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By: Claire D.
Surefire Auto Repair
These fellows have repaired our cars for years, even before they opened at their current location. We have had nothing but good experience. My husband is fairly knowledgeable about motors and can judge. They are honest, and they do quality work. Everyone claims that but in our experience, they deliver it. We have saved thousands over what the dealership was charging us.
By: Sheila M.
Fontenot Auto
Fontenot Auto has had many chances to rip me off and hasn't. I walked in expecting the worst, and another mechanic would have told me what I expected to hear. This garage is affordable, honest, accommodating, and always really, really nice. I lucked out the day I found him.
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By: Melanie W.
Mdt Repair
Had brakes, rotors and brake lines done in the same day at a reasonable price! Everyone was pleasant and knowledgeable, they showed us the brake lines and brakes to ensure we knew what work was necessary, very pleased with this company
By: joanne.blackmer
Black Hills Automotive
Took my truck in after being told by another shop what was wrong. The guys looked at it and that wasnt what was wrong. They fixed the correct problem and showed me the old parts. Thank you guys, saved me a lot of money.
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By: Joseph J.
Fontenot Auto
Called for a ballpark estimate. Very friendly and honest, and the pricing is very competitive. I think I found my new shop!! Joe J 01/14/2016
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By: Mark B.
Surefire Auto Repair
Great work, great prices, trustworthy, honest technicians, I highly recommend them. These guys know how to isolate a problem and fix it
By: Sarah S.
Black Hills Automotive
Took my car here to fix an oil leak. Found issue and repaired it immediately. They are honest, kind, and saved me $1300!
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By: Marty M.
Surefire Auto Repair
had these guys put a rebuilt engine in my ford pick up . have done several things since top ratings for this auto shop
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By: Jeremy S.
Midwest Auto Repair
great people good prices on car parts I needed and good scrap prices
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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