Whether you have a car that's been sitting a little too long
or a fleet that needs a basic check, Hitchcock Automotive Repair in the Sarasota,
FL 34233 area can get your vehicle back on the road quickly, and we work
with your insurance company to ensure you get the best repair job at a
To schedule an appointment or find out more about what we can do for your vehicle, contact us at 941-306-1000.
Our expert auto repair services include:
Domestic General Repair
No matter how carefully you drive, your domestic car will need occasional general repairs. These general repairs may include engine diagnostics and repairs, alignments, brakes, front end and rear end diagnostic services and electronics service and repair. To have your domestic vehicle repaired and maintained, contact Hitchcock Automotive Repair today. At Hitchcock Automotive Repair, we have experts who can handle even the most challenging domestic vehicles.
Fleet Maintenance and Repair
As a fleet owner, you have to do all it takes to keep the fleet on the road. When any vehicle is out of service, both revenue and your reputation as a reliable business are at risk. To make sure your fleet of trucks/vehicles is always on the road, partner with a professional auto shop. At Hitchcock Automotive Repair, we can manage your fleet repairs and maintenance. We make sure servicing is up to date and up to standards. We handle all aspects of fleet repairs and maintenance.
Import General Repair
Import vehicles can be an economical or stylish alternative to domestic cars. Obviously, they will require general repairs at some point. Additionally, maintenance and repair of these vehicles requires knowledge and tools not possessed by many auto shops. If you have issues with your import vehicle, contact or visit Hitchcock Automotive Repair today for professional import general repairs. We have the expertise required to get your vehicle running like new again.
Off-Road Vehicle Repairs
An off-road vehicle (also known as an off-highway vehicle) is a vehicle capable of driving on and off paved roads. An off-road vehicle can comfortably use any type of road. These vehicles are characterized by large tires. When an off-road vehicle develops problems, it should be serviced by a shop that has experience in off-road repair. For expert off-road vehicle repairs, contact or visit Hitchcock Automotive Repair today.
Warning Lights Questions and Answers
Q: Why does my car keep saying the coolant level is low?A: If a low coolant warning light is on do not continue to drive and go directly to the auto repair shop. It is simple and often inexpensive to fix at Hitchcock Automotive Repair. Waiting to get the problem resolved can result in high-cost engine repairs. If the low coolant warning light continues to flash on, then there is a leak in the car's cooling system. Coolant fluid can leak in several ways. First, external leaks from radiator hoses, second, connections between hoses, or lastly, from the radiator itself. Your car's radiator cap may leak due to a faulty seal on the cap which can be easily resolved by a specialist at our shop in Sarasota.
Q: Why Is My Car's ABS Light On?A: An Anti-Lock Braking System or ABS warning light on your dash indicates something in your car's ABS needs to be checked out by a qualified mechanic. Your ABS is one of your most important safety systems. Do not ignore this warning light. Common issues are:
- Malfunctioning ABS module
- Low levels in the brake fluid reservoir
- Broken speed sensor
- The ABS system is not receiving power
Q: How do I fix a persistent traction control warning light?
A: Normally, when the traction control light comes on while driving it indicates the car's traction control lost grip or traction going around a sharp curve or while driving on wet pavement. However, sometimes the traction control warning light will come on and stay on.
The best way to determine whether it was just a fluke or a real issue is to shut your vehicle off and turn it back on. If the light is off, then it was likely a temporary malfunction. If the light does not reset, come by Hitchcock Automotive Repair in Sarasota and let us fix it.
Q: Why is my throttle control warning light on?A: The connection between the gas pedal and acceleration is controlled by your car's throttle. The amount of acceleration or throttle control is governed by a sophisticated computer system. Any disruption of the electrical signals will affect your vehicle's acceleration and cause the throttle control warning light to come on. If your throttle control light comes on go directly to Hitchcock Automotive Repair in Sarasota.
Q: What are the main problems that cause a throttle control warning light to come on?A: The five main issues are:
- Irregular or dangerous unintended acceleration
- Intermittent loss of throttle control
- Sudden drop in fuel economy
- Hesitation or stumbling when accelerating.
- Engine stuck unable to accelerate beyond a fast idle.
Q: Can I drive with the throttle control light on?A: No, unwanted acceleration may occur and cause an accident. Go straight to the repair shop. There can be many different causes for the throttle control warning light, many are simple fixes.
Great experience. Scott was upfront about needed repairs and maintenance, and didn't try to do anything without my authorization. Also, there was no high pressure to do anything immediately like some shops will try. There is a nice, clean, comfortable waiting area with free wi-fi, and he also has loaner cars available if you don't want to or are unable wait around. I have to drive 20 miles to get to this shop, but it's worth it for an honest mechanic.
I had a great experience at Hitchcock Automotive. They were able to get me in right before the Holidays when everywhere else was busy or was not able to do the service that my car needed. I would highly recommend them to anybody looking for a good place to have work done on their car. Friendly staff and quick service.
Traveling to Sarasota for vacation and brakes were making unusual noise and felt that it should be checked out. Read reviews prior to selection and called and spoke with owner , Scott , who directed me to come in anytime. Upon arrival I was greeted by a very courteous and welcoming owner that listened to my issues and had a tech on it and out for a test ride and on a lift and checked out quickly. Results were nothing to worry about and normal for some vehicles from north with little rusting that can cause some noise or rubbing that will go away and does not harm brakes and that mine were in excellent condition. When I offered my credit card for payment Scott informed me there was no charge as they had done no work!! I have already offered his name to some friends that spend winters here for their auto servicing needs.