Auto Info

Heading out on vacation or taking a road trip?
These quick tips will set you in the right direction!

1. Inspect

First and foremost, if you're traveling by vehicle, be sure to bring it in to have everything looked over, fluids filled, and maybe a fresh oil change about a week before you plan to leave. If there are any issues, you will have plenty of time to correct them before your planned trip!

2. Safety

Be sure you have a spare tire! Not only should you be sure you have one, but take it out and get a good look at it. If there is cracking in the rubber, it may end up being more headache than help in the event of a flat tire. The cracking usually indicates dry rot. This is something you don't want to deal with if you're already dealing with a flat. Dry rotted tires are dangerous and can lead to accidents! On top of the spare, be sure you have a proper jack and some sort of warning indicator to other motorists. A bright orange reflective triangle warning sign could come in handy here! If you're going to be on the side of the road changing a tire you want as much warning to other motorists as possible. While we're on the safety issues, we should mention, it's a good idea to always have a small first aid kit in your vehicle. You never know what may happen if you're far from home or in the middle of nowhere; a first aid kit could ultimately save a life!


3. Backup

Bring a spare set of keys! We suggest storing it in a little magnetic box you can stick on the bottom of your vehicle's frame. It would cause a bit of a headache if everyone left the vehicle at a fuel stop and keys got locked inside! Or even worse, the keys get misplaced somewhere. Wouldn't it be great to have that extra set stuck to the bottom of the vehicle?

4. Essential Apps

It's a good idea to load up a few essential apps on your phone to make the trip a little easier! A weather app to keep tabs on conditions you're heading toward. A map/Navigation app, like Google Maps, will come in handy when you're in areas you're unfamiliar with. Even better, Waze, another free navigation/map app, that has user updated info to let you know about traffic jams, accidents and other helpful issues on the road. If you have yet to book sleeping accommodations along your travels check out Hotel Tonight; an app that will help you find "amazing last minute deals" on hotels!

5. Have Fun

Do your best to enjoy every single minute of your trip! This is the break away from your daily routine! Don't stress out over anything! Enjoy your time away, even if you're on the side of the road with a flat tire. If you have that spare and a jack you are still in motion! Temporary setbacks are just that, temporary! Most of all be safe out there on the road! Be aware of your surroundings and take in as much as you can. You will come home refreshed with plenty of memories to reflect on! Have fun, drive safe; we look forward to seeing you in the future!

Looking for the excellent name in auto repair for the Flint mi area?

You have found the greatest, the grandest! Grand Pointe Automotive has been in business since 1950 and we have earned a stellar reputation for honesty, and excellence in service.

We continually win over new customers who discover us because people love when they can trust that your not out to take them for whatever you can!

Our philosophy has been and will remain "If we treat our customers how we want to be treated, they will continue to use our services when they need them". That is proven every single day at Grand Pointe Auto. So come by, bring your frustrations with your vehicle to us we will get you on the right track and back to loving your vehicle in no time! We look forward to meeting you and giving the absolute best in auto service you've ever experienced.

Flint area now has an excellent option for alignments and tire services! A few months back Grand Pointe Auto added all the equipment necessary to perform quality tire services plus we became your best source for new tires! This month we have added state of the art alignment equipment! We are excited about now doing all our tire services and alignments in house!

tire balance interface
full alignment racks
install of alignment rack

We've had an exciting few months here in our world of auto repair and we suspect the fun and excitement to continue! Come in and visit with your next auto repair or maintenance need.