Why choose Holland?
Welcome to Holland Car Care, your trusted auto repair shop situated in the heart of San Carlos, CA. With decades of experience, our highly skilled, certified technicians are passionately committed to delivering exceptional service, all with a focus on customer satisfaction.
Real Google Reviews
"They are very professional and kind! They are honest and very reliable! I am very happy with the service and pricing over services given to my car! Thank you, Holland!"
"I have been a customer for twenty years and received consistently excellent service for my three Merc Benz cars. Every aspect of the service experience has been outstanding."
"I've been a customer of Holland Car Care for many years, with many different cars. Sean and Blake are always right on it, and the service quality is trustworthy and top notch."
"We are beyond appreciative and thrilled at the service we received at Holland Car Care. We will definitely be bringing all of our vehicles there for service."
"Always excellent service from Sean and the team. They'll let you know what is worth fixing and what's not. Very trustworthy!"
"Great place to service your car. Easy scheduling, fast service, great status updates throughout the service. Definitely recommend."
"If you own an Audi, VW, Porsche or any other European model vehicle this is by far the best place to get work done on your car. Honest straight forward shop who doesn't price gauge customers for their work and does an amazing job."
Signs and Symptoms of Battery Problems
Your vehicle battery is the reason why your power accessories work, ranging from your power seats to power windows and your infotainment system. These might struggle a bit on cold days – especially your radio screen. If your windows or locks are consistently getting a bit slower, these are signs your battery is growing weaker and might not have the capacity to store enough.
Does the road seem darker at night? A failing battery may produce weaker or flickering headlights. Test this occasionally by shining your headlights on your garage door – or someplace which shows the whole beam and see if your headlights look dim.
Difficult or nonstarting
Does your vehicle not start reliably – or it takes a few seconds to get going? The problem could readily be your battery. Issues with starting are especially bad if you are starting your vehicle in weather which isn’t all that cold.
When checking under the hood and looking at the battery itself, check for corrosion or rust on the battery terminals. While these can be cleaned off, they might just come back and continue to form again, which fouls the connection to your battery and can make your electrical flow inconsistent.
When should I replace the battery?
The easiest way to know when to replace the battery is by testing it. We have testers in store which read the battery’s electrical output and if it is below the range it should be, we’ll help you pick out a new battery.
You should also know one thing about batteries: a dying battery actually might not be your battery’s fault. In some cases, a bad alternator might be the culprit. The alternator is meant to consistently charge the battery while the engine running, and is the primary source of electrical power for your vehicle. If your battery tests good but your battery keeps doing, we at Holland might be helping you diagnose your alternator instead!
How often should I replace a battery?
Most batteries last 5 to 7 years in our experience, though it does depend on the type and quality of battery in the car. Batteries can last longer though a few things help them exceed their original battery life, like trickle charging.
In reality, you should have the battery tested as part of a routine inspection. Simply checking the battery greatly reduces the chances of hopping into your vehicle to a vehicle not turning over.
At Holland Auto Care, we know batteries well and are happy to test them for you in an effort to figure out what is happening under the hood. We carry a good selection of batteries, so we can install a new one right away and have you down the road. Just remember – routine maintenance is very important and a great way of keeping a dead battery from ruining your day.