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3900 Claymoore Park Dr Ste 130Houston, TX 77043
From Business: Do you have glass damage? For windshield repair and replacement in the Houston area, turn to Safelite AutoGlass . Those in central Houston or other areas can access convenient auto glass repair and replacement from our in-shop or mobile service. Located at 3900 Claymoore Pk Dr #130, Safelite AutoGlass Houston repairs chips…
6215 Fm 1960 Rd WHouston, TX 77069
From Business: Firestone Complete Auto Care is a full-service auto maintenance and repair shop offering a large & affordable selection of tires, convenient hours & locations for car repair, tire replacement, brake service, auto tune ups, radiator repair, car batteries & more. Service & Products: Tires, batteries, brakes, oil change, alig…
5911 Chimney Rock RdHouston, TX 77081
Kurt was great very informative. super customer service. gave me a ride to work and also picked me up i strongly recommend this repair shop for any and all repair needs. The cost to repair my car was less then I had been told and they saved me lots of money. 5 STARS for AAMCO
932 N Shepherd DrHouston, TX 77008
From Business: Meineke is your one-stop shop for all of your car care needs. Visit us today or save time by scheduling your appointment online at meineke.com. Contact us for information about financing options, fleet repair, after-market warranty repair and factory scheduled maintenance.
1522 S Loop WHouston, TX 77054
This is one of the most honest mechanic shop I know. I have brought several of my cars here and not once did I ever feel like the owner was ripping me off. I wish he had a better disposition but he is as honest as they come.
12510 Oxford Park DrHouston, TX 77082
I've taken my cars to these guys for 9 years and they have always given me honest evaluations of my auto repairs and the best work, especially on Volvos, I have ever seen. I am an auto afficionado so I am very particular about my cars and I know a lot about cars and Wayne and his mechanics are …
3720 Leeland StHouston, TX 77003
Worst customer service ever. Spent 14k with them and still can't get good service. The install crew is horrible and training and won't answer questions. I got the feeling they have something better to do than show me how to use a machine I spent 14k on. Can't give me a window when they are comin…
5920 Hillcroft StHouston, TX 77036
The price was very affordable, but the customer service was horrible. The day I went to get it fixed the broke the only replacement glass they had in stock. This caused me to loose two days of work because I had no other form of transportation. And yet besides that I still appreciated the fact t…
2302 Cypress Creek PkwyHouston, TX 77068
I've been bringing my cars to this shop for over 15 years. I ONLY use the Ripley shops as they have ALWAYS treated me fairly, kindly, and honestly. They have outstanding service, reasonable prices, and I TOTALLY TRUST them. Thank you all for YEARS and YEARS of excellent work on my cars, I L…
6363 Long DrHouston, TX 77087
From Business: Trans Star Transmission is Houston's most trusted certified transmission repair experts in town. We have been servicing Houstonians automobiles and corporate fleets for more than 20 years. At Trans Star Transmission, we pried ourselves in keep drivers safe on the road with services for both automatic and manual transmissio…
3402 San Jacinto StHouston, TX 77004
From Business: * Certified Trained Technicians * Same Day Service on Most Cars * Shuttle Service in Local Area *Please Visit Our Website for More Information* 12 Month/12,000 Mile Warranty * Extended Warranties Honored * Latest Diagnostic Equipment * BMW - Audi - VW - Mercedes-Benz - Volvo
7401 North Loop EHouston, TX 77028
From Business: Al Tucker Trailers is a full-service trailer shop specializing in vans, flatbeds, car haulers, straight trucks, moving vans, heavy haulers, chassis, reefers, containers, specialized equipment and more. We do major and minor repairs including re-arching and straightening on RGN's, flatbeds and step decks. In addition to eve…
838 McCarty StHouston, TX 77029
From Business: Operational for almost 50 years, Chalk's Truck Parts specializes in new and rebuilt transmissions, differentials, driveline and steering parts. Located in Houston, Texas, it is a warehouse distributor for Dana (spicer), Federal Mogul, Midland, Nexiq-Prolink, Eaton, Fuller, Meritor and more. The company supplies a wide rang…
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I have used the auto repair services of Bemer Motor Cars for the past 3.5 years- since May 2011.I have a 2002 Range Rover 4.6HSE that I purchased preowned at 90,000 miles in 2007.Over the years they have repaired/replaced the following on my Range Rover 4.6HSE : ... transfer case; radiator and heater block; front drive shaft; oxygen sensor; motor mounts; brakes; radio, and air suspension system.With the exception of the air suspension system, once they repaired an item the first time, it stuck, never to give me concern again, even beyond the two year warranty.Regarding the air suspension system which is a challenge for all Range Rover owners, that too seems to finally be working properly now that the compressor and valve block have been replaced at 155,000 miles.So - for ACTUAL AUTO REPAIR, I give them a rating of 4 out of 5 starsBut - for SERVICE and Conveniences .... 5 Stars - EASY!RATING BEMER Motor Cars for Overall Service is higher. They truly deserve a rating of 5 Stars. For these reasons...Very Clean waiting area with Wi-FI ( in fact there are two waiting rooms -one a bit more quiet than the other)very clean ladies bathroomfree Coffee.. is available even in the middle of the day; a bowl full of peppermint candies at the front deskFresh Fruit ... I have observed them bring in fresh fruit bowls of pineapple; cantaloupe; mango; etc, to their mechanics in late afternoon and also serve fruit bowls to customers in the waiting area who have been there an extended length of time.They have a Shuttle Service that I have used, that will take you to local auto rental businesses and provide a discount with a couple of them OR it will even shuttle you home to wait for the repair. Jose, the driver is exceptionally nice. In fact, most all of the staff is. It is a family owned business.I have also used the Rental Cars that Bemer Motor Cars have onsite. These are usually below the rental rates for traditional car rental companies like Avis etc. ALERT! - Their gas gauges are also usually near empty so be sure and plan to swing by a gas station shortly after leaving the repair shop.Washed, Waxed, and Vacuumed. ...And finally once the repair is done and I pick up my Range Rover, it typically has been washed, waxed, and vacuumed.The two repair shops that I used for several years that had been mentioned in the Range Rover forums, didn't come even close to offering the level of services that are common at Bemer Motor Cars. No doubt, Bemer Motor Cars is not perfect, but their effort is commendable.Going forward, I have every confidence that when something breaks down in my vehicle, their crew will be able to make the correct repair and get me on the road again.
I recently purchased a used car from John Eagle Acura, Houston TX and my sales rep was TJ Morin. I rate the dealership & especially Mr. Morin 6 out of 5 STARS, yes I know, but my experience really was that exceptional. Over my lifetime I have purchased at least 25 vehicles, new & used, for myself and family, but not only was this my first over the internet (I live in Pensacola Florida which is over 500 miles from Houston Texas), but also the first time that a full week later, I am 100% completely satisfied with the car, deal, dealership and especially the salesperson, no second thoughts at all – “WOW”.The first thing I asked when I called the dealership, about the car I had found on AutoTrader.com, and was transferred to Mr. Morin was; “The car looks good, but what are you not showing by the camera angles? Mr. Morin informed me that the car I was interested in was listed very recently and he had not yet had an opportunity to test drive the car & he would give me a call back. Within 60 minutes, Mr. Morin called me back and said that he had just driven the car himself and informed me of his impressions, both positive and negative (99% of which were clearly visible in the photos) and offered, I did not need to ask, to remedy all but one small item. This one item which was not highlighted in the online photos but was disclosed to me by Mr. Morin was that the “SRS” light was on and only a Mercedes-Benz shop could accurately determine the exact reason, which my local Mercedes shop confirmed. Just in case you are interested, the “BabySmart Airbag Deactivation System” which automatically deactivates the passenger side front air bag when a “BabySmart” Child Seat is installed is malfunctioning. Since I am in my sixties, I do not find this to be a major problem!I communicated with Mr. Morin multiple times viva email & phone and always received a prompt response and completely accurate information (Mr. Morin always answered his cell phone and if I called the dealership for him I was transferred to his cell phone). I received a call from Mr. Morin almost exactly half way home just to make sure I had not experienced any problems and once home, found an email from him asking that I please reply so he would know that I was home safe!My only regret is that due to the 500 miles, separating Pensacola, FL from Houston, TX, I cannot personally send many of my friends to TJ Morin and John Eagle Acura, but if you are considering purchasing a vehicle online and find one on their website, I believe you will find them as honest & above-board as I have. I can honestly say this has been my best vehicle purchasing experience ever!
About three weeks ago I was involved in a collision that left my car unable to be driven. I was in Houston for the weekend, but I live in Austin. Luckily my car was covered under the manufacturer's warranty which included free towing. Upon arrival the tow truck driver recommended Expro Auto Collision and stated that I would be able to get a rental immediately. Since I had other business in Houston that required a vehicle, I decided to go with the recommendation.Upon arrival I was introduced to Sal, one of the managers, who assured me that I could in fact drive off in a rental later that day. Sal was very helpful and understanding of the situation as I was a bit panicked and scatterbrained at the moment. My last car accident was over 6 years ago and it was a horrifying accident that resulted in three cars being totaled out. Consequently I was definitely shell-shocked. Sal was extremely helpful in walking me through the claim process with my insurance company and I did in fact drive off in a rental.I had to return t Austin because I am a graduate student there, and throughout the entire process, Sal kept me updated on the status of my car. I was able to pick it up yesterday and it looks brand new. I drive a manual Mustang that has unique over the top stripes that are a dealer exclusive. My car had been previously dinged in a hit and run incident in a parking lot so there was surface damage on my rear bumper. They were able to fix this as well as an extremely reasonable cost compared to the estimates I had received from other shops. The also maintained the integrity of my stripes which extend to the lower rear bumper. In addition Mustangs have custom cores for their tires and my car had distinctive rims as well. Everything was replaced to look completely new and my car is as gorgeous as it was when I bought it. Overall I couldn't be happier with the service I received. I appreciated how the shop handled everything with the insurance company. I was even picked up from the bus stop by someone from the shop which is definitely above and beyond regular service. Throughout the entire process Sal kept me updated and even dealt with spam calling from my mom. I would definitely recommend this shop to anyone. My car was freshly washed when I picked it up which is something NONE of the Ford Dealerships in the Houston area have done for me regardless of how long they've kept my car. Definitely the best experience I could have hoped for given the circumstances!
After exhausting our local options we put the discovery 1 on a trailer and took it here. Most reviews were good so we thought we were lucky to find one only 5 hours away. We were mistaken. Maybe for maintenance work they would be ok, but to actually diagnose and fix the problem, I would never recommend them. The first time they had it for 2 weeks and $1100 later we had a tuneup, an ignition coil, new ground wire and spark plugs.... and a vehicle that still couldn't make it out of the parking lot. So keys in overnight slot again and it stayed for another 2 weeks. Both times my husband was told it was running well and they had been driving it around. Amazingly after one month and all the "driving" they did, we had 2 miles put on the truck and it still wouldn't get out of the parking lot. All of the things we had already replaced they replaced again... (ignition coil, oxygen sensor...) and wanted to keep it longer since they thought it was the mass air flow (had 2 sitting in the truck since we already went that route) and kept telling my husband the catalytic converters were blocked (3 months old... and would blow leaves across a parking lot). 2 days after trailering it home (another 5 hour trip there and 5 hours back) my husband talked online to a landrover owner who had similar issues. After checking the crankshaft sensor (as suggested) he discovered the 2 wires to/from the sensor were melted together. After fixing that problem it still "missed". So he went to look at the crank position ring and discovered a tine bent over. Because of this the sensor couldn't see it and was missing. After gently bumping the tine back up into place the sensor saw it and the missing stopped. It is running smoothly and perfectly. Now he just has to figure out why, after they rewired it, the front windows wont roll up or down, and the front sunroof won't either. I am not saying these people didnt want to fix it, I am saying that they should admit when they don't know and quit being parts replacers instead of mechanics. Also their master mechanic never seemed to be around, which makes me wonder if he was would it actually have gotten fixed. If you need a tune up, then this really doesn't apply to you but if you need a problem diagnosed you might want to think before sending it here. $2000 later and still not running any different when you pick it up, you have to ask if it is really worth it.
If you are reading this post because you are searching for a body shop that is relatively cheap but yet performs reasonably good work or better without getting ripped off, then you might want to continue reading my experience with Gessner Auto Tech. First, no one has paid or asked me to write this post. I am writing because I am an extremely satisfied customer though I was very hesitant to do business with them in the beginning. Let me explain.Your first impression pulling up and weaving throw the unevenly parked cars and perhaps wreckage from previously repaired vehicles is likely to go out the same way you came in and I would have probably done just that if someone had not parked behind me. Appearance wise it is not the most upkept facility. However, if you are willing to look past the less than perfect groundskeeping, you will be glad you did. First, before I explain the extent of the damage to my car, let give you some background. I come from a long line of auto body tradesmen in my family. When I was younger my father owned a paint and body shop. To make a long story short, I understand the auto body repair business and an eye for quality. My car damage: I was hit in the passenger side door the extended damage to the front fender and lower quarter panel. The door, door post, and fender had to be replaced. Approximately 3 weeks later the repairs were completed. Again, an eye for auto body repair quality, here's what I looked for: - I looked at all the gaps between the hood, fender and door for even alignment – perfect! - I looked for a smooth open and door shut – perfect!- I looked down the side of the door and quarter panel for any uneven body work – perfect!- I looked for sand paper scratches in the paint which usually reflects improper prep work before painting – perfect!- I looked for any orange peel effects in the paint – perfect!- I checked for over-spray on parts and windows that wasn't painted - perfect!The craftsmanship and detail that went into the preparation of my car is as equally if not better than a large dealership (and of course much cheaper). I am absolutely giddy about the finished product! Without reservation nor hesitation, I can strongly recommend Gessner Auto Tech. By the way, they paid my deductible!
Dung Le made my car buying experience absolutely fantastic. From the transparency that he provided at the beginning of my search process to the way he comfortably juggled no less than five customers on the night that I arrived to complete my purchase, Dung exceeded my expectations in every aspect.To provide context, I had been warned via phone and email by other dealerships of the shenanigans that I would encounter when making a purchase from Russell & Smith. For example, the following are direct copies of statements that I received via email:Gillman Honda of West Sam Houston Pkwy S: "I just spoke with my General Manager. We want to earn your business sir but we do not know how Russel & Smith are getting to that price since there is no more Honda Flex cash left in Houston at any of the dealers. I hope they are not trying to play games with you to lure you in."Honda of Clear Lake: "I understand that you are trying to get the best price out there. Unfortunately some dealerships send out quotes that don't include all of the costs associated with the vehicle. The price I sent is actual dealer net on the vehicle. I have a lot of customers that end up going to the other dealerships only to see the price go up when they get there. If you end up going to Russel and Smith and the price goes up, I would really appreciate you coming and dealing with me."What is really funny is that while I did tell other dealerships the price that I had been offered from Russell & Smith, I never mentioned the actual dealership making the offer. The other dealerships apparently knew of Russell Smith's "devious tactics". Needless to say, my guard was up when I arrived to Russell & Smith, and I was ready to walk out if I encountered any questionable behavior.Fortunately, I had a great experience. I kept waiting for Dung to apply pressure or attempt to change the terms that we had previously discussed. Yet, he was very straight-forward and professional, and if anything, I probably seemed a bit paranoid as I waited for him to mislead me. Sorry, Dung :-).In short, Dung Le made my purchase process incredibly smooth, and I can only hope that I will be able to deal with him again the next time I need to make a purchase. Thank you, Russell & Smith Honda.
This was my fifth car purchased from a dealership and I can honestly say this tops them all. As a new parent on a budget and my car approaching its last miles I couldn’t imagine I’d be a proud owner of a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. Thanks to the team at Sterling McCall Hyundai I almost enjoy my 45 minute commute each morning. Below is the reason I rated them at the top of their class:Customer Service- Out of 10 inquiries to local dealers they were the first to contact me and offer their assistance in any way possible. Bill respected my time and was very patient with my specific needs (budget and time constraints). Without an appointment he welcomed me and although he had another client he set me up with a test drive right off so I would have to wait around.Quality of Work- For me efficiency is a big deal. Time is important and they did a great job managing mine. The whole process took all of two lunch breaks. Bill’s “four piece puzzle” approach laid everything out for me to be able to make a final decision.Friendliness- All of the staff involved made me feel comfortable and made the process enjoyable. There was a lot of joking around with each other in the building that made for a great environment. You could tell the people that worked there enjoyed what they do which was reflected in their work.Price- Leaving the dealership I felt great but a couple days later I received a phone call about a down-payment I was unaware of. I should have looked over the paperwork closer and this would have never happened but I simply missed it. I truly feel negligence isn’t an excuse for anything but it definitely threw me off guard since I didn’t have the money. Prepared to return the car they once more worked something out to fix my dilemma. Overall Experience- Overall I felt like a valued customer that was taken excellent care of. I will be purchasing from Sterling McCall Hyundai in the future. When you know what you want but don’t know how to make it happen this is the place to go.Personal thanks to Anthony Val Verde, Bill (William) Lasar, and John Juarez.
I don't know about yasuckdick's review, but I gotta tell ya.. I totally DO NOT AGREE... The current vehicle I have, I bought from them.. it was/is my *4th* vehicle from/thru them! Here's my story... Yes my 4th vehicle from them.. They have always taken care of whatever issues were in their power to help with.. which luckily for me have been very few.. considering they are used cars. As far as used car dealers.. Orlando has been a dream.. no embellishment involved in that statement. My situation with them right now is this .. My van has been Repo'd, but not after them giving me 15 months without payments. When my Fiance' came down with Cancer in Feb of 2014, they were nothing but extremely understanding.. they gave me nothing but time. They gave me a call in November last year saying that it has been a long time since I've seen them with a payment. At the time I was in PA working away from home, trying keep the lights on and the rent paid while my Girl was back here (Houston) fighting her cancer. I said that I would see them as soon as I could. I came back and found she was trying not to worry me.. She was not doing as well as she was letting on to me, while being outta town. We went north to NY where she had different Dr/Health care, and family support. Well.. we lost our Chrissy to that retched cancer. I have been lost for months. As I said, these folks were great to me!! But how much can anyone expect from a business. Maybe more contact would've helped .. but as I said .. I have been completely.. 'Completely' lost in myself. If it weren't for a *GREAT*, elderly friend (that I consider as an Uncle) to move from his Apt. home to mine so that I wouldn't lose my Apt., I would've lost everything!!Bottom line... yes, they Repo'd van, but they were soooo patient with me and gae me soooo much time, and yes, I forgot to stay in contact with them... but still... I think these folks are Great!!! !! To Hell !! with yasuckdick's review.If you need a used vehicle.. go see these folks .. they're great people.
I am so happy with Lone Star Auto Service. I rear ended someone and damaged the front end of my car as well as caused the airbags to deploy all along the driver's side. It was towed to the Lone Star storage lot. When I showed up there the next day I was very anxious and ready to release my car to another body shop and get the process moving ASAP and put all of the mess behind me. Lone Star Auto Service offered to do my repairs. Allison told me about the process and let me know that all the mechanics are highly certified and that was who would be performing the repairs. She also mentioned that they would use genuine brand new parts from the manufacturer of my car (Ford). That is something that really stuck with me and made me want to leave my car there. However, I was still a bit hesitant. I got to see the garage where I met the manger of the establishment, Sean. He put all my fears to rest. They showed me what my lifetime warranty would look like for my Ford parts, as well as assured me that only a highly certified mechanic would be touching my car. After the initial estimate, Lone Star Auto Service was able to give my car a detailed inspection and find stuff that the insurance either missed, or didn't care to find out. That is something that I am majorly grateful to Lone Star for because I have had a claim on a previous vehicle and went with a preferred place from the insurance and there were a lot of little things they missed, such as temperature and airbag sensors. Not this place. They found everything that was wrong with my car and restored it back to the factory condition that I bought it in. I feel very secure in knowing that I have brand new parts and that they didn't miss anything. My Ford Fusion 2016 looks brand new and you can't tell that anything ever happened! I would recommend this place to anyone that needed car repairs. These people are very thorough, and get the job done correctly! Best Regards,-A very happy customer! :)
I own a 2010 BMW That I bought new and have always taken my car to the BMW dealer. Well my warranty was up and I had to pay $2600 in October for a repair. At the time I had this done, I knew I would need my brakes repaired soon. Of course, the dealer had given me a quote on future repair work and for the brakes it was $1200!! Well November rolls around and I had to get my brakes done (first time to replace them so they lasted a long time). Well after spending $2600 just last month, I was dreading spending $1200!! Thought about taking my car to Eurocarcare but the reviews were not good! So I called a friend and asked her who did her repairs on her old BMW (she had recently bought a new BMW). She referred me to Edward Morales at Little Shop of Motors. I called Edward on Wednesday, November 9th and he quoted me 1/2 of what the dealership had quoted me!! Not only that, he said the repair would be 2-3 hrs and I could wait for my car. So, I made an appointment for Thursday. Well, I got off early and called Edward back to see if by chance I could bring it by this afternoon rather than the next day. He told me sure, he could do it and have me out in a few hours. Made my way there and arrived about 2:30. I was welcomed when I arrived and the waiting area and shop area was clean. I had a nice cup of Keurig coffee and cookies. I watched movies and the BEST part was the massage chair he has in the waiting area!! OMG!! I felt like I had a personal masseuse at my disposal!! Before I knew it, my car was ready!!!! I was on my way out the door @ 5:30. They did a full inspection (I needed wipers), topped off all fluids and washed my vehicle just like the dealership!! I am super grateful to my friend for referring me. Just wish I had asked her last month when I spent $2600!!! Nevertheless, Edward will be doing all future repairs on my vehicle!!
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.