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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.
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.
After reading this company's reviews online, I called the owner, Lorenzo, to install a fuel pump on a 1996 crown vic. I told him we used a mobile mechanic last year to install a fuel pump on my son's car, and the gas gauge stopped working after they installed the pump. Lorenzo assured me he knew how to install a fuel pump without affecting the gas gauge. We agreed on 10:00 am,4/24/13. he was 10 minutes early, very polite and had purchased the part I needed. It took him about an hour and 15 min to installed the fuel pump. I paid him $100/pump +$100/labor. The car ran fine, unfortunately, the gas gauge stopped working and my "low fuel" light worked intermittently. I called Lorenzo back, told him the problem and he refused to accept responsibility. He said it must have been like that before he worked on the car. I called another mechanic to fix it; he said the arm got stuck, he stated it's a common problem while installing a fuel pump. It was a simple fix- it took him less than 20 minutes to correct. My gauge works perfectly now. I told Lorenzo I wanted 30% of the labor cost back I paid him, since I had to pay another mechanic to correct the gauge. He stated he would call me the following morning (4/25/13). I never heard back from him. While Lorenzo did a good job installing the pump, I can't give him 5 stars because of his lack to correct a simple problem and his refusal to accept responsibility for the mistake. (we all make them). I was not going to hold it against him; I just wanted him to leave the car in the same condition he found it in, not worse condition. If someone else has a similar problem, I would recommend, Ronnie @ (704)777-4419.
I recently purchased a 2012 Infinity G37S, and the one detail that was missing on this beautiful car was good tinted windows. I went to Dirty South Customs on Tryon St, and Fatboy took excellent care of taking my car in and assuring me that the car will be ready in less than a few hours. Came back in to pick up the car, and not only receive great smiles when I walked in, they said hi using my first name and told me they were finishing up right now. Fatboy took me in the back to see my car getting such special detailed service from their Tinting Specialist. While waiting, I was comfortable and relaxed while the two front desk employees, Fatboy being one of them showed me around so I can see other items the store had to offer and items to purchase for all types of models of cars. My car was pulled up in front when finished and she looked amazing! Showed that all three professionals went above and beyond to make me completely satisfied. I'll be back on a regular basis for detailed car washes. I'll definitely never go anywhere else in Charlotte and highly recommend anyone wanting a tint and/or a paint job to come to one of the three locations Dirty South Customs are located at. Thanks, Hisham for taking great care of me and following up with continued services that I will need SOON. You have a great company, be proud!
I recently moved out to North Carolina from California to attend college at Duke. I brought with me my car, a 2010 BMW 335i. Throughout the cars history I have done all the non warrantied repairs and upgrade myself and I am not quick to let someone else work on my car.After browsing the Internet I stumbled upon Dynamic Auto Tune and thought I'd give them a try installing an aftermarket intercooler as I don't have the tools or space to do it myself due to living in a dorm. They did a tremendous job and I was very pleased with the work and it only got better. I returned about 3 weeks later to get performance brake parts installed as well as a fuel pump upgrade done. They did a tremendous job and I left the shop happy but as I began to leave my car started flashing a check engine light and had low power. I returned to their shop quickly and was able to catch them before they left as it was 9:30 and the shop was closed. They stayed open for me for another hour and a half and figured out the problem which had to do with the tuner I was running on my car. The owner even bought me food while I waited and there was no extra charge for the extra labor. I will continue to bring my car to this shop as long as I live in North Carolina.
I shattered the rear window in my Honda Pilot and began to search online and by phone to find a local replacement service. I spoke to many glass companies including a few that did not replace rear windows and asked them for recommendations. Trotter Auto Glass came up more than once so I called Laura and she was extremely pleasant to speak with and answered all of my questions about the replacement window. So I had my insurance company contact her for the repair. 3 Hours later Mark shows up at my house and after speaking to him for a few minutes, I could tell he was very knowledgeable, had 20 years of experience and was a great guy. He took his time and did a very very thorough job and was very detailed oriented. He was very careful to ensure all of the small pieces of glass were cleaned out of the back of the car, inside the rear door and on the driveway. I have dealt with other, much larger glass companies before, but Mark and Laura of Trotter Auto Glass was exactly what I was looking for in a local, friendly repair service. I would very highly recommend them to anyone needing an auto glass repair for their friendliness, promptness and quality of service. I am a very satisfied customer.
I came here for a car inspection; I usually go to AAA Car Care but they were booked up. When I pulled in I immediately asked the guy how much the inspection charge would be with the tint on my car. (My car has legal tint but I've only ever been charged $30 by either AAA or the Honda dealership.) The guy told me $30 because it was in legal range, so I proceeded with the inspection. When the woman at the counter rang me up, she told me $40. I told her that the fellow had advised $30; she said there was a $10 tint charge and that he was just an employee, not an inspector. My problem is, I was told $30 by a legitimate worker of the business, not by the janitor or a delivery guy, so the $30 is what I should have been charged. I don't appreciate being told one thing then charged another, no matter the reason...the original rate should have been honored. I guess if you don't get a quote in writing, even for a basic services, autoshops will charge whatever. I'd considered coming back for other services after seeing how well they treated another woman who was waiting (that's why 2 stars instead of just 1), but now that's definitely out of the question.
Recently we had a new customer come to our shop for an NCDOT Emmision inspection. When she arrived she asked how much for an inspection and our Lube tech answered $30.00. This price is correct, however the customer had legal tint on her vehicle and the state of NC mandates that we charge $10.00 additional dollars to verify that the tint is leagal. When the customer reached the check out counter she was informed that the total was $40.00. She was upset and did not want to pay more than $30.00 like the lube tech said. We appologized for the confusion but our hands were tied as we MUST follow the state law or face possible penalties. She informed us that she went to the dealership as well as AAA car care and they have never charged her for the tint. Well I can not speak for them breaking the law, but quite frankly that is exactly what they have done. We appologize again and hope this customer comes back in the future. Our goal is always to have the best customer satisfaction possible.Thank You Kar Kare Management.
Wayne was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and polite through the entire process beginning with the first time I walked in asking for an estimate all the way through until the car was painted and ready for pick up.The customer service here is impeccable and went way beyond my expectations. They got my car in quickly after giving me the lowest estimate around and they made arrangements to have my car ready earlier than I originally planned because of my needs. In addition, Wayne arranged for me to have on-site window tinting done through one his vendors, he had the headlights restored, and the inside of the car was immaculate when I got it back. Not only did he follow through with what was agreed upon, he went beyond that and took such good care of me!The paint job is perfect, and I am so happy that I chose MAACO to fix the body of my car. I actually have arrangements to bring our other car in about a month, and Wayne indicated he could help me arrange a rental car as well! Thank you, Wayne and Thank you, MAACO!
If you own an Euro that is not under warranty and you take it anywhere but Eurowise you are making a massive mistake, especially if you own a bimmer. The BMW mechanic, Craig, takes service to another level, especially if you know nothing about cars. Every time I think of having to take my car to the mechanic, I cringe. These guys actually make it enjoyable. They will educate you if you take the time to listen, sometimes feed you, and give you ride to anywhere nearby! They are also located close to the light rail which is incredibly convenient. They will treat you like they know you! Not many mechanics, let alone businesses still run a company like Mike, the owner does Eurowise. Do not be stupid like me and think you are getting a deal at a mechanic you know! These are guys are a lot cheaper than their competition, and they are very on point! 110% across the board.
Just purchased a 2006 BMW 325I. I wanted to get someone honest and knowledgeable to look at my vehicle. I called around to several places and all of them wanted way more money than what I was quoted at Innovative Imports. The price Mike Sheridan gave me was more than stellar for all the work that was done to my car. And the knowledge Mike and Paul had about the vehicles was awesome! Even gave me a ride to pick up my wife's car so that I could run my errands while my car was serviced. Even offered to stay and HOUR after close of business, just to be sure that I would have my car today and not be without a car for work. Which in my opinion was above and beyond. For any of your automotive needs you can trust these guys to give you a great price and outstanding customer service. They gained my trust and business from this point on.
I usually take my car to the dealer for relies or maintenance but my check engine light came on and the car started running rough. (While up town about 18 miles from the dealer) So I took it to The Shop, they just happened to pull up as closes repair facility. I drove there (2 miles) totally afraid my car was going to stall out barely made it into the parking lot and the owner comes walking out with a smile. I explained to him what was going on and he said just have a seat inside we'll see what's going on. About 30 minutes later he tells me it's a sensor. He gave me a price and of course I called the dealer to compare. The Shop was $42.00 less!!! I am now working uptown and have found my new repair facility!!! Thank you Jon for honesty friendliness and most of all fair pricing!!!!
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.