Taking Care Of My Car

Where To Take Your Vehicle For General Repairs And Service

Owning a car or truck means taking the vehicle to a shop for service or repairs at some point, and finding the best options is an excellent place to start. The repair shop should offer things like safety inspections, general service work, and maybe even tire repair services. There are many options available, but finding the one that is convenient and comfortable for you is an essential first step. 

General Service

Vehicles need maintenance to ensure they run properly and are safe to drive. Oil change services and safety inspections are a vital part of any service routine, so finding a repair shop that can provide those things is crucial. 

Every time your car or truck goes into the shop for service, the tech working on it should do a full safety inspection on the vehicle while it is on the lift. The inspection is more than a cursory glance at the vehicle and should include all the critical systems. 

In most situations, everything is easily accessible once the car is on the lift. Most service visits involve a tire rotation, making it easier to check the brakes while the tires are off the vehicle, and even if you are not having the tire rotation done, a visual inspection of the brake pads and rotors is easy from under the car.

During the safety inspection, the tech should also check the cooling system, the transmission, driveshafts and axels, and the engine to find leaks or damage under the car that could go unnoticed during regular daily use. While some of these items may not cause a crash, they could contribute to a breakdown and need addressing to ensure your car or truck is dependable and will get you where you need to be every time.  

Tire Repairs

Most auto repair shops can repair tires that are leaking or have a puncture in the tread for you. If you notice a screw or a nail in your tire tread, do not remove it and take the car or truck to the garage and show the technician where the damage is.

The tech can pull the nail or screw out for you, put a plug in the hole, and reinflate the tire, and often you will not even need to get out of the car. Most more significant tire repairs may require removing the tire in question from the vehicle to determine where the problem is and make the tire repair. 

If the damage is too significant, the mechanic may recommend installing a new tire on the vehicle, and if your tires are all worn, this might be a good time to consider installing new tires around the car. For more information on safety inspections and tire repair, contact a company near you.