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What to Expect from a Car Estimate

We’ve all heard a tale or two from someone who took their car to an auto repair shop to have one thing repaired, only to end up with a hefty bill after several issues arose that required fixing. Those stories lead some to distrust auto mechanics for fear their lack of knowledge of cars will make them a victim – being billed for work that wasn’t done or paying for fixes that weren’t necessary.

At Discount Muffler, Brake and Automotive we pride ourselves on our honesty. If it’s not broke, we won’t fix it. Our #1 goal is and always will be 100% customer satisfaction. We will never lie and tell you that your car needs service it really doesn’t. We’ll fix what’s necessary to ensure your safety and that of your passengers and will make suggestions to improve performance, gas mileage, etc.

Whether you bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop in Carpentersville, IL or one of our other locations, your car repair visit will begin with an estimate. Car repair estimates include the cost of the parts the mechanic expects to use and the labor required to complete the repairs, giving you a total cost.

Parts
Many garages will either stock most of the common parts needed for routine repairs, such as batteries and spark plugs, or they have a trusted local supplier they use. There is a mark-up on the parts at the garage over what you would pay if you bought your own parts.

Labor
Labor is usually the most costly portion of auto repair. Every garage has their own fees, which can usually range from $60-$100 per hour.

Other Fees
Some services such as alignments, radiator flushes and similar work does not get a breakdown into parts and labor, instead they are charged a standard flat fee.

In the end the price you pay may end up being higher than expected if additional repairs are needed, but your mechanic should explain all the repairs beforehand and get your permission before doing any work not on the original estimate.

What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down

If you take proper preventative care of your car then you’ll hopefully never experience being stranded roadside and in need of a tow truck. But, if you aren’t that lucky and one day find yourself stuck at a light or on the side of the road, it’s a good idea to be prepared for what to do, and not do, if your car decides to stop working – because car breakdowns can happen anytime, particularly at the least convenient times, in the worst possible places.

Hopefully you’ll never need to use these, but in the event you find yourself in need of a tow, here are some tips to remember so you can be prepared.

Get Your Car Out of Traffic
Your first priority is to get your vehicle to safety. Even if the engine cuts out, attempt to coast your car to the side of the road on a straightaway, avoiding curves if possible. If you’re stuck in rush hour traffic and can’t get out of the flow of cars, never get out of your vehicle. Turn on your hazard lights and call 911 immediately.

Call for Help
If you’re not safely out of the flow of traffic, your first call should be to the police. Then, if you have roadside coverage, you should give them a call. Finally, if you don’t have roadside service, you’ll want to call a towing company to tow your vehicle to Discount Muffler, Brake and auto repair in Palatine, IL. You can count on our experienced team to pinpoint the problem and get your vehicle running again.

Stay With Your Car
Once you’ve called roadside assistance or a tow truck, you should stay with your car until help arrives. If there’s a barrier, then wait behind it. If there isn’t and traffic is somewhat close to your car, then stay in your car with your seat belt on.

 

 

Tips for Better Gas Mileage

Want better gas mileage? Watch your weight – and we don’t mean your waistline. That’s just one of the tips that can help you optimize your vehicle’s gas mileage. What, with fuel the cost it is today, wouldn’t we all like to save a little at the tank?

No matter what kind of car you drive, you can be getting better fuel economy than what you’re getting now. Increasing your vehicle’s fuel mileage is the best way to protect your pocket, especially when on a long road trip. Some are simple to implement and some take a little more dedication, but these tips and tricks will help you spend less and increase your car’s efficiency.

Tip #1 Change the engine air filter – The filter keeps dirty particles from damaging the inside of your engine and helps it run more efficiently. A dirty filter will reduce fuel economy.

Tip #2 Inflate your tires – Properly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%.  It is recommended to check tires at least monthly, preferably weekly.

Tip #3 Don’t fill up – When you fill up with gas, fill up halfway and try to keep your tank above one quarter full. Ten gallons of gas adds 60 pounds of weight.

Tip #4 Buy the better fuel – The cheaper gas contains a higher percentage of ethanol, which burns at a faster rate. While the better gas may cost more up front, it will give you better gas mileage.

Tip #5 Lay off the gas – The faster you move, the harder your engine has to work to push through the air. Speeding can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 33%.

Tip #6 Don’t ignore the “Check Engine” light – Make sure the oxygen sensors, engine emissions system, and evaporative emissions control systems are in good shape. Often the “check engine light” is an indication that there is a problem with one of these components. A damaged oxygen sensor may cause your car to have too rich of a fuel mixture, decreasing your fuel mileage by 20% or more.

When your car’s in need of its annual maintenance there’s only one auto repair shop in Rolling Meadows, IL to rely on and that’s Discount Muffler, Brake and Automotive. Call us at the first sign of that check engine light for service!

The Importance of Preventative Car Maintenance

A well-maintained, operating car is important to everyone. Whether you have a brand-new car or one that’s got over 100,000 miles, keeping up with maintenance will ensure your vehicle is working well.

Your car gets you to and from work, drives the kids to school and activities, runs errands and takes you on vacation. Even just one day without it can send you in to a tailspin. To avoid breakdowns and overnight trips to the shop, preventative maintenance is essential.

Conducting regular car maintenance can keep your vehicle safe, running efficiently, and provide you some peace of mind knowing it’s running smoothly and keeping you and your precious cargo safe. Regular service checkups will minimize the risk of significant repairs, breakdowns and accidents.

Here’s a list of preventative maintenance checks that should be performed regularly on your vehicle.

Don’t skip scheduled service. This includes replacing parts like spark plugs, wires and timing belts.
Replace the air filter. This is your car’s lungs. Replacing them can improve a car’s fuel economy and acceleration.
Get an oil change.  This is one of the simplest car maintenance services you can do to keep your vehicle in good running condition. Not maintaining it could void your warranty too.
Check the cooling system. This is also a good time to have a system flush. Getting the pump, hoses, fluids and belts checked is also part of proper cooling-system maintenance.

Life can get busy, but imagine the inconvenience you’ll face if your car breaks down. Avoid this with preventative maintenance from Discount Muffler, Brake and Automotive auto repair in Crystal Lake, IL. To schedule an appointment for a tune-up, contact any of our locations:
Carpentersville- (847) 428-8000
Crystal Lake- (815) 356-7109
Palatine- (847) 991-3660