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2017 Turkey & Food Drive at G&C Tire and Auto Service

2017 Turkey & Food Drive at G&C Tire and Auto Service

Many families in our area do not know where their next meal is coming from.  This year in an effort to help these families, G&C Tire and Auto Service is sponsoring a Turkey and Food Drive.  For every turkey you donate / sponsor - G&C will match with the donation of another turkey.  All turkeys and food will be delivered to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries in time for Thanksgiving.   It is really easy - let your service advisor know you want to sponsor a turkey and they will add a $20 charge to your repair order.  G&C will match your turkey donation with another turkey.  Call us at 703-263-2474 Chantilly or 703-365-9072 Manassas

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Jeep Wrangler - What Tires Do You Need?

Jeep Wrangler - What Tires Do You Need?

Jeep Wrangler - What Tires Do You Need? There's no doubt about it; off-road driving is an absolute necessity for any outdoor enthusiast. You can't get into those secret fishing holes or that prime hunting spot without knowing which trails lead you there. If you've just purchased a Jeep and your head is full of off-road dreams, you're also probably wondering if the tires on your Jeep are the best ones for your plans.  Give us a call at G&C Tire and Auto Service.  Chantilly 703-263-2474 or Manassas at 703-365-9072. Depending on how you use your Jeep Wrangler will determine what type of tires you should be riding on.  There is so much to know about tires before choosing the right set for your needs.  Tires have stone ejectors, silica reinforced tread compound, sipping for all weather performance, variable draft angles, tread edge chamfers, and many more features.  We cover all of Northern Virginia and carry a wide range of tires in stock.  ... read more

7 Tips To Help You Get Prepared For Winter

As the first frost appears on windshields, Northern Virginia residents should begin their preparations for the cold winter months, including their cars. A properly prepared vehicle can increase the chances of safe driving during winter months. Here are some tips provided by Chris Clos and Gregg Caldwell said. Gregg Caldwell, owner of G&C Tire and Auto Service with two locations in Northern Virginia adds some insight on these tips to prepare your car for winter. 1. Conducting the “penny test” is the easiest method of checking the tire’s treading. If you put a penny in your tread and you can see all of Abraham Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time for new tires. This test has been around for years.  You can always bring your car by a local automotive shop and heave them measure your tires with a tread depth gauge. 2. To check what your cold weather tire pressure should be, look for the requirements located on the door jam of your drive ... read more

Great Pumpkin Weight Contest

Great Pumpkin Weight Contest

​Woah. It’s a really big pumpkin. Have you ever seen a pumpkin this big? I have not. I can’t even pick it up. So after someone was able to move it, we decided to hold a contest! Our first Great Pumpkin Weight Contest! It’s as absolutely crazy as it sounds. Without touching the pumpkin, it’s up to YOU to guess the weight! With both G&C locations participating, don’t fret if you’re a little far from our Chantilly store! Come on by and make your guess, drop it in our jar, and on Halloween Day, we’ll call up the closest guesses for a fun prize! Good luck everyone, we look forward to seeing you soon

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Winter Preparedness (Part 2)

Winter Preparedness (Part 2)

Before you were stranded on the side of the road, you brought your vehicle by a local shop to have the check engine light diagnosed.  Turns out that you had just left your gas cap off during your last Costco run, but they fixed you up, and got you home in time for dinner.  What you couldn’t believe is the laundry list of other items they “suggested” you have done to your vehicle:  A battery terminal service?  Shockingly, these recommendations do have a purpose.  During the winter months, small problems are amplified, and large problems can quickly get out of hand.  Any perceived engine problems, or issues that you, the driver can feel, need to be addressed as soon as possible.  This is true at any time of the year, but especially so heading into the winter months.  At the very least, what could’ve been a simple repair before winter may be much more expensive after exposure to suboptimal temperatures, or ... read more

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Winter Preparedness (Part 1)

You’re stranded on the side of the road.  It’s the dead of winter, and the snow is piling heavy outside your window.   Also, smoke?  At G&C Tire & Auto, your safety and peace of mind comes first, so we’d like to share with you these tips to get you ready for winter! Hearkening back to our post on predictive maintenance: routine, timely maintenance is the first key to safe travels during wintertime.  One of the most forgotten of these services is the oil change.  Generally an oil change is recommended every 3000 – 5000 miles.  With full synthetic oil, 5000+ miles can easily be attained.  With a synthetic blend (regular oil) 3000 miles is generally the safest bet.  Tires are another oft forgotten, or ignored, part of the maintenance routine.  In the winter, they take on a whole new importance.  As your tires wear, they provide less and less grip in an everyday driving e ... read more

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Harvey Hits Home

Harvey Hits Home

Sometimes, events take place that can’t be ignored.  We give our ten dollars, send our prayers, and go on with our daily lives. If only this time were so easy for me.  I recently spent week near Houston, and not out of choice, but necessity.  Betty, a 78-year-old widower, and my Grandmother, recently lost her home.  Situated up the bank of the Colorado River, it was a prime target for Harvey. Heavy rains swelled the river, with flood waters that reached near record levels that Monday, and only continued to climb until the next day.  Unfortunately, waters rose more quickly than she could cope with, and was trapped within a matter of hours with her two rescue dogs, Jack and Sadie.  With the water already at the top of the stairs, decisive action had to be taken to ensure her saf ... read more

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The Preventive Lifestyle

The Preventive Lifestyle

It’s hot, you’re wet, and it’s the middle of winter.  What happened? You woke up in the morning, headed downstairs, and went to get your coffee.  Unfortunately, in your usual early morning haze the day before, you didn’t realize that you were out of coffee after your third cup.  Now, today, you have no coffee and are stuck in a coffee deprived stupor.  So, you decide to visit your favorite coffee shack, but the line is long, and they accidentally give you decaf.  Now you’re tired, late for work, all the while drinking decaf coffee.    As you finally reach your office, light blinks on the dash of your car, what is it?  These hieroglyphs don’t make any sense, you think.  And then it dawns on you: “When is the last time I had my oil changed?”  Like your coffee, you’d forgotten. Now you’re tired, late for work, have decaf coffee, and need an oil change.  Days like these a ... read more

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Time To Check Your Battery

Time To Check Your Battery

Batteries have a life cycle.  They are made/born, because of this chemical reaction will age, and then die.   Typically, batteries last 5 years.  So, if you know you are getting close to the 5 year mark with your battery (like all my drivers with 2008 and 2009 vehicles that have never changed their batteries) you may want to replace your battery

I need a jump start! Help I have a dead battery.

I need a jump start! Help I have a dead battery.

Looking for a battery? Just ask us.  We have it!  Interstate Batteries - outrageously dependable. Did you know that Intersate battery powers it all.  From key fobs, to car batteries, and even your iPhone. Interstate® offers an incomparable line of automotive battery power for all the vehicles in your life. These long-lasting batteries promise to provide equal or improved power for your vehicle. Whether you’re looking for superior performance in hot or cold weather or dependable power for long hauls, Interstate has the perfect battery for your drive. And with an unbeatable nationwide warranty, we’ve got you covered anywhere the road may lead.  Your battery is like the heart of your vehicle.  It gets the blood or electricity running through your veins or wires.   Having a dying battery, (we’ll talk about this below) especially in cold weather, will leave you stranded.  Temperatures are dropping and winter is c ... read more

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