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By: Dan S.
I-65 Automotive Center
Trans on our '07 Ford Fusion went out on a trip to Wisc. Left car at Ford dealer, who found the control module had failed ($600 part+labor=$1200). Error codes fixed, but all the soft parts were trashed, since the fluid was black. Had it towed to our house (South suburbs) where I-65 picked it up (free). The tow driver missed picking it up on Friday, but called and was most apologetic Monday; he wondered if we still wanted it taken in, & I told him we did. $2K for a complete (hard & soft parts) rebuild, done in a reasonable amount of time, &it works flawlessly. They even replaced the speed sensor, which didn't show any problem until *after* everything else was fixed. Almost NO dealer (or repair shop) would have eaten the cost to replace the sensor, as I couldn't prove that it was faulty when it came in. The fact that the owner told me *immediately* that there would be no charge says volumes about their integrity; I wish there were a more stores like them closer to where I live. If it matters, I drove my own vehicles commercially for 35 years. I've dealt with dealers, small shops, big shops, and shade tree mechanics, and can confidently say that I wish all our service providers had been as honest and reasonably priced as I-65 was. I-65 had the best price & guarantee (within at least a 30-mile radius) from all the phone shopping we did. Lifetime warranty on labor (at their shop) which we couldn't find anywhere else. They're not perfect, but I'd go back there in a minute if I had a problem with my other car's trans. I give them 5 stars which I almost never do. There may be negative reviews, but most people don't have hands-on experience with a lot of repairs, I do. Some folks have unreasonable expectations &get upset when they're not met. Others get an unlucky combination of events that make it seem like they're getting shafted when they're not -- that has happened to me, too. Still others are simply never pleased, &always being a "victim". I heartily recommend them.
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By: Patricia K.
I-65 Automotive Repair
I took my 1994 toyota corolla in with trans problem they fixed it for 500. Thanks runs great . I will definitely recommend these guys for all your automotive needs. I also have another car Im taking in next week for tune up and oil change
By: matuskajr
Main Street Auto Service
Open, honest and real. Called about an issue with my vehicle and got a very informative response which helped me make a money saving decision.
By: roza.ventura.3
Elliott's Auto Care
fast reliable service.. best autobody shop in town
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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