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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 2:55:44 PM

There's plenty of competition for your auto repair business and that's something to always keep in mind if you're shopping around for the best deal.


1) The most important thing to do is find out what your regular repair shop will charge you, and, how much flexibility is in their price. Is there a frequent customer discount? Some places allow you to pre-pay for oil changes and tire rotations for the entire year and you can gain a significant discount in the process. CarMD.com recommends that you "beware of premium coupons that throw in a lot of extras. If you don't need the work done even the best discount package isn't worth it."


Also, ask your regular repair shop if you can sign up to receive information...

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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2013 11:33:22 PM

no longer news when this old
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panteraone
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2013 10:58:39 PM

take care of your maintenance on you car. its a lot cheaper in the long run
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 10:19:43 AM

do repairs that you can do. insist on watching work being done and insist on getting old removed parts back.
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99dakota
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2013 6:41:30 AM

Do the repair yourself.
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priver
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2013 8:43:17 PM

take the bus.
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DeeLA
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Message Posted: Apr 22, 2013 3:48:53 PM

Good Ideas. Thanks.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 9:20:00 AM

old news
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priver
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2013 9:05:31 AM

only way to save, Take the BUS!!
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priver
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 11:40:50 PM

that is why theyre called "stealerships"
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99dakota
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 10:39:01 PM

do them yourself
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kiosk12y
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2013 7:19:58 AM

keep oil changed...
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unicornIL
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:03:35 PM

customer loyalty does pay off with some shops
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TopTierFuel
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:20:09 AM

There is only one way to save on repairs. Do proper preventive maintenance instead of ignoring the symptoms or your mechanics advice. Whether you do the work yourself, go to the neighborhood mechanic, the dealer or whatever it will cost you whatever it costs. But do not turn a small job into a bigger one.

Replace front pads $135 before you need rotors $325 and up
Get an alignment $65 before you wear out tires $300 and up
Repair exhaust rattle $50 before exhaust falls down $$$$$
Get oil changes $35 each before serious problems come up $$$$$

The list goes on and on.

One more thing. Find someone you trust and get all the work possible done there. If they do not do alignments, inspections or whatever only then go somewhere else for those things. If you get your tires at shop A, oil changes at shop B, repairs at shop C and shop D. You will lose out in the end.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:52:32 AM

Canadian Rookie gb grandma is leary of our Chevy dealership and, I am presently looking for an honest auto technician whom will treat us fairly.
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Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:49:12 AM

One way is demand a oil change for only $10 long as you own the car and a free drive thru car wash during week days. My wife gets that at the Danville Toyota which has their own car wash. Saves allot of money on oil changes and washes.
Thr Dealership is actually in Tilton. They moved here since Tilton has no city real estate tax as Danville does.
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2013 1:27:06 AM

One way is to ride a bike.
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wmiller8
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Ask for a company vehicle in order to lower your personal expenses.
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 6:20:40 PM

dont drive
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gwhizz13
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 4:51:08 PM

Yes I have a trustworthy mechanic, I don't trust them at the dealership!
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2013 4:25:00 PM

find a mechanic you trust or do what you can yourself
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2013 6:05:08 PM

My adult son (46) does the minor stuff, oil change etc.
He tells me if I need to go to a shop.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 10:03:27 PM

Car dealer repair shop will charge you an "arm and a leg".
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 8:16:30 PM

trust no dealerships.. their job is to rob you when you buy their car, fix their car and sell them your car
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:00:31 AM

you can save yourself a lot of money by learning to do things yourself
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99dakota
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:22:15 AM

The most effective way to save is by learning how to do the repairs by yourself.
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maroonandwhite
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:26:10 AM

Get several bids on the job.
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2013 4:30:02 PM

Yep, yep.
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:52:07 PM

I LIKE USING THE OLD-BOYS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THEY STAY UP ON THE NEW MODELS BY HIRING THE YOUNG MECHANICS RIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL, AND KEEP THE LOCAL ECONOMY IN CHECK WITH BETTER PRICES AND MORE JOBS FOR THE LOCALS.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:15:34 PM

best way is to find an honest mechanic.. that can be tricky..
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 11:01:14 AM

None of my cars have been in a shop except for warranty work. I do all maintenance / repairs myself
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 9:56:31 AM

there is a mechanic in the family..yea
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 10:08:42 PM

uh huh sure
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 8:22:01 PM

Easy I do my own repairs...
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 2:59:43 AM

old
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 11:23:36 PM

Goodie.
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 11:06:05 PM

old
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bthor76
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 7:39:39 PM

I do most of my own repairs on both my small truck (Diesel F250) and my larger truck (Cat Diesel F650) but there some things on that large diesel that I just don't know enough about so I get a qualified shop to do that work. Are they screwing me? I don't think so but overcharged a bit...I think so. It goes with the territory for commercial vehicles. I use two different shops to spread my repair dollar.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 11:59:56 PM

good
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Donatelo
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2013 4:03:58 PM

One way is to have them save all the old parts removed, and show you where the needed repairs are, and ask for cash discounts.
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 11:15:58 PM

an honest mechanic is almost as rare as an honest politician lol
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 4:54:32 PM

be careful not to buy something you DO NOT NEED!
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2013 3:16:35 PM

What I can not do myself, the mechanic that I have been going to for the last 20 years gets the job.
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2013 2:15:43 AM

Yeah, I have been ripped off before so I do a lot of my own work, or find an honest mechanic by word of mouth.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2013 11:51:47 PM

My LED odometer went out on my instrument cluster (2003 Buick Regal).

Found a video on YouTube explaining step-by-step how to fix the problem. Solder 4 150-ohm resistors on circuit board.

This past weekend I spent $18 on resistors, solder and a new soldering iron. Fixed it in under 2 hours.

Out of curiosity I called a local Buick dealership for quotes.

Service Department: $550-600
Parts Department: $375
Radio Shack: $18
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 6:53:42 PM

and tell them you want your old peplaced parts back in a bag. i insist from now on they do this. or they could charge you for a part they did not replace. it is awful we have to watch out for things like that.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:22:52 PM

routine maintenance by me. major servicing at a trusted mechanic.
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2012 3:43:45 PM

It only makes sense to keep up on the maintenance to prevent engine problems as much as possible.
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Don't drive
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I handle minor repairs to my cars.
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2012 10:59:21 PM

Good Ideas
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