AJ's Automotive
13 Colorado Avenue, Columbia, MO 65203 573.875.1020

One might say the most challenging part of being your friendly and knowledgeable AJ's Automotive in Columbia is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed. Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So it's challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time to get to the bottom of a problem. If it's not something obvious, it's easy for the Columbia customer to focus on the fixing and not the diagnosing.

Let us introduce you to something we'll call Customer Detective Work – that is, helping the AJ's Automotive find clues to what's wrong. We start with the detective basics: What, Where and When. Play along with me. You come in and your car is making a funny sound. Where's the sound? Around the right front wheel. What kind of sound? Kind of a clunk, clunk sound. When do you hear the sound?  When I turn and accelerate. Right and left? Forward and back?

You see where we're going. You're gathering additional information to help the Columbia technician know where to start. Based on your car and your friendly and knowledgeable AJ's Automotive 's experience, he'll know where to look and can start with the obvious suspects. You can see how that would be more helpful than dropping the car off at AJ's Automotive in Columbia with a note that says “making a funny noise”.

When you think you need to bring a vehicle in, make some notes about the problem. Rather than just saying, "It's leaking,” tell the the color of the fluid and approximately where under the car you see the puddle. Things like the car is stalling or sputtering are often very hard to diagnose because they're intermittent. They may not happen every time you drive and may not be happening when you actually take the car in to your Columbia auto service center. So, it is a big help for you to describe what's happening in as much detail as possible.

You will need to be able to duplicate the symptoms if possible.  Your service advisor needs to know details, like, “It stalls after it's been driven for about 20 minutes and I go over 50 mph/80kph." If the tech can experience the problem personally, he's better able to make a  diagnosis and repair, then test to see if the repair solved the issue.

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AJ's Automotive
13 Colorado Avenue
Columbia, Missouri 65203

At AJ's Automotive we install quality NAPA replacement parts.