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Being Smart about Regular Vehicle Maintenance and Service Can Save You Money in the Long Run

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence ConsumerFeature


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WITH TODAY'S UNCERTAIN ECONOMY, IT'S EASY TO WANT TO CUT BACK ON UNNEEDED EXPENSES.  BUT, PUTTING OFF REGULAR VEHICLE-SERVICE AND -MAINTENANCE CAN SOMETIMES COST YOU MORE, IN THE LONG RUN.  THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE EXCELLENCE--OR "A-S-E"--OFFERS THESE HANDY TIPS, TO HELP YOU KEEP YOU AHEAD OF THE CURVE:  FIRST, DO YOUR HOMEWORK UPFRONT--BY LOOKING FOR A REPAIR-SHOP BEFORE YOU NEED ONE.  AND, ALWAYS LOOK FOR A TECHNICIAN WITH AN "A-S-E"-CERTIFICATION.  LOOK FOR THE "A-S-E"-LOGO ON THE FACILITY--OR IN THEIR YELLOW-PAGES-, NEWSPAPER-, OR ONLINE-ADS.  ONCE INSIDE, MOST SHOPS PROUDLY DISPLAY THE "A-S-E"-CERTIFICATE IN THEIR OFFICE OR WAITING-ROOM.  ONCE YOU'VE FOUND A SHOP, ASK QUESTIONS.  REQUEST AN EXPLANATION OF THE PROBLEM IN SIMPLE TERMS.  TELL THE TECHNICIAN TO CALL YOU ABOUT YOUR VEHICLE'S PROBLEM, THE COURSE-OF-ACTION, AND COSTS--BEFORE THE WORK STARTS.  AND, KEEP GOOD RECORDS--AND ALL PAPERWORK.  NOW, "A-S-E" GOES EVEN FURTHER--BY HELPING YOU TO FIND A SHOP WITH "A-S-E"-CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS.  IT'S FAST, FREE, AND EASY TO USE.  JUST VISIT "A-S-E"-DOT-COM.


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