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Audra Fordin

Audra Fordin

Audra Fordin is the owner and operator of Great Bear Auto Repair in Flushing, New York, which specializes in foreign, domestic and hybrid vehicles.

Posts by Audra Fordin

What Women "Auto Know" When Taking Their Car Into the Shop

The thought of taking her car into a mechanic to have a repair or service performed is enough to make any woman nervous. What if she pays too much? What if she doesn't know what exactly is wrong with her car? What if the technician talks down to her and makes her feel stupid? All of the "what ifs" are enough to make her want to put off taking her car in until it's absolutely falling apart, which is never a good idea.

The thought of taking her car into a mechanic to have a repair or service performed is enough to make any woman nervous. What if she pays too much? What if she doesn't know what exactly is wrong with her car? What if the technician talks down to her and makes her feel stupid? All of the "what ifs" are enough to make her want to put off taking her car in until it's absolutely falling apart, which is never a good idea.

Do Rental Car Agencies Rent Vehicles That Have Been Recalled?

Recalls are rampant. As a shop owner, I get daily email updates about recalls and they are starting to fill up my inbox.

Recalls are rampant. As a shop owner, I get daily email updates about recalls and they are starting to fill up my inbox.

What Women "Auto Know" About Tire Wear

I happen to really like tires—a lot! I find them to be very intriguing and next to the brakes, they are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Tires tell a great story about the car they are on.

I happen to really like tires—a lot! I find them to be very intriguing and next to the brakes, they are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Tires tell a great story about the car they are on.

Audra Fordin - Female Shop Owner of the Year

Recently, Audra Fordin was named the first “Female Service Shop Owner of the Year” by the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Fordin is the first female owner/operator of her family’s automotive repair business, Great Bear Auto Shop, in Flushing, NY, which has been in the same location since 1933.

Recently, Audra Fordin was named the first “Female Service Shop Owner of the Year” by the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Fordin is the first female owner/operator of her family’s automotive repair business, Great Bear Auto Shop, in Flushing, NY, which has been in the same location since 1933.

How to Really Save Money on Gas

When you own a car, maintenance and insurance are requirements. Filling up with gas is also the nature of the beast.

When you own a car, maintenance and insurance are requirements. Filling up with gas is also the nature of the beast.

The Four Bs of a Roadtrip

Are you planning a road trip this winter? With just a little preparation, you can prevent a few common problems, the 4 Bs—blowouts, bad batteries, broken belts, and bugs!.

Are you planning a road trip this winter? With just a little preparation, you can prevent a few common problems, the 4 Bs—blowouts, bad batteries, broken belts, and bugs!.

You Do Have a Choice When It Comes to Maintenance

Let me assure you ladies and gentleman, this is America and we do have a choice when it comes to maintenance. If you look at your maintenance schedule—you know, that book buried underneath all of the junk in your glove box—you will know exactly what maintenance you need and when you need it.

Let me assure you ladies and gentleman, this is America and we do have a choice when it comes to maintenance. If you look at your maintenance schedule—you know, that book buried underneath all of the junk in your glove box—you will know exactly what maintenance you need and when you need it.

Recalls, TSBs, and Campaigns: Free or Do You Have to Pay?

We hear about recalls all of the time, but have you ever heard of a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) or a campaign? How do they differ from recalls? If a recall or TSB is issued for your car, do you have to pay for the repairs? .

We hear about recalls all of the time, but have you ever heard of a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) or a campaign? How do they differ from recalls? If a recall or TSB is issued for your car, do you have to pay for the repairs? .

The Alternator: What Really Keeps Your Motor Running

When you put batteries in your TV remote control, they eventually die and you toss them out and replace them. Your cell phone, however, has a rechargeable battery that you plug in to charge.

When you put batteries in your TV remote control, they eventually die and you toss them out and replace them. Your cell phone, however, has a rechargeable battery that you plug in to charge.

European Cars to Be Gas- and Diesel-Free by 2030

Everyone understands that cars need to get greener. They are already a lot greener than they have been in the past, but more green is on the way.

Everyone understands that cars need to get greener. They are already a lot greener than they have been in the past, but more green is on the way.

Things to Remember When Driving on Icy Roads

Black ice is not really black—it’s a transparent layer of ice that looks black because it’s so thin that you can see the road surface below it. Any ice is dangerous to drive on, but black ice is especially bad because it fools you into thinking the road is only wet, not icy.

Black ice is not really black—it’s a transparent layer of ice that looks black because it’s so thin that you can see the road surface below it. Any ice is dangerous to drive on, but black ice is especially bad because it fools you into thinking the road is only wet, not icy.