Automotive Repair & Services in Pittsburgh
At Baum Blvd Automotive, we offer a full range of automotive services including inspections, repairs, and preventive maintenance. Whether it's for your annual state inspection, an unexpected break down, or just time for your regularly schedule 30,000 mile service, we can take care of your automotive service needs.
The best way to prevent unexpected and costly breakdowns is by doing routine, scheduled maintenance. This way you can choose when to bring your vehicle in and avoid the uncertainty of repair costs.
How do I know what my vehicle needs?
There are several ways to answer that question. Most of the scheduled maintenance is printed in the owner's manual that resides in the glove box. It's not very interesting reading, but there is a lot of useful information in there. Another option is to search the internet. We offer a service through www.ownerautosite.com where you can see your vehicle's repair history with us, and see what is recommended for the future. The third way is to just give us a call. We'll be happy to look up your records and check what is needed in the future.
But don't I have to go back to the dealer to maintain my warranty?
No. The manufacturers can require that certain specifications are met when performing services such as changing oil or transmission fluid, but they cannot require a certain brand or location for service. Here, at Baum Blvd Automotive we only use fluids that meet the OEM specifications.
Every car that comes into our shop we look over with a complimentary multipoint inspection. We do this in order to advise you on any safety or reliability issues that you might not be aware of, such as the brake light bulb that is burnt out or the serpentine belt that is only hanging on by a thread. Nobody likes emergency repairs, so we try to do our best to make sure that they are not necessary. We will check all of the lights, wiper blades, fluid levels, the condition and air pressure of the tires, the condition of the battery, along with the condition of the belts and hoses under the hood. We will visually check the suspension and brakes for anything that doesn’t quite feel or look right. We will not remove tires, or dig deep into suspension issues, but we will advise you if we feel that further diagnosis is warranted. Of course there is no obligation to address anything that we find, in fact most items can be taken care of at your convenience. After all, that is the goal, to take care of maintenance on your schedule, not wait for the car to demand it.
We understand that there are few things in life more frustrating than when your car breaks down. It's inconvenient and sometimes expensive. While we cannot undo what has already happened, we will do our best to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We have the tools to quickly and accurately diagnose what is wrong with your vehicle and can get most parts delivered within 24 hours. We also offer a credit card through Bosch that carries a six month same as cash to ease the strain of unexpected financial burdens. Click here for more information.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE SAFETY AND EMISSIONS INSPECTION
We know nobody really likes to bring their car in for inspection, it's inconvenient and you're always worried that the inspector will find something serious. However here are a few tips to make things go a little easier.
- Make an appointment for a day that you can leave the car with us for the day. It usually take a little over an hour to do the inspection, but if you can leave the car with us for the day we can often get any necessary minor repairs completed in one day so that you won't have to return for a second visit.
- We need two documents to do an inspection: The current registration and the current proof of insurance.
- Schedule for the middle of the month, the first and last weeks of the month are the busiest time for inspections.
REGISTERED OUT OF STATE?
If you need an emissions test to renew the registration in your home state, we can take care of that for you.
If you are planning on registering your vehicle in Pennsylvania, you will need to complete the registration process with PennDot before we can do the required safety and emissions inspection. You may need to get a "vin tracing" or "vin verification" before you can complete the title transfer, if so we can do that for you. It only takes about five minutes and there is no charge for that service.