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Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Preparing for a Military Change of Station? Simard Automotive is Here to Help Get Your Vehicle Ready to Ship.

Changes of station are a natural part of life in the military. You may have been brought to Alaska to serve at one of the excellent military bases here, but perhaps you are getting ready to change stations again and you need help shipping your privately owned vehicle (POV). Shipping Challenges Dealing with the Vehicle Processing Center can be challenging when preparing to ship your vehicle across the country or overseas to your next station. Because Alaska is outside the contiguous United States, it is considered along with Hawaii and all overseas stations (OCONUS) and that also brings some challenges when shipping your vehicle out of our state.  Fairbanks Auto Repair & Inspection Services It helps to have a knowledgeable and experienced automotive shop on your side like ... read more

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10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

10 of the Most Common Auto Repairs at Simard Automotive

When you own a car, truck, SUV or any kind of vehicle, it is going to require maintenance and it will likely need some sort of repairs during the time you own it. If you get lucky, it may just be minor stuff. Otherwise, almost every vehicle will need some sort of major repair in its lifetime. At Simard Automotive, we provide all types of automotive maintenance and auto repair services. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of some of the most common repairs we perform at our two Fairbanks, AK shops. 1. Tire Repair A flat tire can often be repaired with a simple patch kit. More severe tire damage may require the whole tire to be replaced. All tires need to be replaced once the tread levels get dangerously low. 2. Brakes Your ... read more

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Suspension Problems? Simard Automotive is Here to Help!

Suspension Problems? Simard Automotive is Here to Help!

There are many negative effects on you and your vehicle when you are experiencing significant suspension system problems. It certainly impacts your comfort as a driver if you are feeling every bump in the road. It can also be a major safety issue if things are out of balance or key suspension components are damaged. You may lose control around corners or over uneven road surfaces. One Thing Leads to Another Last but not least, suspension problems can lead to other damage in your vehicle. This includes the wheels, tires, axles, differentials, brakes, chassis and more. A bad suspension can compound into many other issues that can be very expensive to repair. Fairbanks Suspension Repair If you live in the Fairbanks area or any of the surrounding regions and are experiencing suspension problems (check out our article ... read more

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Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Simard Automotive Has Two Convenient Fairbanks Locations to Serve You

Michael Simard started Simard Automotive way back in 1997. Back then, he only had a small one-bay shop that was located near Fairbanks International Airport. Eventually, his business kept growing thanks to quality repair work and excellent customer service. Today, there are two Simard Automotive shop locations ready to serve all your auto repair and maintenance needs in Fairbanks, AK. Airport Location (5200 Aeronca Ave.) • (855) 690-0889 In 1999, Simard Automotive moved out of that first tiny shop and into their current location also very close to the airport. The space is larger and they have continued to grow their service team with expert automotive technicians and service advisors. They work on all different types of vehicles, foreign and domestic. Their policy is if it fits through the bay door, they can work on it ... read more

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Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Auto Shop

Friendly Service from a Family-Owned Auto Shop

Simard Automotive has been a part of the Fairbanks community for more than 20 years. Owner Michael Simard opened his first local auto shop in 1997 and now we have two family-owned shops in town to better serve our customers. After all, customer service is always our number one priority. It's what drives our entire team to be its best each and every day. The Cornerstones of Customer Service It all starts with a commitment to treating people the way they deserve to be treated. We understand that you are trusting us to provide expert automotive advice and professional repair/maintenance services. That's why our auto repair technicians are so thorough and detailed when it comes to performing inspections and running diagnostic tests. This allows us to get to the root of any automotive problem before we can make accurate repair recomm ... read more

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When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

When is the Last Time You Had Your Brakes Checked?

Driving in Fairbanks and throughout Alaska can take its toll on your car or truck—especially in the harsh winter months. With plenty of rain, ice and snow on the horizon, it's a great time to get your brakes and other vehicle safety and performance components inspected.  Safety Concerns Without good brakes, you will not be able to stop or slow down properly. Obviously, this can lead to very dangerous scenarios for you and any passengers with you, not to mention the other drivers on the road. You want your brakes to be working well for safety and overall performance. How Bad Brakes Could Impact Your Entire Car Likewise, brakes that aren't working properly can also lead to problems in other vehicle systems such as the suspension, wheels/tires, whe ... read more

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Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Fluid Change vs. Fluid Flush - What Are the Differences?

Your vehicle has many fluids that keep it running. You have fuel, engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, brake fluid and power steering fluid. Each provides a specific purpose that your car won't function without.  If you are dealing with a mechanic, you may hear a few different terms when it comes to maintaining your fluids. The most common services offered will be "fluid changes" and "fluid flushes." They may sound similar, but the processes are actually quite different, so we're here to explain what you need to know about each. In the simplest of explanations, the primary difference between a fluid change and a fluid flush is the complexity of the process. A fluid flush is much more thorough, and thus it is a more expensive automotive maintenance procedure ... read more

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Inspections and Diagnostics at Simard Automotive

Inspections and Diagnostics at Simard Automotive

Good automotive repair is never a guessing game. The more information our technicians at Simard Automotive know, the better repair recommendations we can make to our customers. With proper diagnostic testing and vehicle inspections, the jobs get done right and everyone is satisfied.  As a vehicle owner visiting one of Simard Automotive’s two Fairbanks shops, it's important to understand the processes we use to diagnose specific automotive problems and get you the most accurate results. Let's take a look at the differences between different types of inspections and diagnostic tests. Diagnostic Tests This is often the first step taken by our technicians to identify potential problems, especially if a warning light (such as the ... read more

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Auto Electric Repairs at Simard Automotive

Auto Electric Repairs at Simard Automotive

It's a simple fact. The more modern your vehicle is, the more complex its electrical system will be. Today's cars (especially hybrid and electric vehicles) are so advanced with high-tech onboard computers and sophisticated battery systems. Obviously, the more complex the system, the more things that can go wrong and the more you need an automotive expert to make any electrical repairs. The good news for Fairbanks area residents is that Simard Automotive has you covered for all your auto electric repair and maintenance needs, whether you have a modern car with advanced technology or a classic ride with simple electronic controls. Here are some common electrical problems you may want to look for: Check Engine Light If your ... read more

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Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Is It Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up?

Summer is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to long days and warmer temperatures in Alaska. It may have been awhile since the last time you used your vehicle's air conditioner to cool you down, so that makes this time of year an ideal time to get your A/C system tuned up. Don't wait until it gets too hot or stuffy. Bring your vehicle down to either of Simard Automotive's Fairbanks repair shop locations and we'll make sure your air conditioning system is working its best. Inspection, Testing and Repair The first step to any air conditioning tune-up is to review the system and certain key components. Our technicians can run specific tests focused on the air temperature, quality and consistency. If any one of those elements is off, we can then inspect further to uncov ... read more

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