Batteries, Amperage & Replacement

The average battery life is 3-4 years. If you leave a battery in a car too long, it can harm the alternator. An alternator is designed to keep a battery charged, not to charge a dead battery. Slowly over a period of time, your alternator will have to run longer […] Read more »

Seasonal Checklist

Rough roads, extreme weather changes, salt, dirt and sand. Seasonal changes are tough on all of us, including your car! Now is the time to get it into peak working order. Here is a quick checklist: TIRES – Drastic temperature changes usually lead to your tires losing pressure. Under-inflated tires […] Read more »

Synthetic Oil & Regular Maintenance

Tom changes his oil every 3,000 miles. He’s old school. He has cars for which the manufacturer recommends every 5,000 miles, but he still does it every 3,000 miles as preventative maintenance.   It’s spend a little bit now or a LOT later when something goes wrong. If you prefer […] Read more »

Toy Lift is Friday, Dec 7th!

Tom Powell, retired Manager of Quick Lane at Colonial Auto Center, is Founder of the Kids Lift Foundation, providing toys and books to children in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. It all started in 1988 when Tom perched himself 80 feet up in a bucket truck and stayed there until […] Read more »

Tom Powell Retires

Tom Powell, our QuickLane Manager for nearly 10 years, has retired. We want to thank Tom for his many years of service, and wish him and his family well as they embark on this new life adventure! Read more »