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Understanding Automotive Repair Pricing

Understanding Automotive Repair Pricing

There’s No Standard For Hourly Automotive Repair Pricing in the Industry Typically (but no always), auto centers will calculate their automotive repair pricing by the hour using a labor guide or by the job performed. The labor guide lays out a simple equation for billing based on the job performed (Time Worked x Type of Job = Hourly Rate). For example, let’s say you need to have your thermostat repaired. The labor guide calls for thermostat work to be billed at $100/hour and it takes the technician just over 40 minutes to repair, or roughly .7 hours, giving you a total labor cost of $70. Using Repair Complexity as The Pricing Method vs. A Labor Guide In contrast, the practice of charging by the job takes a few more factors into account. Auto centers come to their prices by factoring in the difficulty of the job, their exp ... read more

Auto Repair Centers in North Delaware – The Top Seven

Auto Repair Centers in North Delaware – The Top Seven

Dealing with automotive issues is frustrating enough and, all to often, trying to find the right repair center only adds to that frustration. As an auto repair center, we are regularly being asked our opinion of repair centers in the area. In an effort to help, we’ve compiled the following list of other leading auto repair centers in Northern Delaware. Top Auto Repair Centers in Northern Delaware (alphabetical order) 1. Brandywine Auto Repair 1209 Kirkwood Highway Newark, DE 19711
Brandywine Auto Repair is a small, family operated business with a strong sense of service and responsibility. They also offer a customer rewards program with incentives like free oil change services. 2. Buckley’s Auto Care 1604 E. Newport Pike Wilmington, DE 19804
Buckley’s Auto Care is also a family business and the only independent automotive service center registered by the State of Delaware as an official car seat fitting

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Auto Repair Estimate Cost and Procedure

Auto Repair Estimate Cost and Procedure

The Free Basic Inspection Our auto repair estimate includes a free basic inspection that consists of visual evaluations on wear items such as suspension, brakes, belts, and hoses as well as checking fluid conditions. There’s More to Diagnostic Testing than Plugging Your Car into a Computer Diagnostics is the second half of our inspection. Unfortunately, mainstream automotive chains have tainted this term by making customers think plugging your car into a computer reveals the problem without fail. In reality, diagnostic testing only provides a list of potential problems. That’s why we do this part a little differently at Paul Campanella’s Auto and Tire Center. We call it Testing and Inspections. Included are diagnostics scans and an in-depth examination to rule out all possibilities which allow us to identify the exact issue. By following this auto repair esti ... read more

Why is My Car Making a Squealing Noise? 6 Car Noises and Their Meanings

Why is My Car Making a Squealing Noise? 6 Car Noises and Their Meanings

Cars make all kinds of noises. Some are completely normal, while others can be a key indicator of a bigger problem. At Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center and Pike Creek Automotive, our ASE Certified Mechanics can help you quickly diagnose the strange sounds you have noticed coming from your vehicle! Our auto repair experts in Wilmington, DE have put together a list of some of the most common sounds customers visit us for. Familiarize yourself with these noises and what they could mean so you know when to bring your car, truck, SUV, minivan or hybrid in for service. 6 Car Noises to Keep an Ear Out For: 1. You hear a high-pitched squeal when accelerating: If you notice a loud squeal when accelerating, especially if your car is just warming up, it could be that you have a loose or worn fan belt. Usually if ... read more

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The Best Windshield Wiper Blades For Winter

The Best Windshield Wiper Blades For Winter

In Wilmington, DE, wiper blades should ideally be replaced before winter really kicks in. Otherwise, the old ones are likely to break down due to heavy sun, and the corrosive solvents in your windshield wiper fluid. Of course when they do break down, a driver’s ability to detect road hazards will be significantly reduced, thereby increasing his or her accident risk. We’d suggest selecting a pair of blades designed for heavy winter. Wilmington Delware is predicted to have a bad winter for 2015 so get ready. When selecting a new pair of winter windshield wiper blades consider features like silicon rubber blades or blades that are infused with graphite. Rain-x makes a blade designed for winter called the “Latitude“. It’s claim to fame is their graphite coated rubber and no expos ... read more

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Tire Repair – Avoid Blowouts

Tire Repair – Avoid Blowouts

Tire Repair And Maintenance is Crucial Tires are the only part of your vehicle that comes in direct contact with the road; needless to say, they are essential when it comes to safety! The engine and braking system work directly through your vehicle’s tires, making them one of the most imperative safety features. Driving on a set of worn tires puts you at serve risk of a blowout, which could result in an accident. Hydroplaning also happens as a result of bald tires. There’s no tread to redirect the water. This is crucial especially in those wet winter days in Wilmington, De. Proper Tire Service is a must. Tire Repair – Don’t Ignore The Signs If you can’t tell by the way your car is driving, it may help to just take a look. Obviously If your tires look like racing slicks, it’s time to service them. If you’re not sure its time for service consider ... read more

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Not All transmission Repair Jobs Are Expensive

Not All transmission Repair Jobs Are Expensive

Most people shake and shudder like a bad clutch at the thought of needing transmission repair in Wilmington, DE. The good news is, not all transmission repair jobs are expensive undertakings. Let’s take a look at the most common types of transmission troubles and how to tell the difference between the big and the small. Low Fluid Levels and Leaks Transmission leaks will eventually cause your transmission to run low on fluid. This is, by far, the most common need for transmission service. Leaks can be caused by several things and a certified transmission mechanic should be consulted in order to determine the exact cause. How expensive the repair will be is usually dependent on where the leak ... read more

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Driving in Heavy Traffic – What Lane is Fastest

Driving in Heavy Traffic – What Lane is Fastest

You’ve just left Wilmington, and you’re on 95 south. The highway is crawling. You see a Bus pass you on the slow lane while driving in the heavy traffic. You must catch up with the truck, so you consider the fast lane because it’s moving faster. You finally see a gap in the cars, and you merge in. Excellent now you’ll catch up with that darn bus. Wrong! Your new lane becomes slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, and the bus is nowhere in sight. AArrrgg! Losing time like this is irritating. We hope to give you some options on how to approach this problem while driving in heavy traffic. When the speeds slow down, and traffic begins to jam up, which lane should you choose if you want to beat the jam? Many factors impact lane speed when driving in heavy traffic. Here’s a list: Is it a car that needs simple tire service or ... read more

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Auto Repair Timeline! At What Mileage Does Your Vehicle Need…

Auto Repair Timeline! At What Mileage Does Your Vehicle Need…

At Paul Campanella’s Auto & Tire Center and Paul Campanella’s Pike Creek Automotive in Wilmington, DE, we have years of experience providing auto service to vehicles with all different mileage. While some auto problems can’t be planned for, our ASE Certified Mechanics can give you a little insight on the auto repair in Wilmington, so you can plan ahead and keep your automobile running right! Check out the most common auto repair fixes needed at different points in your vehicle’s mileage. Auto Repair Services You Should Consider At The Following Mile Markers 3,000 miles – Oil Change It’s the most standard maintenance service for every car owner. Having your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles is essential for keeping the parts of your engine working fluidly and efficiently ... read more

5 Reasons Why Getting Stuck In Wilmington, DE is Best Solved by Waze

5 Reasons Why Getting Stuck In Wilmington, DE is Best Solved by Waze

Never Get Stuck In Wilmington, DE Traffic AgainThere’s a free cell phone application allowing you to receive traffic reports in Wilmington, Delaware that are generated from fellow users. The program works on both Iphone and Droid phones and is an absolute game changer when it comes to knowing what’s happening down the road. The software is called Waze and it draws its power from a large and ever growing group of users. These users share what see at their location which in turn helps you become instantly aware of any hazard that may arise. Local radio is a good source for avoiding traffic but can they warn you when there’s tire rubber lying in middle of the road? This system is so powerful that it will warn you of impending rain. You’ll have time to roll up our windows and turn you headlights on before it hits. It’s this by the second information that makes Waze the most valuable phone apps for your automotive driving experi ... read more

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