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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.
I don't write a lot of reviews, but every now and again you run across a business doing such a good job that you just have to share with others. This story begins with a Camry with 200k miles that finally gave up the ghost after being driven too hard with too little care. The car was otherwise in good shape, but wasn't going to go another foot without a replacement engine. This was not something I approached eagerly, partly because I've had such bad experience with mechanics in the past. I'm not a car expert, but I do know enough to recognize BS when it is being pushed in my direction, and that has been my experience far too often in the past. When you've watched too many clueless kids try to hammer the wrong air filter into place and then try to upsell you windshield wipers because the old ones are "worn out" (less than two weeks after replacing them) you tend to become a little distrustful. That was the setting when I started looking for someone to replace the engine in my son's car. I came across Engine Experts by doing a web search since none of my friends had a mechanic they were willing to recommend for the job. I was intrigued by the numerous very positive reviews. My first conversation with Jimmy was different than any I've ever had with a mechanic. He apologized first for "talking too much" but explained that you really couldn't understand the way he did things unless you came to the shop for a tour. (You really do need to take the tour) My wife and I went to the shop and were pleasantly surprised by the level of organization and neatness in every direction we looked. Jimmy introduced us to every mechanic and told us a little about what they did, what their expertise was and their certifications. He then introduced us to "little Matt" a Grizzly Adams like man mountain who exudes a customer oriented concern and has actually remembered my name each of the several times I've been in the shop since. Jimmy explained in detail that the way he does things may not be the cheapest way, but that it is the most "frugal" way (and I agree). He explains that when he does this kind of in depth work he is going to be pulling lots of parts off the engine and that some of them may be better replaced while things are disassembled rather than waiting for them to fail later when he'll have to pull it apart again and charge you the labor to replace them. When you look at the parts that he has pulled off and shows you the cracks or other wear, you realize the good common sense involved in fixing them while the engine is already torn down. Not the cheapest way....but in the long run, probably the most sensible and frugal way. You just can't spend much time around Jimmy, Matt, and the other hard working personnel at Engine Experts without beginning to trust their advice because what they say makes sense. I can't tell you how long it has been since I really trusted a mechanic. To make a long story shorter, the engine was replaced. The final price was higher than I wanted, but fair and completely in line with what I agreed to before the car was delivered. The higher price was due to parts I agreed to replace when I saw how worn they were. No hidden surprises. I am completely confident the car will run for many more miles so long as I do my part and have regular maintenance done. In return for the hard work and patient explanations, the fellows at Engine Experts have earned a loyal customer and I have a "car guy". I now take all four of our family vehicles to Jimmy and I have complete trust that the work will be done appropriately and for a fair price. You can go there with confidence and a little less fear that someone is going to try to rip you off. Good job guys! Rick E.
I have a 1998 Wrangler TJ with 178,000 miles on it. My late wife and I bought this Jeep together and it is my sanity in my life now. She is my baby! The Jeep had a rattling noise and starting having performance issues. I knew my 2.5 needed to be replaced. I found Engine Experts on a web search. After checking reviews and viewing videos on YouTUBE I gave them a call. Jimmy (a man with tremendous energy) answered the phone. I made an appointment. There are three rules by which I judge every business. Integrity, Integrity, and Integrity. First of all I was not allowed to make a decision until Jimmy took me on a tour (integrity test passed)! That is a good thing. He lets the facility stand on its own two feet. It is neat and organized. You can tell in a matter of seconds these are true professionals. Each car had a dedicated shelving system assigned to it. The work areas are neat. Both Jimmy and I decided the shop and my Jeep was a good match and we scheduled a convenient time and they got to work. The attention to detail was amazing. Every part was removed, cleaned, and inspected. Knowing my mileage and no real history of the vehicle I expected some parts needed replacing. I was called, shown any parts they felt was critical and needed replacing (very few by the way). I was shown parts that were OK but could be replaced while the engine was out. I decided to replace my clutch assembly, get a Radiator cleaning, new hoses, serpentine belt and oxygen sensor and a few other small things. No hidden labor charges were assessed. (After all they had to put all that back on anyway). This was more than fair! (Integrity test passed again). Jimmy is kind but brutally honest. Tells you like it is and does not mince words (integrity test passed once more). I was anxious to pick my Jeep up. I was not allowed until Jimmy personally took it for a test run and inspected it (need I say it). They have a dedication to their work that is amazing!!!! Here is the kicker!! My Jeep not only runs perfect BUT… It was cleaned, the engine and components they did not even work on shined better than new. I am not sure what they did to my air intake system but it looks factory fresh. Every component they touched was gone over and detailed to look brand new. Oil pan and valve cover freshly painted. My interior was cleaned!!!!! Unknown to Jimmy I talked to some of the folks at the site and they LOVE their job and take a lot of pride in their work!! Lastly I am from Henderson and could have gotten someone a lot closer to do the work. Glad I found Jimmy and the fine pros at Engine Experts. If you go in with realistic expectations, you WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY! They will make sure of it. Frank B.
I'm a busy mom of four kids that never take time to write reviews. However, I owe it to the Engine Experts to tell you about our experience. Our 2011 Toyota minivan was making a loud noise for sometime. It finally was due for state inspection and oil change so instead of going to Jimmy Lube, we took it to the dealership for maintenance and to fix the noise. They told us it was the water pump and quoted $2300 to fix. My husband insisted on getting another estimate and called around. Luckily he was referred to Jimmy Boyd at Engine Experts. He quoted us a price over $1000 less and said to bring the car in. And though tucked back off the street, he's a few blocks from the dealership. To our surprise, Jimmy gave us a full tour of the garage and introduced all his staff. Don't expect to drop your car off an run, because that's not Jimmy's way. To say the garage/management is impressive is an understatement. There are specific area's designated for tasks with the correct lighting, individual carts are used per car to pull parts out, a designated oil change station so you're in/out in no time, and so much more. I was particularly impressed with the organization of the tools - every drill bit in order by size and clean. Why is this important? You know exactly where things are and can work fast. Jimmy explained his philosophy to running the business and what's most important to him --his integrity. He's not about over charging for things not needed and wants you to understand how he runs the shop to make sure it's a good fit on both sides. He's uniquely friendly, talkative, and warm - and prides himself on his honesty (no BS with him). Needless to say, we left the minivan for him to work on. The next morning I got a call to confirm the water pump needed replacement. Though it takes approximately 13 hours of labor, he put two mechanics on it and had it back to me by 3pm. The organization allows the staff to work faster and thus, charge less in labor. When we went to get the car, Jimmy insisted I go and turn it on to make sure it sounded good. It purred like a kitten. The car being thoroughly cleaned was an additional bonus. In the end we saved $1000, but most importantly - we now have a new garage for ALL our car needs. Tire replacement, oil changes, brakes, etc...Jimmy is the guy to work with. Thank you for being a business that prides themselves on their work and their relationship with the customer. You can't ask for more than that.
If you are thinking about an engine replacement, you owe it to yourself to at least talk to Engine Experts. They do know how to do the job right! Their expertise is not limited to just the heavy stuff - they have demonstrated some of the best trouble shooting skills (a lost art at many shops) I have experienced. On the two year anniversary of the engine replacement that the Engine Experts team performed on my 2003 Dodge Dakota truck, I want to again say thanks!! I have run this truck for the past two years (about 38,000 miles) and have not touched anything other than change the oil. Jimmy and his Engine Experts team told me what they were going to do and what it was going to cost. They delivered exactly what they said they were going to do and it was cost effective solution – especially compared to some options provided by other repair facilities. I was ready to scrap the truck until I talked with Jimmy and the Engine Experts team. Considering what had occurred prior to me delivering them a truck with much of the engine in the bed of the truck, the experience was a breath of fresh air. I much appreciated the education Jimmy provided on engine replacements and making me comfortable they knew what they were doing – even with the mess I brought them. After talking to Jimmy, I yanked the truck out of a dealership in an “as is” condition and had it delivered to Engine Experts. I had a repaired vehicle in about 10 days that has run flawlessly ever since. Jimmy kept me in the loop as to what they found once they had the truck and what options we had on the install of the engine replacement and their costs – that was appreciated. The opportunity to talk directly to the mechanics was also appreciated since I have messed around with motor vehicles much of my life and like to think I understand some of what is going on. Thanks again Engine Experts !! I will continue to use your services when possible even though I am not local to the Raleigh area Guess it means you will get my tougher challenges. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family. Best wishes to the Engine Experts team Mike Linville Kernersville, NC
I have to start off by saying that I don’t take the time to write reviews, good or bad. I just go on my way and either continue to do business with someone or never go back. With that said, Jimmy and his team at Expert Engines were unbelievable. My Jeep Wrangler sat for a month at a very reputable shop in Cary with the final outcome being that I would need to replace the 4.0L motor. I was skeptical and very disappointed to say the least so I read a few great reviews about Expert Engines and gave Jimmy a call. We briefly spoke about my issue and he assured me that they would take a look at it and be honest with the diagnosis. I had the Jeep towed there on Tuesday afternoon. I was given a tour of the shop, introduced to everyone on his team and given a description of their standards on quality and honesty. I was already impressed with Jimmy and his team. Jimmy asked Johnny to take a break and look at my Jeep while I was still there to see if he could give a quick diagnosis. Remember, the other shop was telling me that I needed a new motor at 4K plus. They opened the hood, pulled the distributor and found that it was not properly aligned or set correctly. They made a few quick adjustments and he started it up. I was floored at how quickly they found the issue and had my Jeep running again. From there I asked that they check everything out and make sure I was safe to get back on the road. Jimmy and his team did a thorough job of repairing and replacing items that I knew about but wasn’t going to worry about. They went ahead and repaired my exhaust leak, transmission mount, my hood latch and more on top of getting it back to perfect running order. I picked it up this afternoon and had the opportunity to meet a few other customers while I was there. Everyone said the same thing about the professionalism and quality workmanship. They are honest, very reasonable with cost considering the level of expertise you receive and professional. The bottom line is that I would recommend these guys to anyone. I can honestly say that I have never received better customer service. They know what they’re doing and truly are the experts.
Jimmy Boyd, the owner of Engine Experts is awesome. He knows his business of auto and engine repairs. He will tell you what the problem is, and will let you know what needs to be done, to get the problem fixed in the most cost effective way. Jimmy uses only parts that were manufactured for your auto… no generic parts. My 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee motor locked up and it was towed to the dealership. I was given a price of $9000 - $1000 to replace the motor. I was devastated!! I had my Jeep towed to a friend's farm where it sat for almost a year. I ran into a good friend of mine, Foster who owns 2 body shops. I asked Foster where I should take my Jeep to have the engine replaced. Foster told me to take it to Engine Experts and talk to Jimmy Boyd…So I did!! I spoke with Jimmy, and had the Jeep towed to his shop. Jimmy was excellent; he went over the whole replacement and repair with me. After the new motor can in, I was given a tour of his shop and he showed me parts that were removed from the Jeep that could be reused. Jimmy had them soaking and they would be cleaned before going back on the Jeep. Jimmy showed me the new motor, and we discussed replacing some parts that would be hard to get to later on should they go out, the cost could be up to 3 times more due to their location. The shop was clean and well organized… I was truly impressed!! The warranty he gave me on the motor was 100k miles or 5 years, which included parts and labor! This was about a year ago. I took the Jeep back for an oil change and last month had to replace the starter. It is such a great feeling to know you can take your car in for repair and know that you are getting exceptional quality service on your vehicle from someone who it trustworthy and not going to rip you off!! Oh…the cost to replace the motor was thousands + less then what the dealership had quoted me. So to all you single ladies out there with auto problems…who is clueless, give Jimmy a call at Engine Experts and fine out for yourself what a gem you will have in Jimmy!! Ditto for all you guys!! Thanks Jimmy!! Wishing you a great 2015!! Kay Galloway
I have a 2001 S-10 truck with 235,000 miles on it. Well the engine finally died and left me stranded on the road. Being my own mechanic, I didn't know of any shops who I felt would give me the service I needed. I found Engine Experts by chance on an online search. I liked the website and what they do so I decided to give them a call. I spoke to Jimmy and explained my situation to him. I told him I have been forced into being my own mechanic due to the disservice most shops around the triangle provide. He told me "I'm an acquired taste, I will not b.s. you. I am honest and do great work." I knew right away that he was a character, in a good way of course. I could hear some of his customers in the background laughing at him. He puts one of his customers on the phone with me and he tells me how great Jimmy and the guys are. He states that he's been a customer for over 11 years and that there is no one else he would go to. Jimmy gets back on the phone and tells me to stop by, meet him and check out the shop. The shop is clean and organized! After an hour we talk some more and we both decide we're a good fit to do business with each other. I told him I think the engine is shot and needs to be replaced. He said "have it towed here and we'll check it out and find out for sure what the problem is". Jimmy calls me back the next day and tells me the engine does need to be replaced. My truck is my primary vehicle and I needed it done quickly. Jimmy not only fits me into their schedule, they repaired the truck within a week! With the engine out of the truck, He calls me so I can meet with him to discuss what needed to be done. We go over what can be reused and what should be replaced. No one does that any more. Most repair shops will repair your vehicle and not even tell you what they did. Having a strong mechanical background, I am impressed with their knowledge and professionalism. My truck runs great! I am a customer for life. If you are in search of a shop that is honest, then look no further! I'm a car guy who "gets it". Many thanks!
I consider myself extremely lucky that I have found this business. This is the second time I have brought my car to John West Auto and have had a 5 star experience both times. And this is the second time that this business has saved me a lot of money by providing reliable, quality work at a decent price. If you are having any car work done I recommend going here. I had an oil change done at a Meineke near my house recently (purely because it was close and my car was overdue) After spending 40 mins there the woman at the desk told me that the mechanic had found multiple issues with my car while he was changing the oil. She stated that I needed to have a service, a tune up, the spark plugs replaced, the front brake pads rotors resurfaced, rear pads resurfaced and the front and rear sway bar end links replaced as the boots dry rotted. Not knowing much about cars I taken off guard because she was proposing about a 1000$ worth of work (by their estimation) and she stated that my front brakes only had 5% left on them and it was imperative that I get them fixed immediately. I told her I would think about it and asked for a copy of the list. I wanted to run all this by John West Auto since he done an excellent job before on my car when it needed a catalytic converter replaced a year or so ago. John West took my car for the day did a thorough inspection including removing all 4 tires to check the brakes and told me that the car did need a tune up (due for it's mileage) and the spark plugs needed to be replaced but everything else was fine. The brakes both front and back were only at 50% and had many thousands of miles left on them. He said that they did not need to be replaced at this time. The other place was either preying on my auto ignorance or simply trying to dupe every person that walks in the door! After 2 very positive experiences at John West Auto I will not be taking my car anywhere else for any kind of car maintenance, no matter how big or small! I could not recommend them more highly.
Take it to Jimmy @ Engine Experts! Engine? No problem! I have been a customer of Jimmy Boyd at Engine Experts since 2007. I have a 1998 Ford Explorer that started having major engine issues. My father recommended that I “take it to Jimmy.” He said that the quality and integrity of service that I would get is unmatched. My first meeting with Jimmy was unlike any other first encounter with a mechanic that I have experienced. After introducing himself, he walked me through the shop, explained what they did, introduced me to some of his mechanics, and showed me some of the racecars that they were currently working on. Also displayed prominently in his shop where letters of gratitude from previous clients who raved over his work. I was impressed immediately with his professionalism and ability to easily explain what he planned to do with my car to replace the engine. He also gave me an estimate of the total cost including other parts that he recommended be replaced with the new engine so that it would run better. He also explained their warranty to replace it if anything should happen to it during the warranty time. Jimmy and his team replaced my engine, but unfortunately the engine had issues within a few months. When I took my car back to Jimmy, he replaced it – free of charge. He stood by his warranty, and I have not had any issues with the engine to date. AC? No problem! I have had an AC issue in my car (it leaked Freon) for at least 10 years. Each summer, I would have to have my car “charged” with Freon, and no mechanic (even those who specialized in AC’s) could fix my car. On the hottest day of the summer last year, my AC totally stopped working, and Jimmy and his team found the leak! This is the first summer I can remember that I have not had to go to an auto shop for an AC issue. I recommend Jimmy wholeheartedly, and will not take my car to another mechanic. He is honest and has high integrity. If your car ever has any issues… take it to Jimmy @ Engine Experts!
I own a 1991 Olds Bravada, this car finally gave up the ghost with the odometer showing 228,000 miles, I knew that I had gotten my money’s worth out of it but I was attached to it (you know how it is, a man and his car) Jimmy Boyd’s Engine Experts was referred to me by the mechanic that diagnosed it DOA. He told me if I was still interested in keeping the car these guys could put an engine in it for a reasonable price. I went to meet Jimmy and he immediately looked at the car and said the body is in good shape, he and his crew could put an engine in and it would be as good as new. Jimmy gave a tour of his facility (cleanest engine shop I’d ever seen) as he explained the price of the engine and the process he would use once the engine was pulled. He stated he would call me back to the shop and personally show all of the parts and “we” would make recommendations as to whether or not the part should be replaced. Bottom Line; if parts were replaced, obviously the price would go up based on the actual parts that were replaced. That seemed fair and reasonable to me. To make a long story short, Jimmy was true to his word. The engine was replaced. He called me back and yes we did replace some other parts but I felt that was the right thing to do. That was 3 almost 4 years ago; I now have 244000 miles on my old car and couldn’t be happier. I have recommended Jimmy to friends and one friend in particular (both he and I worked in corporate for many years) stated, and I agreed, that Jimmy could “teach” lessons in customer service. He goes above and beyond making sure that you (the customer) are satisfied with the work done and his prices are reasonable. He is now my family’s mechanic for all work done to our cars. I would recommend Engine Experts to anyone interested in dealing with a person with Integrity and honor and trust. He absolutely will not perform unnecessary work on your car. This is a “5” star business!!!!!
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.