Today's cars, light trucks, and sport-utility vehicles are high-tech marvels with digital dashboards, oxygen sensors, electronic computers, unibody construction, and more. They run better, longer, and more efficiently than models of years past.
But when it comes to repairs, some things stay the same. The following tips should help you along the way:
Do your homework before taking your vehicle in for repairs or service.
- Read the owner's manual to learn about the vehicle's systems and components.
- Follow the recommended service schedules.
- Keep a log of all repairs and service.
When you think about it, you know your car better than anyone else. You drive it every day and know how it feels and sounds when everything is right. So don't ignore its warning signals.
Use all of your senses to inspect your car frequently. Check for:
- Unusual sounds, odors, drips, leaks, smoke, warning lights, gauge readings.
- Changes in acceleration, engine performance, gas mileage, fluid levels.
- Worn tires, belts, hoses.
- Problems in handling, braking, steering, vibrations.
- Note when the problem occurs.
- Is it constant or periodic?
- When the vehicle is cold or after the engine has warmed up?
- At all speeds? Only under acceleration? During braking? When shifting?
- When did the problem first start?
Once you are at our location, communicate your findings.
- Be prepared to describe the symptoms.
- Carry a written list of the symptoms that you can give us.
- Resist the temptation to suggest a specific course of repair. Just as you would with your physician, tell us where it hurts and how long it's been that way, but let the technician diagnose and recommend a remedy.
Stay involved. . . Ask questions.
- Ask as many questions as needed to fully understand your repair. Ask for laymen terms if needed.
- Don't rush the technician to make an on-the-spot diagnosis. You may ask to be called and apprised of the problem, course of action, and costs before work begins.
- Before you leave, be sure you understand all shop policies regarding labor rates, guarantees, and acceptable methods of payment.
- Leave a telephone number where you can be called.
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What People Say About Us
This is a small family owned garage and I told the mechanic who I also believe is the owner what I desired to have done on the vehicle and within a few minutes he called me back with a very detailed estimate on costs and even contacted my husband and myself to explain a newer, much more gentler procedure for a transmission flush instead of drain and fill being that we were concerned with the mileage a transmission drain and fill would be less likely to mess up the transmission down the line provided the flush the way it had been done in the past could almost be guaranteed to cause expensive transmission work down the line. Our car runs so much better now. Thank you Franklin Auto Service.
Excellent courteous prompt service.
Friendly service. Brought in an old car for inspection. Darrell took the time to explain what was wrong and what I should fix in order to feel safe driving it. They even managed to save the calipers on the brakes, which saved me some money! Thank you!
Darrel and his team did a great job on my car. Very professional, expert knowledge, top quality, all with the added benefit of small town personal service.
Franklin Auto got my vehicle in right away and had an axle replacement, battery, and other items done in same day. Great communication and great service. Highly recommend!
Friendly service. Josh took time to explain car issues with me. Definitely would recommend them!