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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.
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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We love, love, love this place!! Our son, who is attending Mission College in Santa Clara was getting ready to exit the 880 South to go to work at the Winchester Mystery House when a car cut in front of him and slammed on their brakes. He immediately slammed on his brakes which made his car turn sideways, go across three lanes in early morning rush hour traffic, and hit the median wall pretty much head on. He was okay and lucky he didn't get t-boned. Of course, the car who cut in front of our son took off. Our insurance company had a "partner" bodyshop which they had the car towed to. The shop immediately wanted to total it using retail priced parts as their reason. I got on the internet and read their reviews. Not good! So I searched for a bodyshop with good reviews, called a couple which didn't impress me, and came across Capitol Auto Body. When I called I spoke with Ed and told him the story. He told me Roy, the owner, worked with car owners and insurance companies on acquiring parts at a good cost, not retail. It was a family-owned shop that had been in business for over 30 years, not the cookie cutter, factory-type shops. After speaking with Ed, I told him I wanted them to look at our car. He helped me arrange for our car to be towed to their shop. This was huge for me for two reasons: 1) We live in Las Vegas, NV, so I was doing this long-distance. 2) Capitol Auto Body was closed, as it was a Saturday. Ed was there working on paperwork, yet made sure our car was towed to their shop that day. He told me what to say if the other bodyshop gave me a hard time, called the towing company to make sure it was taken care of, and even gave me his cell number so I could contact him in case I had any concerns or questions over the weekend. On Monday I spoke with Roy, the owner. He told me he would be working on an estimate and for me not to worry about anything, including our insurance company. In fact, he told me that if our insurance company called me I shouldn't talk to them, but refer them to him, which I did. He handled everything. Another gold star was earned by Capitol Auto Body. During that week, Roy kept me informed of his progress, letting me know when he found parts and what they cost. We were hopeful the car could be saved. Unfortunately, when they started to take the front of the car apart, "things" started falling out. Roy called me and told me that he was sorry, but the car would have to be totalled, even though his cost for parts came in at about one half of the other bodyshop's estimate. The goodness and kindness of Roy doesn't end there. I found a car for sale in San Jose exactly like our wrecked one, same year, same color, everything. I was shocked. I called Roy and asked him what he thought. He got on the internet while we were speaking and looked at the car. Wow! But it gets even better. Roy actually called the seller and had him drive the car to the shop so Roy could look at it with our son. Gold stars just aren't good enough for this guy! Roy called me after he looked at the car. We were pretty set on getting it. However, our insurance company was taking their sweet time in processing the check and the owner was leaving to go back to school in Riverside in a couple of days. So we ended up getting another car once we received the insurance check. We cannot express how much we appreciate Ed taking care of the initial problem on his day off, and Roy taking care of our son, our insurance company, and basically the entire situation. As out-of-state parents, the stress we felt at the onset of this ordeal was immediately taken away once we contacted Capitol Auto Body. We were treated like family and we've never even met them!! If you don't take your car to Capitol Auto Body, you're a fool. They will take care of you from the moment you contact them. You can relax knowing you are in good, capable, honest hands. We love them!!!
My Jaguar XJ8L was hit in the driver's rear door in a parking lot two weeks before my lease end. Whoever hit it really did a number on the car and of course they didn't leave a note. So much for personal accountability. I had used 101 Auto body Sanjose in the past and was always impress by the quality of their work. I called and talked to Singh and described my predicament. Even though they were very busy, he told me to bring the car down (it was driveable) and he would handle everything and do his best to get it finished in time for the lease turn-in. When I went to get the car back 7 days later(!!) I almost didn't want to return it to the lease company. On their own, they completely cleaned up and touched up the car and didn't charge me a penny for it. Mr. Singh (Owner) told me they wanted to make sure the leasing company didn't charge me for incidental scratches or paint chips as they so often do. This is a level of service way above and beyond what I could have expected from any other shop, including the dealer. My car was fixed perfectly, sooner than I needed, and they went the extra mile to ensure I had a smooth lease end transitio
Singh , who owns the shop, is knowledgeable and friendly. He came highly recommended by Lee (of Lee's Auto Repair, also in Southie) and I am very happy I took my car to him! Also, it doesn't hurt that he's in walking distance since I didn't pay to get a rental car rider in my insurance. After a car slammed into our passenger door, I realized we were going to need to get that sucker fixed so we could open the window. Singh took a look and gave me an estimate, even showing me where in the pricing book his estimates came from. He gave me suggestions for how to keep the repairs cheaper, then asked me to consider using my insurance to pay for the repair. He knew my insurance company and the agent they would use to give the estimate and that made things really easy - I just submitted my claim and in 2 weeks I have a new door. My car is not in the best shape otherwise, and Victor generously buffed out some of the scratches in the car and gave me advice on how to make the scratches less noticeable. Overall, it was a good experience, I feel like he treated me fairly and honestly, and my car looks great - cleaned inside and out to boot.
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.