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Car Repair DIY, Gone Wrong

Published on October 25, 2012 under Humble Mechanic
Car Repair DIY, Gone Wrong
I am a pretty big fan of people doing their own maintenance. I think it is important to understand at least the basics of the car they drive. All of that stuff goes out the window when DIY goes wrong. We have talked before about DIY. There are several things that you need to consider…
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Can a Repair Shop Keep An Unsafe Car

Published on October 4, 2012 under Humble Mechanic
Can a Repair Shop Keep An Unsafe Car
Today we are going to talk about a bit of a sensitive topic. Should a repair shop be able to keep your car if it is unsafe? Let me set the stage. A customer brings their car into the shop. The mechanic takes it on a short test drive, and finds the brakes barely work.…
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Why Does A Volkswagen Key Cost So Much?

Published on July 23, 2012 under Humble Mechanic
Why Does A Volkswagen Key Cost So Much?
This situation happens about once a month. Customer calls in saying they lost the key or keys for their VW. We tell the customer they will need to show proof they own the vehicle. Then they will need to have the car towed to the dealer. Once the key comes in, we will have to…
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Should We Have Automotive “Right To Repair”?

Published on July 17, 2012 under Humble Mechanic
Should We Have Automotive “Right To Repair”?
We have talked about "Dealership repair vs Aftermarket repair" many times before. One thing that I didn't touch on is the "Right to Repair" issue. This is legislation aimed at forcing auto manufacturers to provide more repair information and tool to the aftermarket. This is going beyond the how to information. Based on the legislation,…
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