Ready for sum­mer travel?

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Pos­si­bly the only thing worse for a sum­mer road trip than find­ing the car won’t start is get­ting half­way through the trip and then dis­cov­er­ing the fault.

With bags and kids loaded, hundreds of kilo­me­tres from home, it’s not a lot of fun.

Given mod­ern ve­hi­cles’ re­liance on ad­vanced elec­tron­ics for ev­ery­thing from safe brak­ing and cor­ner sta­bil­ity to keep­ing pas­sen­gers com­fort­able with good mu­sic and cool air, prob­lems nowa­days are as likely to be re­lated to cir­cuit boards as they are hot metal and grease.

Tune-ups, mean­while, are the do­main of high-tech di­ag­nos­tic tools that scan a ve­hi­cle’s com­puter sys­tem in a bliz­zard of com­ple­men­tary analy­ses.

All are as­pects han­dled by Amaz­ing Auto Elec­tric, where owner Greg Box has kept the com­pany at the fore of a fastchang­ing in­dus­try with ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing back more than 40 years.

A se­lec­tion of the lat­est scan­ners are ready to de­tect faults, and a wide range of re­place­ment parts are on hand to pro­vide quick reme­dies for cars, trucks, boats, mo­torhomes, car­a­vans and com­mer­cial ma­chin­ery.

Greg says peo­ple plan­ning a trip away this sum­mer can save them­selves a lot of worry by adding a car checkup to their prepa­ra­tions list.

‘‘If there’s a light on the dash then there’s po­ten­tially a safety is­sue, so you don’t want to leave that. If you deal with an is­sue when it first ap­pears you can avoid a lot of dis­rup­tion, as well as ben­e­fit from a faster, eas­ier re­pair,’’ he says.

‘‘At least once a year you should get the whole car scanned, be­cause ig­nor­ing it is set­ting you up for big­ger prob­lems later.’’

Amaz­ing Auto Elec­tric are the city’s ex­perts at solv­ing auto-elec­tri­cal prob­lems and tun­ing ve­hi­cles for op­ti­mum per­for­mance – some­thing that not only en­sures a smoother ride but also im­proves fuel ef­fi­ciency, sav­ing driv­ers money while help­ing pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

A se­lec­tion of high-qual­ity bat­ter­ies are avail­able to keep the ve­hi­cle’s cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem tick­ing over, and a friendly, com­mon-sense ap­proach to jobs makes even the least car-savvy per­son feel wel­come.

With Amaz­ing Auto Elec­tric tak­ing a break over the Christ­mas-New Year pe­riod, Greg ad­vises hol­i­day­mak­ers not to leave it to the last minute. ‘‘It does get busy,’’ he says, ‘‘so it’s a good idea to sort out these things be­fore it’s too late.’’

Amaz­ing Auto Elec­tric is lo­cated at 65 Co­leridge St, Sy­den­ham. For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 03 379 4250 or visit amazin­gau­to­elec­

Amaz­ing Auto Elec­tric owner Greg Box has the knowhow to en­sure a ve­hi­cle’s electrics don’t stall a road trip.

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