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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.
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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.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
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 was referred to Jon's shop by my family member. I have an Acura and have been taking it there to be serviced for 9 years. My car was making a cracking noise and Acura told me I needed struts, ball joints, and boots. $1500.00 I was so disgusted... I took it to Jon and he looked at it and said it didn't need any of that. All it needed was sway bar links. $150 He put them on my car the very next day. 15 min. So out of curiosity I asked him about the engine mounts I had just replaced at Acura. $2300.00 He laughed and said sorry to tell you but you got ripped off. I said how much would of that been if I got it done here. He looked it up on his computer. $627 out the door! Jon is a very honest guy and he is not in this business to rip off people. I also was looking for a car to buy for my daughter and I called him up and asked him if he could take a look at it for me. I was about 35 minutes away from his shop and he came to look at the car. And was happy to. Needless to say he saved me again because that car I was about to buy was a piece of crap. It also had been in a wreck. I will bring all my car to him and tell all my friends. I am 100% confident you will love him too!
I first brought my car to Dale at Vic's Transmission in Lake Park because I have been experiencing "bucking"/"stuttering" for quite some time. He ruled out transmission problems and referred me to Ted at J T's Automotive, also in Lake Park. Ted spend a total of about 8 hours over 2 days time thoroughly examining and trying to diagnose my car issue. There were no clear codes for the problem. After further research he found that the problem might be coming from the EGR Valve. He told me the list price for that part and upon my research online I found it at about a quarter of the cost which was less than his dealer cost! He told me to go ahead and purchase the part online and he would show me how to install it since it was easy to replace. After all was said and done, Ted did not charge me for his time in trying to diagnose my car issue because even though it could be the EGR Valve, and my car was acting in a manner conducive to a bad valve, he wasn't 100% sure. I was blown away by his generosity and honesty. It really spoke volumes to his character. If I wasn't moving back to Atlanta, I would definitely use him as my mechanic.
Buying from Simply Auto Sales was the best decision I’ve ever made. Not only did they already have the lowest price I had seen for the car, they were willing to negotiate it down further. They let me take it to a mechanic with no hesitation to check it out, and everything came out fine. In fact, I like to think I made some nice friends, because that’s what it had felt like. I spent time with one of the guys when we were at the mechanic and we literally talked for an hour about life and about the authenticity of the dealership, and he answered in all honesty. They even fed me pizza as we signed the lease & they waxed and cleaned the car which was nice. In a converse world where I wasn’t a 17 year old girl, I would befriend them, and hang with them on a daily. Everything they said and did was so upfront and reasonable compared to other people who were pushy and would sugarcoat everything just to sell me. A year later I can testify that the car is in perfect shape. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Purchased a Toyota Camry from this dealership the car was in excellent condition and low milage. But to find out after research of the cars history that the car was indeed in a minor accident a fender bumper. My issue with the dealership is that I had asked if the car had ANY previous accidents and they told me NO. Why lie really? I also reviewed the car history report that the dealership had provided and it had shown NO indications with the car being in a accident. But upon my further investigation the car was in a accident. So to whom ever purchases a car from this dealership BUYER BE AWARE. Please do your own carfax/ autocheck history before purchasing a car from this dealership. Overall my car is in good condition but I would have like to know before hand if the car was in an accident its a lesson learned for me.
I was out car shopping and was getting very discourage because no one wanted to help me out after my vehicle had just burned anf I was beginning to think I was bot going to get a car.I was 7 months pregnant and out walking everywhere.I started putting my faith in God everyday that something would open up gor me and sure enough I come across Sunshine Used Cars.I Appreciate the staff at sunshine used cars Richie,Melissa,and Joel for their outstanding help in my situation to help get me a car.Richie and Melissa thank you so much for making things work ou for me and understanding my situation and getting me through and getting me a car.May God Bless each and everyone here at sunshine used cars.So if anyone is looking for a good place to buy a car come on over to sunshine used cars and talk to melissa or richie.
Last Month I brought my 2003 Mercedes-Benz S-Class to Foreign Affairs for service. I am new to the area but was highly recommended by my next-door neighbor. I couldnt have asked for a better recommendation! The service was exceptional beginning with my greeting as I entered their doors. My car was fixed quickly and professionally for a very reasonable price. I saved $319 opposed to if I had gone to the local Benz dealer. Their waiting lounge is beautiful, comfortable, and cozy. I really had never seen such a neat unique service facility in my life. I even was served a fantastic Cappuccino while I waited. I highly recommed Foreign Affairs to anyone looking for a good, honest facility to service their luxury car. Thank you Frank at Foreign Affairs! You have a customer for life!
Had my 08 BMW 528i towed here today and I rode in the tow truck like a dork. I went into the office to explain what was going on and was told that my car was already being looked at - I forgot I had explained it to Mark on the phone (long day). I asked Mark how I could get to the main road to catch a bus home and he told me they were going to try to get me fixed and out today. Well, I was out of there with a new starter and a BMW with new life in a little under 3 hours. Having bought the car 2 weeks ago I was nervous that I was going to be mugged by some auto shop for all I had. You know, maybe those Yelp reviews were fake... They are the real deal. Very nice people there and they know what they're doing. The price was good, too. Thanks, Mark.
Had my 08 BMW 528i towed here today and I rode in the tow truck like a dork. I went into the office to explain what was going on and was told that my car was already being looked at - I forgot I had explained it to Mark on the phone (long day). I asked Mark how I could get to the main road to catch a bus home and he told me they were going to try to get me fixed and out today. Well, I was out of there with a new starter and a BMW with new life in a little under 3 hours. Having bought the car 2 weeks ago I was nervous that I was going to be mugged by some auto shop for all I had. They are the real deal. Very nice people there and they know what they're doing. The price was good, too. Thanks, Mark.
Victor Auto tech was highly recommended to me by a co-worker. I dealt with Victor, the owner himself. I was actually quite amazed as to how honest he was. A different shop told me I had to get whole front end fixed and would be approximately $1000-$1500. Victor flat out told me my front end was fine and that I only needed front rotors and brakes. He also replaced a large part inside my door because my window would not go up or down properly. I went from having to pay over $1000+ dollars down to just a few hundred including parts.. Thank God I found Victor. I will definitely be going back for everything I need fixed in the future and will be referring everyone that I know.
Anyone looking for a used car, Do yourself a favor and go to PALM BEACH USED CARS @ 2633 MERCER AVENUE WEST PALM BEACH FL. In the past 6 months I have bought 2 vechiles from them and could not be more satisfied. The vechicles themselves are top of the line with a very reasonable price. The staff, I cant say enough about, So please do your yourself a favor if you are looking for a used car, van, suv, ect. call Palm Beach used cars t 561-655-2949 and talk to the lovely and talented and very professional Melissa Sorrentino and she will steer you in the right direction. A VERY SATISIFIED CUSTOMER JOE IANNICELLI.
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.