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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?
13501 Westheimer RdHouston, TX 77077
I had the best paint job done here, for a very reasonable price! I had the job appraised at much higher prices elsewhere (3 other places), so I decided to have it done here. I found out that MAACO does run specials at certain times each year, so that was one way that I saved a ton of money. I…
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…
521 N Bryan StHouston, TX 77011
From Business: Cotton Bros. Navigation, Inc. is a family owned business started in 1952. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality service. We primarily service Cars, Heavy/Medium Size Trucks, Pickup's, and Trailers for Wheel Alignment - Brakes - Springs (re-arch/add leaves) - Frame Work - Install Extra Axles - All Types of Suspe…
108 Schilling StBaytown, TX 77520
From Business: Jordan Automotive in Baytown, Texas is a family-owned and operated auto repair shop that has been providing dependable, affordable auto repair services since 1980. Our customers depend on our ASE-certified technicians to handle their automobile service and repair needs and we take great pride in the work we do. Whether you…
12319 Murphy RdStafford, TX 77477
Great professional and personal service, the crew of technicians were very knowledgeable and honest. THE OWNER MADE ME AND MY DAUGHTER FEEL RIGHT AT HOME IN THE WAITING AREA. I HIGHLY RECOMMENT THIS HONEST PERSONAL SERVICE TYPE TREATMENT. . I WILL BE RETURNING FOR ALL AUTO WORK ON MY CAR IN THE…
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 and affordable selection of tires, convenient hours & locations for car repair, tire replacement, brake services, auto tune ups, radiator repair, car batteries and more. We've been providing the right solutions since 1926, one …
10829 S Post Oak RdHouston, TX 77035
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.
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
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…
9584 FM 1960 RD WestHouston, TX 77070
Kirby was great and honest about the services he was providing for my vehicle. I had my transmission rebuilt and I would recommend his services to anyone. I didn't have to wait weeks or even days for the vehicle to be completed, the service was fast and Kirby was prompt in getting back with me. …
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…
2505 W Holcombe BlvdHouston, TX 77030
From Business: About Us Key Auto Werks, originated in 1976 under a different name. Then and now we offer the best European and Japanese car service and repair. In 1995 we added Suburban to our list of service vehicle at the strong request of our customers. This is the only American car we offer service on at this time. However, we're com…
9855 Steelman StHouston, TX 77017
I've been going to Smiths Automotive for along time. He has the best prices, honest and really takes care of you. He's taken me to work while he worked on my car several times. I highly recommend this place
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…
11406 Louetta RdHouston, TX 77070
yo me llamo vacilio y en este bodyshop me arreglaron el auto de mi esposa deberdad que el servisio es exelente y los trabajadores muy gentiles.. recomiendo ese lugar , gracias atodos los trabajadores de lakewood car clinic sorry i dont speak english but exelent service...
1306 Judiway StHouston, TX 77018
I live a hundred miles away, but couldn't get what I needed where I live. I found out about Neil's online and so I called them up. Tyson took my call and said, "Sure, we can make you hoses for your LS powered Porsche 928, No Problem." And so I hopped in the car and drove to their shop. Tyson…
10002 Galveston RdHouston, TX 77034
From Business: A company in Houston, TX, that specializes in Windshield Repair, Auto Repair Service, Automobile Electric Service, Window Tinting, Automobile Parts Supplies, Glass-Auto, Plate, Window, Etc, Glass Coating Tinting, Used Rebuilt Auto Parts.
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.
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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.
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!
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!!
My brand new car is currently with Joe at Royal Collision. The entire right side needs repair and re-paint. Right from the start, dealing with Joe has been a pleasure. I explained to him the situation and what was wrong with the car and he said bring it in. First thing he did was take me into the shop to show me the work that he does. There were Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, you name it, back there! He showed me a few almost finished cars and told me what damage they fixed…You would have thought it came right off the dealer lot!Joe is extremely nice and professional. Insurance companies suck, and he knows that, so he deals with them for you. He found some damage to the quarter panel that the insurance estimator did not include in the original estimate. He called and told me he will submit a supplement so that he can get the job done right. I have not even seen my car yet, but I know it will be 100% right. If you have dealt with shops around the area, you know they may not always keep you in the loop. Joe will, like I said, he already called me to tell me he is submitting a supplement.Joe runs a fantastic shop and I am excited to get my car back good as new!!!Royal Collision may not be on your Insurance’s select service shop list, but that doesn’t matter. Insurance will try to tell you that you should take it to one of their shops because if you have any issues with the work done, they will help. HA! Yeah they will help after you spend weeks trying to get someone to agree with you. Well guess what, you won’t have a need to do any of that if you go to Royal Collision!Go to Royal Collision even if you live far away...It will be worth your while!I will be updating this review when I get my car back, but like I said earlier, I know it will be right and that’s all that matters!
In the last four years, I have taken three cross country road trips: Northeastern and Canada in 2010 (5300 miles), Yellowstone national park and more in 2012 (5200 mi) and Key West in 2013(3200 mi), all with my 2001 Honda Odyssey. Now the minivan has 145,000 miles on it. Before each trip, I took the car to Autorite for a pre-trip checkup and tune up. For long road trips, the most concerned part is a potential car breakdown in a middle of nowhere. I cannot say I did not have worries, but I can honestly say I had a peace of mind with each trip because I had my car inspected and serviced by Autorite. That is the trust and confidence I have with Autorite for each of my long trips.I also have a 2011 Honda CRV, bought as brand new. Except for the first free oil change by the dealer, I have never gone to other shops besides Autorite, again, because I trust Autorite. I had once a car accident on my 1998 Honda Civic (sold in 2012 with 201,000 miles) which resulted in damage to the rear bumper. The insurance initially just wanted to have the bumper repaired. I left the car to Autorite for them to deal with the insurance. I was pleasantly surprised that Autorite was able to replace the bump on that old car with dealer’s genuine new part all covered by insurance.Do I get a discount from Autorite? No. I wish I could receive a discount as their loyal costumer, but that is not what I really look for (for sure I will definitely love to receive discounts). What attracts me to and makes me stay with Autorite for the last 7 years is the trust, mutual respect, their courteousness and definitely the high quality of service.
I got involved in a fender bender. I was going to have my car fixed at the dealership where I brought my car, but i was referred to Harris County Body Shop for repairs from Geico. When I arrived, I met the manager Mr. Dan outside working. This is the manager of the shop working! I was greeted by Petra. She really helped me to the point that I knew exactly what I was getting done in a matter of minutes. She even went through a review of all items a person may need from their old car when they are getting a rental. She reminded me several times about my clicker that i needed to get into my home. I didn't forget it. Diane and Diana really were sweet women who knew what they were doing and they made me feel at home. Gilbert really took the cake! He was outside helping me with my car. He was on call to answer all of my questions and He made me feel like that I was his only body shop customer. Robert from Enterprise went and found me a Jeep instead of the small compact car. Erica was really helpful in handling my information. This whole shop needs to be commended on the professionalism, the attention to detail and most of all the crisis management. It's easy to render good customer service when all is well. My weather strip on my door needs to be readjusted. I called and talked to Petra yesterday and she said to bring my car in with the warranty and they will take care of it no problems. I feel like I've known these people all my life. I don't want to have another accident, but if anyone has an accident and they need body work I will definitely refer them to Harris County Body Shop.
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.