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By: Bo D.
Bug Shop
Unfortunately, I have no choice but to give Automotive International (The Bug Shop) a very poor review. I'm upset after waiting at least a week, driving around for parts, and paying a couple thousand + in labor costs for a car that isn't fixed as it should be. They told me they had experience with Saab 900's and that they could do the major repairs needed on my car: transmission, clutch and related parts, shifter, and other fixes. I supplied them with all the parts, and had no choice but to find and drive for difficult to find Saab parts. I was charged a lot, lot of money for labor, at least on par with the prices asked by Saab Specialists that work exclusively on Saabs in Major cities, and when I got the car back, it is not close to 100% (the shifting is still bad, the Car doesn't go into 5th gear at all, there aren't a lot of other places around...so now I will have to drive it a distance to get work done somewhere else, in 4th gear)... Basically, this is a small town shop that, in this case, charged an very unfair price for work considering they lacked the expertise and ability to find parts for my car. Bottom Line: they are nice people and I'm sorry I have to give them such a poor review, but they simply should have told me that they didn't have the ability to fix my car, or at least shouldn't have asked specialist, big City prices for small town capabilities. They've really put me in a situation that could have been avoided simply by telling me they weren't experts. On the way to the shop, the rental worker that dropped me off said they were rip-off artists...I was hoping she wasn't right, but she has a point.
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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