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727-343-4242 | 7121 9th Ave North

COST SAVING TIPS

COST SAVING TIPS, St.Petersburg, FL

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.




What Our Customers Are Saying

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Wow, it's been a long time since I have encountered an honest mechanic shop. The shop is spotless. The owner is professional, polite and knowledgeable. I hope I don't have to see them again but if I do I am sure they will take care of my issues. Friendly and honest. Thanks guys!

, 10/12/2020

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These guys are great! Had a couple things fixed and they were fast and gave me a great deal.

, 09/18/2020

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Bob Ortiz and his staff have worked on 4 cars for my family. Each and every time, Affordable Auto and Truck Repair provided quality service at a reasonable price. My first experience was when my son called AAA due to a late night problem. Affordable Auto and Truck Repair arrived quickly, towed his car to their facility and secured it and repaired and returned it to him the next day. I have since taken my car for regular maintenance and new tires; my wife's car due to an electrical issue; and my daughter's car for a sensor issue. For my daughter's car, Bob recommended that we also replace her tires. He gave me a quote on a new set of tires but also informed me that for the type of tire my daughter needs, he wouldn't be able to compete with the national tire companies and suggested I shop around. At every juncture, Bob has dealt with me honestly and fairly, always kept me updated on cost and time to completion of the job, and provided quality service. By putting himself in the shoes of his customer, Bob and Affordable Auto and Truck Repair offer the highest degree of customer service. They deserve and have earned my highest recommendation.

, 07/16/2020

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Great customer service

, 05/15/2020

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Great customer service! No hassles, good people!

, 02/28/2020

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My 07 Mustang was hurting. Lots of problems under the hood. Other shops wouldn't even touch it. But these guys took it on, diagnosed it correctly and got it done. The acceleration is back!

, 02/25/2020

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Took my car in for an oil change and brake lights were on dash. Bob called me to let me k own what needed to be done, worked with me on price and it was finished timely. I will definitely return for my car to be serviced. Very professional.

, 12/06/2019

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High recommend this car shop! My Chevy Suburban now runs as new again!!! Thanks Bob. :)

, 11/28/2019

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Fast service and preventative repairs!

, 10/18/2019

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Was vacationing at the Tradewinds, was at a souvenir shop when electric system on car died. Had car towed here on AAA recommendation. Had to call them next morning, Bobby was very polite, told me they had my car would check it out and get back to me. He called me , explained my alternator was bad and had ruined a cell in my battery, gave me quote on repair. Later he called to advise serpentine belt was dried out, needed replacement. Said there would be no labor charge on it. Car was ready around 4, picked it up, price as stated. He went over the warranty with me making sure I understood it and that it was good nationwide. Later received an email asking if everything was ok, and told I had a free oil change whenever I was in the area. If you live here, definitely use their service. Dependable Honest.

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Highly recommend this mechanic! Took the time to diagnose my vehicle and fix it! Explained everything to me clearly so I would understand! VERY GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

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Professional service and good communication. Highly recommend.

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My Volvo was making a rattling sound that I needed looked at. I hadn't gone to a mechanic in years and knew I didn't want to pay dealership prices. I figured I would try this shop I pass daily and near my home. Small little garage. I loved that I was dealing with one mechanic and the manager and not some chain. The mechanic had experience and clearly knew what he was doing. He quickly diagnosed the problem and showed me the wear and tear on the motor mount that needed replacing. Quick service. Price wise, I think it was in the appropriate price range and I loved the follow up to make sure we were happy. Will definitely be taking our cars back.

, 09/23/2019

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I totally and completely trust the guys at Peterson Auto and Truck. I have taken my truck to other places in the past and they do not even compare to the knowledge and expertise these guys have. I highly recommend Peterson Auto and Truck, If you want an honest mechanic you want Peterson!!

, 08/29/2012

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When you need it fixed right, and honesty is important, then this is where you need to go. I Had to find that out the hard way, now I use Peterson Auto for every maintenance and repair issue.

, 03/21/2013

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I hate auto repair places...that is until I brought my car into Mike. I just brought it in for an oil change. Just happened to mention to Mike that the AC has not worked for years. Several other garages had looked at it and not been able to repair, so when he said he would just take a look at it I just said sure go ahead. Mike identified the issue and quoted me a very reasonable price (other quotes I received were always higher and they were never sure that what they proposed would resolve the issue). And to top it all off he re installed my glove compartment which had previously been taken apart and never put back together...at no charge. Thanks Mike and team

, 04/09/2013

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Ever since this garage changed management I have seen remarkable improvement in service quality. Mike really works toward helping his customers with both alternate service and financing options. I've had extensive work done on my vehicles here and I have always been quoted a price that was well below my expectations. The crew works quickly and the repairs are always complete and efficient when I pick the car up. A reliable, trustworthy mechanic is a great find for someone with older cars and I cannot recommend this place enough.

, 05/25/2013

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great service.... great prices.... great mechanics.... went above and beyond what i paid them to do and also fixed some other problems i had free of charge.... also very time effective and i was in and out in no time. recommended to n e one looking for a great deal.... thanks

, 07/16/2013

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At a time when customer service is almost extinct, I was very impressed with this shop and the excellent treatment I received. They replaced a faulty fuel pump that they had installed in Jan, '13 at no charge and it took a mechanic all afternoon to do it. Great place! I highly recommend them! God bless!

, 10/01/2013

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I can't say enough about the service I received. I had some concerns about a few issues and called the next day they took my car in immediately and went above and beyond to be sure that I was satisfied extra care was given that was not addressed and it was all part of the service. I definitely will recommend Peterson's to any person who needs service without hesitation. Thank you all!

, 10/23/2013

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Easy in and out. No pressure or haggle, friendly service. Very knowledgeable. Great prices, will definitely be back.

, 11/21/2013

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the best experience changing my oil they even helped me with a couple more problems that no other auto repair place has the generosity to do, the best and most reasonably priced mom and pops shop of the auto repair industry, mike and the crew treated me like family truly. thank you guys again

, 01/31/2014

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These guys are honest, affordable, and friendly. I am extremely happy with my experience at Peterson Auto, and I plan on referring many of my friends and family. This is definitely now my go-to auto shop.

, 10/24/2014

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The work was professional and on time. A full inspection was done. They bled and replaced our transmission fluid, and did a courtesy check on all other mechanics. Super friendly service. We definitely recommend.

, 04/01/2015

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Car troubles are never fun, especially when your car has issues during a vacation out of state. After driving to St. Pete with a slow leak in my radiator, I needed to get the repair done before driving back to North Carolina. I've had issues with car service recently, so I'm very cautious when it comes to finding places to trust my car with. I'm glad I trusted all of the positive reviews on Google. Mike was great and had a new radiator installed in my car the same day. Unlike some other reviewers, I found the cost to be in line with other local shops and much less than you would spend at a dealer. I would definitely recommend this shop.

, 12/01/2015

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These guys were awesome! They fixed my starter same day, for a fair price, and when my friend dropped me back off to pick up my car, they even helped tighten the battery terminals on his car for free! The manager Mike is a super personable and knowledgeable guy. I recently moved to the area for law school and had no clue where to take my car when it started giving me trouble. I saw this place had good google reviews so I gambled on it and it really paid off. I highly recommend these guys!

, 01/18/2016

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I was down on vacation and started hearing a noise. I looked up auto repair and they had a great review. So I had them look at my 2010 dodge Grand Caravan and determined the issue here told me the price and had parts that day. Very happy with their service and very knowledgeable definitely would go back

, 02/19/2016

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Every time I go here I can trust that my car is in good hands. Peterson A&T genuinely cares for the people who come here, who start to feel like family from the first visit. I dealt with Mike a lot during the years and had the pleasant experience of dealing with Vince today who did what he could to ensure I got my car back as soon as possible, as well as making the situation as stress free as he could. Thanks Vince and team

, 02/23/2016

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Great service! Dropped of our Santa Fe for alternator replacement. I usually do my own maintenance, but today's cars are not designed for easy maintenance. Spoke with Vince at the St Pete shop and he arranged for us to drop off Sunday night. Work was done at a fair price and car ready Monday at 11 Am. Cars is running Great! Thanks Vince....We will be back again for all our auto service needs....Randy

, 03/08/2016

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I had an amazing experience with the guys there. Kept me well informed every step with great advise. Car is 100% better. Never felt pressure to spend unnecessary money. Will be back for future needs.

, 03/28/2016

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Went in for an issue that was most like not good , but they made the best out of it and saved me over $1000 if I would have went somewhere else! Great shop and people highly recommend.

, 04/21/2016

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The Manager Vince "Knows" how to deal with People specially Repeat Customers! I always need 100% information on everything and that is what I get!!

, 04/29/2016

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I am new to the area and didn't know where to take my car. I googled this place and am so happy I went with them! My car broke down and they towed my car and got everything done in the same day. Vince was extremely helpful and informative. He explained in great detail what was going on with my car. I also got my oil changed. It is not extremely close to where I live, but I will travel the distance again. I won't go anywhere else from now on!

, 06/16/2016

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Great customer service, reasonable prices, straight forward and a pleasure to work with!

, 07/06/2016

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I love Peterson Auto and Truck. Vince at the front desk is very honest and straightforward with you, even if that means sending business somewhere else because it's in your best interest. I will continue coming back due to the integrity of Vince along with the owner of the store who does an excellent job making sure his establishment is run to extremely high standards.

, 07/08/2016

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Very trustworthy. I was looking for a home grown auto shop in St. Petersburg and I am so glad I found this place. They did a great job on the repairs, were prompt at getting me in to the shop and contacting me and they respected my budget. They told me what absolutely needed to be done and what could wait. The service was great, and left me regretting ever going to more commercial auto shops in the past. Wish I had found them sooner. Also the service was friendly and everyone I talked to was helpful.

, 07/21/2016

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Friendly and efficient customer service and fair, appropriate prices. Bob is the master of multi-tasking without making the customer wait. Having so much business in a such hidden neighborhood is a sure sign that they have many happy repeat customers. They will NOT do repairs on your car that aren't needed, but they WILL give you a no-pressure assessment of what your vehicle will need in the foreseeable future. Glad they are so close by.

, 07/29/2016

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! Not only were they open for business on the day of the storm (9-1-16) they were able to look at my car, diagnose the problem, and fix it in the same day. They kept me updated throughout the day with what they found, cost, etc... To top everything off they even came to pick me up so I could get my car before they closed keeping me from having to walk there in a hurricane! Big thanks to Dave and Bob! Bryan N.

, 09/04/2016

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New to town and needed to find a shop to get the old subaru checked out. Found these guys and have nothing but nice things to say. This is a trustworthy garage and that's tough to find.

, 10/17/2016

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all repairs were explained very well. Had my vehicle back in less than 24 hours!!! Bob was GREAT!!!

, 01/23/2017

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Great experience from start to finish.

, 02/20/2017

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Great place the owner is very hilarious and the mechanic definitely knows his stuff and won't rip you off! overall great customer service definitely will be back!

, 03/29/2017

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Very friendly and great service. I would recommend these guys to anyone I know. You leave their shop with a good feeling not worrying about whether or not you have been taken advantage of. Will be using them in the future for all of my vehicle repairs and maintenance. Great customer service.

, 05/03/2017

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Great service and trustworthy employees...I would definitely take my car there again.

, 06/16/2017

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Very customer oriented staff, had our first visit recently and it went well. Plan to return soon.

, 07/24/2017

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Great customer service.

, 10/06/2017

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I was out in St Pete doing a photo shoot and my car broke down out of nowhere. The mechanics at Peterson went above and beyond to help me get back on the road and on my way. I have never seen such great customer service. I wish there were more mechanics shops like them closer to where I live! Family friendly, kind, understanding. If I could give this place more than 5 stars I would.

, 12/13/2017

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Great auto repair shop! Recommend this place for all your auto repairs.

, 01/08/2018

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Great service. Fair prices. Would recommend this garage.

, 02/23/2018

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Bob and his crew cannot be recommended enough! I have a weird schedule and a kid, and they are more than accommodating! Fast service, checks up to see how everything is going, super friendly and affordable! Will definitely be recommending the shop to my friends, and will be going back there with any of my future car issues!

, 07/19/2018

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Very competent and knowledgeable . Keep you informed. Can handle engines and very complex repairs..

, 03/14/2019

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The best place to go! Totally recomend this car shop is fast and accurate service. Very very honest, awsome, kind and the honor has a lots of integrity. They do all kind of repair in all kind of cars. Also has Low prices .

, 03/26/2019

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Very solid customer service and solid work for any oil change. The staff are informative and pleasant. Overall, a fair job with good service.

, 05/31/2019

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Was vacationing at the Tradewinds, was at a souvenir shop when electric system on car died. Had car towed here on AAA recommendation. Had to call them next morning, Bobby was very polite, told me they had my car would check it out and get back to me. He called me , explained my alternator was bad and had ruined a cell in my battery, gave me quote on repair. Later he called to advise serpentine belt was dried out, needed replacement. Said there would be no labor charge on it. Car was ready around 4, picked it up, price as stated. He went over the warranty with me making sure I understood it and that it was good nationwide. Later received an email asking if everything was ok, and told I had a free oil change whenever I was in the area. If you live here, definitely use their service. Dependable Honest.

, 07/20/2019

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Highly recommend this mechanic! Took the time to diagnose my vehicle and fix it! Explained everything to me clearly so I would understand! VERY GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! Thank you Bob and David

, 07/22/2019

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These guys are close to my house and I finally took my 1988 F150 over for some issues. They diagnosed it and walked me through exactly what was going on and gave me a quote before starting. They were very friendly and checked in with me the next day to make sure everything was good! I would highly recommend especially if you're in the area!

, 08/01/2019

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Professional service and good communication. Highly recommend.

, 09/16/2019

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Great service. Fair prices. Would recommend this garage.

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Very friendly and great service. I would recommend these guys to anyone I know. You leave their shop with a good feeling not worrying about whether or not you have been taken advantage of. Will be using them in the future for all of my vehicle repairs and maintenance. Great customer service.

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I was out in St Pete doing a photo shoot and my car broke down out of nowhere. The mechanics at Peterson went above and beyond to help me get back on the road and on my way. I have never seen such great customer service. I wish there were more mechanics shops like them closer to where I live! Family friendly, kind, understanding. If I could give this place more than 5 stars I would.

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My husband is their mechanic and he is one of the best around!

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Very competent and knowledgeable . Keep you informed. Can handle engines and very complex repairs.

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Bob and his crew cannot be recommended enough! I have a weird schedule and a kid, and they are more than accommodating! Fast service, checks up to see how everything is going, super friendly and affordable! Will definitely be recommending the shop to my friends, and will be going back there with any of my future car issues!

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The best place to go! Totally recomend this car shop is fast and accurate service. Very very honest, awsome, kind and the honor has a lots of integrity. They do all kind of repair in all kind of cars. Also has Low prices .

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Very solid customer service and solid work for any oil change. The staff are informative and pleasant. Overall, a fair job with good service.

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Was vacationing at the Tradewinds, was at a souvenir shop when electric system on car died. Had car towed here on AAA recommendation. Had to call them next morning, Bobby was very polite, told me they had my car would check it out and get back to me. He called me , explained my alternator was bad and had ruined a cell in my battery, gave me quote on repair. Later he called to advise serpentine belt was dried out, needed replacement. Said there would be no labor charge on it. Car was ready around 4, picked it up, price as stated. He went over the warranty with me making sure I understood it and that it was good nationwide. Later received an email asking if everything was ok, and told I had a free oil change whenever I was in the area. If you live here, definitely use their service. Dependable Honest.

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Highly recommend this mechanic! Took the time to diagnose my vehicle and fix it! Explained everything to me clearly so I would understand! VERY GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! Thank you Bob and David

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These guys are close to my house and I finally took my 1988 F150 over for some issues. They diagnosed it and walked me through exactly what was going on and gave me a quote before starting. They were very friendly and checked in with me the next day to make sure everything was good! I would highly recommend especially if you're in the area!

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