Saving Money on Auto Repair

November 6th, 2015

Everyone hates having their car repaired. It takes time, costs money, is inconvenient and often a scary process. Most people don’t know if their repair bills are real or inflated because they may worry about finding  themselves in a shop where making money overcomes ethics.

At 106 St. Tire & Wheel, we see the same faces not only year after year but decade after decade. Why? We pride ourselves on honesty and fairness. We value our customers and treat them like family. And they keep coming back year after year which delights us and has helped us grow into NYC’s Premier Tire & Wheel Dealers and offer more and more related services.

Your business is deeply appreciated and it inspires us to reach beyond what most discount tire dealers, rim, brake, wheel and repair shops do to keep your business.

We take an interest in y/our community. We’ve written an e-book chocked full of great advice about saving money on the spiraling cost of gas and the issues of our times like a greener tomorrow. You can download it---IT’S FREE right on our home page. Sign up and get it delivered to your email.

We, residents of y/our community, give back constantly. We’re asking you to be a better, smarted, more aware consumer, we are advocating for a greener tomorrow we are offering free driver tips to help you be safer in the increasing numbers of cars on our roads. We give free safety inspections and tire checks, we offer worthy causes donations of tires to raffle to raise money for their organization.

106 St Tire and Wheel is a community minded business with our great customers as a motivating factor for us to keep pushing the envelope towards growth, awareness and safety.

And in that spirit, here are some short tips about the scary prospect of auto repair:

Make repairs before they are performance and safety issues! One of our major investments in time, money and safety is how well our cars perform. Worn out parts show them selves earlier than you can detect them and only if you know what you’re looking at. We do these kinds of inspections free!

Even with the above and car repairs often being expensive, it's tempting to overlook them. However, putting off repairs can be even more costly with it being a dangerous waiting game. Ultimately, routine maintenance is much cheaper than ignoring a mechanical issue that is certain to escalate.

Your car’s owner’s manual will always state what the manufacturer recommends and in order to keep your warranty in good standing it must be followed. And if you don’t have your owner’s manual find it on line by typing make, model and year into Google then: SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS!

Repair shops:

Find someone you can trust early in your driving career by asking family and friends for someone who’s reputable. The worst time to find a repairman, a mechanic or even a doctor is when you really need one. Doing things that way can find you being in the wrong place at the wrong time and incurring a large expense that may not be needed. Most of our new customers come to us from referrals from the familar faces we've seen over our front desk for many many years!

Also, check out certifications or membership in professional associations like the Tire Industry Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Do a Google search and see what kind of “profile” an auto repair or tire dealer place has online. Keep in mind that often people with are a gripe are the ones who write reviews and those who are satisfied tend to take it all for granted as they have been spoiled by expecting perfection. That’s just human nature.

At 106 St Tire & Wheel, we’ve been on 106 St and Northern Blvd for decades. Thanks to our loyal customer base, we’ve grown to include other locations on Queens Blvd in Elmhurst, Merrick Blvd in Jamaica and 108 St in Queens.

Come on in to 106 ST Tire & Wheel for a free tire inspection or safety check and come into the front desk and introduce your self and get a taste of a modern tire dealer and auto repair center.

106 St. Tire & Wheel offers one stop shopping and we’ll beat the big guys like Pep Boys and Sears not only on tire prices but on the amount of services we offer at discount prices. One of our valuable services is FREE WHEEL ALIGNMENT with the purchase of any 4 tires (including 4 high tread, safety inspected used tires, as well) like Goodyear, Bridgestone, Firestone, Falken, Hankook, Yokohama, Continental, Pirelli, Michelin, Uniroyal, etc.

And, ladies, 106 St Tire & Wheel is female friendly….it has had the honor of being the only tire, wheel, repair business run by a woman on Long Island for decades. Also, 106 St currently employees several women, is female friendly and squeaky lean with newly decorated waiting rooms featuring cable on high def TVs and feng shui.

Compare Prices

RepairPal.com is an online tool that generates a free and independent estimate of what a repair should cost in the area in which you live. All you do is enter your zip  code, as well as your vehicle’s year, make, model and problem. With RepairPal.com’s estimate in hand, you’ll know whether a shop you’re considering is on the up and up or taking you for a ride.

Don’t, however, choose the first qualified shop to quote you a cheap-to-fair price. By comparing multiple estimates, you can be sure to get the most for your money. After all, not all shops are out to rip you off. Some charge more than others simply because they use higher quality parts and offer longer service warranties. Since there are so many different variables, make sure that you’re comparing experience and parts costs in an apples-to-apples way.

Here are some important reasons to chose 106 St Tire & Wheel for your auto maintanence and repair needs:

  • 106 ST Tire has been active in this community for 25 years
  • We've introduced new technology to the neighborhood over that time
  • 106 St Tire & Wheel offers free safety inspections to our community
  • Our 5 shops have great buying power and our prices are customer friendly
  • We're a Napa Car Care Center now featuring Napa parts
  • Our wheel alignments for most cars is $45 the bext price in NYC
  • Our special deals cannot be beat
  • We have 2 locations on Northern Blvd open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays included (closed Christmas)
  • We are state of the art and growing because our customers keep coming back
  • We answer the phone 24/7 - give us a try 718-446-6769...and more and our list is growing

106 St Tire & Wheel appreciates your trust and your business and stay tuned here because we have have a lot to offer our customers and we offer it with pride.

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