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10/29/2016
By: Virginia I.
Mullinax Auto Marine Repair
Broken down in the mountains 600 miles from home.Our family came to Dahlonega, GA for a weekend getaway. Unfortunately our 130,000 mile van’s transmission started grinding and slipping badly after just one trip up the mountain to the house we had rented. I knew it wouldn’t make it a second time.The landlord recommended Mullinex Auto and Marine. I’m a gear head so I have a good idea what it takes/costs to do most repairs (I do most myself) and I was considering all options from leaving the car for repair to somehow getting it home – over 600 miles away – along with four people and two dogs. As I discussed all of the options with Craig Mullinex he shared honest, unbiased knowledge of each, never trying to sell me on having him do the repair.It was obvious the best and least expensive choice was to let Craig and his team install a rebuilt transmission from a top reputation national rebuilder that included a three-year 100,000 mile nationwide transferrable warranty. I returned to Dahlonega a week later and my van was perfectly repaired, and road tested. Now with over 4,000 miles on it, the transmission shifts smoothly and has full power transfer. Quite frankly, the van drives better than when it was new!Huge thanks to Mullinex Auto and Marine for a fantastic repair experience and even more so for treating strangers like friends!Don I
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11/18/2015
By: Betina L.
Mullinax Auto Marine Repair
I had a great experience with the mechanics at Mullinax Auto and Marine. I was an hour away from home when I had car problems in Dahlonega. The mechanics came to fix my car quickly so that I could get back home. They were very knowledgeable about what they were doing and had me going in no time. I had called two other shops before them and I told them what was going on, but Mullinax Auto and Marine were the only ones who knew what my problem was as soon as I described the situation to them. They came to my rescue so that I didn't have to be stranded anymore. They were very honest and friendly. I would highly recommend them.
08/12/2015
By: Tiffany A.
Mullinax Auto Marine Repair
I don't know why everyone is writing bad reviews on this shop. I was told about this shop by the guy who pushed my car off the road when it died. It only took a few days for the repair and the price was very reasonable. The owner was very nice and explained to me exactly what was going on with my car. I would go to them again and would recommend them to friends.
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06/01/2016
By: Steve P.
Mullinax Auto Marine Repair
Trustworthy, honest and reasonably priced, quality work. These are the reasons why many of my neighbors and myself have used Mullinax as our auto repair service over the years.
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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