When was the last time you walked into a mechanic's shop and thought to yourself, "Wow, everyone here is so friendly! Their waiting room is nice too. I think I'll stay while they work on my car." The truth is, too many autobody shops in Charleston are dark, dingy, and dirty. To make matters worse, their staff are aloof and often don't know a thing about customer service.
At A+ Auto, our goal is to change the way people view Automotive Shops. When you visit our shop, we want you to walk in and feel like you are a part of our family. When you become our customer, we will work hard to ensure you never have a reason to look for a different mechanic in Charleston, SC. We want to restore your trust in the automotive business and make certain you never feel cheated or are unsure about your vehicle's repairs.
As a full-service auto mechanic shop in Charleston, we do everything from routine maintenance like oil changes to major repairs involving engines and transmissions. We started off in 2004 as a Major Repair Auto Shop and barely made it through the 2008 recession. However, we persevered and came back strong in 2010 by adding more services and becoming a true full-service auto shop. Today, we have been at our location in North Charleston for more than 16 years, and we have no intention of going anywhere soon.
Unlike some auto repair shops in Charleston, we pride ourselves on A+ customer satisfaction and outstanding workmanship. We are so confident in our abilities that we back up our work with a four-year, 48K mile warranty - unheard of in our industry. When we say we're a one-stop-shop for ALL of your auto repair needs, we mean it!
Some of the most requested auto repair services we offer include:
- General Maintenance and Repair
- Transmission Repair
- Air Conditioning Repair
- Engine Repair
- Electrical Repair
- Alignment Services
- Diagnostic Services
What we Do
- Your A+ Auto Mechanic in Charleston, SC
- Why Choose A+ for Auto Repair in Charleston, SC?
- General Automobile Maintenance and Repair in Charleston
- Electrical Maintenance and Repair in Charleston
- Engine Repair in Charleston
- Transmission Repair in Charleston
- Air Conditioning Repair in Charleston
- Tires & Brakes in Charleston
- Vehicle Wheel Alignment in Charleston
- Welcome to the A+ Auto Family
Why Choose A+ for Auto
Repair in Charleston, SC?
Our loyal customers keep coming back to A+ Auto because we genuinely want to provide them with top-notch auto repairs and the most helpful customer service in the Charleston mechanic industry.
Why choose us, you ask?
The Best Warranty in the Biz
Our warranty covers your first 48 Months or 48,000 Miles
The Best Car Mechanics in Charleston
Our auto body professionals are ASE certified technicians. In addition, our shop is certified as Nationwide Gold and a NAPA Auto Care Center.
The Best Perks
We're talking FREE shuttle rides, same-day service on most repairs, quality work approved by you, and no surprise charges. Our business model is simple: give our customers the highest quality work with the most helpful customer service. No if's, and's, or but's.
As a family-owned and operated auto mechanic shop in Charleston, we are proud to serve the Lowcountry. After all, you're our neighbors, and neighbors have to look out for one another. Swing by our shop to see the A+ Auto difference. We think you will like what you see!
Maintenance and Repair
You have spent thousands of dollars on your vehicle. Doesn't it make sense, then, to take care of your investment? General maintenance and repair services like oil changes and tire rotations are crucial for maintaining the life of your car or truck. Perhaps more importantly, routine service can help ensure your safety systems are fully functional. When your car is up-to-date on maintenance, you have peace of mind knowing your friends and family are safe.
A few reasons you should bring your car or truck in for regular maintenance include:
Extend Your Vehicle's Life
With regular maintenance, you can keep your vehicle in good shape year-round. By keeping a regular maintenance schedule, you can prevent breakdowns and reduce wear and tear that can reduce the life of your vehicle. By giving your car or truck the attention it needs, you can get the most out of your vehicle and keep it in good shape well past the 100k mile mark.
Few situations are as sketchy as your vehicle breaking down on a road or highway, especially at night. Regular maintenance can help reduce the probability of getting stranded. Plus, your car will be in better working condition year-round.
Fewer Repairs Needed
When you have the A+ team perform preventative maintenance on your vehicle, you're staying ahead of the repair game. Wait too long to have your car's oil changed, or its engine checked, and you might need emergency auto repair. These problems often happen at the worst times and cost a lot of money. When you keep your vehicle maintained, you can reduce repairs and their cost.
Common maintenance and repair jobs include:
- Oil Change
- Water pumps
- Belts & Hoses
- Fluid Services
All services performed by A+ Auto Service will be backed by our Industry Leading 4 Year/ 48,000 Mile Parts and Labor Warranty.
Electrical Maintenance and
Repair in Charleston
Every day, we hop in our cars, crank the ignition, and make our way to whatever destination we're headed to. Most vehicle owners do this without a second thought, but have you ever taken a moment to think about your car's electrical components?
Your vehicle's electric system not only starts your car - it makes your radio, dashboard, and headlights functional. Today, most cars have complex electrical components that are responsible for on-road safety systems and all-wheel drive mechanics.
At A+ Auto, we perform a variety of electrical maintenance work in Charleston, from simple battery replacements to comprehensive re-wiring. Our team of skilled electrical technicians will dial down to the root cause of your issues and provide you with a detailed explanation of what's going on with your car. Once we understand your car's electrical issues, we get to work on solving the problem at a price you can afford.
Some common automobile electrical problems we solve include:
- Dead Batteries
- Bad Alternators
- Bad Battery Cables
- Blown Electrical Fuses
- Bad Starter
Engine Repair in Charleston
When it comes to your car or truck, maintaining your engine is arguably the most important task you can take. That's because the engine is like the heart of your vehicle. Without a properly functioning engine, you can't drive anywhere. One of the most common signs that your engine needs service is an oil leak. If you notice a leak, we advise you to bring your vehicle to our experienced mechanic in Charleston, SC, immediately. Driving a vehicle with a leak can cause more damage, which in the end, could cause engine failure and result in very expensive repairs.
Some common engine maintenance services we offer include:
- Air and Fuel Filter Replacement
- Spark Plug Replacement
- Spark Plug Wiring Inspection
- Throttle Body Services
- Much More
At A+ Auto Service, we don't stop with routine engine maintenance. Our highly-skilled engine repair technicians can completely rebuild or replace your faulty engine at a price you can afford. If your "check engine" light comes on, don't ignore it - bring it in to our shop before the problem gets worse.
If your engine is the heart of your car or truck, consider your transmission its circulatory system. Problems with your vehicle's transmission are just as "mission-critical" as those with your engine. Fortunately, with regular maintenance checks and our transmission repair services, your vehicle is in good hands. However, waiting too long to have your transmission serviced can lead to a domino effect of issues. Those problems will be costly and may render your vehicle inoperable.
A few warning signs you may need transmission repair include:
- Slipping Gears
- Burning Smell
- Leaking Fluid
- Humming or Clunking Sounds
- Unresponsive Gear Shifts
From minor maintenance services like transmission fluid changes to full transmission rebuilds, we have the tools and trained technicians to handle the job.
Air Conditioning Repair
There are some things in the south that you must have. When it comes to your automobile, you can include air conditioning on that list. In Charleston, the weather doesn't just get hot - it gets really hot, with a lot of humidity. Keeping your A/C maintained helps prevent serious situations where your A/C goes out when you need it the most. Of course, air conditioning isn't just reserved for hot days in the Lowcountry - your car's A/C plays an important role in the winter as well, like defrosting your windows. If you notice strange smells, leaks, or no air conditioning at all, it's time to bring your vehicle to our A/C mechanic in Charleston, SC.
At A+ Auto, we service a wide variety of A/C issues, including:
- Damaged or Failed Compressor
- A/C System Leaks
- Clutch Issues
- Low Refrigerant Levels
- Filter Problems
- Broken Belts
- Broken Blower Motor
- Cross Contamination
- A/C Control Head Malfunctions
Vehicle Wheel Alignment in
Do you really need to have your wheels aligned when you bring your vehicle in for service? Yes, absolutely. A proper wheel alignment ensures your tires meet the road at the right angle, point straight when they need to, and remain centered in your wheel wells. When your wheels are out of alignment, your gas mileage and ride comfort suffer.
Common signs of misalignment include:
- Car Pulling to Right or Left
- Rapid Tire Wear
- Uneven Tire Wear
- Noisy Steering
- Squealing Tires
Not only can alignment issues cause driving to be uncomfortable, but it can also cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. To avoid uneven tire wear and costly repairs, we suggest getting your vehicle alignment checked, which is FREE at A+ Auto.Free Estimates
Tires & Brakes in Charleston
Few situations are scarier than driving when the brakes go out. Your vehicle's brakes are its most vital safety system. They give you the ability to stop or slow down, so you can avoid serious car accidents and pedestrians in the roadway. Having good brakes can mean the difference between life and death, which is why it is so important that you keep them well maintained. If your brakes are getting worse and worse, it might be time to replace them.
The same goes for your tires - another vital part of your vehicle's makeup. When your tires are worn, you're putting yourself and your family at risk when you drive with them. Tires with worn-out tread won't function properly in adverse conditions, like when you drive through deep standing water on the highway.
A+ Auto Service is a Certified Hercules, General & Continental Tire Dealer. A lot goes into finding the right tire, whether you need basic all-season tires or real-deal off-road rubber. If you don't know where to start on your search for new tires, one of our auto mechanics in Charleston, SC would be happy to help.
When you visit our shop for routine maintenance or new tires in Charleston, be sure to have your brakes inspected while you wait. The last thing you want to do is drive off our lot with brakes that won't stop you.
Some common warning signs that you need brake repair includes:
- Grinding Noises When Stopping
- Spongy-Feeling Brake Pedals
- Shaking Steering Column
- Squealing and Squeaking Sounds When Stopping
- Wobbling or Vibration at Highway Speeds
Welcome to the A+ Auto
When you trust us with your vehicle, know that we take that trust very seriously. Unlike some of our competitors, we like to treat our customers like family. And when you're like family, you can rest easy knowing your car or truck is in capable hands. Whether you need a simple oil change or a new engine install, we're here for you every step of the way.Free Estimates
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Whitesides Elementary to hold eLearning day Thursday
Parents with children who go to Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant were notified of an eLearning day Thursday.MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Parents with children who go to Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant were notified of an eLearning day Thursday.Students and staff at Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary will be learning and working from home on Thursday, according to an email sent to parents Wednesday night.“Out of an abundance of caution, the district will now be moving Whitesides Elementary ...
Parents with children who go to Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant were notified of an eLearning day Thursday.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Parents with children who go to Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant were notified of an eLearning day Thursday.
Students and staff at Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary will be learning and working from home on Thursday, according to an email sent to parents Wednesday night.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the district will now be moving Whitesides Elementary School to eLearning for students and remote work for employees for Thursday,” the email read. “The district will work with key personnel and assess the building to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.”
This comes after the school notified parents of an apparent carbon dioxide issue on Tuesday. Parents received the following email:
Good afternoon Whitesides Families,
Due to concerns that were brought to me, our facilities team conducted air quality tests in our building. On Wednesday, October 11, and Friday, October 13, Facilities Management’s Environmental Services Industrial Hygienist collected carbon dioxide (CO2) readings at various locations in the building. The readings are well within OSHA standards for safe indoor air quality, but in some locations are higher than what is typically seen in indoor settings.
On Monday morning, October 16, an inspection of the HVAC system showed that the units that introduce outside air into the building were not performing at 100% capacity which can allow CO2 levels to stay higher. Again, although the levels are above what is seen in similar environments they are well below the level that is considered unhealthy indoor air quality. In the meantime, repairs have already been done on the outdoor air units and parts have been ordered to get them all functioning at maximum capacity as soon as possible. As an additional precaution, Facilities Management will be installing permanent CO2 monitoring devices throughout the school.
Regarding further addressing indoor air concerns, the district collected air samples in several classrooms to determine levels of indoor airborne spores. Analysis of the lab results will be received in the next week.
We will keep you updated as we receive more information, but please know that we are committed to ensuring that our building is a safe environment for all of our students and staff. Thanks and have a great night,
It’s not immediately clear if the eLearning day is a result of the air quality tests and the high CO2 levels.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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CofC Podcast: Why the First Year Experience Matters
On this episode of Speaking of … College of Charleston, Jennifer Bradley, director of the Center for Excellence in Peer Education at the College of Charleston, talks about the College’s First Year Experience program with FYE director Jen Wright and FYE peer facilitator Gabriella Gibson.“We challenge students in a supportiv...
On this episode of Speaking of … College of Charleston, Jennifer Bradley, director of the Center for Excellence in Peer Education at the College of Charleston, talks about the College’s First Year Experience program with FYE director Jen Wright and FYE peer facilitator Gabriella Gibson.
“We challenge students in a supportive environment,” says Wright. “Our goal is to help them really challenge themselves, challenge their beliefs, challenge their knowledge, challenge their capacity for things. We want them to really fall down and struggle with things, but know that it’s OK to do so, that we’re there to support them, we’re there to make sure that they get the help that they need. We encourage students to believe that they’re capable of great things, that they’re going to find their way to where they want to be on their life path.”
Featured on this Episode:
Jen Cole Wright is a professor of psychology and director of the First Year Experience at the College of Charleston. As director of this vibrant program, she recruits talented faculty to teach first year seminars and learning communities. Wright teaches introductory courses in psychology and lifespan development, but her passion lies in courses on the psychology of human conflict and social change – teaching courses like Psychology of War and Conflict; Psychology of Oppression, Resistance and Regeneration; and Psychology of Social Change. She has been teaching in the First Year Experience program since 2009, teaching both seminars and learning communities with other faculty across campus. She has been a faculty fellow in both the Honors College and the Center for Sustainable Development.
Jennifer Bradley Smuniewski is the director of the Center for Excellence in Peer Education (CEPE) at the College of Charleston, supervising the FYE peer facilitators and assisting other offices on campus with creating and maintaining their peer education programs. She served as the associate director for CEPE for many years and also worked in the main office of the Office for the Academic Experience, now the Office for Student Success, providing direct support to the associate vice president for the academic experience. She has a bachelor of arts in organizational communication from Clemson University and a master of education in counseling and student affairs from The Citadel Graduate College.
Gabriella Gibson is a senior at the College of Charleston and will graduate with a bachelor of science in sociology with a minor in psychology. San Diego–born and East Coast–raised, she has a passion for helping others and hopes to open a private practice in acceptance and commitment therapy. She enjoys traveling around the world, discovering new music and the arts.
Resources in This Episode: First Year Experience Be a Peer Facilitator Spring 2024 Classes Faculty Invited to Get Creative With First Year Experience Courses First Year Experience Classes Offer Transformational Opportunities
Charleston Co. School Board chair threatens to bar people who disrupt meetings
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The chairman of the Charleston County School Board says the board will take steps if audience members do not maintain decorum during future meetings.Chair Pam McKinney released a statement Friday saying recent meetings have seen “a significant amount of dialogue and loud voices from audience members” that make having “productive discussions” difficult.“I acknowledge that the dialogue and loud voices are a result of community frustration,” McKinney said.Communi...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The chairman of the Charleston County School Board says the board will take steps if audience members do not maintain decorum during future meetings.
Chair Pam McKinney released a statement Friday saying recent meetings have seen “a significant amount of dialogue and loud voices from audience members” that make having “productive discussions” difficult.
“I acknowledge that the dialogue and loud voices are a result of community frustration,” McKinney said.
Community members have been outspoken outside of meetings and during meetings since the sudden decision on Sept. 25 to place Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Gallien on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. The board did not immediately explain the reason for the decision or the investigation.
But several concerned board members who did not vote in favor of placing Gallien on leave later revealed at a news conference that the investigation was called after a district employee complained of a “hostile work environment.”
Community members have rallied behind Gallien, who filed a lawsuit against the district shortly after being placed on leave. They have also demanded answers about why the board did not hire Michelle Simmons as the district’s chief administrative officer and why six members of the district’s Health Advisory Committee were removed.
“Trustees have not been able to hear each other, and interested in-person attendees and those watching the meetings online have not been able to hear the trustees over the noise of the crowd,” McKinney said.
McKinney said a notice will be posted at Monday’s meeting:
Any person in attendance at a meeting of the CCSD Board of Trustees shall conduct himself/herself in a manner appropriate to the decorum of the meeting and shall not use profane, abusive, or obscene language or otherwise engage in disorderly conduct. Any person who makes such remarks or otherwise engages in disorderly conduct which disrupts, disturbs, or otherwise impedes the orderly conduct of a Board meeting shall, at the discretion of the presiding officer, be barred from further attendance during the meeting and may be removed from the building or premises.
“The Board must be able to complete the business before it, so we have to balance the desire of the community to provide feedback with our need to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to us,” she said.
She said she encouraged the public to provide feedback either by submitting written public comments ahead of their regular meetings, providing in-person public comments during regular meetings or emailing trustees at any time via email addresses available at the district’s website.
But she also warned that “continued crowd-level disruptions” at board meetings that interfere with the board’s ability to conduct meetings could result in a recess being called until order is restored or that the board reconvenes in “a separate location” and then live-streams the meeting into the board room for public viewing.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported McKinney released the statement Wednesday. That statement was released Friday morning.
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IPE fellowship program fosters collaborative learning and interprofessional connections
The Interprofessional Education Fellowship program at MUSC is all about getting students to look beyond their own academic material. From electives like cooking classes to experiences in clinical shadowing, the fellowship program offers valuable collaboration skills.The IPE fellowship starts with elective courses. Students take one or two electives, depending on their program. T...
The Interprofessional Education Fellowship program at MUSC is all about getting students to look beyond their own academic material. From electives like cooking classes to experiences in clinical shadowing, the fellowship program offers valuable collaboration skills.
The IPE fellowship starts with elective courses. Students take one or two electives, depending on their program. These courses span myriad areas of study, from an art appreciation class at the Gibbes Art Museum or a course on 3D printing to courses focused on student’s holistic well-being or the study of film and literature.
All residential first-year students are required to take two interprofessional courses, but those pursuing the fellowship must take electives. Kimberly Kascak, director of the IPE fellowship program, said the classes are designed around the students’ schedules so they can connect with students from other programs.
“Some students want to participate in the fellowship, but they might not be able to commit to a three-hour course or a course that meets in person on Wednesdays,” Kascak explained. “We have courses that meet online, courses that meet at night. We’ll offer 13 different interprofessional electives this spring, so there’s something that meets the needs for everyone.”
While taking courses on art, wellness, film or something else, students are spending time with other students from different colleges and professions.
After taking an elective, students observe a profession that’s outside of their own. For Carla Martinez Morant, a Ph.D. candidate for the Biomedical Sciences program in the Duncan Laboratory, that meant observing a clinical geneticist. While Martinez spends most of her time studying genetics of liver disease in a lab, the IPE fellowship allowed her to see the applications of her research firsthand. She found that the geneticist works interprofessionally every day as she treats patients with rare genetic diseases.
“She works on a team to try to find the best diagnostics and patient care,” Martinez said. “She does genetic testing to understand what her patients have, and then once she has the data of what they may have, she presents that to the team, and they work to find a solution for the patient.”
For a student like Martinez, whose work is often confined to a lab, the experience with patients and other doctors was an eye-opening change of pace. “I was always interested in learning more about how I can translate my work to patient care,” Martinez said. “This type of experience not only shows you that health care works best as a team, but it also brings different connections and mentors that can help you in the future.”
Dustin Mueller, a student in the Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP), also known as the D.M.D./Ph.D. program, had a similar experience when he observed a radiologist as part of his fellowship. As a dental student, he’s used to looking at scans of the mouth and face, but his experience observing a radiologist helped him to see these images in a different way. “I wanted to learn more about how radiologists look at scans, whether it's X-rays or MRIs, to see what they see when they look at those and notice when something is wrong,” Mueller said. “It helped me develop a different perspective than I would have just looking at scans from a dental perspective.”
Mueller said that perspective shift is important for dentists, who usually see patients more often than doctors do. “We’d hope most people are going to the dentist once or twice a year, and so I feel personally that it's super important when we see our patients, we look for things that don’t necessarily look right,” Mueller said. “It’s not something we can diagnose, but we can refer our patients to someone else. I really feel like dentistry has a lot to offer in terms of connecting with those different groups.”
After their periods of observation, students must use the knowledge they’ve gained and put it into action by way of practicums, or externships. They can do things like work as part of a cohort, become an officer in a student organization that represents different colleges or go on a medical mission trip that includes multiple professions. Essentially, a practicum can be any experience that combines more than one medical field. Martinez, the Ph.D. candidate, serves as the president of the International Student Association chapter at MUSC, where members of her executive board come from other colleges. She said working with students from different institutions and backgrounds has prepared her to do the same thing after school.
“I think if you don't understand what everyone's doing, you will have a harder time when you are in the real world because when you go to your job after school, you have to work with people from very different backgrounds,” she said. “And the more you learn, you become a better person, a better citizen and a better health care provider.”
DSTP student Mueller competed with students from other schools in the MUSC CLARION Competition, an interactive case study that challenges small groups of students to work together to analyze a case and make recommendations. Mueller said that the experience in the CLARION Competition helped him to think outside the box when approaching complicated cases. “The competition not only allowed me the opportunity to talk to people from other colleges, but it also gives you a lot of ideas that maybe you would never have thought of,” Mueller said. “It’s a cool opportunity for you to connect with specialties outside of your home college.”
These experiences offer students opportunities to lead and take ownership of challenging projects, while at the same time enabling fellow students to learn more about the unique opportunities the practicums offer and the value they provide.
As part of the practicum, students must write a scholarly paper about their experiences. “It's not just about participating in an experience but being able to teach others about that experience,” Kascak said. “So, if they've gone on a medical mission trip, that's great, but they have to come back and educate other people on that experience to grow it and spread the word.”
Kascak said the goal of the IPE fellowship is simply to encourage interprofessional relationships among students and faculty. As head of the program, she wants to ensure that her graduates have had enriching collaborative learning experiences so that they can be better collaborators as they move into their futures in health care and research. “We're really trying to show students how each one of their fields is important and a piece of the puzzle to for a piece of patient satisfaction and patient safety.”