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$25 Off Repairs$25 off repairs totaling $150 or more in labor expenses. One coupon per visit. Not valid with other offer or special. Coupon must be presented in advance.
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FREE Brake Inspection!Check brake pads, rotor surface, brake fluid, brake components. Any additional parts and/or labor extra. Not valid with other offer or special. Coupon must be presented in advance. ...[more][less]

“Great service! Very friendly. Pulled in off the highway with my exhaust dragging they were very busy but they looked at it right away. Went above and beyond to repair it and get me on my way”

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About Golden Rule Automotive

Family owned and operated for over 20 years!

Covington Auto Repair | Golden Rule Automotive

Bob and Greg Hicks opened Golden Rule Automotive in 1996. Bob has been in the auto repair business for 55 years, and Greg started helping his dad build show cars at the age of 3 (yes, that's true!). Both ASE Certified Master Technicians with L1 certifications, Golden Rule Automotive is the best place to go.

With over 20 years of experience at the shop, Bob was formerly a Product Liability and Customer Service Representative for Honda Motor Company after deciding to put away his toolbox. Greg began certification and training the day after graduating from high school. Enjoying the satisfaction that comes from a job well done, the challenges that the auto repair industry offers, and the joy they bring to customers when their vehicle is safe and dependable are the main reason Golden Rule Automotive is still in business.

Golden Rule Automotive has an ASE Blue Seal of approval and are one of the only AAA approved facilities in the Tri-County area, and are a supporting member of the International Automotive Technicians Network and support numerous local charities.

WE FIX EVERYTHING! Honored by the AAA Motor Club as the Top Shop in Georgia and several prestigious Customers Choice for Newton and Rockdale Counties, we hope you choose Golden Rule Automotive as your local auto repair shop!

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Vehicle we service

Oil Change

Regularly scheduled oil changes are the key ingredient to a healthy engine. With scheduled oil changes, your engine will keep running strong, for a long time. At Golden Rule Automotive, our synthetic oil change services are top-of-the-line, with advanced synthetic blend and full synthetic oil that outlasts conventional motor oils – all at an affordable price. Get your next oil change service at Golden Rule Automotive. [ More ][ Less ]


When your tire alignment is off, your ability to drive safely is compromised. Sometimes misaligned wheels can be obvious – your car pulls to one side of the road or your steering wheel has a vibration in it from balancing issues. In some cases, it can be subtle and the driver won't even notice, but your tire surely will. Uneven tire wear reduces tire life and decreases it's ability to keep your vehicle safely connected to the road. That's why regular tire alignment, checkups are a must. The better maintenance you keep, the longer your car will run healthily. If your car alignment feels off come see us at Golden Rule Automotive and our alignment experts will take a look. [ More ][ Less ]

A/C Service

Today's complex air conditioning systems require specialized equipment and dedicated computer diagnostic systems to service properly. We have the specific tools and training to service your vehicle quick and accurately. Having your system checked every season will help prevent costly repairs, even if you haven't noticed a change in performance. Call Golden Rule Automotive today to schedule your FREE system evaluation. [ More ][ Less ]


Your foot meets the accelerator pedal and your car takes off – but what happens when you hit the brakes? If you're not confident in your vehicle's ability to brake firm and straight, then it's time for a brake service. With time, all brakes need attention, and there's no attention more expert than a Golden Rule Automotive technician's attention. At Golden Rule Automitive, we'll diagnose your vehicle's brake problems and offer brake repair solutions that fit your budget. We're open nights and weekends, so you can also make an appointment that fits your schedule. [ More ][ Less ]

Engine Repair

Take care of your engine, and your vehicle has a better chance of lasting for the long haul. If you stay on top of your engine maintenance and tend to any engine repairs immediately, your car or truck will last longer. With something as important as engine repair, trust the experts at Golden Rule Automotive. For over 20 years and with over a century of combined experience, our skilled technicians have been servicing automotive engines. You'll get no greater service or advice than from a Golden Rule technician. [ More ][ Less ]

Steering and Suspension

Balance, stability and smoothness – they’re what ensure a comfortable ride for you and your passengers, and your car’s steering and suspension are what make this possible. Steering and suspension are responsible for keeping your wheels firmly intact with the ground, and a major player in keeping your car from veering to one side or the road. [ More ][ Less ]

Factory Services

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