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By: alpinelakes
Self Service Auto Repair
I had been looking for quite awhile for a place that rented bays with a lift where you can work on your own car. Glad I finally found this place - it's perfect for someone who wants to do their own work on their vehicle. Plus, it's also a full service auto repair shop - in case you run into something you can't handle on your own.I rented a bay for about $22 an hour which covers use of the lift, an air hose, and fluid drain pans. They also have other tools you can rent on an hourly basis if needed. I spent a couple hours there taking care of several maintenance items. So my total cost was 2 hours of my time, about $50 for the bay rental, and about $60 had I spent for the parts. The estimate I got from a repair shop to do the same maintenance items was a little over $400. So the $300 I saved was definitely worth my time. Plus, if you're like me, you prefer to do the work yourself.The staff there is great. They get you set up on the lift, make sure you have everything you need, and then leave you alone so you can get to work.I'll be back next time I need to do something on my vehicle.
By: elizabeth.heist
Ritchie Automotive
Everyone at Ritchie Automotive were extremely kind and professional. I recently moved from PA and needed to get my car inspected. They took me back to my apartment and picked me up when the car was finished. While it took some expensive repairs they kept me updated and informed every step of the way. Even though it took longer than expected they knew I needed it at a certain time so Matt stayed until 10:30 fixing it. As he was test driving the break line busted and he stayed until 12:30 AM to fix it and didn't charge me for that repair. They also put my new license plates on later that day free of charge. As a young women they treated me fairly and made sure I was informed through the whole process! I would definitely recommend Ritchie Automotive to anyone needing car repairs!
By: Eric F.
P & G Automotive Svc
Paul and company are simply the best and most welcoming auto experts I've ever worked with. Period. A true partnership every time I bring my 1968 Monaco in, and I'm nearly an hour drive away from another part of Maryland. Simply superb, and for more than 15 years.
By: William T.
Ritchie Automotive
took a 2005 ford to them after sending close to 5000.00 with ammoco auto with no results they found the problem and correct it for alot less and solve the problems
By: michele.weiss.353
P & G Automotive Svc
I have been taking my cars to P+G for 25 years. Good price, quick turnaround, great diagnostic knowledge! Very trustworthy!
By: Brian B.
Ultimate Automotive
I get all my cars serviced here first. They are good and affordable.
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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