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In honor of National Car Care Month, Virginia Auto Service owner Matt Allen is sharing insider secrets from what repairs you can put off, if money’s tight to the most common repair scams. Matt is available for live or recorded interviews at your place or his central Phoenix repair shop near 7th Street and Virginia.

Repairs you might be able to put off:

  • C.V. boot
  • Cabin air filter
  • Fuel injection cleaning
  • Some fluid

Repairs and maintenance to never ignore:

  • Brake pads
  • Oil change
  • Air filter
  • Transmission fuel leak
  • Burned out lights

Most common repair scams:

  • The “oil change special” often gets you in the door so you can be sold more expensive, sometimes unnecessary work. It may also involve the lowest quality oil and filter.
  • Charging you for new parts, but installing used parts. Ask to look at the parts that are being replaced and request the old parts back.
  • Verbal quotes when you drop off your car become a much bigger bill when you pick it up. Always ask for a written estimate before you authorize repairs and make sure there are no blank areas for estimated costs.

Matt can also demonstrate these must-have items for your car:

  • Charged cell phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Reflective warning triangles
  • Foam tire sealant
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Duct tape
  • Gloves and rags
  • Water and snacks


About Virginia Auto Service:

AZ Central’s Reader’s Choice Best Auto Repair Shop Winner 2010, Virginia Auto Service has provided Central Phoenix with top-quality auto repair and service since 1995. Specializing in Japanese and European Imports, Domestic Cars, Light Trucks & SUV’s, all Virginia Auto Service technicians are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Virginia Auto Service is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and a member of the NAPA Auto Care Center, and NARPRO(Neighborhood Auto Professionals). Owner Matt Allen co-hosts the Bumper to Bumper radio show on Saturdays from 11 am. – Noon on KTAR 92.3 FM in Phoenix. Reach Matt at 602-266-0020 and