By: Joseph C.
Martin's Automotive Center
In 2011 I was returning from the National Corvette Museum in my 1991 Corvette and broke a drivers side windshield wiper spring outside of Mt. Vernon Il. There were no Chevrolet dealers in Mt Vernon, so I visited Martins Automotive. While no parts were available for replacing this spring, they worked and found a brake spring that would make the car driverable until I could get back to Kansas City and order a replacement wiper arm. They really went beyond service in getting me back on the road. What a great shop.
By: john22210
Auto Credit of Southern IL, Inc
The buying process was very smooth from the initial call and questions to the final paperwork being completed. I had financial problems in my past and Auto Credit helped and worked with me through the entire process
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By: Tonya D.
Duncan Auto Repair
His loyalty is with the customer, will call around for price for parts. Will give you estimate before he works on it & will have your car done that day unless he has to order parts. Just all around great business.
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By: Gene D.
Duncan Auto Repair
Been in business since 1972, still going strong. Same location, customers have been based on generation of family customers. Would appreciate your business. Thank you, Owner & Operator Gene Duncan.
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By: Garland A.
Bradshaw Auto Sales & Dtlng
I purchased a 02 Chrysler PT cruiser from these guys in Jan.2015. The car is a great used car the sales staff was great! I will definitely check with these guys again when I need another vehicle
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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