Dealership and Local Mechanics Plaquemine LA

Training and experience can make the difference between going on your way after repair work and limping back through the garage doors a week later. Factory service shops tend to have the resources to keep their worker bees up to date on training and new vehicle systems, where as smaller outfits may not.

Fife Tire & Car Care
(225) 224-8210
2967 Monterrey Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Memberships and Certifications
Certifications : ACDelco, ASA
Services
Air Conditioning/Heating, Alignment, Alternator, Battery, Belts & Hoses, Catalytic Converter, Clutch Cylinder, Cooling System, Diagnostics, Drive Belt, Electrical System, Exhaust Systems, Filters & Fluids, Fuel Injector, Fuel Pump, Fuel System, Head Gasket, Headlight/Headlamp, High Performance Service, Ignition, Inspection, Muffler, Oil Pan, Oil Pump, Oxygen Sensor, Parts, Radiator, Restoration Service, Shocks & Struts, Spark Plugs, Starter, Thermostat, Timing Belt, Tune-Up, Water Pump, Window M
Service Types and Repair
Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Auto Clutch, Auto Drivetrain, Auto Engine, Auto Interior, Auto, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Classic Car, Diesel Engine, Dodge, Emergency Auto, Exotic Car, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Motorcycle/ATV, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Porsche, RV/Bus, Saab, Saturn, Small Engine, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Truck, Volkswagen, Volvo

Collision Solutions
(225) 356-4922, 001-2004
2125 Scenic Highway
Baton Rouge, LA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Team Collision Center
(225) 273-5200, 001-2004
5466 Telesmar Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Pennzoil Quik''n E-Z Lube Center
(225) 687-1626
24330 Eden St
Plaquemine, LA
Services
Oil Change and Lube

Autozone
(225) 687-8854
58400 Belleview Dr
Plaquemine, LA
Services
Auto Parts

J & S Automotive, LLC
(225) 749-2748, 001-2004
7410 First Street
PO Box 466
Addis, LA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Champ's Baton Rouge Collision Center
(225) 293-0200, 001-2004
6137 Siegen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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P & R Electric Inc
(225) 356-4326
6523 Choctaw Drive
Baton Rouge, LA
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Trucks Service & Repair, Auto Alternators & Starters, Used Contractors' Equipment & Supplies, Diesel Engine Parts Sales & Service
Products
Generators, Starters, Alternators, Automotive, Sales & Service, Marine

Z-Best Tire & Accessories Inc
(225) 687-3545
24407 Eden St
Plaquemine, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Iberville Tire and Radiator Center
(225) 687-6852
25025 Highway 1
Plaquemine, LA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

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Dealer vs. Local Mechanic

Where Should You Take In Your Car, The Dealer or The Local Mechanic? By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributor

Taking care of your vehicle can save you serious money in fuel and resale value, but you may have found yourself wondering if you can save even more by taking you car into to the local mechanic rather than the dealer.

Maybe the ghost stories about cars coming back from local guys with more things broken than fixed have kept you away, or you're perhaps you are just worried about voiding your warranty . Either way, the truth is there are benefits and drawbacks to both the big boys and the local guys.

Paul Yotka, Service Manager at Steven Toyota, Kia and Scion in Harrisonburg, Va., will tell you that there's no question about whether or not you should bring your car home for regular checkups and maintenance.

"We have factory trained technicians who will diagnose the problem right the first time," he said. "A lot of little shops don't have the tools to do so."

According to Yotka, one of the dangers of going to a smaller garage is that diagnosis is a guess and check situation, meaning that you may end up paying to replace perfectly good parts. That doesn't mean misdiagnosis can't happen under factory care, but the service manager says his one-two combo of experienced personnel and high-tech tools limits that likelihood.

Randy Faul, the owner of a two-bay family shop in the same town, represents the flip side of the coin. Faul says his biggest expense is keeping up with changes in technology and the tools necessary to repair today's increasingly computerized cars.

"We've got all the scanners to test pretty much anything," he said, "but the dealers don't let all of the information out on newer cars, so we can't do everything."

Training and experience can make the difference between going on your way after repair work and limping back through the garage doors a week later. Factory service shops tend to have the resources to keep their worker bees up to date on training and new vehicle systems, where as smaller outfits may not.

Yotka was proud to point out that one of his Kia service techs was ranked third in the world among technicians after a competition in Korea. "It's easy to fix cars when you've got guys like that," he said.

Faul says dealers are constantly searching for new auto technicians, meaning there's a significant turnover rate and a good chance a greenhorn is going to be wrenching on your ride. The Local Joe says that his son, the only other worker in the shop, has over four years of technician school behind him.

Faul also claims a level of personal service that many large dealer shops can't offer. While that warm fuzzy feeling is hard to quantify, it means a lot to be comfortable letting a stranger poke around under your hood.

"I'm able to help people," Faul said. "It's not all about the bottom line at the end of the week for me."

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