Merrill Automotive is currently open for business to assist our community.

We are taking extra precautions, limiting person to person contact inside the shop and with customers and vendors as much as possible. We are cleaning and disinfecting much more frequently than we normally do.

Additionally, to make it easy for our customers we are available through Email, Texting, our Digital Inspection Platform, and of course on the Phone. Please reach-out to us if you have any questions or need help with your Vehicle repair and maintenance, we are here for you!

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Lakewood & Merrill Automotive: A History

Lakewood & Merrill Automotive: A History

Lakewood & Our People About 50 years ago in 1969, the City of Lakewood incorporated. The people of Lakewood worked together to build schools and make other civic improvements. There were several unsuccessful attempts to incorporate it. As fears of annexation to Denver and the lack of law enforcement loomed over residents, Lakewood was finally able to incorporate in 1969. Jim Richey, Chairman of the Citizens for Incorporation, and residents drew up plans on his basement ping pong table. The name Lakewood came long before that in 1889, from William Loveland, Owner of the Colorado Central Railroad, and Charles Welch. Loveland and Welch wanted to retire in this community west of Denver along Colfax Avenue. This was the place to be for wealthy residents of Denver to locate their summer estates. When they built the first electric tramway, the population in Lakewood boomed. The tramway referred to as the W line or “Loop” was 12.1 miles of rail that ran between Denver, Lakewo ... read more

About Trailers, Campers, 5th Wheels and RVs

About Trailers, Campers, 5th Wheels and RVs

If you have a new or used Trailer, Camper or Recreational Vehicle (RV) we are your go-to Repair facility. Our large Shop can accommodate the extra height and weight associated with Recreation Vehicles. Merrill Automotive in Lakewood has an oversized lift to help our skilled Mechanics safely work on your toys. A couple of common styles of RVs are Class C and Class B - smaller configuration. A Class B that we work often can be a Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis. These are gaining in popularity and known for being dependable. One of our customers ... read more

Stopping Your Vehicle Brief Information About Brakes

Stopping Your Vehicle Brief Information About Brakes

It doesn’t matter what your vehicle is equipped with, our brake services in Lakewood can help ensure your braking system is performing it’s best. Brake systems on most modern vehicles include three main components.  The rotors which are the round metal discs, calipers which straddle the rotors and squeeze the final part – brake pads.  The calipers squeeze pads onto the rotors which creates friction, slowing the vehicle down.  The bigger the rotors and pads the more friction.  Some sports cars and high-performance vehicles have calipers with multiple pistons.  The thinking here is more pistons equals more pressure, which realizes more friction and faster stopping.  In addition to the number of pistons on the caliper the rotor design can vary.  Some rotors are slotted, some drilled.  Occasionally rotors are both drilled and slotted.  These holes and groves in the rotor help move and dissipate heat.  The faster a rotor a ... read more

Helping Others with Automotive Repair

Helping Others with Automotive Repair

It's the holiday season, for which everyone is aware.  A time when busy life is sent into overdrive.  Take a regular week and pack several more events along with shopping trips and spending.  We all know the holidays are hectic.  Let's try to be aware of this, not dwelling on the chaos but focused on the benefits.  Seeing friends and family that aren't always in the picture.  Meeting new people in unexpected ways.  Watching children in total amazement of the magic this season brings.  For us in Colorado, January only brings colder days and tax season.  We should cherish December while we can, it's fleeting.     This is also a time for donations.  There are toy drives and telethons, events and parties to celebrate giving.  Merrill Automotive works with Toys for Tots, a Marine Corps Reserve run organization.  This is a fun way to collect toys for children who's parents can't aff ... read more

Local Automotive Repair & Maintenance Facility

Local Automotive Repair & Maintenance Facility

Hello Friends! When getting your vehicle or trailer maintained and repaired how do you select a shop?  One source is probably the review sites and these can be helpful to provide an overall first electronic impression based on other consumers though they can be somewhat misleading.  Another source may be friends and family but this can also be hard to fully trust as everyone has a different idea of what is expected.  One thing for certain is that a local, independent repair facility like ours in Lakewood, Colorado is better for you and your vehicle or trailer than a national chain or dealership.  Let me explain.  Large national chains are just that, large.  They rely on volume of cars to meet standards set by corporate, to achieve this there is often a discounted coupon involved which brings a possible customer to the shop.  These are sometimes misleading and only intended for single use customers.  Dealerships rely on new customers in the syst ... read more

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