Archive for the ‘Service & Parts’ Category

Where can I find OEM service for multiple makes near Chicago?

Friday, October 9th, 2020
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OEM Parts and Service for Major Automotive Brands in the Chicago Area

Most dealership service centers focus only on one specific brand. However, some drivers may wish for a single institution that can service a variety of different vehicles. Where can one find a service center that provides OEM maintenance on multiple different brands in the Chicago area?

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Where do cars go when they’re towed in Chicago?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
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Having your car towed isn’t just an immediate hassle, you also have to figure out where it went after that. So, where do cars go when they’re towed in Chicago? Let’s find out.

Where did my car go in Chicago?

You can find your vehicle by filling out the form here. According to the www.chicago.gov, there are multiple auto-pounds where your car could be taken after it has been towed. So, if you have an unpaid parking ticket, red light tickets, or other reasons to be towed, you’ll need to fill out the form linked above in order to find which auto-pound your vehicle has been taken to. Once you find it, you can get in touch with that auto-pound to determine pickup time and payment methods.

Who do I pay to get my car out of the auto-pound?

If your vehicle has been towed, you’ll have a few fees that will need to be paid, including   things like the boot fees, towing fees, and storage fees. These can add up, so expect to pay at least $250, if not more. The storage fees can add up the longer your vehicle is in the auto-pound, so if your vehicle has been towed, it’s best to pay the fees and get it out as soon as possible. You can pay the auto-pound directly in order to get your vehicle out.

Read more: How can I avoid getting my car towed in Chicago?

What happens if I don’t pay the auto-pound fees?

If you decide not to pay the fees in order to get your vehicle out of the auto-pound, then your vehicle will be subject to either auction or demolition after 21 days. However, if you have a legitimate reason to extent the grace period before this happens, then you’ll need to get in touch with the auto pound, as you can potentially receive a 15-day extension.

Vehicle towing and services in Chicago

Car crash truck being towed in parking lot

On the flipside, if you need to have your car towed to a mechanic, we encourage you to get in touch with our team at Continental Motors. Not only can we assist with engine and transmission issues, but we also have a collision center that will help you get your car back into its best shape. So, if you need the assistance of our experienced service team, we encourage you to get in touch with Continental Motors. If you are in need of a new vehicle, we encourage you to check out our vehicle inventory, all of which is listed online.

Are car dealerships open during quarantine in Illinois?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
A mask-wearing figure stands before the Chicago skyline and shrugs as he wonders whether car dealerships are still open during the pandemic.

Car Dealership COVID-19 Status

Governor Pritzker has issued a “stay-at-home order” for Illinois, meaning that all citizens should stay home unless an “essential reason” dictates they must leave. This has resulted in many individuals working from home, many businesses closing, and many, unfortunately, losing their jobs.

With these unprecedented circumstances, some are unsure about what qualifies as “essential” and what doesn’t. Cars are essential, right? So are car dealerships and service centers still open during this COVID-19 quarantine period in Illinois?

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Where can I get my car ready for winter near Chicago?

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Winter appears to have come early this year, and it’s not showing any signs of pulling back. While we’d like to be optimistic, we’ve learned to expect the worst when it comes to the midwestern cold. The complete leapfrogging over fall that winter pulled off has left drivers scrambling to get their cars ready for ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. Where can one get their vehicle ready for winter near Chicago? (more…)

What are the benefits of having snow tires in the winter?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
snow tire driving on snowy road

Switching to winter tires for your vehicle 

With winter finally here in Illinois, drivers everywhere are encouraged to proceed with caution behind the wheel, especially in snowy conditions. Between unplowed roads, black ice, and slick roads, oftentimes winter driving can be too much for your vehicle’s standard tire set. This is where winter tires come in handy. Here at Continental Motors, we’ll walk you through the benefits of having winter tires on your vehicle.  (more…)

Tidy up your vehicle with these spring cleaning tips and tricks!

Monday, April 30th, 2018
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Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks for your Car

Now that spring is finally here in the Midwest (fingers crossed), many people are getting out and enjoying the warmer weather. But if you’re planning on traveling anywhere this spring or summer, now is a great time to get your vehicle ready and cleaned out. Here are a few spring cleaning tips and trick to get your car looking neat and fresh. (more…)

Car Care Month is here: Is your vehicle good to go?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Have you heard?

April is National Car Care Month and at Continental Motors, we want you to take great care of your vehicle so it continues to bring you many miles of smiles.

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While we celebrate the end of winter and arrival of spring, it’s time to give some special attention to any car issues that you put aside during the colder months. Not to mention, spring calls for slick roads and more road trips, whether it be driving your kids back and forth to school and sports or simply getting out and about to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Stay ahead of the game and schedule a vehicle check-up before you have too much on your plate. Hurry in – Our appointments fill up fast.

Here are a few things to have checked:

  • Windshield wipers
  • Oil levels
  • Batteries
  • Coolant
  • Tire pressure/tread
  • Belt/hoses
  • Air conditioning

Seem a little overwhelming? No worries. We have certified technicians at all locations than can help you with your specific make and model.

Keep in mind that when you neglect service to your vehicle, you could cost yourself a lot more of your hard-earned money. The longer you go without necessary repairs, the more extensive those repairs become, costing you more than anticipated.

We want to provide you with a friendly reminder to tend to your vehicle’s needs this month, even if it’s a simple check-up. Just like you regularly visit the doctor, your car needs special attention, too. Make sure to schedule a service appointment this month so you can hit the road worry-free.

Check our dealer websites because some of our stores even offer a free inspection this month. It’s another way we’re #DriventoCare when you’re on the road.

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Wishing you safe travels this spring from all of us at Continental Motors Group.

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Spring Break?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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Well, we can almost say that we’ve made it through the winter (although with Chicago weather, you never really know).

While we get ready to welcome spring with open arms, it’s important to pay attention to your partner in crime that got you through the snow, sleet, cold and everything else mother nature threw your way this winter: Your car.

Now is the time to thank your car for getting you through the elements, and what better way to thank your car than by prepping it for spring?

There are plenty of ways to take care of your vehicle yourself, however, there are also many components that require a skilled technician to pinpoint. Here are some important things to check:

Tires

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All of those cold temperatures can reduce your tire pressure over time, which can potentially lead to unbalanced or deflated tires. Not to mention, the tread could also be in poor condition. If you think it’s time for a check-up feel free to take your vehicle in for service to ensure all tires are working like they should. You don’t want to be stranded out on the roads, when you should be enjoying your spring vacation!

Brakes

It’s a good idea to have your brake system checked. Your brakes took on a lot of responsibility this winter, helping you to cruise through the snow and ice with ease. A simple check of the brakes or brake pad change will keep you safe on the roads and worry-free.

Batteries and wires

Avoid getting stranded on your spring break trip and have all of your batteries and wires tested on your car. You should have your battery tested after four years for performance and capacity and then every year after to avoid any issues down the road. Keep in mind that battery maintenance is cheaper than having your car towed.

Windshield wipers

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They helped you to maintain visibility and stay safe on the roads this winter. Now that the warm weather is almost here, consider have your wiper blades replaced if they have any cracks or appear worn down. It’s recommended that you replace them every six months or so, anyway.

Fluids

Your car holds a lot of fluids. The engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze/coolant and windshield washer fluid are all essential to keep your car functioning properly, so don’t overlook any of these components. If anything, schedule an appointment for a brake fluid flush, as you should have one once a year and it will keep your brakes working like new.

Replacing your windshield wiper fluid is an easy fix, and will help you to keep a better view of the road by removing dirt, bugs, presents from birds and whatever else spring will throw at you.

Interior/Exterior

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As much as you’d probably hate to admit, you’ve collected a lot of useless items in your backseat and trunk this winter. And understandably so, considering it’s been too cold to do a thorough car cleaning. Set some time aside to declutter the mess in your car and trunk. Hey, spring cleaning counts for your car, too.

Also, don’t forget to show the exterior some love. All of that salt buildup can gradually corrode the metal on your car, so take it in for a wash and say your final goodbyes to the dirty winter elements.

Schedule a service appointment today so that you’re ready to enjoy a well-deserved spring vacation. And remember to keep us in mind for all of your automotive needs this year, as we are driven to care.