Top 10 Reasons It Pays To Get An Annual Auto Checkup

Did you know by getting regular auto checkups and having your vehicle serviced at the appropriate intervals, you can control your car’s repair and maintenance needs?

Top 10 Reasons It Pays To Get An Annual Auto Checkup |

Lower your cost per mile and protect your investment

  • Greater Dependability

Having a reliable vehicle that’s not likely to breakdown and leave you stranded is the most important reason for making sure your car has regular checkups.

  • Improved Fuel Economy

Neglected vehicles can experience a decrease of 5 mpg or more due to various factors like misaligned wheels, an engine misfire, under inflated tires or driving with the check engine light on.

  • Lower Repair Costs

Catching small problems before they turn into major (expensive) problems is the key here. If worn components are neglected they can lead to far costlier repair bills down the road.

  • Improved Safety

Exhaust leaks, badly worn tires, marginal brakes can present considerable safety hazards when they’re not detected and corrected promptly.

  • Parts Last Longer

When a vehicle’s service and repair needs are neglected, many parts can wear out prematurely. Some of the more expensive examples would include the A/C compressor, radiator, tires and catalytic converter.

  • Fewer Financial Surprises

It’s difficult to budget for car repairs when you don’t know when they might happen or what’s likely going to happen.

  • Reduced Pollution

Keeping your engine in tune helps keep our air clean of harmful pollutants and everybody wins!

  • Improved Performance & Handling

The peace of mind that comes with knowing your car is in top shape is the best part of owning your vehicle.

  • Greater Ride Comfort

Well maintained vehicles will have their shocks, struts, and other suspension components kept in good operating condition allowing you and your passengers an enjoyable smooth ride.

  • Increased Protection For Your Auto Investment

Your vehicle will retain its full market value over a neglected vehicle. Your Auto checkup will help you to maximize your return of transportation dollars.

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If you are interested in getting an estimate of how often you should bring your vehicle in for an inspection, call us today at (706) 485-2576 or schedule a time online.

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Additional Tips

How to Pack the Car for a College Move… Like a Master

Gil's Tips on How To Pack Your College Student

Any students lucky enough to be heading off to college with their very own vehicle will soon become familiar with the profound challenge of packing, then loading up their car—or their parents will. Whether it’s you or your college-age baby doing most of the work for the big move, planning is key. Here are some things to keep in mind as you go:

If you don’t use it, then lose it

To simplify the whole process, have your rising college student go through their belongings and purge unwanted items first. After they clear out all the clothes, books and random junk that they don’t want to keep, deciding what to move to campus and what to store at home will be much easier.

On a related note, don’t start buying things like shower caddies, trash cans, or full-sized toiletries before the move. There will undoubtedly be a Target or a Walmart within an easy drive of campus, so stocking up can wait.

Consider the container

As you prepare to pack, remember that boxes stack well in a moving truck, but are hard to squeeze into a sedan’s backseat. You’ll want at least one suitcase for visits home, but otherwise clothes can be packed into plastic garbage bags or cloth laundry sacks that can be reused on laundry day.

Books and other small items that won’t travel well in bags can be packed in recyclable, file-sized boxes. Any bigger and you’ll regret it—both while loading up the car, and while carrying the box up the dormitory stairs. Instead of using newspaper or bubble wrap to cushion breakables, use clothing or towels that you’re already planning to bring.

Don’t move your whole childhood to college

While it can be tempting for students to pack four years of high-school yearbooks, ten bedraggled stuffed animals, and all the macaroni picture frames their younger siblings made as Christmas presents three years in a row, they’ll feel more open to their new, college journey if they aren’t over-burdened by childhood memorabilia. Help them be selective in their choices—and if you’re the over-packer, resist. If your college-baby tells you they’ll be fine without their threadbare crib lovey; believe them.

Start big, then prioritize

You’ll want to load the biggest items first, then pack smaller things around them. If there’s only one spot in the car with enough square footage to fit the mini-fridge, you don’t want to find out at the last minute.

Also, make sure to prioritize, loading the most important things early on. You might not have room for everything, and you don’t want to wind up unpacking a full car because you need to make room for something your student simply can’t live without.

Prepare your vehicle

Before you even start packing, you’ll want to get the car ready for the trip. Clean the inside well, emptying out any junk that takes up valuable real estate that could be used for more important items.

To ease your mind about your student’s safety on the long drive, be sure to bring the car into Gil’s Automotive Services for a free brake inspection!

Gil's Automotive Services: 254 Parks Mill Road, Buckhead, GA  30625 | 706-485-2576

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Gil's Automotive Services Open New Tire Department

Buckhead, GeorgiaGil’s Automotive Service ( is opening a new tire department that will officially transition them into a 100% full service establishment. Already known as “the mechanic’s mechanic,” Gil’s is now equipped to provide all aspects of repair and maintenance to any domestic or foreign car or truck, including classic cars, hot rods, and fleet vehicles.

“We’ve always been a results-driven company,” said owner Gil Leonard, “so to now be able to offer tire sales and service is a real pleasure. It means there’s no need for our regular customers to go anywhere else, no matter what’s going on with their vehicles.”

Services offered include tire sales, mount, balance and rotate for cars, light-duty trucks, and trailers. Tire lines available but not limited to at Gil’s include Hancook, Continental, Michelin, Cooper, Toyo, Yokohama, Nitto, Uniroyal, Pirelli, BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Dunlap, Firestone, Kelly, Kumho, Hercules, Samson, and Titan.

Gil’s Automotive Services has been Lake Oconee’s #1 Auto Mechanic since 2005. Their ASE-certified technicians use the latest, cutting edge equipment and tools, which allows them to diagnose and repair vehicles quickly and completely, while still offering competitive rates. Gil’s Automotive Services is the only automotive repair shop offering a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty on most repairs.

As always, Gil’s temperature-controlled waiting area is designed to keep new and returning customers relaxed despite the frustration of having a car out of commission. Complimentary refreshments are provided, along with free wi-fi and a work station with printer, fax and copier access.

Gil’s Automotive Services is a family owned and operated business located on Lake Oconee, and can be easily accessed by anyone in the Buckhead, Eatonton, Greensboro and Madison areas of Georgia. They are dedicated to their loyal customer base, and always welcoming to new customers. Gil Leonard said, “We see this new tire department as another way to please our customers and continue serving them the best we can.”



Gil’s Automotive Services

254 Parks Mill Rd. 

Buckhead, GA 30625

Phone: (706) 485-2576

Fax: (706) 485-9483

Georgia Lake Country's Family Fall Festivals

Crooked Pines Farm Pumpkin Festival

There will be fun activities and booths from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 1st and 2nd. This year there will be a corn maze covering an acre of the farm! There will also be traditional fall fun activities including the pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting farm, and corn box in addition to other fun activities for the kids like face painting, crafts, a bounce house, mining for treasure and more! Adults can enjoy visiting vendor booths where there will be homemade and original crafts, produce, and festival treats. You can also enjoy live bluegrass music from area artists. All admission passes include access to the pumpkin patch, hayride, petting farm, bounce house, corn maze and all the festival games. Mining for treasure is an additional cost, and as always, parking is free. Come visit Crooked Pines Farm the first weekend in October for fall family fun on the farm!

The Taste of Eatonton

Bring your appetite and join your favorite local restaurants on Monday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m for the area's largest foodie event, The Taste of Eatonton, at The Plaza Arts Center! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Children five and under eat for free. Tickets are available for purchase at Farmers & Merchants Bank's Eatonton and Lake Oconee branches; The Peoples Bank's Eatonton, Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair branches; Exchange Bank; Pinnacle Credit Union, and the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. 

Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival

Join the fun at Madison’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off & Fall Festival in Town Park. Chili teams compete in two categories. The public chili sampling begins at 12:30 sharp. Sample, and then vote, for your favorite chili, shop the handmade/homegrown market, listen to music in the toe-tapping music tent... and enjoy a great day in Madison.

Family fun day at Lockerly

Family Fun Day will take place at the Lockerly arboretum on Saturday, October 8th from 10a.m. to 2p.m. You can explore the arboretum, visit the Woods Museum Bee Exhibit and vote for your favorite scarecrow. The art students from Georgia College will be offering a Kids in Clay pottery workshop. There will be guided hikes, candle making, leaf prints, microscopes, geology activities and much more.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome!


Deep Roots Festival

The Deep Roots Festival is on October 22nd from 9a.m. to 10p.m. The admission fee is $8 per a person, or $6 per a person for 4 or more people. Kids 10 and under receive free kid zone passes! Deep Roots is a cultural arts and music festival that is located in historic downtown Milledgeville and composed of regional and national talents, artists and vendors. Entertainment includes an antique car show, live entertainment ranging from bluegrass to rock-and-roll, artist market, and LittleRoots KidZone.

Briar Patch Arts Festival

The Annual Briar Patch Arts Festival will be another spectacular, unique arts festival on October 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Eatonton. There will be live entertainment will be on the music stage. Specialty arts and crafts vendors will be showcasing handmade soaps, photography, paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood working, handmade glassware, clothing, potted plants, children's items and much more.

Downtown Trick or Treat

Local merchants will welcome ghost and goblins at the downtown Trick or Treat from 5p.m. to 7p.m. on October 31 in Downtown Greensboro. The event is free for children 12 and under.

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How to Find the Best Auto Mechanic in Lake Oconee


When a car has a mechanical failure, it is important to find a reliable mechanic to get it rolling again. However, it is not always easy to distinguish an experienced, knowledgeable mechanic from an unreliable shop. Below are several tips for finding the best auto repair service in the eatonton and greensboro area.

Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

According to the experts, a good way to find a top-quality repair shop with Snap-on Diagnostic technology is to ask neighbors, family, and friends for advice. In many cases, one can get great recommendations from people they trust. Ask about the shop's customer service and work quality, and find out how long the person has been the shop's customer. It is a good idea to get some recommendations before trouble strikes, so the customer does not make a choice out of desperation.

Check the Shop's Certifications

When a potential customer walks into a repair shop, its certifications must be in a place of prominence. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) recommends choosing a shop that is proud of its technicians' certifications indicating workers have current training and know about specific parts of the vehicle. In particular, customers should look for an ASE endorsement.

Consult the BBB

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) retains records on businesses, and it offers an accreditation to shops that offer quality work and excellent service. Before taking a car in for repairs, check the shop's reputation with the BBB. Look for previous complaints, and determine how they were resolved. Whether customers have had good or bad experiences with a particular shop, the BBB will tell new customers all about it.

Know the Vehicle's Warranty

If the vehicle is still covered by the manufacturer's warranty, the owner may need to take it to a dealer for repairs. Auto warranties are variable, and there is a definite lack of clarity on who can service a car and which parts can be used for the repairs. In some cases, one's choices in repair shops may be limited.

If the repair is costly or extensive, take the time to compare prices among local shops. The FTC advises that consumers should get multiple quotes to find a shop that provides the best auto diagnostic technology in the lake oconee area.

Look at the Shop

Vehicle owners can tell quite a bit about a shop by being observant. The ASE suggests customers start with the exterior of the building. Other vehicles should be of similar quality and value to the customer's car, and the parking lot should be neat and clean.

Find a Specialist

Whether the customer drives a Tesla or a Toyota, it is best to find a shop that knows the vehicle. Consumer Reports says specialists receive the most current training and have the best equipment for vehicle repair and maintenance of all vehicle types.

Go Online

The Internet has greatly changed how people shop for services and products, including auto service. The experts advise customers to check a shop's reviews on sites such as Angie's List and Yelp. On these sites, vehicle owners can find out about others' experiences with a particular shop.

Request References

Consumers should request references before trying a new mechanic. If possible, call these references to determine their feelings about the shop and the level of customer service it provides.

Feel Good About the Decision

Every repair shop is different. To find the best auto mechanic in Lake Oconee, take the time to research all local options. By comparing shops, services, and prices, vehicle owners can be prepared the next time they have car trouble—and feel confident they've made the right choice.