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Issues That Can Develop from NOT Driving Your Vehicle (Plus, An Invitation To The Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show on May 16th!)

Issues That Can Develop from NOT Driving Your Vehicle (Plus, An Invitation To The Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show on May 16th!)

Photo by Tristan Billet on Unsplash   Welcome to our May blog! There’s loads of news and things to cover. But first, we invite you to a charity car show event that’ll be taking place May 16th called the Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show to support Boys & Girls Club of Marion County.    Before spilling the beans about all the cool events coming up, let’s chat about the issues that your car can develop from not being driven often!   With the pandemic, business models have changed, and more and ... read more

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The Best of Ocala: Our Partners and Our City

The Best of Ocala: Our Partners and Our City

Photo by Kenny Gaines on Unsplash Welcome back to another PALS Ocala blog! We hope that life has been treating you well throughout March and you are achieving all your goals. The PALS Ocala website has a page for what we call ‘Partners’. These aren’t partners in the strict sense of capitalism; they represent our partners in building a better Ocala together. If you click the link and go to our website, you’ll discover some of the many charities and organizations Linda and I support. We’re proud of these organizations and the work they are doing for the life and soul of Ocala’s adults, children, families, and even pets.  It’s a collection ... read more

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Why We Love Classic Car Restorations

Why We Love Classic Car Restorations

Welcome to 2021, everyone! In July of this past year, we were honored to restore a 1966 Corvette for a client! We thought we’d take you through the process of restoring this beautiful car to show you why love restorations. She’s been a loyal client of ours for a few years. She was recently given her father’s old Corvette, and chose Pals Ocala Auto Repair to do the restoration on it! The Corvette has been garaged for almost 30 years, so it needed a full body and frame restoration. Chuck Perry estimated the repairs to be about $80,000 in the end. With her deposit in hand, we set to work restoring this beautiful classic to its original glory. Stage one was removing the body from the frame. The next step was delivering the body of the Corvette to a body shop for restoration.  The third step is to rehab the chassis. Every damaging blow to the underside of the chassis is being worked out and put back to factory specs. Our goal is to make certain that restoration woul ... read more

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How to Safely Tow Your Trailer

How to Safely Tow Your Trailer

Photo by Shelly Busby on Unsplash   Do you love to go out and recreate? We do, too! We love getting our vehicle packed, hitching up the trailer, and driving off to our next adventure. It doesn't matter if we want to go boating, horseback riding, camping, show off our car in a show, or go racing around the track. We love it all!   But before we head out for the fun activities we have planned, we know that our top priority should be safety. That is why in this article, Pals Ocala Auto Repair wants to address how to safely tow your 5th wheel trailer, your boat trailer, your horse trailer, the trailer carrying your classic car, and anything else you might be hauling.   Many things can affect the safety of you, your passengers, your vehicle ... read more

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Why Your Vehicle Can Benefit From Spring Cleaning

Why Your Vehicle Can Benefit From Spring Cleaning

Why Your Vehicle Can Benefit From Spring Cleaning Spring is upon us, and with the new life and growth comes inspiration to deep clean and re-sort many aspects of our lives. Out with the old, in with the new. A new fresh feel is often just what we need to kickstart the spring season, especially if you are considering taking a road trip soon. Here is a list of spring cleaning ideas for your car to give it some love and feel good about your ride. Washing your car The chances are that you encountered a fair amount of rain and wind this winter. The underside of your vehicle can become pitted and eventually get rust from salt build-up on treated roads, or even being near the ocean. It is essential to wash the underside of your vehicle to keep it from rotting the exhaust system, muffler, and the frame. You will want to be especially careful if you launch or load a boat near the saltwater. Salt can destroy your car in a hurry, rusting out the undercarriage and wheels in just a matter of a few ... read more

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Top Gifts for the Car Lover in Your Life

Top Gifts for the Car Lover in Your Life

February is a perfect time to find a nice gift for the car lover in your life. Sometimes shopping for the perfect thing can be daunting, so we decided to compile a list of items to inspire you.    Care Care Kit. Your car lover is sure to be tickled with a car care kit by Meguiars. Here is a link to a comprehensive package including wash, wax, tire gel clay bars, swirl removals, and so much more.   Seat Gap Filler. Have you or your partner ever lost your keys, cell phone, or Chapstick between the seats? It is SO frustrating! A seat gap filler can be just the solution to prevent it from happening again. We found this one on Amazon.   ... read more

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The Best Florida Holiday Displays Worth Visiting

The Best Florida Holiday Displays Worth Visiting

December is one of our favorite months of the year for so many reasons. Among them, are all the holiday display worth visiting around Florida. Here are a few of the best displays you’ll want to visit.   2019 Reindeer Run 5K Race, Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4:20 PM: Ocala, FL    Although this is not exactly a holiday display, it is a very fun community event in Ocala that supports the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County. Pals Ocala Auto Repair is sponsoring this event and we would love to see you there. The Rudolph Dash Kids Fun Run starts at 4:10 PM, and the location is at the Center State Bank parking lot. The address for Center State Bank is 1632 East Silver Springs Boulevard Ocala, FL US 34470. To enter the race and find out more details, visit their website at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Ocala/GatewayBankReindeerRun.  Kirby Family Farm’s Christmas Train: Williston ... read more

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Five Things Snowbirds Need To Know About Driving In Florida

Five Things Snowbirds Need To Know About Driving In Florida

In Ocala, we are blessed to have a lot of snowbirds come down during the winter months. A lot of these snowbirds have driven to Florida numerous times, but for some, living and driving in Florida is a new experience. Though we don’t have snow here in Florida, (that is, unless we get a freak winter storm that blows down to our region) but there are some driving tips you should know about. Here are five things snowbirds need to know about driving in Florida:   Love bugs. If you’ve never seen a love bug, they’re rather cute insects. They don’t bite like the mosquitoes, fleas, or ticks do. In fact, they are pretty harmless. They fly paired up and move slowly. The big hazard, however, is that they love to commit buggy suicide on your car. These love bugs are highly acidic, so when they go splat on your car’s paint job, you would be wise to wash your car soon after. Otherwise, their acidic bodies will eat away at your car’s paint, and that’s ... read more

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