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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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These guys are amazing!! I have had an intermittent problem with my car where it wouldnt start. The dealer replaced the computer, the fuse block, th…
2646 S 300 WSalt Lake City, UT 84115
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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.
I've need taking all of my cars to Michael's for a number of years. I've had nothing but good experiences. They've always been upfront and honest. I'll continue taking my cars there for many more years.
Honest, fair, and AMAZING! My daughter (17), recently bought my car. Unfortunately she almost fell victim to having to pay a lot of money for repairs that were not necessary. She went to Jiffy Lube to renew on the spot & was told the car didn't pass due to motor mounts & windshield wiper sprayer, advising her to go to a location across the street for repair. Their quote was over $500 & they couldn't figure out the windshield sprayer issue! She was also informed a wheel bearing needed to be changed. The rep said she wouldn't find a better price and made her pay $99 for "Diagnostic fees". We decided to go to Gary Baker for a 2nd opinion. What we found was maddening! The motor mounts-un-necessary, actually the Jiffy Lube comments described a passing condition- these people are clueless! And nothing wrong with the wheel bearing. Only the window washer switch needed fixed. Final cost was $180, & Gary did the safety/ emissions testing FREE so she didn't have to go back to the other places!
They were able to give my wife some of the things that she needed, but I was sad to hear that they weren't willing to help her. She asked them to do a few simple things including putting the gas cap on and they said "Sorry, we have the time, but we are not feeling up to it today". Sorry to say that they definitely lost business from us and our extended family members for sure. I was pretty disappointed in these guys. Come on, customer service! Help a bro out!
There is not enough space here to tell you how wonderful this shop is. On more than one occasion they have saved me a ton of $$ with their honesty and expertise. They accommodate me on a minutes notice. They tell me honestly if it is something they can fix. They don't upsell me, as a matter of fact, they only fix what is needed to be fixed. The pricing is fair. If you want a place for your repair work...this should be your first call! Thanks Justin for owning such a great shop!
We loved the service we received. They've given us honest, good prices on parts and labor over the years. They were quick too. Fixed/replaced the following on 3 of our cars: tie rods, oil leaks, leaks in transmission, breaks, rebuilt one of the engines, replaced an oil pan and general tune ups. I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff. We are very pleased and recommended them to all our family and friend.
I had my engine rebuilt here and to say the least, I was very dissatisfied with their service. First, they can not keep their words in terms of time. Multiple times that I have had dealing with them, they we're few days late, if not few weeks. Second, their supposed knowledge in engine is very questionable. They tried to tell me that there was a leak in my intake and that's why it's having hard time ideling, when in fact another shop pin-pointed right away to the real problem which was a valve timing. Also, they told me that fixed the problem when all they did was reset my computer. This place is just going to mess up your engine for good, so STAY AWAY!Ken
I called yesterday to get a quote on a tranny rebuild. They do mostly imports so they referred me to Brother's Transmissions, who answer the phone "hello?" Weird. I called Metric back. He said he'd do the labor of uninstall/install and send it to Brothers for the rebuild all for $1300. other quotes were closer to 2k. I called Chad today with a couple questions, wondering how they're doing it that low. All the sudden he's like I said 1300? No, 1300 is for the rebuild. Plus 450 labor. I said no.... that's not what you told me yesterday! Chad then says, "maybe I was distracted while talking to you, or maybe I was confused." Um, ok... If you're that distracted by giving me a quote, how much attention are you giving to my vehicle?! Then Chad tells me that maybe when he transferred my call to Brothers is where I got the price wrong. Wait, what? I was never transferred! Chad put me on hold, called Brothers himself, got back on with me, and said, "Yeah, we can do it all for $1300." Today I called to basically get an appointment but when the price jumped up I ended the call. I'll never call again. Plus, if I had a nickel for every time Chad said 'um' and paused in the conversation, I could pay for a new tranny!
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.