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CONSOLIDATED SERVICE OFFERS DIAL-A-MECHANIC, THE ANSWER TO AUTO OWNERS' PRAYERS

 ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Now you can Dial-a- Mechanic for advice in dealing with the all-too frequent car problems that can drive you crazy. While 900 phone lines offer everything from a good time to religious inspiration, Dial-a-Mechanic may be the real answer to your prayers.
 Are your brakes grinding, is your clutch slipping, your front end shimmying? If so, certified professionals are waiting by the phone to offer unbiased opinions about what may be wrong with your car, based on your description of the symptoms, as well as the procedures and costs that should be involved in fixing it.
 The service is not intended to be a substitute for the physical inspection of your car. However, it is intended to army the consumer with a little knowledge before heading for the service shop. The idea is to greatly reduce the chances and consequences of being ill advised or ripped off. This hotline can also serve as a source of second opinion -- after your visit to the local mechanic -- to confirm that the diagnosis or estimate you have received rings true. You can also receive valuable information on manufacturer's recalls and money-saving, little-known features of your automobile's warranty. Whether you drive a race car or your father's Oldsmobile, up-to-date information is kept on all makes and models on the road.
 This service is being offered by Consolidated Service Corp., a well- respected Chicago-area company that has 54 years experience managing the upkeep and repair of company cars for many of the nation's Fortune 500 businesses. Their staff is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
 Dial-a-Mechanic may be reached by dialing 1-900-AUTOHELP. The cost is $2.95 per minute and you must be 18 years or older to call. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photograph or slide of a distressed woman placing a phone call next to her overheating car, or a color or black & white cartoon depicting a man or a woman in the same situation, is available upon request. Please call for further information or to obtain visuals...
 /CONTACT: Lekas & Levine Public Relations, 708-835-1392, for Consolidated Service Corp./


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