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A Note About Brake Repairs…

AAA (Triple A), ASE Blue Seal

Fuel Economy 101

Aug/12

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Shout out!

Lawson automotive has been known for a long time for being one of the best front end shops in town.  Well before i bought the business, Lawson was doing final front end alignments for many of the collision repair shops in the area, including Epps Body & Paint, Oak Hill Body & Paint, and AMM.  On top of that, many of the mechanical repair shops around us come to us with their more challenging alignments.  I have to say that i owe this great legacy to not only the founding Lawson family, but to one of the employees that has stayed with me since I bought the business, Felix Lombrana.  Felix has been with Lawson for almost 20 years (including 7 with me) and is our front end and suspension ace.  Thanks Felix for your continued excellence and loyalty.  If not for you,  i don’t know if i would have had the opportunity to buy Epps Body & Paint last year.

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Lawson Automotive acquired Epps Body & Paint from the founder in April 2011. Epps Body and Paint has been doing quality collision repair since 1988, and is practically an institution in the Bee Cave / Lakeway area. It is located in Hwy 71 just west of Hamilton Pool Road. Epps does work on all makes and models, foreign and domestic, and works with all insurance companies. Epps is NOT a DRP shop – which means that it won’t be forced by insurance companies to use salvage, used or aftermarket parts – Epps is only concerned with doing the best quality repair possible. So now we can serve you to fix your automobile’s problems, whether inside or out!

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Apr/11

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Scenic Brook Fire Help

Our thoughts go out to the victims of the Oak Hill / Scenic Brook fire.   The community is only a couple of miles from Lawson Automotive, and many of our customers live there.  We’re thanking our lucky stars that the fire was contained as well as it was considering the strong winds.    If you’re a Scenic Brook resident and need auto repairs over the next month and a half (through May 30), just mention that when you come in and we’ll give a 10% discount (up to $100) on any auto repairs or maintenance.

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Apr/11

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Lawson Automotive Group Expands

Lawson Automotive Group has expanded its reach into the collision repair world.  On Apri 1, 2011, Lawson acquired the assets of Epps Body & Paint, a collision repair facility in the Lakeway/Bee Cave area on Hwy 71,  approximately 1.5 miles west of Hwy 620.  Epps Body & Paint has been independently owned and operated since the late 80s, with an outstanding reputation for quality and integrity, and was/is one of the several body shops in Southwest Austin that has entrusted their final front end and suspension work to Lawson for over a decade.   Lawson hopes this acquisition will allow customers to have mechanical work done on their vehicles  in a one-stop shop scenario during or immediately after their collision repairs.

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Mar/11

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A Note About Brake Repairs…

We all know about “bait and switch” tactics done by retailers…. so let me tell you about “bait and switch” done by auto repair facilities, mainly the brake repair shops that advertise the $99 brake jobs.

Ask any reputable repair shop what a typical brake job costs (for normal cars i.e.  not BMW/Mercedes, heavy trucks etc etc ), and its about $200- $250 per axle (a little more than half of it labor at around $90 an hour, and the balance being the cost of pads).  This assumes that the rotors (what the brake pad presses against) can be machined (re-surfaced to ensure a flat braking surface) and therefore re-used.  If the rotors cannot be re-used (and some higher end vehicles have one-time use rotors), then rotors must be added to the bill (wide variance but typically an extra $100 – $150).

So you can quickly do the math and realize that a $99 complete pads and rotors brake jobs just doesn’t make sense.  Maybe you can get some extremely inexperienced guys to do the labor and put on some ridiculously inexpensive pads and rotors, but at what cost, your life when they fail??  The reality is that most of these shops get you in there, and then end up selling you a $300 – $400 brake job.  At least that’s what the industry says their average ticket is.

Anyway – don’t take my word for it. Do a little research on the internet.  You will find plenty of unhappy customers complaining about how they got “bait and switched”

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Feb/11

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Spring Break Approaching!

Just a reminder – don’t wait until the last minute to get your vehicle repaired or checked out  before taking that Spring Break vacation.  There’s nothing worse than having your vacation ruined by car problems or having to take your car to a mechanic you don’t know or trust.   At Lawson Automotive, we usually have a bit of rush the week leading up to Spring Break, so beat the crowd and come in these next two weeks   Happy Motoring!

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Feb/11

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$15 Oil Change Promotion

As long as this post is up, Lawson Automotive is offering $15 oil changes ($15 off) for new customers.   This includes up to 5 quarts synthetic blend oil and filter and a 20 pt inspection for most US and foreign cars.  Additional fees may be charged for specialty filters (you know who you are) or add’l quarts at $3/quart.   For diesel engines or full synthetic oil changes, this promotion gives you $15 off regular pricing.  CALL FOR APPOINTMENT or if you have any questions.    Only 1 (one)  “new customer” per household.

Furthermore, if you refer a new customer to us for this promotion, and they mention that you referred them when they come in (we will ask who referred them), you will receive credit for a $15 oil change or $25 off your next repair (assuming you don’t need an oil change)

As usual, this cannot be combined with any other offers or coupons.

Happy Motoring!

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Jan/11

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The best used cars??

We often have customers ask us about what we recommend for buying a used vehicle.  Without getting into specific models – but just talking about which manufacturers have cars that seem to hold up better over the long term, our answer is easy.

Toyota, with Honda in a close second  Despite the brake related “problems” in Toyotas that have made the news headlines over the past year, we still find that Toyotas are just the best made cars in the world.  They typically don’t fall apart once they get to a certain age or mileage point, their engineering is sound (cars are well designed), and there are plenty of good aftermarket parts for them (which in the end costs you alot less money). Frankly, we haven’t seen any of the purported brake problems.

If you have to drive something a nicer, Lexus (made by Toyota) is by far away the most reliable luxury brand we’ve seen.

Regardless of the used car you’re looking at, make sure you have a pre-buy inspection done on the vehicle by a reputable repair facility (like Lawson Automotive) BEFORE you buy it to ensure that you’re not buying a money pit!

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Jan/11

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AAA (Triple A), ASE Blue Seal

Lawson Automotive has received several new certifications and awards.

1) Lawson Automotive received a ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

2) Lawson Automotive is now a AAA Texas Approved Repair Facility. In order to receive this designation, among other things, AAA independently polls a shop’s customer base to determine that the shop meets their criteria for customer service and satisfaction.  Lawson received a 100% rating.

3) Owner Steve Takamatsu was the recipient of the Business Owners Networking Association award for Entrepreneur of the Year.

We are proud of these awards and designations in that they reflect the recognition of our striving to become the most reliable, customer focused and trustworthy shop in southwest austin.

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Well, its official.  Lawson Automotive is a State Safety Inspection facility.  We appreciate everyone’s patience.   Just a note, if you live in a county (like Dripping Springs in Hays County), you should get your safety inspection done in that county.  If you come to me (in Travis County), i have to do an emissions test no matter what (which isn’t required yet in Hays – at least for now).

If you live in Southwest Austin / Oak Hill, Circle C, Lakeway etc  (Travis County communities), we’re the right place for you to come get your vehicle inspected.

ALSO – we are a RECOGNIZED EMISSIONS REPAIR FACILITY as well.  If your vehicle does not pass the emissions test and needs emissions repair, not only can we fix it, but we can also help you qualify for up to $600 towards the repair provided by the county.

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