Giveaway: 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart LED TV

4K UHD HDR Roku Smart LED TV!

* Giveaway Extended until End of May!! * We want to spread some fun and positivity during these uncertain times. 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌

For every $100 on a single invoice in APRIL / MAY, you will receive one raffle ticket for a 55″ Class 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart LED TV! 📺 🎉

Up to a max of 5 tickets. This is pre-sales tax. Includes online coupons.

We can’t wait to give this tv away to one of our amazing + loyal customers! 🙌

YES, WE ARE OPEN! We are an Essential Service, and will continue to serve our community. A majority of our customers are nurses, doctors, first responders, grocery store workers, and more! These heroes 😇 need their vehicles to get to and from work, SAFELY.

Of course safety is our #1 Priority for both our Employees and Customers.

Stay safe and take care of one another,

Candy + Suburb Service Gang

What Your Driving Style Says About Your Personality

What Your Driving Style Says About Your Personality

Why are some drivers aggressive while others can remain totally calm behind the wheel? Why are some drivers uber cautious while others love a road race? Driving styles can totally vary based on the personality of the driver. Some people like to live their lives on edge; others prefer to stay cool as a cucumber no matter the situation. Wondering what your driving style says about your personality? See what we’ve observed below.

4 Driving Styles and What They Say About Your Personality

The Chill Charlie

The Chill Charlie doesn’t let anything ruffle his feathers. He’s cool as a cucumber in traffic. Not even aggressive drivers can get a reaction out of him. Typically, the chillest of drivers are a bit slower to pick up speed; psychologists have noted that this indifference towards road rage and surrounding traffic could be a sign of depression. 

The Road-Rage Roger

The Road-Rage Roger is the aggressive driver that’s easily annoyed on the road. Most often, you can find this driver in a large truck or SUV, and they can appear quite intimidating. Road-Rage Roger is easily ticked off by slow drivers in the left lane and cars that refuse to turn right on a red light. This driving style is often linked to an egotistical personality type. 

The Dangerous Danny

The Dangerous Danny is a thrill seeker. He’s not an angry driver; he’s just a happy one. Happy drivers tend to move faster and be more alert than sad drivers. For cautious drivers orchill drivers, Dangerous Danny can be a bit anxious to ride along with. This type of driving personality believes in making the most of every moment—and in making every moment memorable. Activities like bungee jumping and skydiving make for the perfect Saturday.

The Cautious Kelly

The Cautious Kelly is the safest of drivers. To this day, they’ve never forgotten the lessons learned in Driver’s Ed. They can most often be found driving at ten-and-two and going exactly the speed limit (…and not one mile-per-hour faster). You’ll never catch them driving without their seatbelt securely fastened. Cautious Kelly’s are likely cautious in real-life too. They are the kind of folks who pay their bills a few days before they are due and never let the gas light come on in their vehicle. Most often, they will shy away from high-risk activities.They are the exact opposite of the Dangerous Danny.

Suburb Service: #1 Subaru Repair Shop Near Seattle, WA

At Suburb Service, we love Subaru customers—it’s why we’ve chosen to specialize in Subaru-only car repair, maintenance, and more. We’ve treated Seattle’s Subaru customers to excellent service for so many years—and we can’t wait to treat you too.

Whether you need to make regular maintenance appointments, schedule a repair service, or want to discuss installing a security system, contact us. Call Suburb Service today at 206-364-8089 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with us. Show your Subaru some love.

6 Things to Do with Your Car While You’re Stuck at Home

6-Things-to-Do-with-Your-Car-While-You’re-Stuck-at-HomeStay-at-home notices and shelter-in-place orders have taken effect across the United States starting last week. As social distancing becomes the new normal, you likely have begun looking for the next project to keep you occupied. While some have turned to gardening or fixing up the house, others have finally started to knock out the unread books on their shelves. Today, we’re going to talk about all of the things you can do with your car while you’re stuck at home, too. 

6 Things to Do with Your Car During a Stay-at-Home Order

1. Start your car regularly. 

Ask yourself: when was the last time I cranked my car? If you can’t remember, go do it now. As car owners sit at home waiting out the pandemic, cars, trucks and SUVs are sitting idle. For some drivers, this can result in a dead battery, which is the last thing you need when it’s time to go out to pick up dinner or groceries. 

2. Wash and wax the exterior.

With spring, pollen tags along…and it tends to leave its mark on your car first.Take time to wash and wax the exterior of your car this weekend. All you need is a hose, some car wash liquid, and a brush. If you don’t have car wash items on hand, you’ll surely find some online or for pick-up at your local Target or Walmart for drive-up pick-up. 

3. Deep clean the inside.

Giving your car a good cleaning is a dream for busy individuals. With hectic work, school, and parenting schedules, we totally understand why a clean floorboard can be on the back burner. Now that you have more time at home, take a hand vacuum to the interior. You’ll thank us later.

4. Rotate your tires. 

Have some handy experience with cars? If you know what you’re doing, rotating your tires can be easy and help extend their life. If you’ve bought winter tires last year, you could also use this time to replace them with new tires for the spring and summer months.

5. Give it an at-home tune-up. 

Again, if you’re handy with cars, you might find yourself tinkering around in the garage. During this time, top off your oil and fluids to gear up your car for spring. Test all of your cars features and take notes for what you could work on or replace while you’re stuck at home.

6. Take it into the local shop, if absolutely necessary. 

Suburb Service is doing everything possible to continue service for your Subaru. We realize you need your vehicle ready to roll at any time, and we’re here for you through this challenging time. If you need a repair service, or even an oil change, we’ve made changes to accommodate your service needs that follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. To read more about how we plan to serve our Subaru customers during this time, click here

Suburb Service: How We’re Taking Care of our Seattle Customers During COVID-19

Even during these trying times, the team at Suburb Service is doing everything possible to continue offering service for your Subaru. To learn more about how Suburb Service is keeping you (and your Subaru!) safe during COVID-19, visit our notice page. To make a maintenance appointment or to schedule a repair service, contact us today. Show your Subaru some love. 

How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Happy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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We’ve heard about how to keep ourselves safe from the coronavirus pandemic from local and national governments, media outlets, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—but what about our furry friends at home? Here’s how you can keep your pets safe and happy during COVID-19.

3 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe and Happy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Show them love and affection. 

Think quarantine has been difficult to navigate? Your pets are struggling through self-isolation too. If you live in an apartment in the city, your pet may be going on limited walks and bathroom breaks. This could lead to them acting out or becoming destructive as they work through their own emotions. During this trying time, your furry friends need all the love and affection you can muster—and they’re probably looking for double the attention now that you are at home 24/7. 

Find a designated playtime that works for you each day and stick to a schedule. Your pet will eventually get into the groove of your new routine. 

Take precautions for you and your pet.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there’s no evidence that dogs and cats in the U.S. have contracted or can spread COVID-19. However, you’ll want to be cautious as experts have not yet weighed in on whether pets can carry the virus on their fur similar to how the virus could live on hard surfaces. (The virus has been found to live on hard surfaces for up to three days.)

Wash your hands after you interact with your pet, especially if you take them out on a walk. If you can self-groom your pet at home, that could help eliminate germs inside your home as well.

Keep the treats and essentials stocked.

Be sure to keep pet food, litter, and other items stocked. Your pets’ needs are essential, and to keep them in the best shape, you’ll want to stick to their regular diet and routine. Still, your pup or kitten may appreciate a few extra treats during this trying time.

Suburb Service: How We’re Taking Care of our Seattle Customers During COVID-19

Even during these trying times, the team at Suburb Service is doing everything possible to continue service for your Subaru. We realize you need your vehicle ready to roll at any time, and we’re here for you. To learn more about how Suburb Service is keeping you (and your Subaru!) safe during COVID-19, visit our notice page. To make a maintenance appointment or to schedule a repair service, contact us today. Show your Subaru some love

4 Tips for How to Tame Your Road Rage

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Road rage is fairly common, especially if you’re dealing with city traffic on your daily commute. It’s easy to get ticked off at the slow truck taking a “Sunday drive” or the SUV that forgets to use a turn signal. While violence and irrational anger are not the answer to a smoother drive, research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80 percent of Americans admit to being aggressive when driving. 

Looking to control your road rage? Here, we’ll discuss 5 sure-fire ways to recognize your aggression behind the wheel and take action to calm yourself down.

What Is Road Rage?

The dictionary defines road rage as “violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle in difficult conditions.” Think of your worst day at work. Now, picture the commute home in heavy traffic. You’re stressed about your day and any small inconvenience—like someone cutting you off in traffic—just might set you off. You might swere. You might curse and try to outrun them. That’s road rage.

4 Tips for Control Your Road Rage

1. Take a deep breath.

Before you do anything, take a deep breath. Remember that safety is your number one concern and you don’t have to react to other drivers actions on the road. Breathe in. Breathe out. Let the negative feelings wash away and continue on your drive without an aggressive move. For any negative feelings, focusing on your breathing can help bring your attention inward and make frustrations seem more removed. 

2. Listen to a podcast.

Take your mind off the challenges of the road (and your stressful workday!) by letting your mind wander. Choose a podcast of interest to you—like news, politics, spirituality, true crime, or meditation—and listen on your commute. Putting your mind on listening mode will keep you from focusing on the negative in the present. Plus, you might learn a thing or two!

3. Don’t personalize the incident.

Unless you are law enforcement, it’s not your job to police others for poor driving. Try not to take every cut off, impromptu lane change, and honk as a personal attack. Sometimes others are simply having a bad day. They’re not mad at you; they’re mad at the world. Remembering this sentiment can help you remove yourself from the situation and calm yourself more easily. 

4. Plan ahead.

Road rage is often caused when we’re in a hurry to be somewhere. Plan ahead and leave earlier than your GPS tells you to. Why? Because the more time you have, the less anxious you’ll be in traffic. If you’re prone to road rage, giving yourself 5 to 10 extra minutes to arrive at your destination could save you the headache.  

Have an Accident in Seattle, WA? Call Suburb Service ASAP

Find yourself in a fender bender? Seattle traffic at its worst is no joke. Don’t worry, though, the team at Suburb Service is always prepared to help. We offer maintenance and repair services for all types of Subaru models in and around the Seattle area. You can schedule a regular maintenance check-up today or, if your Subaru is giving you trouble, you can call us at 206-364-8089 to schedule a repair. Show your Subaru some love.

Car Break-Ins are on the Rise: Here’s How to Keep Your Vehicle Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Here’s-How-to-Keep-Your-Vehicle-Safe-During-the-Coronavirus-PandemicCar break-ins are often crimes of opportunity. As cities across the U.S. hunker down at home to wait out the coronavirus pandemic, car break-ins are on the rise. Last week, opportunistic thieves in Greensboro, N.C. were caught on neighborhood security footage checking cars for unlocked doors. In Hendricks County, Indiana, there’s been an uptick in car break-ins at night. Best advice from local police departments? Lock your car. 

5 Tips to Help Prevent Car Break-Ins During Coronavirus

As your car sits idle for the next few weeks, here are a few steps you can take to protect your vehicle and any personal possessions. 

1. Keep any valuables out of sight. 

Out of sight out of mind is not a joke. One of the biggest reasons that cars are broken into is for the valuables inside. Cash, laptops, jewelry, and more can catch the eye of an opportunistic thief, so it’s best to take them inside. If you can’t keep items out of your car, cover them up or put them in the trunk so they’re not easily visible. 

2. Remove any personal items. 

Remove your car registration, your license, your garage door openers, and more to ensure your personal safety, too. You’ll need your car registration if you’re ever pulled over for a traffic violation, if you’re in an accident, and if you move, so you don’t want to lose it. 

3. Park in the garage or a well-lit space. 

Most car burglars aim to get out unseen. That’s easy to do if your car is parked on the street or in a dimly lit spot. To avoid break-ins, park your car in the garage, if possible. If not, park your car close to your house and in a well-lit spot. 

4. Lock your doors.

Lock your doors. If the opportunity to easily open your car door and grab some valuable items isn’t presented, many robbers will move along. Smashing windows or working some magic to unlock your car door can be loud and take too much time…so lock your doors to avoid being an easy target. 

5. Install a security system. 

Last, but not least, install a simple security system by your home that can keep an eye on your car too. Some homeowners across the U.S. have been able to catch their burglars in the act, or at least have evidence of the crime, because of their installation of a Ring doorbell or simple security set up. 

Suburb Service: How We’re Taking Care of our Seattle Customers During COVID-19

Even during these trying times, the team at Suburb Service is doing everything possible to continue service for your Subaru. We realize you need your vehicle ready to roll at any time, and we’re here for you. To learn more about how Suburb Service is keeping you (and your Subaru!) safe during COVID-19, visit our notice page. To make a maintenance appointment or to schedule a repair service, contact us today. Show your Subaru some love. 

How to Clean your Car to Reduce the Risk of Coronavirus

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Per the advice of many local, state and federal government notices and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), driving isn’t a high priority at the moment. In fact, many cities and states across the U.S. have issued stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies to keep citizens safe from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However, driving to the grocery store and pharmacy (or driving to work if you’re still required) is an essential need—here’s how to clean and disinfect your car to minimize risk.

How to Clean your Car to Minimize the Spread of Germs

Whether you’re an essential worker or you’ve needed to make the occasional trip to the grocery store for food, you probably take hand sanitizer along with you or wash your hands as soon as you arrive back home. But, what about your car? Your vehicle is a high-touch area and can serve as a breeding ground for germs. Here’s how you can reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus by regularly cleaning the inside of your car. 

1. Clean first, then disinfect. 

If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your car’s interior, do that first. Wipe down dust with a microfiber cloth and clean your windows with glass cleaner. If you have the time and resources, vacuuming out your floorboards can also help. Once your car is “clean”, then it’s time to disinfect by revisiting all of the high-touch areas in your vehicle. 

2. Use gentle disinfectants. 

You’re hoping to rid your car of all germs, but you don’t want to damage your car’s interior in the process. Use gentle disinfectants, like rubbing alcohol, to kill germs without overdoing it. If you find yourself without any, simply using soap and water will get the job done. We’d advise against using any type of bleach or hydrogen peroxide on the vehicle’s interior. Both chemicals can cause damage to the vinyl and plastics inside your car. 

3. Prioritize areas that are frequently touched.

To minimize risk, it’s worth giving your whole car a good cleaning, but you’ll want to prioritize high-touch areas for disinfecting. For instance, you’ll want to wipe down the door handles, the gear stick, any dashboard controls, seat belts, and the parking brake. 

4. Spend extra time on the steering wheel.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll want to wipe down the steering wheel—and then disinfect it again. Your steering wheel is the highest-touch point in your car. And, if you share your car with other family members, then it could be a point of pickup for any germs. Keeping Lysol wipes or alcohol based cleaners in your car can help remind you to wipe it down after each drive.

Suburb Service: How We’re Taking Care of our Seattle Customers During COVID-19

Even during these trying times, the team at Suburb Service is doing everything possible to continue service for your Subaru. We realize you need your vehicle ready to roll at any time, and we’re here for you. To learn more about how Suburb Service is keeping you (and your Subaru!) safe during COVID-19, visit our notice page. To make a maintenance appointment or to schedule a repair service, contact us today. Show your Subaru some love. 

How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Car owners have a multitude of responsibilities, especially as the seasons change. After dealing with months of snow, ice, road salt, and cold temperatures, you’ll need to get your car up to speed and ready for warm, sunny weather. Here are 6 ways to get your car ready for spring weather and long summer drives. 

6 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Seattle Spring

lean your car to prevent rust

1. Wash your vehicle.

Winter doesn’t give you many nice days to wash down your vehicle. Even a drive-through car wash can feel like a chore when you’re trudging through a cold winter day. As the days change to give you brighter afternoons and warmer weather, take time to wash your car. Don’t forget to clean off the underbody, too, as road salt can take a toll and leave you with rust. 

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2. Invest in new wiper blades.

Spring brings brighter days, but it also brings quite a bit of rain for the Seattle area. Invest in new wiper blades to prepare your car to tackle any rain storm. Replacing them now will help you avoid the annoying squeak of worn out wipers and keep you from leaving streaks on the windshield. If you’ve ever been stuck in an April downpour, you’ll take heed to this advice.

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3. Top off all fluids.

Windshield wiper fluid, among others, can deplete quickly during the colder months of the year. Before spring presents itself, check on and top off all of the car’s essential fluids if needed. 

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4. Get a proper oil change.

In addition to other fluids, it’s recommended to change your oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid every 5,000 miles or at the instruction of your owner’s manual. Your car demands more from its oil and transmission fluids in the winter than any other season, so having a proper car inspection and oil change can help you replenish vital fluids and alert you to any issues before they become costly problems.

measuring tire depth using a small coin

5. Check your tires.

Tires, like every other part of your Subaru, take a beating in the winter. Check your tire pressure to make sure you’re at an appropriate amount for your vehicle. Perform the penny test to ensure your tire tread is still safe to drive on; if all of Lincoln’s head is visible above your tread, it might be time for tire replacement. You can read more about the Penny and Quarter Tire Test here.

Tips to Transition your Vehicle from Winter to Spring in Seattle

Tips to Transition your Vehicle from Winter to Spring in Seattle

Winter in Seattle can put stress on your vehicle. From driving on snowy roads to dealing with potholes, city conditions are not conducive to maintaining a well-operating vehicle. That’s why our experts recommend a spring maintenance check-up—plus these 5 tips for transitioning your car from winter to spring!

5 Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Car

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1. Change the oil and check the fluids. 

Getting an oil change may seem like a routine agenda item for car owners, but when transitioning from winter to spring you’ll want to think deeper. In the winter, you’ll like put a lightweight oil in your car to help the engine crank over better; in spring heavier weight oils can be easier on your engine. If you have questions, your service technician would be happy to explain the differences and help you make the right choice. At your service appointment, they will also check all of your car’s fluids to make sure you’re up to date.

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2. Remove the snow chains and rotate your tires. 

Have snow chains on your car for the winter? You’ll want to remove them before the spring sunshine starts poking out through the clouds. Rotating your tires during this time can also help maintain the tread. Most mechanics recommend tire rotation every 5,000 miles, but consult your owner’s manual to learn more about your specific vehicle. 

3. Clean off the road salt.

Road salt is put down in the winter to keep major highways and interstates ice-free, but the substance can take a toll on your car’s exterior. If left on your car too long, it can cause serious rust damage to your car, especially the undercarriage, wheel wells and brakes. Before spring, give your car a nice rinse at the local car wash or consider a car detailing service. 

4. Inspect your brakes. 

Squealing brakes are annoying and sometimes dangerous. Before you take off on those spring and summer road trips, be sure to have your brakes (pads and rotors) inspected and replaced if necessary. As a safety precaution, it’s best to have brakes that function properly. Neglecting them can lead to dangerous driving and costly repairs down the line. 

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5. Check the alignment. 

Winter weather can also do some damage to the roadways—creating cracks and potholes where they don’t belong. When your vehicle hits a pothole too hard, it can cause your car’s alignment to get off wack. If your car feels like it’s pulling to one side or another, have a specialized service technician inspect your alignment to ensure safety. 

Suburb Service: #1 Independent Subaru Repair & Maintenance Service Near Seattle

Need maintenance or repair on your Subaru near Seattle? We love Subaru customers—it’s why we’ve chosen to specialize in Subaru-only car repair, maintenance, and more. We’ve treated Seattle’s Subaru customers to excellent service for so many years—and we can’t wait to treat you too. Whether you need to make a regular maintenance appointments or to schedule a repair service, contact us today. Show your Subaru some love.

5 Best Places To See Spring Flowers In Seattle

5 Best Places To See Spring Flowers In Seattle

Daffodils, magnolias, cherry blossoms—oh my! Springtime is almost here in Seattle, and our sources say the blossoms might start blooming a little bit early this year. If you’re looking to track down some beautiful blooms, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best places to see spring flowers near Seattle. 

Yoshino Cherry Trees in Bloom by Joe Wolf is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The University of Washington

Nothing is more stunning than a college campus during the spring. It’s graduation season. Students are buzzing with the excitement of new adventures. Oh, and the cherry blossoms are blooming. The University of Washington is a classic spot for checking out spring flowers. It’s quad boasts nearly thirty Japanese cherry trees for you to photograph. It’s the perfect place for a picnic with friends and family.  

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Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park is the sixth largest park in the city, and is home to twenty-five cherry trees donated by the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee. Reserve a picnic site and spend the day taking in the breath-taking beauty of the spring blooms.

Under a canopy of roses by Quinn Dombrowski is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. With the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the Rose Garden, Rhododendron Garden, beautiful beaches, and trails, you’re sure to find an activity the whole family will love. Plus, you’ll get to see tulips and star magnolias galore. 

Tree on the beach. Golden Gardens Park by Wonderlane is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Golden Gardens on the Puget Sound

Golden Gardens are the most beautiful spot to take in water views and spring florals at the same time. Positioned on the shoreline of Puget Sound, these gardens are home to blossoming cherry trees and sandy beaches. Inviting visitors of all ages, Golden Gardens are one of the perfect family-friendly spots in Seattle to take in the change of season.

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Washington Park Arboretum

Washington Park Arboretum is beautiful year-round, but this time of year you get to experience a little something special. Blooming cherry trees and dogwoods transform the arboretum into a springtime wonderland. 

Suburb Service: Seattle’s #1 Subaru Maintenance Shop

Before you take your Subaru on its next road adventure, make sure you’ve had it’s seasonal checkup. At Suburb Service, we love Subaru customers—it’s why we’ve chosen to specialize in Subaru-only car repair, maintenance, and more. We’ve treated Seattle’s Subaru customers to excellent service for so many years—and we can’t wait to treat you too.

Whether you need to make regular maintenance appointments, schedule a repair service, or want to discuss installing a security system, contact us. Call Suburb Service today at 206-364-8089 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with us. Show your Subaru some love.