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By: Lynne H.
Mike's Dealer Alternative Auto, Inc.
Wonderful experience, Mikes and his team are great, I will always take my truck to Mike's. always greeted with a smile. I have been a service advise for over 30 years so i know the scoops. Mike is fare in pricing and the repairs he has done to my 1996 Ford Bronco have been top notch. And no finger prints left behind. I have given Mike and his team some pain in he butt repairs and he still smiles when I pick up my truck. Absolutely will steer my friends and family to Mike's Alternative Auto Repair Shop. the best I have encountered ever.Thanks again Mike to you and your teamLynne
By: kevin.wood.378
Mike's Dealer Alternative Auto, Inc.
I own a limo service. I broke down near mikes shop. Asked if they could fix my carMike had my car fixed in no time with the little money I lost for time .I gained back 10 times over with the amount of money I save with mike compared to bringing car to dealership .Mike and his boys no there ( STUFF ) they had my car fix in no time .They are a great family ran business but more they are no good guys. They truly seem to care about there clients ...I am a client for life. Thanks Mike & guys. Kevin wood
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By: Ann H.
Gary & Mikes Auto Clinic
I have had multiple vehicles repaired here for over 15 years. The prompt and professional care given each and every time has impressed me. The service people never try to repair things that are just fine, as is the case at other repair shops. Prices are always extremely reasonable and the work has always been done to my best satisfaction. I can't recommend them enough to anyone needing automotive repair!
By: Laurie B.
Gary & Mikes Auto Clinic
Always great service. They take the time to explain what needs to be done and why, and don't try to add on needless replacements and services like the dealerships and other service stations tend to do. Prices are very fair and the hours of labor charged seem spot on rather than padded as I've seen elsewhere. Have recommended this shop to others, who've also been very satisfied.
By: K V.
Mike's Dealer Alternative Auto, Inc.
My family has been using Mike's for 10 years. I recently took my BMW M-series to another shop and they provided me a list of 'needs' that exceeded $6,000 (including a leak where there wasn't). I took my car to Mike and he went through the list and my car. Explain what was needed and what he felt was unnecessary repairs. Bottom line, I trust Mike and his crew!
By: Slick T.
Mike's Dealer Alternative Auto, Inc.
Mike, Ed and Brandon are knowledgeable, courteous and reasonably priced for their high quality work. I have been their client for 4 years and I have never been ripped off. -- Green Hyundai Sonata.
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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