What is repairophobia, you ask? It is the fear of auto repair. I read this term just the other day and said to myself, “Yes, it is about time it had a name!” What are the reasons consumers have this dreaded condition? Many consumer news reporters love to feature a certain shop or auto repair chain routinely ripping drivers off. They go under cover and take a well-maintained vehicle into the shop and then share with the public the long list of repair items the shop claims are needed. This hurts all auto repair shops, not just the culprit who apparently can’t earn enough money being honest. The majority of auto repair shops are honest, hard working individuals. The con artists are few and far between. Consumers are worried that they won’t have enough money if they take their vehicle in for routine maintenance and the service advisor informs them they need a repair as well. They hadn’t budgeted for more than the routine service. Always ask for a pr ... read more
- A little over 20 years ago, just 5,000 pages of technical information were needed to repair vehicles. Today’s repairs require more than 1,500,000 pages! Each year, some 125,000 new pages are required. - A well-maintained vehicle can last well over 200,000 miles! - Federal Law prohibits new car dealers from implying or denying warranty services because routine scheduled maintenance was performed at an independent repair facility. (Magnusen-Moss Act). Your newly purchased or leased vehicle does not have to return to the dealership for routine service. - If you lease a car, you might want to read this! Lessee shall use each vehicle only in the manner for which it was designed and intended, so as to subject it to normal wear and use. Lessee shall not modify or make alterations to the design of any vehicle, repaint or place any lettering, advertisement, accessories or insignias without prior written approval of Lessor. Lessee shall maintain each vehicle in g ... read more
Here are some basics: - Flashlight with extra batteries - Gallon of Drinking Water - Transmission Fluid - Tire Inflator-Sealant - Extra Belts - A Few Basic Tools - One Gallon Gas Can - Paper & Pen - Matches - Dried Fruit, Nuts or Other Non-Perishable Snacks - First Aid Kit - Jumper Cables - Quart of Oil - Brake Fluid - Fire Extinguisher - Extra Light Bulbs and Fuses - Electrical Tape - Flares - Paper Towels - Blanket - Cellular Phone Don’t Be Stuck On The Road – Be Prepared!