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07/21/2017
By: Mike M.
Swansons Auto Repair
I recently went in for an alignment at a major car repair chain and was told that the bushings on my left front lower control arm were bad, and the entire assembly would need to be replaced with a price tag of over $1200. Additionally the right side would be close behind and would need to be replaced soon as well.I'd done some business with Swanson's in the past so I decided to take it there for a second opinion. Josh, one of Swanson's employees, greeted me and proceeded to treat me like a friend instead of just a paycheck. He looked at my car and told me that just the bushings were bad, and that BOTH sides could be replaced (parts and labor, out the door) for under $400.He let me drop the car off for the day while I was at work, and even gave me his personal cell number so I could pick the car up after hours since I had to work late.If you want a mechanic you can trust, I would highly recommend Swansons.
05/13/2013
By: gjen34288
Swansons Auto Repair
Searched high and low for an excellent mechanic in North Port. Found him at Swanson's Auto Repair. Performed professional fuel system cleaning, spark plug replacement, MAF sensor replacement - a tune up on my Beetle.--Work performed way under budget. --Super fast service. --No wait.--Conveniently dropped me off and picked me up at the library. --My 14 year old car hasn't run this good since it was new. When other's told me that my engine was dying and wanted to replace the whole thing, I did some research and suspected it was just a faulty sensor. Stumbled upon Ron Swanson in the online yellow pages - researched his shop - turns out he is not just an innovative mechanic, but has a lot of talent and skill. I recommend them to everyone. Swanson's Auto Repair saved my vehicle.
07/10/2017
By: Donald F.
Christian Brothers Automotive
I have found them the most professional in the area. I took my car to another leading shop in North Port because of a front end shimmy. The other shop in two visits cost me over $600 with no good result. Went to Christian Brothers and they immediately found my front tire had tread separation - very dangerous. They changed the tire and the problem resolved. The other shop could have killed me.
11/21/2014
By: jera.robinson.stratton
Swanson & Sons Automotive
Yesterday, Swanson's replaced my ignition lock cylinder and did an oil change The service was speedy, the guys were friendly and honest, and the prices were reasonable. I've been to quite a few auto repair places in North Port that I'll never go back to. I'll definitely be taking all of my business back here.
01/20/2017
By: Randy W.
Christian Brothers Automotive
My experience with Christian Brothers has been exceptional. I go to them for both of my vehicles and feel very confident in them doing it right. I would recommend them to anyone who needs quality work done.
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04/02/2014
By: warnershaw
Swansons Auto Repair
Ron is a great guy and an excellent mechanic, honest and very reasonable. Willing to work within your budget...
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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