Crystal Lake and Barrington Auto Repair

Yearly Archives: 2019

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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