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What You Need to Know from Your I - 70 Auto Service Service Advisor

Kansas City drivers may feel intimidated when they take their vehicles to a service center. They have questions but aren't sure how to ask. They don't want to feel embarrassed about their lack of knowledge. They don't want to make the service technician feel that they don't trust him.If your service advisor at I - 70 Auto Service uses a term you don't understand, just ask him to explain. Remember, they are the auto service experts. If they came to your place of work, they probably wouldn't understand the jargon, either. When you take your vehicle in to be serviced, make sure you understand the financial issues up front. Ask about payment policies, warranties and, of course, the cost of the work being done.It helps to understand basic services your vehicle needs. Know the difference between a quick check-up and a thorough inspection, which you are getting and which you are asking for. Understand that diagnosing a problem takes time, and time isn't free. If you have concerns about ... read more

Speak Up: Talking with Your I - 70 Auto Service Service Advisor

About 80% of the vehicles on Kansas City roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in Missouri. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There are many reasons Kansas City drivers neglect their routine car care. Some of the more common ones are complacency, lack of confidence, lack of trust and budget issues. Modern vehicles are amazingly reliable compared to their older counterparts. They can run for years without any repairs, and we sometimes translate that to mean they don't need any maintenance. The trouble is that without maintenance, parts in the vehicle are gradually wearing out, fluids are getting dirty, oil is developing sludge — a lot of stuff is happening that we can't see, and it is destroying the vehicle. The first time we learn the ... read more

How Does I - 70 Auto Service Know What to Recommend?

When you drop your vehicle off at I - 70 Auto Service in Kansas City, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. I - 70 Auto Service professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your Kansas City service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the vehicle manufacturer recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. If you are a regular customer, they will also check your vehicle's history.If the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations go beyond the services you've ordered, they'll let you know. They'll also indicate whether those services are urgent or if you can wait a while to take care of them. The I - 70 Auto Service pros won't do work that you don't agree to.They will, however, perform inspections while they're servicing your vehicle. They'll check belts, filters and fluids. They'll check your windshield wipers f ... read more

What Kansas City Customers like About Us at I - 70 Auto Service

A big part of the service we provide at I - 70 Auto Service for our Kansas City customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions. And we're always open to questions from our valued Kansas City area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our I - 70 Auto Service automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask. We've found our Kansas City customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that I - 70 Auto Service is not just pulling them out of the air. We know that people in Kansas City live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our I - 70 Auto Service service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook service. We hope Mi ... read more

What Kansas City Automotive Service Consumers Should Know

There are some things drivers should know about Kansas City car service and repair. First and foremost, I - 70 Auto Service cares about you and your family's safety. And we really appreciate your business. I - 70 Auto Service in Kansas City wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix vehicles. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized. It takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The pros who work for I - 70 Auto Service need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other technicians to help them with a difficult pro ... read more

Arrive Alive in Kansas City

We've all seen drivers do crazy things while driving to or from Kansas City. A guy shaving in the rear-view mirror, a woman applying makeup, people talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee mug. It's a wonder we even dare drive on Missouri roads.The truth is that all of us are distracted when we drive. Unfortunately, traffic, road construction and other external factors are beyond our control. The distractions inside our car, however, are things we can often control.Here's some things that'll give you more control in your car, and help keep your attention on the roads around Kansas City. Kansas City drivers who are 16 to 20 years old tend to be more distracted by the radio, CD or MP3 player. Kansas City drivers who are 20 to 29 are more distracted by passengers in the car, including small children. Those over age 65 tend to be more distracted by objects or events that are outside of the vehicle. Other factors like fatigue, stress and lack of sleep make it ... read more

Ethics of Automotive Repair in Kansas City

We're going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair. It seems like news outlets really like hit-and-run reporting; they hit everyone from groceries stores to retail to physicians. And the Kansas City automotive service and repair industry hasn't been given a pass either.Unfortunately, every profession in Kansas City has some bad actors that hurt the reputation of everyone else. On the automotive side, industry associations and professional licensing organizations are very committed to high ethical standards.Yet some people remain uncomfortable with Kansas City automotive service and repair. It may start with the fact that our vehicles are a big investment and we rely on them for so much in our lives. That alone guarantees our attention. And how well we understand the recommendations really impacts our comfort level.If we understand what's recommended and the benefits of taking care of the work – and the pitfalls of putting it ... read more

On Board Diagnostics for Kansas City Motorists

Some Kansas City vehicle owners wonder why I - 70 Auto Service and other Kansas City auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics. Receiving a diagnostic charge at I - 70 Auto Service for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the Kansas City area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy Missouri road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a I - 70 Auto Service diagnosis may be much more involved.Much of the Kansas City driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem. There's a common misconception among Missouri drivers that the trouble code tells the I - 70 Auto Service technician exa ... read more

On Board Diagnostics for Your vehicle

Today we're going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around Kansas City, Missouri, who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what's involved and what the benefits are. They really want to understand the value of diagnostic scans by a trained technician in Kansas City.These are valid concerns. If you don't understand something it's really hard to know its value. Let's start with some history.Since 1996, all cars and light trucks in Kansas City, Missouri, have been required to use a standardized diagnostic system to help repair technicians determine what's wrong with your vehicle. The diagnostic system works with the vehicle's Engine Control Module – the computer that controls many engine functions.The computer monitors dozens of components and processes. Depending on what the sensors read, the computer will make adjustments to compensate for conditions and minor problems. When there is a condition that ... read more

Kansas City Customer Detective Work

One might say the most challenging part of being an automotive service technician at I - 70 Auto Service in Kansas City is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed.Cars in Missouri are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So, it's challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it's not something obvious, it's easy for the customer to focus on the fixing and not the diagnosing.Let us at I - 70 Auto Service introduce you to something we'll call 'Customer Detective Work' –  helping your technician find clues to what's wrong.We start with the detective basics: What, Where and When. Play along with me; You come in to I - 70 Auto Service and your car is making a funny sound... Q: Where's the sound? A: Around the right front wheel. Q: What kind of sound? A: Ki ... read more

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