Costa Mesa Auto Service Center

Servicing Costa Mesa, and all of Orange County since 1999

Costa Mesa Auto Service Center - Servicing Costa Mesa, and all of Orange County since 1999

Protecting Your sedan From Theft In COSTA MESA, CA

Every car in COSTA MESA, CA is at risk for theft. So it’s up to us COSTA MESA car owners to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles:

  1. Common sense
  2. Visible and audible devices
  3. Immobilizing devices
  4. Tracking devices

Let’s review each of these. First, common sense: you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in CA where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it’s against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.

And don’t leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. COSTA MESA car owners would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the end of a row and near a light. Back your car into a parking space or your driveway to make your car more visible to passersby and harder for a thief to work under the hood without being seen.

COSTA MESA drivers should know that it’s essential to roll up their windows completely and avoid leaving their car in public lots for a long time. If you park in a lot that has an attendant, only give them the ignition key.

Keep valuables out of sight: purses, wallets, cell phones, clothes and even change are attractive “smash-and-grab” targets. And pay to have your Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, etched into your windows – it makes your car less attractive to a thief who wants to send your car to a chop shop.

There are lots of important visible and audible devices available for COSTA MESA motorists. A steering wheel lock is highly visible and will deter some thieves. Loud alarms can alert you and others that your vehicle is being tampered with. But if your alarm does go off, be careful. Observe what’s going on; get descriptions of suspicious people and vehicles, including license plate numbers.

Now, if you catch a thief in the act, call 911 but don’t approach the person. Your safety is more important than the car.

And here’s a great one – immobilizing devices. They actually shut off your car’s electrical or fuel supply. So without a key, or knowing where the hidden switch is located, a thief can’t drive your car away.

Finally, COSTA MESA motorists can also get a tracking device that allows COSTA MESA police to track their car down and recover it quickly.

Remember, where you live, work and drive around COSTA MESA, CA has a great impact on your decisions. If you’re in an area with high theft rates, you may want to spend more money on security systems. And check with your COSTA MESA, CA auto insurance company to see if they offer discounts for adding any of these items.

Of course, the common sense suggestions from Costa Mesa Auto Service Center don’t cost anything and go a long way toward keeping your car safe from thieves. Take a look at the attached video auto tip from AutoNetTV.

Come see us at Costa Mesa Auto Service Center in COSTA MESA for practical advice on keeping your sedan safe.

Are There Blind Spots In COSTA MESA CA?


All COSTA MESA drivers have blind spots – and no, I’m not talking about the fact that you really don’t sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can’t see when you’re driving around COSTA MESA.

First let’s talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others…

To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your sedan before you start to drive.

First, COSTA MESA motorists should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their sedan. Irvine folks don’t need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It’s pretty uncomplicated, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.

Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver’s side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car.

When COSTA MESA auto owners adjust their mirrors this way, they’ll have maximum coverage. Of course driving is a dynamic process – things change every second on Irvine roads and busy highways. So it’s wise to take a quick look to the side when passing to make sure that another sedan hasn’t moved into an area you couldn’t see in your mirrors.

Depending on the kind of vehicle you drive (sedan?), you may still have some blind spots. All vehicles have an area behind them that’s blind when backing up. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. A pick-up or SUV can hide a small child – an RV, bus or tractor-trailer can hide an entire vehicle. So be careful out there on our Irvine streets and in your driveway at your COSTA MESA home!

As you drive around the Irvine area, avoid staying in other auto owners’ blind spots. You can’t count on them to be watching their mirrors and looking out for you.

Let’s talk about safely sharing our CA roads with heavy trucks and buses. In crashes involving a truck and car, the driver of the car is to blame for about 40 percent of the accidents. But 78 percent of the fatalities are with the car. The laws of physics are against the smaller vehicle, so it is important for COSTA MESA auto owners to take extra precautions around trucks and buses.

Heavy vehicles have huge blind spots: to the rear, on both sides and up front. They also can’t maneuver like a car. They take twice as long to stop and need twice as much space as you do in your sedan or other type of car. You need to keep wide margins when driving around one of these big rigs on Irvine area freeways.

Here are some tips for passing a heavy vehicle in the Irvine area:

Avoid the blind spots. If you can’t see the COSTA MESA auto owners’s face in one of his mirrors or in a window, he cannot see you!

Don’t follow too close. If you can’t see one of the truck’s mirrors, you’re too close.

Make sure there is plenty of room to pass. Trucks are long and take time to get around. If you’re on one of our local COSTA MESA, CA two-lane highways, wait for a passing zone.

Don’t linger when passing. Because the blind spots are so big on the sides, you want to get through them quickly. If you can’t pass quickly, drop back.

Pass on the left whenever possible. A trucks’ blind spot is much larger on the right.

Be attentive and wear your seat belt while driving anywhere around COSTA MESA, even for short drives. Don’t be aggressive when driving around trucks. Because of their size, they appear to be going slower than they really are. Cutting it short around a truck could be disastrous.

Use your turn signals when starting to pass. Once you can see the full truck in your rear view mirror, it’s safe to signal and move over. It’s essential not to cut it short or slow quickly when you pull in front of a truck.

Be careful passing a truck at an intersection in COSTA MESA. Trucks need to turn wide to maneuver through COSTA MESA streets. Squeezing between a truck and the curb could put your car in your COSTA MESA body shop or Costa Mesa Auto Service Center. Look for the truck’s turn signals.

The team of automotive professionals at Costa Mesa Auto Service Center want you to watch those blind spots – but feel free to sing in the shower all you want.

Costa Mesa Auto Service Center
We’re on 1749 Anaheim Avenue in COSTA MESA, CA (92627)
Call us to make an appointment at 949.645.7878.

Lease Or Buy?

Lease? Or buy? These are the options for COSTA MESA car financing. It’s always a tough question for COSTA MESA car owners. But here is some info that’ll help you make an informed decision.

If you buy, you’ll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.

COSTA MESA drivers who lease, finance the portion of the cost of the car that’s used up during the term of the lease. You’ll pay some money up front; fees, security deposit, first month’s payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local Irvine area dealership. 

So how do COSTA MESA motorists decide?

First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down.

How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for any given down payment.

A lease needs requires better credit, so that’s a factor.

How long will you keep the car? COSTA MESA auto owners who keep their cars around for a while will pay less if they buy. But just two or three years? Then leasing is the way to go.

Costa Mesa Auto Service Center
1749 Anaheim Avenue
COSTA MESA, CA 92627
949.645.7878

If your car might suffer a ding or two, like, say a work truck would, then buying’s better. The COSTA MESA auto leasing company will want their vehicle back at the lease end in tip top shape, and if repairs are needed, you’ll pay.

How many miles do you drive in and around the Huntington Beach area? Important to consider because leases have a mileage limit, and if you go over, you pay a hefty charge per mile when the lease is up. So high mileage CA drivers should definitely buy.

Will the car be used in your COSTA MESA business? Check with your COSTA MESA accountant, but both financing options have different tax benefits, depending on your circumstances.

Over the short term, leasing is much cheaper for COSTA MESA car owners. Medium term, leasing and buying costs are about the same. Over the long haul, leasing always costs more in CA.

Leases may sound a bit complicated, and the typical lease decision weighs more on the monthly payment, rather than price. So sometimes COSTA MESA leasers may pay on a higher purchase price than a buyer would.

Here is a tip: If the COSTA MESA salesman asks if you’ll be leasing or buying, say you’re not sure yet. Make your best deal, then look at your COSTA MESA financing options.

Here’s another: With a buy or a lease, if you total the car, you’ll owe the full amount of the loan, or the balance of the lease payments, and usually, it’s less than the car’s fair Irvine market value  – and that’s all your CA auto insurance company will pay. But ask your COSTA MESA agent about gap insurance, which pays the difference between fair market value and what you owe. Big consideration for a lease.

Remember, you have to return your leased vehicle in excellent condition, and may need to do all the auto maker’s recommended service and maintenance, or face penalties. So see your local technician at your COSTA MESA auto repair shop  or Costa Mesa Auto Service Center on a regular basis, get the required work done and save the service records. It’s well worth it.

What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Irvine

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Irvine, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let’s review what you should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in COSTA MESA is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your CA driver’s license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Corona Del Mar and Costa Mesa motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Irvine emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Always file a COSTA MESA police report. It’s tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you.

Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other COSTA MESA vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most CA auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track the vehicle.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Costa Mesa Auto Service Center at 949.645.7878

Contact Costa Mesa Auto Service Center to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:
1749 Anaheim Avenue
COSTA MESA, CA 92627
Or call us at 949.645.7878

Costa Mesa Auto Service Center and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy COSTA MESA travels.