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Road Trip to the Mercedes Benz Plant

We were on a road trip last week and went to the only Mercedes Benz plant in the United States.  Located in Tuskaloosa, Alabama, the plant produces the Class C vehicles including the high-performance AMG line and all their SUVs.  All the Class C cars are sold within the United States and over 72% of […]

The Great Spark Plug Confusion

There is a lot of misinformation about spark plugs on the internet. We have been looking at much of it and are amazed by how inaccurate most of it is. When to Change Them The best advice about spark plugs that we can provide is that you should change them on your manufacturer's schedule. Here's […]

Car Emergency Kit – Keep It Handy

Having an emergency kit in your car is really smart.  It doesn't take up a lot of room in your trunk and can be very valuable in an emergency.  We have some suggestions for you on the items we keep in our vehicles.  In addition to the items listed below, take your cell phone even on […]

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The Beginning of Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage

In 1946 when Shepherd was a dirt road and 43rd Street was the edge of the city, Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage opened for business.  The story actually begins in the early 1940’s.  Since there were not automotive training programs in Texas, Adolf had to travel to Kansas City, Missouri for training.  He was one […]

If Cars Could Speak: a Vehicle Bill of Rights

Editor’s note: This was provided to us by one of our top technicians. If cars could speak, they might yearn for their own Bill of Rights. Certainly, they were built by their manufacturers according to certain unalterable laws of physics. If you take care of your car, it will take care of you, providing you […]

How We Helped the Tallest Man I Have Ever Met with his Broken Spark Plug

Seven foot two inch customer brought in his wife’s Ford Expedition with a seriously bad problem. He had a broken spark plug in his motor. How did this happen, you ask? Another shop was performing a standard tune-up and broke plug number four in the back where it’s hard to reach. It was an accident, […]

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