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What to Do When Caught in the Worst Weather

What to Do When Caught in the Worst Weather

Photo by kalhh from Pixabay   Florida weather can be a terrible thing to behold. Violent thunderstorms are the cost of enjoying Florida’s sunny, beautiful days. Each year, tropical storms and hurricanes move inland on Ocala, and just north of us, we’ve seen an increase in violent tornadoes over the last decade.    Once violent weather comes calling, the best you can do is react with heart and consideration. Here are our tips for what to do in the very worst Ocala weather:   Hard Rain - when the rain comes down so much that your windshield wipers can’t remove it, the strategy is to stop driving, as you can’t predict the road ahead of you. Turn your hazard lig ... read more

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5 Top Tips for Surviving Summer Heat In Ocala

5 Top Tips for Surviving Summer Heat In Ocala

Photo by Spencer Everett on Unsplash   Are you ready for summer? In today's blog, we’re looking at surviving the summer heat in Ocala with a car! The summers in Ocala are scorchers and can be damaging to the unprepared. So here are our top 5 tips for surviving the summer heat in Ocala!   Stay hydrated - it’s the most straightforward step on the list. Make sure you are getting enough water in the day. Being properly hydrated will prevent many other problems.   Keep up with current traffic - a check on LocalConditions.com can save you a lot of heartaches later. You can find out where traffic issues lie, like constructi ... read more

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Tires and Summer Trips

Tires and Summer Trips

Photo by Christopher Hooker   Welcome to Pals Ocala’s June blog! We hope that your spring was fun and that summer isn’t already turning out to be too hot for you this year. Stay cool when you can!   Here’s a reminder that if you and your family are getting ready to do some sightseeing this summer with things beginning to reopen, it might be wise to give your tires some attention. June is National Tire Month, and the last week in June/first week in July is National Tire Safety Month. The event coincides with the peak travel week, just before the 4th of July when the most significant percentage of the population returns to the road.   The treads on your tires decide two crucial factors to your drive: road traction and hydroplaning. With as much rain as Ocala sees, neglecting your tires is a terrible idea. Make sure the tread is enough to protect you on the road!    And that’s not just on the outside edge, that’s all over the ... read more

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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Labor Day Weekend Road Trip Ideas In Florida

Labor Day Weekend Road Trip Ideas In Florida

Ah, September! The weather is terrific. We’re enjoying the last days of Summer. The Labor Day Weekend is on the horizon. It sounds like the perfect time to enjoy a Labor Day Road Trip!   2020 has been an interesting year, hasn’t it? One of the things we are blown away by is the number of RVs and campers we’ve seen on the road. Before the COVID pandemic, we used to enjoy going on cruises a few times a year. But since the cruise industry has practically shut down, we bought ourselves a new motor coach and are exploring the Southeast. What fun!   At Pals Ocala Auto Repair, we have taken great pride in repairing everything on wheels:  RVs, horse trailers, light-diesel trucks, Slingshots, ATVs, boat trailers (and the boats on them), classic cars, and all kinds of family vehicles. So, of course, we eagerly became owners of a Recreational Vehicle because we knew our auto repair team would be able to service it without any problems.   But road trips have b ... 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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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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