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!
07/01/2013
By: alcarpenter
Bill Hudgins Automotive Inc
"Great people-great service! Been coming here for years, and will continue to do so!!"
Tips & Advices
Depending on the part and its overall quality, a good amount of money can be saved by purchasing aftermarket parts versus OEM parts. But aftermarket parts that are low in price might also be lower in quality and could do more harm than good to your car, or they may need to be replaced more frequently than a more expensive counterpart. This could lead to saving some money in the short term, but spending more than anticipated in the long term.
The type of tires being purchased is the most significant determinant of their price. SUV tires are more costly than average car tires. And high-performance tires are more costly than economy grade tires. On average, standard tires for an average-sized vehicle are around $100 per tire. Standard tires for an SUV are around $150 and pick-up truck tires are about $200 on average. Some dealers offer discounts if purchasing more than one tire.
Car inspections typically take about an hour. However the wait time can be longer depending on how busy the shop is. Call ahead for an appointment to avoid long wait times.
Depending on the manufacturer, certain aftermarket parts can be just as reliable as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. But one item within a vehicle, like oil filters for instance, could have multiple manufacturers and there could be inconsistencies in quality among them.
Costs of replacing a windshield can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors:
  • Vehicle make and model
  • How much of the cost insurance will cover
  • Whether the windshield installers come to your location or you bring the vehicle to them
  • Standard service costs of the windshield installers
Generally, newer and higher-end vehicles cost more to have their windshields replaced because certain manufacturers use modified or proprietary glass types.

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