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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.
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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.
It’s time to bring long sleeves and long pants out of storage, prep your home and car, and contact the cool weather home/yard contractors.
Saturday March 25 2017 1130 am PST J & L Automotive Repair – “7 STAR HONDA REPAIR SERVICE!” It is an ABSOLUTE PRIVILEDGE & HONOR to write this review. I have NO HESTITATIONS OR DOUBTS with sending consumers, who are in need of vehicle service & repair wor to J & L Automotive Repair. My 2003 (13 yrs 6 mths- 35,000 miles) Honda Civic LX needed LOTS of repairs: Flywheel, Clutch Kit, Front Left Strut Assembly, Battery, Power Steering Reservoir, Line Hose, & Cap, 4 Wheel Alignment, Manual Transmission Fluid, Engine Fluid Check & Refill, & Hood Lift Repair. This service & repair was “LABOR INTENSIVE” – especially the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd procedures. J & L needed close to 16.5 hours of labor to complete the entire requested repairs, service, & maintenance. Was the final bill a lot? Yes, it was. Most importantly, I truly feel, it was money WELL-SPENT @ J & L Automotive Repair. Warranty Statement: Parts & Labor are 12 month or 12,000, or whichever occur first. Communication Log: 1-Wed 3.22.17 302 pm Joe Update: 2- Th 3.23.17 Car Ready for PICK UP. Picked up car on Friday, 3/24/17 @ 10 am. Plus-I came equipped with a LED Flashlight to inspect all of the work completed. I appreciated Joe’s (Owner) attitude regarding my request to be shown all the work completed on R.O.#: 20336. It didn’t phase him -nor did my request upset him. Nice! He maintained a professional, courteous, & welcoming attitude towards me. When J & L’s Owner opened up the hood on my car, I was BLOWN AWAY! The engine looked like the day, I took it out of the showroom. I have never seen the engine look so clean, especially for a car this mature! After I saw all the: professional attention & detail, plus- 7 Star Customer Service,” I had to IMMEDIATELY TRUST THE INTEGRITY of J & L Automotive Repair. I did though continue my inspection of the work completed. Car disabled on 3/15/17, had to move from Honda SF to J&L for "lack of response" to texts & emails. Joe fixed it in 2 1/2 days. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Thanks
Took car in for a SMOG inspection initially three years ago and they were great (quick, honest, hardworking). I have since been back twice. The 2nd time i had an issue with my muffler. He told me up front that it wasn't his specialty, but said he would take a quick look to better understand the issue so he could refer me to the right place. He recommended me to visit a muffler specialist friend of his in Hayes Valley and didn't charge me for the quick evaluation. I was so thankful. The third time I brought my car in for another SMOG test, which he quickly jumped on and was finished within the hour. I told him that I was having an issue with my passenger side automatic window and asked him if he could look at it. Again, he warned me up front that it wasn't his specialty but said he would look at. He examined the problem and then made a few phone calls to other mechanics to see which of them had seen this sort of problem, and who had fixed it before. He found another shop who had experience fixing these sorts of problems and gave me their number and address. Again he never charged me for all of this additional work. Very honest and helpful. I highly recommend that if you have an issue with your car to stop by and talk to Jon before going anywhere else. He will be upfront and honest with you if he can't personally fix your car, but he will help get you to another honest mechanic here in the city...
My wife called several other businesses that purtported to do windshield repair. One of them was actually based in southern california. Three of them didn't even ask her anything about the rock chip damage. They just wanted to come out to our house or have us come to their shop, depending on where we called. It was obvious these other places wanted to change out our windshield, when we knew it could be repaired for a lot less. We ended up using Greg at Asap. He was very patient and thorough on the phone. This is consistent with what others said in their reviews. As he explained it, there is no way to know if it's repairable unless you as a number of questions over the phone. In the long run this save time and everybody is more happy because they know what to expect. We were certainly happy. He was totally unobtrusive. He was out to our house in the Sunset within an hour of our call. I unlocked the car and he went to work. About 45 minutes later, our windshield had only a slight spot, where before it looked really bad. He explained (has he already had on the phone), that the repair will sometimes look different depending on the temperature of the glass and lighting. The mobile service made it painless and he was very cordial Rock chip repair is all he does and he doesn't have employees. We liked this fact. It meant we knew exactly who would be repairing the damage on our windshield.
San Francisco City Glass located in San Francisco has gained my trust to replace my car windows for life with them if i ever need to and i am sure i will if i am living in San Francisco. This is my 4th time in 3 years replacing my car glass. Every i have gone to different places because there is always some issue with the installation. I looked on Yelp and Google, and Yellow pages, out of all the Auto Glass repair Facilities, i liked the way the phone operator answered all my questions about installation, timing, warranties, and insurance claims questions. They made it so easy, that all I had to do was give them my info, and they called the insurance company for me and filed a claim for me, 3 way call to confirm the claim by the insurance company, and wow within 2 hours the technician was by my house. He was done installing my door window glass for my car within 45 mins, vacuumed all the glass out from the car, and i just signed the invoice and he was gone and I had a new window installed on my car within 2 hours of time. They did a perfect installation, and were very patient with me, cuz i am picky and i ask tons of questions when i do a repair to my car. Well i will definitely recommend them to all you folks...
I was floored by the excellent service that I received here. I've taken my car here for an oil change before, and they checked my tread, fluids and brakes for free, which was great and it's only 4 blocks away from where I work. So when my car started making a terrible clanking noise and stalling out, I went here for help. I knew that my 3rd cylinder was misfiring and the guy at O'Reilly's told me that I just needed to change the spark plug. The guy at the desk, who I'd seen before and was always very friendly, offered to take a closer look as that's not what it sounded like to him. He checked the compression of all 4 cylinders for me, and sure enough, something was seriously wrong with my car, which would require a total engine rebuild at least. Already distraught, I asked him how much that was, and he told me, very honestly that it would cost more than the car was worth (not exactly a Lexus that I drive...) instead of trying to charge me copious amounts of money to repair it. I, being completely at a loss for what to do and on the verge of tears, asked him what my next step should be. He gave me a number of options, and even let me keep the car there overnight, completely free of charge.
This facility gets an A for good old fashion customer service and showing genuine courtesy and kindness to me. I was visiting from Southern Calif on my way up to San Francisco to run a marathon when I got into a car accident. I was broadsided and the explorer I was in was not drivable. Without going into all the details suffice it to say that MBO service and care was outstanding. They stayed open late on a Friday evening to receive my towed explorer (even though the Ford dealer would NOT), they had an employee drive me to the airport during the Friday rush hour, wait for me to get a rental car, transfer all my belongings to the rental car and lead me safely back to where I was staying. They coordinated all the insurance issues, were in regular communication with me and when the car was ready, picked me up from the airport so that I could reclaim my restored car. VERY KIND PEOPLE - ALL OF THEM!
I have been there a couple of time when I needed repair on my car or just regular checkup. They have been very helpful and honest and you can't beat the price. This time we know we needed a major repair which would run about 900 and up. They gave us an option which would be a temporary repair called bypass and that would run around $40. It broke yesterday called them & took it in this morning and now got it back...I though I would be without a car for a while cuz of the expensive repair cost which I def. can't afford , but thanks to them I got it back in no time and be able to save up for the major repair. Another satisfied customer. The staff is honest and reasonable. If you want an honest mechanic come to Midas they have your guy. You'll be in and out in the same day.
I'm totally amazed by the fact that Pat's offers a free car-care class for women. I showed up for the 3-hour session one gray morning after hearing about it being voted "Best Mechanic" in the Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2006 poll. Over the spread of hummus and fruit and crackers and juice, I overheard Pat telling another participant (who appeared to be a regular customer) that he'd skipped his yoga class that morning to do the workshop. The other mechanics strolled in and, in a very laid-back, approachable, informative way, took our small group of women around the innards and underbelly of a car to show us everything from how an engine works to where exactly to pour in more windshield-wiper fluid.
I found MyMechanicSF because I drive by it every day and thought it would be great if I could find a reliable mechanic within walking distance to work. And, I did. I dropped the car off and asked them for an oil change and to check a vibration. They test drove the car and figured out what was wrong (a tire) and they also told me of another noise (that I didn't notice) and that I should take it to the dealer as it should be under warranty. Not only did they do a good job and quickly, they didn't try to sell me on any uncessary service. They were affordable and within walking distance to my work so I don't need anyone to drop me off or pick me up. I will be using them again.
Thanks everyone for this recommendation. Honest establishment and reasonably price. Down to earth technician, willing to explain things as they repaired. They seemed to know what they were doing. I have no complaints at all, they delivered as promise. I'd give them my rare five stars if it were a bigger job, but I only had a "rock chip" repair done. My only suggestion is to call them before hand, as they might be out on a call. Secondly, they're a tad hard to find only because they're a small storefront surrounded by a multitude of auto body shops. Thumbs up! But as always, let me know what you think!
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.