For Corvette-loving Dad and Grandfather, Cars are a Family Affair

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Bob Garofoli (left) and his father, Roberto, smile for a photo with Bob’s Corvette.
Photo courtesy of Bob Garofoli

Dads are often who we turn to for car help. Whether they helped you through your first repair, gave you advice while car shopping, or just wanted an excuse to spend time with you in the garage, we know fathers play a big role in the sentimentality of cars. In our miniseries “Car memories with dad,” we’ll share stories about and interviews with some car-loving dads leading up to Father’s Day. This series originally ran in June 2019.

I vaguely remember shyly checking out and sitting in my dad’s friend’s Corvettes as a little girl with my sisters. I’m sure I thought they were cool or fun, but undoubtedly didn’t understand or appreciate all of the work and passion that went into those cars behind the scenes.

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Car Memories with Dad: 1A Auto President on Skills He Learned from His Father

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Dads are often who we turn to for car help. Whether they helped you through your first repair, gave you advice while car shopping, or just wanted an excuse to spend time with you in the garage, we know fathers play a big role in the sentimentality of cars. In our miniseries “Car memories with dad,” we’ll share stories about and interviews with some car-loving dads leading up to Father’s Day.

What is the first car memory that comes to mind when you think of your dad?

It’s a funny memory. It’s long—it’s way back. And it has to do with my dad, as well as my uncle. I was maybe 1-and-a-half or 2 years old. We were moving from California to Delaware.

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12 Songs to Make You Feel like a NASCAR Driver

12 Songs to Make You Feel like a NASCAR Drive

The Strat 200 race of the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series is tonight! In anticipation of the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, we’re re-reading one of our favorite blog posts from last season.

We selected some racecar-driver worthy tunes to help you get into a racing state of mind, some of which are even NASCAR-driver approved. The list is rounded out with a few of Spencer Boyd‘s picks.

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New Trail Ridge tonneau covers will protect your truck bed in style

1A Auto Mechanic Andy installs a Trail Ridge tonneau cover on a truck in our R&D center.
1A Auto Mechanic Andy tests out one of the new Trail Ridge tonneau covers in our R&D center.

A tonneau cover, or truck bed cover, allows a truck owner to keep both their bed and any items stored in it secure. In anticipation of our Black Friday deal on Trail Ridge’s new tonneau covers, we’re sharing what you need to know about tonneau covers and previewing the new selection that will be available exclusively on 1aauto.com.

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‘Engine Noise Podcast’ hosts interview each other for International Podcast Day 2019

Jeremy (left) and Matt chat in the studio before recording a new episode of the 1A Auto-sponsored podcast they host, “Engine Noise.”
Jeremy (left) and Matt chat in the studio before recording a new episode of the 1A Auto-sponsored podcast they host, “Engine Noise.”

Today is International Podcast Day, and to celebrate, we asked “Engine Noise Podcast” hosts Matt and Jeremy to interview each other. 1A Auto is a proud sponsor of the podcast for car enthusiasts and DIYers.

We knew that Jeremy is a car aficionado, and Matt is a do-it-yourselfer who more recently became interested in cars, but it turns out there’s a lot we didn’t know about them!

Keep reading to learn more about the guys, and don’t forget to download and listen to “Engine Noise” episodes at https://apple.co/2L9E5TB.

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How Often Should You Change Your Oil? Every 3,000 Miles?

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When it comes to modern engines, for some, the 3k rule is not much of a debate. According to one of our experts, “Oil and engines have come a long way, [and] the theory of a 3k oil change is long gone.”

After asking some of our experts “Should owners stick to changing their oil every 3,000 miles?”, the answer is likely no, especially if the manufacturer recommends differently, and if the vehicle is newer and uses synthetic oil, but it also depends on the following conditions:

  • Vehicle/Engine Age, Condition, and Type (e.g. oil consumption rate; often carries heavy loads)
  • Driving Conditions (e.g. city vs. highway; warmer environments)
  • Driving Style and Frequency (e.g. high RPMs; average mileage)
  • Type of Oil (i.e. synthetic vs. conventional)
  • Manufacturer’s Recommendations

These factors, along with what you would like to achieve (like making your car last for over 300,000 miles), all influence the answer to the question, “How often should I change my oil?”

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