Q: I saw you had recommended seeking an ASE certified technician to fix a difficult problem. Can you explain what this is and how I'd know the repair shop I might choose has one?_Cynthia L.A: Good question! Some states require technician licensing for general repairs, or more typically, emissions testing. This means many auto techs nationwide are either unlicensed or choose to voluntarily become certified via the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (abbreviated to ASE).ASE has been around since 1972 and offers 50 certifications in car/light truck, collision repair, truck repair, school and transit bus, heavy truck, engine machining, service consulting, parts, among other specialties. ASE has certified more than 300,000 technicians, with each certificate being valid for five years. The car and light truck section consists of nine service areas plus general maintenance, advanced engine performance, hybrid autos and alternate fuels. Technicians may obtain certification in … [Read more...] about Under the Hood: How to know if your repair shop has certified techs
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Wind-whipped fire destroys 3-generation transmission shop in Phoenix Fire broke out near 15th Avenue and Broadway Road. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Register your digital access. Alejandro Barahona and Nathan J. Fish, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 5:55 p.m. MT April 12, 2018 | Updated 9:07 p.m. MT April 12, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE A wind-driven fire on Thursday afternoon destroyed a Phoenix transmission repair shop that had been run by three generations of a family. Harold's Transmission was started … [Read more...] about Wind-whipped fire destroys 3-generation transmission shop in Phoenix
Despite its continuing recall woes, Toyota has taken the top spot in a ranking of cars by repair cost.The report, released Monday, shows which companies' cars have both the fewest and the least expensive repairs. Hyundai, whose U.S. sales have surged this year, finished second in the rankings, published by auto diagnostic and repair website CarMD, which collects repair data from its network of 3,000 U.S. mechanics. Rounding out the top 5 were Honda, Ford and General Motors -- followed by Mitsubishi, Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen and Chrysler. The report covers a wide range of model years, from 2001 to 2011, but focuses on repairs made only in the most recent year ending Oct. 1. While ranking individual car models, the CarMD Vehicle Health Index also grades manufacturers on a combination of all their brands. For example, the Toyota ranking includes Lexus and Scion cars, while General Motors includes Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC. Based on data from mechanics, the CarMD report … [Read more...] about Report: Which cars cost least to repair?
(MoneyWatch) With drivers keeping their cars longer, more people are considering do-it-yourself auto repairs and maintenance to save money. A survey by the web site AutoMD, which gives auto repair advice, showed that 77% of respondents who normally never do repairs themselves are considering it now to save money. Cars on U.S. roads now average 10.8 years. And keeping your old car running does indeed require staying current with necessary maintenance and repairs. But some jobs make sense for do-it-yourself projects, while other complex repairs risk damaging your car unless you have had some training as a mechanic and have a full array of tools. AutoMD helpfully has come up with a list of the easiest DIY jobs and those best left to the pros. Let's have a closer look at their top five easiest tasks which nonetheless would run up a bill at a repair shop because of labor costs for the technician's time. Made in USA: 5 great American carsUsed cars: 5 to avoid (and 5 better alternatives) … [Read more...] about Which auto repair jobs should you do yourself?
Could you pay for an unexpected car repair without running up your credit card bill? If you couldn't, you would have plenty of fellow travelers. A new survey from AAA found that one-third of American drivers would need to go into debt to pay for that repair. That translates to 64 million drivers who can't readily pay to get their car fixed, which typically costs about $500 to $600. You don't want to be one of those vulnerable to having your monthly budget upset. How should you guard against this? AAA counsels putting $50 a month aside in savings for a car care fund. "To avoid a surprise down the road, drivers should budget for monthly payments, insurance premiums, fuel costs and the inevitable expenses of routine maintenance and repair," said John Nielsen, AAA managing director of automotive maintenance and repair. Of course, beyond the typical $500 to $600 bill, repairs can run to much more with major jobs involving the engine or transmission. To avoid such a crisis, AAA makes the … [Read more...] about Why you need to save $50 a month for car repairs