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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?
42601 Joy RdCanton, MI 48187
I was there for oil change and just normal check up on my car. They provided quick and excellent service at an affordable price. Good business..!
5881 N Canton Center RdCanton, MI 48187
I had the best oil change ever in my car. Staff was professional clean manner able no side conversations with other staff. They have cameras where y…
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.
Was there for my first time today. Was in an out. Was very impressed on how friendly an knowledgeable the staff was. Thorough but not pushy. Would recommend.
I had my car checked at another car shop prior to finding the autolab. I was quoted so much higher and told it would take a few days to get my vehicle back.Chris from autolab south helped me to get an amazing deal and I was safely back on the road in no time at all.I recommend everyone take the time to see why I rated the 5*
Honest reliable shop. My car does not go any where else for service. The staff is very helpful. The owner in onsite and willing to do the most for his customers.
I went in for a muffler, they tried to sell me on control arms, and tie rods and quoted it at about $500. I took it to my personal mechanic who told me it only neededbushings. Who put them in, including parts for $60. Speedy Manager's get a commission on sales. They suck. You go in for one thing and they want to make a ton of money on things that do not need to be done. Do not go there. They suck.
I had a blowout while on the way to work in my 2008 Milan. The service manager at the front counter was able quote me a tire on the spot and recommend a tire that was better suited to my driving at less of a price than the original tire that was on the vehicle. Very helpful and would recommend to anyone!
Love Affordable Automotive! They could have repaired my car and gladly billed me for the service but they told me that the manufacturer of my car had a silent recall going on and recommended that I take it to the dealer instead. Such honesty in auto repairs is rare and I took my other vehicles there for service afterward. I would highly recommend Affordable to anybody.
I highly recommend Sheldon Rd Auto. The mechanics are honest and knowledgeable, and repairs are reasonably priced. Bob, the owner, is a great guy..very respectful and kind. Having over 400,000 miles on my car makes it very important to me to have mechanics I can trust. These guys are the best!
Maybe they've changed? I went to have some work done on my car (before reading any reviews) and I found the experience to be very good. When there was a problem and I told them about it, they stood behind their work and resolved the issue to my complete satisfaction. I found them to be professional and credible. I will go back there again.
Auto Lab’s Response: (Boo M. 01/06/2015)As a business owner I am disappointed that someone would not first call our establishment and inform us of their dissatisfaction. We understand that in most cases auto repair is an unexpected expense and we are concerned about how our customers feel after spending money at our location for services. Regarding the complaint posted by Elizabeth J., we did properly repair the vehicle and both items replaced were in fact needed. The customer authorized all work performed. The customer stated that she thought she needed a new alternator when she brought the vehicle in for service. We are not in the business of replacing what the customer thinks may be the problem. We are in the business of diagnosing the problem and then repairing the vehicle once it has been assessed, with the customer’s input and approval. That is what happened here. A new alternator would not have solved the customer’s problem. After diagnosing the issue, the customer was informed of this. The customer ultimately had two problems: One problem was her instrument cluster, which had an open circuit. As a result, the instrument cluster would not allow the alternator to charge properly. We could not condemn the alternator without addressing the instrument cluster problem first. After replacing the instrument cluster, (the alternator was still an unknown), we did find a bad diode in her alternator ultimately leading to complete alternator replacement. It is possible that a bad diode in the alternator had spiked the circuit and damaged the instrument cluster. The customer approved the diagnostic approach taken and all work performed.After submitting the negative review, our company has called this customer several times, in an effort to address her concerns and help her better understand the process of her vehicle repair. None of our telephone calls have been returned. No other direct contact has been received from the customer.We stand behind our service and believe that this customer (and her vehicle) was serviced properly, appropriately and honestly.
I went in pretty certain of what the issue was. They said it's not that and charged me a ton to figure out what it was. Said it was my dash electrical cluster which was working completely fine when I brought it in. Then they tell me actually it was the original issue I had thought. So that cost me another 400 and at that point I was stuck because the prior work they had done didn't solve the problem. 900 dollars and 4 days later I Know I was completely ripped off. Please do not go here I'm trying to save other people from a very expensive mistake
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.