Frequently Asked Questions
Should I go to a local mechanic or a dealership?
Your local auto repair shop can typically offer the same services for a lower price. Local shops tend to have less overhead and you also have the benefit of a one-on-one relationship with your mechanic. The staff at a local shop likely have more time to attend your specific needs in a timely manner. You end up getting cheaper, faster, and more personal service.
What are the most common car repairs?
Some of the most common issues you might have to deal with as a car owner include oil changes, brake and brake pad maintenance, check engine lights, flat and worn tires, wiper blade replacement, AC repair, among others.
How often should you do maintenance on a car?
You should have your car looked at approximately every 5000-7500 miles based on what weight of oil you use or around every 12 months. Inspecting your car from time to time can help you avoid more serious or costly problems with your car down the line.
What is basic maintenance for a car?
Basic car maintenance includes routine services such as oil and filter changes, tire inspections, brake service, air filter replacements.
What is full maintenance for a car?
Full maintenance is keeping your vehicle on mileage based service requirements from the manufacturer. Items that are included are fluid flushes, spark plug replacement, differential services and possibly more.
What does a car inspection involve?
A car inspection involves a thorough review of everything necessary to ensure your operating safely. We look for irregularities with your car’s mechanical aspects such as the engine, brakes, fluids etc. We look at the car’s exterior body features such as the windshield, wipers, mirrors. Suspension, steering and belts and hoses are also part of the inspection.
How often should I change my car oil?
We recommend you get your oil changed approximately every 5000 miles for synthetic blend or 7500 miles for full synthetic oil.
Why is my AC blowing warm air?
Some of the most common AC problems include a low or leaking refrigerant (also known as freon or R134A), your cabin air filter may need to be replaced, or there may be an issue with your compressor or an electrical part of the system that has failed. Our staff has the tools and experience to diagnose these issues and repair your vehicle to its original factory AC performance.
How do I know if the brakes on my car are bad?
If you’re experiencing squealing and squeaking or grinding noises, unexpected vibrations, or your brake light turned on, you might be in need of brake inspection and/or repair. We perform full brake inspections at no charge.
How do I know if my brake pads are worn?
Brake pads are typically manufactured with a “Squeeker Tab” and the high pitched noise that occurs, should indicate it’s time to replace your brake pads. A grinding noise or front-end pulsation indicates rotors as well as pads may need replacement.