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Jasper Preferred Installer Auto Performance Repair & Customs Reviews

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 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent 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.



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Testimonials

  • Outstanding customer service. Rick the owner is great, he will work with you to give you the best deal possible. He doesn't try to sell you things that you don't need, like most shops. The mechanics really know their stuff and do quality work and they get it done fast. I highly recommend this shop to everyone for all of your repairs. I will never go anywhere else, I'm a customer for life!
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  • I found a screw in my tire and I was driving down the road and saw that the shop was open. I walked in and spoke with the owner and he had me repaired and on the road under 10 minutes. They do custom car work as well as whatever it is you may need fixed. Very friendly shop with excellent service.
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  • Rick and his mechanics do a great job of repairing my cars. He is reasonable and does his best to give me the best deal.
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  • Rick and the team here are awesome. They diagnosed and repaired my car in a very effecient manner and the customer service was outstanding. Go by and see them you wont be disappointed.
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  • Rick and his team fit me in within 24 hours! As a single mom, and being absolutely clueless he has been thorough in his communication and in educating me! I am so grateful to have found a trusted family mechanic!
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  • Rick is very nice person. I highly recommend this place for any mechanic issue. He fixed it in a timely manner. He worked with me on my schedule and made sure it was done in time. Some parts will have a warranty. This place is 1 hr from me but I will be back for any problem I have with any of my vehicles.
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  • I noticed my friends air pressure was low in the tire. No tire gauge we had worked so we went here last minute, it turned out there was about a 2 inch screw stuck in the tire. They fixed it and sent us on our way! Very good service!
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  • My second visit was as good as the first. I had relatives visiting from out of the country and my truck developed a labored cranking problem. I came in with a perceived starter issue which, when they diagnosed the truck, they confirmed that was the issue. Rick quoted me a price for the work ordered the part(s) and had me back in my truck within less than 24 hrs, of which most was the time it took to get the part(s) overnight. Honesty and integrity is always nice to deal with.
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  • Courteous, knowledgeable, and fair. Highly recommended.
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  • I purchased a 1977 El Camino a few years ago, and it needed some attention to get it running smoothly again. It also needed a face-lift, so I stopped in at Auto Performance to see what they had to say. Rick was very helpful and provided the knowledge necessary to get the vehicle looking and running great! I am very pleased with their efforts at Auto Performance, especially the subtle ideas to improve the look and driving of my vehicle. Rick was very upfront with all the necessary improvements and costs involved. I highly recommend Rick and his team for your car needs. Thanks guys.
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  • My second visit to this shop. First one was for a repair to my tailgate which they repaired very professionally and I was impressed. However, I didn't know they also did lube and oil change until today. Great price for synthetic oil. I will be back whenever I need any type of vehicle service.
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  • Rick and his team did an excellent job on replacing the exhaust system on our 2009 Mustang. There were a couple of questions that came up and Rick was quick to call and get the go ahead on the resolution to the issues. He was able to complete the work with in the short time frame that we had. Excellent work, Great atmosphere, customer service is heads above what most places provide today. We will return for many more enhancements to the vehicle.
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  • This is my very first review I have ever written in my life so that alone says something about this place. One word describes this place best " flawless". My very first visit to Ricks shop and it was like I've known them for years. Remarkable knowledge about vehicles. He has a mixture of old school tech's with just enough new school technology to lap the competition twice! If you want a repair shop that is for the people this is your place. Tight on budget but need the job done right? This is your place. I have done my own repairs since I was 13 years old...I don't trust anyone with my vehicles until I came to this place!!! I recommend this shop to everyone! They fix absolutely everything! One stop shop, in and you are out the door blink and you would have missed something. This will become my families number 1 shop for generations to come. If you have never been here dont miss out. Nobody and I mean nobody has beaten his work or prices.
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  • I made the drive up from Greenwood to Rick's shop in Easley because I know I can trust him and his crew to do reliable work at a reasonable price. My Malibu has quite a few miles on it, but the Auto Performance team treated it--and me--like we were the most valuable project on their list. Thanks, guys!
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  • RICK AND HIS CREW DID A GREAT JOB ON MY VAN, THEY FIXED ALL MY PROBLEMS AND WORKED ABOVE AND BE ON AND AROUND MY SCHEDULE. I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE AND WILL
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  • I can't say enough wonderful things about Rick. He and his crew do a fanrtastic job. Rick takes the time to explain everything he is going to do. He called me gave me quotes before he did any work. Being a single mom and my son in college that meant a lot. He has worked on my son's car now a couple of times and has it running great! Check with Rick and get a quote! You will not regret it!
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  • Thank you to Rick and the Auto Performance crew for caring enough to help save our old Ford Taurus... "Little Blue" is back home and happy. Thanks for all the love and work you put into it.
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  • These guys did great! They took real great care of my classic and always stayed in touch, giving me updates on my car. Their carb guy, can't say enough about him... He deserves a car or something. I was really considering selling it, but not after I heard how good it sounded, Thanks a lot guys!
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  • Great people! Rick and his crew are willing to take the time to figure out what your problem is. I wouldn't take my car to anyone else! Very honest people. Give them a try
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  • Excellent service and personal attention to your needs. Highly recommended!
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  • Auto Performance has good friendly service.
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  • I like this business, they keep me informed and they are very good. Rick is very knowledgeable, personable, and he explains things in a way for me to understand, which I appreciate. He takes his time to answer my questions.
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  • Dependable and very prompt in resolving the issue. Satisfaction guaranteed!
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  • They were nice enough not to charge me since I had the part.
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  • No problems with the service or business. The employees were very nice and friendly, and the pricing was good.
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  • Very friendly people. Very satisfied with the service and I will be coming back!
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  • Rick and his crew are God-sent. They are always ready to do their best. I have recommended Auto Performance to several people. I want them to have the same experience that I have enjoyed. They go far and beyond to ensure your car will be ready for you in an honest time and with an affordable price? So blessed to have them around.
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  • The whole process was explained very well and I knew what was going on at all times. Very trustworthy employees and manager, he really wanted to save me money when fixing my car.
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  • Nice and knowledgeable, problem fixed!
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