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Rebuilt Vs. Used Transmission

Nothing is worse then having your transmission fail. Aside from your vehicles engine, the transmission is the second biggest and most important component of your vehicle. Many car owners have to deal with broken transmission at one point or another. A transmission can be a costly repair, so it’s best to have a transmission specialist properly diagnose your vehicle before anything. When a transmission goes bad, it may need a simple repair, or if the problem is severe enough, it may need a complete replacement. Normally, there are two options people look at when it comes to replacing their transmission; Rebuilt or Used. However, both options offer different pro’s and con’s. When comparing a used transmission to a rebuilt transmission, remember there really is no such thing as a quick fix. Depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, the cheaper way out might not always be the best solution.


Rebuilt means:

  • Completely disassembling and inspecting the unit for any internal damage to the transmissions internal components.
  • Replacing all of the transmissions soft parts (gaskets, clutches, o-rings…etc) with new ones.
  • Checking all of the units hard parts for damage and re-machineing the worn ones.
  • Replacing the torque convertor if necessary.
  • Rebuilding the unit to like-new quality including any OEM updates, and  reinstalling it into the vehicle.
  • Filling the unit with the proper transmission fluid, and road testing it to make sure everything runs correctly.
  • Most rebuilt transmissions come with factory nationwide warranties.

Used Means:

  • You never know exactly what you are getting, as used transmissions typically come from junkyards.
  • There are limited ways of knowing what condition a used transmission is in and if it was properly maintained.
  • Used transmissions typically come with a very limited warranty, or sometimes offer no warranty at all.

KEEP IN MIND: An accurate price for a transmission quote cannot be given without a proper diagnosis. A proper diagnosis requires that the vehicle be checked to determine the extent of the damage by a certified mechanic specializing in transmission repair. To find out more on transmission rebuilds check out our website at

Your car got towed? What happens next…

Unfortunately, despite what some people may think, you cannot park your car wherever you want to, when you want to. Nowadays, many businesses, apartment complexes, resteraunts, and various other types of companies go out and contract tow companies to patrol their parking lots and monitor different parking situations. Having your vehicle get towed might seem like the end of the world, but it isn’t. Tow companies seem to havE been given a repuation that precedes themselves. Believe it or not though, these guys are not all bad. They are just doing their jobs, afterall. Below is a step-by-step guide to describe the process of what to do when your car suddenly goes missing and you have to deal with a tow company.

  • Call your local police department. Provide them with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN #) and the license plate number to your vehicle, and they will tell you if your vehicle has been towed, and if so, where it has been towed too.
  • Call the tow company. Varify they have your vehicle in their lot, and ask how much money you owe in order to pick up your vehicle, as well as anything specific you might need to bring with you.
  • Go down to the tow yard, and speak with whoever is in charge. Present them with your license and any other paperwork they might require you to have in order to pick up your vehicle.
  • After all the proper paperwork is filled out, the tow driver will give you a reciept and walk you out to your vehicle, where you should be able to drive your vehicle out. In some cases, if a vehicle is unregistered, it must be towed out of the yard and put in a private driveway for an additional fee. If your vehicle was in an accident, or stolen, notify your insurance company right away and let them know where the vehicle is. The insurance company should send an adjuster to look at the vehicle at the tow yard.

To find out more about 24 hour towing, check out our website at

6 tips for saving money on auto repairs

It’s happened to all of us at some point in our lives — a car repair that we didn’t budget for, that nearly left us cash-strapped or without transportation. Prevention is the key to proper car care maintenance and if you treat your car like an investment and not simply a tool, you can easily save significant sums of money on your vehicles repairs. Most of us are at the mercy of our mechanics when it comes time for unplanned repairs, but we have a few tricks to help you save some cash when your car winds up in the shop next time.


  • Go to a shop you trust - The first step in saving money on costly auto repairs is to go to a mechanic you can trust and feel comfortable with. If you don’t have someone whom you’ve worked with in the past, do your best to ask friends, family, or anyone local whom they would take their car to for repairs. The better you know your mechanic, the better the odds are of not getting ripped off.
  • Stay local - Many smaller local shops are just as well qualified to handle whatever’s wrong with your vehicle as a big dealership is. If your vehicle isn’t covered by a factory warranty, there’s no need to take it to a dealer for services.
  • Research and shop around - Knowing as much as you can about what’s going on behind any shops garage doors is the best step toward protecting yourself from unnecessary charges. When a diagnosis comes back, ask for a printout of the problem and do a little homework.
  • Ask for referrals - You wouldn’t pick your doctor or lawyer by digging through the yellow pages, and you should not pick your vehicles mechanic that way either. Ask friends, read local business reviews on, or visit a local auto parts store in your area and see who they might recommend.
  • Search around for specials and promotions - Many shops advertise special service deals and promotions to bring in business, as well as offer different money saving coupons if you ask about them. If you want to save some money, speak up and ask around!
  • Consider preventative maintenance- It is important to keep up on all of your vehicles recommendedmaintenance. While it may seem like a hassle, keeping up on preventative maintenance can save you a lot of money on costly repairs in the long run.

To learn more more about saving money on your vehicles future automotive repairs, check out our website at

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12 ways to get better gas mileage!

With the price of gas going up everywhere, its a wonder we see any cars on the road at all lately. Believe it or not, there are few ways you can help your vehicle get better gas mileage and save money on your future gas purchases. By following the tips below, you will notice a dramatic increase in your vehicles fuel use, and even more dramatic change in your wallet!                                  


1.) Optimize your travel - MULTITASK! Combine multiple trips in to one!

2.) Use the right kind of gas - Using premium gasoline in an engine designed to run on regular will not improve your vehicles performance.

3.) Be sure to tighten your gas cap - “Improperly seated gas caps allow 147 million gallons of fuel to vaporize every year in the U.S.” - (VIA: Advanced Auto Parts)

4.) Use cruise control - Cruise control takes the human element out of the equation, and keeps your driving speeds steady.

5.) Dont Idle - Starting your vehicle does require you to use a burst of your cars fuel, BUT not as much as allowing your engine to idle for to long. Shut off your vehicle if your letting it idle for more then 45-60 seconds to save gas.

6.) Keep your tires properly inflated - Underinflated tires are not just dangerous, but they devour fuel ecomomy by 25%.

7.) Keep you vehicle well maintained - A vehicle in poor running condition will definitely burn more fuel then a vehicle that has been tuned up properly! Note: Vehicles with old spark plugs that need replacement can reduce gas mileage up to 12%.

8.) Dont go out of your way to fuel up - If it is convenient to your travels to stop at a cheaper gas station, then do so. If it isn’t, dont. It does not make sense to go a mile or two out of the way just to save ten cents a gallon. The distance you drove to get there pretty much makes up for the money you think your saving!

9.) Lighten the load your vehicles carrying - Carry only the things you need, and don’t overfill your trunk full of unneccessary items. For every extra 250 pounds your engine has to haul around, your car loses about one mile per gallon in fuel economy. (VIA: Bankrate)

10.) Do not top off your gas tank - have faith in the auto-shutoff. Overfilling your fuel tank can just lead to wasted gas.

11.) Use a gas credit/discount card - Many gas stations offer credit cards or gas rewards cards which allows you to earn points everytime you get gas, helping you save a few cents per gallon on future gas purchases.

12.) DRIVE LESS - Walk, rollerskate, ride a bike, carpool, or even take public transit! The less you drive, the less you will be spending on gas!

Follow these simple steps, and watch your frequent trips to the gas station start to become less frequent. The improvement in your wallet should bring a big smile to your face as well!  

For more information on your vehicle, and how to get better gas mileage on your vehicle, check out our website at

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To find out more information about spring maintenance tips, and more information regarding your vehicle and its seasonal repairs, as well as information on specials and promotions to help save you money, check out our shops website at

To find out more information about spring maintenance tips, and more information regarding your vehicle and its seasonal repairs, as well as information on specials and promotions to help save you money, check out our shops website at

The Truth About Towing: Myth vs. Fact!

Nobody likes the idea of their car being towed, but unfortunately, it happens. Tow companies are normally frowned upon by many people, but at the end of the day, these guys that are out doing all the work, are just like everybody else - just trying to do their jobs. Here are a few tow related myths for the people in Massachusetts, and the facts that put these myths to rest!


  • Myth: If you reach your car after the tow truck driver has hooked it to the tow truck, he or she has the right to take it to the towing lot.

  • Fact: If your car is on the lot where you parked it and it has not moved, the tow truck driver can drop your vehicle, provided you pay him or her half of the standard towing fee on the spot. This is what they call a ‘drop-fee.’

  • Myth: Apartment complexes and businesses get paid in kickbacks when you get towed.

  • Fact: Contracts between property managements and tow companies cannot, by law, include any monetary exchange. Transfer of funds is a third-degree felony.

  • Myth: A tow truck driver can’t break into your car to tow it.

  • Fact: Legally, the driver can enter your vehicle, but he or she has to use “reasonable care.” They can only enter your vehicle for the purpose of removing it from the lot.

  • Myth: If you get towed in the middle of the night, the towing companies office may be closed and you will have to wait until the next day to get your vehicle back.

  • Fact: By law, all towing companies must be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After those hours, a sign must be posted with the phone number of the towing operator. You can call that number at any time throughout the night, and the operator must show up to release your vehicle to you.

For more information on 24 hour Towing Services in Massachusetts, check out or website at

Your vehicle, and its engine!

car is essentially a machine, and as such, it requires a certain amount of preventative maintenance in order to continue to perform. Your vehicle should recieve a tune up every two years, or every 30,000 miles, whichever comes first! During this tune up your car will recieve some new parts that will hopefully keep it out of the shop for a while. Ensuring that your vehicle gets a tune up regularly will help maintain it’s performance and extend its life.

A tune up generally includes replacement of several parts on your car. These parts may seem superficial, but failing to replace them regularly can cause decreased performance in your car, and may even lead to other problems.

For example, an air filter should be replaced at least once a year; failing to replace it when it’s dirty will cause your engine to get less and less of the air it needs to run properly. If the problem is left unattended, the air-fuel mixture will continue to run richer and richer, meaning that there will be too much fuel and not enough air in the mixture, and eventually cause other parts to fail.



                           Why is preventative maintence important?

  • More dependable vehicle.
  • Retains “new vehicle feel.”
  • Less chance of a costly breakdown.
  • Safer car for you & your family!
  • Doing your part for cleaner air!
  • A car worth more at trade-in or sale.

One of the best ways to get the most for your motoring dollar is by extending the life of your current vehicle. With the cost of new vehicles in todays economy, keeping your existing vehicle in good condition could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars a year! Dont let your vehicle break your bank! BRING IT DOWN TODAY!

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Top Five New Year’s Driving Resolutions!

Losing ten pounds? Quitting cigarettes? Or just giving up WWE Smackdown? If you haven’t made your New Years’ resolutions yet, you might add a few from behind the wheel. A change or two to your driving style can make all the difference on the road - and could even save your life. Here are the top five driving resolutionsn for 2012!


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