Monthly Archives: December 2015


Driving On Black Ice: Watching Out Is Key

By | December 29th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles|

Black ice: It sounds like the title for a new horror film — the sequel to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. But black ice is a real thing, and driving on black ice during winter can cause real safety problems if you aren’t prepared for it. Expect The Icy [...]

Does My Car Need A New Battery? Average life of car battery

By | December 29th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Battery/Electrical|

The worst time to find out your car needs a new battery is when you are stuck somewhere because it won’t start. A better choice is to have the battery checked ahead of time, to find out whether it’s due for replacement. Automobile Battery Lifespans Most batteries have about a five- [...]

Cottman Re-Launches Local Websites

By | December 15th, 2015|Cottman Brand News, Cottman Franchise Development|

In a move to enhance the online experience for its customers on a localized basis, national transmission and car care chain Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care has re-launched nearly 60 websites for its franchised auto care centers. New Local Websites The sites are an extension of the theme and [...]

Coolant Vs. Antifreeze: What Does Coolant Do?

By | December 15th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Maintenance|

Today’s coolant has many functions within your vehicle. It prevents corrosion, lubricates the water pump, and raises the boiling temperature in your car’s cooling system. What Is the difference between Coolant Vs. Antifreeze? Back in the day coolant was called antifreeze; today the more accurate term is coolant, because it [...]

Holiday Driving Safety Tips: Use Common Sense

By | December 14th, 2015|Cottman Brand News|

The holiday season is a time of joy and family togetherness.  However, one mistake can turn a celebration into a time of tragedy, warns Randy Wright, President of Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, a national brand that services virtually any make and model vehicle.   Drinking and driving is one [...]

Why Change Your Brake Fluid? Your ABS will thank you.

By | December 8th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Brakes|

You already know the importance of changing your car’s engine oil, and you’re likely familiar with the value of changing the transmission fluid and even the coolant. But brake fluid? Why would you change your brake fluid? Brake Fluid Flushes Can Save You Money Turns out it’s a real service with [...]

Cottman Man of Des Moines – Half Million Mile Car

By | December 3rd, 2015|Franchisee's In the News|

In the middle of the United States is an auto repair shop built on pride, quality, and honesty. Almost 14 years in the making, Dan Harrington, the Cottman Man of Des Moines and his crew at Cottman Transmissions and Total Auto Care, have worked hard to build a reputation to [...]

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter – Basic Checks

By | December 2nd, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair|

Throughout most of the country, winter is a time for preparation. Because winter’s icy grip brings a whole different set of driving conditions along with it… conditions you need to prepare your car for before it reaches your doorstep. Cold Weather Driving Here are five easy checks you can do [...]