By: Ernest L.
Sims Tire & Auto Center
Just recently met Dallas Sims, Owner of Sims Tire. Super guy who only employs courteous and professional techs.Had bought old truck for hauling to protect my nice dually. Bought knowing needed following: Four Tires and Brakes Front & Rear. Needed Alignment of course.Told Dallas I had never bought a set of used tires but if he had any with decent tread, I would like to buy as this was simply to be our "Junk Truck". He had a nice set of Goodyear Wranglers with a lot of tread which he not only sold to me for a very good price but threw in mounting and balancing as if he were selling me new ones.Dallas has a Viewing Window into his Service Area so you can watch his Tech's as they have NOTHING TO HIDE!Oh yeah, Truck needed a Cast/Camber Kit as it would not hold alignment. I brought back next day. He installed - but then realigned at NO CHARGE? I will be driving about 36 miles round trip to do business with him in the future! Ernie
By: cindy.silvernail
Bert's Automotive
Bert's Automotive...What can I say... Being new to the area I found them online after much worry and doubt about finding a mechanic I could trust. Despite the one negative review online, I trusted my instincts and called. From the beginning the boys at Berts were professional and courteous. The work was done quickly (a new starter on my 99 Bonneville) and a lesser cost than originally quoted. Joe, btw, has beautiful blue eyes and a wonderful demeanor. I will most definitely be taking my vehicle to them for other maintenance that needs to be done, minor and major, and would highly recommend them.
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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