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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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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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I don’t normally take the time to do testimonials on here for businesses, but I just had to this time. A big chain tire/auto repair shop in Powder Springs quoted me $1,107 to repair some front suspension work on my truck. It seemed high, and I always try to stick to local businesses when possible. I asked around and was told about Patton Auto & Muffler. After I dropped it off, the owner (Amos) called me to tell me that it actually needed TWICE the amount of work of what I was told by the other shop. I was actually glad to find out that they had done a more thorough diagnostic job…but I was even happier when I found out the total was going to be $455…for double the work! When I picked up the truck last night, the owner wanted to show me the parts that were removed so that I could feel confident that he wasn’t just trying to make unnecessary repairs. So he called the technician who had already left for the day to find out where he put the old parts. Then we went out back in the dark with his flashlight until we found the parts that were removed. As expected, they were obviously in need of replacing. He reminded me on the way out the door of my warranty and assured me that “You know your vehicle better than we do, so let us know if it’s not 100% right”. THEN, this morning he called me just to make sure I was pleased. Unbelievable.
We have a Camry with over 200k miles, and the transmission was slipping badly, and sometimes not shifting at all. I was sure it would need to be rebuilt. We took it in for an estimate, and they found that it needed one part and some fluid, for a total of $160. We went to pick it up after the work was done, and it was only $130, $30 less than the estimate they provided on the phone earlier! We aren't extremely knowledgeable about cars, and I can't even express what a relief it is to find an honest transmission place! Everyone was very nice. We will definitely be back whenever we need any service they provide.
Patton's Automotive is very honest and dependable. You want find another automotive shop that specializes in muffler system that is equally as good at automotive repair. Amos the owner is a strong God abiding man that will not mislead nor charge you more than the job requires. I met him 3yrs ago on a referral from another friend and I have been going to him and referring my friends to him every since. I know that when I go or send someone to him he will give the best service you can get every time. To put it simply it's very hard to find a mechanic shop like his anymore.
The service that Lynn provides is excellent he is always been very honest in all his dealings. No matter how big or small the job is Lynn cares that it is done right. Best of all he does everything on-site no more having to drive your car somewhere and sit and wait for the job to be done. He will come to you and do the job and for less or same amount of money that those other people charge. He will always treat you right and tries to give you the best deal he can. This in these times where we don’t have money to waste it is good we have someone like Lynn on our side.
We have been going to Vic Williams for 5-6 years now. It's the only place we'll take our vehicles for service. They handled a transmission replacement a number of years ago and it's still going strong and they ask about it occasionally even though they service the vehicle every few months. They have honored their commitment to quality (brakes). When we have needed advice about a repair over the phone, they have generally given us the time to discuss it with us. When they recommend a repair they take the time to explain the need and urgency.
I have been a customer of Vic Williams Tire and Auto for 5 years. His shop is AAA reccomended, and he and his technicians provide good old fashioned timely, great service with a smile. He services all brands and always provides the customer with options on all repairs. If your issue is outide of his shop's scope, he will reccomend a good alternative. His waiting area has a kid-friendly area and offers WI-FI. He even invites customers to the company on-site holiday lunch each year.
WOW! Absolutely outstanding experience!! They were prompt, professional and completely customer-service driven with reasonable, competitive prices! I feel honored to not only be able to support a local, small business but also to have received such an amazing service! I strongly recommend Lynn's Your Mobile Mechanic as you will not be disappointed!! I Will be using them for my future mechanical needs! Thanks so much!!
I recently had 3.73 gears installed in my 2012 mustang at mo's. Marty, Val and Jeff run an exceptional shop. Very knowledgeable and friendly techs and the place looks like a museum full of amazing cars. My gears are dead silent and my car drives as good as the day I brought it in. I will be telling everyone about MO's. Trust these people. They will do it right and if anything goes wrong they will make it right.
I was in desperate need of a mechanic because we needed it to travel to another state! I left a message on his phone Sunday night, (next day) first thing in the morning they called us and came to my house and they took a look at my car and fix it in no time! The price was comfortable and they were very nice!!! If I could give them 10 starts for being a life saber I would! A++++
I have a 2001 Silverado, the transmission was slipping and hard shifts. I was thinking the worst, time for a rebuild. Joe and his team quickly solved the problem with my transmission with just 2 minor parts. My transmission shifts better than it ever has since I have owned it. I would recommend Joe and his team to my own Mother. My wallet and I both thank, Joe.
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.