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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?
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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.
rapid tire change and alignment. very friendly young men. I will use their service again when its time to rotate my tires.
With so many choices. Over and over again Anybody's Garage provides HONEST, quality service. They may cost more or less but do it right!
I took my new used car there for its first inspection after I bought it. I expected to maybe change some things like oil power steering fluid etcetera. And me and my mom decided to drive the car there for the inspection. Bear in mind I have driven this car a decent amount before taking it here just from taking it from the sellers house to our home and around the neighborhood. And the entire time I have had it had driven perfectly fine and smooth there was a whining noise from the engine which we figured out was the automatic belt tensioner and that was an easy fix. However when we went to anybody's garage and had our inspection done afterwards the man came out and asked us if a car has ever been "bucking" as in loke the brakes were being pushed while we were driving. I said no and he responded with "well we took it for a test drive during the inspection and felt it." At the time I assumed maybe that since they were better trained than I was they had been feeling something in the car that I'd simply hadnt noticed. He quoted us about $360 to figure out the problem with the car. (A ford taurus) we decided to wait and take the car home. The whole way home it was bucking. Id never experienced that before it was like every 100 feet i was tapping the brakes. So after getting it home we went to change the brake pads and after a struggling to remove the pad, we discovered that the shim (a metall peice on the back of the pad to ensure it stays in place had been twisted sideways forming the brake pad into a + sign. They had jammed it back into the slot and were attemoting to charge me (in total) about $600+ to get it all fixed up. Thats a down right scam. Of course we were able to do everything ourselves for under $80 dollars but i feel sorry for anyone that falls for these tricks. Youre a local buisness people trust you, shape up.
We had our oil changed, what a crappy job! They installed the wrong filter, the oil ring was twisted, it was so loose, it was removed by hand, without a wrench, and was seriously leaking. My husband thought something was wrong and we are so grateful that he caught the problem before the filter blew off driving down the road. We are fortunate that we didn't burn the motor up because we had this done 2 months ago. Would not use again nor recommend!
Had oil changed on two of our cars now and one was done in 7 minutes, the other in 10. Awesome. The guys were friendly and all greeted me on the way in and on the way out. Getting a free car wash on top is a great idea. They charge the same amount as my mechanic, who I have to leave the car with for the day just for an oil change.
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I met Jeff and his wife when my 98 Suburban just died--at night in the middle for a 4-lane intersection. They were driving by while I was on the phone with AAA, and offered to help. They quickly towed the car to their shop only 2 blocks away, diagnosed the problem as a loose battery cable, fixed it, and I was on my way! I thought I had finally found a good mechanic here in Branson. They even trusted me enough to let me come in the next day to pay the $40 because their shop was closed that evening.. A few weeks later I brought the car in because of a clunk in the front end. The estimate to repair it was $1,108 ($550 labor, $514 parts, $44 tax) Being on Social Security, we asked them if they could to do the most dangerous part one month, and the remainder of the work the following month, so we could afford it. They complied. When we brought the car back the following month to replace the idler arm and bracket, we were told that it just needed tightening, not replacing. However, Jeff said that the radiator was leaking very badly and we need a new one for $500. Since the radiator was new--not even 6 months old, we decided to have it checked out by someone else to see if it could be welded. At that point, another mechanic said it was not leaking and did not need to be replaced., so I started to loose confidence in Taney County Tire and Towing. During the same inspection, TCT&T replaced the left front brake hose which they said was leaking, and changed the oil for $173. (Expensive?)We also took a 94 Suburban in to them for checking because it wouldn't stay running. Jeff told us it had water in the oil, and oil in the water and it needed a new engine for $3,300. Very disappointed, I drove the car home where it promptly died in the driveway, and wouldn't start again. I checked the radiator for oil in the water and found it to be empty. I added more water and it immediately poured out. Then I checked the oil, but couldn't find any evidence of water. I talked to my neighbor about trying to find someone who would take it off my hands for more than the $500 Jeff said it was worth, and he offered to take a look at it. After 20 minutes, he found 3 things wrong: it needed a freeze plug ($0.69), a cool temperature sensor ($22.99), and a knock sensor ($48.99). I went to O'Reilly's, bought the parts, and he had installed them, the battery charged, and the alternator checked in 30 minutes. The car started immediately, and runs perfect. He said there was no problem at all with the engine! He only wanted $20 for his labor, but I was so happy, I gave him $50! Now I don't have to sell the car to a junkyard, and I've found a great shade tree mechanic who is honest and doesn't try to cheat people like Taney County Tire. He also checked the "bad" leaking radiator, which he said was fine, confirming the second mechanic's opinion, saving me the $500 Jeff said it would cost for a new radiator to replace the not-quite-6-month-old radiator in my other car. After my first positive impression of Taney County Tire & Towing, I now feel I would not ever recommend them to anyone. A nice young man like Jeff trying to cheat poor senior citizens, my husband being a Viet Nam vet, 100% disabled, SHAME ON YOU!
In response to Mr. Kahlboy2004, I'm sorry you felt our diagnostic services were only worth $25. 2005 Ford Freestar's have a highly complicated computer controlled fuel management system that includes the computer pulsing the electrical circuit based upon fuel needed. Many years ago, all we had to perform was a fuel pressure test backed by a test to see if power and ground were available to the fuel pump. Unfortunately those tests are no longer complete to verify the cause of the problem. Today we use very technical computers to communicate with the vehicle's computer and verify signals with lab scopes and other electrical equipment. We pride ourselves on being highly accurate with our diagnosis of vehicles and our customers have come to expect us being right the first time. In order to accomplish this we must have very highly trained Technicians using the latest test equipment available. This equipment was used on your 2005 Ford Freestar to diagnose the condition correctly the first time. Once we have diagnosed the vehicle correctly we estimate based upon using the highest quality parts available so we can offer a 3 year or 36,000 mile warranty covering both parts and labor nationwide. The estimate given would have included parts, labor, diagnostic fees as well as all taxes and other fees associated with performing a complete repair. A complete repair may include other items to prevent a premature failure of the new part. This was certainly the case with your vehicle. Replacement of the fuel pump alone is not a complete repair. When a competitive survey was performed, labor was found to be in the $220 range and the fuel pump between $400 and $500 not including the other items needed to perform a complete repair. Add tax and diagnostic fees and we approach $900. Again I'm sorry you didn't feel an accurate diagnosis was worth more than $25. We wish you the best of luck. Owner Any BODY'S Garage
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.