May 2, 2019 -
When You Know Your Mechanic Goes the Extra Mile
April 6, 2016
April is the Car Care Month, and what’s a better time to talk about your mechanic? While you are the one responsible for setting the appointments and keeping up with auto maintenance, your Maryland auto repair shop and mechanics that work there ultimately answer for the quality of care your vehicle receives. If you are like most car owners who want the best care for their car, it may be time to find a shop that will meet and exceed your expectations.
Today, we’d like to talk about what kind of service you should expect from a mechanic who truly cares about the lifespan of your vehicle and your safety on the road. All of the items below are included with our courtesy inspection, that we offer to all clients free of charge.
Checking Tire Pressure
Having the right pressure in your tires is very important, yet often overlooked by many drivers. When tire pressure is too low or too high, your tires may wear unevenly and your car may not handle as well as you’d like. Tire pressure check is very easy for us to do as we change your oil or repair your transmission. It’s a matter of having the right tools on hand and knowing what the correct pressure is. At home, you may be able to measure the pressure, but filling your tires would probably require a trip to a gas station. We can do all of this right here at no extra charge. And we won’t leave your spare tire unattended either—who knows when you will need it! In fact, 80-90% of spare tires we inspect are under-inflated because people forget that they even exist!
Tire Tread Inspection
Tire pressure is important, but so is tire tread depth and wear patterns. Just by looking at your tires, our Davidsonville mechanics can tell how long they have left and what you can do to prolong their life. Sometimes, tire tread and wear can even offer clues as to what other components could need repair. Systems like steering and suspension affect tire tread, and so do your driving habits!
Did you know that car batteries have a limited lifespan? That’s right, one day the battery will stop holding charge and your car simply won’t start. A failing battery may exhibit some signs before its demise, or it may die a sudden death. But we won’t let you take chances! As a part of our courtesy inspection, you also get a battery test that provides a reliable assessment of your battery’s health.
Knowing that your brakes are in good shape gives you peace of mind on the road. But how often do you actually take your car in for brake service and inspection? Probably not often enough. Meanwhile, a caring auto repair shop like our guys here at Choisser will be happy to offer visual brake inspection whenever we do any work on your car.
Visual inspection is often enough to tell whether your front or back breaks may be approaching the end of their lifespan. If it looks like parts of your brake system are worn up to 50% or more, we will take them apart to investigate further. Brakes and tires that are worn too much will lengthen your vehicle’s stopping distance. So instead of the close call, you may actually rear-end someone in an emergency braking situation if your brakes are in a bad shape.
Working lights in a car are very important. Without a working check engine light you wouldn’t know that you have an engine problem. And with dead tail lights you could confuse drivers behind you and invite a rear-end accident. At Choisser, we take the time to test your interior and exterior lights to detect any burned-out light bulbs or electrical problems.
Unless you are a DIY mechanic, you’ve probably never seen what your car looks like from the bottom, and there is a lot to check under there! Undercarriage is subject to some of the worst conditions, including moisture, rust, dirt, road debris, etc. A quick visual inspection will reveal potential areas of concern, which, if addressed soon, might help you avoid major breakdowns and costly repairs in the future.
Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid
We tend to take windshield wipers and washer fluid for granted until one day they stop working. You’ve probably been there: it’s raining hard and the rubbery part of your windshield wiper decides that it’s a good time to start peeling off. Or a passing truck splashes you with a generous amount of slush, and you have no windshield washer fluid to wipe it off. When your windshield is not clear, even for a split second, you are at risk of an accident. A caring mechanic will check your wipers and top off your fluid to make sure you are ready for any weather and road conditions!
Performing these various checkups helps prevent unexpected failures, which never seem to happen at a good time! Does your Maryland auto repair shop offer a comprehensive courtesy inspection like this? If not, then it’s time to look for better care for your car! Bring it to Choisser Import Auto Services or, better yet, schedule a pickup because we are all about convenience!
What Our Customers Say..
"Robert (Rob) Choisser has been servicing my 1998 Honda CRV for nearly 3 years. I have never had better, more honest service done on any of my cars. Rob is extremely thorough in his work and more than fair in his pricing, I would recommend his work to anyone in my family and to my friends. He is a real credit to his profession, his family and friends."
- Gary, Owings, MD