Upon request, we can also provide a bumper-to-bumper report about your vehicle and all our recommended repairs.

After-Hours Drop Off Service

At Joy Automotive, we understand that auto repair needs can arise at any time – even after most shops have closed for the day.

That is why we offer after-hours drop-off services for your convenience. This way, you can get the repairs you need without having to work around someone else’s schedule.

Simply fill out our Drop Off Form, put your keys in the provided envelope, and drop it in our box. Our team will take it from there. We will contact you when your car is ready or if our technicians need additional information.

Your Trusted Auto Repair Experts in Santa Monica, CA

For all your car repair and maintenance needs, do not hesitate to call Joy Automotive Service & Repair.
Our skilled and honest mechanics in Santa Monica are your partners in keeping your
vehicle reliable for years to come.

Please schedule an appointment online or visit our auto repair shop at 1325 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405.