Auto Repair Shops

9 Things to Check Before Your Next Road Trip

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Make sure your headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights are working before your trip. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Danielle J. of Columbus, Ohio)
Make sure your headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights are working before your trip. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Danielle J. of Columbus, Ohio)

Before you hit the highway with your family on a road trip, check this list of must-do tips. From tires and brakes to lights, make your journey safe and fun.

Illinois Car Accident Totals Increase While Fatalities Decline

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The number of auto accidents in Illinois rose 4 percent in 2013 from 2012. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela W.)
The number of auto accidents in Illinois rose 4 percent in 2013 from 2012. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Angela W.)

As annual overall auto deaths in Illinois continue their decline, Cook and suburban DuPage counties ranked the worst for accidents in the state for 2013.

Cold-weather risks for your car

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Loss of traction and too much snow are among the threats to your ride in the winter. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Deborah S. of Laconia, New Hampshire)

Your car is at risk for big winter problems and damage: everything from falling snowdrifts to cracked hoses. Here's what to watch for when it gets cold.

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Car Muffler Repair Shop

Repair shop disputes snowblower complaint

New Berlin repair shop says snowblower service is not covered by warranty. Concrete company ignores complaint about driveway.

Disposal company does not take out the trash

Homeowner says company claims the garbage cans are over weight limit.

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Car Stereo Repair

Washington, D.C., animal removal company takes skunk leaves stink

A Washington, D.C.-area homeowner wants the animal removal company to deodorize her porch.

Car Buying Tips, Trade in Values, Getting a Good Deal

Buying a new car is a big investment. Researching your available options will make you a better consumer.

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Discount Tires

The Angie's List Guide to Winter Maintenance

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Download the Angie's List Winter Maintenance Guide to learn more about protecting your most valuable assets from winter's damaging weather. (Photo courtesy of ©Thinkstock)

It's the time of year when the winter weather can take a toll. Follow this winter maintenance checklist to protect your home, your car and your health.

Why Doesn't My Car Have a Spare Tire?

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Many new cars are not equipped with spare tires, forcing their owners to find alternatives. (Photo courtesy of Marc Yount's Tire Pros in Evans, Ga.)
Many new cars are not equipped with spare tires, forcing their owners to find alternatives. (Photo courtesy of Marc Yount's Tire Pros in Evans, Ga.)

In an effort to increase fuel efficiency, many manufacturers are eliminating the car spare tire from new vehicles. How much does it cost to add a spare tire?

Snow tires make winter driving easier

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Winter tires can benefit many people in cold climates and mountainous regions that receive frequent snow and ice. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kate R. of Spokane, Wash.)

Winter tires can make it easier to drive in heavy snow and ice, but they're not for everyone. Consider these tips before purchasing snow tires.

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Towing Services

Car Towed in Chicago? Here's How to Get it Back

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Having your car towed for illegal street parking in Chicago will cost you at least $150. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa S.)
Having your car towed for illegal street parking in Chicago will cost you at least $150. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa S.)

The city of Chicago tows hundreds of cars annually, collecting millions of dollars in revenue. Getting yours back can be an expensive and time-consuming chore.

Car Safety Tips for Winter Storms

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Extricating your car in snowy or icy conditions can sometimes prove tricky. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Deborah S. of Laconia, N.H.)
Extricating your car in snowy or icy conditions can sometimes prove tricky. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Deborah S. of Laconia, N.H.)

A crucial part of dealing with ice and snow involves making sure that your car can handle the punishment storms can dish out, and how to stay safe.

Hiring the right tow truck after a car accident or breakdown

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When this member's vehicle stopped working, she had a flatbed tow truck to assist her in 15 minutes. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Andrea S. of Woodbridge, Va.)
When this member's vehicle stopped working, she had a flatbed tow truck to assist her in 15 minutes. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Andrea S. of Woodbridge, Va.)

Whether you've had a wreck or a breakdown, before you call a towing company, check out these guidelines to get the most from your tow truck buck.

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Transmission Shop

How to protect your car from transmission damage

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The lubrication that happens inside the differential housing unit when both wheels are turning may not function properly when the vehicle is stuck, says Shilling. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Stanford C. of Portland, Ore.)
The lubrication that happens inside the differential housing unit when both wheels are turning may not function properly when the vehicle is stuck, says Shilling. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Stanford C. of Portland, Ore.)

Snow accumulation can create dangerous driving conditions during the winter months. One highly rated provider explains how to protect your vehicle from damage.

When to change a car's transmission fluid

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Our highly rated experts recommend car owners examine the condition of their transmission fluid with a service technician. (Photo courtesy of Stanford C.)
Our highly rated experts recommend car owners examine the condition of their transmission fluid with a service technician. (Photo courtesy of Stanford C.)

Suspicious when a mechanic suggests a transmission flush? Auto repair experts explain when transmission fluid should be changed and how you can tell for sure

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Car Radiator Service

Repair shop disputes snowblower complaint

New Berlin repair shop says snowblower service is not covered by warranty. Concrete company ignores complaint about driveway.

Disposal company does not take out the trash

Homeowner says company claims the garbage cans are over weight limit.

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