RepairPal Blog

The other day, a recall was released concerning Toyota floor mats and unintended acceleration. While Toyota received a lot of bad press a year or so ago for this same issue, this new recall was mostly ignored by the news media.

I just read a report listing the top reasons for car breakdowns in Arizona, which happen to be the same exact problems we see when cars are towed to our Phoenix shop.

Each year, Consumer Reports publishes its Top Picks of cars. To qualify, a car must be assessed as follows. First, it must rank at or near the top of its category in its overall test scores. Also, according to the latest Annual Auto Survey given to Consumer Reports subscribers, the car must be average or better when it comes to reliability. Finally, if tested, all top picks must perform well in government or industry crash and rollover tests.

In 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced minimum standards for all gasoline sold in the U.S. These standards included a detergent package that must be added to gasoline to help prevent the accumulation of carbon deposits, mostly on the intake valves, which can impact engine performance and emissions.

It is interesting that 80 percent of vehicle accidents are contributed to poor visibility and yet the average driver gets their wipers replaced every two and a half years. They should be replaced every six months or at most every year. Think of what your windshield encounters!

Driving with a blind spot is something we don’t think about too often until we realize we narrowly missed having an accident when a nearby vehicle swerves around us to avoid contact! Whew! Saved again. We may be shaken up for a minute or two but then we get busy and time passes and we don’t think of it until it happens next time. 

I was scrolling through the Comcast listings the other night when I saw a show called, All Girls Garage. Intrigued, I clicked on it and started watching. I was only going to watch for a second, but before I knew it, the show was over and I had really enjoyed myself.

These days, automotive service and repair shops are getting more calls than ever asking for an estimate. We understand that this is mostly due to the economy. People are understandably searching for the best value, and they want to make sure they can afford to pay for the service.

Last week, we sent out our brand new metal Top Shop signs to all of our Top Shop members. Check them out!

One of the biggest complaints from auto repair consumers is the cost of repairs and why they are charged for diagnostics. These days, most shops will charge for diagnosing what is wrong with your car. Sometimes it is credited to the repair if the car is repaired in the shop and sometimes it’s an additional charge on top of the repair.