Crystal Lake and Barrington Auto Repair

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Keep Calm and Drive On

Although safety and cleanliness are always a priority at Douglas Automotive, we’re keeping our customers advised on how we continuing to keep our shops, employees and customers safe during this heighten time of concern for health.

  • • All shops are cleaned daily.  This includes wiping down all furniture, fixtures and computer keyboards
  • • Employees in our office as well as those who work in our services bays are instructed to wash their hands regularly throughout the day
  • • All rest rooms are cleaned and sanitized daily and well stocked with essential supplies
  • • Customer gear shifts, door handles and steering
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Around the Shop

Congratulations to our Car Care Club Winners

Congratulations to our Car Care Club Winners

Douglas Automotive is excited to announce the winners of our Car Care Club Contest. Thank you to everyone who participated. For future contest information and prize giveaways, tips and news, just follow-up on Facebook. There’s always something going on at Douglas Automotive!

Winners:

Crystal Lake: Laura Rusniak of McHenry

Fox River Grove: Johnna Buettner of Fox River Grove

Barrington: Julie & Ken Gedgaud of Palatine (Not Pictured)

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Around the Shop

Douglas Automotive Welcomes Mike Fraser

Douglas Automotive Welcomes Mike Fraser

Mike Fraser of Mike’s Service Center Joins Douglas Automotive Team

Community Roots and a Passion for Service Bring New Opportunities

With close to 40 years of business ownership Mike Fraser made the decision to close his business Mike’s Service Center, at the end of January. Like all entrepreneurs, Mike made many sacrifices and wore many hats; from sales and service to bookkeeper, property manager and beyond. As business continued through the years, he realized a less hectic schedule would make it easier for him to celebrate the joys of being an active father and grandfather to his growing family. Yet throughout it all, his love of the industry, the customers he served, and the community in which he served made his decision to close a difficult one to make.

Yet as one door closed, another opened.

Upon learnin

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Around the Shop

Enjoy the “Cinderella Era” and enjoy BIG savings in 2020

Enjoy the “Cinderella Era” and enjoy BIG savings in 2020

Keeping your car through the “Cinderella Era” can mean more cash in your pocket.

“The smartest way to get a solid return on your vehicle investment is to keep your car through what the Car Care Council calls the ‘Cinderella Era.’ That’s the period of time after the payoff when your car is still in great shape and needs only modest repairs. Yet with proper care, today’s typical vehicles should deliver at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable performance, and that’s no fairy tale.

By simply allocating the equivalent of just one new car payment, motorists can cover an entire year’s worth of basic maintenance and live happily ever after with their current vehicle. The most common maintenance procedures and repairs to keep a car operating safely and reliably while maintaining its long-term value involve checking the oil, filters and fluids, the belts and hoses, brakes, tires and air conditioning. The council

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KEEPING VEHICLE SENSOR’S CLEAN DURING SNOW AND ICE SEASON

KEEPING VEHICLE SENSOR’S CLEAN DURING SNOW AND ICE SEASON

Snow, ice, and salt grime will soon gather on our cars.  Reality is here, it’s wintertime and to be safe this fridged season, many of the sensors that are key to the operation of advanced safety systems that protect us while driving can become blocked and shut down.

Safety systems such as forward-collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems should always be cleared of ice and snow.  Why?  Well these life-saving features rely on radar sensors that are often mounted in the car's grille—sometimes even in the car's emblem—or on its front bumpers. When these critical sensors are unable to identify what's in front of them, they can shut down, illuminating a warning light on the dash.  When this happens, the cars safety systems will not work…at all!

It’s a tricky situation for us midwestern drivers as some automakers say that to work best,  sensors that control things like automatic

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The Thankful Alphabet Game

The Thankful Alphabet Game

Have each person share one thing they’re thankful for, but it has to start with the next letter of the alphabet, starting with A (the next person’s response will start with B, and so on.) Go around the table until the alphabet has been filled—including X and Z!

Click Here to Download Your Game Board!

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Welcome Home Chuck!

Welcome Home Chuck!

Douglas Automotive established its roots in Barrington, Illinois so it’s only fitting that we do our best to hire from our local talent pool. 

Chuck Olker has been a Service Advisor with Douglas Automotive since May of 2018…at our Crystal Lake Shop. As the son of a former business owner in Barrington, Chuck’s heart has always been with the Barrington Community. That said, we are pleased to announce that Chuck will now be coming “back home” to join the customer care team as Service Advisor for this busy location.

Douglas Automotive has invested in the growth and well-being of the Barrington Community and truly believes in contributing to the health of our local economy. As someone who is “home grown”, Chuck is no stranger to the Barrington and knows what it’s like to establis

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Off to College!

Off to College!

It’s back to school time. And some of us will be sending a child off to college with their car. Time to consider if the car can meet the travel challenges to college. Whether it's a new Chevy Blazer or the old, reliable family hand me down car, it's time to plan to make sure both student and car remain safe and avoid trouble. Will it be long distance drive? How many miles away is the school? What type of roads will it be driving on? Highway? Busy city streets? Will your student be using the car while on campus? Once there, will the car be kept in a garage, or be subject to the elements in a parking lot? It may have been reliable form of transportation during the summer, but a new environment and driving habits can create new challenges to consider.

Are all the vitals up to date? If the weather conditions at school require different equipment than that at home, you might have to upgrade the tires for example or replace the wiper blades in prepar

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Maintenance

Nearly 300 Local Students “Head Out to the Farm” for the 2019 Art Contest!

Nearly 300 Local Students “Head Out to the Farm” for the 2019 Art Contest!

Each year we celebrate artistic expression by inviting kids from local elementary schools to submit their finest drawings and paintings for the Douglas Automotive Art Contest. For our 11th annual contest we asked children to create cars that would be at home on the farm—whether it was a trusty farm truck or a race car for the chickens. After sorting through nearly 300 entries, we are pleased to announce the following winners:

Barrington Best in Show: Vanessa Niam Grade 1: Tommy Cherett Grade 2: Natalie Gillespie Grade 3: Landon Whaley Grade 4: Weston Mui Grade 5: Troy Younis

Crystal Lake Best in Show: Violet Kacmarczyk Grade 1: Drew Nanos Grade 2: Hannah Munsen Grade 3: Eddie Martinez Fernandez Grade 4: Isabella Long Grade 5: Zach Schuster

Fox River Grove Best in Show: Nikila Makeakov Grade 1: Charlie Jablonski Grade 2: Isaac Gipson Grade 3: Mya Hancock Grade 4: Harlow Engel

Thank you to a

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Check Your Car Emergency Kit

Check Your Car Emergency Kit

It’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car year-round, but it’s even more crucial when winter weather hits.

Here are three essentials you should always have on hand in your vehicle in an emergency:

1. Food and Water. You need a gallon of water per person per day, so Popular Mechanics recommends keeping around 16 small drink boxes (they take up less space than bottles), which have an average shelf life of five years. You can also keep refillable water bottles, but also pack chlorine tablets in case you find yourself with a skeptical water source. Pack good quality high-calorie (2400 to 3600 calories) energy and protein bars, best bought at a camping, sports or health food store rather than a grocery store. Good ones will sustain you for three days.

2. Protection. Pack a wool blanket and chemical warm packs, adds Popular Mechanics. An emergency blanket (also known as a space blanket) is a metal-coated pl

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Winter
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