Car Repair Laurel MD

Thoroughbred Auto Care

11011 Scaggsville Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: (301) 317-7886
Hours M-F 7:30am-5:30pm

Auto Repair News Laurel MD 20723

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Mechanics and Toys for Tots in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD

Car Repair News and Toys for Tots

As a local automotive business we are proud to say "Thank You" for everyone who participated in the toys for tots again this year. Dec 6th is the final day for drop off of new unwrapped toy at our auto repair shop at 11011 Scaggsville Rd, Laurel, MD 20723. It's great to see the giving during such a "giving season." Our ASE Certified Master technicians aka "Mechanics" live in and around our areas of Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD and we get to see first hand the people stopping by and dropping off gifts. Working with the Marines to help collect toys for tots is a long standing tradition and just one of the projects that keeps us connected to local community. It's heart warming to see longtime customers bring in their vehicle this time of year and remember to bring a toy for the box. It's also reassuring in the kindness of the local community to see new customers learn about the toys for tots and return to the shop with a new unwrapped toy.



Car Repair & Holiday Travel in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD

Car Repair News and Advice for Holiday Travel

It's just about time to say "HAPPY THANKSGIVING" and for many of us that means travelling in the car. Many will follow up with shopping and preparations for Christmas and other holiday events and parties. We get questions from friends and family about car repairs before travelling and specifically the longer holiday trips. You can gain a lot of peace of mind with that oil change that you might have put off before the holiday rush gets here. A tune up is also another great step to keeping the little things being found early and saving your money, time and keep you from emergency roadside breakdowns which can often be avoided. With our car repair services in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia only a few miles away we offer a courtesy inspection to find those small issues at no additional cost. That courtesy inspection is not to be confused with the Maryland State Inspection, aka MSI, aka car inspection required by MVA when selling / transferring a vehicle.

Car tires are another important item that can wear down and not inspected regularly enough, only get replaced after sliding on a cold wet road. You might not need new tires but you can certainly help yourself by checking your tire pressure. Tire pressure can be low this time of year with older "cracked" or "dry rot" tires and the colder weather. Having the pressure at the level can help to keep control, help proper wear and gas mileage for your trip.

As a locally owned and operated car repair shop in Maryland we suggest Plan and Map the Route to keep your Holiday travels smooth. Many are familiar with the route and with all the electronic devices, mapping apps and traffic predicting models it can be easy to think, "I don't need to prepare." However many areas of the US struggle with cell service, GPS and even those specific apps connectivity. Match that with loosing battery, a cracked or lost phone and you might be looking for that old "folding" map in the glove box. Making a plan before you go can help to see alternatives and even predict traffic patterns from the safety and relaxing environment of your desktop days before you head out on Holiday travel. You might even be able to find traffic patterns to help you decide on the right time to leave. Even your "Mechanics in Laurel" plan out their travel plans.

What Goes in the trunk? Travelling around the Holidays can mean valuables in the car and leaving that car unattended. That can make for a target that a thief may want to grab a few of your things. Planing what goes in the trunk, under the seat or under a cover can help to keep prying eyes from seeing those valuables. Planning the packing can also keep dangerous items from becoming a projectile in a crash.

As your family owned and operated auto repair shop we know first hand the travel plans of the holidays and hope you found these helpful and time saving. If we can be of any help with your pre-travel maintenance, tuneup, tires, oil change, alignment or dashboard warning/emergency light give us a call or schedule your appointment online. We bring convenient auto repairs to Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD with many complimentary services.
(301) 317-7886



Car Repair & Flood Damaged Cars in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD - Buying a Car with Flood Damage

Car Repair News in Maryland 20723 Flood Damage

With hurricanes and heavy rains in the last few months and the hurricane season not over yet you might be fooled into buying a flood damaged vehicle. You might think that those cars which have been "totaled" by an insurance company can't be resold, but unfortunately their are gaps in the regulations and that allows for unscrupulous people to sell a flood damaged car at your expense.

This happens when insurance companies do the right thing and change the title to "Salvage" or possible "Flood" depending on the state but people work around the "right thing". If bought at an auction which is marked for parts, salvaged or even put through the shredder at the recycling center, however they can put some repairs into the vehicle and get it retitled without the "flood or salvage" in the title.

You might even consider buying one which "might be flood damaged because it is such a great deal. However the odds are extremely stacked against a flood damaged car being worth any realistic value because of the high amount of electronics and sensors. If a car is moved from a flood damaged area immediately and minor repairs and Major cleaning are done it may run for a few months without an issue. When corrosion occurs over time the electronics fail and the vehicle is only worth parts or scrap value. Think about a piece of metal left in the rain. It will last for a short time however rust sets in relatively quickly.

Like all car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD we want to be honest and forthright so you can have the answers needed to make an informed decision on all your automotive needs and news.


Here's a few more Tips about identifying Flood Damaged Cars, Trucks, Vehicles in Maryland:

  1. Odors Odors and more Odors. You might notice a musty, mildew or mold smell. Or you might notice a STRONG smell of deodorizer, detergent or air freshener to cover the smell.
  2. The history of the car or truck shows it has just lately come from a state which has been in the hurricane or flooded areas. But retitled for your state.
  3. There are many national websites which MAY help like carfax, National Insurance VIN Check, Vehicle History GOV
  4. Air Filter have a Water stain? It is rare for an air filter to have water stain during normal use.
  5. Lights should not have significant moisture inside of them. While a crack will allow a small amount of moisture in, a major flood will often cause this in several lights. A "water line" is another sign in the lights area.
  6. Water lines and Silt under the hood. Open the hood and check the firewall, engine, radiator... Silt will often collect in the tiny nooks and crannies that are under the hood. It may be simple to wash the large surfaces but many pockets allow for silt to stick around even after a good washing.
  7. Carefully feel in areas that are tough to reach like inside the trunk, hood, under seats
  8. Seats been removed lately? When trying to dry carpeting it is common to remove the seats. Are there unusual marks as if someone has struggled to remove the nuts which hold the seats?
  9. Electronics, Electronics, Electronics! Does the radio and speakers sound "normal"? Seat warmers work? All lights (especially interior - which may be hard to see in the daylight)
  10. Lastly, Give us a call, schedule an appointment if you have any doubts. You might notice one of these items but have doubts with the seller's explanation. We have the experience in auto repairs since the 1970's and have seen many things which can help with buying a used car. Being a locally owned and operated car repair shop with family's of our own we know the importance of honesty and trust in your mechanic aka "ASE Certified Master Technician".


As will all our automotive news articles we hope this information is helpful to you BEFORE you need it. Remember this not only during hurricane season but well into the spring and Summer of the following year. We are glad to help with all your car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD and all your automotive news.



Car Repair & Tires in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD - Does your car come with a Spare?

Car Repair News in Maryland 20723

Car repair news in Maryland and across the country includes informing you about your tires. Specifically being prepared with a spare tire. Studies have found 28% of new cars do not have a spare. That may not be the end of the world but it certainly is important to be informed so that you are prepared in case of a roadside breakdown. Imagine driving along on a long road trip and your TPMS (Tire pressure monitoring system) light comes on as a dashboard warning light. You realize that you probably have a flat and think "I'm pretty far from anyplace I think I'll have to change the tire." That is frustrating enough, imagining you'll be late to your destination, dirty hands, scraped knuckles. Now go a step further and imagine the level of frustration you reach when you can't find your spare? You may check the car's manual. You might even google your car make and look for the spare's location. Only then finding out that your car Does NOT come with a spare tire!" That's what inspired us to write this article to help keep you informed. Like all car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD we want to be honest and forthright so you can have the answers needed to make an informed decision on all your automotive needs and news.


Here's a few more Tips about Car Tires:

  1. Keeping tires rotated can save money as they last longer and that extra tread will extend the life of your tires
  2. Tire Pressure is rather simple to do however many vehicles are out of the proper pressure range, this also can cost with premature wear, a safety concern with poor performance in evasive maneuvers.
  3. Having tires balanced with computerized, laser precision can improve performance and extend mileage.
  4. Getting the right tire for your vehicle. The wrong size can cause expensive damage and can effect the computerized sensors in today's tech savvy cars like ABS, TPMS, speedometer and possible damage to the transmission as shifting may be effected.
  5. Lastly Tire wear indicators have changed with new materials and design. While we used to depend on the "penny and Lincoln's head


We hope this inspires you to check into your existing car's spare and become familiar with it, if it has one! You may also consider independent research, at least asking the car seller before you make your new car purchase in the future. We are glad to help with all your car repair in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD and all your automotive news.



Deer and Cars in Laurel, Burtonsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville, Highland and Columbia MD

Car Repair News in Maryland 20723

So I have included a few Tips on how to avoid hitting or being hit by deer. Sadly within our home, "fleet of Drivers" we have been involved with no less than 6 collisions.

So a Few Tips on Deer. Since there are estimated to be more then 250,000 in Maryland as of September 1 2017, most of us are Likely to see a lot of them



  1. Never wildly Brake or swerve wildly for deer, (because you have cars approaching,& following you so sudden movements can cause an accident). If deer are seen ahead, gradual braking is best & remember while you see 1 deer, they usually travel in groups.
  2. Be on the lookout especially at night deer feed between Sunset & Sunrise.
  3. Slowdown in areas Known for deer crossings, forests & the watershed area common for deer as a good source of food can be found.
  4. Beep the Horn when you see deer to Scare them away.
  5. Lastly if you hit a deer, if at all possible move off the road, out of traffic, if the deer is still alive DO NOT Approach the injured deer, call Police & turn hazard lights on.


If you are looking for ways to see deer more easily and do something about those dim headlights and streaky wipers, check our car repair coupons page for a great deal on Headlight Restoration and a new set of Wipers along with a 51 point pre-season inspection.


Free NFL Fleece offer in Laurel, Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton 20759, Clarksville 21029, Highland 20777 and Columbia MD

Car Repair News in Maryland 20723

If you love football and especially love your local NFL team then you'll be happy to know that you can get a FREE NFL Fleece with a castrol oil change here at our auto repair shop in North West Laurel. The offer is good through 1/31/18. You are probably ready for an oil change or will be within that time period. We can help with ASE Certified Technicians but at an affordable price. You'll also get our courtesy inspection. The Free NFL Fleece needs a Redemption Certificate You can get more info here at our shop or online.
Choosing your NFL team logo and Getting the oil change is simple at our auto repair shop in North West Laurel and for the neighborhoods like Maple Lawn Farms, Burtonsville, Highland, Clarksville and Columbia as they are conveniently close. So cheer for your favorite Football team under the warmth and good looks of the free NFL fleece this football season while extending the life of your engine. An oil change is one of the highest values of all car repairs in Laurel and all of Maryland. You are ready for an oil change it's time to get in because the Offer expires 1/31/18. And it's only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Phone: (301) 317-7886 Hours M-F 7:30am-5:30pm


Car Repair Recalls in Laurel, Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton 20759, Clarksville 21029, Highland 20777 and Columbia MD

Car Recall News in Maryland 20723

We get quite a few questions about the auto repair recalls in the News. One of the most popular recalls lately is the airbag recall. With roughly 42,000,000 vehicles involved you may have gotten a notice yourself or have a friend who has received a letter in the mail. Recall work is done through the dealers because of the link to the manufacturers, however we are happy to help you with finding if your car or truck is involved in any of the recalls throughout the automotive world. You can do quite a bit of research on your own with recall checking sites like the Recall VIN checker on safecar.gov You will need to get the VIN from your vehicle which is usually a 17 digit number and is in generally located on the driver's side dash that you can see through the windshield and it's typically on the Driver's side of the car frame when you open the front door.
Course there are many more types of recalls than just the most popular airbag currently happening. Most every part of the automobile has been subject to some level of a recall over the automotive history. We have always been safety conscious from our daily repairs to the Maryland state car inspections. So it's no surprise that we stress not to ignore recall notices. Experiences at the dealership will vary with each location and manufacturer. Here is a list of car makers which are affected by the takata airbag recall currently (best practices to check the VIN, but this will give you a starting place):

Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks North America (Sterling Bullet), Daimler Vans USA LLC (Sprinter), Dodge, Ram, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen.
Other helpful sources to check into the validity of recalls in the automotive world is the United States Department of transportation - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website here's their page specific to the airbag info. Trends change and experiences differ, we have conversations with decades long trusted customers who are about to go in for a recall. They wonder what to expect since they know several of us have worked in the far, far past at dealerships. We are happy to help in any way possible. We also ask what their experience was like and they differ as time passes. In general, long ago there was a feeling to get the recall done and get the customer out the door as fast as possible, however now we hear more about a sales pitch for all the possible things that can be fixed. That's probably no surprise to you either. We are interested to hear from you about your recall experience and are willing to help with advice when we can and share the Automotive News all across Maryland.

Phone: (301) 317-7886 Hours M-F 7:30am-5:30pm


Car Batteries Laurel, Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton 20759, Clarksville 21029, Highland 20777 and Columbia MD

Mechanics News in Maryland 20723

Are Car Batteries about to change for the better? Everyone would be a little happier with longer lasting and more eco-friendly batteries for their devices from the cell phone to the hybrid and electric car batteries. The University of Texas at Dallas battery research into a new material of sodium-ion may have better storage and lower costs than typical lithium-ion. Lower costs will help to grow the hybrid car market which has well surpassed the 1 million mark. When it comes to automotive advances and the ability for batteries of many types to become cheaper, better for the environment and possibly last longer. Researchers are still working to pass the issues of 1/5th lower energy density. It will be interesting to watch as an auto repair shop in North West Laurel and in the neighborhoods like Maple Lawn Farms, Burtonsville, Highland, Clarksville and Columbia as they are seeing more hybrid vehicles. With lower costs possible and sodium replacing the expensive and rare lithium there is a lot of promise. Getting your next car battery may involve something as simple as common sodium and with the majority of the world covered in sea water, resources are there for the simple harvesting. When needs for standard car batteries charging, service or replacement we are happy to oblige. Being ASE Certified Master technicians aka "Mechanics in Laurel" with top of the line computerized diagnostic equipment we can help to find the root cause to your electrical issues. Give us a call for all your auto repair services.


Auto Repairs and Services Mufflers & Exhaust systems- Laurel Environment

Mechanics in Maryland 20723

Vehicle repairs in North Laurel, MD often include muffler and exhaust repairs. Exhaust systems are necessary to carry those fumes away from the passengers and filter out harmful gases from your engine such as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide by means of a catalytic converter. On top of this is a muffler that simply reduces the amount of noise generated by the exhaust. So if your vehicle is emitting loud noises, giving off bad odors, or getting lower gas mileage your exhaust system probably needs checked for possible repairs. Our ASE certified master technicians (or "mechanics in Laurel") can make a computerized analysis to find the problems with your vehicle and provide the necessary repairs. A properly functioning exhaust means your car won't damage it self or the environment. Give us a call or make an appointment on-line for all your auto repairs in Laurel 20723. We're a Honest, Trusted Mechanic, give us a call for all your auto repairs in Laurel 20723 and surrounding areas like Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton 20759, Clarksville 21029 or Highland 20777 and Columbia MD, with a track record starting back in 1979.


Trust? Honesty? Value? A Puzzle - Auto Repairs and Services

Mechanics in Maryland 20723

Has finding a good auto repair shop seemed like a Puzzle? Choosing a mechanic "Or ASE Certified Master Technician" in North West Laurel 20723 Maryland should involve Trust, Honesty and Values. It can be hard to trust a shop when you don't have much experience and you don't know a lot about the automotive repair shop. We've been in the automotive field since 1979 and built a huge reputation over those decades. Being Family Owned and Operated we know the importance of Building Trust for the long term. That trust turns into a relationship and that makes for a good partnership between us and our customers. We pride ourselves on clear communication and Honest information to help you plan on keeping your vehicle as long as you want. Knowing that you can trust advice and invest in keeping your family in a properly running vehicle often reduces stress and keeps you off of the side of the road in an emergency situation. Check our Google Reviews and then Check our Facebook Reviews. And then ask around. Knowing that your car or truck has had a 33 point inspection which is more than a simple selling point, but is a hard look into what you can expect for the near future with state of the art computerized diagnostic equipment to look for issues before they breakdown and create costly repairs. If you are looking for a Honest, Trusted Mechanic with a track record starting back in 1979 give us a call for all your auto repairs in Laurel 20723 and surrounding areas like Burtonsville 20866, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton 20759, Clarksville 21029 or Highland 20777 and Columbia MD.


Toys for Tots - Auto Repairs and Services

Mechanics in Maryland 20723

Thoroughbred Auto Care is very happy to announce that we will be participating in the Toys for Tots in Maryland for 2016. Starting October 30th, 2016 we will be accepting new, unwrapped toys at our auto repair shop in West Laurel MD 20723. Our Address as a donation center for Toys for Tots is:
11011 Scaggsville Rd
Laurel, MD 20723

Please contact us if you have any questions or need further directions. Thank you, from the Family owned and Operated Mechanics at Thoroughbred Auto Care. Toys for Tots from your trusted Mechanics in West Laurel 20723 area


Nominate a Deserving Family for Up To $500 in Auto Repairs and Services

mechanics in Maryland 20723

Thank You all who participated in this promotion to help deserving families with auto repairs in Laurel MD. Soon we will be sharing with you the results and the community services. It was a joint effort between us ”the Laurel Auto Care Group“, Laurel NAPA on main street, and NAPA Corporate. During the months of July, August and September we will be accepting nomination forms at our auto repair shop. We look forward to more community service in the future with our auto repair in West Laurel MD 20723
11011 Scaggsville Rd
Laurel, MD 20723

See and learn even more or community service auto repairs in West Laurel 20723 area


Labor Day West Laurel - 2016

Labor Day in Maryland 20723

With the Labor Day weekend in full swing, we take this time as an auto repair shop in West Laurel to say "Thank You" to all the workers of the Country, both past and present who have labored so tirelessly. The first Monday in September became the formal Federal holiday in 1894, to recognize the efforts and sacrifices of unions and workers of all types. Auto repair is a unique field of work in that you often form a relationship with people in the community. There is a level of trust and honesty that grows over time as repairs are made and vehicles run longer and more dependably. In 1979 the family of Thoroughbred auto care started with work on local cars and a lot of high end transmission repairs and modifications in those early days. Fast forward more than 37 years and we have worked with numerous hard working "labor" families (including ourselves) to make ends meet and provide quality auto repairs in the West Laurel, Burtonsville, Highlands, Maple Lawn Farms and beyond. We hope that everyone has a great weekend and enjoys today - Labor Day 2016 with loved ones.

Happy Labor Day weekend 2016!
Thoroughbred Auto Care 20723


Memorial Day North Laurel - 2016

Memorial Day in Maryland 20723

As the Memorial day weekend approaches, many in North Laurel are preparing for vacations, cookouts and time with family and friends. We hope that if you travel your vehicle is running great and you have a safe trip. Simple automotive things like checking the oil, tires and that your wipers are working well are well worth taking the time before traveling.
Memorial Day in the US originated around the Civil War as a way to remember all the sacrifices. Then in the 19th century is was expanded to remember all the military who had given their lives for the country. In 1971 Memorial day became an official federal holiday across the United States. Many of the friends and family here at Thoroughbred have ties to the armed services and their families. We hope that the weather cooperates and everyone gets to enjoy the time with good food, good conversation and have good memories this Memorial Day weekend 2016.


Thank You - Toys for Tots in Scaggsville 20723 - 2015

Scaggsville Toys for Tots in MD 20723

We want to say "Thank You" to all who came by our car repair shop to drop off a toys for the "Toys for Tots" program. It was great to see the local people from communities and towns of Scaggsville, Laurel, Fulton, Columbia, Maple Lawn Farms and beyond as they shared the holiday spirit of giving with new toys for local children. We had another great year for collection and giving for the local kids.
We hope that all the people who gave and the children who will receive the toys know how much we enjoyed being a donation location center. Hoping everyone has a great Holiday season and travels safely as we share the roads around our family owned car repair shop in 20723 Maryland.


Toys for Tots in Scaggsville 20723 - 2015

Toys for Tots in MD 20723

We're in the last week for Toys for Tots donations. The marines come to pick up the New, Unused Toys on Dec 15th 2015. So, we hope that as you are "out and about" enjoying the Holidays that you stop by and drop of your contribution. Tuesday, Dec 15th is the day for pick up so be sure to be here by Dec 14th.
We are located at 11011 Scaggsville Rd. Laurel, MD 20723. We're here and the big red box will be out front 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. We serve as a convenient donation center to our local towns of Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Clarksville and Columbia MD. Thanks for all the loyal customers and giving folks in our community, See more of your Toys for Tots collections of the past. Enjoy the Holidays!


Thanksgiving in MD 20723 - 2015

Thanksgiving in MD 20723

Being thankful goes hand in hand with a local auto repair business. We are extremely thankful for all the loyal customers who support a family owned and operated business. We're thankful for the great staff of Maryland mechanics / technicians, service writers and all who are supportive of the shop working so well. We will be closed on Thursday Nov 26th to celebrate with our families and loved ones. We will be OPEN on Friday November 27th for all of you who are out and about on Black Friday. We will be here to provide any emergency services as always. Our Toys for Tots drop off box will be open and ready for you drop off a toy if you are in the area with all the shopping going on in Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Clarksville, and Columbia Maryland.

Again, Thank You for all the good relationships and loyal friends. Enjoy your Thanksgiving in Maryland.


Veterans Day in Laurel MD 20723 - 2015

Veterans Day Discount

Veterans Day in Laurel MD 20723
We take a moment to say "Thank You" to all the Veterans past and present. As an auto repair shop in Laurel Maryland we see a lot of Veterans and enjoy being of service in their automotive needs. Seasoned Vets often have great stories and we are respectful of the hard work that service in the military requires.

In order to show our appreciation we regularly have an auto repair coupon special directly for our military customers. It includes 10% off of labor, up to $50. Be sure to print your coupon and present it at time of estimate. See more details on our car repair coupons page.

Veterans Day actually started at the end of World War I and was named Armistice Day, marking the truce between Germany and the Allied nations. It was set for the eleventh hour of the eleventh day, of the eleventh Month, thus 11am Nov. 11th, 1918. Armistice Day was changed to "Veterans Day" by Eisenhower and the Congress in June of 1954 and became the day to honor American military service of ALL wars.
Being in Laurel and such a short distance from so many current and retired military service men and women we are glad to share time with you and want to offer our sincere THANKS.



Car Repairs in Laurel MD - Toys For Tots 2015

Mechanics in Laurel MD 20723 - Toys For Tots
It's getting to the time of year once again for Holidays and an important part of that is Toys For Tots. We will be accepting new unwrapped toys for Tots November 1 through December 15. We are proud to be a drop off location for the program. We are convenient to the local areas of Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Clarksville, and Columbia Maryland. You can find the Toys for Tots Drop Off box at our shop : 11011 Scaggsville Rd. Laurel, MD 20723. Our hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Your donation should be a new, unwrapped toy. Like any of them in the image above.

Feel free to stop by and see us or give us a call if you have any question about Toys For Tots. Directions to the Drop off box and a map can be found on our location page. We've had a number of great years for Donations since the 1990's and we hope that you will make this year great as well.


(301) 317-7886


Car Repairs in Laurel MD - Mother's Day 2015

Mechanics in Laurel MD 20723 - Mother's Day 2015
Car repairs and Mother's Day may not seem like they go together, but they do. We provide car repairs for zip codes 21046, 20861, 20723, 20759, 20777, 21029 and well beyond and we see a lot great moms. Mothers provide for the family, schedule around children's needs and often make serious car repair decisions. They have to balance the family budget and they do a good job at it.

Good Moms and Mechanics share many of the same traits; honesty, good communication and care. While we would never claim to be as good as your mother we certainly strive hard to be your trusted partner for the life of your cars. We are a family oriented, locally owned and operated car repair shop who value all that mothers do for their families and the greater community. Looking for a locally owned and operated mechanics in Laurel or areas like these Clarksville, Scaggsville, Fulton, Maple Lawn Farms, MD? Give us a call.


(301) 317-7886


Mechanics in Laurel MD 20723 - Earth Day 2015

Mechanics in Laurel MD 20723 - Earth Day 2015
Local Mechanics in Laurel Maryland live in the area and care about their community. Car repair and Earth Day can work very well together. We pride ourselves on being a good neighbor and that means being environmentally conscious. In every step possible we are careful to provide vehicle repairs that help the environment with highly precise tune ups providing higher fuel efficiency and longer lasting cars and trucks.

Recycling car parts at our local recycling center and automotive fluids appropriately are just some of the steps we've taken since the opening of our Laurel car care center. With experience we improve our processes so that there are less leaks and when their are we capture them and recycle those fluids in an environmentally correct manner. If you are looking for a locally owned and operated mechanic in Laurel or areas like these Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms or Clarksville, MD give us a call.


(301) 317-7886


Car Repair Mechanic in Laurel MD 20723 - Easter 2015

Car Repair 20723 MD - Easter 2015
Auto repair isn't the first thing on our minds with Spring here in Laurel MD. We see more people on the roads traveling to spend time with friends and family. Winter has been longer and colder this year and that has kept people in and safe at home. Warmer temperatures and the colors of Spring allows us all to spend more time out getting errands done which have piled up from the longer winter.
Hoping everyone is enjoying the Easter Holiday with friends and family. Be safe while traveling as it is a popular time for many of us to visit with family in Laurel, Maryland and beyond. We hope to see everyone again this Spring and are glad to be making new friends already in 2015. We are only a short distance and offer towing and shuttle service to areas like these Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms and Clarksville, MD.


(301) 317-7886


Car Repair Shop in Laurel MD 20723 - New Years 2015

Car Repair in Laurel MD 20723 New Year 2015
Happy New Year from your Local car repair shop in Laurel MD 20723. Thanks for the great year 2014 and all the new people, old friends and things we've learned from you. With new training on the latest equipment upgrades we have been able to bring better repair services to areas like Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms and Clarksville, MD on a regular basis. Whether it was an older vehicle that we were working to keep running great into its older years or a brand new model with regular maintenance we enjoyed meeting lifelong customers and it was nice making new friends as they moved into the area.

We look forward to the New Year, 2015 and again seeing lifelong friends, their cars and making new friends while helping with their vehicles. Vehicles are getting more complex so we plan as always to continue our technical training to stay way ahead of the curve with the latest computerized equipment to serve and repair your car, truck, van or SUV with great repairs. If you find yourself needing an inspection for a car that you purchase in 2015 give us a call or check out our Maryland car inspection page to learn more about the process.

Our mechanic shop hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Stop in to see us! Thoroughbred Auto Care, 20723 Laurel



Car Repair Shop in Laurel MD 20723 & Community

Car Repair in Laurel MD 20723
A car repair shop in Laurel MD 20723 over time becomes more than just a local business. It becomes part of the community. When a shop first starts with local mechanics and owners there is a anxious start, mixed with pride in building something from scratch. But as years come and go then, turn into decades a business becomes part of the community and wants to say "Thank you" and genuinely give back.

Long term friendships are built and when someone suggests that it would be a good community place for a Toys for Tots collection location we couldn't have agreed more. This year has become a great result for the Toys for Tots program and might become the best year yet. It really goes to show the caring people and the activities of our local areas like Laurel, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton and Clarksville have stopped in and donated so many toys. So we say a heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all who have given to the local children this Holiday season. If you would like to stop in and answer any questions we would be more than happy to meet new friends in the 20723 zip code and well beyond in our friendly, community car repair shop. Our shop hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.


Toys for Tots in Laurel MD 20723

Toys for Tots in Laurel MD 20723
As an Auto repair shop in Laurel MD 20723 since the early 1990s we see ourselves as a long standing member of the community. Part of being a good member of an community is finding ways to be involved and give back when possible. That is the reason that we have been a partner of Toys for Tots and the Marines for years.

We are happy to provide a place where you can drop off your new, unwrapped toy for a child in the community this holiday season. Our toy box is here at our Laurel auto repair shop. If you have any questions about; gift types, sizes or dropping off after hours you can call us at (301) 317-7886. The Marines come to pick up the toys on Wednesday 12/17 so don't delay.

Our shop hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. If you would like to stop by and see us and drop off your gift. We look forward to the Holiday season and all the community events that go along with it. We hope that yours is filled by spending time with loved ones in rich conversation and making memories that will last a lifetime.



Car Repair 20723 - Time Change Laurel MD

Car Clock Repair 20723 MD
Don't forget your car's clock when it comes to the time change for Daylight savings time in Laurel MD 20723. Some new models have clocks that update automatically however many models still rely on us to change the vehicle's clock settings. If you have any questions check your manufacturers owner's manual.

While you are turning your clocks back for the Fall you should consider testing your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The batteries in these do lose their proper levels and need replacing. You vehicle's battery is no different so it's also a great time to check the date which is on the battery top in most cases. Getting your battery in good condition before the freezing temperatures of Winter is a great way to be prepared. If we can be of service of any automotive needs like car inspections, brake repair, oil change or regularly scheduled 30,000 regular maintenance don't hesitate to call us right here in Laurel, Maryland. We are only a short distance and offer towing and shuttle service to areas like these zip codes 21046, 20861, 20723, 20759, 20777, 21029.



Auto Repair near Zip 20723 - The Fall of 2014

Auto Repair in Zip 20723 MD
Auto repair in 20723 zip code area of Maryland means FALL is coming. With the end of Summer means Fall colors are coming along so don't neglect your vehicle's care. Going back to school, travel vacations in nice temperatures and more wildlife on the roads all point toward having your vehicle in good shape before the heavy rains and snowy conditions come along. Take advantage of the nice weather and get that regular maintenance brought up to date before the winter weather has you stuck in the house or worse yet stuck on the side of the road.

Your car's regular maintenance in areas like Fulton MD and surrounding zip codes like 20723 and 20759 is something that we provide to our regular customers as well as people new to the area. Maple Lawn Farms is a new community in the area and we are happy to have found some new friends and customers in providing them services like "MD state auto inspections", Brake repair, tire sales and service along with general auto repair to our new Maple Lawn Farm neighbors. The Fall also means that more wildlife is on the roads and deer are especially noticeable. While nice to see at a distance they can create dangerous events. So be cautious to drive more attentively as well as consider getting your headlights checked and it needed we are happy to provide "headlamp restoration" to SAVE you money instead of a more costly replacement of the entire headlamp.

If you have any automotive repair needs in the Fulton MD, Scaggsville MD, Laurel MD and/or surround area codes like 21046, 20861, 20723, 20759, 20777, 21029 please give us a call and we will be happy to provide you Personal, Quality Auto repair from a Locally Owned and Operated auto repair shop.



Auto Care - Enjoy Labor Day Weekend

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend Laurel MD
The Thoroughbred Auto Care Family hopes that you and your loved ones enjoy the Labor Day weekend 2014.
With estimates that this Labor Day weekend will be a record for travel we hope that everyone is safe and that they get to meet with those important in their lives. America is unique in many ways and it's work ethic and celebrations are a testimony of that uniqueness. Labor Day was first recognized in 1885 by local municipalities and just 9 years later most all states had joined in the celebration as well as the Federal Holiday for the first Monday in September. Many events, changes and additions have occurred to extend the celebrations from Monday into the entire weekend. Be safe with all the vehicles on the road!

To People Everywhere Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend from the Thoroughbred Auto Care Family in Laurel Maryland



Celebrate a Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July Laurel MD
What could be more of a celebration of Independence than the American Flag, an American Corvette and a Convertible? We enjoy working on both foreign and domestic vehicles and keeping you safe on the road but we have to admit it is great to have a classic American muscle car in our Family owned and operated auto repair shop right here in Laurel, MD. The 4th of July holds a lot of great memories for us here at the shop like family and friends getting together for picnics with great food and conversations. Course what would the day be without Fireworks? The nice weather of Summer means that travel is a little easier and that brings newborn additions to families to the get togethers and of course that means special memories for parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and extended family. Taking a classic car out for a drive with the top down at sunset is a great way to celebrate on this 4th of July 2014.

To American's Everywhere Enjoy Your 4th of July from the Thoroughbred Auto Care Family



Happy 100th Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day Laurel MD
Where would we be without our Mothers? Taking the time to say thanks to all the moms who cared about us on this Mother's Day weekend May 11th 2014. This year (2014) marks the number 100th celebration for the second Sunday in May. So for all the times that you kept us safe and knew what was best for us - Thanks MOM!.

To Mother's Everywhere Enjoy Your Day from the Thoroughbred Auto Care Family



Headlamp / Headlight Restoration in Laurel Maryland

Being able to see better in low light and night conditionsheadlamp restoration in Laurel MD is an important part of safe driving as it allows us to identify road hazards as well as street signs and lights. Headlamp restoration is a good way to gain as much as 75% back from our light sources. Looking at your car's headlights and seeing hazy, cloudy or aged material is a simple way to indicate that restoration might be the right answer for you. With the cost of replacing headlamps extremely high in comparison many people are choosing restoration to save money and increase their safety levels. These headlamps get damaged mostly due to UV rays from sunlight so preventing the conditioning in the first place can be achieved through parking in shaded areas or completely enclosed areas like your garage. The shape, angle and material composition can greatly effect the severity of the damage and therefore we see this occur more frequently in certain models. So before you head off to get a replacement and spend a lot of money, stop on in and let us check your headlamps and see if your vehicle is a good candidate for Restoration.

Thanks from the locally Owned & Operated Thoroughbred Auto Care Family


Free Flat Tire Repair in Laurel Maryland

Tire repair is something that we all need now Tire Repair in Laurel MDand then. Here at Thoroughbred giving back to the community and being a good neighbor is something that has always been at the center of our business philosophy. A big part of that is treating people as we would like to be treated and in that direction we are offering free flat fixing and tire repair. We tried this in February and with great success we are going to bring it into everyday offer until further notice. So if you have a flat tire and would like it fixed for FREE bring it on in. This offer applies to most cars and light trucks with a limit of up to $50. Please call for detail and tell your friends there is no need to pay for your next flat tire repair!


Earth Day 2014

Earth Day celebrates the recycling and Eco-friendly processes that Recycling Auto Partshave been put into place and here at Thoroughbred we have been recycling auto parts and automotive fluids responsibly well before we knew the term "Earth Day."  It's part of what we do to be a good friend to the community and a good neighbor.

 

So know that you have a partner here in Laurel Maryland who follows and exceeds the rules and regulations when it comes to being a responsible steward of the environment when it comes to recycling things like Motor oil, Transmission fluid, Anti-freeze and coolants and those car parts like starters and tires don't go to the landfill but instead off the recycle center.


Manhole Covers and Vehicles do NOT mix!

This Vehicle came in with condenser and radiator "problems" The combination of Plowing and Potholes can leave some really large road debris so Be Careful and if you have a problem know that we are here to give you a hand and get you back on the road with 24,000 miles or 24 month Nationwide Warranty.
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An Experienced auto repair shop will SAVE you Money.

A customer came in with transfer case problems to their AWD / 4WD. They had recently gotten discount “bargain” tires from a “bargain” place instead of an experienced auto repair shop. The problem is that the salesman sold them tires which were the wrong size - 1 ½ inches different in circumference which is what caused the Blown transfer case. Tire savings $10 a tire… Transfer cases replacement / repair range from $1,300 - $2,200.
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Cold Weather Auto Tips

With freezing Cold temps vehicles can run into unique issues. Here are a few tips for helping your vehicle survive.

  1. Consider letting your vehicle warm at idle for 5 minutes when starting up. Revving the engine at start up is not suggested as it forces the coldest materials to be exposed to the greatest change in temperature and pressure.
  2. Spraying PAM on a towel and then wiping down the vehicle's weatherstrips around the doors can help to keep them from freezing shut.
  3. Check tire pressures to avoid flats. With extreme cold temps causing the tire and the air inside, to contract often air leaks through and create a low tire. Checking this twice a week is a good idea to keep the tire from reaching a critical low level and causing a dangerous condition.
  4. Like tip #3 with newer vehicles the low tire pressure dashboard light may come on indicating a tire needs attention. If after inspecting the tires on the vehicle the light stays on, remember to check the spare as well as several of the newer vehicles also have a sensor which will cause the light to come on.

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