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COST SAVING TIPS

Are You Ready For The Road?

An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.

Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.

Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.

Fuel Saving Tips

Condition Effect MPG Penalty up to
Under inflated tires Increase rolling resistance 1-2mpg
Dirty air filter Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture 2.0mpg
Worn spark plugs Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel 2.0mpg
Worn O2 sensor Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture 3mpg
Dirty or substandard engine oil Increases internal engine friction 0.4mpg
Loose gas cap Allows fuel to evaporate 2.0mpg
Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected
11.4mpg

The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:

  1. Vehicle gas caps -- About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.
  2. Under inflated tires -- When tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.
  3. Worn spark plugs -- A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced as recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Dirty air filters -- An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture -- too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 20 cents a gallon.

Fuel-saving driving tips include:

  • Don't be an aggressive driver -- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 10 to 66 cents per gallon.
  • Avoid excessive idling -- Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
  • Observe the speed limit -- Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mpg driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

WIPERS - In the 2001National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.

LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.
  • Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.

"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.



What People Say About Us

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    First of all, these guys excel in customer service. Great communication. They make you feel at ease when you walk tru the door, taking away the animosity you would normally have going to a repair shop and handing out the keys. Fair price, very polite professionals. Even a surprisingly efficient shuttle service . What else can you ask for? I took my 2006 Audi TT for what appears to be a transmission problem. Thankfully it wasn't that bad and they were able to fix it quickly and inexpensively. Very good experience!

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    This is the ONLY place I will take my cars. They have kept my cars running for 7 years and counting.

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    I will ONLY use RepairOne! After taking my Tahoe to a different place to get a quick inspection, I was told that I had multiple issues that was going to require over 1k in repairs! I took the vehicle to Brent and his guys at repair one and they showed me NOTHING was wrong with my car! They are HONEST and have always treated me fair. Thank you!

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    I cant tell you how happy I was today with yalls services. Everything from the front desk guy to the driver. They made sure everything was up to my expectations. Ill make sure to suggest ya'll to anyone I know and send em your way. Thank you again today. Cant imagine going anywhere else.

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    I would highly recommend Repair One. I had a big job done with having to replace the engine in my car. They got me a great price on a new engine, and called me to give me updates along the way. The process was seamless. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and their facility was organized and clean. It is refreshing to find a mechanics shop that I feel like I can trust to provide an excellent product at a great price. Thank you Repair One for making my bad situation a little more bearable.

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    Been there quite a few times, and each time something new surprises me about their level of professionalism and honesty. This is about the only car place where you hear phrases like: "Your car is still under warranty, you should really have the dealership do this for free." Or "All your fluids look fine." Or my personal favorite, "No charge." Or if they can't get the work done when they promise (wrong parts, etc.), they actually call you as soon as they find out, apologize, and try to make it up to you.

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    I took my car to get inspected and found out that my car would not pass due to a power steering fluid leak. Jon took the time to check every detail of my car, took me into the garage to physically show me what was wrong and printed estimates for me. I took my car in a few days later, the problem was fixed in less than four hours and Jon graciously informed me about coupons that were available on Repair One's website. I am so happy with the level of commitment, accommodation and generosity Jon displayed. He provided a level of customer service that will make me come back.

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    H-O-N-E-S-T. That sums up this shop. In a world where everyone is out to get your money, this place actually wants to help you. I 100% recommend this shop to my family, friends, and everyone else. It's where I'd tell my own mother to get her car fixed. They don't try to swindle or take advantage of you. They call before making any other repairs on things they notice while working on your car. They give you options, short term fix, mid fix, long term fix. They are friendly. The place is CLEAN. I've been to many many shops and I've never felt like I was always told the whole truth. I trust Repair One in The Woodlands, TX. Stop looking around, this is the place to go!

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    I am so happy with my transmission repair from 18 months ago! The service was fabulous and I appreciated be kept in the loop the entire time. They finished the job faster than expected and they told me ahead of time that is what they were trying to do. If I could take all my auto problems like safety recalls there I would! This is how a business should be run! The price for my transmission was more than half off the cheapest dealership and I wasn't able to find a better deal when I was calling around to several shops. I love the fact that this is a family owned business and they truly care about their customers. I knew I was a priority to them and I am happy to have found an car repair place I can trust! Thanks Repair One! I am now a loyal customer and love telling all my friends about this place!

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    Repair One has been fixing my cars for years. I do not trust mechanics naturally, but I have learned to trust Brent. Examples: (1) I had wear on a part in an older car. It was not hurting anything. Eventually it would wear out and have to be replaced, Brent said, but the car was still driveable. I continued to drive it. It worked fine. (2) I had a leak. I had no idea what it was, but it turned out to be a loose hose. Repair One tightened the hose, charged me nothing, and sent me on my way. (3) I needed major repairs on an older Suburban. The car was not worth a lot. Brent worked with me to find a used part and a fix that would work but was not too costly. The part worked great. Brent puts in only parts that work, and he does not scrimp on quality. Occasionally, Repair One is a bit more expensive for this reason, but then we know the problem is fixed. Once, a seller's warranty provider would only pay for a cheaper part, one Brent did not prefer. He installed it, anyway, but it broke the next week. We then asked him to install the part he preferred. He did, and it worked perfectly, and eventually the warranty provider agreed with us and with Brent and paid for the better part. Brent was on our side the whole time. We have had consistently good experiences.

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    It's a great feeling knowing we can come to Repair One Automotive and deal with true, honest people. My suburban was dealt with care and I left feeling confident about the service I was provided. Thanks Repair One Automotive!

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    I always get excellent service at Repair One. Won't go anywhere else to get my car serviced. Very honest and friendly. Had my car serviced Thursday and was in and out of there in no time at all.

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