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09/22/2013
By: shane.nixon2
MIKES TIRE AND AUTO
The company I used to work for took all vehicles to Mike's with exceptional service and price. I take all my cars to Mike's and before my wife got her new car I her old car broke down in Pell City. I had several shops look at it there with the same result, the heads are blown will have to be rebuilt and it will cost $1200-$2000 plus any additional things they find while working on it. Had it towed to Mike's got it fixed for $175 and fluid was dripping and making it appear the heads were blown and they even thought this was the problem. They could have charged me for that job and I would have never known. They have saved me money several times and always treat you right. If you ever notice they are always swamped with business, there's a reason for that. Only drawback is they are so good and honest sometimes have to drop your car off just for simple things because they are so busy all the time.
06/11/2014
By: jason.hinton.961
David King Automotive
You'd be a fool to not use David's. Super cheap and d*mn good work
Tips & Advices
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill. The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done so you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage.
Yes. Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop.

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