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Sweet Dreams ARE made of This

You just dropped off your car at the garage and you’re hoping like all get out that the mechanic does what he promised. It can lead to more than a few sleepless nights, especially if you’ve been burned before. A mechanic that knows his/her job is to have the knowledge and tools to accomplish the job at hand. If you have questions about an auto service and their skills, certification and training, it's probably a good idea to take your business elsewhere. Is There a Doctor in the House? Just like a field medic, a trained mechanic can evaluate all of the mechanical systems, and make necessary repairs. If the vehicle doesn’t have body damage, and the owner needs an engine light checked or some engine noises looked at, a mechanic is the way to go. For anything involving the vehicle’s appearance, it’s time to move on to an auto body shop. When your car needs repairs in Potomac, MD, the first stop for most people is a rep ... read more

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The Sand Box

When we were growing up as small children, we probably spent some time playing in a sand box at the park or in the backyard. And in the sand box, ideally, you could find all your favorite toys and tools: a shovel or spade, a pale and a few toy trucks. Life was good back in the day! Now as adults, when you are looking for a quality auto repair shop in Rockville, MD, you want to find one where the “sand box” is also chock full of the right tools for the right job. Discover What’s Important Time for a quick test: what’s the most important part of your automobile? The engine? The brakes? The tires? Or the air conditioning? The truth is, it’s ALL important! If your entire vehicle isn’t in sync, every problem will trigger another issue and in the bigger scheme of things, the shelf life of your car will continue to get shorter! Which is why in Rockville, MD, you want an auto repair shop that places a high premium on customer service. That repair shop ... read more

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This is Your Automobile

A once-popular television commercial made an analogy between a person’s brain and an egg: “This is your brain on drugs” the announcer would say while cracking the egg open in a pan, spilling all its gooey contents. Still a valid example after all these years, but let’s substitute your brain for your automobile. How about “This is your car with faulty brakes” and then smash the egg revealing all the contents inside the shell. Seems like that analogy is even more realistic! Because if you’re driving around Gaithersburg, MD with faulty brakes and you have no idea where to go for brake repair, you are literally driving on borrowed time. All About the Brakes You may think that the focal point of your vehicle is the engine and maybe there is some truth to that, but it doesn’t matter if your engine purrs like a kitten or roars like a lion…if your brakes don’t work, you might as well invest in some new sneakers, cuz that car of yours ain ... read more

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Out of Nowhere

Imagine you’re driving late at night and suddenly out of nowhere a deer (or a dog or a raccoon or some animal) bolts in front of your car. If you need to decide between staying alive or the animal-in-question, the answer should be a no-brainer: there’s gonna be one less animal in the world. Apart from that, your instinctive reaction is going to be to hit the brakes. Now comes a second realization: let’s hope your brakes work. So let’s say you hit the brakes and what you hear is a screechy, whiney sound en route to your vehicle coming to a halt. The condition of that deer is negligible but what you have can only be explained by the following: whiney breaks. You won’t be the first person to ignore their whiney brakes. Typically this is a sure sign of worn out brake pads. In layman’s terms, the brake pads press against the inside of the wheel and slow down or stop the vehicle. Brake pads then are a not overly-complicated component of your car tha ... read more

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Is Good Help Hard to Find?

You hear every day on television, radio and in the newspaper: “Good help is hard to find.” Heck, depending on which news source you follow, apparently find any help at all is a challenge! You don’t want to find yourself in a similar situation in Gaithersburg, MD when it comes to finding a reliable auto repair service. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the non-profit organization that tests and certifies the competence of individual automotive repair technicians, knows a thing or two about selecting a vehicle repair facility. ASE to the Rescue According to the ASE, “Look for a repair facility before you need one; you can make better decisions when you are not rushed.” So whether you are new in town or just looking for a new shop, the experts at ASE offer some guidelines to help take some of the anxiety out of your search. Ask friends, co-workers and associates for recommendations. Consult local consumer org ... read more

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To Good to be True?

The old saying “If it’s seems to good to be true it can’t be (either good or true)” can probably be applied to a heck of a lot of things these days, but Kensington, MD auto service shouldn’t be one of them! Everyone needs automobile repairs and maintenance from time to time. Choosing an auto mechanic can be a difficult process, especially for those who are not mechanically in-the-know. So finding a good, trustworthy mechanic is important, especially when you want to keep your car running smoothly. Here are some tips from your friends at Auto Clinic Care for choosing the best auto mechanic. Just an Estimate? Any auto service worth its weight will give you an estimate. And it’s not “just” an estimate. You want a written breakdown of work to be performed and how much the estimated cost of repair (hence the term estimate) will be. This allows you to review the details and compare it with other estimates to find the best mechanic for the job. And speaking of finding the best mechanic, you ... read more

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The Boys (and Girls) of Summer

Maybe life was a lot simpler back in the day, but the coming of summer used to mean cruisin’ around and being seen. Obviously it helped to have a nice looking set of wheels but anything that actually ran was better than nothing. Have things changed that much in the here and now? Maybe not as much as we think! No matter what our age, we usually enjoy taking a spin in our automobile and it doesn’t matter if the objective is to buy a quart of milk or see who’s hanging out on a street corner in Kensington, MD. It helps that our car will get us to where we want to be. This means that our vehicle needs to run when you turn over the engine! And if it doesn’t, a visit to an auto repair shop is in order! Most brake experts agree that even the most complicated balance, timing and compatibility problems can be minimized by a good preventive-maintenance program. We’re talking about steps taken to keep brakes performing as they did when they were new, to prevent problem ... read more

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You Get What You Pay For

The old saying that “You get what you paid for” covers pretty much everything in life. But it especially holds true with automobile repairs. Your auto repair shop shouldn’t be charging you an arm and a leg for minor repairs, but it also shouldn’t be making more out of the what the actual repair entails in order to hike up costs. Let’s face it, no one wants to deal with the aggravation of a car that won't start or doesn't run properly. When faced with the possibility of costly work done at an auto repair shop, most consumers want to get the best deal for their money. It is equally important to know that the auto repair shop in Potomac, MD is dependable. In short, your mechanic should be explaining what is wrong with your vehicle and what the steps are to repair it, and most important of all HOW MUCH it will cost to get your car back on the road. Your Automobile Rights (and Wrongs) ... read more

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No Time for (Super) Heroes

When your brakes don’t respond the way they’re supposed to and you find yourself slipping and sliding or swerving or worse, it’s a little late in the game to wish you’d been a bit more proactive in searching out brake repair in a timely manner. You can’t call for a super hero to come swooping down out of the blue to save the day, too late for that. You can, however be your own super hero and own the day for yourself by listening to what your vehicle is trying to tell you. When it comes to your automobile, you can ignore some problems (some of the time), but ignoring your brakes is not something you ever want to do! It should be no surprise that the number one safety item on any car is the braking system. If your Potomac, MD mechanic warns you that your disks or drums are below minimum thickness, that your pads or shoes are worn down, or that your hydraulic system is leaking, get it fixed immediately. Up, Up and Away It’s always t ... read more

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Walk the Walk

Yes, there are dozens of auto repair shops in and around Potomac, MD and quite a few talk a good game. But how many can actually back up their talk and walk the walk as the saying goes? When you need an auto repair shop the last thing you need is false promises. You need dedicated, trained and certified mechanics that will get the job done right the first time. It's a fine line that separates a “good” auto repair shop from one that leaves a sour taste in your mouth, but there are some common-sense things worth looking for during your search. The time to do your road work and make an informed decision is before you’re faced with a car problem! Taking the time to find an auto repair shop in Potomac, MD is like money in the bank before you’re faced with a car emergency, because it's hard to be objective when you're stressing! The First Step Starts With You When your car doesn't run, it makes sense you want an auto repair shop that i ... read more

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