What to Know About: Auto Damage »
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?
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.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
I moved from Queens N.Y. To Miami back in 2002. At the time I had a 1995 Honda Civic that was built for performance. I needed to have the axles replaced so I went to Rack And Axles which at the time I also wanted to convert my power steering rack to a manual one. They did all the work and it turned out great!! Like if the car came that way from the factory!! I was so impressed with their work and customer service provided that I continued to go to them whenever I needed any type of drive line, suspension or brake work done. They have always been very courteous and professional. Above all they have always been very considerate in treating my care with extreme care! Their rates are very reasonable especially for the high quality of work that is provided. In my most recent visit I brought my 2002 Civic to them because of some serious vibration that would occur when in higher engine loads at 30-40 mph and again around 80 mph. I checked my wheels and axles which did not show any signs of damage or wear so I was thinking that it may be something in the suspension. They were able to diagnose the problem to the axle which they built and installed a superior unit in comparison to the High Tier Discount Auto axle that was in the car. Needless to say the vibration was eliminated up to speeds I rather not say in a public forum! Now, I love my Honda and will not let just anyone work on my car, however I have become a lifetime loyal customer to Rack And Axles because of their professionalism, respect for my property and work performed these past 10 years+! I have recommended all of my friends and family who have all thanked my for telling them about this shop! The owner Soto and his brother are one of the best pair of mechanics I have known in the past 20 years I have been in the Honda motor sports scene! I highly recommend this shop to anyone who needs any type of automotive mechanic work needed! As they specialize in Rack And Axles, they also do all types of automotive work!!
The best in town hands down. Intelligent analysis, the most reasonable rates you’ll find in Miami, quick turnaround, and spot on professionalism is the order of the day. You bring in your car and they figure out your issue. They fix it efficiently time-wise. They do it the most cost effective path possible (saving you big $$$ sometimes). They don’t hose you for work that doesn’t need to be done. It’s pro work at the highest level, no games involved.I was turned on to them about 15 years ago driving a prelude and have gone to them since with an integra, then a prelude and now Infiniti. Knowing they have my back when issues come up is the best peace of mind one may have when it comes to car maintenance and repair. I trust them so much I’ve got my 90 year-old grandmother taking her car to them; seriously!If you have an issue which can slide some, whether for financial or time issues, they’ll tell you roughly how long, so you aren’t making unnecessary repairs or aren’t crunched for time. If you are really busy like I am, they’ll work with you to schedule so you aren’t wasting time to deal with your car relative to whatever other issues you may have at the moment.Professionally I work with difficult logistics for the top creative talent in the world, which is why I completely respect the extremely high level of service, knowledge, quality, pricing and scheduling. It is so tough to find this in Miami, but with Lynn running the show and Phillip executing, combined with the warm/welcoming atmosphere, your day is made going in there. Service Auto is your answer to your difficult question of where can I go with my car, where will they not try to take advantage, and who will do it right, and not charge me ridiculously to solve my problem. Car issues always crop up at the wrong time, but by going so Service Auto, you will have the right experience dealing with your car issue. As I said, hands down, best in town!
I am not a person to write good reviews, if I write a review normally is negative. But in this case I have to admit that I was motivated to write a positive review for South Motors Mazda. Since I had read so many bad reviews my wife and I went to the showroom just to check the car we wanted and to test drive, as we have done in other dealers. To our pleasant surprise Michelt Dominguez was the car sales available showed us the car with no push sales attitude, he listened to our expectations and with a down to earth approach we sat down to look at the options. Another difference with pior experience, there was no back and forth with a manager sitting in a dark room far away from the sales office. Immediately that we showed interest the manger Franly Machado introduced himself and explained the process, that there was not going to be a back and forth but he needed to review the numbers that we were requesting and he was going to do his best in the first try. NO WAYTING 10 HOURS. A few min later Michelt came with the offer, we liked and we closed. It was by far the best new or used car buying experience in my 20 years of experience. I recommend South Motor Honda specially the Michelt Dominguez and Franly Machado…. And at the end the Finance person was very efficient to finish all the paperwork explained everything and got us ready to receive the our new Mazda CX-9.
WOW!!! I am delighted to comment on this dealership. I rarely write reviews, but the experience I had here was so positive that I have to write about it! I am divorced, went through a bankruptcy and my credit was destroyed! I visited from all the largest dealerships in Miami to all the small ones, and everyone told me the same thing: No thankyou...However, here, I saw a vehicle on line and went to the dealership for a pre-approval; I expected the same answers that I had received in all other dealerships, but to my GREAT SURPRISE, I was told I would be able to be approved and they gave me a list of cars for me to choose from. These people do it the right way! They actually asked from the beginning what my budget was and they worked with my budget from beginning to end, guiding me and suggesting the pros and cons of all the vehicles they showed me..I could not believe it! I saw the vehicles and chose a VW passat which looked NEW! Drove it and LOVED it!!! The saleman was great too. I returned and I was given the numbers which were right at what I had told the salesman I could afford!!! Got up and WRANG the BELL!!!! ...My only regret is I did not come here first! I recommend this dealer in a heart beat!!! 100% TOTALLY SATISFIED WITH MY 2012 VW PASSAT!!! THNX GUYS!
I rarely like to write any reviews, and this is probably about my third review ever. But my experience with carfactory was very pleasing. I went through a very nasty divorce and ofcourse, my credit was in shambles. I was in need of a car because of course, my wife took my car as part of the settlement. I went to carfactory and was greeted by a salesman by the name of Molina. This representative was extraordinary polite and PATIENT through this process which was not as torturing as I had imagined. He sat with me and asked me what I was looking for, my down payment and my monthly payments, and type of vehicle...He proceeded to bring me a list of vehicles that kept me within my budget. Cannot get easier than this! I saw several cars and settled on a 2013 Altima with a new beautiful body style. I had owned a previous Altima so I know how reliable they are. I test drove the vehicle and fell in LOVE with it! We returned from the test drive and we proceeded to see the numbers which were right at what I had stated. I recommend carfactory and especially Mr. Molina for such Great attention and service. I will return...thnx, John
Excellent service, professional staff. Very sincere. Specially the representative Odalys, that she advice me and give also tips for my car. She did the "extra mile" when she realized that the piece for my car " the alternator" will take more time that expected the delivery she goes to the shop and buy and put it, in order give a service for me today because otherwise will take one day for delivery. Not so expensive. The Best service in Miami. I recommend for everybody. -\\\\\\Recomiendo mucho este taller, excelente mecánicos y en especial la Sra. Odalys que ella misma me reviso el carro y me dio consejos de cuidado de mi carro porque en otro lugar me habían dicho que tenía que poner aceite sintético y la Sra me dijo y me mostró hasta donde podía ver que aceite llevaba mi carro. Vine para cambiar el alternador de mi carro, servicio excelente, no muy caro. Cuando la Sra. Odalys vio que el delivery de la pieza iría a demorar contar de realizar el servicio en el mismo día ella fue a buscarla. Excelentes mecánicos. Me voy súper feliz y con mi carro en excelentes condiciones Nota 12 para este taller.
I have been a customer of Rolando for almost two years, and I think he has been excellent. He is very punctual and very professional. The first time he checked my car, he figured my car had an ignition related problem, for which he referred me to his mentor's (Benny) repair shop. Benny was able to fix the problem promptly, and the price was appropriate. The second time he checked it, it was for an AC problem. I had tried to solve this problem on a dealer repair shop. They charged me around $500 to try to repair it, and their repair only worked for a few weeks. The dealer shop thought the problem was a lack of Frion, and a bad arrangement with the connections behind the AC electrical box. However, Rolando figured that AC electrical box was damaged, and helped me to get a new one, for an appropriate price. He installed it and I have never had problem with my AC ever since. He also successfully helped me solving a problem that required changing my on-board diagnostic computer, and he helped me find one for an appropriate price. I strongly recommend having Rolando check your car!
I can't say enough GREAT things about this place and everyone that works at Biscayne Tire & Auto!!!! I keep them on speed dial, as I have a Mercedes Benz S600 2004 that is without a doubt "possessed" by the "what ever can go wrong, will and more, poltergeist". These guys have rescued me from dozens of on going issues with this car and I can even call them for their reliable opinion even when out of town having car issues. They take the time to explain everything that needs to be worked on in great detail and why. As a women, number one, this NEVER HAPPENS at an suto mechanic shop, so I can rest assure that I am not being taken for money or for work that issn't necessary. They even show me the part they need to replace or fix, and go over pricing before they fix it. When does this ever happen? So LADIES, if you fear, fear no more!!! Rey and all your staff, I can say THANK YOU...although I know I will continue to be haunted by this car, I know you guys will be there to put me back safely on the road and with car I guess you could say you "exercise the demons"!!! lol ;o)
I just completed the purchase of an excellent used BMW from Florida Cars USA. This place is amazing! Roman was just outstanding to work with and the process was as painless as it could possibly be. There was no high-pressure and great customer attention. The selection is mostly nice, older cars in above average condition with very competitive pricing. They also sell cars on consignment and handle everything from compacts to European as well as American classics and trucks. This is a very nice facility - It was just spotlessly clean and showed a real pride of ownership. I had heard about Florida Cars USA from someone at lunch one day and when I looked them up I found all of the positive reviews so I had to stop by. I got there a little early on a Saturday, but Roman was early and opened up for us so we come inside and look around. I just can't get over what a positive experience this was. I went in expecting not too much but came away so impressed. This is the place I would send my friends and family. And I do love my BMW 328i!!!
OMG! I made it home! Thank you so much Japanese Car Care and Carlos! I live in Orlando, Florida and I was in Miami a few weeks ago visiting family and my car died on me. As you can imagine, I was scared what is was going to cost me to get my car repaired and get me and my car back home. Well, I called JCC and spoke to Denise and told her my situation - she told me no problem, they would be happy to help. She told me to ask for Carlos and he would help me. I arrived at JCC with my car on a tow truck and to my surprise a few hours later my car was in perfect running condition!!! Wooohooo! I even got a great deal! Whew, what a relief, especially since I didn't have much money to spend. I don't get down to Miami often, but I think I'll need to go down every few thousand miles to get my service done there - it's hard to find a a place you can trust and that is why I took the time to write this review. THANKS JCC!
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.