Category Archives: Auto Repair

Oil leak? Here are $2,100 reasons not to delay the repair

Neglecting an oil leak destroyed this timing chain, more than doubling the cost of the original repair.

Has your mechanic ever told you not to delay a repair – because doing so could ruin other parts of the car and cost you more in the long run? We give the same warning to our clients when necessary. And here’s a prime example of why we do that: One recent client had delayed an oil leak repair for so long that it ended up costing her more than double it would have originally, and the engine was a day or two way from complete destruction. What was the Oil Leak? The vehicle was a Chevy Equinox, and it had an … Continue reading

8 Tips for Choosing a Quality, Trustworthy Auto Repair Shop

Your car is one of your biggest investments. And beyond that, it’s a tool you rely on each and every day. That’s why it’s in your benefit to have a “go-to” auto repair shop—a place you trust implicitly to keep your vehicle safe and reliable, to give you honest advise and to charge fair prices. Finding that trustworthy auto repair shop might feel like searching for the holy grail, but don’t despair. With a little bit of time and research, you can find the shop you’re looking for and forge a lifelong relationship with a mechanic you trust. Here are … Continue reading

Auto Lab’s Top 5 Auto Repair Articles from 2016

Top 40 radio has its “best of 2016” music tribute. Various news outlets will have their take on the top news stories of the year. And we’d like to share our top 5 auto repair articles from last year: Why Buy Tires from Auto Lab Instead of a Discount Tire Store: Are you on the hunt for a good deal when it comes to tires? Find out how buying tires from Auto Lab saves you money in the long run. What are the True Costs of Buying a New Car? We understand the allure of a shiny new car, complete … Continue reading

Car-themed holiday gift ideas for every driver on your list

‘Tis the season to start digging into that holiday shopping list! This year, we’re sensing a gift-giving theme—and it’s centered around our favorite four-wheeled tool. Researchers estimate that the average driver spends 90 minutes in his or her car each day. Make every journey that much more pleasant with some key car-themed treats this holiday season: For the true gearhead: Driving gloves Every drive feels a little bit more sophisticated when driving gloves are involved. An added bonus? They’re a lifesaver during those bone-cold Illinois winters. For the pamperer: Car detailing gift certificate Everyone deserves a treat now and then… … Continue reading

11 Fun Car Games to Keep the Family Merry During Holiday Travels

Family car games for kids

“MooooOOOm, Jeffrey won’t stay on his side of the seat.” “DAD! Lizzy is playing her music too loud.” “Are we almost there? I’m sssoooo booored. ” If you hear more of these sounds during the holidays than notes from a Bing Crosby classic, then you need our annual list of Fun Family Car Games to entertain passengers of (almost) all ages. 1) Alphabet Game Each player attempts to find the letters of the alphabet, in order, on road signs, buildings and other stationary objects. Some families count words on passing vehicles – some rule those out. The word must begin … Continue reading