Why our mechanics recommend pre-buy inspections…

Pre-buyWhen people buy a house – it’s considered an investment. You do the necessary legwork up front such as home inspections and appraisals to understand the longevity the home has, and to take comfort knowing the home is safe. This approach can easily be translated to the automotive world. Too often, consumers make a big investment in vehicles without doing the proper research. Private sales through things such as social media sites and roadside signs, or through used car dealerships can’t necessarily be trusted. Unless you have a skilled eye for finding problems on cars or automotive repair training – then you may have no idea what you’re buying.

We want you and your loved ones to feel safe and confident in your used car purchase – even if you don’t purchase your vehicle from us (Even though we have great vehicles for sale). We offer a pre-buy inspection for those who want peace of mind. We encourage those buying a secondhand vehicle (without a reputable dealer warranty), to have a pre-buy inspection and second opinion before investing your money into a vehicle. This approach allows you to make an informed decision on going forward with purchasing the car, or provide with the tools to make the decision if you want to make the investment.

During our pre-buy inspection, we check all the same items that would be checked for a New Hampshire state inspection and beyond. We also check the exterior for scratches, dents, rust, and possible signs of previous accidents. On the interior, we review lights, radio, GPS/navigation, mirror operation, heated/cooled seat mechanics, power seat mechanics, seat belt safety, HVAC system, cabin air filters, and run diagnostics. We test drive the vehicle looking for shaking, grinding, alignment or steering issues, wheel bearing noises and beyond. Under the hood, our mechanics ensure to check all fluids for condition and quality. Lastly, under the vehicle we double check for rust in rockers, body, frame, brake lines, fuel tank and/or straps. This includes a full inspection on tires, steering, suspension, exhaust, and brake parts.
An educated decision whether to buy a vehicle gives you control over your investment. If you have questions or would like to schedule a pre-buy inspection – call us at 603.623.9295 or schedule an appointment.

Posted on August 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Why our mechanics recommend pre-buy inspections…

Why do I need to service my ignition parts?


An ignition system is a system for igniting, using an electric spark, a mixture of fuel and air in a gasoline engine.  Today these items include spark plugs (used for sending spark to the fuel/air mixture); wires or coils (an ignition coil is a coil in a car’s ignition system that carries the voltage from the battery to spark the spark plugs in the ignition.  Coils are electronic transformers that transform low-voltage pulses from the DC supply into higher voltage currents needed to spark machine engines); a battery (provides power to the vehicle when the vehicle is stationary); ignition switch (controls the amount of power flowing from battery to the ignition system); as well as some other parts depending on your vehicles age and design.  A properly working ignition system means a properly starting engine and reliable performance from your vehicle.

Vehicle owners who decide to neglect normal maintenance service intervals can wind up having multiple costly repairs down the road.  At Bob & Sons Automotive we recommend sticking to your vehicle manufacturer’s service recommendations.  This will help keep your vehicle on the road longer while sustaining less breakdowns.

Attached to this article you will find a picture of an ignition coil for a Honda Fit.  This coil looks brown in color because the rubber boot that protects the cylinder and spark plug from moisture and debris was worn out.  The worn out boot allowed water into the cylinder and rusted the spark plug threads into the cylinder head.

This is just another example of why you should have your vehicle regularly serviced at a qualified auto repair shop.  Remember: a little maintenance today keeps the big repair bills away.

Thank you for reading our Bob & Sons Shop Talk blog, if you would like us to talk about a specific issue or topic please reach out to bobandsonsauto.com or call the Shop.

Posted on August 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Why do I need to service my ignition parts?

Ask Bob and Sons Automotive!

Hello. We are Bob & Sons Automotive. We are an independent auto repair shop located on the West Side of the Merrimack River in Manchester, NH. We have been providing quality car care in Manchester, NH since 1964. Bob & Sons Automotive is a family owned business delivering honest and professional automotive repair and maintenance services to the people of New Hampshire.

We strive to create a long-lasting relationship with our customers. We believe, if you treat your customers like family, then they will continue to come back for quality service. We believe this philosophy has been vital in our ability to last over 50 years in this industry. If you or someone you know is looking for a fantastic auto repair shop providing exceptional customer service, then Bob & Sons Automotive is the place.

Posted on August 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Ask Bob and Sons Automotive!

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