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Car Heating & Air Conditioning Services at Simard Automotive

Car Heating & Air Conditioning Services at Simard Automotive

It's true that your vehicle's heating and air conditioning system is somewhat of a luxury. In the summer, it sure is nice to crank up the AC and stay cool. However, in the middle of winter in Alaska, having a properly functioning heating and defrosting system is absolutely vital. You need to stay warm inside the vehicle when it's extremely cold outside for months on end. And, you need your defroster for optimum visibility throughout the winter. Signs of Heating/AC Problems Let's look at some common symptoms that you might be experiencing problems with your car's heating and air conditioning system: • Air not blowing as cold or warm as you want it to• Defroster taking way too long to clear front windshield and side windows• Rear defroster not clearing rear window• U ... read more

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Signs of a Car Battery Problem

Signs of a Car Battery Problem

Your car's battery is obviously very important. Without it, your car won't run at all. It powers the ignition system, lights and all electronic components. And the last thing you want is to be stranded because your old battery ran out of juice. In some cases, a battery can be jumpstarted and recharged. Or, the connections could just need a good cleaning. Ultimately, however, your battery will lose power over time and it may need to be replaced. If you think you are having car battery issues, you can bring it into Simard Automotive any time. We'll perform an inspection and battery tests to let you know how it's working. If it needs to be recharged or replaced, we've got you covered.  So, how can you tell when your battery is starting to lose power? Well, there are several common symptoms you can look for. Here are some si ... read more

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Customer Turns to Simard Automotive for a Pre-Purchase Used Vehicle Inspection

Customer Turns to Simard Automotive for a Pre-Purchase Used Vehicle Inspection

A customer with the initials TS recently wrote a review on the Simard Automotive website. We appreciate him taking the time to provide his feedback and we wanted to share his comments here. TS was looking to buy a used Subaru, so he brought it into Simard Automotive for a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. Our technicians will inspect the vehicle from bumper to bumper to identify any potential repair issues or areas of concern. This way, the buyer can know exactly what condition the car is in before they agree to purchase it from a private seller or dealership.  "Mike at Simard helped me understand the mechanical issues with a used car I considered purchasing," writes TS in his online review. "He generously gave time to speak to me about typical mechanical issues, and walked me through the costs for the ... read more

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Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Jack Adams, Shop Foreman & Automotive Technician

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Jack Adams, Shop Foreman & Automotive Technician

Jack Adams joined the Simard Automotive team a little over a year ago. He serves as a shop foreman and is one of our leading auto repair technicians. He has been a very valuable part of the Simard family ever since he started working here. Whether he’s supervising and helping guide other technicians in the shop, or he’s getting his own hands dirty making the repairs himself, Jack takes a very hands-on approach to his job. He’s been working on cars for more than 10 years and he holds his ASE Automotive Technician Certification. Being an integral part of the team at Simard Automotive is one of the things Jack likes most about his role in the shop. “I really enjoy working on cars and being part of a team,” he says. “It’s a challenging job that keeps you on your toes.&rdq ... read more

Tire Care Tips from Simard Automotive

Tire Care Tips from Simard Automotive

Your tires grip the road and help provide a smooth, safe drive. With Alaska's unpredictable weather and road conditions, it's very important to take care of your tires. If they need to be replaced, it should not be something you put off for very long.  Here are some of the key things to keep in mind when maintaining your tires: 1. Check the Tire Tread Depth The obvious sign you need new tires is that the tread depths are getting dangerously low (in other words, they're going bald). If the tread depth is less than 1/16 inch, they are really low and should be replaced immediately. You can use the "penny test" by sticking an upside-down penny in the middle of the tread. If there is any space between Lincoln's head and the top of the tread, you are below the danger threshold.  2. Measure All the Tires Remember that your tires may not wear out evenly due to various factors. Measure each tire individually to see if on ... read more

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Customer Trusts Simard Automotive for Preventative Maintenance

Customer Trusts Simard Automotive for Preventative Maintenance

Clay just recently visited Simard Automotive in Fairbanks for the second time. He had service done here before and knew this was the place to go for his ongoing vehicle maintenance needs.  "This is my 2nd visit with Simard," Clay writes in his online review of Simard Automotive. "I had an LOF [lube, oil and filter service] and brake inspection. I set up an appointment last week. From the lady in the office initially setting up the appointment to the communication with Brad [Davids], service advisor, I am very pleased with how efficient everything went." Clay's services were standard preventative maintenance procedures that we perform every day at Simard Automotive. After all, regular maintenance is so important to the ov ... read more

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Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Brent Garnier, Master Technician

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Brent Garnier, Master Technician

Brent Garnier joined the Simard Automotive team earlier this year and he has been a great asset in the repair shop. He brings a lot of knowledge, education and experience in the automotive repair industry. Brent is an ASE Certified Master Technician, which means he has completed all eight specialized training certifications offered by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program. He also holds an Associate’s degree in automotive service technology from Northern Michigan University. Last but not least, he is a Ford and Daimler Chrysler certified technician. When asked what he likes most about working at Simard Automotive, Brent said that “Everyone is great, super friendly and welcoming. I’ve only been at Simard for a short while and I already feel like an important part of the team ... read more

Happy Holidays from Simard Automotive!

Happy Holidays from Simard Automotive!

Winter is such a neat time of year in Alaska. The weather can sure be unpredictable, even though it being cold outside is always a guarantee. One thing that is predictable is that the holiday season will bring joy and cheer. The entire team at Simard Automotive would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We'd also like to take this time to thank our valued customers, vendors and business partners. You all help make Simard Automotive great. Taking care of people is what inspires the team at Simard to provide the best service around. We are so proud to serve residents of Fairbanks and the surrounding communities, as well as any out-of-town visitors who stop by either of our repair shops.  2017 has really been a banner year for Simard Automotive. Both shops are running grea ... read more

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Simard Automotive Replaces Transmission for Happy Customer

Simard Automotive Replaces Transmission for Happy Customer

Lonnie's truck had been sitting unused for almost a full year before he was able to afford repairs. Unfortunately, another shop fixed it before and apparently did a poor job. The transmission totally blew out a short time after the supposed repairs. This time, he knew not to trust anyone but Simard Automotive with the transmission replacement. "I haven't had my truck since December due to the transmission going out after having someone else fix it," Lonnie says in his review on Google. "Not only did Brad [Davids] get me a new dealer transmission, but he also got everything needed for it, too—all OEM for a very reasonable price to me." There are different options to consider when you have major ... read more

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5 Reasons Why You Should Trust Your Vehicle Fleet with Simard Automotive

5 Reasons Why You Should Trust Your Vehicle Fleet with Simard Automotive

We service many fleet vehicle accounts at Simard Automotive. Local businesses and civic services throughout the Fairbanks region count on our shop for regular maintenance and repairs. When you have a fleet of commercial vehicles that needs dependable care, you can count on Simard Automotive. Here are 5 reasons why you should trust Simard Automotive’s fleet management services: 1. Proven ExpertiseSimard Automotive repair technicians and service professionals are ASE Certified. Our two Fairbanks auto repair facilities feature the latest equipment and can handle fleets of all sizes. Whether you have service trucks, vans, company cars or delivery trucks, we have all of your automotive repair and maintenance needs covered. 2. Fleet Account Pricing Depen ... read more

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