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MMP Welcomes AMSOIL for Your Synthetic Oil Needs

MMP Welcomes AMSOIL for Your Synthetic Oil Needs

You may know that synthetic oils outperform conventional oils, but you might not understand why. The differences begin at the molecular level. Synthetics don’t contain the impurities and molecular irregularities inherent to conventional oils. The pure, uniform molecular structures in synthetics impart properties that provide wear protection, extreme-temperature performance and fuel efficiency conventional lubricants just can’t touch – all of which helps you save money with vehicles that run better and last longer. MMP is pleased to announce that we now offer AMSOIL's full line of synthetic lubricants, filters, and much more. Because AMSOIL synthetic lubricants are chemically engineered to form pure lubricants, they contain no contaminants or molecules that don't serve a designed purpose, and as a result: AMSOIL shields your automobile with 75% more engine protection against horsepower loss and wear than required by a leading industry standard, extending th ... read more

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Custom Vehicle - 1965 GT40

Custom Vehicle - 1965 GT40

We were very enthused to see Scarlett in the shop this month! Allow us to make introductions: This is Scarlett, Tim T.'s 1965 Ford GT40. Isn't she a beauty? The Ford GT40 was originally designed and produced to win sports races against Ferrari in the 1960s. The name GT40 represents 'Grand Touring' with the 40 designation representing the overall height of 40 inches. Ford actually won several titles in the late sixties with the GT40. Today, car enthusiasts like our customer Tim, have built several custom replicas inspired by the originals. As mentioned previously on the MMP blog, the state of Texas requires an inspection by an ASE certified technician be completed before registration and title of all custom vehicles. A 'custom vehicle' is defined as a vehicle manufactured to resemble a vehicle that is at least 25 years old and of a model year after 1948, and has been altered from the ... read more

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Winterization - Is Your Vehicle Ready for Cold Weather?

Winterization - Is Your Vehicle Ready for Cold Weather?

Drivers often underestimate the importance of preparing cars for the winter. Freezes can wreak havoc on auto systems, such as cracking expensive engine blocks (in extreme weather) when the water/anti-freeze ratio is incorrect, brittle belts that may snap or break, and weak batteries that can leave you stranded. A properly maintained vehicle can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather drops. 1. Fluids - Coolant should be flushed and refilled every 24 months. Be sure to mix antifreeze with water because full strength antifreeze has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water. 2. Battery - Check the battery and charging system ahead of time for optimum performance. We recommend replacing batteries that are over three years old. 3. Tires - Tire pressure should be checked weekly, as they can easily lose pressure when temperatures drop. Don't forget to also check your spare! MMP now offers nitrogen for your tir ... read more

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Pay Online!

Now you can pay MMP online with a link using Plastiq. Why? Because one of our fleet customers asked and we responded to create a convenient option for them! What is Plastiq? Plastiq is a service that empowers you to use your existing credit and debit cards to pay any bill, regardless of acceptance. Unlike a few similar services, Plastiq is not limited to billers in their database. Plastiq can literally be used to pay any biller in the US. or Canada. Payees not in their database are paid by check. Plastiq charges a fee for the payer, not the payee, however, right now, MMP is covering this cost for you. Signing up for an account is easy. Just click here to ... read more

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Nitrogen for Tires - Now Available at MMP!

Nitrogen for Tires - Now Available at MMP!

MMP is glad to announce: we have nitrogen! You are probably thinking (and yes we can hear you): “Nitrogen? Whaaaaaat?” You probably didn’t even know nitrogen could be used anywhere on a car, right? Well there is a growing trend out there among the more discerning to use nitrogen to inflate car and truck tires instead of just plain air. Why? Check out these main key benefits: Better fuel efficiency - maintaining the correct tire pressure ensures better contact with the road and improves your gas mileage. Studies have shown about a 3% improvement Extended tire life - with less oxidation (due to the lack of oxygen) occurring, there's less damage to inner liners and rims. In the long run, you'll buy fewer tires! Increased safety - Air is constantly escaping from tires. With nitrogen in your tires, they'll maintain proper pressure longer. Tires that are properly inflated reduce blowouts and help your v ... read more

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A Thank You Lunch

Last week, St Clair came into the shop to cook and serve a lovely lunch to the MMP (and AutoFrank) team. This wonderful gesture was St Clair's way of showing his appreciation for the great service we provided in getting his 2011 Dodge Durango problem solved. We are sorry we didn’t take pictures of the feast he brought but the menu included: -Baked chicken -Mixed vegetables -Corn on the cob -Pasta Everything was tasty, from the pasta down to his specially flavored/seasoned corn on the cob. He brought everything need for lunch, including a heating appliances to keep the dishes hot, table, napkins, utensils, ice, cups, and ginger ale . And to top it off, he even served us by preparing our plates to order. Why did he do all of this for us? He said it was because of the fantastic job we did in getting his car back on the road while saving him literally thousands of dollars. If you want to read up on the details, go ... read more

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One Question to Ask When Presented with a Large Repair Bill

One Question to Ask When Presented with a Large Repair Bill

Do you know that you could save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars next time you receive a large estimate from your independent auto repair shop by asking one question? Just this past month, here at MMP, we had 2 opportunities to save our customers money and we did just that! 1) St Clair C., 2011 Dodge Durango – After coming to us with work done on his SUV while visiting St. Petersburg, Florida, we effected warranty repair since we and that original repair shop are both NAPA Auto Care Centers. We eventually discovered that there was an extended warranty on the entire driver’s side engine head assembly (including camshafts, cam phasers, lifters, and valves). We took the car to Gulfgate Dodge for the customer and they completed replacement of the entire head assembly within one week - all without any cost to the customer! 2) Sam P., 2008 Dodge Magnum – Car came into MMP for a no start condition. Initial diagnostic revealed a communication problem between the WINN ... read more

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Custom Vehicle Registration - 2016 Shelby Replica

Custom Vehicle Registration - 2016 Shelby Replica

Take a look at what came into the MMP shop recently! What is it? It's a 2016 replica of a 1965 Shelby. This car has a 2015 Ford 5.0 liter engine with 400hp Did you know the state of Texas requires an inspection by an ASE certified technician be completed before registration and title of all custom vehicles? Custom Vehicle is defined as a vehicle manufactured to resemble a vehicle that is at least 25 years old and of a model year after 1948; and has been altered from the manufacturer's original design or has a body constructed from materials not original to the vehicle. In Texas, prior to accepting an application for Custom Vehicle or Street Rod specialty license plates, the following safety conditions must be met: Vehicle must pass an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Safety Inspection. ASE Technician must complete and sign the Form VTR-852, ASE Safety Inspection and If the customer is making initial application for title, the following must be submitted to title ... read more

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Auto Detailing Now Available!

Auto Detailing Now Available!

Presenting Our New Auto Detailing Services! Why Detail Your Car? Proper detailing not only helps to keep your car looking great, it is also a very cost-effective way to quickly improve the resale value of a used vehicle. Protecting your investment in your car will also result in better personal comfort, impress your friends, and make you proud to drive in a clean ride. But while everyone would like to keep their car looking good, it isn’t always easy to keep on top of it. We understand. And that’s why we now offer this special service for our discerning customers. And for a limited time, check out this very special offer! Here's the Deal!$159 $119.00 complete auto detailing service if prepaid before 10/30/2016.Detailing includes: vacuuming interior, spot treatment for carpet and cloth, cleaning all interior leather and vinyl, protection for rubber, vinyl, and plastic. Offer also includes: exterio ... read more

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