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I went to BJ's Automotive for a Winter checkup because I will be taking my kids up to the mountains for a ski trip. I had a feeling that my brakes might have an issue because they felt a little odd. Also, the day before I took my car in my engine light came on. I found out on the web that with my 2001 Dodge Durango I could turn my ignition switch on 3 times and it would give me the error code that my engine warning light was triggering on. I thought that this would be a good test of if a shop was being honest. I just moved into Simi Valley and didn't know an honest repair shop. The error code was P0442. A minor emissions type problem. After bringing my car into the shop they did a full inspection for $79 which included an oil change and wiperblade replacement. They also saw my engine light on and diagnosed it correctly and notified me of the problem being a small emissions leak. I was told that this should be corrected because if there were a more significant engine problem I would not become aware of it because it was already triggered. Right on!!! But, what was significant was that I was told that more important, my break pads were low - 35% on one side and 15% on the other - and that this was more important to take care of (I know they meant if I was having to make a financial decision-it's a week before Christmas). I hesitated because this is the first time I was at this shop. The cost was going to be about $250-$350 because my rotors were going to have to be turned or maybe replaced. So I initially declined knowing that I can replace breaks and rotors myself..so I called Auto Zone. Ceramic Brakes ( I don't buy semi-metallic) were going to run me $70. Rotors were going to cost $60 each and they were not going to be OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) - I think the rotors were coming from China. Also, I was going to have to do the work, and though I know how to work on cars, I've been out of it for quite a while. So I immediately called BJ Automotive back and asked them to fix my brakes. They started work right away. I must say that I was also concerned about my ABS (Anti-lock Brake System). I had an experience where I slammed on the brakes and it just seemed WAY too long to slow down, but I thought that maybe it was just me because ABS can kind of feel that way. Turns out, they found an issue with one of the calipers being really dirty and clogged and instead of saying that I needed to replace them that they would try and clean them if possible. They completed the job successfully, but recommended that I come back within 1000 miles to make sure that my brakes were still behaving properly. I have been driving for 26 years.... wow I'm old :o) ... I am an AAA member and this truly was the BEST experience I've had with anyone repairing my vehicle ---- HANDS DOWN!! I will and have already recommended them to people I know. I will be going back to BJ's Automotive. BJ's Automotive..... From me, and my kids....Thank you!!! Matt Armstrong 5776D Lindero Cyn Rd #389 Westlake Village, CA 91362 email@example.com
I've been a client of Rebel Engine for almost 25 years now. The service is incredible, reliable, and Rick is honest and straightforward. Mechanics like Doug and Rick come around once in a lifetime - if you're lucky - and I feel I truly am! I have referred many people to Rebel with complete confidence. I've even compared other service centers with Rebel Engine. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had "recommendations" for engine work when I've taken my care in for tires somewhere else, but what I enjoy is asking for a printout of those recommendations and then taking them to Rick. He is always amazed at what other people try to sell me. Is it because I'm a woman? I don't know, but in all the years I've done business with Rebel, they've treated me with respect, and taught me about my cars and the service they need. I'm looking to purchase a new car for the first time in 15 years. I credit the longevity of my cars to Rebel and the outstanding service they provide, and my new purchase will be with Rick's advice and recommendation. It's just plain hard to find people you can trust as much as I trust Rick and Rebel Engine. I highly recommend Rebel for all you car repair needs.
I have known Rick at Rebel Engine for 15 years. Since I was 8 years old, maybe 9. The point of it all is that, as his stepdaughter, you may think this review will be biased. After looking at other reviews on this page though, that should prove to be not the case. Rick gives the same level of care and dedication to his family as he does to his customers at work. When you walk in to Rebel Engine, you will always be greeted with a smile, hello, and how can I help you. Rick is incredibly knowledgeable, incredibly fair, and incredibly honest. You have to admire a mechanic who will tell you that you do not need to have your fluids changed because he already did it and it isn't time yet. Or a mechanic who will drive 3 hours (one way!) to your broken down car to call AAA because they won't tow without seeing proof of a AAA membership. Maybe it's a stereotype, but I haven't met many other mechanics (or working people in general) who will turn down work (and therefore money). If you are even thinking of giving Rick a chance to work on your car, take it. If you don't like something about it, he'll tell you a better shop to go to. What do you have to lose?
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.