Who We Are…
Welcome To The Texas Independent Automotive Association Web-site.
The Texas Independent Automotive Association (TIAA) was created to provide sound business solutions and benefits for Independent Automotive Shop Owners. Members abide by specific automotive standards to ensure customers receive quality auto repair. TIAA is currently working in conjunction with schools, training facilities, and other automotive organizations to provide an effective tool for aspiring technicians to utilize in preparing for a new career in the automotive industry.
Car Pro of San Antonio is a locally owned family business. The owner, Roy Baird originally from Midland, TX, has many years of experience in the automotive industry and is well respected among industry professionals. He came to San Antonio in 1986 and opened the doors to Car Pro of San Antonio in 1987.
Roy has proactively achieved many personal goals, which reflect positively on Car Pro. As an accomplished business owner, his accomplishment include:
ASE Master Automotive Technician rating since 1979
B.S. Degree from A&M in Agriculture Education in 1983
MBA in Business Administration
1992 Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans
Car Quest Top Shop in 2002 and 2003
ASE Blue Shield Repair Facility
Awarded Star Shop by ASE Blue Shield Recognition in September 2004
President of the Texas Independent Automotive Association (TIAA) in 2003 and 2004
Car Pro of San Antonio is known for providing quality customer service and a history of excellent automotive repair.
We must balance our goals of profitability and return on investment through training and service. We will conduct our business on the firm foundation that ethical and fair standards will enhance our market place and satisfy the needs of our community. Our work environment will be safe and meet or exceed the requirements of all local, state, and federal safety laws. We will also take every possible action to protect our environment today and in the future
Keeping Your Vehicle In Tune With The Environment
It is no secret that we depend on our cars. They take us everywhere we need to go from across the street to across the nation. Taking good care of them is an essential element in taking care of ourselves. Good car maintenance is crucial to keeping vehicles safe, but in addition to the safety factor good maintenance also improves fuel mileage, will extend the lifetime of your car, will help in the prevention of unwanted breakdowns, can increase the vehicle’s resale value, and of course it will reduce exhaust emissions and improve air quality for you and your family.
Unfortunately a large percentage of people neglect basic maintenance. Many do so because they are afraid that they simply don’t have the necessary knowledge or that they don’t have the time to perform any services. Luckily for us these fear factors are self-generated. The truth is that basic car maintenance is easy and the results are beneficial to your pocketbook and our environment . In the next few paragraphs we will cover some of the easiest areas of your vehicle to check yourself and a few helpful ideas to increase mileage.
1. Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer-recommended pressure. You can find the proper pressure in the inside edge of the driver’s door, inside the glove box, inside the gas cap cover, or in your owner’s manual. Some tires may appear alright although they actually are slightly under-inflated. This increases your vehicle’s resistance to movement and wastes fuel. It can also cause heat to build up in the tire itself and cause premature failure.
2. Make sure and do scheduled maintenance on time. Periodic tune-ups are necessary with every vehicle – a poorly tuned vehicle can waste up to 20% of the fuel you put in the tank. Air filters need to be inspected and replaced as required – a restricted filter can cost you 10% of each tank in waste. Most states have some sort of test for gas caps – a poor fit of the cap allows fuel vapor to escape into the atmosphere.
3. Have the oil changed at proper intervals. A good rule of thumb is 3 months or 3,000 miles but check with your owner’s manual for the vehicle you are driving. It is important from several aspects to choose the correct oil because oil is used to lubricate the engine and reduce internal friction. This friction can cause added heat to the engine which can affect your exhaust emissions and it will definitely cost you fuel mileage.
4. Simple things like no heavy acceleration take offs, keeping unnecessary weight out of the car, leaving the windows up when driving at highway speeds, and following the speed limit can all lead to an increase in fuel mileage and that of course computes to a better and cleaner running car.