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06/26/2012
By: wanda.livingston.315
Strobl Auto Repair
While traveling from Minnesota to Arizona on Thursday evening, 6/21/12, my Chevy truck broke down. I was traveling with my 2 grandchildren and did not know where I could find help as it was nearly 5pm. I stopped and asked a person if he could tell me where to find a Chevy dealer or a good mechanic. He directed me to Strobl Auto Repair and the owner of the shop was still there working with one of his sons. He diagnosed the problem, recommended a good hotel that he and his wife had used and spent the evening tearing down the part to see if it could be rebuilt. In the meantime, his wife generously drove my 2 grandchildren and myself to the hotel. While we enjoyed the pool at the hotel, Mr Strobl worked late and started at 5:30 am the next morning to get the part shipped from Omaha. He had us back on the road by 2pm the next day, 6/22/12! Mrs. Strobl picked us up from the hotel and would not accept any compensation for her generousity. We had no further issues and arrived home safely. Not only were the Strobl s helpful in getting us back on the road but I was overwhelmed by his honesty in the repair as well as the charges. I do not know how they are able to make a living with the more than reasonable labor charges but as he said, they try to make a living, not get rich. I can t say enough good things about this family and their business. My grandkids and I left Hastings enriched by getting to know the Strobl family and know that it was by God s providence that we were directed to their business. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Strobl and their 2 sons. You are #1 in my book!
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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