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Tucson Auto-Repair Businesses Rate 8th-Best in 50-City Survey

March 11, 2010 | By Ian Friedman
Arizona Daily Star

Tucson ranked eighth-best overall in AutoMD. com’s new study analyzing how often consumers get fair quotes for auto repair in the 50 most populated U.S. cities.

Memphis, Tenn., ranked No. 1 overall, while Chicago ranked 50th, at the bottom., a subsidiary of US Auto Parts Network Inc., conducts the survey independently and “does not rely on revenue from repair shops or dealerships,” it said in a news release. > Read More

Tips for Choosing a Reputable Auto Repair Shop

August 23, 2009 | By Jay Forke

When your car breaks down or needs any form of automotive repair, you may need to take it to an auto repair shop to have it worked on. Unfortunately, some car mechanics might pick up on inexperienced customers and try to take advantage of them. If you aren’t familiar enough with how to repair your automobile yourself, it is important that you know how to recognize a fair auto shop and an honest mechanic. With the tips offered here, your auto repair experience should be made a lot simpler, and leave you feeling a lot more satisfied with the final repair bill. > Read More

The Hot New Car Is Your Old Car

January 14, 2009 | By Jonathan Welsh
Wall Street Journal

For decades, Ashley Fletcher ditched his cars after they reached 50,000 miles. Now he plans to keep his 2004 Lexus RX 330 for two or three more years — or until it reaches 70,000 miles. If all goes well, he might shoot for 100,000 miles. > Read More

Motorists steer into repair shops

They shun new cars, but some skimp on routine prevention

November 11, 2008 | Staff and wire reports
Arizona Daily Star

With auto sales slowed to a trickle and the economy in the tank, many auto-repair shops are cashing in.

U.S. repair-shop business is up 16 percent this year, according to the Automotive Service Association. In a poll by the trade group, 76 percent of shop owners said they expect increasing sales next year as well.

But the picture is a little mixed when it comes to the kinds of work customers are willing to pay for. > Read More

Micro Import Service Nominated for SASIE Awards

February 12, 2007 | Media Release

Micro Import Service has been recognized for its outstanding customer service by the Arizona Small Business Association.

The Southern Arizona “Smart Inspiring Enterprise” (SASIE) Awards recognize and honor outstanding entrepreneurs in the Southern Arizona region whose innovative, enterprising approach to business deserves special recognition.

The 2007 SASIE Award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony being held at the Fox Tucson Theater on Tuesday, March 6th, 2007.

The companies nominated are inspiring examples of entrepreneurial practices achieved while rising to the challenges of running a business in the Tucson. The presentation of the SASIE Awards is guided by a panel of judges from a wide range of business interests. Sponsors and supporters include media, corporate, education and government.

‘Check Engine’ Can Lead to Failed Inspection

September 22, 2005 | By Jennifer Saranow
The Wall Street Journal

One of the classic annoyances of car ownership — the check-engine light — is causing a growing number of vehicles to fail inspection.

Traditionally, the light has been a sign that you should get your car checked out sooner rather than later. But now, more states are using it as a signal that a car’s emissions system isn’t up to par and automatically failing vehicles with an illuminated check-engine light. > Read More

Buyers Beware, Flooded Used Cars Surfacing
Knowing What to Look For is Vital After Katrina

September 17, 2005 | By James Prichard
The Associated Press

Get a good mechanic to inspect the vehicle

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In the market for a good used car? Watch out for vehicles that sat submerged for days in the flooded streets of New Orleans, Biloxi or other Gulf Coast cities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. > Read More

Anti-Theft Tips

Courtesy Arizona Auto Theft Authority

The “Layered Approach” to Protection Professional thieves can steal any car, but make them work for yours. To prevent thefts, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recommends “Layered Protection.” > Read More

Our Top 5 Fuel-Saving Tips

Bayview Motors
Car Chronicles

With the current radical hikes of fuel prices, here are several ways for you to reduce the cost of driving. Some simply require a bit of attention to apparently insignificant details and habits. > Read More

What Are All Those Drips & Puddles Under Your Car

Bayview Motors
Car Chronicles

There are nearly a dozen liquids that can leak out of your car. Only one type of leak is desirable and one other is of minor importance. Leakage of other fluids, however, can lead to an expensive breakdown if not corrected.

Some leaks affect driving safety. Gases leaking from the exhaust system can let deadly carbon monoxide enter the passenger compartment. Air leaking out of a tire can create a serious handling problem. Of the liquid leaks, fuel and brake fluid are the most serious, windshield-washer solution the least. > Read More

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