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By: Phil M.
Diesel Diagnostics
Always looking for a good deal, I found a 2004 Chevy for sale, 920 miles away, in Lufkin, Tx. The seller gave me a pretty good idea of what was wrong with it, as it had been sitting for 2 years, so I hustled on down to Lufkin and had the truck towed in to Diesel Diagnostics, after making an appointment the previous day. They jumped right on the job the minute we arrived with the truck! and Dan handed me a short wiring harness and said: "THAT'S what your problem is!!!". As it turned out, the seller had told me he put a new throttle position sensor in the truck right before it stopped "accelerating" and he parked it 2 years ago. To our chagrin mice had bitten the harness into 2 pieces, so the "new" TPS literally wasn't even hooked up to the truck!!! $156 and 45 minutes later and I was down the road and on my way back to Illinois, with my "new" 2004 Chevy!!!!Thanks a BUNCH to the guys at Diesel Diagnostics in Lufkin Texas. You are the greatest!!!
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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