Yearly Archives: 2020

Why Going for a Leisurely Drive Can Reduce Stress

For many, getting in the car can bring about thoughts of heavy traffic jams, honking horns, and stressed out commuters. If you live in Seattle, you might remember the dreaded daily traffic of the work week and even the hustle and bustle of the weekend roadways. But, according to researchers, taking a nice long solo drive on a long country road, a beautiful mountain bend, or stretch of interstate can actually help you reduce stress and clear your brain of all those creativity-blocking cobwebs. Here are 4 reasons why going for a leisurely drive in your Subaru can reduce stress and improve creativity. 4 Reasons a Leisurely Drive Can Help Reduce StressYou'll get some alone time. Alone time is good for the soul and the mind. Taking a long drive all by yourself will give you a chance to think, breathe, or completely turn your brain off, if you prefer. If you experience any type of social anxiety or pressure around others, a leisurely solo drive can also ... read more

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5 Tips to Taking Great Car Photos for your Instagram or to Sell

Love your Subaru and want to show off your ride? You're going to want to snap some pretty cool pictures for Instagram, especially if it's new. Looking to sell your Subaru? You want it to look stunning-and a great photo can do nothing but impress potential buyers. Whether you're a car guy who loves to show off his ride online or you're a Subaru owner looking to rehome your pride and joy, here are our team's 5 tips for taking great car photos. 1. Chase golden hour. Any photographer will tell you that the perfect time to shoot outside is about two hours before sunset. Also known as "golden hour", this peak time frame will give you the best lighting for shooting objects outdoors. If you can't make golden hour work, shooting on a cloudy day will also help you capture the perfect shot without any light flares or misangled shadows. 2. Avoid shooting at eye-level. To make it artsy, mix up your perspective. Not every photo of your car has to be shot at eye ... read more

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How Hitting a Pothole Can Damage Car Tires & Alignment

Thanks to crazy temperature swings, heavy traffic, and unpredictable weather, cities across the United States have begun experiencing an abundance of potholes. Potholes form when cracks in the roadway expand, and are usually a product of winter's freeze-thaw cycles-plus they're dangerous for your car. Here's how hitting a pothole can damage your car's tires and alignment. What to Do If You Hit a Pothole Similar to a collision, potholes can take a serious toll on your car. Potholes have a sneaky way of damaging your tires, rims, suspension and other steering components without making much of a fuss. If you do hit a pothole, you should take a look at your wheels and tires immediately. 3 Signs a Pothole Damaged Your CarOdd wear on your tire tread. Potholes can sneak up on you; and their damage is not always immediate. Some potholes can leave a strange level of wear to your tire tread-and over time this can become dangerous. Losing tire ... read more

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5 Scenic Drives to Take Around Seattle

As stay-at-home orders have taken effect across Washington state, you've likely found yourself stuck inside the home. You're limiting your non-essential travel...and your car? It's likely been collecting dust in the garage. Here's what you can do to change that scenario. While traveling too far isn't recommended (because traveling to communities where you don't live, even by car, can spread the virus), you can drive around town. Thankfully, you live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and scenic drives are just minutes from your front door. Here are the best scenic drives to take around Seattle right now ... read more

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Why We Don’t Provide Repair Quotes on the Phone

Repairs can be costly and annoying, but they are an inevitable part of any car owner's journey. When it happens for you, you'll surely call around to find the best price on the repair you need-you're just looking to get the best value! However, you may find that many car service shops won't give you an estimate on the work over the phone. Here's why. Why Don't You Give Me a Car Repair Estimate Over the Phone? At Suburb Service, we get a lot of calls about Subaru repairs. Many of them start with "so, here's the problem" and end with "so, what will that cost me?". Whether you were told by another shop that you needed rear-end links or a new engine, our team is too cautious (and cares too much about you as a customer) to give you an answer over the phone-here's why. Every problem is unique. Your car's issues are uniquely yours. If we've never serviced your Subaru before, we're not going to know your vehicle well enough to give you a quote. Even if we ha ... read more

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