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How To Parallel Park

In a 2019 study, the most significant stress for drivers between the ages of 18-34 was parallel parking. Parallel parking is an important skill to have, especially if you live in a major city. With new technology such as collision warnings and backup cameras, some new drivers may not even feel like they need to practice their parking skills. You don’t want to be that car struggling to get into a parking space with a line of cars waiting. If you don’t live in a city, you may not have needed to parallel park since you took your driver’s test. Below are instructions on how to maneuver your vehicle to parallel park with ease.   Line your car up to the area you want to park. Make sure the parking space is at least 1.5 times longer than the length of your vehicle.  If you consider parallel parking from the right-hand side of the road: line your vehicle parallel to the car you want to park behind. Turn your head and back your vehicle straight. Keep backing u ... read more

Top Causes of Summer Car Breakdowns

Top Causes of Summer Car Breakdowns

The summertime is perfect for those weekend getaways, camping trips, lake days, and enjoying each other's company. During the summer, we typically see an increase in traffic and the number of people on the road, eager to enjoy the sunshine. However, did you know that the summer weather conditions can actually take a toll on our vehicles one way or another? It's true - there are certain reasons cars tend to breakdown during the summer - but there are ways that you can avoid these issues, too.  The best way to avoid any breakdown is to stay current with your vehicle's regular maintenance and service. Maintenance is the key to a healthy vehicle, and if you haven't been on track with your vehicle's needs, you'll be more at risk of a breakdown in the summer heat.  Here are the most common reasons for a breakdown in the summer, and what you can do to try to prevent it from happening:  Check engine light - since most are busier during the summer, the ... read more

Victory Auto Service & Glass - Now in Wyoming, MN

Victory Auto Service & Glass - Now in Wyoming, MN

We are happy to announce that our family owned auto repair business has grown to 8 locations with the addition of our Wyoming location - formerly Breitbach’s Auto Repair.    Over the past 29 years, Pat Breitbach and his team have taken care of the Wyoming community. During this time, Breitbach’s was able to create strong relationships with its customers and develop a great reputation. The team at Victory is excited to meet everyone and continue to build on the relationships that Pat started many years ago.    To build on what has already been started, we are bringing the people of Wyoming some added benefits to their auto service experience.  The enhancements Victory Auto Service offers include:    - No contact vehicle pick-up & drop-off within 5 miles - Improved warranty of 5 years, 50,000 miles on New Parts and Labor - Complimentary Loaner Vehicles - Convenient Mobile Auto Glass Repair and Replacement. All insurance compani ... read more

Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

Safety Tips for July 4th Celebrations

July 4th is a celebrated day here in the United States - it is the day in which we celebrate our independence. While the July 4th holiday might look different in comparison to years before due to the pandemic, there are still ways that you can have fun and enjoy the weekend safely. We know many fireworks shows may be canceled and gatherings postponed, but you'll still be able to enjoy time with household members or friends while practicing social distancing.  While July 4th more than likely won't include any lavish celebrations, there will still be an increase of cars on the road. This is typical of any holiday, which is why remembering certain safety tips can make a difference. Here are some tips on how to remain safe while celebrating July 4th this year:  Your safety on the road should be a top priority. While traveling, be sure to stay aware of your surroundings. July 4th is actually one of the most dangerous days to drive during the year, mainly due t ... read more

Is Your A/C Ready for the Summer?

Is Your A/C Ready for the Summer?

Is Your A/C Ready for the Summer?   The temperature outside may be rising but that doesn’t mean the temperature in your car should be too! If you are like most Minnesotans, you rely on your AC to keep you cool in our hot and humid summers.    Understanding when your AC is about to go out is critical to keeping you and your family comfortable inside your vehicle. A good air conditioning system in your vehicle will cool your car off in a matter of minutes, if not, your vehicle may be in need of an AC repair.    These four items will help you know if your vehicle's AC is about to break.   Your fan is not consistently blowing cold air Inconsistent cold air is most commonly the result of low freon - this is the refrigerant that makes the air cold. When the freon level is too low, the air coming out of the vents may just feel room temperature. A simple AC recharge may be able to solve this issue and can be done at most local aut ... read more

What to Do When Your Windshield Cracks

What to Do When Your Windshield Cracks

Summer is the perfect time to jump in the car and travel to your favorite place for some time away and fun in the sun. However, you never know when something unexpected might happen, such as a broken windshield or cracked window. When you find yourself caught in a situation like this, don’t panic. Here are some tips on what to do next.  Summer tends to be very dry and hot, with lots of sand and rocks on the roads. Because of this, a rock hitting your windshield while driving is not unheard of and can happen. If this does occur, the best thing to do is get your vehicle into the experts here at Victory Auto Service & Glass so that we can help you fix the damage as soon as possible.  Cracks tend to get bigger, especially in the heat, so having the crack fixed as soon as possible will prevent the crack from getting and obscuring your vision while driving. In most states, driving with a cracked windshield is illegal, so this needs to be considered as well.  ... read more

I Smell Gas in My Car...Is this Normal?

I Smell Gas in My Car...Is this Normal?

The unmistakable scent of gasoline...definitely normal at the gas station, but is it normal to start smelling gas while your vehicle is in motion? Most drivers assume that if they start smelling gasoline, it's probably normal because their vehicle runs on gas. However, beyond refueling at the gas station, you shouldn't be smelling gas while your vehicle is running.  Our modern cars are designed so that our drive is as comfortable as possible. Nobody wants to be inhaling the scent of gasoline, which is why our vehicles are made to hide the smell of fuel even as our vehicles are using it do operate. So that begs the question, why am I smelling gas in my car?  The most sensible explanation for this is that there is a fuel leak somewhere in your vehicle. The fuel system is a complicated array of working components which help your vehicle perform its combustion process, which in turn runs your vehicle. Typically, a fuel system leak can occur with the fuel filter hose, fu ... read more

A Message from Victory Auto Service Regarding COVID-19

A Message from Victory Auto Service Regarding COVID-19

Victory Automotive Service wants you to know that we are open during the COVID-19 outbreak. We know how serious the rapid spread of this virus is, and it is our priority to continue serving our community while also protecting the safety of staff members and our customers.  We understand that our community still requires reliable transportation during these tough times. Those working in essential industries still need to travel to work and many of us still need to get to the store to get food and supplies for our families.  We will be here to help with any of your automotive needs, including maintenance, repairs, and service. To protect you and our employees, we will be taking certain precautions to meet CDC regulations and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Here are some of the measures we are taking to provide you with service during these uncertain times:  We are constantly cleaning and sanitizing our facility.    If any staff members are showing col ... read more

My Car Window Fell Inside My Door...What Do I Do?

You are rolling up your window like you normally do when all of a sudden, your window drops. You attempt you roll it back up, but it appears stuck. You may try to stick your hands in there to no avail, and we understand how frustrating this can be. We know that you may be tempted to continue driving your vehicle with your stuck window, as it doesn't necessarily affect the drivability of your car, but a stuck window should also be addressed as soon as possible. There are a number of reasons why you should have a broken window fixed quickly - 1) you can attract theft, even if you put a bag or sheet over the window. You may not believe that your vehicle has anything of value in it, but thieves are crafty 2) bugs and rodents galore can find their way into your vehicle (aka their new home) and 3) you never know when a rainstorm can strike, and dealing with a wet interior is not fun, especially when it does damage that is going to cost you money to repair. Also, have you ever tried ... read more

How to Keep Track of Vehicle Maintenance

We know you've probably been told many times as a vehicle owner that you need to stay on top of your vehicle's maintenance. However, it is always easier said than done. When it comes down to it, it's probably not that you don't want to take care of your car, but it can be difficult to remember to get into the shop with your busy schedule.  When it comes to understanding what your car needs and when, the best source is your car's manufacturer. You can check your car's owner's manual for more information on the recommended maintenance intervals. This will help guide you on what services you should be getting done to protect the overall integrity of your car and to save you money on repairs over time.  Now that you have the right guide for maintenance, how do you remember when to get them done? Here are our tips on how to keep track of vehicle maintenance: Create calendar reminders on your phone. If you're having trouble trying to figure out mi ... read more

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