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Subaru Turbocharger Issues

Whenever I get the chance to point something out that might help prevent a major repair, I try to provide that information to my local customers and my readers—wherever you are! We have been replacing turbochargers pretty frequently lately, and for a while I thought it was just isolated to the 2005 models. That no longer seems to be the case.

Whenever I get the chance to point something out that might help prevent a major repair, I try to provide that information to my local customers and my readers—wherever you are! We have been replacing turbochargers pretty frequently lately, and for a while I thought it was just isolated to the 2005 models. That no longer seems to be the case.

Don't Want to Get Ripped Off on Car Repairs? Ask These Five Questions

Over the past twenty years, I have worked with thousands of shop owners, so I know all too well what the bad, unethical shops do, as well as what the good guys do. If you want to make sure you are never ripped off by a repair shop, I can certainly help.

Over the past twenty years, I have worked with thousands of shop owners, so I know all too well what the bad, unethical shops do, as well as what the good guys do. If you want to make sure you are never ripped off by a repair shop, I can certainly help.

Eight Great Ways to Sell Auto Services

1. Know your customers’ buying habits.

1. Know your customers’ buying habits.

Increase Sales and Employee Morale

As with any business, if you would like your employees to promote your company, there are two things you need to provide them with—an incentive and the proper tools. Here’s how.

As with any business, if you would like your employees to promote your company, there are two things you need to provide them with—an incentive and the proper tools. Here’s how.

Offering Financing Options During Tough Economic Times

At Elite, we believe that all shops should have financing options available for their customers. Since the collapse of the economy though, money has been tight, and it’s a lot harder now for people to qualify.

At Elite, we believe that all shops should have financing options available for their customers. Since the collapse of the economy though, money has been tight, and it’s a lot harder now for people to qualify.

5 Telephone Tips That Will Increase Your Auto Repair Sales

During tough economic times, you need to make the most of every opportunity to generate more sales. Following these five tips will help convert more first-time callers into happy returning customers.

During tough economic times, you need to make the most of every opportunity to generate more sales. Following these five tips will help convert more first-time callers into happy returning customers.

Example Shop Images

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    1.  Shop Owner     2.

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    1.  Samples of Shop Owner images in the new directory     2.

Surviving the Frozen Tundra with Your Vehicle

By Tom Torbjornsen, Host of America's Car Show Wintertime is hard on vehicles, period. There are common vehicular failures that are winter-related, and they typically settle into six distinct categories: Undercarriage Steering and Suspension Engine Cooling System Transmission and Drivetrain Starting and Charging Systems Body and Wipers   .

By Tom Torbjornsen, Host of America's Car Show Wintertime is hard on vehicles, period. There are common vehicular failures that are winter-related, and they typically settle into six distinct categories: Undercarriage Steering and Suspension Engine Cooling System Transmission and Drivetrain Starting and Charging Systems Body and Wipers   .

5 Steps to Finding a Great Auto Repair Shop

If you want to trust your mechanic—and believe me, there are a lot of honest ones out there—you need to find one who is worthy of that trust. Here are some things to consider when looking for a good mechanic and how to build a solid relationship with him or her once you do find that person.

If you want to trust your mechanic—and believe me, there are a lot of honest ones out there—you need to find one who is worthy of that trust. Here are some things to consider when looking for a good mechanic and how to build a solid relationship with him or her once you do find that person.

Enter to Win: Get Home for the Holidays with RepairPal!

RepairPal wants to help you get where you need to be this season. We're hosting a giveaway for five lucky winners to get "Home for the Holidays" this year! Five people across the country will be chosen at random to each receive a $100 gift certificate to a RepairPal Certified shop near them – a great way to start out 2017.

RepairPal wants to help you get where you need to be this season. We're hosting a giveaway for five lucky winners to get "Home for the Holidays" this year! Five people across the country will be chosen at random to each receive a $100 gift certificate to a RepairPal Certified shop near them – a great way to start out 2017.

Love Your Car and the Earth? Think Green With Your Automobile

There are a few, simple ways you can reduce the “footprint” left by your vehicles. The first thing to remember is that your car causes waste even before you are ready to get rid of it.

There are a few, simple ways you can reduce the “footprint” left by your vehicles. The first thing to remember is that your car causes waste even before you are ready to get rid of it.

5 Reasons Your Engine Oil Might Be Leaking

Have you gone out to the garage and found an oil stain where your car normally sits? This isn't just a nuisance to clean up; it indicates an oil leak, which can cause your car’s parts to grind together and even freeze up. There are many factors that can cause your engine to leak oil, and it’s important to find a mechanic who can properly diagnose the issue.

Have you gone out to the garage and found an oil stain where your car normally sits? This isn't just a nuisance to clean up; it indicates an oil leak, which can cause your car’s parts to grind together and even freeze up. There are many factors that can cause your engine to leak oil, and it’s important to find a mechanic who can properly diagnose the issue.

Manual vs. Automatic Transmissions: Which One Wins?

Very few things are discussed as heatedly in the auto industry as manual vs. automatic transmissions are.

Very few things are discussed as heatedly in the auto industry as manual vs. automatic transmissions are.