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Our Favorite Road Trip Playlist For Summer

July 1, 2021

tags: roadtrips, Spotify, vacation, Summer, family

Eat Drink Sing Repeat

Photo by Leonardo Sanches on Unsplash 


Do you love to sing in the car? Cruising the highway with the music on full blast and singing your heart out is one of the fun memories we create over the Summer. We're surprised that people haven't invented the "sing in the car" music genre yet! 


If you have a few CDs stashed in your car, you may be bored with that same old music. Fortunately, if you look deep enough, there are some pretty cool playlists on Spotify! 


If you want to prepare your car for these hardcore playlists and the road ahead, we'd love to help you out! These are some of...


How Do Brakes Work?

June 1, 2021



Did you know the number one safety feature on your vehicle IS NOT airbags? Nor is it the Automated Driver Assistance System we see on the newer cars. It isn't even your daytime running lights.

The number one safety feature on your vehicle is your BRAKES. If you cannot stop your vehicle in time to avoid a collision, you and whatever you collide with are in trouble.

Unfortunately, brakes are one of the more overlooked and underappreciated safety features...


Top 5 Camping Areas In Idaho

May 1, 2021

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic


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If you are itching to get out of the house and go on a camping trip, we have some terrific destinations to tell you about. At Dowdy’s Automotive, we know how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area, and that’s why we’re happy to share our top five camping area destinations in Idaho.

Macks Creek Park

Located close to Boise, this family-friendly campground is a gem for fishing enthusiasts. Near Lucky...


What Is The Difference Between A Pre-Purchase Inspection & A Pre-Sale Inspection?

April 1, 2021

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic

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If you plan to buy a used car or sell your used car in the future, the auto repair team at Dowdy's Automotive wants to educate you on the difference between a Pre-Purchase Inspection and a Pre-Sale Inspection.

First, let's talk about the scenario when you want to buy a used car. You are combing through the local...


How to Spring Clean Both the Exterior and Interior of Your Vehicle

March 1, 2021


It's Spring, and many of us love to take this month to clean away the clutter from our lives! If you are like us, we have some helpful ideas on how to Spring Clean both your vehicle's exterior and interior. So, we compiled a few videos where experts show some simple cleaning tips that will make your vehicle look squeaky clean.

First, you may want to begin by cleaning out your vehicle's interior and organizing it. Here's a great video from a mom who saves tons of money by cleaning and organizing her family vehicle independently.

If you want your car to look like it was cleaned by a pro, but you want to do it at home in a few easy steps, check out this video...


Five Most Romantic Drives in Idaho to Share with Your Sweetheart

February 1, 2021

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic

Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Are you tired of feeling stuck inside your home and want to go on a romantic drive with your sweetheart? If you are looking for suggestions for the most romantic drives in Idaho's Treasure Valley region, consider some of our favorite drives to share with your sweetheart.

Salmon River Scenic Byway

Suppose you and your sweetheart love opportunities to go fishing, see animals in their natural habitat, and explore a ghost town. In that case, this is a top pick to share with your significant other.

Thousand Springs Scenic Highway

You haven't experienced Bliss until you've taken this romantic drive. It's a long, 68-mile drive filled with beautiful...


New Year’s Resolutions for Better and Safer Driving

January 1, 2021


As we look to the new year, many of us are very selective of our New Year's Resolutions. 2020 was a year that forced us not to take things for granted. Now that we are moving into 2021, we encourage you to add better and safer driving to your New Year's Resolutions.

Why do we, at Dowdy's Automotive, ask you to make New Year's Resolutions for better and safer driving? Well, during the time of COVID, we have noticed some big changes in our Treasure Valley communities that ask us all to be mindful, courteous, safer, and better drivers.

Newer residents may not know how to drive...


The Importance of Winterizing Your Vehicle

December 1, 2020

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic

If you are a newcomer to the Boise area, welcome! You may not have spent the Winter in Treasure Valley yet, so we thought it would be wise to share helpful information about the importance of winterizing your vehicle.

If you are used to living in the snow, you may decide to skip this particular blog article. However, if it has been a while since you’ve dealt with freezing temperatures, snow tires, rusty brake lines from the salt, and winter driving hazards, keep reading. 

Winter tires:

All-weather tires are good for most of the year, but during Winter, it’s smarter to have Winter tires. Winter tires are designed with extra traction to handle icy, slippery roads. In Idaho, this means you’ll have two sets of tires for your vehicle:  Winter and All-weather. Most people store their tires in their garage, but if you need recommendations, the Dowdy...


Why We are Thankful for You: Ongoing Specials at Dowdy’s Automotive

November 1, 2020


At Dowdy’s Automotive, we want to express our thanks and gratitude to you, our loyal clients.

We understand that you have a choice where you take your vehicle in for repairs. Throughout the year, so many people within our greater Treasure Valley community have experienced incredible personal and professional upheaval. We know 2020 has been rough on all of us. That is why the Dowdy’s Automotive team is doing everything possible to create an easy, stress-free customer service experience for everyone who comes to us for auto repair.

Even though we are all looking forward to a brighter future in the coming year, there are some good things that came about in 2020. This isn’t to say we have not had our fair share of hardships, but when we find the good in each situation, it gives us hope that we will all come out of this together and stronger. In the spirit of giving thanks for the blessings we experienced this...


Kid-Friendly Halloween Hang-outs and Activities in Idaho

October 1, 2020


This year’s Halloween festivities might look a bit different from what we’re used to, especially with the COVID-19 epidemic still raging on. While trick-or-treating might not be in the cards this year, there’s still plenty of great kid-friendly Hallween hang-outs and activities for your kids to enjoy! Please note that at the time of publication of this blog, these events are still scheduled, however, that may change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 


  1. Haunted Mansions of Albion


If your kids are up for it, there’s no better time to have some spooky-themed fun than at the Haunted Mansions of Albion! As the largest indoor/outdoor haunted production in the Northwest, you’ll not only get some history under your belt, but the whole family will love this terrifying and entertaining event. With timed tickets, a smaller number of actors, and masks required, you and your family can walk your way through multiple 100+ year old buildings that once made up the Albion State Normal School. With tons of different entertaining pastimes like fire throwers,...


How to Get Your Vehicle Ready For Back-to-School Season

September 1, 2020


Summer is just about over, and it’s time to get into the swing of school! While the current COVID-19 pandemic has caused most schools to move to an online learning format, that doesn’t mean that you should neglect this prime time to get your vehicle in tip-top shape. Keep reading to see how to get your car in order for back-to-school season.

  1.   Check headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers.

Your headlights and windshield wipers are integral to your visibility when driving. Though we’re currently at the tail end of the summer, soon enough rain, debris, and possibly snow will be in the works. Your taillights help others see you in those same conditions! Check that all your lights are in good working order,...


Top 10 Prettiest Summer Drives in Idaho

August 1, 2020


For those who want to see the beautiful sights that Idaho has to offer, this list of the top 10 prettiest summer drives in Idaho is for you! Keep reading to find out where to go if you want to see some of the natural beauty Idaho offers.



  • Hells Canyon Scenic Byway


Hells Canyon Scenic Byway offers impressive views of the...


Don’t Sweat It -- Here is How To Prevent Your Vehicle From Overheating

June 22, 2020

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic

There are several dangers the summer heat poses for your car, but none can cause as much damage to so many systems at once as overheating. At Dowdy’s Automotive, we know that summer heat can do a number on your car, so we’re here to help! Check out these easy ways you can prevent your vehicle from overheating this summer. 


Parking: When you park your car in the sun, all manner of problems can come about as a result of it essentially baking in the sun. Instead, try and park your car in the shade. Whether you’re under a tree or in the garage, the temperature is lower in the shade and will keep your vehicle cool and protected. If you can’t get to any shade, try using a sunshade to reduce the heat in your car. Put some window shades in your...


Best Automotive-Related Movies to Help You Pass the Time

June 12, 2020

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic


While much of the country is still practicing shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 crisis, the team at Dowdy's Automotive knows that everyone is going a bit stir-crazy. While you have the time, why not sit down and relax with a movie? Keep reading for a list of some of the best automotive-related films we know of to help you and your family pass the time!

Cars (2006), Family/Animated/Comedy

This popular cartoon film is a family favorite, and even inspired the ‘Cars Land’ themed area at Disney California Adventure amusement park! In a universe where the people are cars, this story follows rookie race car, Lightning McQueen, on his way to compete in the Piston Cup. Finding himself stuck in the little desert...


Why Your Vehicle Still Needs Maintenance Even if You Aren’t Driving It

June 11, 2020

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic

Did you know that if your car sits around for too long, your vehicle runs the risk of having a dead battery plus fuel and lube issues? 

To understand what we...


5 Easy and Effective Ways to Sanitize Your Vehicle

June 10, 2020

tags: Dowdy's Automotive, Boise, Ontario, Meridian, auto repair, auto mechanic


Life in the time of COVID-19 has changed the way a lot of us look at hygiene. Have you noticed how many more times you wash your hands throughout the day? Our desire to remain healthy and free of infection is a beautiful thing, and we are hopeful that these beneficial hygiene habits continue.

After all, we at Dowdy’s...


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