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The Plains Tire & Auto Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!

The PlainsThe Plains Tire & Auto is the automotive expert in The Plains, VA 20198. Since, 2013 we've provided the The Plains area with reliable, affordable automotive maintenance and repair services including 4x4 Services, Alignment, Brakes, Car & Truck Care, Domestic Cars & Trucks, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, General Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Import Cars & Trucks, Inspections, Miscellaneous Services, Quick Lube Services Tires, Towing, Transmission Services and Undercar Services.

We have experience servicing all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles, and we're honored to keep vehicles throughout the The Plains area reliable and well-maintained. Our skillful mechanics will take great care of your vehicle too, quickly diagnosing any problems and offering cost-effective solutions to get you back on the road.

Call The Plains Tire & Auto today at 540-253-5251! You can also send us an email. Either way, we're looking forward to providing you with reliable automotive service!

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    Vehicle Tips

    According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.

    The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)

    Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.

    Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.

    Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

    A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

    Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.

    Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.

    Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.

    Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.

    Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.

    Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.

    Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.

    Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.

    Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.

    Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.

    Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.

    Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.

    Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.

    Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.

    What Our Customers Are Saying

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    Best in the area.
    , 10/24/2022

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    Very nice people with rapid service. Highly recommend
    , 09/15/2022

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    Very friendly. Didn't have to wait long.
    , 08/19/2022

    We are in between living in Alexandria and Boyce and got stranded on 66 near Marshall. Friends who live in Marshall recommended Plains Tire & Auto and said to ask for Brandon or Bill, "good honest guys". Great customer service! Let us know what was going on and got the job done in quicker time and for less money than they quoted!
    , 07/15/2022

    Huge thanks to your great mechanics who successfully repaired the fuel vent line on my 2015 Nissan Frontier truck! A squirrel chewed the fuel line and severely damaged it which could have been a very expensive repair to replace the whole fuel tank based on Nissan's one-piece design. But thankfully your team was able to repair the line without replacing the fuel tank. Thanks for being the trusty, friendly shop that treats its customers like family!
    , 07/08/2022

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    Honest pricing, great workmanship. My husband and son take all of our vehicles there for service. Recommend!
    , 06/30/2022

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