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How much for brake pads?

How much for brake pads?

We hear that all the time. Since we’re honest, the answer takes a little explaining. First of all, most people call us because someone they’re not sure they trust (very often the dealer) said they need brakes. We tell them they should get a second… read more

Do you charge for a diagnosis?

Do you charge for a diagnosis?

Please read on before someone causes you to spend too much. If someone tells you they don’t charge for diagnosis, or seem to be the cheapest around: be very suspicious! Diagnostic tests are the most difficult and expensive things your mechanic can do. read more

Read between the lines

Read between the lines

Could your car manufacturer have ulterior motives? Sometimes you have to read between the lines of that owner’s manual. Ulterior motive: An alternative reason for doing something, especially when differing from the stated or apparent reason. Car owners… read more

Do you have your Freeway Driver’s permit?

Do you have your Freeway Driver’s permit?

Yeah, I know, our system of interstate highways doesn’t require a freeway driver’s permit. But maybe it should – because on the roads with the highest speeds and the largest volumes – every mistake one of us makes becomes amplified. It starts wit… read more

How is an extended warranty contract like a casino?

How is an extended warranty contract like a casino?

Like casinos, sometimes people clean up on a warranty contract, but the odds favor the house. I don’t like to gamble against myself, so I’m not particularly fond of of extended warranty contracts. Such contracts do offer benefits, like a little peac… read more

How to Find the Right Repair Shop

How to Find the Right Repair Shop

Compiled with the help of the ASA, ASE, BBB and the school of hard knocks. Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one Ask friends and co workers (the ones who don’t break down on the way to work) for recommendations; search online for… read more

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