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3000 S Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78704
For over ten years we have taken our cars to B&B. Their work is always done right the first time. They provide quick and effective service at a fair price. You can't beat that. Highly recommended.
1101 Chestnut StBastrop, TX 78602
I have gone to this store for over 10 years. The manger has always been nice but he has lost his mind from to much rock and role, maybe. Each time you go in the store rock and roll is playing and guys talking about outdoors stories and the usual. The feeling of the place is like a barbecue pl…
1101 Chestnut StBastrop, TX 78602
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511 W Live Oak StAustin, TX 78704
To say that my experience with D & B Auto was an absolute nightmare is a gross understatement. This shop is not only dishonest, and incompetent but also negligent. I brought my 05 Subaru Legacy GT to him on 11 January 2012. This car is modified and needed my semi race engine assembled, cylind…
Austin, TX 78751
Wow! This place is awesome. I brought my car in for noise's in the rear end, was told by another shop (ok Sears) that I needed shocks and rear differential service. The noise was only above 50 mph an hour so wasn't sure if it was true or not. Went to Dave's the Service Manager took it for a ride…
8530 S Congress AveAustin, TX 78745
Qualitek is great! My car needed a new rear bumper and some work on the front bumper. The work is awesome. Eddie, the shop manager, was professional, polite, and even helped me navigate my auto insurance as well. I will definitely return to Qualitek and I highly recommend it to others.
701 Brazos StAustin, TX 78701
Accurate Auto Glass 512-961-9432, came out really fast id say within 30 minutes and had the driver side door window of my Chevy fixed within 30 more minutes..All togeter it took about an hour from the time i called to the time he drove away..I would highly recomend them.
16299 Fm 1325Austin, TX 78728
They like to save you money through smart preventive care.Respectful. Honest. Edin and Amela are so passionate about automotive work, they'll educate you on paper (draw a diagram, write a list of the parts in question on a legal pad) and then point out the actual parts in your car, show you an o…
8300 N Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78753
I had a very sick land rover lr4. I was very leery about wherebto spend my money. Im so glad that I found these gentlemen online! They have all the sofware for your luxury or import car! Inlove driving this car now after they fixed it. So impressed with their level of professionalism and experti…
3411 S Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78704
-I have been taking my 2004 Hyunday Accent to Carters, since 2009 with no regrets! They have rebuilt the transmission, and it still going strong for the last 80K miles. If anything needs to be done on my car I fully trust them with their knowledge and integrity! - A little bit more then a month …
16299 Fm 1325Austin, TX 78728
I brought my 1975 K5 Blazer in. This is a total project. Just trying to get it ready for hunting season. My vehicle needed a lot more than I wanted to spend. Jason and his guys went out of there way to get me cheap parts for my Blazer (used junk yard). It was there for a little more than a week,…
8701 Research Blvd Ste HAustin, TX 78758
These guys are the most honest and helpful mechanics I've ever met. They are always thorough and up-front about diagnosing my car, and they always let me know what it needs and what options I have before they actually start working on it. I can always trust them to let me know what my car needs …
904 Prairie TrlAustin, TX 78758
I've known the owner, Will, for quite a while and he is honest and ethical. I had a fender-bender repaired and the car looked like new! The mechanical and body work was excellent and the cost was extremely fair. Will personally made sure everything was right before I drove it away. I'd highl…
2407 Howard Ln Ste AAustin, TX 78728
I had been having frequent trouble with my alternator, and knowing that Austin is saturated with auto service shops, the decision was a headache. But once I bit the bullet and took my car into Pro Tech, they got the ball rolling. I left my car there over night and before i even woke up, they wer…
12117 W Highway 290Austin, TX 78737
Talk about available. I called with an issue with my air conditioning. I was advised to bring my car up as the day was getting busy. My car was fixed, finished, working and ready for pick up within 24 hours, and I spent less than $200. I tell anyone and everyone I know to see Todd. The service …
7528 Burnet RdAustin, TX 78757
Top of the line alinement machine and get this..... a guy who knows how to use it, really, and not just by reading the text on the screen. They understand what they are doing!
1607 W Parmer LnAustin, TX 78727
I was dealing with Darin last week and he helped me out with some issues I had with my brakes from another napa autocare center. I was upset over the other shop's work and that the brakes continued to make noise. He had the mechanics fix the brakes and they are now quiet. He calmed me down an…
708 Congress AveAustin, TX 78701
I had a window on my vehicle shattered from a break in. After calling around for estimates and response time Absolute quoted the lowest price, including mobile installation and were able to take take of the repair same day! Mike and Kelly are great. The were at my place earlier than expected…
9705 Burnet RdAustin, TX 78758
My passenger window was broken over the weekend. After checking salvage yards, Auto Glass Solutions had the best price and had the window in stock. The window was replaced quickly and they did a great job. I'm pleased with the price I paid and the value that I received. If I ever need a window …
3512 Guadalupe StAustin, TX 78705
The last review was dead on: Flamingo Automotive is the best Automotive Repair and Maintenance Garage in Austin! The Staff at Flamingo Automotive is honest and on-time. Service at Flamingo Automotive is exceptional and done the right way, every time! Thanks Flamingo Automotive, you really are th…
11600 Manchaca Rd Ste 2Austin, TX 78748
Penny their adorable Fur-Baby will meet you at the door. THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE TO HANDS DOWN!! The technicians are amazing, they know what they are doing!! We are repeat customers, probably at least 6 times now. We have had some major quagmires with our work van and ever…
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
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.
Nate was fabulous and helped me selecting the best car among everything. He clearly listed out the car details according to my need and made the entire process easy
Super Honest, fast and clean. I bought a car from their sister company and noticed how clean and organized their shop was and decided to keep coming here for my maintenance and it was a great decision. No complains so far.
This place is by far the easiest and quickest way to buy a car. First I called Pana motors after hour but they make sure to always pick up the phone to answer any questions and the person who answered knew everything about the car i was asking about, as a person that was going to have to drive over 3 hours to look at a car I had many questions and Jay had the answer to all of them, as I arrived at the dealership the car was exactly what I saw online, super clean interior, great tires, no dents, no warning lights, basically the car was ready to go and as the practice Haggle free pricing ( no negotiation ) everything was super easy and I was in and out of there with in 30 minutes, I drove the car back home and as of now 3 weeks later my car still perfect so in summary this is a great place to buy a car
Marcus Burks really hooked me and my family up with more then we expected. I was shocked at what we drove off with. Get your next vehicle here, and ask for Marcus!
Yost Austomotive IT IS! Please read an honest review. I am a difficult customer to please and I was blown away with their service. If you are like me, I had all the worries most customers have. The doubts, fears, anxiety, you name it. The moment I walked through their doors, it felt real. The front office is set up in a welcoming setting. The front office girl was professional but a little smile can add that feeling of the icing on the cake about the entire experience. The guys sitting behind her jumped into the conversation and made sure that I was getting all my questions properly answered. They made sure to call me with a status before proceeding with any work. I thought my car needed a minor fix, but it was not. I normally tend to ask a thousand questions and want proof, but it all made sense and they never gave me the feeling that I was getting ripped off. They had everything done within a day. Not only my car was running like new, but the did such a beautiful detail job cleaning my car. Something complementary and beautifully done. They gained a loyal customer for life. I am taking my shuttle bus to them too!
Everything, parts and labor were pretty much “By the book Rates”, everything was done well, but at a very high rate, got a quote on replacement of two radiator hoses, that I supplied, thermostat, flush and fill well in excess of $600, Soco will do the job for $200 -$250! Be prepared to spend double, I should’ve shopped around!
STAY AWAY!!! Was prompt to show up but simple airline repair job was poorly performed. Broke down right at the same spot. Collected payment but wouldn't pick up the phone afterwards. DO NOT USE.
Don't buy a vehicle from them! Go somewhere else you will thank me later I promise
I have been a customer at Don’s Auto for 15-20 years. On Dec. 15, my car had a breakdown which required a multi-day, multi-thousand dollar repair. Don could not complete this huge repair before his shop closed for winter break between Christmas and New Year’s. I considered going to another shop, but a friend had agreed to loan me a car, so I Ieft my car at Don’s while he was closed. I anticipated that it would be first-in-line for service when he opened on Jan. 2.Don’s shop was swamped when he reopened on the 2nd and he chose to service other customers ahead of me. On Jan. 8 I had to return the loaned car and get a rental. I sent an email, Don replied and explained his policy: “In the time that removing, dismantling, assembling and reinstalling this engine requires, we could keep 15-20 other cars on the road.” I replied and literally begged Don to work on my car. Don defended his policy but agreed to start work on my car the next day. I should have left it at that, but in my reply I unfortunately used the words “It’s not right” in reference to his prioritizing other customers ahead of me.Don wrote back that he was reassembling my car and I could pick it up to take it to another shop. I drove the 25 miles into town to speak to Don personally, so he could hear my voice when I said that I wasn’t accusing him of being unethical. (Don is very ethical, but I believe he is wrong about the issue of prioritizing and that he has problems with communication.) I even apologized to Don, not because I thought I was wrong, but because I felt sorry for him seeing the state that he was in. He was locked in his own world and determined to show me that he would not deal with a customer who said that he did things that weren’t right. On Jan. 10, after waiting since before Christmas for Don to work on my car, I had my car towed to another shop. Don did not charge me anything.
A Friend of mine bought a car from JD, however the airbag light and some warning lights were on- when we pointed it out to them they said it was already scheduled to be taken care of and assured her that it would ALL be fixed and in perfect working condition when it was turned over to us. Joseph told her that His wife drove the car for several months and that he wouldn't put her in a car that he wouldn't put his own family in. She purchased the car AND put $10000 cash down on the deal only to be taken advantage of. When the car was originally given to her "Fixed" there were still warning lights on the dash, JD promised her that the problem was fixed and that after she drove a few hundred miles the lights would turn off because the "sensors would reset". Well after driving the car for a day not only was the warning light still on BUT the check engine light came back on. She contacted JD and took the car back to them after the weekend passed. They put her back in a loner car and told her they would take care of it. The car was given back to her a second time with the warning light still on However the check engine light was off (Due to clearing the code in the computer) but the warning light was still on. JD gave her the same BS that "After she drove it for several miles-the sensors would clear and it would turn off" because according to them "The car was in perfect condition and had 0 problems.”She took the car to the manufacturer only to find out that the car needed $12000 worth of work and that this was a known problem that had obviously been going on for a while. BMW told her, if his wife drove the car more than a few days then he knew about the problem. she immediately contacted JD in the best way possible giving them the benefit of the doubt only to be made to feel like she did something wrong. After this news, JD has ignored all calls and texts not caring at all what this is doing to his customer. It’s costly, she will have to hire her attorney.
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.