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01/06/2013
By: chip.heaton.5
Merchant's Tire and Auto Service Center
they can do all basic maitinence on mostly basic vehicals ex. ballance, rotation, oil change, alighnment. but if you need a diagnoses on a vehical or oilchange on a preformance car or a complicated vehical ex. boxer engine, then stay far away!!!! i own a STI and they have put the wrong oil filter on my car twice and gave me wrong diagnosis because they just google the symtoms and start replacing parts and charging you crazy labor fees, they used to be great when they had all the older experianced mechanics but now they have a bunch of hick teenagers that have no idea what they are doing and ARE NOT ASE CERTIFIED BECAUSE I KNOW ALL OF THEM PERSONALY only a select few like mr. bartely, i have had my car there for 4 days because they were supposed to replace a simple PCV valve and destroyed my hoses and still waiting for special order from dealership for new hoses. IM just saying if you dont own a stock domestic vehical then do not come here for any motor work. also clearly state no test drivesand the teen mechanics will dog the crap out of your car and they dont even know how to drive stick , in conclusion if you have to come here only request a older guy named david or josh or dave and the better business burogh will be hearing from me shortly!
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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