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Check Engine Light On? Here’s what to do next.

by Sam Dillinger

     You’re driving down the road on your way to work, you’re already irritated (it is Monday, you argued with your wife/husband, the kids didn’t want to go to school) and 10 miles after you’ve gone too far to be convenient to go home,…

Automotive Preventative Maintenance Tips

by Sam Dillinger

Preventative maintenance is a sore subject for a lot of vehicle owners. We’ve all been through this scenario before: you take your vehicle to the local repair shop of your choice, and even though all you wanted is an oil change, they come back to you with an estimate…

Are you paying the correct labor rate for repairs?

by Sam Dillinger

How many times have you gone to your local repair shop and gotten an estimate of several hundred dollars. Then when you ask for an explanation of the charges, your mechanic says “that’s for parts AND labor” as if that should answer all of your questions about why you’re…

Why Are Transmission Repairs So Expensive?

by Sam Dillinger

This is a question that I get asked on a pretty regular basis, why are transmission repairs so expensive? There is a long answer (really long, technical, and boring, actually) and there is a short answer. First, the short answer: difficulty. By difficulty, I mean the difficulty of diagnosing…

Before You Visit A Mechanic: Tips For Women

by Sam Dillinger

There is a very widely held perception among women that they’re going to be treated unfairly at their local mechanic. I’m sad to report that the auto repair industry has, by and large, earned this reputation, and not received it in error. Whether it’s being over charged for needed…

The Mystery of the Check Engine Light

by Sam Dillinger

We’ve all had the same gut sinking feeling a time or two. The feeling brought on by the little amber colored light that comes on, on the dash board of our cars. The light that always means that your wallet is about to get thinner (perhaps even develop anorexia)…

5 Things Your Mechanic Doesn’t Want You To Know

by Sam Dillinger

5 Things Your Mechanic Doesn’t Want You To Know

I’ve been a professional technician for nearly 20 years, since right out of high school in fact. I’ve worked in some of the largest dealerships in the country, and, one or two, of the smallest. In all of my years in…

Know How to Recognize an Accurate Auto Repair Estimate

by Sam Dillinger

Driving a motor vehicle in the United States is a fact of every day life for almost all of us. We depend on our vehicles to get us to work and home, take our kids to practice, go on vacation, and everything in between. When you use a machine…

The Truth Behind Your Gas Mileage

by Sam Dillinger

It’s a pretty fair statement to say that good gas mileage is something that interests us all. With the national average price for a gallon of regular fuel at $3.52, and premium fuel at $3.89 per gallon, (AAA’s daily fuel gauge report) getting the most out of the gas…

Extended Warranties: Needed or Not?

by Sam Dillinger

Everyone that’s bought a car in the last 30 years or so has been pitched an extended warranty. When the car is brand new, the thinking is usually that you’ve got plenty of time to make that decision later, and you’re not sure if the salesman is just trying…