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By: Michael M.
Gill's Auto Repair
I don't think that old review from 2011 is talking about Gill's in Valparaiso, because these guys are great. I've been using them for seven years since moving to Valpo. Time and time again, they diagnose a "no repair needed" or a "less of a problem than you brought it in for," costing me less money over the years that any place that ever has repaired my car. When they do find a problem, they find a way to save money, they get it done well, and the repairs hold--I can't think of anything that needed two trips to get fixed. I have brought all kinds of cars to them--1974 Caddie, 2000 Ford, 2002 Chrysler, 2006 Kia, 2007 Audi, 2009 Honda -- no problem with any of these makes.
By: heidiann042578
Budget Towing, LLC
I got stuck in the snow....as many people are this winter....right down the road from my house - after trying everything to get unstuck I knew I had to call a tow company to get pulled out. After speaking with a couple more well known companies in Valpo they wanted to charge a full tow rate just to give me a quick pull! And my wait would have been hours! Budget charged half of what the others wanted to charge and arrived in a fraction of the time the others would have.
By: webstrategist
Budget Towing, LLC
I broke down in the middle if I-90 on a motorcycle on a cold day in March. AAA hooked me up with Budget Towing. Owner Jim came to my rescue with hot coffee and a warm car while we waited for his driver and truck to arrive. They got me loaded up and back home to Chicago in good time. I've never had a better tow service that this one! Thank you Jim and David! I hope your customer service driven business ethic brings you both very successful futures!
By: Smartergirl 3.
Clements Auto Repair
had a strong gas fume smell in the car. Clements pressure tested it, drove it around, examined under it. Did not find the problem but it seems that the testing must have adjusted the problem. They also found a loose heat shield that was making problems and clamped it. Very good service. Will be taking car back for brake and shock service
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By: cynthiammckim
USA Mufflers and Brakes
We have used several of their services and have always been treated well in both respect and price. The work always held up as expected and the prices were competitive. I intend to have them do a tune up as soon as possible this month. If you don't see a new post, this post stands as my assessment of the company.
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By: Dad A.
D & L Auto Repair & Sales
Has to be the best auto repair shop I have ever dealt with . Fair , honest , & trustworthy . Always have done the job right , won't try to sell you something that you don't need !
By: Michelle P.
MTI Service Center
The people at MTI did a great job with our car. Their customer service was excellent. I would highly recommend!
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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