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6013 Victory Ln SWConcord, NC 28027
From Business: Gerber Collision & Glass provides collision auto body repair and auto glass services backed by a Lifetime Guarantee for as long as you own your vehicle. Contact u…
565 Pitts School RdConcord, NC 28027
From Business: Concord Auto Service Center has been providing quality car care in Concord, NC since 2007. We are a family owned business delivering honest and professional autom…
Put some minor scratches on my Civic a while back. These guys were half the cost of the Honda shop. Since i was paying out of pocket (not using insu…
Serving the Concord Area.
From Business: RoadRunner Auto Transport is a leading provider of reliable nationwide door-to-door auto shipping services. With a history of dependability and innovation, we're …
5301 Stowe LnCharlotte, NC 28262
From Business: A Collision and Refinishing Center for RV's, & Tractor-Trailers. Services include collision repair and painting for Luxury RV s, Tractor-Trailers, Racing Trailers…
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.
In response to Review by 123Terrible123. By the business owner Brian WickensMy late response is due to stumbling upon this review the other day. I believe it deserved my response. The facts are always the facts, and here they are.I have over 40 years’ experience scheduling and insuring that customers understand their obligations. The above customer showed up for her first 8 AM appointment, late, at 11:38 AM on Monday, January 21st, 2013. She did not call to tell us she would be late, nor cared that she was late, when she dropped it off. We were busy that day and as we would any day, we filled in with additional work that morning as this customer was presumed earlier to be a NO SHOW. No indication was made by her that the vehicle needed to be picked up that day. That explains why she did not get it back that day. About a month later the customer called us to inform us that the check engine light was on. In this case she may have fallen under our Wickens Automotive limited warranty of 12 months12,000 miles. We made an appointment for 8:30 AM February 27th, 2013. Given her past I made sure she understood her appointment time. Once again she shows up at noon. I asked why she was not there in time and I think by now you could guess the rest. We were not about to allow her to repeat this pattern. We at Wickens Automotive expect to be treated with respect & courtesy just as the consumer expects this from us. I need not point out that some Dentists and Doctors will demand payment for missed appointments. We do not. As to the charge that I the owner, would not communicate or treat her differently because she was female. That’s rubbish. Our customers would attest to that. I somehow doubt that her father would behave in the manner that she did. I’ve signed my name as I need not hide,Brian Wickens, owner Wickens Automotive If you are interested, read further. Sad, but interesting observations about what society has become. Some of us believe that our time is the only thing of value and other can just wait on us. We are here to serve our customers but we are not here to accept abuse. We’ve become The United States of the Offended. Whenever we don’t get what we want, we slander people with malice on the internet. It seems that there are an increasing number of us that have little or no value in the virtues of a business and or its employees. Our Company’s Code of Ethics has not changed in almost 30 years however we’ve noticed society has. Customers have become complacent in their choice of business and have opened themselves up to deceit and price switching shell games. Wickens automotive does not play those games. We’re guilty of telling it like it is and doing what is fair and correct for not only the customer but the employees and the business itself. That is the only win/win/win situation there should be. As the owner I am guilty of explaining things to people so they get it straight. There are millions of good honest people out there. By weeding out the bad Apples we’ll have more time for them. Company’s Code of EthicsSimply put; Wickens Automotive pledges the following key words in everything we do. Integrity: "Quality means doing it right when no one is looking." Henry FordHonesty: "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain Responsibly: "Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him." Booker T. Washington Helpful : "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss
5 yrs ago I set out to by a new vehicle to get back and forth to my job. I visited several used car lots in the local area to see were i might find a good car at an affordable price. Arriving at the caubles auto sales, I was greeted by a verry nice salesman, shook my hand, introduced hiimself and to look around and if i had any questions just let him know. ( now thats what i like, " no pressure") so off i go to splurge the car lot. after viewing several very nice and well maintained cars on the lot, i beganed him the , I to realize that no matter what car i looked at or how old the car was they were all only driven between eitght and ten thousand miles a year. (excellant) . the salesman returned, asked me if i seen anythig that i liked, I showed him the truck that i wanted, he gave me a price, I knew that I saw a couple trucks on other lots a not as nice for a little less maybe, but they had double the miles. I told him my credit was not that great, he said " well eveeryone has some credit , but not all of it can be bad" . the owner worked with me to get in the truck, and I have no regrets. they also were very understandding when i went through hard times and was not able to make a payment. Since then I have bought a car for my wife and my daughter from the caubles and they are the best cars we have ever owned.
I recently purchased a new 2013 Toyota Tacoma from Toyota of Concord. All the initial discussion and negotiation was done via the internet or phone. I drove to the dealer with the the price pre-negotiated and signed the paperwork to finalize the deal. Overall the experience was good and I would recommend this dealer. Communication was good. Expectations were set prior to the transaction. And the salesman facilitated me through the process. I am a picky car buyer, so I insisted the car be specifically what I wanted. The salesman (Titus H.) was able to find the exact truck I wanted in production and have it delivered. Expectations were set ahead of time that it would take several weeks to get the truck from the factory in Texas, but it actually arrived ahead of schedule. I was offered an extended warranty, but the dealer did not try to make a hard sell on it (I declined the extended warranty). Background info: My transaction was a cash transaction without a trade-in, so the transaction was made simple. I also knew exactly what vehicle I wanted when I began the negotiating process, so the salesman didn't have to educate me on Toyota's available vehicles. I can't rate the dealer or salesman on this aspect.
My buying experience with Toyota Scion of Concord was awesome! I had my car over at the VW dealership having a repair done, and decided to go across the street and see what they could do about getting me in a new car. I still owed on my last car, and wasn't really prepared to buy a car when I went in. I figured I wouldn't be able to get out from under the car I was paying on. Josh Cannon, my salesman, said we should take a look at cars and see what they could do for me anyway. He was great. We drove a few cars, and I found one I LOVED. I wouldn't have even seen it if we hadn't walked the used car lot to see what else was out there. He and Dave Parker worked with me and were able to get me into an almost new car for what I was paying on my last car! It really was a GREAT experience all the way around. Everyone was so nice and I spoke to a few other salesman who just stopped to say hi. I will continue to come back here to buy cars, though I hope I won't have to give up my new car any time soon! Thank you so much!
We all know that in sales the sales agent will say whatever it takes to make the sale than you're on your own. NOT THIS TIME !!!!I HAVE a year old Polaris 4wheeler that is out of warranty for 3 months - Called Polaris they listened but were not very helpful so I contacted RIDE NOW keeping in mind I was pretty much going to handle the warranty costs myself. At 5:50pm Nicky from P/S called me & turned it all around. Got me transferred to Casey in service and started the repair process. Thanks to the unity at the dealership with Nicky, Stephen, Eric, Casey & Polaris my machine was repaired quickly & professionally at no cost to me. I would have to say my opening sentence is not the norm at POWER SPORTS. MY THANKS TO YOU ALL PHIL
Excellent customer service and accomodation to nearby mall while awaiting repairs on my vehicle. The added touch of a complimentary car wash after car repairs is a really nice incentive. I provided feedback about obtaining coupons specific to my vehicle's upcoming repairs and Management responded. I am usually afforded a discount because of those coupons. Donyel Stewart was my Customer Service Representative and he was very pleasant. He took the time to explain the necessary repairs and did not present himself as the typical salesman. Although this is a part of the business, his caring disposition overshadowed that aspect. Great experience and fantastic customer service.
I once read in a book, "When you get established on your own, find a good, reliable mechanic." Brian Wicken was that for my family and me. From driving out of his shop and adjusting my serpentine belt, to yelling at me for not changing my air filter, Brian was always a quality mechanic. He never sugar coated anything, and while some may see him as cold or harsh, his methods were because he wanted to achieve the best possible customer service. They're are countless times he did that for me and replacing him will be very difficult.Brian has since retried and is giving his time to help others. He is a stand up guy and his services will be missed.David
On initially arriving at Hendrick Toyota Scion in Concord i was a bit disappointed that the car I wanted had been sold. We drove 2 1/2 hours from VA so I figured i salvage the trip and at least look around. We were introduced to our sales person Leon. From the time we met, to the time we signed the contract on our 2012 Camry we were respected, listened to, and genuinely felt cared about. I can't thank Leon enough for taking such good care of us, taking the time to answer all of our questions, and treating us respectfully. He is a very knowledgeable and professional sales person. Thank you Leon and Hendrick Toyota for taking care of us. 6+ stars!
This is the first time buying a car (new) and i chose Hendrick Toyota Scion of Concord .Wow ive been into alot of car dealerships and this one won hands down .The sales team member Mark Higdon wanted me to have the car i wanted and after i sign the paper work all the sale men congrad me on my car that made me feel great .There was never a time that they made me feel like i didnt matter .An i chose to use there service dept an they are so nice and care for me an my car as if i was one of the family .If i had to buy another car this is the place i would go i will always be #teamHendricktoyotaScionofConcord
As a woman, with multiple cars to keep maintained, I found Berrys Auto Clinic to be no nonsense, professional, and friendly. I trust them to keep all my vehicles in good repair. They are very competent, and honest, also reasonably priced compared to many chain repair facilities.i trust them implicitly to do the repairs needed without all the pressure some places put on a customer, to do more than what's truly necessary. Dave repaired my VW for half what another shop quoted. And it runs great now. What a comfort to be able to trust my auto service provider!
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.