Monthly Archives: October 2017

Customer Comes to Simard Automotive for an Oil Change, Leaves with a New Battery Cable

Customer Comes to Simard Automotive for an Oil Change, Leaves with a New Battery Cable

Jason needed to get a routine oil change done on his car. He asked around for recommendations and a friend of his suggested Simard Automotive. After bringing his car in for the service, he soon realized that this shop is about more than doing only the "routine" work. We always aim to go the extra mile for our customers. "Very good place!" Jason writes in his online review. "I got referred by a friend and I went to go get my oil changed. To my surprise, they even changed the battery cable that had been loose and was falling off the battery. I didn't expect that but I really appreciated it!" Whether we're performing major repairs or standard maintenance services at Simard Automotive, our goal is to always look over key parts of the vehicle to make sure everything is in good ... read more

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Is It Time to Get New Brakes?

Is It Time to Get New Brakes?

Having good brakes on your vehicle is important no matter what time of year, especially in Alaska. However, as winter approaches, brakes become even more important for your safety as a driver. Roads get slick, visibility diminishes and other factors should keep you extra vigilant when driving around. Brake System Components There are numerous components that make up your vehicles braking system. You have the brake pads, brake rotors, brake fluid and fluid lines, calipers, wheel bearings and master assembly. All must be in good shape and be working properly to get the best performance from your brakes, whether you need to make an emergency stop or just a gentle slow-down.   Brake Maintenance & Brake Inspections The first step to good brake care is to have your brakes inspected regularly. It's worthwhile to have your brakes checked with any automotive ... read more

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Simard Automotive Employee Profile - James Rodriguez, Shop Apprentice

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - James Rodriguez, Shop Apprentice

James Rodriguez has been a Shop Apprentice at Simard Automotive for over two years. He has become a great part of the Simard team and we’re proud to have him in our shop. He does so much to help our customers with their auto repairs and automotive services. As Shop Apprentice, James is responsible for a number of duties. He handles many different automotive repairs and also helps with diagnostic testing to identify potential problems within the vehicles we service. He helps with training of other apprentices who join either of the Simard Automotive shops in Fairbanks. He also helps new repair technicians get settled in and familiar with everything when when they come on board. James is a quick learner and he is always looking for ways to expand his automotive repair knowledge. He has ... read more

Customer Gets Repairs at Simard Automotive After Grueling 2,600-Mile Drive

Customer Gets Repairs at Simard Automotive After Grueling 2,600-Mile Drive

Joe had driven his very-used 1995 Chevy Suburban all the way from Idaho while towing a large U-Haul trailer. He actually had recently bought the vehicle used for a pretty low price and it already had over 285,000 miles on it, so he knew it wasn’t really in tip-top shape. Joe took into his trusted mechanic back in Idaho before taking the trip. The mechanic told him everything that was wrong, and Joe opted to only fix what he absolutely needed to make the trip safely. Though he survived the long journey, it wasn’t without its challenges. Plus, he knew he wasn’t done putting the truck through plenty of additional torture during his busy winter travel schedule in Alaska. That’s what led him to bring his Suburban into Simard Automotive for additional repairs. “Simard’s staff was exceptional,” says Joe in his online ... read more

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