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05/30/2014
By: Kenny B.
Advanced Auto Repair & Powder Coating
Driving through Russellville en route to Albuquerque after visiting family around AR when our ford focus broke down on I40 west. We lost a lot of power but were able to pull off the freeway. The first 2 shops we stopped at were unable to help us but the second referred us to Advanced Auto. (We passed five or six auto repair stores on the way) Richard met us at the door when we arrived at his store and was more than helpful and an all around amiable guy. Within the first 5 minutes of looking at our vehicle, he had diagnosed the issue, (which one of the two earlier shops had misdiagnosed) and was putting together an extremely reasonable quote. Within the hour our car was fixed and road ready and when I was expecting to pay an arm and a leg, Richard was honest and charged us for only parts and labor done. No extra hours based on a set minimum, In all we paid for an hour of labor and the parts. Great honest business and if I lived within an hour of this place I wouldn't take my vehicle anywhere else! Thanks to Richard and his people we made it to Albuquerque without any more issues.
02/21/2014
By: alicia.a.powell.3
Advanced Auto Repair & Powder Coating
Stacy2006, I think you comment to a wrong shop! We never had to replace an intake manifold on a Chevrolet Tahoe since we open our shop here in Arkansas! We have replaced several intake manifold gaskets on Chevrolets (a very common thing) but not intake manifold… We couldn't even find a receipts that match your amount at all! Sorry that happened to you! But if you have your receipt/invoice number, we'll be happy to help you. -Richard Powell
01/10/2015
By: Jeff B.
Advanced Auto Repair & Powder Coating
While I will start by saying the original estimate I was given was lower than the final bill, I still am satisfied with the cost. Richard seems like an honest guy, and he and his wife run their business with integrity, you can tell. I feel like I got good work for what seems like an average going price.
03/01/2017
By: Julie T.
Joseph Auto Repair
Joseph has always done a great job for us. Fast, courteous, quality work. Very fair. We will continue to go to him always. It's nice to find an honest mechanic.Julie Talley
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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