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Spring is Here! Read the Latest Lancer News

Spring is Here! Read the Latest Lancer News

After what feels like an entire lifetime we can finally say, “Spring is here!”  We’ve had a busy winter and would love nothing more than to share with you the latest updates at Lancer Service.  As always, we appreciate your feedback and value your continued business. We're Hiring! Join the BEST Auto Repair team there is!! Do you happen to know a Technician looking for a change, or someone who’s interested in getting into the trade? We’re actively hiring for two positions! Please send all resumes and cover letters to [email protected] AND per usual - do not hesitate to give us a call directly, we’re always open to a conversation! New Faces at Lancer If you’ve had your vehicle serviced at Lan ... read more

Mileage-based Maintenance: How to Keep Your Car on the Road

Mileage-based Maintenance: How to Keep Your Car on the Road

As we’ve pointed out in prior posts, the new and used car market continues to see unprecedented rises in demand, therefore inflating the cost of used vehicle prices to over 50% of pre-pandemic levels. We’re often asked by our customers what is the best thing they can do to maintain their vehicle? So, to continue with our Monday Maintenance series, we’d like to introduce you to the most cost-effective repair plan: Mileage-Based Maintenance! What is mileage-based maintenance? With continued use, everyone experiences natural wear and tear on their vehicle; specifically, in Minnesota’s extreme climate. Mileage-based maintenance services help to combat this natural progression to keep your vehicle operating efficiently and effectively - simply put, following a recommended maintenance schedule can not only save you money but can keep your car on the road longer. What are mileage-based maintenance intervals and what do they include ... read more

How to make the time-honored classic, Old Fashioned

How to make the time-honored classic, Old Fashioned

Today's Cars OR Cocktails post is brought to you in honor of Carl's birthday (the owner of Lancer Service). After a hard day's work, one of Carl's favorite cocktails to enjoy is the traditional Old Fashioned. Watch the video to see our very own cocktail guru, Kyla, demonstrating how easy it can be to master the creation of this time-honored classic! Have a cocktail recipe that you love? Send a message to [email protected] and we'll feature the creation of this cocktail in one of our upcoming Cars OR Cocktails posts. Cheers!   Recipe 2.5oz Whiskey of Choice .75oz Orange scented agave (for a less sweet version use .5oz, for a sweeter version use 1oz) 2 dashes Orange Bitters 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Cinnamon Stick Flamed Orange Swath, Expressed Tools Mixing glass Rocks or old fashioned glass Match, lighter or torch Firesafe surface Bar Spoon ... read more

Monday Maintenance: What's in an Oil Change?

Monday Maintenance: What's in an Oil Change?

Owning a vehicle can be quite the financial commitment, even without the potential for unexpected repairs. The operating life itself is only built to last 100k miles and with the ongoing disruption of the global supply chain, we are still seeing unprecedented surges in prices for both the new and used car industry.    How can you increase the longevity of your vehicle without taking a huge hit to your budget? The short answer: regular maintenance.    Without a doubt, the most expensive repair is having to replace an engine, sometimes repairs can exceed $10,000. The good news, you can usually avoid this repair indefinitely by making sure you keep up-to-date on essential engine maintenance.   This is why, every-other-Monday we’ll discuss the most common and effective ways to maintain your vehicle to keep it running smoothly well past 100k miles.    The first and most important component of keeping your engine running optimally is performing reg ... read more

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR!

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR!

How Moonshine Led to a Car Lovers’ Favorite Southern Past Time…NASCAR! What historical domino effect led to one of our favorite southern past times? Believe it or not, it wasn’t the need for speed - but moonshine - that fueled the growth of stock car racing.  How, you might ask?    As officials began to impose taxes on liquor sales farmers and immigrants throughout the south began production distilling their own batches to sell to counteract the effects of extreme poverty in the region.   With the introduction of Prohibition in 1920, moonshine production skyrocketed which created a thriving black market business. Distribution of the product became a dangerous game. Bootleggers began to “soup-up” automobiles to stay ahead of federal agents and local police.    The idea was simple: take a car that looks stock or ordinary to avoid suspicion but modify the engine for greater speed and power. Bootleggers woul ... read more

THREE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR VEHICLE CRUISING INTO SPRING

THREE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR VEHICLE CRUISING INTO SPRING

Although most of us feel like Spring is right around the corner, we still have a few remaining months of cold weather. As an auto repair shop, we field calls on a daily basis with customers who have very similar issues due to the climate we live in. With that, we thought it would be helpful to offer a list of top items to keep an eye on so your vehicle continues to run smoothly throughout the duration of the winter months. ●      Battery Age and Performance: Did you know? Typical battery life in our climate is around 4 years. We check battery performance and age during oil services. If you’re getting to that 4 year mark, give us a call and we can check your battery at no charge. ●      Oil Level and Quality: Engine oil is the most important item for proper engine performance. Making sure oil is clean and full will prevent engine damage and improve cold weather operation ... read more

WITH THE USED CAR MARKET AT AN ALL TIME HIGH, NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN YOUR VEHICLE

WITH THE USED CAR MARKET AT AN ALL TIME HIGH, NOW IS THE TIME TO INVEST IN YOUR VEHICLE

No matter if we service your daily driver, a vehicle that only hits the pavement during the summer months, or one that needs an overhaul so that it’s extremely safe for your soon-to-be 16 year old – we’re here to answer questions, solve problems and to provide continued expert advice that supports your overall car repair & maintenance goals. As we reflect on 2021, we want to leave you with a bit of insight... Due to an ongoing disruption in the global supply chain and an uptick in demand, the new and used car markets have experienced an unprecedented surge in prices. What does this mean for you? As used vehicle prices continue to increase, we believe now more than ever, it is worth taking a moment to re-evaluate your higher mileage vehicles by taking the necessary steps to invest in their longevity. Alternatively, now is not the time to pay inflated prices on a new or newer-to-you vehicle. If you find yourself asking the question, is it worth keeping my current ... read more

CovidCars Need Help Too...Read below to learn how to navigate this cardemic!

CovidCars Need Help Too...Read below to learn how to navigate this cardemic!

For the past year, we’ve gone through a transition in how we use and care for our vehicles. Gone are the days when your car’s wear and tear is strictly because of the many hours spent on the road listening to your recent picks of self-help audio books, jamming out to your favorite tunes or catching up on the news; which let’s be honest, has felt a bit more like a reality television show for far too long. Now, it’s the lack of driving your car that you need to be thinking about. Those moments when you glance up at your oil change sticker seeing it’s a few hundred (or even a few thousand) miles under the mileage listed, but you know darn well it’s been over 6 months since you’ve visited Lancer Service. Or, in those moments you find yourself hearing the grind of what you think might be your brakes, but you think - “Ah, that can wait until next month. It’s not that bad.” We want you to know that #CovidCar is here. It’s a r ... read more