Engine Overheating Constantly? Here Are Eight Possible Causes!

Here’s the thing: Your car’s engine should never overheat. This isn’t something that can happen every once in a while. It’s not normal. Today’s automobiles are designed to maintain the engine’s temperature in the worst possible driving conditions, so if your car, truck, or utility vehicle keeps overheating, there’s something wrong. DOC Auto lists eight […]

Automotive Fluid Color Guide So You Can Tell What’s Leaking From Your Car

Few things can ruin your day more than backing out of your garage and seeing spots on the floor. Automotive fluid leaks are uncommon, unless your vehicle has a ton of mileage under its belt. Even if it doesn’t, there’s no need to panic. The fluid color will tell you where the leak is coming […]

Stay Safe if You’re Traveling By Car This Thanksgiving

Don’t let an unnecessary breakdown or auto accident ruin your Thanksgiving holiday. More people will be traveling by car than ever this Thanksgiving, so plan your trip now and add some extra precautions to ensure you get to and from your destination without a hitch. DOC Auto suggests the following to help. Carefully Plan Your […]

Vehicle Safety Inspections in Virginia Are a Must

Unless your automobile is registered as an antique with Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles and you do not drive it regularly, you must have an annual safety inspection. DOC Auto performs safety inspections and is a state-authorized inspection center. We can make certain your vehicle is safe to drive under Virginia law and certify it […]

Symptoms of a Failing Fuel Pump

In our last blog post, we talked about clogged fuel injectors. In this post, let’s continue the conversation about your vehicle’s fuel system and talk about the fuel pump. Basically, the fuel pump draws gasoline out of the tank and pumps it into the engine. Older fuel pumps used vacuum pressure to do this; newer […]

Signs Your Vehicle Is Overdue for a Fuel Injector Cleaning

Your automobile’s fuel injectors play a crucial role in how efficiently your vehicle operates. Whether directly or indirectly, fuel injector are responsible for delivering gasoline to the combustion chamber. Without gas in the combustion chamber, your vehicle cannot start or run. There are signs your fuel injectors need cleaning, especially if they’ve haven’t been cleaned […]

5 Reasons Why Your Car Failed An Emissions Test

Failing an emissions test is frustrating and troubling. Why did your vehicle fail the test? Can the problem be fixed? How much will it cost? Try not to panic too much. There are numerous things that cause a vehicle to fail; some of them are simple fixes and others might cost a pretty penny to […]

Why Do My Brakes Feel Spongy?

When you’re running down a list of things that you don’t want to happen while you’re driving, suddenly spongy brakes are probably near the top of the list. Driving safely isn’t just about going; it’s also about stopping! If you have brakes that feel mushy, squishy or spongy, you should get your brakes inspected and […]

Why Does My Engine Keep Stalling?

At DOC Auto, we make it our mission to make every customer who walks through our door a lifelong customer and that means keeping their vehicles running smoothly and efficiently for as long as possible. If your engine is stalling over and over again, our team of auto repair experts is here to help. There […]

Is Your Car Suffering From Brake Problems?

First things first: If your brake light comes on and stays on, there is something wrong with your brake system. It should only stay on when you have the parking brake set. You might also see an “ABS” dashboard warning light, and this means your anti-lock braking system is returning an error. Don’t take chances. […]

Six Symptoms of Bad Shocks and Struts

Are your shocks and struts on their last leg? There are ways you can tell that it’s time for a shock and strut replacement, or, in most cases, a strut replacement. Shocks aren’t as common today as they used to be; most vehicles have struts. Either way, DOC Auto are shocks and struts experts, and […]

Holiday Driving Tips

It’s the holiday season and that means holiday driving and holiday traffic. Whether you are driving across town or across the country, it is good to be prepared for your trip. DOC Auto wants to make sure everyone has a safe and happy holiday, so we put together this list of tips. Plan Ahead Before […]

Can I Finance Auto Repair?

You just received bad news from your mechanic. Your broken down vehicle needs expensive repairs before it can hit the road. You have savings but do you tap into them to fix the car? They are for your kids’ college tuitions and your retirement. You might not have to. DOC Auto explains how automobile repairs […]

How Do I Get My Car Ready For The Winter?

Before the rain, ice and snow hit, get your vehicle ready for the winter. You already know the basics, weigh down the trunk, keep tire chains on hand just in case you need them, and put the ice scraper in the glove box. What about your car itself, however? Its engine? Its tires? It’s always […]

Synthetic Vs. Conventional Motor Oil: Which Is Better?

Is synthetic or conventional motor oil better for your vehicle? This is a question we hear a lot at DOC Auto and the answer depends on a few factors. Yes, most new automobiles already have synthetic motor oil in them when you drive them off the lot, but conventional motor oil isn’t dead just yet. […]

Power Steering Flush Reasons

The power steering system in your car makes turning corners smooth and easy. This important component of your vehicle is something many drivers take for granted. In order for your power steering to work properly, it relies on a variety of parts along with clean power steering fluid. If you’re not sure why you might […]

When to Get My Battery Serviced

The modern vehicles of today rely on batteries more than ever before. Your car battery supplies an electrical current to the starter motor so it can crank the engine, and it also provides power to a wide variety of electrical items when your engine is turned off, like lights and the radio. This integral part […]

How to Know When to Have My Engine Oil Changed

Your engine relies on clean oil to lubricate the moving parts and keep it cool. Over time, the oil in your vehicle can accumulate nasty sludge and debris. It also breaks down, making it more difficult to perform the way it should. Once this happens, it’s time to schedule an oil change as soon as […]

Why Is Proper Tire Pressure So Important?

Although maintaining your vehicle might seem overwhelming, many small tasks can be achieved with little time and even less out-of-pocket expense. Tire pressure is a prime example. Tire pressure–measured in pounds per square inch (PSI)–refers to the air in your vehicle’s tires. Maintaining adequate pressure is easy and painless but ensures you drive safely and […]

Does High Octane Gasoline Clean An Engine Better?

Of course, everyone wants to save money at the pump, but sometimes spending a little extra can make a major difference in a vehicle’s overall performance. Take motor oil, for example. Unless you drive an older model or use a car irregularly, most experts agree that paying more for synthetic lubricant will extend the life […]

Why Your Car Keys Get Stuck In The Ignition

If you’ve ever gotten your car keys stuck in the ignition, you know how frustrating it can be. How do you get out of the car with your keys dangling there in plan sight? Well, the first step is to stay calm. Tugging roughly at the keys to force them out could damage the key, […]

The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Cadillac XT4

With consumers craving more room and a higher seat off the road, demand for compact cars and sedans has dwindled to practically nothing. Growing in popularity, however, are spacious crossovers and small SUVs. To try and get back some of the precious revenue it has lost over the last few years, Cadillac has introduced a […]

How Can I Help My Engine Last Over 200K Miles?

Today’s vehicles and engine can last longer than ever before thanks to improved technology and standards. Therefore, with close attention to scheduled maintenance and service, you can extend the life of your investment at least 200,000 miles. Here are a few tips to get you there: Use High-Quality Oil and Filters Extensive research and field […]

Why Does My Car Smell Like Gas?

Gasoline, though essential for operating your vehicle, doesn’t give off an inviting smell. Not to mention, the smell of gas fumes never makes someone feel safe. So, if that distinctive odor creeps up in your car, it’s best you figure out the cause as soon as possible. DOC Auto is happy to share the most […]

Are Your Tires Bald?

Driving on bald tires is dangerous, especially during the winter months when the Fredericksburg, VA, roads get wet and icy. If you aren’t faithful about having your vehicle’s tires rotated every 6,000 to 10,000 miles, you might be driving on bald tires and not know it. DOC Auto explains how to tell if your tires […]

Chatham Heights
175 Chatham Heights Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
(540) 899-3732

Courthouse Road
10734 Courthouse Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
(540) 710-0173

Monday – Friday:
8am to 6pm

8am to 2pm

Closed on Sunday