Pre-Purchase Inspection

Do you REALLY Need A Pre Purchase Inspection? You should absolutely take the time to have any previously owned vehicle inspected by an experienced technician!  We have seen many issues arise when this is not done and have also saved perspective buyers many issues.

The following are a few of the many areas that we inspect:

  • Battery
  • Tires
  • Frame
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Fluid Levels and condition
  • Hoses/Belts
  • Radiator


When you have the vehicle inspected before you buy, many areas are inspected and you get the complete picture, literally and figuratively.  We complete a digital vehicle inspection so you really do get the pictures.  This way you have “proof” of what you may need to talk about or use as a bargaining chip in the sale, if the issue is not a deal breaker. Click here to see what a digital vehicle inspection looks like.

We also perform an inspection like this when you come in for vehicle maintenance.  We can email and/or text this report to you so that you and your certified technician are viewing the same information.

How Much to Fix My Brakes?

We hear this question very often and the answer is that it depends on so many different factors.  Because this is the case, we need to actually see your vehicle and inspect your brakes.  We need to determine how they have worn. Is one side more worn than the other?  If this is the case then you could possibly have a hydraulic problem.  Do you have a caliber sliding problem? Do the rotors have enough metal thickness to be resurfaced safely for the next set of brakes?  There needs to be enough metal remaining so that the heat that is generated by the braking action can be dissipated.  We need to be aware of this information before an accurate price can be given.  Give us a call and we will be happy to help you.

Does My Car Need A Mechanic?

When deciding if you need to take your car to a mechanic use 4 of your senses: what you feel, hear, see and smell.

Do you feel anything unusual?  Does you steering wheel shake?  Do you feel a vibration?

Do you hear anything unusual?  Are there clunking noises or squeaking sounds?  Do you hear a noise when turning?

Do you see anything unusual?  Are any of your dashboard lights on?  Do you see fluid in your driveway or on the street?

Finally, do you smell something strange? There could be a gas or oil odor, or even the smell of something burning.

This is not meant to include everything but it does give you some things to think about. The other thing I would tell you is to go with your gut.  If  it doesn’t seem right, get it checked out.  You can always stop by or call for an appointment and our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you.  Our experience technicians are all ASE Certified and here to help. call us at 410-215-3413

Evaporator Core Repair

What is an evaporator core and  how much does it cost to replace?  Did you know that, scientifically, an air conditioner does not cool the air?  It is the evaporator that actually removes the heat from the air so that when you feel the air blowing, it is cool.  Replacing the evaporator core is a very labor intensive process.  In most cars the entire dashboard must be removed, as you can see in the above photo.  But you don’t have to worry because we are here to help.  Give us a call and we will have your air conditioning working at peak performance and you will have cool air again.



How Much Does It Cost To Replace a Muffler?

We had a customer call and ask “How much does it cost to replace a muffler?” He was noticing that his car was noisy and he assumed  it was his muffler.  We explained that we need to inspect the vehicle to determine the exact cause of his problem.  It is possible that the muffler is the issue, but it could also be his tailpipe or catalytic converter.  We don’t want to waste his money .  If you are having a noisy ride give us a call.  We will get you in and find the exact cause.  As always, our experienced mechanics are here to help you.

Jeep Wranglers and Rusty Frames

We deal with frames every day and this 2001 Jeep Wrangler is no exception.  Jeep Wrangler models 1987-2006 are known to have  rust issues.  Until recently a rusty frame, as in the picture above, would have been the end for this vehicle. However now we have caps that we are able to place over the damaged area, after removing the rust. We also treat the cap area with a rust inhibitor to help protect it. Although this takes time to repair, it is a long term solution.  At Framerite we have the experience and expertise to keep your Jeep on the road for a lot less then replacing the vehicle.

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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Your check engine light can come on for many reasons.  It can come on for something serious, like a possible engine or transmission problem to something minor, such as a loose gas cap.  The video helps to explain that “pulling a code” is much like using a thermometer.  It tells you that you have a fever, but why do you have a fever? The codes that are retrieved give the symptom, (the fever), but what is the cause of the problem? The important thing is to have a trained technician diagnose the problem. Our technicians at Framerite have the training, experience and expertise to diagnose the cause of your check engine light.

A flashing check engine light is telling you that severe damage can occur if you continue to drive the car.  This must be evaluated immediately.

We are your complete car care center and are ready to help.  Give us a call if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.

Watch this short video for additional information.