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My Journey Toward Car Literacy

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 Welcome to the non-automotive automotive blog. My name is Debbie Nol, and I have been the Business Manager at Arie Nol Auto Center since 2000. I have a unique perspective, as I am not a ‘car person’ but work in an industry filled with people passionate about vehicles. It gives me the ability to share what I’ve learned over 20 years and hopefully help you navigate the world of car repair and maintenance more comfortably. However, posts will not always be vehicle related. I love to share observations and story’s from ‘auto world’ with shoes and cats thrown in for good measure.

I’m glad you’re here, and I look forward to you getting to know us a little bit better through this blog!

I found it on the internet!

I found it on the internet!

The internet is an amazing place filled with an answer to every question, right at your fingertips. Baking and need a substitute for the egg you thought you had?https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/egg-substitutes. Planning a trip and need car games for kids? Here you go! https://www.familyvacationcritic.com/best-road-trip-games-for-families/art/ These are both examples of websites that are easily proven to be quality information.

One thing the internet is not good at is deciding what is accurate information and what is not. Many people are ‘experts’, but are they? I made an avocado hummus recipe that was ‘amazing’ and ‘5-stars’. It was on a blogger’s website with rave reviews. You know what it did not have? Flavor. I followed the recipe to the letter, and it was without any flavor whatsoever. I ended up using it to make sandwiches that had ingredients with a lot of flavor and this hummus became the glue to hold the veggies in the sandwiches. It is the best I could do without throwing the flavor free hummus away. 

There is an amazing amount of automotive repair websites with ‘guys that are master technicians and experts in their field’ giving people advice and creating Youtube videos. Some of them have good advice and some of them do not. It is the same thing with parts. Rated 5-stars! Save big bucks and purchase this quality part for 70% less than the experts! In all these situations, they may be good parts and information and they may not. You really do get what you pay for and when you get advice for free, it may be worth what you paid.

We see the occasional customer that wants us to do what someone on a website or Youtube video recommended for their make and model vehicle. It might be listed as a common problem and they may be right. But they may also be wrong.

This is the reason that you’ll see most reputable shops do their own diagnostics and repair vehicles with a part they trust. As a customer, we understand that it seems you’re saving time and money by recommending a fix for your vehicle that you found on the internet. As a facility that most importantly wants you to be happy with your service, we know this many times ends badly. 

Find a repair facility you trust and always feel free to share and ask questions. We do understand and want you to as well.


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