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Your car is a big part of your life. You need it to last, but many times getting maintenance work done at auto repair shops can br…
Your car is a big part of your life. You need it to last, but many times getting maintenance work done at auto repair shops can br…
You need a reliable auto repair shop you can count on when it's time to take your car in for care. Get good tips for finding the b…
Some auto repair service shops may target women as uninformed consumers they can overcharge. Find out about common scams and strat…
March 2, 2012. Kevin Tran was my salesman for my new 2012 Chrysler 300 purchased a week ago. He is very knowledgeable about the various new models offered by Chrysler Motors. Kevin is also a great resource regarding the various models and their unique specifications....more Ultimately, I chose the base 300 car with leather and the better transmission. What I liked and admired about Kevin the most, is that he is helpful and has a very easy going nature. He is not pushy, just very caring! Hermond Morad is the sales manager that I worked with in purchasing my new car. Unlike most sales managers, Hermond is jovial, helpful, talented and a terrific communicator – genuinely a joy to get to know. Importantly, I liked the fact that he was willing to be very competitive to earn my business. I had done my research ahead of time and knew exactly what other dealers throughout California and even Washington were offering on the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300. Hermond earned my business and I am extremely happy with the price. Adolpho Villanueva was my finance guy that I worked with and he too was a joy to work with. He smiled the whole time even though it was midnight on a Friday. I had taken my time to evaluate all of my options on a Dodge Charger versus a Chrysler 300 for my specific car and negotiate the price. Adolpho got me excellent financing with Chase Bank and was very friendly as well. My Chrysler 300 has the 8-speed transmission with the 3.6 liter 6-cylinder Pentastar engine that gets amazing gas mileage on REGULAR fuel. It has an incredibly smart interior, superior electronics, excellent safety features, has very well-built construction and is luxurious. All of this while having a very reasonable price. It cost about half of what the 2012 Audi A6 was going to cost me. The A6 was my original choice for a new sedan. When it came done to signing the sales contract, I just could not justify the expense of the Audi A6 which operates on PREMIUM fuel and honestly does not look that much better. I had never owned a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep product before. However, Avis had rented me a 2011 Dodge Charger on a recent 2,100 mile business trip. I was so impressed with that car, that I knew I had to look at Chrysler products when I bought a new sedan. My 2012 Chrysler 300 lacks nothing in comparison to ultra-luxury brands that I have owned. I am a “Car Guy,” “Car Nut”, car enthusiast and don’t want to brag, but I have extensive experience with many luxury and ultra-luxury automobile brands. Over 3 decades, I have been fortunate enough to afford to purchase an Audi A8L, a Bentley Turbo R, 4 Lincoln Continentals, 3 Jaguar XJ sedans, 3 Roll-Royce motorcars and 2 Volvo sedans. I only mention this because my expectations of a new car dealership are extremely high. Rancho Chrysler Dodge Jeep does not disappoint! Although the facilities are not as nice as those ultra-luxury brands and honestly need to be updated, it is the people in the dealership that really matter to me. Kevin Tran, Hermond Morad and Adolpho Villanueva have made a very favorable impression on me. I would not hesitate to recommend Rancho Chrysler Dodge Jeep to any of my friends. Make sure to ask for Kevin Tran as your salesman at cell phone 619-793-9578. *This is an unpaid endorsement based only upon my own observations! Well, I did receive an unsolicited full tank of gasoline and Kevin gave me a free ride to pick up my old Volvo left at the dealership. I rarely write glowing reviews as I am generally regarded as a negative minded and hard to please attorney. view less
My experience at Pacific Honda, certified cars lot, today was most pleasant, from my first phone call, verifying if the car (Honda Fit) I wanted to look at was still on the lot, to the final handshakes with the salesman (Brett Rickie) and the finance manager (Jaime Jimenez)....more The person who took my phone call knew that the car was on the lot and suggested I speak to Lenny, the manager. He also took my name. Lenny recognized my name when I showed up. That was nice. Lenny entrusted me to Brett who came with me for a test drive and described the car's features at length. There was a second Honda Fit on the lot, which I did not know of. Seeing that I was interested in that second car, Brett offered to take it for a test drive also, the same route we took for the first one. I thought he might want to go a shorter distance since this was my second test drive. After all, how many cars can one test, and how much time should a salesman give to one customer? I am aware that time matters. I myself hate to have someone get me to waste my time. Once in the office, it was most pleasant to do business with Brett. Of course, I know that his goal is to get as much as possible, while mine is to spend as little as possible. I have been quite uncomfortable before under similar circumstances. Even coming out the winner can be unpleasant when the atmosphere is tense, more so when I am not really sure that I really did win anything. At least that's how I live such moments. I do know people who just revel in this tug of war type of situation. I certainly don't, and that's why it was so pleasant to drive off the lot with the car. Brett listened well to my view of the deal. I never felt like he was out to get me. Since I did not have an active insurance policy, having placed mine on hold two months earlier after giving up my car and deciding to wait a while before I bought another one, he offered me, for free, a three day insurance coverage so that I could drive home with the car today. Now I simply have to call my insurance on Monday. Great service! Great attention to the client! He obtained a new set of car mats for me, filled the tank with gas, had the car cleaned outside and inside, walked me to the finance manager who provided the same quality of professional and personal service. Yes, I know, this is what we have come to expect from any public service, but sometimes I can feel that the person is just going through the moves, does not care really. That was not the case at Pacific Honda today. Jaime in finance treated me equally well. His explanations for each form signed were very clear. He advised me on a good deal for the security system. There too, I never felt one second that I was being taken advantage of. The mix of good professionalism and personal attention was perfect. It will be pleasant to go back if ever I need to. It's the small things, the personal attention, that make Life a fun and big experience. That was my kind of experience today. Thanks Pacific Honda.view less
My search for a new factory ordered pickup truck started nearly three years ago. During my search I spoke to numerous sales people from the three main manufacturers, Ford, Chevy and Dodge. I would say that about 20% of the sales people knew there product from a technical per...morespective. The remaining 80% either BS’d me on my questions or simply never got back to me. Eventually I settled on a Ford F350 diesel and my search to refine the factory build spec and the dealership that I would buy the truck began. I spoke to Ford dealers from Michigan, to Texas, to Arizona and Northern California. Some were technically good and offered me a reasonably price. However the best salesperson and the best dealership that I found was Barry Greenblatt at Kearney Pearson Ford This was amazing considering that I live in San Diego and was very willing to get on a plane to pickup my new truck. Barry was technically very good. I was asking him some very difficult technical questions. If he didn’t know then he did not BS me, he would research and would promptly get back to me with the answer. My Questions continued for a LONG time, he never relented on giving me premium service. He was never pushy, and always extremely professional and friendly. The pricing that he gave me was competitive with anywhere that I found in the United States. All of the staff that I ever dealt with during my purchase at Kearney Pearson were also extremely helpful and professional. On the day that we collected the truck we had to meet with the finance people. Having bought a new car before I was dreading this. Other dealerships will tell you things like “Unless you have this teflon treatment then your car is going to look terrible in a year” etc etc and give you the hard sell on extended warranty’s. Kearney Pearson was nothing like that!.. It was a very pleasant experience!.. in the end I had to ask him about an extended warranty which I did in fact buy because he tailor made it for me. As far as after sales is concerned they continue to be amazing… extremely helpful. Even Barry who has his sale done, continues to make himself readily available to answer any questions that I may have, and help with anything! All in all I highly recommend Kearney Pearson Ford!view less
An auto repair professional - or mechanic - is an expert at finding, evaluating and fixing a wide range of automobile problems. Mechanics are asked to quickly diagnose vehicle issues, ranging from the exterior look of a car, motorcycle, van or truck, all the way to interior problems with the engine, brakes, mufflers, gears, or anything else that may be in need of repair. Once he or she evaluates the situation, an auto repair professional will provide you with a quote, or the expected amount of money it will take to fix the problem, along with a timeframe of how long the process will take. Depending on the severity of the vehicle's issues, the time-frame of a mechanic's work can vary. Some repairs can be done instantaneously, while others involve ordering specific parts and materials, meaning they can take hours, days or even weeks before the car is completely fixed.
Auto repair professionals are typically educated through training programs and specialty schools, learning about the different ways vehicles are constructed, damaged and ultimately repaired. There are multiple subjects covered in these programs, including auto repair and maintenance, restoration of damaged parts, collision repair and electronics. Some mechanics have a wide base of knowledge for a great number of makes and models of vehicles. Others are specialized, with a concentration on just one type or brand of automobile.
Many mechanics work out of shops with other automotive experts called body shops or garages. These businesses vary in how they are owned and operated. Some are connected to auto dealerships or large auto parts stores. This type of garage is very popular, especially for vehicle owners who have a warranty on their automobile. Depending on the terms of the contract, you may be entitled to a discount through the dealer for repairs and checkups on the vehicle.
However, many auto repair businesses are operated independently of a car manufacturer or specific brand. From large chains to neighborhood-based garages, these locations are often certified by a manufacturer to perform work within a warranty or make repairs if a company recalls a product. An independent business can also earn certification through programs sponsored by a manufacturer, meaning it is licensed to sell products and make repairs on specific vehicles. Independent auto repair businesses have a reputation as being more focused on customer service than larger, dealer-backed garages.
For car owners who need a repair on their vehicle, determining the best auto repair professional to use can be an intimidating task. There are several concerns out there in terms of mechanics who overcharged unsuspecting customers or billed people for items that don't require fixing. Understanding how you can find a reliable mechanic, what issues require professional auto repair services and how you can fix some of your own car problems are all important parts of vehicle ownership.
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.