Tuesday, December 23, 2014

KSL 2014 A-List Winner: Best Auto Repair


We want to say a huge thank you to all of our customers and friends who voted for us in the KSL A-List contest, and voted us “Best Auto Repair in Salt Lake City” for the third year in a row!

We definitely have the best customers! THANK YOU for an amazing year and for all of your support!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

ENTER TO WIN 2014 Festival Of Trees Items

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Each year we purchase a tree to display in our office from the Festival Of Trees, benefitting Primary Children’s Medical Center. This year’s tree is called “Trains ‘n Whistles”.

Read more about the Festival Of Trees and how they help Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Most of the years, the tree has a story behind the reason the decorators donated that specific tree. Here is this year’s story:

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Enter To Win:

Along with a story, there are also many items on display with the tree.

  • Come in the shop between now and December 22nd to enter to win the prize packs pictured below.
  • The winners’ names will be drawn the morning of December 22nd, and they will need to come in the shop during regular business hours to pick up their prizes.
  • The prizes will be given away as first come, first served. The first person to come in and claim their prize will have first pick of which prize pack they want.
  • All prizes must be picked up before close of business on December 24th (we close early that day, so come early!).
  • The tree will not be given away in the raffle.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Car Wash Fundraiser for Miss Amazing Utah, Holli Hunt

You may have caught the KUTV 2News at 10 story "Beauty Queen Rocks Judges From Wheelchair" a few weeks ago. If not, you can watch the entire story on their website.

A few months ago, Holli Hunt competed in the Utah Miss Amazing pageant. When Mark Gines heard about the pageant, he immediately thought of Holli with her contagious smile and infectious personality, and knew she would be perfect for what the judges were looking for.

The Utah Miss Amazing pageant celebrates girls and women with disabilities like Holli's. She was born with Spina Bifida and lives most of her life in her wheelchair. The mission of Miss Amazing Inc. is to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build self-confidence in a supportive environment.

This summer Holli will be traveling to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in the national Miss Amazing competition, but she needs our help!

We will be holding a car wash fundraiser this Saturday, June 14th, from 10am to 2pm in front of our shop in Kearns. Our address is 4261 W 5415 So. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Holli to fund her trip.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

REGISTER NOW: Women’s Auto Care “Knowledge Is Power” Workshop

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Gines Auto Service is providing a night out and some excellent advice on vehicle maintenance for busy women. As part of the ACDelco "Knowledge Is Power" women's initiative, Gines Auto Service is offering workshops free to the women in our community. The workshop is designed to better acquaint women with vehicle maintenance needs and instill confidence in their ability to manage vehicle service needs.

PosterGines Auto Service
4261 W 5415 S
Kearns, UT 84118
(801) 966-6021

Wednesday April 9, 2014 OR Thursday  April 10, 2014

6:30pm to 7:00pm - dinner
7:00pm to 9:00pm - workshop, including hands-on activities

(If you are not able to attend these dates, email michelle@ginesautoservice.com and we will let you know when next year’s workshop is scheduled.)

The workshop is free, but you will need to register and reserve your spot in order to attend.

There are many ways to register:
(You only need to do one of these)

To keep the workshops as relaxed and friendly as possible, each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Our last workshops filled up fast, so register as soon as possible.

If you’re a woman who makes decisions about repairs on your vehicle, you know that knowledge is power. That’s why Gines Auto Service in Kearns, UT  is happy to announce the dates for their semi-annual FREE Women’s Auto Care Workshops, sponsored by ACDelco.

Learn about:

  • The importance of regular maintenance
  • Checking fluids under the hood
  • How to recognize problems with your vehicle
  • How to talk to your mechanic
  • On-hands vehicle instruction
  • Why is maintenance important?
  • How do I know what type of tires I need for my specific vehicle? How do I tell the year tire was made so that I know I am not buying an old tire? How do I know the different quality types for tires?
  • How to change a tire
  • How to put air in a tire
  • What is the most important thing I can do to keep my vehicle running a long time
  • Many other subjects, all in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere

Get ready for a different kind of “ladies’ night” — the Women’s Auto Care Workshop. Because knowledge really is power. Sponsored by ACDelco automotive parts.

DOOR PRIZES will also be given out!

Just to clarify, this is an auto CARE workshop, not an auto REPAIR workshop. For those that want to learn how to do their own repairs, we refer them to community classes such as Granite Peaks, or the Salt Lake Community College. The workshop we are holding is specifically for educating you on taking care of your vehicle, with topics such as those listed above.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

This Year’s Christmas Tree: “Until All The Pieces Fit”

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Every year, we attend the opening auction night of Festival Of Trees, and purchase a tree to display in our office. This year’s tree, “Until All The Pieces Fit”, is now on display! Stop by our office during regular business hours and check out the amazing time and details put into it by those that decorated and donated it.

2013-12-09 15.29.53The theme of this tree is puzzles, which is to raise awareness for autism. It was donated and decorated by the Holbrook and Johnston families, in honor of two year old Devin. “My autism does not define me. I define autism. I am Devin!”

These cute little boy was diagnosed early with autism, and due to the early intervention program and therapists at Primary Children’s Hospital, he is thriving.

1 out of 47 children in Utah are diagnosed with autism. Chances are, most of us have somebody in our family or know of somebody with autism. This is why this tree jumped out at us at the Festival, and moved us to purchase it for display this year.

ResizedImage_1386640742293Inscription on the back of the drawing to the right:
My two-year old son was the inspiration and model for this drawing. At this age, he was just beginning to learn about himself and what the world has to offer. I believe that this self-exploration and development continues throughout our lives in our quest to make ourselves whole. When we keep our minds open to new experiences, we are continually “putting it together”.



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Monday, December 9, 2013

The 12 Days of ……Winter Emergency Car Kit


Today begins our new series on getting you prepared for a winter emergency while in your vehicle. If you just compile one item at a time, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming!

This is also a great gift to put together for a loved one for Christmas. Knowing that your loved one is stuck in traffic overnight in freezing temperatures is a lot more bearable if you know they have a warm blanket, food and other necessities to get them through.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages, and we will list one item per day to add to your kit. You can also come and check back here, and we will add items each day.

HINT: If you search “Car Emergency Kit” on Pinterest, it will give you a ton of creative ways to pack your emergency kit! Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.

Day 1: Blanket
You never know when you are going to be stranded in your vehicle in traffic, or get stuck in the snow, or any other kind of unforeseen circumstance during the winter. Blankets were one of the first things the
Utah Highway Patrol had to hand out to motorists stuck on the freeway. A blanket is also needed in accidents to keep people warm to prevent them from going into shock.

Day #2: Snacks and Water
You never know how long you are going to be stranded, so make sure to always have snacks packed in your vehicle, especially if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic. Snacks high in protein are always best. Don't forget bottled water!

Day #3: Road Flares
Road flares are a great item to have in your Winter Emergency Car Kit. They can get the attention of those searching for you, and also alert others to use caution around your vehicle. One thing people don't think of, is that they are an easy way to start a fire if needed. Road flares are a MUST HAVE in your emergency car kit!

Day #4: Snow Scraper
Everybody should have a snow scraper in their vehicle, especially this time of year! Remember to wipe off all the snow off your windshield before turning on your wipers. Wiper Transmission/motors are expensive to fix, and is a repair that can be prevented. Don't forget to turn your wipers off when before turning your car off...you don't want them coming on automatically when you start your vehicle!

Day #5: Extra Windshield Washer Fluid
This time of year, especially when it has snowed, your windshield gets extra dirty. Make sure you have an extra bottle of windshield washer fluid in your kit so that you can fill up your reservoir if you run out. Not being able to see through a dirty, salty window will cause low visibility, which is a leading cause of accidents.

Day #6: Kitty Litter or Ice/Snow Melt
Kitty litter is great for when you are stuck on ice or in the snow. Throw a handful underneath your tire, and it will help you get traction. Put a bag of it on your grocery list today, and add it to your winter emergency car kit. Ice/Snow Melt works great as well. .

Day #7: Cell phone and charger
Not only is a cell phone necessary to call for help, but if you are hurt and cannot call, emergency personnel can track your location according to your cell phone. A dead cell phone is no help to anybody, so make sure you have an extra charger or battery. There are many options available.
FYI: You do NOT need to have a current cell provider to call 911! Emergency personnel can be called from any wireless phone, regardless of if you have a service provider or not! If you do not have a cell phone, get an old one and keep in your vehicle!

Day #8: Spare tire and tire changing kit
A flat tire is one of the most common types of roadside emergencies. Roadside assistance is great, but what if you are traveling in an area without cell service, and cannot call for help? Every driver should have a spare, know where it is on their vehicle and how to access it, and have a jack and other necessary items for changing a tire.
(NOTE: Not all jacks fit all vehicles! Make sure you have the proper tire jack for your specific vehicle!)
Also, getting your tire off can be difficult if the lug nuts were put on tight. A star wrench is great for changing any kind of tire.
If you don't know all of the information above, stop by and we can show you!

Day #9: Warm Winter gear and a change of clothes
Having an extra set of warm, dry clothes can be critical if you get stranded. If you have to get out and push your vehicle out of a snow bank, chances are you are going to get soaked. Having a change of dry clothes could be the difference in your survival. Make sure you always have good walking shoes, as well as a warm coat, hat, gloves and other winter gear, even if you are only driving a short distance from home.

Day #10: Shovel
A shovel is a great tool to have in your winter emergency car kit. It can help you move snow around your vehicle if you get stuck. A metal one is great for chipping away ice that is piled up.

Day #11: Flashlight with extra batteries
You should carry a flashlight on you at all times. Make sure you have extra batteries as a backup.

Day #12: At least 1/2 tank of gas at all times!
You never know when you will be stuck in traffic due to a storm or an accident. Running out of gas is the most common problem in traffic jams like these. Make sure you always have at least 1/2 tank full of gas. TO HELP WITH THIS, make sure to put extra cash in your Winter Emergency Car Kit. Sometimes debit/credit transactions are down, and gas stations are only able to accept cash. On the flip side, sometimes gas stations are closed, but you can fill up at the pump with a credit/debit card. Buy yourself a gas card, and put a few dollars on it each pay day. That way, you always have money set aside (cash or card), for emergency situations.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Festival Of Trees: A Beloved Tradition


For over ten years (we have lost count!), one of our favorite yearly traditions is attending the Festival Of Trees and purchasing a tree or two to benefit children and families at Primary Children’s Medical Center. (Watch a short video below done by KBYU last year on the Festival of The Trees.)

Last night we attended the opening night auction and gala, where those in attendance can bid on over 800 trees donated and decorated by organizations and individuals in the local community. We ended up purchasing two trees, two gingerbread houses, and many hand-crafted gift items.

Many trees are in memory of a loved one, and those stories can be read on a sign close to the tree. A few that we came across last night were recent high profile news stories, such as fallen Draper police officer Sgt. Derek Johnson, and the tragic death last year of two friends who died together while duck hunting on the Great Salt Lake.

“I feel that we need to help and support the community and the resources we have here in this valley,” said Mark Gines, owner Gines Auto Service. “Every where you turn around there is somebody that has been helped by Primary Children’s. We are very blessed to have them here in our neighborhood.”

Besides trees, you will find a gift boutique, fudge and other goodies, wreaths, quilts, performances, and the always-popular gingerbread houses.

The trees we purchased:

Last night there were two trees that caught our eye that we ended up bidding on and purchasing. Stay tuned next week when we will do a more detailed post about the stories behind the trees, as well as pictures of the gingerbread houses we purchased. You can view the trees we purchased on J-11 and J17-19.

Until All The Pieces Fit

2013-12-03 19.23.34This tree and display has a puzzle theme. We loved how even the snowflakes on this tree were made out of puzzle pieces! The decorator of this tree dedicated it to her young child who has been diagnosed with autism, and is flourishing due to the excellent staff and early-intervention program at Primary Children’s Medical Center. The puzzle piece has become the icon for autism awareness. The puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition.

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Make sure to read about her Santa Project and see how you can help out!

Santa Is Coming To Town

We loved this Santa-themed tree and display. (See picture at top of this post.) With a cozy fireplace to curl up by and watch the classic “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, we couldn’t pass this one up! It also comes with a smaller tree for tabletop display. Make sure to stay tuned next week when we do a spotlight post on the person this tree is dedicated to.

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About the Festival Of Trees:

The Festival of Trees is open to the public tonight  through Saturday (December 4 – December 7, 2013). at the South Towne Expo Center (9575 S. State St. in Sandy) from 10am to 10pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 2 to 11. Six immediate family members can enter for $15 on Wednesday and discount tickets are available at most Zions Bank branches.

Even though the opening auction was last night, there are still many trees, gingerbread houses and other items that need to be purchased. You can purchase them when attending.

Last year the Festival Of Tree raised over 1.8 million dollars for Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Read more stories from the Festival Of Trees on the Salt Lake Tribune website.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Santa Project–2013 Christmas Fundraiser


Abriel Rotzler is part of the Cinderella Pageant Royalty in Utah. Her royalty is helping a group called The Santa Project who is helping 12 local struggling families provide a Christmas this year. If you have anything you would be willing to donate to this wonderful cause, please have it ready by Saturday, December 7th. We will be happy to pick up these items and deliver them to the group director.

Gines Auto Service (4261 West 5415 South in Kearns, UT 84118) has opened its business as a drop center. If you have items to donate, feel free to drop them off there during regular business hours, and we will call the coordinator to come and pick them up. If you are not able to drop them off there, please leave a comment here and we can forward it to the director.

Below is a list of items requested by the families or the director:

  • Girl's Clothes:
    12 months, 18 months, 24 months/2T, 3T, size 6 Pjs, jeans, and leggings, size 13-18 skinny jeans for teens, size 14 pants, L shirts, XL shirts for both teens and women.
  • Boy's Clothes:
    18 months, anything 3T, 4T, or 5T, size 6 anything, size 7 anything, size 8 long pants, size 10/12 anything, size 13 pants, L shirts (for 10 year old).
  • Shoes:
    Size 5 and 6 for girl, size 12.5 for 4 yr. old boy, size 13 and 1 for boy, size 4 for 8 yr. old boy, size kids 5 for boy, size 9.5 for women, size 10 for men. SOCKS OF ALL SIZES
  • Other clothes:
    Women XL shirts, Men XL shirts or sweaters, Men pants 32/32 or 36.
  • Toys, etc.:
    coloring books, crayons, school supplies, backpacks, books, dolls, cars, footballs, Nerf guns, art supplies, play makeup, finger paints, princess stuff for 5 yr old girl and younger, Barbies, Justin Beiber stuff, Monster High stuff, Superman stuff, Monster Inc. stuff, Mator stuff, Spiderman stuff, Transformers stuff, Sponge Bob stuff, NASCAR stuff, St. Louis Rams, UTE, UCLA, Dodgers, Raiders stuff, cooking items for teenage girl who loves to cook, wrestling type toys, scooter, things for teenagers such as movie tickets, gift cards to clothing store, makeup, purses, etc,
  • Baby items:
    Any items for babies, especially diapers of ANY size, formula, baby toys, baby music

MONEY to help pay bills or GIFT CARDS are very needed!

Thank you for your help!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

VOTE FOR US on the KSL Local A-List!

Last year we received first place in the KSL Local A-List contest, and have been nominated again this year!

We couldn't have done it without your votes, and we need your votes again this year! Go to the KSL Local A-List page and click on Automotive. We are listed under Auto Repair.

Thanks! Our customers are the GREATEST!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Scented Holiday Candles With Each Oil Change

It's that time of year again! With each oil change, you will receive a FREE scented holiday candle of  your choice (while supplies last). 

Call us at (801) 966-6021 to schedule your maintenance or service!
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