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By: Russell M.
Rick's Auto Repair
It's a small shop in a small town, but Rick knows his stuff. He's always been fair. Personally he's charged me $35 to fix issues that other shops quoted at a much higher rate. He's very fair with his prices and as far as I know he's never lied to me as a customer. If it's something he doesn't do in his shop he knows where to send you that will treat you right. He has been working on my entire family's cars and trucks for years without once a complaint. Usually if we get something done someplace else because of where we happen to be they usually charge an arm and leg only to have to take it to Rick to get it fixed right. I let my own mother and grandmother use his shop, my uncles use him. I drive 120 miles one way out of my way to go use his shop rather than use over priced Houston shops. Her once was able to get CV axle rebuilds for our KIA after being told it was a dealer only item and no one was doing rebuilds because of parts availability issues. He located me a shop that was doing rebuilds on my make and model. Total job was right at $650 with rebuilds and labor. KIA wanted $500 got one side and $550 for the other as rebuilds before labor. His entire job was cheaper than the parts alone from dealership. I'd highly recommend his shop to anyone that needs more than an oil change, he doesn't do those unless he's already doing a job for you.
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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