Should I Buy High Octane Gasoline?
Chip's Transmissions tells our customers in the Sevierville area that unless the engine in their car or truck is pinging or knocking, purchasing a higher octane gasoline is wasting their money. In fact the extra cost paid for high octane gasoline can add up to $100 a year - or more! Chip's Transmissions has learned that some government studies indicate that all combined, drivers across the United States may be paying millions of dollars every year for gasoline with higher octane gas than needed.
Chip's Transmissions tells our customers that purchasing "premium" (high octane) gasoline is similar to giving your car or truck a "treat", or increasing performance. But Chip's Transmissions tells our customers that are driving around the Sevierville area that most cars and trucks only require regular octane. Government studies in fact support that in most cases using a higher octane gasoline than recommended by an owner's manual offer no benefit at all to a vehicle's performance! In other words high octane gasoline will not make a vehicle run cleaner, go faster, or get better gas mileage.
In conclusion the best advice Sevierville can offer anyone driving around the Sevierville area insofar as whether purchasing high octane gas is the best option for their vehicle is read the vehicle's owner manual.
Switching to and using a high octane fuel for a vehicle is usually only recommended when a car engine is knocking when using the recommended fuel. It should also be noted that this happens only to a smaller percentage of vehicles.
I would not recommend any other transmission shop other than Chip's Transmissions.
Brenda Painter of Sevierville Tennessee
"My wife and I own a 17 year old truck that has a very rare transmission. After looking for nearly a year for a replacement we called Chip's as a last resort. As it turned out we should have called them first. They knew exactly what we were up against and had a solution in a short time. They were nearly 1/2 the price of what the dealership wanted or any other shop we checked. They also had the best warranty. We have been very pleased with the results. With one week left on the warranty the transmission began to act up a bit and again we took it to Chip's. After a short road trip they could find nothing wrong yet they knew I was not happy with it's performance. They had me to leave it overnight so they could check it again. It turned out to be going bad so again they did a complete rebuild with another warranty and did not cost us one penny. The truck runs like new again! Every time we have gone down to their shop they have made us feel as if we were important to them. Prompt service, very courteous and informative. As a retired ASE certified Master Mechanic, Chip has earned my respect and all of my family's business from now on. I would not recommend any other transmission shop other than Chip's Transmissions. "
I just want to thank you very much for the 100% satisfaction and service that the whole staff has gave to me
Pigeon Forge Tennessee
Randy McClure of Pigeon Forge Tennessee
"I just want to thank you very much for the 100% satisfaction and service that the whole staff has gave to me, my wife, and all my friends. Anytime I call I get to talk to a human not a recording. Thanks and keep up the good work."
I will definitely be bringing my car back if/when I need anything else done. They are friendly and respectable.
Ashley Ray of Sevierville Tennessee
"I took my car here because I was having brake issues. I wasn't sure of the cause, but John was sure to call me with updates and ask questions. He was very straight forward and honest. I will definitely be bringing my car back if/when I need anything else done. They are friendly and respectable."
I brought my knitting and a good book and enjoyed conversation with the office manager and one of the customers. It was a good experience. I definitely recommend Chips.
Virginia Simpson of Seymour Tennessee
"The people who work at Chips are very competent and friendly. They answered all my questions so that I could understand what work was being done. The waiting area is cozy and comfortable. On my latest visit to their shop I had to wait 5 1/2 hours before the work was done. That was not a surprise since that is simply how long that job takes. I brought my knitting and a good book and enjoyed conversation with the office manager and one of the customers. It was a good experience. I definitely recommend Chips. "
I have never been treated so well by a business
Lorie Tackett of Sevierville Tennessee
"I have never been treated so well by a business, walking me thru everything. Taking time on the phone to explain how things are done and why. You truly went above and beyond what the other shops do. Thank you so very much."
Thanks for your excellent service, being so professional, so kind and so courteous.
Rockey Poeta of Sevierville Tennessee
"Thanks for your excellent service, being so professional, so kind and so courteous. We feel like we have met new friends. You do everything...like perfect. Thanks again! Rockey & Gerry Poeta - Sevierville, TN"
Next time I'm going to Chip's Transmissions firs!
Don Watson of Sevierville Tennessee
"On December 12, 2006, I was Christmas shopping in Sevierville and parked at one of the many outlets. Upon returning to my vehicle, I started the engine and placed the vehicle in reverse. As I gently accelerated to back out of the parking space, the vehicle did not respond as the transmission seemed to slip. The transmission suddenly caught and jerked into gear. I tried forward, reverse, and everything worked perfectly. However, my 2003 Ford Explorer does not have a stick to check the level, you must place the vehicle on a lift at a service station. I wanted to make sure the fluid levels was correct to prevent any future problems, so I visited several locations and asked to have the fluid level checked. One location told me they would not check the fluid, but they would hook me up for a diagnostic test for a substantial fee. I explained that the transmission was working fine, and I just wanted to check the fluid as a precaution. They still refused. The other locations were busy or told me they couldn't perform the service check on my transmission. Thinking I was going to have to drive to Knoxville or similar distance, I thought of Chip's Transmission repair shop in Sevierville. I went there and talked to Mr. Phil Sims. They had numerous vehicles being repaired, but Mr. Sims worked me into their schedule in a timely manner. They completed the check on my transmission, and did so at a very fair price. I mistakenly thought of a transmission shop as a location for repairs only. However, they perform repairs and many other functions as well. Many thanks to you Phil, for taking time out of your busy schedule to perform a small job for me. Next time I'm going to Chip's Transmissions first!"
It is a pleasure to deal with a locally owned shop that will not take advantage of you and even as skeptical as I am with repair shops, I feel I was well taken care of and would return again.
John Jeffries of Maryville Tennessee
"I recently returned back to East TN after serving in the military for 23 years. Unfortunately my truck transmission did not like the drive from Jacksonville Fla to Knoxville, and required repair work. I was skeptical and researched the local shops via online and from other repair shops in the area. All pointed in the direction of "Chips Transmission". So I called and spoke to Phil, and brought my truck in for an estimate. Ended up needing a rebuild. After some recommendations from Phil, we decided on a plan for my needs. They really took the time to work with me and my schedule and I couldnâ€™t be happier. I highly recommend them for great customer service, and good camaraderie, as Chip and his other son both served in the military. GO NAVY! It is a pleasure to deal with a locally owned shop that will not take advantage of you and even as skeptical as I am with repair shops, I feel I was well taken care of and would return again. I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks, I sure appreciate it. "
Not knowing a good mechanic while out of town is stressful, but the staff at Chips was quick friendly and knowledgeable, and their pricing is fair.
Taylor Mill Kentucky
Zach S of Taylor Mill Kentucky
"If you have any transmisson troubles while in the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge area Chips Transmissions is the place to go. Not knowing a good mechanic while out of town is stressful, but the staff at Chips was quick friendly and knowledgeable, and their pricing is fair. "
I can't say enough good things about the level of service and professionalism by ALL of the people at Chips who helped us out in a time of need, not once but twice in the same week!!
St. Clair Shores Michigan
David Haas of St. Clair Shores Michigan
"While pulling our 10,000 pound 5th wheel from Michigan to the Smokey Mountains during the 2015 4th of July Holiday we experienced two different problems. The first was we lost first gear about 10 miles from our campground. I found Chips during a google search and used their online service schedule tool to schedule an appointment for Monday morning. Phil contacted me Saturday evening to notify me that I may not be the first appointment due to being closed so his employees could also enjoy the long Holiday weekend, but they would be able to help me as soon as possible Monday morning. Fifteen minutes after my arrival on Monday morning they had diagnosed the problem as a transducer, and begun working on the repair. An hour and a half later I was on my way! Our second problem happened while sight seeing in the Smokey Mountains National Park. The diesel engine in our truck just died it would not stay running more then 5 seconds at a time. I contacted Eric at Chips Transmission, he arranged a tow truck for us, and put me in contact with Terrell at Chips diesel repair. The tow truck arrived within 1 hour and had our truck to Chips prior to closing. The next day Terrell had diagnosed the problem as the fuel transfer pump, and had the repairs made by 11:00am! I can't say enough good things about the level of service and professionalism by ALL of the people at Chips who helped us out in a time of need, not once but twice in the same week!! Thank you, David Haas"