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Fixing Your Car, Where To Do It

By Benjamin Rowe

Automotive repairs drive people crazy. Most people rely on their cars to get them to work, school and for recreational activities. Most people are driven to exasperation, when their usually reliable car suddenly becomes unreliable. The intelligent thing to do is to get your car repaired correctly at an affordable price. Where does one turn when such a need exists?

In days long gone by, your local service station used to be your best friend in such a crisis. A full service station is often very difficult to find in these modern times of self-service quick marts. Unlike years before, when everyone knew their local service station repairman and could rely on their assistance in an emergency, today most stations don’t even offer a service department or automotive repairs. Now, most just offer fuel, food and some modern convenience items, and that’s about it. If you are fortunate enough to still have a neighborhood full service station, then you may decide to take your car there for repairs by a trusted automotive repairman you’ve known for years.

Think about taking your car to the dealership where you purchased it, if that is not a viable option for you. Every dealership’s repair staff should know much about the brands they sell. Repair staff may even be required to have a certification in maintenance and repair of their brands. If you vehicle is still under warranty, then this may be your only option. Higher labor and parts rates might be charged by dealership service compared to other repair shops. To maintain the warranty, you may be required to bring your car to a manufacturer’s approved service facility. Many new auto sales include some level of maintenance service as a part of the deal when you purchase a new vehicle. These services may include oil changes, fluid checks and sometimes even tire rotation.

You may desire to find a qualified service and repair shop that will cost a bit less in labor charges if your car is already beyond the warranty period. If you decide to go to another service repair location, verify first if their mechanics are ASE-certified (Automotive Service Excellence). This means that the technician working on your car has had extensive training and been tested on different aspects of automotive repair and maintenance. From specific engines to drive train and body work, ASE certified professionals have mastered their craft in their area of specialty. Most ASE mechanics wear an embroidered patch on their work clothes to show that they are certified, or oftentimes they actually display their certification documents.

The goal is to save money, have your car repaired and getting it back on the road as soon as possible. Taking a few moments to check out your repair options can save you from a possible headache due to faulty repairs and spare you some cash.

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Rowe, Benjamin "Fixing Your Car, Where To Do It." Fixing Your Car, Where To Do It. 22 Aug. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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Rowe, B (2010, August 22). Fixing Your Car, Where To Do It. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from

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Rowe, Benjamin "Fixing Your Car, Where To Do It"

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