How to Choose the Right Auto Repair Shop

030227-N-9403-006How do you choose the right auto repair shop? How do you know which auto mechanic is going to be reliable, offer you a fair price, and not try to scam you?

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE has some guidelines about how to choose right auto repair shop or expert to fix up your vehicle:

Go searching for a repair shop before you really need one. If you wait until you need a repair shop, you will make a hasty decision or settle on the first one that you find. You will make a better shopping decision if you do not feel rushed. Continue reading

How to Find an Excellent Auto Mechanic

mechanicIf the auto repair shop you’ve been using has shut down, it’s time to go on the hunt for a good auto mechanic. You should look for an independent shop in your local neighborhood.

People who use independent auto mechanics are usually happier than those who go through the dealership. A small auto repair shop will often provide a better quality of service, better customer care, and a local vibe that you cannot get in a corporate dealership setting.

Finding a mechanic or small auto repair shop you can trust is hard. You need to do a little digging. There’s no single sign of what makes a good auto repair shop, but there are a few things you should try to find. Continue reading

How to Keep a Car Running Longer

carAs long as a car owner isn’t in a hurry to keep up with the latest and greatest car models, there’s really no need to replace a car of a certain age if the driver doesn’t experience car troubles often. The mechanic used to be a community staple. Drivers would bring their cars to the mechanic whether or not they needed auto repairs.

Certain checks would be performed on a regular basis, and serious issues were easily prevented this way. Modern-day car owners are not as meticulous when it comes to getting their cars checked out. The fast-paced world has eliminated all the free time to stop by the mechanic “just because.” But there’s something about getting regular checks that keeps cars running longer. Continue reading

Why It’s a Good Idea to Keep Getting Regular Oil Changes

oil changeNew information has been released about the drivability of newer model vehicles beyond the recommended oil change requirements. This has been exciting news for some car owners who believe they don’t have to get an oil change nearly as often as they thought.

While this may be true for very few vehicles, it’s always a good idea to strictly follow the instructions in a vehicle’s user manual to remain in compliance with warranty requirements. This protects the car owner should anything happen to the vehicle while still under warranty. Continue reading

The Mystery Behind Transmissions

transmissionIt’s one of the most feared and potentially critical phrases for most drivers – transmission failure. Replacing or repairing a transmission is extremely expensive, but it doesn’t have to get this far.

Any car will give a driver hints as to when the transmission may need a little extra attention. One of the most obvious hints that a transmission needs service is trouble changing gears. In manual cars, it may be difficult to change gears at all. For automatic transmissions, the driver may experience a delay or slight jerking when they attempt to change gears. Continue reading

Are Tune-Ups Obsolete?

Years ago, the most responsible car owners were religiously sending their vehicles to the mechanic for a tune-up each year. A variety of services could be performed during these visits, but many could agree on a select few. For example, every tune-up probably included replacing spark plugs and perhaps changing out vital fluids.

The need for such services has changed over the years, because later model cars have notifications for many of the services included in a tune-up. Therefore, drivers usually do not need to bring their cars to a mechanic for a traditional tune-up. If spark plugs need to be replaced, a light will show on the dashboard. If a transmission needs service, the driver will be notified by the car itself.

Does this mean nobody needs to worry about their vehicles until lights on their dashboard signal the need for auto repairs? Not necessarily.

What a Modern Day Tune-Up Looks Like

tuneupWhile a traditional tune-up may be considered obsolete for vehicles manufactured after a certain date, there are still some services that are necessary to avoid costly auto repairs and ensure consistent drivability for vehicles.

There are ways to determine that something isn’t right under the hood before complete engine failure. These subtle hints indicate that auto repairs may be needed, and drivers will discover that some of the same things performed during a traditional tune-up will also increase drivability in modern cars.  Continue reading

How to Make the Most of Your Pre-Owned Vehicle

auto auctionYour car is with you on your daily commute, takes you on weekend adventures and is your constant road trip companion. Your car does a lot for you, so why not give back? A regular tune-up is an important part of car maintenance and will keep your car running smoothly and efficiently, which will make your life easier and your expenses lower.

Whether you’re just maintaining your car or have noticed some signs of wear and tear, a tune-up will keep your car running smoothly. There are a few things to look out for that let you know it’s time for a tune-up. Continue reading

Here’s Why Regular Tune-Ups are So Important

Man Looking Under HoodYour car is with you on your daily commute, takes you on weekend adventures and is your constant road trip companion. Your car does a lot for you, so why not give back? A regular tune-up is an important part of car maintenance and will keep your car running smoothly and efficiently, which will make your life easier and your expenses lower.

Whether you’re just maintaining your car or have noticed some signs of wear and tear, a tune-up will keep your car running smoothly. There are a few things to look out for that let you know it’s time for a tune-up. Continue reading

Don’t Ignore Those Squeaky Brakes!

brakesUsually you visit the mechanic because your car won’t go, but when should you be worried about your car not stopping? Squeaky brakes are easy to brush off as just annoying, but they can actually be a symptom of a more serious brake issue. Read on to get informed about the warning signs of potential brake problems.

Don’t Ignore Grinding or Squeaking

If you hear loud grinding noises or squeaks and squeals when you slow down or stop, your brakes are probably worn out. This can lead to long term brake damage and even accidents. It’s important to get your brakes checked regularly to keep them in the best working condition. Be safe and get the grinding or squeaking checked out by your mechanic. Continue reading

Do You Really Need a Mechanic?

car repair3While going to your mechanic with any concerns can help you avoid some serious car damage and even accidents, it is possible to be a car maintenance hypochondriac. Cars run smoothly in a variety of ways and many minor maintenance checks are simple to do yourself. Knowing the difference between unnecessary worry and a potential problem will save you time and money and make sure your mechanic always takes your concerns seriously.

Spilled Food? No Worries

Whether you’re eating off the dash or trying to fit your morning coffee into your morning commute, Continue reading