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07/28/2015
By: Kaitlin C.
Goodyear Auto Service Center
I hate using this location. Every time we go here, they try to convince us to buy things that we don't need, which I understand, as every car place does. But what really annoyed me was putting me down for an appointment to have these services done without telling me and they calling me to "remind" me of that appointment several times, as well as calling several times to ask if I wanted to buy their recommended tires after telling them in person and on the phone that I didn't. My husband went in for an oil change and waited over 20 minutes before they got around to telling him that they wouldn't be able to fit him in that day because they were closing early. Came back the next day at 9 am and was told they wouldn't be able to start on the car til after 11. He tried to have our transmission serviced here and made an appointment several days in advance, only to be called after the car had been there for 4 hours and told that they did not have one of the required parts to do that. The only reason we keep coming back is because they usually have coupons for discounted oil changes, but it really isn't worth the hassle. My husband is much more patient than me, and the only reason they ever get our business.
11/28/2013
By: Phil F.
Calvary Auto Repair
excellent A.S.E. certified honest and fair mechanic
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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