Today's cars, light trucks, and sport-utility vehicles are high-tech marvels with digital dashboards, oxygen sensors, electronic computers, unibody construction, and more. They run better, longer, and more efficiently than models of years past.
But when it comes to repairs, some things stay the same. The following tips should help you along the way:
Do your homework before taking your vehicle in for repairs or service.
- Read the owner's manual to learn about the vehicle's systems and components.
- Follow the recommended service schedules.
- Keep a log of all repairs and service.
When you think about it, you know your car better than anyone else. You drive it every day and know how it feels and sounds when everything is right. So don't ignore its warning signals.
Use all of your senses to inspect your car frequently. Check for:
- Unusual sounds, odors, drips, leaks, smoke, warning lights, gauge readings.
- Changes in acceleration, engine performance, gas mileage, fluid levels.
- Worn tires, belts, hoses.
- Problems in handling, braking, steering, vibrations.
- Note when the problem occurs.
- Is it constant or periodic?
- When the vehicle is cold or after the engine has warmed up?
- At all speeds? Only under acceleration? During braking? When shifting?
- When did the problem first start?
Once you are at our location, communicate your findings.
- Be prepared to describe the symptoms.
- Carry a written list of the symptoms that you can give us.
- Resist the temptation to suggest a specific course of repair. Just as you would with your physician, tell us where it hurts and how long it's been that way, but let the technician diagnose and recommend a remedy.
Stay involved. . . Ask questions.
- Ask as many questions as you need. Do not be embarrassed to request lay definitions.
- Don't rush the technician to make an on-the-spot diagnosis. You may ask to be called and apprised of the problem, course of action, and costs before work begins.
- Before you leave, be sure you understand all shop policies regarding labor rates, guarantees, and acceptable methods of payment.
- Leave a telephone number where you can be called.
What People Say About Us
Friendly, honest, and reasonably priced service!
Been going to Cahill's for several years. Always do top notch quality work. Pricing is fair, and they always let you know up front what the costs will be. They also keep records of your vehicle so they have the history. Nice people too.
Very nice staff, and they had my car fixed in the time frame they gave me. Fair prices as well. Would come back again.
Great place! Fair prices. Very polite and easy going people. I was in and out quickly. I recommend anyone try and see for yourselves.
I was treated with respect, and the gentleman answering the phone was knowledgeable. I got five star service!
Looking for a trustworthy garage who will be honest, fair and whose work is reliable? This is them. I have a fleet of trucks for my business that I take to Cahill's, because I know I'm paying for work that is getting done. I couldn't ask for a better bunch of guys.
Every time I need car work done, I come here. They're friendly and answer any questions I have. The work has always been top notch, and I never feel as if I'm being taken advantage of. I've been coming here for months for both of my cars and will continue to do so.
Fixed a slow puncture (screw stuck in the tire). Great service, fair price. Will use again.