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The Plains Service Center Offers Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!

The PlainsThe Plains Service Center is the automotive expert in The Plains, VA 20198. Since, 2013 we've provided the The Plains area with reliable, affordable automotive maintenance and repair services including General Services, Car & Truck Care, Inspections and Emissions, Undercar Services, Alignment, Brakes, Tires, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, Transmission Services, 4x4 Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Miscellaneous Services, Domestic Cars & Trucks, Import Cars & Trucks, Towing and Quick Lube Services.

We have experience servicing all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles, and we're honored to keep vehicles throughout the The Plains area reliable and well-maintained. Our skillful mechanics will take great care of your vehicle too, quickly diagnosing any problems and offering cost-effective solutions to get you back on the road.

Call The Plains Service Center today at 540-253-5251! You can also send us an email. Either way, we're looking forward to providing you with reliable automotive service!

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    Vehicle Tips

    According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.

    The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)

    Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.

    Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.

    Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

    A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

    Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.

    Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.

    Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.

    Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.

    Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.

    Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.

    Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.

    Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.

    Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.

    Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.

    Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.

    Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.

    Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.

    Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.

    What Our Customers Are Saying

    -Patrick L.

    This is THE place to get your car/truck repaired in area. The people who run this place are talented, honest, and overall very solid people. They have a nice and clean waiting area with coffee, drinks, and sometimes cookies. They won't start fixing your car and ordering parts without speaking with you and informing you of the costs. Definitely get reservations so you can get your car serviced quickly, they are popular and have a lot of business. I can't recommend this place enough.

    -Gina D.

    Fantastic. Where have The Plains Service Center and Brandon been all my driving life?! I am thrilled to find a knowledgeable, common sense, and well-priced station. I was knew to the area but Brandon treated me like I had been a customer for years. Save me with a new/used vehicle I purchased and in a couple of visits probably saved me from future thousands (at no cost to me). We will only take our vehicles to The Plains. Recommend others in the area do the same.

    -Greg F.

    Helped me out when I came in for a quick fix. Was in and out in 15 minutes. No charge. Nicest and most helpful team around!

    -Daisy L.

    It was great! Place is very clean and service fantastic.

    -Richard A.

    Prompt, accurate and reasonable.

    -Jeffrey T.

    Excellent, prompt service. Had 2 tires replaced & a state inspection.

    -Dan P.

    They are honest, reliable and fair. Cars breaking down is part of life. Brandon and Steven and staff make it as easy as possible. Prices are reasonable. Communication is excellent. These folks are our go to mechanics.

    -Jennifer K.


    -Charles C.

    Great service shop, fair and friendly. My new mechanics from now on.

    -Pan B.

    They are politely effective at all times, helpful kind and at a fair price.

    -William W.

    Have been using The Plains Service Center for many years now. It was up until the current management a decent, honest place to have have your car serviced. Since Mike Ball and others have taken over the operations, it has upped its game. It is now easily one of the most expert and eager to please service centers in the area. Everyone from the mechanics on the line to management is courteous and seem sincerely interested in you and your issues. Tire rotations are free when you purchase an oil change... that's right, charge,who else does that for their customers?! They stock most routine parts for the major manufactures which means not having to wait an afternoon or morning before picking your car up. For what was a one or two hour job. Try won't be disappointed.

    -Neveen A.J.

    Service was completed timely and on budget. The front desk is quick to answer call and keep customers updated on status. Overall, strongly recommended.


    So helpful, do the work in a timely fashion, polite, nice and give options on repair.

    -Debbie M.

    The Plains Service Center is always there to take care of our vehicles. I appreciate the email reminders when the vehicles should be inspected and what to expect in the near future.

    -Dave P.

    Unbelievable level of personalized customer service rare in this day and age. Brandon and his staff go above and beyond to provide the best service, and an outstanding value, combined with detailed and exacting communication during the entire service process. Highly recommended.
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