Places to Get Your Car Repaired Tuscaloosa AL

Possibly the most attractive aspect of independent shops is the relationship owners build with their mechanics and service advisors. The atmosphere of small shops provides customers with a reassuring feeling because they know who will be working on their car and who they can go to with questions.

Sammy Foster
(205) 752-9648
4100 69th Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL
 
Skelton's Auto Parts & Garage
(205) 752-4192
4921 Culver Road
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialty
Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Credit Card

David's Custom Exhaust?
(205) 345-4044
2917 15th St
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialty
Exhaust Repair
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Credit Card

Firestone Tire & Service Centers
(205) 758-6107
2000 6th St
Tuscaloosa, AL
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Glass Masters
(205) 752-0020
508 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL
Services
Auto Glass Repair

Skeltons Auto Parts and Garage
(205) 752-4192
4921 Culver Road
Tuscaloosa, AL
Services
Truck Auto Body

A a Quick Tow
(205) 759-2088
1411 23rd Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialty
Towing Service
Hours
Mon:12:00 pm-11:59 pm
Tue:12:00 pm-11:59 pm
Wed:12:00 pm-11:59 pm
Thu:12:00 pm-11:59 pm
Fri:12:00 pm-11:59 pm
Sat:12:00 pm-11:59 pm
Sun:12:00 pm-11:59 pm
Payment
Cash

A and W Repair
(205) 759-5505
1111 15th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL
Services
AC and Heating Repair,Engine Repair

Warren Tire & Auto Center
(205) 758-2739
409 University Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialty
Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Speedy Oil Change Inc
(205) 345-0343
100 15th St E
Tuscaloosa, AL
Services
Fuel Injection Repair,Service Stations,Gas Stations

Places to Get Your Car Repaired

Who Do You Turn to If Your Dealer Can't Fix a problem? By Brian Alexander, Content Editor

Sometimes, a car dealer isn't the best place to go for repairs . A common misconception is that a dealer is hands down the expert when it comes to make-specific service, and that they have complete access to the nearly unlimited resources and technical knowledge of the manufacturer.

In reality, car dealers aren't a direct extension of manufacturers - they are franchised points of sale that operate under their own management. As such, your dealer may have higher labor rates than local specialists, or less background knowledge of older, low-volume models.

Independent manufacturer-certified mechanics are the best alternative to dealer technicians. Manufacturers offer training courses to both dealer and independent mechanics, meaning any independent manufacturer-certified mechanic can be as knowledgeable as his dealer counterpart.
Some independent shops are owned by former dealer mechanics who have since broken off to start their own businesses. Many of these shops specialize in either specific makes or types of cars (for example, a Japanese specialty shop), and have excellent technical knowledge in their area of expertise.

"Just because a technician doesn't work for a dealer doesn't mean they aren't properly trained for a certain make. Many independent mechanics are former dealer employees, and are fully manufacturer-certified," says Tony Beal, a Service Representative with Euro Motorcars in San Francisco.

Many independent shops also hold Automotive Service Excellence credentials, which ensure that they are kept up to date with the latest repair advances and techniques. While A.S.E. practices tend to be less make-specific in their nature, mechanics with this certification are guaranteed to have an excellent working knowledge of automotive maintenance practices and technologies. Furthermore, knowledgeable, multiple-make shops are convenient for people who own more than one make of car.

Possibly the most attractive aspect of independent shops is the relationship owners build with their mechanics and service advisors. The atmosphere of small shops provides customers with a reassuring feeling because they know who will be working on their car and who they can go to with questions.

"Small shops provide a direct point of contact to customers. I know most of my customers by not only on a first name basis, but by car, model and year," assures Beal. "My customers benefit from scheduling flexibility, ease of contact and price breaks that they would not receive at a large dealer, in my opinion. Plus, my reputation is on the line. If I mess something up, they know exactly who to blame."

If you don't have the option of going to a dealer or prefer the increased level of interaction offered by smaller shops, manufacturer-certified mechanics are an excellent choice.

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