• 4 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Mechanic

    It is important to have a conversation with your mechanic before you entrust them with your vehicle. There are a few crucial questions that you should ask while you are in the negotiation stages. Learn more below from a crew that knows a lot about the industry. If you are looking for auto repair services in Fort Collins, look no further than the expert team at Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive. Contact us today for more information on the services that we can offer you!

     

     

    Warranties

    One crucial thing that you should inquire about before agreeing to automotive services is the warranties that the mechanic offers. If they can’t guarantee the quality of the work that they offer, it might be a sign that you should find another mechanic.

     

     

    What Is Your Reputation?

    This may seem like a basic question, but the way in which your prospective mechanic responds to it can say a lot about their business practices and standards. Any expert will have references ready for you and won’t shy away from suggesting that you look up their customer reviews.

     

     

    Are They Certified?

    A good indicator that you are working with a Fort Collins mechanic that you can count on is if they have a certification from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Don’t risk having your car worked on by a company that isn’t qualified to do the work.

     

     

    Length of Services

    You should never pay for auto services without having a mutual understanding with your technician regarding how long it will take to fix your car. Most people rely on their vehicle in their daily life, so an extra day or two of work can make a huge impact.

    Make sure that you are getting your car serviced by a reliable auto mechanic in Fort Collins by asking them these questions before agreeing to services. Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive is the premier shop in town if you are looking to have some work done on your vehicle. Get a quote from our team when you reach out now!

  • 4 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

    Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting your car ready for the warm weather. Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive’s experienced team of automotive technicians and modern equipment can help get your car ready for the warmer months ahead. Our services are reliable, affordable, and convenient — making us the perfect choice for all your auto repair needs. Keep reading to learn how you can get your car ready for the summer and contact us to schedule a service today!

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    1. Check Your Tires

    With the warm weather and increased chance of rain, it’s important to make sure your tires have enough tread and are inflated to the proper pressure. Look for any cracks or bald spots that could cause a blowout and ensure your spare tire is in good condition. If you need our mechanic at Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive to check your tires, visit our auto shop today!

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    2. Test the Battery

    The hot summer weather can take a toll on your car’s battery. To avoid being stranded with a dead battery, make sure to test it regularly and replace it if necessary. If your battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to replace it before the summer. Visit our auto shop in Fort Collins to have your battery checked and replaced if needed.

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    3. Top Off Fluids & Check Hoses and Belts

    Even as the weather gets warmer and it’s less likely your car fluids will drop drastically compared to the winter, it’s still important to check these fluids regularly and top them off as needed. You should also check hoses and belts for any cracks or wear and tear. Need us to top off your fluids while you get an oil change? Visit our auto repair shop in Fort Collins to get started!

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    4. Check the A/C

    One of the worst things about a hot summer day is getting in your car and realizing the air conditioning isn’t working. To avoid this, make sure to have your A/C system checked before the summer starts. Our team at Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive can inspect your A/C system and repair it if necessary. We want to make sure you’re comfortable all summer long!

    If you need help getting your car ready for summer, contact Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive today. Our experienced team of automotive technicians can help with everything from tire alignment to A/C maintenance. Rather than trying to do it yourself, leave it to the professionals and call us today! We’re here to help you get your car ready for summer so you can enjoy the warm weather worry-free. Contact us now to schedule a service!

  • 4 Common Causes of Check Engine Lights

    Have you ever been driving and all of a sudden, your check engine light comes on? Well, don’t panic because it’s more common than you think. In this blog post, we’ll list the most common causes of the check engine light turning on, so you can be prepared and deal with it quickly if it happens to you. Keep reading to learn more from Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive.

    Failing Oxygen Sensor

    1. Failing Oxygen Sensor

    One common issue that can cause your check engine light to turn on is a failing oxygen sensor. The oxygen sensor is responsible for monitoring the amount of oxygen in the exhaust system, and if it detects a drop in oxygen levels, it will trigger the check engine light. Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive can help you diagnose and repair this problem, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

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    2. Loose or Faulty Gas Cap

    Many times, the cause of the check engine light is a simple issue, such as a loose or faulty gas cap. A gas cap that is not tight can cause the fuel system to leak, triggering the check engine light. At Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive, we can inspect your gas cap and perform a fuel system pressure test to check for leaks.

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    3. Failing Catalytic Converter

    One of the most common services we perform is catalytic converter replacement. A failing catalytic converter is a common cause of check engine lights turning on, and it can lead to a decrease in fuel economy and engine performance. If you have noticed that your check engine light is on, or if you have noticed any decreases in fuel economy or engine performance, we highly recommend bringing your vehicle in for an inspection.

    Spark Plug Problems

    4. Spark Plug Problems

    Over time, spark plugs can become fouled with carbon deposits or worn out, causing misfires and triggering the check engine light. One of the most common reasons we see cars come into our shop with a check engine light is due to spark plug problems. If you’re experiencing any issues with your vehicle, or if your check engine light is on, bring it into Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive for a professional diagnosis and repair.

    If your check engine light is on, don’t panic. There are a few common causes that we can help you with here at Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive. Schedule your service today and we’ll take a look at what’s going on under the hood. We’re always here to help you keep your car running smoothly.

  • 4 Tips to Maintain Your Car’s Air Conditioning System

    Summer is in full swing and that means one thing – the air conditioning in your car is going to be working overtime! There’s nothing worse for your AC unit than overworking it until it breaks down. If you want to keep your car’s air conditioning system running smoothly all summer long, follow these tips from Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive.

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    1. Run Your AC Regularly

    Many people think they can just wait until the summer to turn on their AC, but that’s not the best way to keep it running smoothly. Instead, we recommend running your AC regularly, even in the winter. This will help keep the system clean and prevent any potential problems down the road.

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    2. Schedule Professional Services as Needed

    As we all know, Fort Collins is hot in the summer, and it’s important to have a working air conditioner in your vehicle. Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive can service your air conditioning system, so it’s running properly when you need it most. Our team of certified technicians can quickly and efficiently diagnose and repair your car’s air conditioning system.

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    3. Clean or Replace Your Air Filter

    One way to maintain your car’s air conditioning system is to clean or replace your air filter. Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive recommends that you check your air filter every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. If your air filter is clogged, it can reduce the airflow to your car’s engine, which can cause your car to overheat. 

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    4. Clear Exterior Debris

    Over time, leaves, twigs, and other debris can build up around your air conditioner’s condenser coils. This can impede airflow and cause the system to work harder than it needs to. Clearing away this debris will help ensure that your air conditioner can operate at peak efficiency. 

    The way weather fluctuates in Colorado, it’s important to always have an operational air conditioning system in your car. The team at Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive would like to remind drivers that it is important to maintain your car’s air conditioning system year-round. Schedule regular maintenance checks with us to ensure your AC system is running smoothly in any season.

  • Annual Maintenance Tips From Fort Collins Muffler And Automotive

    Your car is a valuable thing in your life and you should take good care of it! At Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we want you to be in the know with your car. So here are a few things we recommend every car owner does each year. If you have any questions or need your vehicle serviced, feel free to visit our website.


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    Wheel Alignment

    Having properly aligned wheels is incredibly important. However, this alignment can be knocked out by hitting something like a curb, or worn-down suspension. If your wheels are misaligned, your tires could wear unevenly, resulting in quicker wear on your tires and a higher risk of a blowout. You will also likely experience lower gas mileage since your car will have to use more of its own power to drive. Bring your car in to get them aligned once a year to ensure that your tires are aimed true.

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    Get It Inspected

    A general inspection once a year is a great way to prevent major problems with your car. In our shop, we make sure to check every little part of your car to make sure it is still in driving condition. If you sense that there is something wrong with your car, we are available to diagnose any problems you might have and suggest a solution. However, many problems go undetected, which is why it’s a good idea to have it inspected once a year.

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    Spark Plug Replacement

    Your spark plugs are responsible for creating the explosion that powers your engine. They are cheap and easy to replace. We do it regularly at our shop, and in no time at all. But, since they are such a key component in your engine and are prone to becoming gummed up, it is important to replace them once a year to encourage maximum engine efficiency.

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    Get It Detailed

    Your brake discs are one of the most valuable parts of your car. In combination with brake pads, they allow you to safely come to a stop. While they are very durable, you should replace them or at least have them inspected once a year to keep you driving safe!

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    If there is any mechanical issue with your car, we can help. We can take care of every part of your car so you don’t have to! For over 40 years we have been performing auto maintenance in Fort Collins, so come on in today!

  • 4 Reasons We Love Serving Fort Collins With Automotive Services

    For over 40 years, Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive has had the privilege to serve this amazing community and provide outstanding automotive services. We wanted to take this opportunity to express four reasons to our customers why we love serving Fort Collins, and why we look forward to continuing to providing superior auto repair for at least another 40 years!

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    Our Services Are All About Convenience

    There’s never a convenient time for your vehicle to need service, maintenance, or repairs. Because of that fact, we’ve made it part of our mission to make the auto repair experience in Fort Collins as convenient as possible by going the extra mile for our customers. From providing free loaner cars and a shuttle service both to and from your service appointment, to offering free consultations and estimates, and even simply making sure our waiting area is comfortable with free Wi-Fi, convenience is our middle name. Not to mention our “Hassle-Free Guarantee!”

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    We Hold Ourselves to a High Standard of Excellence

    Whether you just need an oil change or you need a major issue fixed, we hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence. With every car that is rolled (or dragged) into our garage, we make sure to treat your vehicle like it’s the most important vehicle we’re working on that day. Part of providing a convenient auto repair experience is ensuring our customers that they’re receiving quality automotive and muffler services. We’re not satisfied until you’re satisfied!

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    Our Mechanics are Friendly and Professional

    There’s nothing more comforting when your vehicle has an issue than knowing that you have access to mechanics you can trust. You don’t get to be in business for nearly five decades without establishing a great reputation with your customers! Each of our automotive specialists are experienced and professional and will take the time to explain all of the details about the issues affecting your vehicle. Whether you’re a seasoned gearhead or you’re not sure how to pop the hood, we’ll meet you where you’re at and make sure that you understand what we’re doing to your vehicle and why we’re doing it.

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    We Love Helping Our Local Community Thrive

    At Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive, we know that what goes on outside of our garage can be just as, if not more, important than what goes on inside. That’s why we love giving back to our community here in Fort Collins. We do this by sponsoring local sports teams, investing in school fundraisers, and participating in charity causes like Brake for Breasts and Realities for Children, among others. Our shop is situated right in the heart of Fort Collins, just south of CSU right on College Avenue, so we can almost literally feel the heartbeat of our city — it’s one of the reasons we love giving back.

    For an auto repair experience that is second-to-none in providing quality service and convenience, schedule your next appointment at Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive! We look forward to seeing you!

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  • A Rise in Catalytic Converter Theft Across Colorado

    Most people know that their vehicle has a Catalytic Converter but don’t worry about it. A recent and distrurbing trend forces attention on protecting against damage or theft of this device. Theft impacts vehicle maintenance, while increasing auto repair costs. A surge in thefts, especially since the start of the pandemic, is cause for concern, especially for owners of newer vehicles. Across the nation, more than 14,400 Catalytic Converters were stolen around the country in 2020, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

    This problem is growing here in Colorado as well. Denver police report that from January to May 2020 they had 23 such thefts. For the same period in 2021, they report 980 thefts. There are several ways for local vehicle owners to help prevent this from happening to them.

    Impact On All Types of Vehicles

    As an anti-pollution device, vehicles of all shapes and sizes have environmental requirements. The cost of a replacement Catalytic Converter is generally now in the $1,000 to $2,000 price range. This does not include any other auto repairs or labor charges from the mechanic. Not long ago, the typical cost was around $350, prior to the recent environmental considerations. Thieves that sell them in quantity generate thousands of dollars. In addition, many are made with precious metals which could also fetch hundreds of dollars. Larger vehicles, including most trucks, often contain multiple converters. 

    Solving The Problem In Ft. Collins

    This type of theft can happen here in Fort Collins. Even though most auto insurance covers theft loss, it may not cover an auto repair. The vehicle owner may face a large deductible. Because of the need for replacements, even the best mechanic can face a delay in getting a new one.

    Reducing The Need For Auto Repairs

    One strategy to protect your vehicle’s Catalytic Converter is to etch the VIN number on to the Converter. This would prevent a licensed mechanic from installing it elsewhere. Another method is to apply bright colored paint , making it far less attractive to thieves. Some models of cars allow for covers to protect the Converter. These cost in the range of $200. A mechanic can install it, most likely with an added labor cost. A car alarm system should respond to activity underneath the car, especially for vehicles sitting high off the ground.

    Additional Steps Fort Collins Residents Can Take

    This rise in theft is a reminder to be aware of where your vehicle is at all times. These thefts tend to happen when a vehicle is outside and unattended. Examples are grocery store, medical center, and office building parking lots.

    Checking the Catalytic Converter is a part of the vehicle maintenance a licensed mechanic performs. You want to keep your auto repair costs down as much as possible even when you are not a theft victim. Precautions such as covering or painting over your Catalytic Converter could save you hundreds of dollars. Having a top notch alarm system and parking safely also help.

    Let our expert mechanic perform vehicle maintenance at your convenience. Schedule your appointment today.

  • What You Should Know About Colorado’s New Catalytic Converter Laws

    If you’ve heard that Colorado is now subject to new catalytic converter laws, you may be wondering exactly what’s going on — and what that means for your vehicle. Not to worry, because at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we’re here to break it all down.

    Whether you’re curious about what this new change means for Colorado motorists or you’re just curious about what’s going on, keep reading to learn more.

    What It All Means

    On January 1, “all sales or installations of aftermarket catalytic converters for any model year vehicle in Colorado must comply with Air Quality Control Commission Regulation Number 20, 5 CCR 1001-24,” according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Essentially, since this has gone into effect, it’s necessary for replacement catalytic converters to be original from the manufacturer or a specific aftermarket converter that’s certified to meet specific standards for emissions.

    This new regulation also prohibits people from selling “used, recycled, or salvaged” catalytic converters. Additionally, only exempted catalytic converters can now be sold.

    But what happens if your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic converter that’s not compliant with the new regulation? Simply put, it will not pass its next emissions test. Interestingly, many catalytic converters have tripled in price since the state of Colorado changed to California’s stricter laws.

    Learn more at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website or check out their webinar “Understanding Colorado’s New Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Regulation.” 

    What You Can Do

    At Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, our mission is to keep your vehicle running its best. If you’re confused or concerned about Colorado’s new regulation, we want you to know that we’re here to lend a helping hand in order to ensure that your vehicle is in compliance.

    Although it can sometimes feel overwhelming to deal with new laws and regulations — especially those that are confusing — you can count on our team of expert Fort Collins mechanics to provide you with the insight you need. When it comes to auto repair and vehicle maintenance, we strive to be the best of the best. Since 1977, we’ve been the team people turn to for a variety of different vehicle services, and over the past four decades, we’ve developed a reputation for going the extra mile for each and every person that brings their vehicle to us.

    Schedule an Appointment Today

    Whether you’d like to learn more or you need to have your catalytic converter replaced, we can help. Of course, in addition to helping with this specific issue, we can also help with general auto maintenance, mufflers, brake repair, oil changes, fluid maintenance, and much more.

    In other words, no matter what your vehicle needs, you can trust us to be honest, professional, and knowledgeable about solving your problems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and rest assured that you’re in good hands with the crew at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive. We look forward to having the opportunity to lend a helping hand.

  • Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

    Whether you’ve lived in Colorado for your entire life or you’re a new resident, chances are that you’ve heard about just how unpredictable winter weather can be in our neck of the woods. Thankfully, at Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we’re here to help ensure that your car is ready for the winter ahead.

    That’s why in today’s post, we’re highlighting some of the most important tips to follow to ensure that you’re fully prepared for winter in Colorado. While we may go weeks at a time without a sign of snow, the truth is that the weather here can change at the drop of a hat, and that’s why it’s so vitally important to ensure that you’re ready for anything. Keep reading to learn more, and if you need assistance, contact our team of Fort Collins auto repair experts.

    How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter in Colorado

    Get an Oil Change

    Although an oil change is often the most-completed form of vehicle maintenance, it’s especially important to be sure that your vehicle is ready for the cold weather ahead. Depending on your vehicle and the temperature, it may be worth asking us if it’s necessary to use a different kind of oil.

    Change Your Wiper Blades

    If it’s been awhile since you’ve changed your windshield wiper blades, now is the time to do it! Ice, snow, and sleet can quickly cause problems on your windshield, and when your defroster is working to melt them, a quality pair of wiper blades can quickly get rid of water that would otherwise accumulate and freeze. Being able to see clearly out of your window makes all the difference in the world during a winter snowstorm, so make sure you’re prepared by testing your wiper blades. It’s also a great time to check your wiper fluid levels to ensure that they’re topped off before winter begins.

    Have Your Heater Inspected

    There’s nothing worse than getting into a cold car when it’s freezing outside only to discover that your heater isn’t working. Trust us when we say that even if you’re bundled up in warm outdoor gear, driving a car while it’s in single digits gets old very quickly. Bring your vehicle in to have your heater and defroster checked and tuned up now to avoid trouble later.

    Check Your Tires

    One of the most vital components of driving on a snowy Colorado day is tires. Whether you have snow tires put on your vehicle or not is entirely up to you, but making certain that your tires have enough tread is crucial. Our advice? Use a penny! All you have to do is place your penny in the treads of your tires. If the top of President Lincoln’s head disappears in the treads, chances are that your tires are in good shape.

    Of course, this is one area where we recommend double and triple checking to ensure that you’re safe. Need a hand? Bring your vehicle in for general maintenance and ask us what we think. We’ll let you know the safest option based on the specific wear you have on your tires.

    Keep an Emergency Supply Kit

    Ultimately, you never know when things will take a turn for the worst. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you’re ready for anything. After all, if you’re stuck at the office or broken down on the side of the road, you’ll be thankful that you prepared an emergency kit. We recommend keeping the following items tucked away in the trunk of your car:

    • Blanket (reflective if possible)
    • Water bottle
    • Candles
    • Jumper cables
    • Multipurpose tool
    • Flashlight
    • First aid kit
    • Duct tape
    • Extra clothing

    Get Your Car Ready With Expert Vehicle Maintenance

    At Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we would be glad to provide you with any vehicle maintenance your car needs before winter rolls around. Although it’s hard to believe that summer is in the rearview mirror, fall is in full swing and we’ll get our first snow before we know it. It pays to be prepared, so whether you’re in need of an oil change, new tires, brake repair, an alignment, or general car care, our team is here to help.

    Contact us today to schedule a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • What People Have To Say About Our Fort Collins Auto Shop

    At Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, our mission is to provide each and every customer who comes to our shop with service that is absolutely unmatched. We pride ourselves on being the local auto repair shop that people can trust, and that’s why in today’s post, we’d like to share a handful of our most recent reviews from all across the internet.

    After all, at the end of the day, the thing that matters most to us is what other people say about our business. Keep reading to read some of our favorite recent reviews, or feel free to contact us today to schedule general maintenance, brake inspections, oil changes, and more from the local mechanic you can trust to get the job done thoroughly and properly.

    Fort Collins Muffler & Automotive Reviews

    “We were in town dropping off our daughter at CSU when her “new” used car started having issues. I brought the car into your shop. Aaron was great. Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, reliable…He had great follow through, and I feel confident that we now have a go-to place for her automotive needs for the rest of her time in Ft. Collins.” – Brendan

    “They replaced the catalytic converters on my 2002 Subaru outback very quickly. They had the part there within a day and they had the vehicle out within a couple of hours but the work was not rushed and was done professionally and properly and passed emissions immediately! They did a professional exhaust job faster than a Subaru dealership for a grand less, I highly highly recommend this shop! 10/10” – Ethan

    “Wow!! Went in for an estimate and my vehicle was fixed right there on the spot within a couple hours!! Thank you!!!!! FAST FRIENDLY EFFICIENT!!! I was really pleased, very affordable 😊 Will highly recommend to others!” – Ester

    At the time we’re writing this, we hold 4.7 stars on Google, 4.9 stars on Facebook, and a 98.99 rating score on Top Rated Local®, so don’t hesitate to visit us on social media to read more reviews. Have you worked with us in the past? We’d love to know what your experience was like, so feel free to leave a review while you’re there. Of course, we also share info about our Car Care Club, tips for maintaining your car, specials, coupons, and more, so give us a like to stay up to date with what we’re doing.

    From Vehicle Maintenance to Repair, We Have You Covered

    There’s no doubt that finding a good mechanic in Fort Collins can feel overwhelming, but the good news is that when you choose Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive, we’ll take great care of you throughout the entire process. Conveniently located at 20001 S. College, we make it easy to bring your car in for an oil change or drop it off for maintenance before you go about your day.

    Backed by highly qualified vehicle technicians and top-of-the-line equipment, we strive to be the auto repair shop you can rely on for all of your needs. Since 1977, we’ve been a family owned and operated business — and we’re proud to carry that tradition into the present day. As a small business, we know the value of hard work and customer service. That’s why when you choose to bring your car to us, you can rest assured that we’ll pay attention to the details and take the time necessary to get the job done the right way.

    We love being a part of our community and nothing brings us greater joy than keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Whether you need assistance with mufflers, brake repair, alignment, heating and air conditioning, ignition systems, or general maintenance, you can rely on us to provide you with high-caliber repair services.

    Contact Us Today — We’ll Live Up to Our Reputation

    With free pickup and delivery so you don’t have to leave your home during COVID, free loaner cars, or a shuttle service that gets you where you need to go, we’re the team to turn to when you need help for your vehicle. We even offer free consultations and estimates, ensuring that you know exactly what to expect when you bring your car to Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive. For many, convenience is key to a great repair experience, and when you choose to work with us, that’s what we’ll provide.

    Although choosing a mechanic is difficult, we want you to know that we’ll go above and beyond when you bring your vehicle to Fort Collins Muffler and Automotive for maintenance or repair. Be sure to read more reviews on Top Rated Local®, Facebook, Yelp, and Google, then contact us today to schedule an appointment. No matter your specific needs, you can count on being in good hands. We look forward to hearing from you!