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My Husband and I were searching for a vehicle for our daughter. After looking at some pre-owned lots and searching the internet, I ran across the make/model of the vehicle we were looking for online at auto trader, for sell by Cransh Auto Sales. My husband called in the late evening (around 9pm) on a Monday and left a message. To our surprise, Ricky called us right back! Our conversation with him was unlike any we had experienced with other dealers: he answered all of our questions, was very informative about the vehicle and was not at all pushy to make the sale. We appreciated the honest, straight forward approach he had without the “games” we were getting at the other dealers. I will mention though there was no need to haggle over the price. The vehicle we were interested in was a Toyota RAV4. The amount we wanted to spend equaled around a 2007-2008 model everywhere else. Cransh was listing a 2011 model with the same options and less mileage than what we were finding elsewhere! And it was a 4WD! I can not stress this enough…We are NOT the type of people to purchase a vehicle online, sight unseen. However, Cransh is located over 250 miles from us. Because of the 25+ pictures listed, the straightforward, honest approach Ricky had, the reviews I read online of Cransh, and the free carfax report they offered right on the vehicles ad, we decided to move forward. We purchased the vehicle the next day (Tuesday), and it was delivered on Wednesday. They even waived the delivery fee! I will admit I was a nervous wreck until I actually saw the vehicle, but it was exactly what they advertised. The vehicle was very clean, in almost new condition, even the floor mats were covered in plastic. The tires and belts were in excellent condition as was the overall condition of the vehicle including the body, no dings, dents or major scratches. In fact I only found one scratch below the rear bumper. The only flaw I could find was the antenna was missing, but because of the new style antennas, I don’t think they realized it (the base part was there that looks like the Sirius antenna). I had it a week before noticing, and it was an easy 10.00 replacement part for the mast at the local auto parts store. I would highly recommend Cransh Auto Sales for buying a preowned vehicle. This was without a doubt the easiest vehicle purchase I have ever made! Their no-pressure approach, better than reasonable price, and honesty made this purchase go from a dreaded experience to a pleasure. Thank You Cransh and Ricky, you have made our daughter very happy (and us too). She now has a newer vehicle than we expected to be able to buy, with low miles, and that we feel will be dependable and safe and all for price that exceeded our expectations! The Wheelers
Howard and Sara Cole are my guardian angels. About a month ago, my car light came on. I have a 2011 Chrysler 200 and approx 49,000 miles on it. I took my car to AutoZone and they ran a code test and the print out stated that the the 6th cylinder was misfiring. The gentleman there said I probably needed a tune up. I took it to the dearlership and told them my engine light was on and they said they would do the tune up for 300 dollars. Didn't ask why I wanted one or anything like that. I soon realized they were just trying to get my money and really figure out what the issue was. I decided to take it to another place and they ran a code test too. The guy said I needed a tune up and quoted me at 185 for the labor and asked me to buy all the parts. This just didn't sound right to me so I jumped in my car and went down the road a ways. I pulled up the Cole's Auto and Transmission Repair and was greeted by Howard Cole. He asked how he could help me. I asked him if they did tune ups there and he said yes, but asked why I wanted a tune up. I then told him that my engine light was on and that AutoZone hinted that I needed a tune up. Howard asked what kind of vehicle I had and how many miles were on it. I provided the requested information. Howard right away said that he would do a tune up if I wanted one, but he didn't want me to waste my money because it wasn't going to fix the issue. He stated that was probably an issue with the ignition coil on the 6th cylinder. He said he would need to take a look at it and run a diagnostics check. Not even 30 minutes later, he came out and said that it was indeed the ignition coil that needed to get replaced and that my car did not need a tune up. Unfortunately, he didn't have the part. His wife Sara, got on the phone with the dealership and ordered one right away. I was in total awe with their honesty. The other two agencies would have done a tune up and it would not have corrected the issue at hand and my car would have continued acting up. When the part came in... Sara gave me a call, I took the car in and it was fixed within an hour and a half. We need more people like Howard and Sara in this world!! They are good people and will treat you like a neighbor or part of the family. TRUST THEM! They are definitely my shop from now on with all my car needs and I am going to suggest them to anyone who needs their car fixed!!!! God Bless them always!!!
I purchased a 2008 Hyundai Accent at Mycarman and I can confirm that they deserve all the positive reviews. Staying in Texas for 1 year (I'm French, and I'm here for a 1 year contract), I was looking for a reliable car at a great value through West Division Street, Arlington, TX. When my wife and I arrived to Mycarman, we were impressed by their inventory and their prices (especially compare to the other dealerships on this street). The same thing with their staff and their office (very friendly staff, no pressure to buy and answering all our questions, free carfax available,...). When we decided to buy a car from them (at a very attractive price), they were really helpful (especially for us, because it was our first car in the US, so we needed help for the paperwork, the insurance,...). Everything went perfect. The most important part comes after. Few days after our purchase, the check engine light came on and at the first refill of our tank we had trouble to start the engine. Really disappointed (especially with the fact that in Texas you buy the car "as is"), we went to several repair shops and look on the internet and we figured out what was the problem. We decided to go back to Mycarman and they told us the check engine light was indeed on when they had the car and that they had sent it to the repair shop to fix it. Being an Evap system code, it implied a lot of parts and it seemed the part replaced wasn't the right one or at least not enough to solve the problem. As soon as we explain this to Zima, he took the car to their repair shop and changed the part (the purge valve) at their own expense. My problem is now fixed and I have no problem to start my car anymore when I fill the tank. We were dreading to purchase our car in the US and we definitely not regret our choice of buying it at Mycarman. We will definitely recommend this place to our other French fellows looking for a car in the future. Merci à toute l'équipe de Mycarman !
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.