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Since 2003, Collins Auto Repair has provided motorists in the Albert Lea, MN 56007 area with comprehensive auto repair services that include Car Care Services, General Services, Undercar Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Transmission Services, Electronic Services, Internal Engine Services, Heavy-Duty Services and Miscellaneous Services. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time.

It’s called The Great American Road Trip for a reason. And, there’s no better way to celebrate America’s Birthday ...
07/01/2019
Top 10 Road Trips for 4th of July

It’s called The Great American Road Trip for a reason. And, there’s no better way to celebrate America’s Birthday than to hit the road and experience history.

The best road trips for families of the 4th of July, Independence Day and Fireworks

06/21/2019
Car Air-Conditioning: How To Maximize The Cool

Your car’s air-conditioning system has one job—to keep you cool. But during a summer scorcher, it may seem like it’s barely up to the task.

Beat the heat, save fuel, and drive happy with these simple strategies for using A/C wisely.

These basics will prevent most car troubles and save you the heartache of emergencies.
06/14/2019
7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Safe for Summer Driving

These basics will prevent most car troubles and save you the heartache of emergencies.

Don’t be the sad sack on the side of the highway. These basics will prevent most car troubles and save you the heartache of emergencies.

The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s, though Americans quickly came t...
06/07/2019
Automobile History

The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s, though Americans quickly came to dominate the automotive industry in the first half of the twentieth century.

The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s, though Americans quickly came to dominate the automotive industry in

Maintaining a vehicle’s tires is essential to maximize tire life and ensure safety on the road. There is no better tim...
06/03/2019
Car Care Council Supports National Tire Safety Week - Be Car Care Aware

Maintaining a vehicle’s tires is essential to maximize tire life and ensure safety on the road. There is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week in May to start checking tire pressure and condition regularly, says the Car Care Council.

Maintaining a vehicle’s tires is essential to maximize tire life and ensure safety on the road. There is no better time to start than National Tire Safety Week in May to start checking tire pressure and condition regularly, says the Car Care Council. The Car Care Council supports National Tire Saf...

Summer’s high temperatures can take a toll on everyone – and everything, including your car.
05/17/2019
Summer Tips to Help Your Car Beat the Heat | AAA Exchange

Summer’s high temperatures can take a toll on everyone – and everything, including your car.

Extreme summertime temperatures can cause car damage and breakdowns. Be prepared to beat the heat with these tips from AAA.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and sta...
05/10/2019
How to Save Money at the Gas Pump

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Even though prices are expected to rise significantly, you can still find ways to save money on gas using these tips from Consumer Reports.

Having the proper tire pressure is a crucial safety issue. Next, to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety ...
04/26/2019
Service Your Car

Having the proper tire pressure is a crucial safety issue. Next, to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety devices on your car.

If you have no known problems with your tires, check your vehicle's tire pressure seasonally or before you head off on a road trip.

If you're planning on traveling this weekend, you'll be headed into a kind of perfect storm: Good Friday, the start of P...
04/19/2019
How to Prepare for Travel Delays This Holiday Weekend

If you're planning on traveling this weekend, you'll be headed into a kind of perfect storm: Good Friday, the start of Passover and spring break are all converging to make for clogged roads, busy airports, and overcrowded train stations.

This year Easter, Passover and spring break are the same weekend. Here are some tips that can help you avoid delays on the ground or in the air.

Mackinac Island feels stuck in the 19th century, but in a good way. From Chi-town, stick to Michigan’s Gold Coast, whe...
04/12/2019
10 Road Trips You Can Take in a Week

Mackinac Island feels stuck in the 19th century, but in a good way. From Chi-town, stick to Michigan’s Gold Coast, where you’ll find rolling hills, farm stands, sand dunes and vineyards. After crossing into Michigan, stop for lunch at Charlie's Piggin N' Grinnin' (the name alone) in Benton Harbor. Sated, keep chugging toward Holland, best known for its tulips. (This year’s Tulip Time Festival is May 4-12.)

We've planned 10 week-long road trips with routes, must-stops and where to stay along the way.

Overdue for an oil change or a brake inspection? Whatever the service, by postponing necessary maintenance, you may be c...
04/05/2019
Putting Off Car Care? Stop Stalling - Be Car Care Aware

Overdue for an oil change or a brake inspection? Whatever the service, by postponing necessary maintenance, you may be causing extensive damage to your vehicle and increasing the chance of a breakdown. With National Car Care Month in April upon us, the non-profit Car Care Council suggests you stop stalling and get your vehicle serviced today.

Overdue for an oil change or a brake inspection? Whatever the service, by postponing necessary maintenance, you may be causing extensive damage to your vehicle and increasing the chance of a breakdown. With National Car Care Month in April upon us, the non-profit Car Care Council suggests you stop s...

Historic Concept Cars, Part I: Yesteryear’s Cars of Tomorrow - Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)
03/29/2019
Historic Concept Cars, Part I: Yesteryear’s Cars of Tomorrow - Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)

Historic Concept Cars, Part I: Yesteryear’s Cars of Tomorrow - Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)

Over the years, automakers have used concept cars to prototype styling innovations, new technology and futuristic safety features. With a new lineup of concept vehicles about to take the stage at auto shows around the world, now’s a great time to look back at some of history’s more memorable dre...

Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and often bring their favorite furry friend along on ...
03/22/2019
Pet Passenger Safety | AAA Exchange

Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and often bring their favorite furry friend along on road trips, day trips and day-to-day errands. However, in a vehicle, this can mean added distractions for the driver and added dangers for all passengers, including pets.

Keep your pets safe while driving with these tips from AAA.

03/08/2019
Hit a Pothole? Look for These Warning Signs - Be Car Care Aware

Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment.

Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering and suspension, and alignment. The non-profit Car Care Council urges motorists to watch for three warning signs to help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged their vehicle. Loss of control, swaying when making routi...

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and sta...
02/08/2019
How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes

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Consumer Reports shows you how to avoid some of the most common car-seat installation mistakes and offers advice on how to fix a potentially dangerous issue.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and sta...
02/01/2019
How to Get the Most Out of Your Car's Heater

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Winter is here, so it's time to understand how to maximize your car's heater to keep you comfortable and safe. Consumer Reports explains.

Potholes in Winnipeg can easily become your car’s worst enemy. These holes or pits on a roadway’s surface can seriou...
01/18/2019
10 Signs Your Vehicle Has Pothole Damage - Dhillon Automotive Group

Potholes in Winnipeg can easily become your car’s worst enemy. These holes or pits on a roadway’s surface can seriously harm a car’s ride control system.

Pothole Damage - Find out the 10 signs your vehicle might have pothole damage and what to do about it. This article is part of the Dhillon Auto Tips series.

It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm-up” or idle before dr...
01/14/2019
No Need to ‘Warm Up’ Modern Vehicles in Cold Weather - Be Car Care Aware

It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm-up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.

The idea of idling before driving dates back to when cars were built with carburetors. With new fuel-injection technology, complex computer systems, and thinner synthetic oils, drivers don’t need to warm up their cars before hitting the road.

It is that time of the year when many motorists wonder if they need to let their vehicle “warm up” or idle before driving. In fact, today’s modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council. The idea of idling before driving dates back to w...

Whether you're heading down the street or across the country on a road trip, it's likely you generally follow (most) tra...
01/04/2019
17 Weird Traffic and Car-Related Laws from around the United States

Whether you're heading down the street or across the country on a road trip, it's likely you generally follow (most) traffic laws. The majority of those rules are fairly straightforward and well known—do we even need to mention speed limits?—but some states have more obscure laws on the books, covering some rather strange topics. Curious whether you've ever been or could be in violation of some of these more eccentric traffic laws?

Know before you go—the laws, that is.

Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s c...
12/24/2018
Holiday Road-Trip Travel Tips | AAA Exchange

Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s cottage or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate holidays with family or friends, AAA has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident.

When you’re planning a road trip during busy holiday periods, you want to be ready for anything. These tips from AAA can help you prepare.

For as long as Abraham Lincoln has been around, we’ve been using his head to check the tread depth on our vehicle tire...
12/12/2018
Dishonest Abe: Why You Shouldn't Use the Penny Test to Check Tire Tread Depth - The News Wheel

For as long as Abraham Lincoln has been around, we’ve been using his head to check the tread depth on our vehicle tires. Okay, that’s not entirely true…but for ages, the “penny test” has been a go-to measurement for determining if rubber tires have worn down too far. Except the penny test isn’t as accurate as it once was. In fact, some experts now recommend against using the penny test. Let’s find out why that is. On the Market: When is the best time to buy a used car?

For as long as Abraham Lincoln has been around, we’ve been using his head to check the tread depth on our vehicle tires. Okay, that’s not entirely true…but for ages, the “penny test” has been a go-to measurement for determining if rubber tires have worn down too far. Except the penny test ...

Did you know it only takes 1/12th an inch of rain and 35 mph to hydroplane? The roads are more dangerous when rain comes...
12/03/2018
4 Tips for Driving in Rain

Did you know it only takes 1/12th an inch of rain and 35 mph to hydroplane? The roads are more dangerous when rain comes after a dry spell. (Rain slicks the road with accumulated oil and dirt). But, you just need water. Even though most of the oil washes off after one day’s rain, wet roads are dangerous—rainy weather or not.

It only takes 1/12th an inch of rain and 35 mph to hydroplane? Driving in rain limits visibility, but wet roads can be dangerous even after the rain has stopped. Read these simple driving tips.

High traffic volumes and unpredictable weather make Thanksgiving a stressful time to travel. According to the AAA, the n...
11/16/2018
Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Minimizes Thanksgiving Travel Stress - Be Car Care Aware

High traffic volumes and unpredictable weather make Thanksgiving a stressful time to travel. According to the AAA, the number of Thanksgiving travelers will top 54 million, the highest travel volume in over a dozen years. While you can’t control the traffic or the weather, you can make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the trip, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

High traffic volumes and unpredictable weather make Thanksgiving a stressful time to travel. According to the AAA, the number of Thanksgiving travelers will top 54 million, the highest travel volume in over a dozen years. While you can’t control the traffic or the weather, you can make sure that y...

As the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if ...
10/12/2018
Vehicle Lights and Wipers: The Keys to See and Be Seen

As the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.

As the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving. In addition to replacing non-functioning lights, the following tips can help keep you safe.

10/05/2018
Fall Car Care, Cruise Control, Vaping, and Naming Your Car. – 4 Minute Friday (10/5/18)

Our 20,000 Subscriber Giveaway! https://gleam.io/qg46q/20000-subscrib... This week''s topics: 1. October is Fall Car Care Month. 2. Drivers need more education on ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems). 3. The FDA has declared vaping an epidemic, and many people are vaping while driving... 4. Name Your Car Day was October 2nd - What's your car's name? 5. This week in automotive history.

Our 20,000 Subscriber Giveaway! https://gleam.io/qg46q/20000-subscriber-giveaway This week''s topics: 1. October is Fall Car Care Month. 2. Drivers need more...

Top 10 Little Known Tricks For Better Gas Mileage
09/28/2018
Top 10 Little Known Tricks For Better Gas Mileage

Top 10 Little Known Tricks For Better Gas Mileage

Obtaining better gas mileage or fuel economy seems like a losing battle as cars get older, but did you know there is more to gas mileage than mechanics?

Autumn means shorter days, colorful foliage, football season, and shaking one’s head in disbelief at stores putting up...
09/21/2018
Prepare Your Car for Fall: 3 Quick Tips

Autumn means shorter days, colorful foliage, football season, and shaking one’s head in disbelief at stores putting up their Christmas displays in October. And with the change in seasons come changes in driving conditions – temperatures drop, and many parts of the country start to see an increase in rain, ice on the roads, and even a bit of snow. Here are three ways to make sure that your car is ready for the fall

Fall car maintenance tips get you prepared for seasonal changes that could make getting to your holiday destinations harder.

Here are seven common car care myths and some pitfalls to avoid when taking care of your vehicle.
09/14/2018
Car Care Tips: Myths vs. Reality

Here are seven common car care myths and some pitfalls to avoid when taking care of your vehicle.

These 7 common car care myths will actually end up costing you extra money and time in the long run. Consumer Reports explains and shares car care tips.

Ignore These Vehicle Repairs and You May Get Pulled Over - Be Car Care Aware
09/10/2018
Ignore These Vehicle Repairs and You May Get Pulled Over - Be Car Care Aware

Ignore These Vehicle Repairs and You May Get Pulled Over - Be Car Care Aware

Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately, but beware that ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed, says the Car Care Council. “Ignoring certain vehicle repairs may seem to save money in the short term but can lead...

New Car Care Council Video Helps Get Your Vehicle Back-to-School Ready - Be Car Care Aware
08/17/2018
New Car Care Council Video Helps Get Your Vehicle Back-to-School Ready - Be Car Care Aware

New Car Care Council Video Helps Get Your Vehicle Back-to-School Ready - Be Car Care Aware

Back-to-school season is quickly approaching, which means family vehicles will start working overtime. The Car Care Council has released an informative new video that will help families get their vehicles ready for car pools, playdates, soccer games and more this fall. “Back-to-school time is hect...

Put a Stop to Brake Trouble Before School Starts - Be Car Care Aware
08/03/2018
Put a Stop to Brake Trouble Before School Starts - Be Car Care Aware

Put a Stop to Brake Trouble Before School Starts - Be Car Care Aware

A properly operating brake system is critical to safe vehicle operation and control under a variety of conditions. Brake Safety Awareness Month is the ideal time to stop and make sure your brakes are working properly before the new school year and colder temperatures arrive. “When it comes to vehi...

07/06/2018
5 Tips For Driving In Extreme Heat : 50 Campfires

5 Tips For Driving In Extreme Heat : 50 Campfires

Driving in extreme heat can put specific stresses on your vehicle, so it makes sense to be aware of them. Check out these 5 tips that will make your heat wav...

Your New Car May Have New Needs
06/11/2018
Your New Car May Have New Needs

Your New Car May Have New Needs

Check out these tips for navigating fluid-change and oil recommendations on new cars

06/01/2018
It's Time for an Oil Change

It's Time for an Oil Change

The Car Care Council discusses the importance of oil changes and the Why, When and Where of having an oil change done.

05/18/2018
Is Your Car #RoadTrip Ready? - Be Car Care Aware

Is Your Car #RoadTrip Ready? - Be Car Care Aware

Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your vehicle is road trip ready so you can have any problems fixed before you go. A pre-trip vehicle checkup will help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home, says the non-profit Car...

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810 E Main St
Albert Lea, MN
56007-2902

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Monday 07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 07:30 - 17:30
Thursday 07:30 - 17:30
Friday 07:30 - 17:30

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