Preferred Auto Repair Inc

Preferred Auto Repair Inc Preferred Auto Repair is a car repair shop providing quality services to the Staten Island, NY area. Preferred has been a family owned business in Staten Island throughout 3 generations and for over 35 years?

experience. With four service locations, we specialize in the complete care and repair of your vehicle as well as N.Y State emissions inspections. Visit any one of our four locations for when you need brakes, shocks / struts, tune-ups and overhauls, computer diagnostics, wheel alignments, and tires for all makes and models. With Island wide towing we will make sure that any problems that may arise with your vehicle you can count on us to get your car back to our shops safely, and to be handled by our ASE certified mechanics. We believe in loyalty, if you bring your car to our shops you will join our loyalty program and receive discounts, and holiday deals throughout the year for you to use them when your car needs work done. Preferred Plus Auto Repair will accept any extended warranties you may have purchased for your vehicle with proof of proper documentation. Preferred also provides a dealer maintenance program which we will give half price off the quoted price by a dealership. With over 35 years? experience in the automotive industry Preferred auto Repair will give you the comfort of knowing that your vehicle is taken care of by a local repair shop as well as years of experience to back it up, and a family that will back it up.

Operating as usual


Although we recommend getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles and make the allowance for up to 5,000 miles if you don't have the time, there is one exception to the rule. You can't go more than six months without changing it.


In modern engines, the oil pump routes all of the oil it picks up through the filter, which should be changed often, before it moves on. In time, there's so much material that a bypass valve is tripped and unfiltered oil goes to the engine.


Did you know that brake fluid is one of the fluids in your car that actually absorbs moisture? Over time, the absorption of too much moisture can begin rotting your brake lines from the inside.


Did your check engine light come on before expected? Try tightening down your gas cap. If this does not work, it may still be only a minor issue. Bring it in and let us check it for you.


We recommend changing your oil filter every time you get your oil changed, though traditional wisdom says you should change it every other oil change. Why risk your new oil getting dirty with an old, material-clogged filter?


When you bring your car in, we'll check your tires for you and let you know whether or not you need to replace them. In a front-wheel-drive vehicle, you can replace the back tires and move those to the front.


Today's cars are much more sophisticated than the cars of the 20th century, with their internal computers, satellite radios and in-dash cameras and touch-screen displays. We have mechanics with both old-school skills and modern training to fix any car.


Before cars completely breakdown, there are usually a variety of warning signs which indicate an impending problem. These warning signs often include: foul odors, check engine lights, tailpipe smoke, slow starts and accelerations and odd noises.


Have you ever noticed - or been told - that your brake lights seem to come on more often than you're pressing the brake pedal? When this happens, it may indicate low brake fluid.


If your car is idling at a high rate, the problem depends on how your engine is configured. If you have a car with a carburetor, it may need to be adjusted. If you have fuel injection, there may be a vacuum leak. Bring it in to us and let us investigate.


Are pricier oil filters really worth the extra cost? Absolutely. Lower cost oil filters generally remove particles that are larger than 40 microns but higher priced filters which remove smaller particles can have a dramatic effect on reducing engine wear.


Does the "check engine light" always indicate a big problem with the engine? No. In fact, in many cases the check engine light may come on due to cracked hoses, parts which have become loose, worn-out spark plugs or because of electrical/wiring issues.


Driving habits can have an effect on an engine's wear and gas consumption. To reduce gas consumption and vehicular wear, try to avoid sudden acceleration and braking, turn off the engine if the vehicle will be sitting for more than a few minutes and watch your speed.


When a car is overheating may provide helpful clues towards the cause. For example, if a car overheats when stopped or idling, the problem could be related to a worn fan or belt - a car overheating at high speeds could be due to radiator, thermostat or hose issues.


Remember, we may not always be able to quote you on how long a repair will take until after we get to the root of the problem. What starts out as a simple fix could quickly turn into a more complicated issue once we get under the hood.


Remember, when you need exterior repairs done to your car, you normally have the choice between repair and replacement. While replacement might be more expensive, it's often the only way to restore your vehicle to its original appearance.


What is the best thing to do if a vehicle begins to overheat? Immediately stop the vehicle and wait until it cools before popping the hood and checking fluid levels. Avoid driving if fluid levels are low or if the vehicle continues to overheat.


Have you ever wondered why your check engine light might come on and off without you doing anything to fix it? In some cases, your light will only come on when the problem is actually occurring, which could be an intermittent issue.


Although some people have learned to ignore their check engine light because of a fault in the system, it's not always a good idea to ignore it. If other warning lights are also on, bring your car in as soon as possible.


We recommend all of our customers practice basic car care to maintain their vehicles between visits to us. Be sure that you're keeping your tires aired up at the right pressure, keeping your windows clean, and your blinker and other light bulbs changed when needed.


What can blue smoke from tailpipes mean? In many instances, when blue smoke is emitted from tailpipes, this is an indication of an oil leak - the blue smoke often occurs when oil which has leaked within the engine is burned.


Did you know your car has a cabin air filter? Autos built since 2000 are equipped with these air-cleaning devices designed to remove dust, particulate matter, and other contaminants from the air. It needs to be replaced at least once a year.


If your brakes do not feel right, it could be something as simple as needing brake fluid, or it could be something more. Do not take chances with your brakes. Bring your car in and the brakes checked.


What exactly is a head gasket? The head gasket is a seal that fits between the engine block and the piston cylinder - essentially the head gasket not only seals off the combustion process of the engine but it also prevents liquids - like oil and coolants - from mixing.


Pay attention to changes in your car's air-conditioning. If you detect an odd smell or it does not cool as you think it should, bring it in for a check. We will identify the problem and make recommendations about repairing it.


As your car heats and cools, the coolant can become contaminated and cause your system to corrode. We recommend having the system checked on an annual basis, and having a coolant exchange every 30,000 miles to protect your vehicle.


Do you ever notice a grinding sound when your car just won't start? In many cases, this is a sign your alternator is in need of repair or replacement. A clicking sound, on the other hand, indicates a battery problem.


Keep an eye on the air pressure of your tires. Having your tires aired up at the right psi is important to your car getting good mileage. If one tire is low, air it back up until it reaches the correct level.


Brake fluid is largely ignored, but when you bring your car in, we like to remind you that it needs to be changed every two to three years. The brake system's hydraulic components get a much longer life this way.


When a battery needs a jump-start, it can take hours of driving for the battery to fully recharge. To charge the battery to its full charge after a jump-start, a hook-up to a battery charger may be necessary.


Whenever you bring your car in for repairs, remember to let us know about all issues you've noticed with the car. While they may seem unrelated on the surface, they could help us more quickly diagnose the problem.


Why is warming a cold car up not as important as it used to be? Because most of today's cars have electronic fuel injection systems which adjust to a car's temperature - when the engine is cold, the fuel injectors will stay open longer to allow more fuel into the engine.


The oil filter is the engine's way of defending itself against abrasive material and any premature wear it gets as a result of that material. The filter removes materials like dirt, metal particles and carbon that can wear an engine down.


You'll need to bring your car in periodically for engine tune ups, which include actual work on the engine or motor, or electrical tune ups, which involve work on the spark plugs, cables and replacement of the distributor cap.


Did you know that a vehicle's odor can offer clues on the health of the vehicle? Strong or unusual odors can be an early warning sign of engine trouble - particularly odors associated with exhaust smoke or odors with sweet or burning smells.


Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 17:00
Thursday 07:30 - 17:00
Friday 07:30 - 17:00
Saturday 07:30 - 17:00


(718) 966-6662


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