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Why buy Asian Vehicles?

Why buy Asian Vehicles?

The number one reason is reliability. Not all Asian makes and models should be at the top of your next-purchase-possibilities list, but in general, Toyotas, Subarus, and the like tend to be pretty darn solid. Before you purchase any new-to-you vehicle, make sure you do your homework.  Asian vehicles make not be as powerful or hold as well in the turns, but that’s not why you buy them. You buy them because they (typically) last a lot longer, are less likely to break down, and the maintenance and repair costs tend to run a lot cheaper than their European counterparts. It’s not surprising to find an Asian vehicle that easily made it past the 200,000 mile marker and not terribly unusual to find one well past the 300,000. When you take the time to properly care for your Asian vehicle, provide regular maintenance and oil changes, you can hope for a very long life from your car.  Research the heck out of the specific models you’re most interested in owning. Also ... read more

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Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Keith Williamson opened Williamson’s Repair & Tire 22 years ago because not only does he love working on cars, he loves helping people. Nothing motivates him or his team more than when they all have a chance to help someone in our local communities of Bondurant and Altuna. They are grateful for being a part of this wonderful community and want to give back any way they can and whenever possible.  They are known in the area for regularly helping out folks in need: A farm family who had a child diagnosed with terminal cancer needed help during harvest time and Williamson’s organized the community to come together and get that done. It wasn’t hard to gather people around here to help out because we live in such a caring community, but it still took initiative and someone willing to take the reins. Another family with a father also diagnosed with terminal cancer who was the family’s breadwinner could not fix their vehicle. A local family donated their ol ... read more

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The Best in Compact Vehicles

The Best in Compact Vehicles

Compact Vehicles are perfect for getting around a busy city, squeezing into small parking spots and have surprisingly a good amount of storage. Right now on the road, the three compact kings of the road are the Mini Cooper, Toyota Prius, and the classic Volkswagen Beetle. If you’re not convinced yet then read below! Mini Coopers are at the top of compact cars. They are known for their amazing handling, potent engine, and have a large amount of room in the cabin space. The 2019 Mini Coopers is fairly inexpensive compared to other 2019 cars and start around $22,000. If you have a need for speed you can get the engine from a 3-cylinder to a 4-cylinder turbo. You can also get it in a convertible top and you have the option of 2 or 4 doors. Not only is a Mini Cooper a great compact car, but it also has a sporty vibe to it and is easily customizable.  Toyota is known for its line of Hybrid vehicles that are taking over the automotive industry. Their claim to fame was when they r ... read more

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Celebrating 22 Years In Business! Proudly serving the cities of Bondurant, Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines, and beyond.

Celebrating 22 Years In Business! Proudly serving the cities of Bondurant, Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines, and beyond.

We are overjoyed and excited to be celebrating 22 years of being a locally owned and operated business! We have been able to serve YOU whether are located in Bondurant, Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines, and every person who has needed help along the way.  Williamson’s Repair & Tire started in Bondurant in 1997 with a team of highly skilled auto mechanics. Since then we have been able to grow and serve a larger community through our talented employees, quality equipment, and using the latest and greatest automotive technology. As the technology in vehicles has advanced and changed significantly, so has our mechanic, equipment, and techniques. We aim to serve anyone and everyone whether they drive a hybrid or gas-powered vehicle, we will provide the highest quality service to you and your vehicle.  If you need to see it believe then look no further we have been proudly recognized as Bondurant Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year by going above and beyond in the commun ... read more

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Who Doesn’t Love Trucks, SUVs, & Jeeps?

Who Doesn’t Love Trucks, SUVs, & Jeeps?

  Whether it’s the dead of winter or middle of the summer, a truck, SUV or Jeep is always a good purchase! Trucks and SUVs have saved U.S automakers for many years and will continue to do so as sedan and sports car sales decline. These vehicles are fun to drive and take us places that traditional sedans simply cannot. The market share for GM, Ford, and Chrysler when it comes to trucks and SUVs has proven to be consistently high while the foreign companies dominate the small car and sedan markets. Companies expect sales for all three car types to continue rising as we move into 2020.  Trucks are deeply rooted in the farmers’ lifestyle after being replaced by wheelbarrows around 1925. This drastically changed the process of transporting food and has now become a major status symbol for Americans. They are America’s workhorse, always there for you during a move or home repair project. A truck is versatile, both on and off the road and in both situations you ... read more

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The Latest and Greatest in the World of Hybrid Vehicles

The Latest and Greatest in the World of Hybrid Vehicles

The world we live in and the cars we drive are moving towards a more sustainable solution. More and more you see hybrid vehicles on the road. You might be wondering what is so great about Hybrid vehicles, well look no further.  Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of electricity and gas power and can drive anywhere from 40-70 miles on one gallon of gas. If you commute in stop and go traffic often, you’ll get better fuel mileage in a Hybrid. You don’t have to worry about plugging your Hybrid in either, the electric motor acts as a generator and charges the battery while you drive.  When it comes to maintenance and repairs, Hybrids rarely have to go in for them. They are very reliable and have longer lifespans than conventional vehicles. The braking system is regenerative and reduces heat which makes the brake pads last longer.  When driving a Hybrid vehicle you won’t hear a sound, they are basically silent when compared to a conventional car. They can ... read more

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What’s The Big Deal With Servicing European Vehicles?

In the auto repair world, there are auto mechanics that embrace working on European vehicles and other auto service shops that would prefer staying away from European vehicles. So, what’s the big deal with European vehicles? To give a simple answer, it’s because European vehicles require special tools, special software, and special skills that are specific to certain brands. For example, if a shop advertises that it works on Jaguars and Land Rovers, it’s because they have invested in the specialized equipment to perform quality service and repairs on these two brands. Independent shops that work on BMWs require BMW tools, software, and equipment. Same goes for Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, and the like. To contrast with European vehicles, American-made and Asian vehicles tend to be more generalized when it comes to repairs. Any American brand tends to require the same parts, software, equipment, and skill sets, regardless of the make and model. The same could ... read more

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Hybrid battery reconditioning

    I hear it all the time. “When you need a new battery for your hybrid vehicle, all the savings will be gone.” I will have to disagree with this statement. I purchased a 2011 Prius with 200,000 miles, a year ago. Many of you may think I’m crazy for this. The car was clean inside and I wanted to have to make repairs to it. The Hybrid battery was original along with the Brakes. That’s right 200,000 miles on original brakes! This winter I noticed we would park the car with a full hybrid battery and the next day it would be very low. Awesome, this is the reason I bought a high mileage car.     We have had training on Hybrid battery reconditioning. We know how to do it. We wondered however, how well does it work? My crew and I wired in a loom to the high voltage battery being careful to follow all the proper safety measures. I will point out that these batteries can kill you if proper techniques are not used. I therefore recommend thi ... read more

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Hybrid Vehicles

Tires and Wheel Alignment

Tires and Wheel Alignment

    Todays cars last longer ride better and are more efficient than ever before. Along with that has been significant changes in Tire and Suspension Technology. These changes affect Tire wear handling and the way the car drives. We now sell Tires that last 80,000 miles or more. Here are some Items that can adversely affect tire wear.      #1.Wheel Alignment and worn steering linkage- If your steering wheel is not level when you drive on most roads, your alignment is off. This is the #1 cause of tire wear. If the toe in ( how parallel your front tires are with each other) is off just 1/8 an inch its equivalent to pushing your car sideways 7 feet every mile you drive! When Technicians can feel play in steering linkage its usually at least 1/8 an inch.     #2. Wheel balance- proper wheel balance can help keep the tires on the road and not vibrating. When I first balanced Tires in my teens if you had the imbalance below ½ an ounce ... read more

The 300,000 mile Vehicle

       You may hear stories of vehicles being worn out after 100,000 miles. While this was a very good possibility 30 or 40 years ago, todays cars last much longer. With the advent of fuel injection, and better oil standards, engines have seen increased fuel economy, better performance, and increased longevity. Today’s automobiles are capable of 300,000 plus miles if maintained properly. I have seen three vehicles in recent years attain over 450,000 miles! I have personally Owned multiple vehicles with over 300,000 miles.     Your automobile is likely one of your largest investments second only to your home.  Protect that investment with routine maintenance. I recommend a complete vehicle inspection at least twice a year by an ASE certified technician. This will locate any potential safety concerns as well as inform you of needed maintenance. This will allow you to budget for needed repairs. Quick lube centers are great at changi ... read more

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