(703) 352-7770 |  3215 Old Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22031  |  Mon–Fri: 8:00am–6:00pm (After Hours Key Dropoff Available)

The Holiday Hustle: Preparing Your Vehicle for the Seasonal Rush in Fairfax, VA

November 23, 2023

Getting your vehicle ready for the holidays with pre trip inspections from ABS Unlimited in Fairfax, VA. Mom and Dad driving and smiling in car with young son and daughter while traveling for the holiday season.

As the holiday season approaches, our roads become bustling avenues of travelers heading to family gatherings, winter getaways, and festive celebrations. It’s the busiest time for travel, and with the increased demand on your vehicle, preparation is more than a convenience—it’s a necessity. At ABS Unlimited Auto Repair, nestled at the heart of Fairfax, VA, we understand the importance of reliability and safety when it comes to your vehicle, especially during the holiday rush.


Why a Pre-Trip Inspection Is Essential

The reason is simple: prevention is better than cure. A pre-trip inspection helps identify potential issues before they become road-side breakdowns. Fairfax’s winter conditions can be harsh on your vehicle, and the last thing you want is to be stranded in the cold or, worse, involved in an accident due to vehicle failure.


What We Check at ABS Unlimited

When you bring your vehicle to us at 3215 Old Pickett Road, here’s what our thorough pre-trip inspection includes:

  1. Tires: Tires are your car’s only contact with the road, so their condition is paramount. We check for proper inflation, tread depth, and overall condition to ensure you have the traction and handling necessary for safe travel.
  2. Brakes: Effective brakes are crucial for safety, especially in inclement weather. We inspect the brake pads, rotors, and fluid levels to make sure your vehicle can stop on a dime if need be.
  3. Battery: Cold weather can be tough on your battery. We test its charge and inspect for corrosion to ensure it won’t let you down.
  4. Fluids: From your engine oil to the coolant, we check all fluid levels and quality, topping off or replacing as necessary. Proper fluid levels are critical to vehicle performance and longevity.
  5. Lights and Electrical Systems: Headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and interior lights are all checked for functionality. We also ensure your electrical systems are running without a hitch.
  6. Heating and Cooling System: We want you to stay warm and your engine to stay cool. We’ll check your heating system for comfort and your engine’s cooling system to prevent overheating.
  7. Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid: Visibility is key in winter driving. We replace worn wipers and refill washer fluid to ensure you can keep your windshield clear.
  8. Belts and Hoses: We inspect these for cracks, fraying, and tightness, as they are essential to many vehicle operations and can deteriorate over time, especially in extreme temperatures.
  9. Suspension and Steering Systems: For a smooth and controlled ride, we check the suspension and steering components for wear and proper operation.
  10. Exhaust System: To keep you safe from harmful emissions and to ensure your vehicle runs efficiently, we inspect your exhaust system thoroughly.


At ABS Unlimited, we’re not just about fixing cars; we’re about keeping you informed and safe on the road. Our team of expert mechanics is dedicated to providing the highest quality of work and exceptional customer service, ensuring that your vehicle is in top shape for whatever holiday adventures you have planned. Whether you’re driving across town or across the country this holiday season, let us help you travel with confidence.


Remember, a well-prepared vehicle is the key to a stress-free trip. Give us a call at (703) 352-7770 or visit us online at http://www.autoservicefairfax.com to schedule your pre-trip inspection. Let’s make this holiday season memorable for all the right reasons—starting with a safe and reliable ride.