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03/18/2015
By: Dave M.
Hilgarts Auto Svc
Hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars Hilgart's has saved us!We've been looking around for a decent used car for my son. When we find one we think is right we bring it in for Hilgarts' expert opinion on what's good and what needs fixing.Their open and honest approach has save us a lot of money by helping us steer away from some real money pits.Another thing I really like about Hilgarts is that when a vehicle does need repair they start looking for inexpensive solutions where as other mechanics try to sell you the most expensive 'knuten valves' they can find.I can't tell you how many of the other mechanic's kids I've put through college. Not with Hilgarts, now I can work on sending my kids to college. John, Randy and the crew at Hilgarts are the best mechanics around the area. I am a customer for life! Thank you John and Randy!
10/31/2015
By: Ginger C.
Hilgarts Auto Svc
In a business where time is money, the staff looked at my car for a list of complaints, which i thought would cost any where between $500-$1,000. After about an hour of inspection they found some small issues. They fixed one of my issues, with very little cost to me (WOW), and advise me about another issue and asked if it was something i could fix (saving me money). Now a days it is hard to find honest service like this, where the customer truly does come first! This was my first time coming here and it WON'T be my last! Great job to everyone at Hilgarts Auto!! Sincerely Thank from-Troy C.
10/04/2014
By: Allie G.
Hilgarts Auto Svc
We've taken our vehicles to Hilgarts since 2010 at least, and have been pleased with the quality of service and efforts of staff and mechanics to fit us in and quickly diagnose problems. When they fix something they get it right the first time, and they do not overcharge! They are also very transparent with me as they are my husband (totally doing away with the stereotypical treatment of women as clueless at the auto mechanic's!). These guys are great and I am so happy they are so close to our residence!
02/18/2015
By: g.kingsbury
Arkay Autowerks
Friendly knowledgeable accurate estimates most important these guys are HONEST that's something infrequent with most auto repair in today's world !!
12/27/2012
By: bill.hayes.18400
Hilgarts Auto Svc
Competitive pricing, Courteous personnel always explain the best corrective action for the price.
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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