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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
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Beware, this locksmith is operating in San Diego now as a subcontractor. He is still engaging in his fraudulent business practices of quoting one price and then doubling the price when he gets there (bait and switch). He also smoked in my car and it now REEKS of cigarette smoke. This type of behavior and unprofessional-ism does NOT fly in the USA.
Will never return to, or recommend La Fontaine dealership from now on. Bought a used car and was told by sales person it had been inspected by the service department and all concerns related to mileage, regular wear, and recommended replacements had been done. I was offered a warranty for half the purchase price of the car was and told it was a good car and that I wouldn't need it. When I take it in for an oil change I get told it requires $1500 in repairs! Then a day later after the oil change the battery died and needed to be replaced, which wasn't an issue until after I took it in for an oil change. I called Toyota customer service which forwarded my complaint to La Fontaine, I received a call during work and tried to call back 7 times with no response and no future calls received. To add insult,Toyota customer service told me that it was my fault for buying a used car, "AS IS," without knowing automatically what this meant in a legal sense. My only recompense is knowing that family members who encouraged me to purchase with La Fontaine, and whom purchase new vehicles from La Fontaine on average once every 3 years have vowed no longer to purchase from La Fontaine and they've now lost tens of thousands of dollars in future sales. I also later found out that even a car of this type in good condition had a Kelly Blue Book value of less than half of what I paid for it but only if car was in "excellent" condition. I feel like a naive kid that got had by a business that doesn't care.
This was the best auto repair experience in my life I am a woman 56 years old came into these guys with an issue and they took care of me ASAP with the best of everything and a fair and honest honest quote price everything I would recommend this place very highly to everyone! Simply the best place ever!����✌����
Best Auto Shop ever!!!!!! Honest, fair, helpful and great work!!! Integrity at it's best!!!!! Andy and his son do so much for so many! We would highly recommend this shop! You will not be disappointed, promise!
Fred saved me a trip to the dealer for what I thought was a major electrical problem, but he took the time to research and fixed my problem within 30 minutes, has has my future business. Thanks
After the locksmith went to wrong place and arrived 45 minutes later, I was charged almost double compared to what I was quoted. Key for car was stolen. Had to get new key so we were stuck. Quote on phone was $149 for key and $29.99 for service call. Bill was $274 when he showed up. Said he had to pay for code and something else. Took advantage of us being in a bind. Reporting to BBB.
Allow me to start by saying, I have never wrote a review for a business, but today I had the WORST SERVICE OF MY LIFE!!!! I will try my best to make this short and straight to the point. I told the mechanic I was having problems starting my car up, I assumed it was my starter but was not sure. After leaving my car there for a FULL DAY AND A HALF I received a call that my car was complete and ready for pick up! Once I got there he told me the job was done, but needed a new battery in the near future because my current one is "weak". (Which he had conveniently for a $120.00 ) He said there was an oil leak interrupting the electrical system which caused the issues so that needed to be fix along with two fuses that needed to be replaced. (Which I thought was weird because I recently got my fluids checked and replaced. I imagine someone would notice an oil leak!) That came to 150.00! After being back in my car for the first time since he ""Fixed it"" I noticed my car continued to have the EXACT SAME starting issues but assume that was due to my "weak battery" he mentioned. So I headed to AutoZone to purchase a new battery. After a battery check I was told my battery was actually in good shape and I did not need a replacement. long story short, i return to the auto shop to confront the mechanic about the issue, before looking at it he told me I needed a starter!!!! wow!!!! So if you knew that why didn't you fix the starter or at least tell me I needed a new starter??? after arguing back and fourth for 30 minutes he returned $60.00 back to me. After leaving there I stop[ed at different auto shop, I told them exactly want I told the previous shop. Within 10 minutes he knew I needed a new starter, but asked me have i been hitting the starter with a hammer because he noticed a few marks. Of course I replied NO!, which prompted me to tell him about my previous experience, he laughed and said "That guy probably hit the starter a couple of times with a hammer which can work as a temporary fix, but THAT'S ALL HE DID!" I do not have a personal agenda or personal issues outside of these issues so I have no reason to lie. Bottom line.....I hate to see any business lose business and eventually go out of business, but there is no place for business ethics like this. He lied, back tracked, lied again and even tried to place the blame on someone else. This review is 100% real and you have been officially WARNED! btw the next shop fixed the problem in an hour and fifteen minutes for $85.00(cost of labor ) plus another $65.00 (the cost of the part) which brings me to a grand total of $150.00...funny, the same price as Cherry Hill Auto Care
Been doing business with Autoway for lot of years and always received the best repairs to my car than anywhere I ever went. Great workmanship and professionalism and prompt service. Would recommend to anyone that needs repair work done on their car Great people to do business with!!! And the prices can`t be beat, very honest and courteous.Bill R.
Put junk oil in my high mile pick up. Had my girl take it in and I guess they figured they could take advantage of her and put what ever oil in they had laying around. I know if I worked for a oil change id ask a customer with a 180'000+ miles if they want better oil. Idk all together bad experience. Plus the owner was cursing and calling me a crazy redneck american cuz my truck has a redneck sticker on it.. wtf really
AS a female alotta auto care places try to screw us. But they DIDN'T they fixed the bumper, taillight,the trunk was broken and brakes on a car I had not driven in 2-3 years other places told me up to 2,400 dollars!! they cherryhill auto care only charged $700 out the door! They kept my car safe and secure and gave me honest answers to my questions and they are right down the street!! Thank you cherryhill auto care! And the owner is a cutie!!!
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.