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VanGelder's Automotive Inc. Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!
We Are The Premier 4 Wheel Alignment Shop
Open M-F 8 am - 5 pm. The lobby is closed but drop-offs are welcome!
Automotive repair and maintenance facilities have been declared an essential operation during the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, we will remain open and be here to serve you. Please know that our first concern is the safety of our employees and customers. During this time, we will take additional precautions in servicing your vehicle. These measures may include using a seat cover, steering wheel cover, and wiping down door and shift handles. We will also ensure sick employees stay home. Please call ahead for the most current information, but know that we are here to serve you and keep your vehicle running during these difficult times. Thank you for being a VanGelder's Automotive Inc. customer.
Since 1983, VanGelder's Automotive Inc. has provided motorists in the Retsof, NY 14539 area with comprehensive auto repair services that include 4x4 Services, Alignment, Batteries, Brakes, Car & Truck Care, Domestic Cars & Trucks, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, Fleet Brakes, Fleet Drive Train, Fleet Electrical, Fleet Electronics, Fleet Front End Services, Fleet General Services, Fleet Suspension Work, Fleet Tires, Fleet Wheel Services, General Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Hoses, Import Cars & Trucks, Inspections and Emissions, Machine Shop, Miscellaneous Services, Tires, Transmission Services and Undercar Services. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time.
You'll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our auto mechanic specialists provide! We have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models and can work with you to find cost-effective repair and maintenance alternatives.
For a high-performing vehicle, trust VanGelder's Automotive Inc. with your car, truck, or van. To learn more about the services we offer, please contact us by phone at 585-243-0470 or send us an email. We also invite you to learn more about our dedication to you, our valued customer.
VanGelder's Automotive Inc. Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!
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.
Mike and his team were amazing; it's like a new car. Thanks guys.
THANK YOU for bailing me out of a tight jam!! I would have never made the road trip back to Denver with that bad wheel bearing. You guys really saved my butt - Fair price, fast service, years of knowledge... VanGelder's Auto is top tier!!!
After spending many years in the parts and auto repair field I feel the staff are very professional and work closely with the consumer to solve their issues. The business has the latest in equipment and repair data to solve the many problems that arise with today's complicated computer controlled systems. Would certainly suggest that you give them a try and don't hesitate to ask questions about your issues. I'm sure the staff will go above and beyond to answer your concerns about the repairs needed.
I absolutely love coming here. They remember me, my vehicles and are genuinely caring about their customers. Thank you as always for your more than efficient service and outstanding work!
Good friendly people. Good prices and work is always done when they say.
Great team of mechanics. Friendly and reliable. Great service.
I have been dealing with VanGelder's automotive for many years. Mike and Chris are always friendly and go out of their way to serve, especially in emergency situations. I would highly recommend them for all your automotive needs.
Prompt courteous service and very good value!!! A+
I have been doing business with the Van Gelders for way over twenty years. I trust their advice and more importantly their work.
Paul Schneiderb. Graf
Been friends for years. Always tries to fits us in if we are having a problem. They do great work in a timely manner.
Have been doing business with them for years. Wouldn't go anywhere else! Top notch work, they go out of their way to accommodate you
JR and the team are great! We take all of our cars here for big and small problems.
This is the type of auto service a person is looking for. Honest, professional, fair prices, and JR, Chris and Mike make you feel like a member of the family, people you can trust. I drive 38 miles for service because I TRUST these people. Glad they were there when I was looking for a new garage. Thank you VanGelder's "gang".
Vangelder's is a top notch automotive business. They're always there to help out, especially in emergency situations. Mike and Chris are friendly and run a first rate operation.
Performed the work quickly and saved me some money also.