Grand Opening Celebration

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Saturday, June 8th, we’ll be having a celebration at our new Canton Innovative Autocare location! From 11 AM to 2 PM we’ll have free food and fun for the whole family, including exciting activities for the kids. We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone in Canton, and would love to see the faces of our loyal customers from Portage Lakes too. So we’re taking our mission, of providing the best auto repair in Akron while avoiding the negative stereotype of the “mechanic” by quoting exact prices, maintaining an extended warranty, offering quality parts and delivering personalized care, to Canton! Feel free to come by and meet our owner Jeff and fantastic tech Greg, who will show you what it’s like to have friendly, and trustworthy 360 degree care for you and your vehicles. We …… ( more )

A Good Sunday Drive

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     Ohio suffers a misconception of having nothing but straight roads. Certainly in the northern part of the state where modernization and development have straightened roads to reduce travel time and increase safety, this hold true.

    South of route 30, the Old Lincoln Highway, roads have not been rerouted. The roads in southeast Ohio were plotted long ago. These roads were built around streams and hillsides and remain with paths unaltered.  This means great curves and changes in elevation all within a days drive. There are lots of places to stop and stretch your legs.

    I suggest you do not take a map. Just load up the family and friends, roll the windows and top down. Wander around the countryside with no agenda other than stopping to enjoy the food and sights.  Be safe and enjoy!

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Innovative Autocare Second Location

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     Our second auto repair location is up and running. We have a new phone number there;330-479-9230. We are expecting a new tire balancer and mount machine this week. A new fluorescent sign should be completed soon. Things are coming along nicely. Greg is anxious to repair some cars and bring our excellent service to Canton. See him at 1330 Raff Road SW. Canton, 44710

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Are You Buying a Used Car?

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     If you are thinking of buying a used car here are a few suggestions. Look at where you are buying. Dealerships usually have the highest quality of used cars. Anything that is suspect or lower quality is sent to an auction where other dealers may buy and resell them. The lowest quality cars are usually found at the “Buy Here Pay Here” lots. Look at posted warranties. If a dealer trusts a used car they will offer a warranty, perform E-check and offer  a Carfax report.

      You can find good deals with private buyers but the risk is higher. Ohio law is buyer beware on private sales. Once the money and vehicle are exchanged there is little recourse. An E-check and a Carfax report are very helpful from private buyers too.

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“Do You Work On…?”

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     Yesterday I was asked “do you work on foreign cars?” The answer is yes we do. The caller asked my thoughts on the new Fiat 500. I feel that it will fall into the group of limited production exclusive cars such as Lexus, BMW, Volkswagen, Hummer, Infiniti, Jaguar, Saab …  I call them “Lease Vehicles.” They are great cars for 3 or 4 years while they are under warranty and mileage under 100,000.

    After that the trouble develops. Parts can be harder to find and more expensive. Repairs can be more complex and require special tools. Information from the manufacturer is not as accurate or complete as Domestic or mass produced Japanese models. These exclusive cars are finicky and temper mental. Bottom line is  we can and have worked on most lines of vehicles, but be prepared to pay …… ( more )

Big News!

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Starting Monday March 4, Greg Jones will be managing a second location of Innovative Autocare at 1330 Raff Road SW, Canton 44710. Greg will be returning to us after a 6 month absence where he was greatly missed. You can contact us at our regular phone number 330-245-0865 until we get new service connected.

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Growing Again

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We are looking for a part time tire/lube tech. Hopefully we will find someone who can develop into a full time repair technician. Please contact us if you are interested.

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New Year Resolutions

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     In 2012 we achieved a lot. We set sales records. We hired new staff members. We changed payroll programs. We enrolled in a statistical tracking program. We also hired a consultant and work with new  training programs.

      For 2013 it is our goal to reduce repair time for customers. We will be increasing our tire and parts inventory. We will be adding new tools. We will be updating our website. There will be a host of additional changes all geared toward improving the customer experience and continuing to provide the best auto repair service in Akron.

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Transitions

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     The summer of 2012 was chaotic. Our former lead tech took a job with another company in June. We had three different employees attempt to replace him and fail. Adam stepped up and really improved his skills and contribution but we still needed a leader. Finally we hired Andrew and he has really helped stabilize the company allowing me to get back to managing and fixing the problems I need to take care of quickly and correctly. Andrew has experience at Hyundai and Suburu dealerships, Midas franchises and independent repair shops. He is really good with diagnostics and easy to get get along with.  Stop in and meet Adam and Andrew sometime.

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Decoding Tires

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     What do all those numbers on the side of the tire mean? Lets examine a tire for 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. This particular tire is a Goodyear Fortera  P245/65R17 105S.  The letter “P” is designated as a passenger car tire. The other possibility would be an LT or light truck tire. 245 is the width of the tire in millimeters or about 9.6 inches. 65 is the percentage of tire that is sidewall.  A 70 series tire has more sidewall and rides softer than a 50 series tires. The 50 series tire will have less side wall flex and corner better than the 70 series tire but the ride will be rougher. R designates radial construction. 17 is the rim diameter in inches. The load index of 105 indicates that this tire can support up to 2039 pounds. Load index ratings …… ( more )