Are You Ready For The Road?
An average of 13,000 Americans are killed between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, some as a result of unperformed vehicle maintenance, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage.
Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. For example, the U. S. Department of Transportation reports the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on our nation's highways is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable. Other deficiencies that are simple to detect include low antifreeze/coolant, worn or loose drive belts and defective cooling system hoses.
Checking tire pressure and inflating a tire costs nothing, yet an average of 21 percent of cars inspected in check lanes during National Car Care Month have under inflated tires. This can lead to a blowout and a serious accident.
Fuel Saving Tips
|Condition||Effect||MPG Penalty up to|
|Under inflated tires||Increase rolling resistance||1-2mpg|
|Dirty air filter||Causes excessively rich fuel/air mixture||2.0mpg|
|Worn spark plugs||Cause inefficient combustion, wasted fuel||2.0mpg|
|Worn O2 sensor||Unable to detect and adjust air/fuel mixture||3mpg|
|Dirty or substandard engine oil||Increases internal engine friction||0.4mpg|
|Loose gas cap||Allows fuel to evaporate||2.0mpg|
|Potential loss in fuel economy if all of the above were neglected||11.4mpg|
The Car Care Council offers these fuel-saving tips:
Fuel-saving driving tips include:
WIPERS - In the 2001 National Car Care Month vehicle check lanes, 21 percent of participants had wipers that smeared, streaked or chattered across their windshields. Although climates vary, wipers generally need replacing every six months. An easy reminder is to change wiper blades in the spring and fall when you change your clock. Be sure the windshield washers are working properly, too, and keep the reservoir filled with solvent.
LIGHTING - Another important pre-trip check should be exterior and interior lighting. Vehicle check lanes revealed an overall failure rate of over 25 percent in the lighting category. The Car Care Council reminds motorists to check their lights monthly. Other suggestions from the Council include turning on headlights both day and night. This helps define your car's position on the road, and its distance from other drivers. When your vehicle's lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.
10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off
Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre-trip checklist:
"While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps," said the Car Care Council's Executive Director, Rich White.
Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken.
Only place I take my card to, even for oil changes. Always professional and friendly and most importantly, trustworthy.
Excellent, fast, and honest service. I've been coming to Poirier's for 15 years and would never take my car anywhere else.
No one wants to spend money on repairs but these people know their stuff and they’re honest.
Exceptional customer service. Always timely repairs and fair prices.
Always good auto service. The mechanics always go over your vehicle and make sure everything is right. Ken and crew are friendly and very professional.
Great service, fair price, Ken and Dave treat you with respect and courtesy. Thanks guys
Ken went the 'extra mile' showing us kindness that I doubt that you could find in the average mechanic. We've had him service and repair our two vehicles for the last 10 years...he is both honest and professional...how very rare that is in Fort Lauderdale! We THANK GOD for his service.
This place is great. They are fair and honest. They don't try to sell you things you don't need. 4 wheel alignment was only $85! I will definitely be back in the future.
Great service. Trustworthy mechanics and honest owner. Been going for about 15 years and refer friends all the time.
Initially went to get an oil change. Ken advised me that they also do a courtesy inspection free of charge, which they did and they found several things in need of repair/replace, things that I wouldn't have found until too late. Thanks to Ken and his staff I did get an oil change and transmission fluid change and will return shortly to have my brake pads replaced. Excellent and professional service done in a timely manner. Would definitely use again and recommend for anyone who is looking for a excellent and professional service without paying dealership prices.
I didn't even get my car serviced here, but I'm giving them a 5 star rating because of the service given when I called. The man who answered was very helpful and honestly told me that they weren't going to be able to look at my car quickly due to a large number of jobs currently going on, which I thought was extremely professional and courteous given my expressed time-crunch. If I'm ever in need again in Pompano, I will call them first. Thanks for the honesty and assistance.
Great job, a place you can go to get your car fixed and fixed right. Great follow up as always. Need car repair, come to Poirier's.
HONEST, FAIR, AND REASONABLE CAR SERVICE AND REPAIR. Poirier's Service Center was recommended to me 30 years ago by a friend. Since that time they have consistently maintained my vehicles with superior mechanical service. Their service complies with warranty service for my new cars at a fraction of the cost charged by dealerships. Twice a year service for oil changes and general maintenence has allowed me to keep cars for 13 years without expensive repairs. The twice a year checkups detect minor problems that are taken care of before they escalate into costly repairs. Customer Service is outstanding. The owner, Ken Poirier, either calls or texts customers after the service to see if everything is ok. I highly recommend this company for car service and maintenance and any car repairs needed.
I bring my car to you all the way from port Orange Florida because you all do great work and are honest. Pleasure working with Dave always willing to help people!!! Thanks for all you do!!
ALWAYS honest, caring, polite and professional. For more than 20 years, our family has been referring Poirier's.....every single one of those referred are still using their services and recommending them to their friends and family, as well. How very rare to find any business that you can totally trust. God bless them!
I went to Poirier's last week for 4 new tires as recommended and after driving 600 highway miles this week, was glad I did. I felt much safer with them especially driving through several heavy rainstorms. The tires and alignment worked great. I always go to Poirier's.
They always do an excellent job. Its great to have a place you can trust. They aren't close but worth the drive. You won't find a group of mechanics that are more talented. You can tell they take pride in their work.
They were very pleasant to work with. Just a great shop, very professional! Will be going there from now on! ????
Too many years and too many miles of 5-star service to put into one review. Always ready and able to help an older Ford and it's driver keep truckin' toward 200,000 miles. Fair and fast. Can usually hustle and get the job done by the end of the day. Not kidding. Just last Thursday able to do my front brakes, rear cylinders, front right axle, serpentine belt, and brake light. Like I said, older Ford (and driver). 20+ years of all family cars and some friends too. Thanks Ken & Dave and ALL the folks at Poirier's.
I have been going to these guys for almost 10 years now and they have been handling my families' 3 cars since the first day I met them. The main reason in addition to how friendly and efficient they are is that they have always been completely honest with me and always look at giving you the real prognosis. Whether it is an oil change, new brakes, muffler or even a new set of tires, I have not been able to find better pricing. They are just great, and I can get it all done in one spot.
Honest, Christian company that I trust with my car. I never have a problem getting an appointment and I never have to wait too long. Staff is friendly and professional. Thankful for their service.
What a pleasure after living 30 years in South Florida I have found a truly honest auto repair center that is also extremely skilled. They repaired two of my vehicles that had been diagnosed and repaired incorrectly at other facilities. They stand behind their warranties too. These guys are the real deal! You can trust that you are getting the best and honest in service here. God Bless you and thanks for your service Poirier!
The people at Poirier's are always incredible! We have been taking our cars to them for over 20 years and have never been disappointed with their work. We know the owner personally and he is a man of integrity - so having an honest mechanic work on your vehicle is a great peace of mind for us! Would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable, honest place for your car repairs.
I trust the guys at Poirier's to take care of both my Chevy truck and Honda Accord. They provide honest reliable service. It's nice to be able go into a service center and have them fix the problem you came in with without getting the hard sell on fixing a bunch of others stuff you didn't come in for. They will always give it a good look over and let you know if any maintenance is due but it's not aggressive like other shops can be. Good place!
Very good service and very professional. Great attention to customer needs. A talented bunch with a benchmark of integrity. Good overall attitude in helping meet your individual needs. They show good leadership in the auto service industry.
Great service, great follow up. Car was fixed for a fair price before the promised day. Ken and his staff give outstanding service. Would not go anywhere else.
Since more than 2 years, I discovered this place online. Since then, I fell in love with it. The people who work there are really nice and respectful. They will not charge anything more than what you are supposed to pay. They always call you to make sure everything is okay after service. I'm always satisfy with the service that I receive. I recommend this place to anyone. You will not regret. Thanks a lot to the Poirier's Service Center team.
Been going for years. Excellent, excellent service. Ken, Dave the whole crew. Dave has even fixed problems over the phone. (Lol). But here's the kicker. The owner calls every time to make sure work was done properly and that I was treated right. Can you think of many other businesses that would call to check. Look fair prices, great service and quick, quick, quick. So why are you still reading this. Call them.
I made an appointment for an oil change and also wanted them to check the brakes as they were a little soft. I was greeted immediately upon entering the shop and made to feel welcome. The first thing they did was take my truck out for a test drive and found I definitely had a problem with my brakes. Dave came over a short time later to let me know what needed to be done, checked pricing for parts and came over to review all with me before starting the work. The price quoted was reasonable and while it did take a few hours for the work to be completed it went quickly. It was enjoyable to talk to other people as they came in either for appointments or just stopping in to check some problem. All the employees were pleasant and answered all questions anyone asked without making you feel dumb for asking the question. I am glad I found Poirier's and would definitely recommend them if you need an honest and fair mechanic. I will definitely be going back for my oil changes and any other problems I might have in the future. Wish I found them years ago.
I have been taking all family cars to Poirier's for years. The work is always completed correctly and on time, for a fair price. More importantly, the business is run honestly. They will diagnose the problem correctly, do the work necessary, and not run up the bill for work that doesn't need to be performed. The communication over phone and text is great. They take care of customers. Only service center I recommend.
Just had our family van steering repaired and never had to worry about the work or price. Moral of the story: If you want Your Ride Repaired or Serviced for Reasonable $ and done correctly, then call Poirier's Service Center for an appointment. Because of their work ethic and popularity, I recommend making an appointment asap.
You can't go wrong with Poirier's Service Center!!! They are the best in automotive repair!! Not only will you receive expert care for your vehicle, they will follow up to make sure there are no further issues. We highly recommend them to anyone who wants great service and fair prices!!
The service and professionalism at Poirier's is unmatched. I found this shop by accident, as my alternator conked out in front of their business. I had never been there before but they treated me like a regular customer. My car was fixed the following morning for a reasonable price, and the owner called me a few days later to make sure everything was good. I was very impressed and have brought my car back for other maintenance services. They are definitely a 5 star establishment!
Ken has been working on my cars for over 20 years. Honest and trustworthy. Thank you for all of the great service you have provided!
I have been coming to Poirier's Service Center for over 20 yrs. By far the most reliable, honest and thorough service center in Florida. Mr. Poirier and his staff are always friendly and take the time to go over every detail with you. Definitely 5 stars !!!!
I have been coming to Poiriers Service center since 1996. I have always been very satisfied with the service, knowledge and courtesy displayed at this place of business. No matter what kind of vehicle, Ken and his staff have always kept my vehicles running in tip-top shape. May God bless them always!
I was super-impressed with Poirier's. Every person working there was polite and professional in their dealings with customers. They fixed my car (needed brakes) while I waited, and the price was very fair for the work done. I think I have found THE place to get my car serviced when I am in Florida for the winter.
For years my Dad and I have been taking our vehicles to Poirier's for both routine maintenance and repairs. You can count on the guys to provide great quality service at a reasonable price with no surprises. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and very accommodating. And the car is always ready when they say it will be. Finally, unlike too many car repair shops, at Poirier's, you never feel like you've been taken for a ride. They are honest, trustworthy and do a great job.
We have been going to Poirers for ten years. I have never had a bad experience. In fact it is always a pleasure doing business with them. Extremely fair pricing, and outstanding labor. They never nickel and dime you, and are most honest auto folks around. These guys set the standard for integrity!
I'm not difficult to please. All I want from any service provider is good work and a fair price. I found Poirier's a few years ago and gave them a try mostly because of the great reviews I read online. I have had consistently good service since that time. I recommend them to anyone in the area. I don't go to anyone else.
Poirier's Service Center has taken care of my vehicles for all nine years I lived in Florida. Was recommended to me by a friend and I would never consider going elsewhere. There was only one time when they couldn't figure out what was wrong, and when they redid the work they only charged me for parts but no additional labor. Yes, it will cost you $50 bucks for an oil change, but you know you are getting trustworthy service. Most of all, this single woman was never disrespected. Ken Poirier and his staff have the highest integrity. Take your car to them!!
For 9 years I've experienced the excellent auto service provided by Poiriers. This is an honest team whom one can feel secure that they're not being "ripped-off." This is the only auto service that I use, even with a brand new car.
Ken, thanks again for excellent, honest, reliable service. It's been a pleasure to to business with you over the last 27 years.
What a great place to do business. Awesome customer service. Wow!
I have been going to Poirier's for years. They are the most trustworthy and complete automotive center in South Florida!!! I highly recommend them. Thank you again everyone at Poirier's Auto Service!
These guys do a fantastic job. I've never had a bad experience. I really appreciate two things besides the great work. One is that they never give recommendations to fix or change things I don't need. The other is that Ken (the owner) calls us a few days later to check in and make sure we were satisfied with the work.
My car is getting old and I feel like I have been living here lately. But Poirier's is the first service center I have trusted, and I know what they say needs to be done, really does need to be done. They are upfront and honest with you, and are always trying to help. Even in emergency situations I know I can come here and I am in good hands. The only downside is Poirier's isn't open on the weekends (and that's usually when my car decides to play dead) but with such great service I really don't mind waiting the couple days.. definitely worth it. Really glad I found this place.. I don't trust anyone else with my car!
Not only were they the best price around, their waiting area is nice and clean and didn't have that usually stinky smell which is typical with mechanic shops. It made my wait much more pleasant as they changed my front and back brakes. Also, The mechanic showed me what the brakes looked like before deciding which service would be needed. They also take appointments, which helps a lot. We will be using them for all of our maintenance and repair needs.