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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.
Carlos used to be down on Miramar in San Diego, and is now in Escondido. I have used him as a mechanic for abt 10 years, for a variety of cars, and he now does my daughter's car as well. He is thorough and honest, and takes the time to explain what is wrong and why it matters. His costs are very reasonable -- especially b/c he does it right the first time. Carlos has sometimes had to give me very bad news -- and once in a case where another mechanic really screwed me (how Carlos won my business) and understands how it can be tough for a working person to deal with big bills. He will work with you, and can "prioritize" repairs to keep you rolling, but w/o making it more expensive down the road. Carlos is the owner and to me, that makes all the difference -- he has a long term view of your relationship and your vehicle. And as others have commented, he's a great "family man" and it shows in his ethics at work. His concern is for your safety and to have your car running right. He is also honest enough to tell you when he can't do a job (tranny rebuild). I work on cars myself (amateur) and I have friends who are good mechanics, and a son who is a good mechanic, so I know how hard it is to get a GOOD and HONEST mechanic. Use Carlos! You won't be sorry!
My 2000 Chrysler 300M failed the Smog Check February 9, 2010. A Dashboard sensor light triggered the failure. The first estimate to repair was over $900. A NO-GO number for me. I found West Escondido Auto through the California DMV and CAP websites. They informed me I could apply for CAP in person at the regional office. Otherwise, via mail it was 2-week turnaround (or more). On Monday, 3/1/10 I got my CAP papers (in less than an hour - surprisingly good service in San Diego CAP office). I brought my Car in Wednesday 3/3/10 - understanding it could be 3 or even 5 days to get it back (They'll dirve you home, btw). And at 5:30pm THAT DAY I got the call informing me the car was ready!!!!! I picked it up on Thursday morning 3/4/10. My total cost? $28.25. Total Repair bill? $482.00. Efficient. Courteous and friendly. Came through under budget and earlier than estimated. Thanks Guys! Dennis Fieldman
I just got back from Cal's Auto and I was so impressed with the service and pricing I decided not to use my 10% off coupon out of respect. I was told by AAA specialist that my battery and charging system were faulty and after Cal looked it over with testing and evaluation he found that not to be the case. He informed me my battery (6 years old) was beyond dead but my alternator and regulator (the charging system) were testing just fine. He turned what I thought could be 500 dollars into just 200 dollars for a new AC delco battery, labor, and a part that fixed my AC to running through all vents again for just 200 out the door. This took all of 2 hours and I was back on the road. This is a reputable, honest, and most of all competent auto repair facility! I HIGHLY recommend you take your vehicle here! Kudos to a real PRO at Cal"s
Brian, you are a wonderful mechanic, shop owner and a straight shooter! You don't keep our vehicles any longer than necessary and you are honest. What a breath of fresh air! I also researched your shop and you are registered with the BAR. I learned the hard way that there are actually shops out there that do not follow the laws and guidelines that keep consumers safe. We are so blessed to have found you as you do follow the laws. You call us if there is a problem and ask us what we want to do; you give us your professional opinion but leave the final decision to us. You do not oversell us on things we do not need...thank you thank you thank you!!!!! You have a professional and courteous staff. You go out of your way to help your customers. You have our loyalty.
We were vacationing in San Diego we ran into some car trouble. The service advisor was very polite and explained what the technician had found in a matter that was not over our heads. They had to replace the fuel pump and filter, when I called the dealer to get the same services quoted they were double what I was quoted at West Escondido Automotive. Our car was finished in a timely manner and the people there are great. They offered their shuttle service to us so we didn't have to wait in the customer lounge while they fixed our car. They mechanic even came out and explained to us what he had to do to get the job done. What a nice facility, easy freeway access and the staff there is great! Thanks to them we were able to continue our vacation and had no problems!
So far so good! I will update this post after repair work has been completed and final price for parts and labor are provided. So far, USA Complete Auto Repair and Smog has provided me the best estimate in North San Diego County! I very seldom do reviews, but after speaking with Tom, a day earlier on the phone to explain my repair issues, he gave a straight analysis of what everything would cost when I dropped car off the next day. The car is currently being worked on. If everything is as promised, I will sing the praises of USA Complete Auto Repair and Smog and recommend them to everyone I know--I already have a few colleagues waiting for my update!
I moved here a few months ago- and when my car broke down I was so nervous to take it to be fixed. I am so happy that I found Performance Auto Care.Their customer service is AMAZING! Their staff is knowledgeable and answered all of my questions before I gave them the keys. I had my car back in no time, spent less than I thought it would be, my car is working perfectly. I love this place and will definitely be back for oil changes and all of my car maintenance in the future. I can't say enough about how happy I am about this shop. I'm glad I listened to the referral.In a word they are Courteous, efficient, and professional, while providing outstanding work.
I brought my van in to Escondido Auto Pros (which is veteran owned by the way) for new brakes the other day and was really impressed with the detailed inspection report (with pictures) that they emailed me. The report outlined what repairs were critical, what could wait and what was in good shape. Their prices are very reasonable so i decided to have a couple of other repairs done while I was there. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The waiting room is comfortable with tv and coffee. They will even help you get to work while your car is being repaired! FYI-The shop is located in the back side of the building.
I recently had slap leak, and needed carpet and title works done, so I called Country Club Carpet Cleaning. Chris answered the phone, and he told me he be right over to take. Within 15 minutes he shown up at the my house. Chris was very nice and gentleman, he gave me a very compatible quote, and I decided to have Chris works on putting the carpet and laying down the title floor. He promised that he get it done on the same day, and he finished the works as promise. The works done were very professional, and I highly recommended Country Club Carpet Cleaning. Sopall Nginn
I've used Carlos as my family mechanic for over 8 yrs. Does good work at a fair price. I have had a half dozen or more different vehicles in with him (3 teenage drivers) and have never had to take a vehicle back for the same problem twice. He's always willing to explain exactly what the problem is and why. I only wish he had a bigger shop/more equipment and could do even a wider range of stuff. If you're tired of the big guys and always feeling like they're "finding" problems instead of fixing the ones you came in for, this is a good reliable shop
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.