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Monthly Archives: August 2019

Auto Repair Estimate

Auto Repair Estimate

Today automotive service and repair shops are getting more calls than ever asking for an estimate and we at Fairway Auto Repair are no exception. We understand that consumers in Phoenix are searching for the best value for their hard earned dollars. It has been a while since I addressed this issue but many are asking exactly how we, and other auto repair shops arrive at the estimated price so I thought I would take a moment and explain this again. An estimate consists of three parts: The labor rate Parts and supplies Overhead Fairway Auto Repair and other automotive service and repair shops estimate the labor rate by how long any given service or repair should take. There are guidelines set down by the manufacturer of each vehicle estimating the time it takes a trained technician to perform any given task. Parts and supplies are included in the estimate, of course. We use two categories of parts, OEM or “Aftermarket.” The parts manufactured by the original car manufa ... read more

Is Your Automotive Shop Certified?

Is Your Automotive Shop Certified?

In a recent study of several hundred people, the question was asked, “Does the auto shop you use have certified technicians?” The vast majority said they assumed that they were. The shop you use may have certified people, but the reality is there is no mandatory certification required to own or operate an auto repair shop. This is one part of our industry that I would like to see reviewed. A professional that cuts hair or fingernails is required to be state certified, but a mechanic who works on tires, engines or brakes doesn’t need a single day of training or any tools to do so. Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers a series of tests that a technician can take to be certified in many different areas of the car. All tests are voluntary, not required. At my shop, I require all staff to be ASE certified and I know many other shops do as well. ASE tests are all written tests and it does not necessarily mean a person is competent to work on a car. AAA Approved aut ... read more

Taxi Moms and Dads (and yes Grandparents, Too!)

Taxi Moms and Dads (and yes Grandparents, Too!)

Hey, Phoenix drivers, is this you? On a daily basis are you running children to pre-school, school, after school extra curricular events, and doctor/dentist/orthodontist appointments? On Saturday and Sundays can you be found sitting in lawn chairs watching your child(ren) playing soccer? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are a shuttle service. Hey…many grandparents I know are operating shuttle services too! You probably realize the gas tank is getting close to empty more frequently but you may be overlooking another important fact. Most of this sort of driving is short trips but it does add up and takes a lot out of your vehicle. This is what we refer to as “severe” driving. Frequent short trips of less than 10 miles. Multiple short trips Severe driving conditions lead to more rapid sludge formation. Sludge is that thick, sticky substance that forms inside the engine through a combination of oil oxidation residue, carbon and water. Water condenses ... read more

It's Back To School Time!

It's Back To School Time!

School Supplies – checkSchool Clothes – checkSchool Schedules – checkSchool Lunches - checkAfter School Schedules – checkBedtimes and Wake Up Call – checkHomework Schedule – check What is missing from this list? Your car’s back-to-school checkup! When school starts traffic is heavier and Mom’s (or Dad’s) Taxi service is in high gear. Make sure your car is ready by having an inspection before school starts! Do you have a student driving themselves to school or college? Make sure their vehicle is ready too! Even if you aren’t directly affected by “back-to-school” these days, you can be affected if you are out and about during rush hour traffic. Make sure your car is ready for the increased traffic, the reduced speed limit in school zones and the sudden stops at cross walks. Be aw ... read more