When someone is looking for an automotive repair shop, they are really looking for two things; one, a business that has the experience and expertise to do the repair correctly the very first time and, two, a business who will charge fairly. We don’t want someone to take advantage of our lack of knowledge or any other excuse. We want someone we can trust.
At Affinity Automotive, we are family owned and operated. Our goal is to provide quality automotive care in an honest, professional manner. Kelvin Noel has over 21 years experience and is ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified. But more than all of the accolades is our commitment to excellence. We promise that we will address your car issue as if you were part of our family. That’s why we will never over charge. We are not looking to see how many new customers we can get into the doors. We are looking to do the job correctly, the very first time and build our level of trust so that we become “your” car repair shop. If that is your goal as well, welcome to the family.
At Affinity Automotive we employ today’s latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles. In addition, our technicians receive on going training. Come by and visit our clean and professional shop in Orlando.
While you wait in our well appointed guest area, enjoy free wi-fi & TV. Please sit at our comfortable tables positioned throughout. If you do not have time to wait, we will be happy to take you back to work or you can rent a vehicle at our customer’s low special rate. We know what a hassle car issues can be. We want to smooth out the bumps that this inconvenience may have caused.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does it matter where you buy gasoline?
Buy gasoline at busy stations to ensure you don’t get a “bad load” that has been sitting too long in a tank. Also, don’t buy gas at a station at the same time you see a delivery truck filling an underground tank–and stirring up impurities in the fuel in that tank.
How do you know how much air to put in tires?
Inflate tires according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure found in the owner’s manual or on places such as the door post and glove box door. As the Tire Industry Safety Council puts it: “Just because the speedometer in your vehicle measures speeds up to 120 m.p.h. doesn’t mean the manufacturer is suggesting 120 as a recommended cruising speed. The same applies to air pressure limits stamped on the sidewall of your tires.” Unless you load your vehicle to its maximum carrying capacity, using the maximum pressure listed on the tires will result in a terribly hard ride and may adversely affect steering control.
How do you protect yourself from being overcharged by mechanics?
First, use a repair facility with a good reputation. Then get a written estimate of repair costs before giving your consent to have work performed. If the facility finds more work is needed that would increase the cost of the original estimate, get an estimate for the extra work before consenting to have it performed. You should receive written invoices that list repairs performed, parts prices and the cost of labor. You may request the return of replaced parts, unless they must be returned to the manufacturer to satisfy a warranty or exchange agreement.
Is 93-octane gasoline only for race cars?
No. A fair number of vehicles have high-performance engines that call for 93-octane gasoline. But most do fine with 87- or 89-octane fuel. Sometimes older engines need all the help they can get. The higher the compression ratio with older cars, the more need for a higher-octane fuel. If the car performs better with 93-octane, use that grade of gas. It won’t hurt the engine. Race cars? They like 100-plus octane fuel.
How much extra fuel is burned when using air conditioning?
It is estimated that the use of air conditioning in a typical car reduces fuel economy by one to two miles per gallon. For larger cars, or when traveling in extreme heat, air conditioning cuts fuel economy up to four miles per gallon.
What should you do if the engine temperature gauge begins rising during rush-hour traffic?
Don’t panic. Give the car a little gas to let it rid itself of some engine heat. Turn on the heater, which will draw heat from the engine. If the gauge is firmly in the danger zone, pull to the side of the road and let the motor cool. Most cars shouldn’t overheat–so have the cooling system checked. The problem could be anything from a clogged radiator core to low engine coolant to an inoperable radiator fan.
Should you turn your car off when stopped for extended periods?
A car engine shouldn’t be left idling unnecessarily for more than a minute. It takes less fuel to start a car than it takes to let it idle while waiting, say, for a long freight train to pass