fleet maintenance

Why Choose National Transmissions for Your Fleet Maintenance?

Keeping up with maintenance for each vehicle in your fleet can be challenging, but with National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers, it’s easy to keep up with your fleet’s service needs. We consolidate all maintenance and repairs to create a “one stop shop” where all of your vehicles can be fully serviced without the need for transporting vehicles between several vendors. Why choose National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers for your fleet maintenance needs? Here’s why:

Experience

Since 1983, National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers has been providing excellent customer service and quality auto repair and transmission services. Our expert technicians are certified by the independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and receive regular training to keep up with the latest technological advancements in the industry.

One Stop Shop

Our full-service fleet management programs take care of all of your maintenance needs. From regularly scheduled service to emergency vehicle repairs, National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers handles everything. This consolidation of all maintenance and repairs is an effective and hassle-free way to make sure your fleet always runs smoothly.

Quick Turnaround

At National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers, we understand that time is a commodity for you. This is why we work hard to make sure your vehicles are taken care of and back on the road as soon as possible. From preventative services to major repairs, you can depend on our experience and state-of-the-art technology to get your vehicles working as soon as possible.

Boost Productivity

Our fleet maintenance services keep your vehicles out of the shop and on the road. National Transmissions’ outsourced fleet management solution provides quality service both in a timely manner and at a competitive price. Our experienced technicians are certified and trained to perform all of your vehicle’s maintenance and mechanical repairs.

Trusted in the Community

National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers is the most trusted fleet management provider in South Florida. Our clients continue to use our services because we consistently take care of their vehicles in-house with our state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Some of our valued clients include Florida Highway Patrol, Xfinity/Comcast, the City of Delray Beach, and South Florida Water Management District.

Protect Your Fleet with National Transmissions

National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers is dedicated to providing fast, reliable service to get your fleet drivers back on the road as soon as possible. Our team of skilled technicians is here to assist you with all your fleet maintenance needs, from preventative maintenance to major repairs. To discover how our services can help you, contact National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers today or visit one of our three locations across Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497
Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551 | (561) 737-6073

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The Importance of Regular Oil Changes

We always hear about how important regular oil changes are for our vehicles, but we’ve all probably waited a little too long to get an oil change at least once or twice. With busy schedules, it’s all too easy to prioritize other tasks over getting our car’s oil changed. However, it’s important to understand exactly what happens to your car when you don’t get regular oil changes.

Why Do We Have to Get Oil Changes?

Your engine’s oil needs to be changed for several reasons. First, due to its high operating temperatures, engine oil undergoes thermal breakdown. When this happens, the oil can’t function well as a lubricant. Effective lubricants are necessary for vehicles because, without them, parts of the engine rub together and can wear out over time.

In addition, your vehicle’s engine oil gets contaminated over time. Oil serves an important purpose in your car: it cools the engine, cleans, seals, and lubricates. When the oil is dirty and old from constantly flushing the engine out, it becomes unable to function properly.

Finally, we have to change the oil because our vehicles burn it up over time. If you wait too long to change the oil, it is possible for your car to burn up all the oil resulting in engine damage.

What Happens When You Delay Oil Changes?

If you don’t keep up with regular oil changes, your engine won’t last as long as it could. Because oil serves many essential functions in your car, you must change the oil to keep it clean and working effectively. Not changing your vehicle’s oil puts additional strain on your engine and can cause long-term damage. Although you may not experience any immediate problems, it’s important to know that not changing your oil regularly ultimately results in long-term damage to your engine.

Getting an oil change is a simple and inexpensive component of vehicle maintenance that protects you against having to spend thousands of dollars later to repair your engine. According to AutoMD, the number one mistake car owners make is neglecting their fluids and not doing simple preventative maintenance like oil changes.

How Often Does My Car Need an Oil Change?

How often you need to get your car’s oil changed depends on a variety of factors including how often you drive and the typical driving conditions (i.e. weather). When deciding when to schedule your oil change, it is best to check your owner’s manual, which will provide recommendations from the manufacturer. Mileage numbers from manufacturers can range anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 miles. National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers usually suggests getting an oil and filter change around the 5,000-mile range.

Your Palm Beach County Auto Care Professionals

Our team of skilled technicians at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers is here to assist you with all your car maintenance needs, from repairs to preventative maintenance. To make things a little easier for you, we also offer free vehicle pickup and delivery. If you have any questions about our services, contact us today.

West Palm Beach Center: 561-530-4497
Boynton Beach Center: 561-737-7551 (3rd St.)
561-737-6073 (Congress Ave.)

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Free Vehicle Repair Pickup and Delivery

At National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers, we are committed to making the process of car repair simple and stress-free for you. This is why we offer free vehicle repair pickup and delivery on all vehicles and free towing with most repairs. Our dedication to customer service is why we provide these services for our customers.

Simple and Stress-Free Auto Care

Our team at National Transmissions understands that your time is precious and spending valuable time at a repair shop can be disruptive, which is why we provide free vehicle repair pickup and delivery on all vehicles. We provide this service because we want our customers to be able to carry on with their day while we repair their vehicle.

We also believe that it’s very important to ensure that your car’s maintenance is up-to-date. By performing simple, routine maintenance services such as an oil change, you can sometimes avoid costly major repairs at a later time. We offer free vehicle repair pickup and delivery to make it as easy as possible for our customers to keep their vehicles safe and reliable.

National Transmissions wants our services to fit into your schedule. One of our experienced team members will pick up your vehicle and take it to one of our locations where our technicians will diagnose, service, and repair your vehicle as needed. Before you know it, we will return your vehicle fixed and ready to go. You no longer have to worry about scheduling rides with friends or running out to our shop on your lunch break.

Free Towing with Major Repairs

National Transmissions provides free towing with most repairs. We understand how challenging and stressful it can be when your car breaks down. Thus, we make every effort to help ease the stress of having a vehicle that needs repair. We are happy to offer our customers free towing with most major repairs.

Your Palm Beach County Auto Experts

Auto service is often associated with worry and stress, but this isn’t the case with National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers. We pride ourselves on offering the best auto care services in South Florida and top-notch customer service. We have been serving Palm Beach County for over 30 years and our reputation speaks for itself.

If you have any questions or need a repair, give us a call and ask about our free tow-ins and other specials:
West Palm Beach: 561-530-4497
Boynton Beach East: 561-737-7551 (3rd St.)
Boyton Beach West: 561-737-6073 (Congress Ave.)

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What You Need to Know About Car Brake Repair

What You Need to Know About Car Brake Repair

Besides your car’s regular oil change and tire rotation, it is necessary to make sure your car’s brakes are working properly. Unfortunately, your car’s brakes will not work forever, that’s why after years and miles of driving your car, the brakes may give way and increase your chances of an accident. Here is what you need to know about brake repairs.

Why Does Brake Repair Matter?

The brakes on your car are one of the most important features of your car’s functionality.
It’s simple if your car can’t stop, you’re going to crash. Instead of causing an accident you’re much better off repairing your brakes, so you can be safe and not cause any damage to your car or others.
We’ve listed some steps and signs that you should pay attention to so you know when a brake repair is necessary for your vehicle.

Monitor Your Brakes with Regular Check Ups

It is nearly impossible to plan when your brakes will need a repair. This is not something that has to be done every three months but happens over time. When you get your oil changed it is best to ask your local professional mechanic how your brakes are looking.

How You Drive Your Car

The way you drive your vehicle has a large impact on the life of your brakes. If you brake hard or stop short often, your brake pads will wear down faster than someone who brakes softly. Also, the quality of the brakes you have on your car impact their durability.

Signs to Know When You Need a Repair

Even with regular maintenance, some signs will signal that your brakes have to be fixed.
The first sign is if the car responds slower than normal or not at all.
The second sign is the brake pedal may also pulse when you push down to stop.
The third and most noticeable is when there is squeaking or scraping sounds when you press on your brakes.

Ready to Repair Your Vehicles Brakes?

Here at National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers, our team wants to make sure your brakes are working to their best capability.
For more information on tire rotations, tire maintenance, and repair services, give us a call today or visit one of our three shops located in Palm Beach County.

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Why Your Car Needs a Brake Repair

Besides regular oil changes and tire rotation, it is necessary to make sure your car’s brakes are working properly. Unfortunately, your car’s brakes will not work forever, and that’s why after years or miles of driving your car, the brakes may give way and increase your chances of an accident. Here is what you need to know about getting a brake repair.

Why Brake Repairs Matter

The brakes on your car are one of the most important features of your car’s functionality.
It’s simple if your car can’t stop, you’re going to crash. Instead of causing an accident you’re better off repairing your brakes, so you can be safe and not cause any damage to your car.
We’ve listed some steps and signs that you should pay attention to so you know when a brake repair is necessary for your car.

Monitor Your Brakes with Regular Check Ups

You cannot plan when your brakes will need a repair. This is not something that has to be done every three months but happens over time. When your car gets an oil change, it is best to ask your local professional mechanic how your brakes are looking.

How You Drive Your Car

The way you drive your vehicle has a huge impact on the life of your brakes. If you brake hard or stop short often, your brake pads will wear down faster than someone braking softly. Also, the quality of the current brakes you have on your car also impact their durability.

Signs to Know When You Need a Repair

Even with regular maintenance, some signs will signal that your brakes need to be fixed.
The first sign is if the car doesn’t respond when the brakes are pressed or respond slower than normal.
The second sign is the brake pedal may also pulse when you push down to stop.
The third and most noticeable is when there is squeaking or scraping sounds when you press on your brakes.

Brake Repair in Palm Beach County

Here at National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers, our team wants to make sure your brakes are working to their best capability. We offer free pickup, delivery, and towing with most repairs. Not only do we specialize in a number of automotive services such as oil changes but we also offer fleet maintenance for all your auto maintenance needs.
Don’t wait until it’s too late! For more information on tire rotations, tire maintenance, and repair services, give us a call today or visit one of our three shops located in Palm Beach County.

Tire Balance and Wheel Alignment

The Difference Between a Tire Balance and a Wheel Alignment

Is there a difference between a tire balancing and a wheel alignment? The answer is yes! Although both deal with the tires on your car, they are two very different services.

It is always good to know what services need to happen to your car. Unless you are a mechanic, you may not know the different services that need to be done. Let’s look at the differences between a tire balancing and a wheel alignment.

Tire Balance

Over time, while driving, your tire start to lose balance. Tread wear causes the distribution of weight around the tire to change. If you think you need your tires balanced, you will feel the care shaking or a vibration from your tires.

When you get your tires balanced, the technician will use a calibrated spin balancer to test for static and dynamic balance. This service should be done every six months or every 5000-6000 miles.

Wheel Alignment

A wheel alignment is also known as a “tire alignment”. 90% of cars built today takes a “4Wheel Alignment”. If you need an alignment, you will start to notice that your car will pull to either side or when you have an uneven wear on your tires. This service should be done every 10,000 miles.

The process includes adjustments to the angle of the car’s wheel to its original position. The technician inspects the tire tread for signs of poor alignment. They will also check the toe, camber, and caster to measure wheel orientation.

Quality Auto Care and Maintenance

Car maintenance can cost a lot of time and money, but neglecting to maintain your car is even worse. Remember per Benjamin Franklin “One ounce of prevention is worth a pound cure”. Call National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers and let our skilled technicians help you sort out all your car maintenance concerns.

They’ve been certified by both Automotive Service Excellence and Automatic Transmission Service Group, the two premier certification groups in the automotive repair field. So you know you’re being taken care of by someone you can trust.

For more information, contact us at:

West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497

Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551 & (561) 737-6073

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What is a Tire Rotation? Why Every Driver Needs Tire Maintenance

What is a tire rotation, and why do I need one? This is a question many drivers ask themselves at one point or another. On top of all the maintenance required to keep your car running smoothly, proper tire care is essential for optimal performance.

This month, the National Transmissions & Auto Care Center team looked at the importance of tire rotations and why every motorist can benefit from regular tire maintenance. Read on to learn more!

Why Should I Rotate My Tires?

A tire rotation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to extend the life of your tires. Unlike flossing day and night, a tire rotation is necessary preventative maintenance you only need to perform a few times a year.

How Tire Rotations Work

When you service your car for a tire rotation, all four tires are moved into different positions on your vehicle to promote even treading. No matter how you drive your car, front and rear tires can wear down at different rates. For instance, tires mounted on the power axle (the front two wheels on a front-wheel drive) wear more quickly than the “free rolling” tires on the other axle.

The purpose of a tire rotation is to even out wear so that you get the most mileage and tread life from every tire on your vehicle. Regular rotations are crucial for vehicles with all-wheel drive because any significant difference in tread depths is a sign that you will eventually need four new tires, or else you’re risking a hefty repair bill.

tire rotationHow Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

The average driver should rotate their tires every 5,000 miles, or at least every six months. For more aggressive drivers that plow through potholes and debris, it is recommended that you service your tires more often.

The purpose of a rotation is to catch irregular wear early before a problem occurs. Going too long in between tire rotations can result in a wear pattern that can’t be fixed, no matter where the tire is moved on the vehicle. In this instance, your tires could wear out prematurely.

Pro Tip: For drivers with only one set of tires, here are some fool-proof ways to get a time estimate on rotations:

  • Keep an eye out for your odometer and service your tires every 5,000 miles.
  • Set a reminder on your phone or calendar for rotation at least twice a year.
  • Sync rotations that align with daylight savings time, to standard time and back.
  • Reach out to your tire store; some businesses will email you a service reminder in advance.
  • After your vehicle has been serviced for tire rotation, note that you may notice a stiffer or noisier ride. This is due to your tire’s tread wear pattern evening out. If your ride continues to be uncomfortable, it may be a sign of irregular wear and your tires need to be replaced.

Save Money with Proper Tire Maintenance

A tire rotation is easy preventative maintenance that will prolong tread life and save you from costly repairs down the line. Practicing proper tire maintenance at least twice a year can also help your mechanic pinpoint other issues before damage occurs.

Irregular wear detected during your rotation can be a red flag for poor alignment. This impacts how your car handles, reduces fuel efficiency, and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. For best results, don’t delay tire rotations.

Affordable Auto Repair and Maintenance Solutions in Palm Beach County

At National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers, our team brings years of experience servicing vehicles across Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County. Whether you need professional auto repair or regular tire maintenance, we can help.

Free Pickup & Delivery | Free Towing with Most Repairs

Prolong the life of your car tires with rotation services from National Transmissions & Auto Care Centers. For more information on tire rotations, tire maintenance, and repair services, give us a call today or visit one of our three shops located in Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach Center: 561-530-4497
Boynton Beach Center: 561-737-7551 (3rd St.)
561-737-6073 (Congress Ave.)

Auto Care: Your New Years Resolution

new years resolution car maintenance It’s that time of year again when we start making promises to ourselves for the new year. Here’s a New Years resolution we can all afford to make: to take better care of our cars.

Some people believe that skipping the car wash and procrastinating regular auto tune-ups is saving them money. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The reality is that practicing proper auto care ensures your car’s life expectancy and protects its value, saving money in the long run. This month, the experts at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers bring you three ways to take better care of your car in 2017.

1. Keep the Outside (and the Inside!) Clean

A dirty car isn’t just aesthetically unpleasant, did you know that excess dirt and grime can actually be damaging your car? That’s right, dirt, dust, bird droppings, and other pollutants build up over time and act like sandpaper on the surface of your vehicle, stripping down your vehicle’s finish and paint job and exposing your car to rust.

It’s important to set aside a couple of hours each week to wash and wax your vehicle. Don’t have the time to wash your car by hand? Run it through a car wash on your way home from work.

Don’t forget to clean the interior! Toss out any trash, wipe down your seats with leather or upholstery cleaner and vacuum all floor mats and carpets.

2. Proper Tire Care is Key

Did you know that practicing correct tire maintenance can save you money? Correct tire pressure will improve your fuel efficiency and extend the usable life of your tires, so you don’t have to replace them as frequently.

If it’s been a while since you inspected your tires, check for any visual signs of wear, use a tire pressure gauge to check air pressure, and examine your tires’ tread depth. To find the correct air pressure for your vehicle, refer to the owner’s manual or the tire placard attached to the vehicle door edge. As a rule, if tread depth is less than 2/32 inch, then your tires are bald and should be replaced immediately.

3. Practice Auto Regular Maintenance and Tune-ups

Prevent long term auto damage and safety risks with preventative car maintenance. Ask your mechanic to check your engine, transmission, brakes, brake pads and change your filters, oil, and other fluids as advised. Oil should be changed every three months or 3,000 miles. Filters can be changed every three years or 30,000 miles. If you drive a lot or drive on unpaved roads often,

Find a reliable auto care center in your area and take your car in for regular tune-ups to ensure all parts are in working order.

Your Palm Beach County Auto Care Experts

Have questions? Looking for local car maintenance in Palm Beach County? Contact the auto care experts at National Transmissions and Auto Care Center. We have three convenient locations across Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach.

Did we mention we offer free pickup and delivery on all vehicles and a free tow in with most repairs? Give us a call today.

West Palm Beach office: 561-530-4497

Boynton Beach Office: 561-737-7551 (3rd st)
561-737-6073 (Congress Ave.)

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How to Get Your Car Winter Ready

Winter is almost here which means, like most people, you’re probably preparing to spend the holidays with your loved ones. For most of us, that means traveling by car.

While most modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, winter’s unpredictable weather conditions present several safety concerns. So, before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is winter-ready with these winter auto care tips from the experts at National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers.

Check Your Battery

A dead battery is the most common cause of auto breakdowns. Be sure to get your battery checked by a professional so your holiday travels aren’t suddenly interrupted by a faulty battery.

Due to the change in temperature, your vehicle’s ability to accept a charge decreases, so the battery doesn’t recharge as quickly as you drive. Seat heaters, lights, defrosters, car heaters, and windshield wipers are used more frequently during the winter season, also causing your battery to work harder.

Ensure that your battery is working properly by making sure you have enough charge left in your battery before you depart for vacation. You can do this at home by using nationa voltmeter, or your local mechanic can run a battery test and check your battery fluid for you.

Replace or Refill Fluids

If you are traveling up north during the holiday season, it is wise to check all of your car’s fluid levels including:

  • Coolant- make sure you have the correct antifreeze/water ratio to keep fluid from freezing in your radiator.
  • Oil- if you will be visiting a state where temperatures are below freezing, speak with your mechanic about switching to a thinner oil.
  • Wiper fluid- keep your windshield clear by keeping your windshield wiper fluid level full. For best results, use freeze resistant wiper fluid.

Consider Your Tire Pressure and Tread

Don’t forget about your tires! Air contracts as it cools, meaning tire pressure changes with fluctuations in temperature. As a general rule, your tire pressure will drop one to two PSI for every ten-degree decrease in temperature.

Avoid safety issues due to under inflated tires. Proper tire pressure will also help you achieve the ultimate gas mileage, performance, and traction for your vehicle. Refer to your vehicle’s manual to find the correct tire pressure information for your car and check your PSI in the mornings for the most accurate reading.

Your Palm Beach County Auto Care Professionals

Is your car ready for your upcoming winter travels? Prepare your vehicle for cold temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions with an auto tune up from National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers.

Our team of skilled technicians are here to assist you with all your car maintenance needs, from vehicle repairs to preventative maintenance. Call National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers today and discover what our repair and maintenance services can do for you, or visit one of our three locations across Palm Beach County.

Have questions? Need repair? Give us a call or and ask about our free tow-ins and other specials!

West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497

Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551
(561) 737-6073

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Maintenance Mistakes That Could Be Ruining Your Car

car maintenanceOwning a car is a big part of the American Dream, and whether that dream is a nightmare depends on how well you take care of your car.

Many motorists are ruining their cars without even realizing it. This month, National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers uncovered six common car maintenance mistakes to avoid. Read on to find out!

Mistake #1: Ignoring Your Check Engine Light

That illuminated check engine light is the bane of a driver’s existence. Ignoring that little light could lead to some serious issues and costly repairs down the road.

Even if the problem isn’t immediately threatening, you’ll want to pay attention. That light still indicates a problem that could affect your vehicle’s performance. We recommended bringing your car to a professional mechanic to check it out as soon as possible.

Mistake #2: Your Car is Dirty

Going too long without a good washing leads to a buildup of chemicals and dirt, which are damaging to your car’s paint job. Once the outer surface erodes, the car is susceptible to rusting, which will interfere with its structural integrity.

Dirt buildup on your windshield and windows impairs much needed visibility and could lead to an accident. Save yourself the headache by washing your car and keeping it free of debris.

Mistake #3: Not Following a Service Schedule

Many car parts and components wear out or break down over time. Vehicles need to be routinely serviced to keep them performing at optimal efficiency.

Routine inspections and timely repairs will keep your car running and help avoid more costly repairs in the future.

Mistake #4: Neglecting Your Tires

Practicing proper tire maintenance is more important than you think. Check your vehicle’s tires regularly for inflation and tread depth. Under-inflated tires wear out much faster and need more frequent replacements.

Failing to main your car’s tires also impact safety, gas mileage, and performance, among other costly factors.

Mistake #5: Failing to Change Fluids and Filters

A healthy car requires several different fluids to operate. Vehicle systems and components need fluids and filters to be as clean as possible to function properly. Everything from oil to windshield wiper fluid plays an important part in proper vehicle maintenance.

Make sure to check fluids and filters to keep your vehicle running for years to come.

Mistake #6: Being an Aggressive Driver

It can be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. Between rough roads and weather, you’re going to find yourself driving in harsh conditions at some point down the line.

With that said, you can still take steps to mitigate any damage caused. Drive smart and improve your vehicle’s lifespan by following these essential steps for safe driving:

• Observe the speed limit to avoid straining your engine and other components.
• Avoid aggressive driving, quick starts, and quick stops.
• Don’t haul unnecessary items and keep your vehicle properly tuned.

Quality Auto Care and Maintenance in Palm Beach County

Car maintenance requires time and money, but neglecting to maintain your car can lead to bigger and more expensive problems in the future. Keep your car running smoothly for years to come with National Transmissions and Auto Care Center’s professional auto repair and maintenance solutions.

Call National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers today and let our skilled technicians help you sort out all your car maintenance concerns. They’ve been certified by both Automotive Service Excellence and Automatic Transmission Service Group, the two premier certification groups in the automotive repair field. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your vehicle is in good hands!

For more information, contact us directly or visit one of our three shops conveniently located throughout Palm Beach County. To learn more about our auto maintenance services, please call:

National Transmissions and Auto Care Centers
West Palm Beach: (561) 530-4497
Boynton Beach: (561) 737-7551 | (561) 737-6073