FAQs

Are You In Need Of Towing Services?

If you’re stuck on the side of the road or you’re just trying to get your broken down vehicle to the closest repair shop, you need to be careful of which tow company you choose to hire. Hiring a tow truck company is an important choice and should involve a certain degree of trust and value so that you know you are putting your vehicle in the right hands. Different tow truck companies price their services based on a few different business models. The most common is to charge a flat rate for the first several miles; for example, $100 for the first 7 miles. After that initial 7 miles, you’ll then be charged a few dollars for every mile after that. If you are trying to free a vehicle that is stuck in the mud or sand, you could find yourself paying even more for a tow truck to wench your vehicle free. In addition to thinking about costs, you want to make sure that towing your vehicle isn’t going to cause any more damage that might have already occurred. By allowing someone to tow your vehicle you want that individual to have experience so to minimize the risk of damage and get your vehicle to the final destination safely. If you end up hiring a company that doesn’t have a lot of experience just based on cost, you could run into serious problems as a result. For the most reliable and professional service, to bring your vehicle in to our shop, we highly recommend the exclusive services of T&T Towing. T&T Towing is a local company that is quick to do the job and a perfect combination of professional and value. They’ll treat your vehicle like it is their own and ensure the safe transportation of your car from start to finish. To contact T&T Towing directly, please...

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Can You Perform Windshield Repair & Wipers Replacement?

Cracked windshields or worn out wiper blades can create a safety hazard and reduce your visibility on the road. In the event of a rainstorm, these problems could pose a serious risk to you and the occupants inside the vehicle. Fortunately both windshield replacement wiper blade replacements are relatively simple repair jobs and in some cases, a cracked windshield might even be covered by your insurance company. In the event that the chip or crack in the windshield is small enough, it might not require a complete replacement. Using a special resin, these small imperfections can be filled so that they aren’t noticeable and so that they also don’t run the risk of creating even more damage to the windshield; however, if you don’t repair the chip right away, the vibrations of the car can cause the chip to expand and cause even greater damage to the windshield. For large cracks or gashes in the windshield caused by an accident or by flying debris, windshield replacement might be required. Trained professionals will remove the old windshield and make sure that there are no small glass particles left behind. Then, the new windshield will be installed and sealed in place. Wiper blades or problems with the wiper arm can be repaired or replaced by matching up the new blade with the vehicle model. The size of the windshield and visible area is different from vehicle to vehicle so windshield blades are made in different lengths and sizes. If you require either service, the first thing to do is to check in with your auto insurance provider and to determine if you are covered; from there we can arrange the repair or replacement based on your method of payment. We also stock all makes and models of windshield wiper blades, and if we don’t have it immediately we can have it shipped to our store the same day....

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Do I Need Emissions Testing & Certified Emissions Repair?

State and national laws require that all vehicles meet certain emissions requirements to drive on public roads. If your car doesn’t meet these requirements, you could be denied your vehicle licensing when you go to renew the tags. If your worried about your vehicle or have previously failed your emissions testing, now might be the perfect time to have your car tested–or retested–for emissions and perform a certified emissions repair if necessary. Cars can fail an emissions test for many different reasons, but below are some of the most common culprits associated with this problem: Broken Oxygen Sensor An oxygen sensor measures how much oxygen is being mixed together with the exhaust gas. This will cause your vehicle to give off a higher level of emissions than it should and could hurt your car’s performance. Underperforming Evaporative Emission Control System The evaporative emission control system takes all of the harmful toxins produced by the engine and gets rid of it perform those toxins are allowed to get into the atmosphere. Faulty Fuel Meter Problems with the car’s fuel meter can be caused by the electronic control system and can cause the car to fail the emissions test. Fuel In The Oil If fuel is allowed to enter into the oil container this could cause your vehicle to produce additional emissions. Symptoms of this problem usually have to do with white smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe or gasoline smells coming from the engine as it is burned away. Regardless of what’s causing the problem with your vehicle, we can fix it. We perform all emissions testing in accordance with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Air Check Program, and are Certified Emissions Repair Facility. Bring your car in today so that we can perform repairs and make sure that you’re vehicle is road legal....

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Do You Fix Brake Systems?

On a daily basis, vehicle brake systems perhaps take on the greatest amount of wear and tear compared to any other part on your vehicle. Every time you tap on the brakes at a stop light or slam on the brakes to avoid an accident, the pads underneath your car are required to reduce the amount of forward force your car is producing and bring the car to a complete stop. The average lifespan of most brake pads are about 30,000-60,000 miles. Obvious the faster you drive and the more often you slam on the brakes, the faster your brakes will go out. When your brakes eventually do begin to go out, you can start to notice a few of these common symptoms include: –   Vibrations –   Pulling to one side –   Dashboard warning lights If you allow these problems to persist, you will then start to hear screeching noise emitted from the bottom of your car, much like the sound you’d expect when metal is rubbing against metal.  What Are Brake Pads Made Of Brake pads have to be made of pretty sturdy stuff to be able to hold up to the extreme amount of pressure, otherwise you’d be paying to change these pads out just about every week. Brake pads can be made of many different materials, but most commonly you’ll find brake pads made out of ceramic, composite, or metallic type materials. These materials are then often treated with a friction modifier or filler to increase durability. We Service All Makes and Models Our shop offers brake system repair and replacement for all makes and models of your vehicle. Whether you drive around an Alfa to a Volvo, we have all the parts on site to restore the safety of your vehicle and to get your brake systems fixed in a timely and professional...

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Do You Perform Oil, Lube & Filter on ALL Makes & Models?

Motor oil is one of the most important fluids running through your vehicle and allowing the engine to operate. In many ways, you might consider it equivalent to the blood that runs through your body. The purpose of oil is to circulate through the engine and lubricate the interior, protecting the engine, and clean out the interior to increase performance. Without oil or lube inside your car, your vehicle would produce so much friction that it would wear away at the metals and result in a broken vehicle before you know it. But why is that whenever you visit a mechanic or an auto parts store there are so many different choices of oil, lube, and filters to choose from? Depending on the vehicle manufacturer, different cars utilize different performance engines to achieve the same goal. The numbers and differentiations you’ll often see on bottles of motor oil, filters, and lube have to do with certain factors like the viscosity rating–how thin and fluid the substance is–or special certifications endowed for design and manufacturing. Some high mileage motor oils are produced using additive to revitalize engine seals that have been worn down through use. Other motor oils are a synthetic blend, which are better able to hold up to intense heat produced by the engine. It all comes down to what you type of vehicle you are driving and what type of performance power is required of it. To find out which oil, lube, and filter is right for your vehicle, you should consult with your vehicle owner’s manual or stop by today to talk with a technician. Regardless of the make and model for your vehicle, we have the oil, lubes, and filters necessary to maintain your car’s health. We have performed oil changes and general maintenance services on everything from Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota to Aston Martin and...

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How Long Do Batteries, Charging & Starting Systems Last?

How long your vehicle’s battery will last will vary on many different factors. For instance, the heat and the humidity of the atmosphere can sap life from an otherwise healthy battery and cause it to die much sooner than it otherwise might have. In general, experts recommend that you change your battery about once every 4 years; however, just because you change your battery every 4 years doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test it periodically. Despite their appearance, car batteries and a vehicle’s charging & starting systems are pretty complex. In fact, if it weren’t for the vehicle’s charging and starting systems, your battery wouldn’t last even close to 4 years. When the vehicle is in motion and the engine is putting out power, that power is also diverted to something known as an alternator. That alternator is what takes the power and allows your vehicle to continuously supply power to the battery unit. The battery is designed to take and hold that charge so that it can release electricity to your car when you need to start it up or use things like your radio and electronic car chargers. If you’ve ever left your car on overnight and it wouldn’t turn on in the morning, that’s because the battery was using up all its stored power, and since the engine wasn’t running that power was never refilled. It’s important to remember that the 4-year estimate is just that, an estimate. As a battery begins to age it loses its ability to hold a charge more and more, eventually becoming unusable. The worst thing to happen is to be stuck in some parking lot unable to get home because your battery died when you weren’t expecting it. We can test your battery to make sure that they are in optimal condition, as well as well as inspect the charging and starting system. If your battery requires replacement or your car is in need of repair, we can perform those services on site at an affordable rate....

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