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All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
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All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
It’s time to bring long sleeves and long pants out of storage, prep your home and car, and contact the cool weather home/yard contractors.
Decker Muffler will hand craft you a custom new exhaust system for less money than chain stores will charge to slap in generic pipes and mufflers that look bad, rattle, and buzz. They create exhaust systems that are a work of industrial art. Decker will often be able to fix your pricey catalytic converter when the big stores insist on a replacement. They offer several different styles and brands of mufflers and catalytic converters to fit your price range or performance goal, from keeping your old economy car legal, to adding oooomph and vrrrrooom to your classic muscle car, or late model performance machine. Owner Mike Decker is a second generation muffler man, and, now his sons Jeff and Nate work right by his side at Decker Muffler. Of course, they also do minor brake adjustments to complete pad, drum and rotor repair and replacement. Shocks and struts too. You may as well have them change your oil and get a lube job while the car is up on the lift. Decker Muffler is conveniently located just south of downtown Akron at 1060 South Broadway, north of Firestone Park. Take the South Main Street exit (exit 22) from Interstate 76. Look for the big yellow garage or call Mike and the boys at 330-376-MUFF
I've gone there a few times to have aftermarket exhausts put on. The owner is very pleasant but on this trip I was a little disappointed in the time it took to get the work done and the grumpy mechanic. The guy they used to have there back in 09 was a master at exhausts and was very meticulous. I almost felt this time around that the mechanic was just slapping it on to just get it done and out of the way. The last time I was there they had the clamps all uniformed and straight. This guy just put them any which way...attention to detail is what it's all about. He also made comments of how he hated people watching him work and that he felt like he was in a "damn zoo in a cage". Hey buddy, that's our vehicle you're working on and we want to see what's going on. Estimate to have my exhaust put on was $100 until they needed to replace a few studs on the exhaust and get two exhaust gaskets. Then my price was $200. Seems a little extreme so I'm doubting I'll use them again after this experience.
Need I say more than the title? But I will! We have been taking our vehicles to Tranzpro for several years now and on each and every occasion, I have been treated in a very proffessional and courteous fashion. I like that! Secondly their service, I feel has always been prompt and everything they have worked on has been flawless and even when one time I had a part fail that they had replaced, there were no questions asked, they just fixed it, smiled and sent me on my way!!! Not only this but when I have taken my vehicles to Tranzpro for work if they were running a special for that service, I didn't have to ask for it, Ron (the owner) offered it to me anyways. Now that's the kind of mechanic I choose to do business with! Thaks to Tranzpro my vehicles run the way they ought to and we will never, ever go anywhere else for our vehicles repair needs!!! Thanks to Tranzpro! Keep up the good work guys! I will recommend and I do, all my friends and family to their business
I am new to the area, Ilive in Copley and i needed some work done on my car... I asked a Gentleman that I had met in church about "a place to go to get the repairs" . He recommended Cottage Muffler and Brake. I went in with an idea of what it should cost based on a couple quotes i had gotten...Long Story short...Their knowledge saved me alot of money. His personalized concern to do it the best for me as the consumer has saved me money. His business model is designed to keep his costs low. He is a rare individual that CARES..really honestly cares...I have now had them do work on my Saab, Toyota and Ford over the last year. All work has been completed in a timely, professional manner, and would recommend anyone needing any work to drive in to see them. You are doing yourself a favor. "Mike" is the name over the owner. Drive in and ask for him.
I am a single women, and that usually automatically translates into being "taken for a ride" on car repairs. Well not with L.A. Motors. I called around for prices on getting my brakes replaced and found that most shops wanted anywhere from $450 to $600. After seeing the article in the local paper, I decided to make one more call. I was blown away by the quote of $320 FOR THE EXACT SAME REPAIR. I had to keep saying are you sure we are talking about the same repair, are you sure? True enough, my bill was $320. They also told me of some things I might want to keep an eye on that could go from a small problem to a big problem. I am telling all my friends and family about my experience. Hope this review helps prompt you to make that one last call for comparison shopping. Lisa M. - Green
Had to post because I was flabbergasted by what I saw in the other reviews. These people have to be talking about a different place. Here are some things Fred's has done for me over the years: -took my clunker in for a new serpentine. Fred shopped around for bargain prices and called me before he installed--concerned I would pay too much to fix a beater. - was having battery issues. Fred looked at and fixed for no charge. -picked me up and driven me home - they accidentally misdiagnosed a wheel bearing issue. Fixed one wheel free of charge for the mistake. -have always been willing to "hold" checks so you're sure you can pay. Yes, it is a small family business, but these people are the nicest, most fair, honest I have ever dealt with. Don't listen to the haters, Fred's is wonderful.
My daughter had her car just cut off while driving without warning and was stopped on a major intersection by herself. I called this garage located near the university, spoke with a man named Kenny, explained the situation and he handled it from there. It is a scary feeling to have your daughter be 3.5 hrs away and have her car broken down. They towed the car, pushed it to the front of the line, and within 1.5 hours had located and repaired the car. There are no words to describe the gratitude I feel in that this man helped me when I felt the most vulnerable regarding my child. Excellent service and excellent response to a tense situation for a mother so far away. If you need assistance with your auto........this is the place to call!
I have an Infiniti that had problems with suspension and brakes. Took it to one of the big chains and they quoted me over $900 for the parts I needed, plus an alignment. Took it to Kenny and they did it for $320 less AND found a part that was bad that the big chain didn't find. I've used these guys for many, many years and the only reason I went to the "other place" was because I was afraid to drive my car after I heard a pop. These guys have never steered me wrong and of the 20 or so visits over the years, I have always left feeling satisfied and have never had a problem with the pricing and/or the repairs. The comment from the woman above me has to be a rare mistake and why couldn't her uncle fix it. These guys are great.
This shop does it all from bodyshop and painting and service repair fo all autos and trucks. This guy will save you money, and can repair all of you service and bodyshop and painting needs. They have great connections for all OEM WHEELS AND CAN SAVE YOU MONEY ON YOUR TIRES. The owner can rebuild your engine and do all high performance work or can OVERHAUL any engine to get your vehicle back on the road in tip top shape. You want to save money and talk to the owner Steve. You will from talking to him the experience he has from so many years working on so many vehicles, you will feel very comfortable of the knowledge this shop will bring into repairing your vehicles with top quality service and the best prices around.
I first visited Deckers a few years back when my Saab 9 5 had an exhaust leak and I was on the way to the dealership to get it fixed. The dealer had already quoted me a price(hundreds of dollars, whole exhaust system needed replaced!) and I stopped on a whim. Mike took a look and told me the only part bad was the flex pipe and could be replaced (cost me a little over $100 compared to the dealers $800!) He was even able to do it right then, no waiting. He earned my business that day with the quality of work, the time it took and the price he charged. Since then, its the only exhaust shop I've used-my car, wifes and kids. If exhaust work is needed done, this is the place! I highly recommend them!
There are more than 700,000 auto service technicians and mechanics in the U.S. Finding the right one to repair a dent in your car door or fix an engine that won't start can be overwhelming, especially when it's an emergency. Review a few important facts about auto repair professionals and what you can do to get the best possible mechanic working on your vehicle's issues for a fair price.
Looking For Reliability
Unlike home repair services that evaluate a property, meet with homeowners and have time to prepare before their physical work begins, auto repair businesses are often asked to make fixes on the spot. If you come into a garage with a tire issue, the expectation is the mechanic will know how to correct that problem quickly.
That is why reliability is so vital when searching for a trusted auto repair shop. It may take going to several different mechanics before you find one you are truly comfortable with. Pose questions to this professional to find out what approach they will take to repair your car or what alternatives are available. Shopping around also gives you the best opportunity to find the cheapest rate or the fastest service, as some garages may be backed up with other vehicles that need repair first.
A recommended way to locate a trustworthy auto repair professional is to seek out customer reviews. Online sites offer honest opinions from real customers who have used a business. Read through this feedback to learn how a business operates and what you can expect if you were to take your vehicle there. Look for reviews about how quick maintenance was completed and if prices were fair. By learning what other people have said about a garage, you can gain a better idea if it's the right place to go when you have a car problem in need of fixing.
It can be difficult to know which automotive problems are serious enough to require expert assistance. A ripped seat cushion or broken radio don't involve safety and will not warrant enough of a problem that going into a garage is required. However, setbacks with brakes, lights and other parts that are vital to the safety of your car's driver and passengers, as well as others on the road, necessitate quick fixes. Many modern automobiles will notify drivers of an issue, in the form of a signal on the dashboard or a noise within the vehicle.
In the event of an accident, even if your vehicle does not appear to have any damage on the outside, it is generally recommended that you see a trusted auto repair professional. Internal damage may have occurred, or an important part may have been knocked out of place. Fixing these issues before driving much further can prevent further vehicle breakdowns in the future. In the case of a serious accident, a body shop can assess the problems and determine the best course of action for repairs, as well as evaluate how much they will cost.
Beyond that, regular checkups are recommended. Tires must be rotated, fluids needs to be replaced and the engine must be evaluated. After driving 25,000 miles, most auto dealers suggest having the vehicle checked out to ensure everything is running smoothly. Taking the car into the auto repair professional you trust will protect you from further problems down the road.
Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop. At the same time, be aware of mechanic scams that can impact your experience.
Preventing Trips To The Professional
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage. By handling these types of tasks on your own, you'll gain a better understanding for how your car operates and save time and money.
Along with understanding how to fix manageable vehicle issues that may arise, taking preventative measures to avoid future problems is a valuable time saver. Many problem-solving best practices are related to the seasons. Your vehicle will be in different conditions in the winter than in the summer, meaning it requires a different type of preparation.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures the vehicle will be exposed to, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check your tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
There is a common worry among many people that auto repair professionals take advantage of the general public. Because so many people are unaware of how to fix the problems in their vehicle, they are nervous of being overcharged by mechanics or worried that the improper work is being done.
While the great majority of professionals in the industry are honest, hard-working people, a few bad apples can ruin everything. You should be extra careful when first visiting a mechanic to guarantee that the price you're charged and maintenance the vehicle receives are fair.
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you are in the shop and your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill.
The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done. That way, you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
By working closely with an auto repair professional and doing some of the tune-up work on your own, you will be less likely to fall for these scams. At the same time, you'll be able to drive out with a clean and healthy vehicle, thanks to the repairs made by a trained professional.