Cross Keys Exxon, Your Baltimore Neighborhood Mechanic

Cross Keys Exxon

UPDATE – The manager of, Mike Sullivan, unfortunately passed away.  This repair shop is now under new management.

If you are looking for a reliable Baltimore auto repair shopin the area, look no further than Cross Keys Exxon.  Located conveniently on the corner of Falls Rd and Cold Spring Lane near Roland Park, Guilford, Hampden, and Medfield Cross Keys Exxon has been providing general auto repair services since July, 2007.

Owner and Master ASE Certified Mechanic Mike Sullivan runs the shop with his special blend of friendly service and attention to detail.  He tries to make sure all customers are happy with work performed, which includes anything from oil changes to engine replacements.

Mike has been a mechanic since 1972.  He's seen it all when it comes to fixing cars.  He even was a technical trainer for a major auto repair chain, showing other mechanics all around the Baltimore metro area how to perform auto repairs.

What sets Cross Keys apart from the other shops in the area, is Mike takes the time to explain services and repairs to customers.  Cross Keys doesn't try to “upsell” on unnecessary jobs and services like most auto repair shops and chain operations.  The mechanics focus on what is needed and what they feel is best for the car and customer.

Services provided at Cross Keys include, MD State Inspections, Oil Changes, Tire Rotations, Routine Maintenance, Computer and Electronics Repairs,  Engine Replacements, Transmission Replacements, and any other mechanical repair your car or vehicle could need.

He tries to ensure that all auto parts he buys and uses for vehicle repairs are quality parts.  He likes ordering from local parts supplier, such as Standard Auto Parts (which is a family run business), that are as concerned with quality as he is.

Since Cross Keys is close to Johns Hopkins and Loyola he offers a 20% student discount on labor (not parts).  All you need to do is to show a valid student ID to receive the discount.

Best part of taking your car to get fixed at Cross Keys, you can pick-up and drop-off your car 24 hours a day 7 days a week!  There is gas station attendant at Cross Keys Exxon at all times, which allows you to easily drop your car off safely if you work odd hours.  Additionally if you need to pick-up your car after the shop closes, it's not a problem since the attendant accepts payment from customers.

Sullivan has been happy to be in business for almost 5 years, “I am the neighborhood mechanic that everyone can feel comfortable coming to” says Sullivan.  He hopes to continue repairing cars, trucks, or whatever you might bring in for repair for many more years with the same level of service he has come to be known for.  If you need a great neighborhood mechanic, give Cross Keys a call.

Cross Keys Exxon

4434 Falls Road

Baltimore, MD 21211

Phone: #410-366-6828 

Website: http://crosskeysexxon.com

My Harbor Freight Toolbox

harbor freight toolbox
The Harbor Freight Toolbox

Last Wednesday I made a trek up to Harbor Freight to get something fun, the US General Harbor Freight Toolbox.  This is actually my first toolbox I have ever bought.

I had looked around at all sorts of different options for toolboxes about everywhere you could think of besides Harbor Freight.  I went to Sears  and checked out the Craftsman line as well as the website extensively.  They had nice setups, but most were too much for what I wanted to spend.  I went to Lowes and Home Depot, poorly designed units that were waaay overpriced.  I even checked online and tirelessly prowled Craigslist for months.  I considered spending a good bit of money on Mac unit, using my 50% student discount.  That probably would be worth it, but I don't have much money.

I kept coming back to the Harbor Freight Toolbox though.  With 13-drawers and considering the quality… honestly for the money you can't beat it.  Out the door, with tax, it came out to be around $370.  It's not the best quality toolbox, but for home use and what I need it should be fine.  It's sturdy, the slides on the drawers work well and have smooth action, and it holds a good amount of tools considering how much we loaded it with.  I was just tired of having tools all around the garage unorganized and impossible to find.  I'm pleased with it and I should get good use out of this Harbor Freight toolbox for years to come I believe.

Do you own a Harbor Freight Toolbox?  What do you like or dislike about it?  If you are consider getting this Harbor Freight toolbox leave a questions below if you have want to know something about it and how it has held-up.

Mac Tools Student Tech Program

Yesterday I received this nice folder and catalog from Mac Tools. Mac has what's know as the Student Tech Program (STP). You can get 50% off for being student in a technical program on most tools and toolboxes they sell. Students in Automotive Technology, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Diesel Maintenance, and Motorcycle Repair programs are all eligible for the program and discounts. I thought the folder was nice, and it was sent via UPS. I might just order some tools through them soon.

Sears Student Discounts

Sears has a brand new program offering 20% Off Automotive Tools and Tool Sets for students in Vocational and Technical school.  All you have to do is show a valid student ID and they will give you the discount.  The 20% off discount can even be used on specialty tools, such as multimeters, OBD scanners, brake tools, etc.  However I spoke with a Craftsman Representative about the program and 20% off will vary by store and location.  Also the discount will only apply to regularly priced merchandise.  It would be best to call and ask your local Sears store what tools they will give you under the program.  Under the program you can also get 5% off sockets, wrenches, or auto specialty tools that are on sale.  You can also get 10% any Craftsman branded tools and items that are regularly priced, including shelves, tool chests, power tools, air tools, etc.  I'm sure students will find these discounts helpful.  I called the Sears store I usually visit (Hunt Valley) and confirmed they are running the discount.  It's also right on the Sears website. Be aware the discounts are only good until March 31st, 2011.