Auto Repair Services You Can Count On!
Welcome to Hitch Automotive, your family owned auto service headquarters. For years, we have provided the Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake area with the best in auto services. And for over 20 years, our customers have been coming back.
Take a look around. If you don't find what you need, visit us in Lake in the Hills, IL. From Reese trailer hitches and the latest and best in tire technology to auto services and repairs required to keep your vehicle looking good and running great, Hitch Automotive can get you out on the road quickly and affordably. Stop by soon and see why so many people consider Hitch Automotive to be the one-stop shop for all their auto service needs.
Hitch Automotive provides the Lake in the Hills area with reliable, affordable automotive maintenance and repair services including General Services, Car & Truck Care, Inspections and Emissions, Undercar Services, Alignment, Brakes, Engine & Transmission, Engine Maintenance, Transmission Services, 4x4 Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Electrical Services, Electronic Services, Miscellaneous Services, Domestic Cars & Trucks, Import Cars & Trucks, Towing and Quick Lube Services.
We have experience servicing all makes and models of domestic and import vehicles, and we're honored to keep vehicles throughout the Lake in the Hills area reliable and well-maintained. Our skillful mechanics will take great care of your vehicle too, quickly diagnosing any problems and offering cost-effective solutions to get you back on the road.
Call Hitch Automotive today at 847-854-1600! You can also send us an email. Either way, we're looking forward to providing you with reliable automotive service!
According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.
Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.
Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.
Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.
Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.
Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.
Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.
Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.
Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.
My daughter's car broke down in the middle of the road in the next town over from where we lived. Wasn't sure where to have it towed, the driver recommended Hitch. Scott was awesome, took the car and had it fixed and back to us in a day! Even noticed it needed an oil change and threw that in at no charge. I will definitely use Hitch again!
Very reliable and honest service. Hitch is the only place I bring my cars for repairs, and when you go there you don't have to keep going back, they get the job done and make sure everything else is in good working order.
I've had my Nissan Altima fixed twice by Hitch, and each time I had fast and friendly service. My car was done the same or next day. I was told what work should be done in the future but not pressured to add anything extra. I will continue to recommend this father & son ship to friends and family.
I've consistently gone here for repairs, great service every time!
I started taking my vehicles here several years ago, when I realized they are much more cost effective than a dealership. They keep my older (10+) vehicles running smoothly.
Thank God for Hitch! In 2005, I was told I needed extensive repairs, when a friend told me about Hitch. Scott showed me how all the parts that "needed to be fixed" were actually fine. They lasted 12 more years before I sold the truck!!!! I would have been out $3,300 had I not gone to Hitch. When he tells you it needs to be fixed, it really needs it. He's not a parts changer or "wallet flusher."
I always bring my car to Hitch, and they are very friendly and professional. Love this place!
Scott and the crew are awesome. These guys are tops when it comes to your car service needs!! Thanks guys!
I am in awe of how simple and stress-free my experience with Hitch was! I needed my front brakes and rotors replaced. They were able to get me in right away with competitive pricing. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming, and their waiting area was exceptionally comfortable. I was able to wait there with my two small children, and they had plenty of space to walk around, couches to sit on and a TV for cartoons. This experience has restored my faith in good, honest car service, and I will most definitely be back for my next repair. Thank you so much, Hitch Auto!!!! A++
Very pleased with the service. Was recommended to them by a friend and had my wife's AC fixed here. The owner is a Marine and seems very honest! I hope I don't have to, but if my car needs anything else done, I'll take it back here.
We were referred to Hitch Automotive by our neighbor who has used them for years. Our experience with them has been timely, professional, honest, and they do quality work. On our last repair with them, they even checked over the prior work they had done to make sure everything was still running smooth. Highly recommended by our family! Thanks Hitch!
My parents have gone to Hitch for years. I drive out from Chicago to get my car serviced here. The people are great and the service is reasonably priced. Highly recommended!
Worked with the owner, Scott Hitch. The process he had in place was seamless and stress free. He provided a loaner vehicle, performed diagnostic testing, and completed the vehicle repair, same day. He assured no work would be performed until customer consent was confirmed, and the services include a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty on all repairs. Pricing was very reasonable and straight forward. Thank you Hitch Automotive for an awesome experience!
Hitch Automotive is a true asset to Lake in the Hills. Honest, straight up, no BS. Thanks again!
Scott has been servicing my Ford F250, Cadillac Escalade and a Dodge Charger for years. Always has been honest, fair with great quality. Would highly recommend.
Scott and the mechanics that back him have proven to me several times with a few different vehicles that they know their craft. I brought my 2002 Kia van to Hitch, because I had a to move my son to Champaign for college. Not only did Hitch Automotive do all the needed repairs on time, the trip went without a problem; exceeding my expectations. Scott always comes through with his honest assessment and fast work. I'll bring all my cars to him in the future.
After a few misfires with other shops, I found Hitch Automotive many years ago after a referral from a friend. I have always been treated fairly, with respect and courtesy from Scott and his staff. His continual upgrades to service and diagnostic equipment helps to ensure that problems with my vehicles are fixed quickly, accurately, with the lowest possible cost and downtime. Free loaner cars are a giant plus as well. I bring all my family's vehicles here, and highly recommend the shop to all my friends.
I have been taking my cars to Hitch Automotive for many years and have referred several friends. Scott and the staff there are friendly, knowledgeable and most importantly honest.
-Jim & Ellen R.
Always appreciate the fact that you let us know what we need to get done and what to look at down the road. That is why you take care of all five of our cars. When we brought our daughters' cars in recently we asked to you to look over them for winter safety and for our girls driving to and from college. You took the time to break out what had to be done and what could be postponed and for how long. As parents, we appreciate that. Your customer service is excellent, and you always strive to make sure that the customer is happy. We recommend you to everyone we come in contact with and will continue to bring all our cars to Hitch.