What to Know About: Auto Damage »
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?
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?
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.
Small business vs big business,I took my car to Jefferey back in October. My A/C compressor was failing, and I needed to have it replaced. I called around, and got several quotes. I was virtually just up against a wall, and running out of options. I'd been searching for days and was ready to just give up. I stumbled across Jefferey's shop online, and decided to give him a shot. Boy, did I strike a gold mine.I took it to him, and had him diagnose the compressor and did in fact determine it was bad, and all in under 10 minutes. We sat down and discussed possibilities, drew up some paperwork and gave me a quote. Not only was his quote fair, it was better than any other big chains I had called, plus he was able to take care of it on the spot, and got straight to it. My compressor was delivered within an hour, and installed and everything completed within a few hours. He gave me a two year unlimited mile warranty, with no hassle, and conditions. Pep Boys wanted double his price, 1 year warranty, with a limited mile warranty.Fast forward 6 months later my compressor died, I didn't have my receipt, but that was no issue, he had it for me. I brought it to him, he looked at it, and determined the compressor had become faulty (not his fault) parts just wear out. Not only did he honor his warranty, he exceeded any expectations, and did so in dignified, and professional manner. If you're needing quality work, in a timely manner, at an excellent price, this man will get it done, and right the first time. He's also ASE certified, and they don't just hand that out lightly, it's earned, and backed with hours of proven ability. Stop being treated like a number to the big boys, this guy is fair, honest, and straight to the point. Honesty is the best policy.Thanks, Jeff!
So my sister's car had transmission probs and she took it to Transmission Masters on James & 20. They had an advertisement that stated free tow and free diagnostic (she didn't notice it was only free if they did the work). They told her it would cost $2200. No way does she have that kind of money so she told them she couldn't do it right now. They tried charging her $200 to get it back but she didn't even have that. They relented some days later and told her $70 and come get the car. She went and paid them, and a friend towed the car back to her home. The transmission was in a million pieces in the trunk of her car, her exhaust was dragging the ground because they broke it and they took her right front axle off cause they broke it too, and neglected to put it in the trunk, leaving it in their garage somewhere. Well, she got another (read:HONEST) place to do the work. They fixed the transmission, the axle and the exhaust for right at $1300. So I am recommending Bright Transmission over there on west side. They are honest, do the work right and don't overcharge. Give them a call....(817) 244-8200.
I took my 2007 ford F150 crew cab in to have a brake job done along with rotor machining. The owner/manager called me with some news about my truck. I told my wife when the phone rang that I bet the truck was in worse shape than we thought. No one likes a phone call from the repair shop! Anyhow to my surprise the owner told me that my brakes were fine and didn't need replacing! I was amazed because this guy could have lied like so many of the shops do. He told me that he was going to be able to machine the rotors and that everything else looked good. Instead of thinking that I'd have to spend around $500 bucks for the repairs it only cost me $110 bucks! They did the repair fast and the truck drives like a new one I kid you not! For the other reviewer that gave them a one star sorry about your vehicle. My experience was great though and I will defiantly return if I need anymore work done. The owner was very honest and for that I will recommend this shop to others! Thanks for the GREAT SERVICE!!!!!
I went to National Tire and battery on the 5th of February 2015 to purchase new tires for my trailblazer. The initial tires that I bought where too large and were placed on the truck anyway it was near closing time when I have gone but they went ahead and took my truck in and installed the tires. When I left I noticed that the tires were rubbing rather badly and I got out and checked they were rubbing on the suspension on the side wall which would have caused a blow out so I pulled back into the parking lot as TJ was leaving he had already shut down the store and close down the shop. I explain to him what was going on he was more than happy to open the shop back up pull my truck back in and replace my tires with ones that fit properly his customer service skills and work ethic are absolutely phenomenal and I am more than impressed even though there was a slight hiccup I will be more than happy to return to them and give them more of my business
I bought a used car and wanted to bring it up to a level that could last for years. I visited 5 other car repair places because I wanted it done right the first time. I have very little knowledge of car repair and the fluid used but I know when folks are trying to get to me. I almost lost hope until I came here and met Brody who has his ASE certification. In fact they all do here. He covered what was needed for this used car as I waited for a big estimate. To my surprise, a very fair price was stated and there was no up sell of unnecessary services. Brody explained exactly what I needed for my vehicle and made suggestions that I may want to consider without being pushy. I found this place to be honest. I met Jim who is a working owner/manager and found him to be very friendly, as well as, everyone I met. A Great Place and I will return.
I took my 1997 Q45t to this garage. My car's computer is out, so a lot of places I've taken my car to have had issues trying to diagnose the cars' problem. Somehow this mechanic found out that my mass airflow sensor was out?!?!?! I was very skeptical, but having heard about him through a friend of mine, I went ahead and had the sensor replaced. This is a job that would of cost more than my car at another more expensive shop in grapevine who said that my car needed a knock sensor, and an upper manifold gasket. Labor alone was over 300 bucks at the other place! I ended up getting my car fixed for $150 bucks... and they gave me a 30 day warranty on the new sensor. great people! They spoke English and Spanish! Its been 6 weeks since i got my car fixed and it's still running like a champ!
While traveling through Texas to visit relatives, a big 18 wheeler was rolling by when i heard a lous sound and a crack. The kids and i thought something was falling apart and was very scared from the sound, stop to get gas and check out the car that's when i discovered that a rock kicked up from the trucks tire and hit my windsheild, and almost shattered it completely out. thanks to a wonder service and quick respone from Abstract Auto Glass, me and the kids did not have to wait or wonder how we was going to get the glass repaired and still enjoy our vacation. the service was friendly, fast and befitting for a budget but most of all very knowledgable about what needed to be done. Kudos this is a company you would want to use. thanks a million stressed out mom on vacation.
On February 14, 2016 I brought one of my Dodge Charger Patrol vehicles to the body shop next-door to Chuck's Discount Auto for a repair quote. In the parking I overheard Chuck tell a lady that she didn't need work that another mechanic shop said she needed. I remember thinking "Wow that's honest." Chuck ended up quoting an AC service for the vehicle I had next-door. After I checked his pricing against other repair shops I brought the vehicle back for the service and an oil change. Since then Chuck does all of the non-warranty service and general maintenance on our 6 vehicles. The prices are more than fair and every job has been completed ahead of schedule. You can't ask for anything more!
I am not in a habit of liking businesses, however I really wanted to take a moment and comment on my experience. Kwik Kar on White Settlement has taken care of my vehicles for some time now and I have consistently experienced quality service from friendly and efficient staff. I've spoken with the owner a number of times and found him to be sincere and honest in his efforts to provide an outstanding customer experience. They have repeatedly taken extra steps to ensure that my concerns were addressed and my vehicles were maintained well. I can highly recommend them for your vehicles maintenance needs. Give them a chance to demonstrate the same to you, you won't be disappointed! - Dan Drake
My experience with Excel has been nothing but positive so far. All ASE certified mechanics who know their stuff. Honest, hard working, with very reasonable labor rates. I most recently had an engine replaced and they did a superb job. When I went to pick the car up there was a minor electrical problem and they worked and worked until it was resolved. It allowed me to observe their diagnostic skills and I was very impressed. If you know something about cars, and have been to more than one shop in the recent past, you will be pleased with the level of service at Excel. It's a smaller shop so you will deal directly with the owner. I recommend them without reservation.
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.