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No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
It’s time to bring long sleeves and long pants out of storage, prep your home and car, and contact the cool weather home/yard contractors.
Good old-fashioned, honest, reliable service from FOR C&L in Jacksonville, FL has revived my faith in businesses and humanity! On a 3-day trip with my child and dog, I had encountered a major roadside ripoff an hour outside of Tallahasee in which a mechanic took 5 hours to change a belt that had broken, charged $391 for the work, and then tried to convince me that my car needed a new engine. For a used engine, he quoted “$2,000” ….pause, pause, pause….”plus labor.” Instead, my husband drove 100 miles to pick up my child and me, and we had the car towed by C&L Automotive & Truck Accessories (4990 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL), which a coworker had said was reliable. C&L sent a tow truck 110 miles from Jacksonville to pick up the car, discovered, and quickly fixed the problem. Yes, some damage had been done in the short drive after I noticed the problem, but repairs cost less than half of what the roadside person suggested. C&L kept me informed all during the repairs, and also asked me to bring the car back for a final road check before leaving for the drive home. During our first conversation, the owner had said the charge on the road didn’t sound right. When I picked up the car, he mentioned it again, grabbed a book of what rates mechanics should charge, looked up the belt, and said the charge should have been “$149, or maximum $199, for an emergency roadside repair.” Positive sign that he cares enough for other companies not to scam a customer. The expertise and professionalism from everyone at C&L is much-appreciated! If they give that kind of care to a complete stranger who may never be in that area again, I can only imagine that they would show just as much – or more – professionalism to someone who lives nearby and would be a potential customer. Kudos to a great place! I would give 10 stars if they were available.
After my transmission went out and I received a few quotes for getting it repaired, I spoke with a friend who recommended I speak with Alvie. She said she hadn't used his services however she had heard great things. I researched Alvie's Transmission Service, online, and found that they have an A+ rating with the BBB and great customer reviews. In fact, I didn't see one negative review. So, I called Alvie who was the first person to tell me that I had another option, beyond a rebuilt or used transmission, I could get a refurbished transmission. The refurbished transmission comes with a 3 year 100K mile warranty whereas all of the other options seem to only come with a 12 month warranty. I spoke with another shop that was willing to put a refurbished transmission in my car however they were only willing to warranty the labor for 12 months although the transmission would have a 3 year 100k mile warranty. I spoke with Alvie again and he assured me that his warranty covers both the labor (R&R) and the transmission. Needless to say, I went with Avlie and haven't been disappointed. I gave the go ahead to order the transmission on a Tuesday, he had it in his shop the next day and I was able to pick up my car that Friday. Great turnaround!!! Also, he's great at communicating via text and has also texted me since I picked up my car, just to make sure everything is going okay. I'm very skeptical when it comes to car repair shops because it seems like many mechanics try to bleed you dry instead of doing what's best for you at a reasonable price. I hate to feel like someones trying to get one over on me and Alvie has done a great job of making me feel good about my decision and never making me feel like he was only out for himself. I will definitely be recommending his services to friends and family, when needed.
this is truly the most honest business practice i have ever run across. I had just bought a used truck and took it in to have a bit of a shimmy looked at. being a woman, i fully expected them to treat me like other businesses has in the past, as if i didn't know anything, and then try to sell me stuff i didn't need. not only did they not do that, they also pointed out that i did not need things done that i fully thought i did. the lead mechanic, dave, has got to be the most honest mechanic i have ever run across, and the owners are kind, compassionate, and care more about the customer than making a profit. and when i went there, they did not know that i used to be a truck driver, owner/operator, and know a little more than the average female. but they did not treat me a like a typical shop and try to pull the wool over my eyes to sell me stuff i didn't need. they are an increditble business in these times of so many businesses trying to rook someone just to make a buck. and of course, i would trust that mechanic dave with any equipment that i have. he really is the most awesome mechanic i have ever run across, whether semi truck or pickup truck, but to give you an idea of his expertise, the truck i just bought last week was a GMC sierra 3500 dually longbed with a duramax diesel engine and allison transmission. awesome truck, but even more awesome people to deal with when you buy a used truck!!!!!
It is hard to find a honest, trustworthy, and professional car repair business. American Transmission has changed our mind and will be our go to for all of our future car needs! My wife had taken her vehicle to a well known big tire/auto repair store and was advised that she had a head gasket leak causing a coolant leak and would cost over $1800.00 to fix. In calling around for comparison pricing, my wife called American Transmission on Atlantic Blvd and spoke with Richard. Richard advised her that it may not be a gasket leak but something else and would be willing to look at it for free to determine where the leak was coming from. After a thorough inspection of the engine area his mechanic had determined it was not a head gasket leak! It was the oil pan gasket and bleeder line o'ring, out the door for a little over $400, much better than the $1800 that wouldn't have solved our issue! All we can say, THANK YOU Richard!! American Transmission on Atlantic Blvd is our new home for all of our vehicle needs! Thanks again for the great service! Steve & Tammy Curtis
I've taken my car here before and never had a problem. Anything that needed fixed, was fixed and the job was done to my satisfaction.To my understanding, this is a local family owned repair shop. In response to the previous review... if you personally had a bad experience but, keep taking your cars to the same place where the bad experience occurred then that's your problem. Also, being in the business of repairs I understand that repairs take time, especially when there are other repairs ahead of you. Also when it comes to the mechanics of anything there can be other parts that need repaired on top of what it originally came in for. It's man made, take care of it or it'll break. As far as pricing.... I, myself, don't enjoy the high prices of big business repair shops so I am willing to wait a bit longer to have my vehicle fixed right, for a price more suitable to my liking. I've had nothing but good experiences at G.T. Auto and when I have problems with my car this is where I take it.
I very highly recommend Alvie’s Transmission Services for the great job on my PT Cruiser. I needed my clutch replaced & after being replaced it feels like it just rolled off the assembly line. Mr Alvie is a very kind & patient man. He is an honest man doing honest work to perfection. Alvie’s Transmission Services owner is a very capable man with a business that he is very proud of. He is one of the most honest mechanics I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with in many years, and his prices were VERY fair. This was a very rewarding experience having my car repaired by this business & I very highly recommend this mechanic to anyone who wants fair prices, honesty, the work done professionally and as perfect as can be. I thank God for leading me to this honest business. I’ve been ripped off more times than I can even remember, but this time I was dealt with by an honest man who completed the work to my total satisfaction & made my clutch like brand new again. Ms Anderson
I am very please with this shop! I've been a customer for a bit of time. I asked for some advice on the purchase of my present vehicle and was told not to buy it. I didn't listen of course and now I'm really kicking myself! They told me the vehicle was some what high maintenance and boy was that true! Three weeks after the purchase of my car, one of my catalytic convertors went out. MB wanted over $1300 to repair it! of course, they were NO help! You'd think after purchasing a car from them - under a month they would throw some type of discount to accommodate. No, not the case! I got this replaced for just over dealer cost at Jax F. ! Also, my cousin recently purchased a car. JFA said if we wanted to , we could bring the vehicle up there for a test drive and have them check it out for free! It's the little things I really appreciate! :) Thanks again for all of you help! Really appreciate you guys!
Last week, I took my 2008 BMW to the dealer for problems I was having with my transmission. They did about $1500.00 worth of work (supposedly) . After picking my car up I noticed I was having the same issues. $1500.00 and some change later, I drive back up to the dealership and am told I needed a new transmission. Good thing I went with my gut and decided to get a second opinion. I took my car to Jax Foreign Auto and they did an automatic transmission service and reprogrammed the transmission and guess what? EVERYTHING IS FINE!!!! Not only did I save thousands and a perfectly good transmission - I saved a lot of time too! They had me up and running in no time! I would absolutely recommend this place to everyone! The guys at this shop are honest, thorough and fast! No run around BS like the dealer! And most importantly , NO BS prices!!!!
These guys stand behind their work. If it's not right, they will make it right. I tried taking my elderly father's F250 Super Duty to them, but they don't work on diesel engines. I've had great service, fair prices (and the price they quote is the price you pay!), and I would recommend them to my mother. Like another review said, they don't try to fix what is not broken. I really think this is a shop that is doing things the right way. Fair prices. Great service. They are my mechanic shop of choice. I have a 2002 Toyota Tundra. My wife has a 2000 Honda Accord. My son has a 1998 Nissan pickup. We run older vehicles and Pro-tech has helped us save a lot of money doing so. I would suggest that anyone in the Mandarin/Baymeadows areas should give a try. Doug Strange
These guys are GREAT! On two occasions it turns out that my car didn't need as much work as the service manager thought it would. These guys could have stiffed me for hundreds of dollars by doing unnecessary work (or no work at all), but they didn't. On another occasion they started doing repairs and realized I needed more work done. He called me and told me that once they started the repairs they found a few other things and recommended that I take care of those problems while they're in there. Again, they could have said nothing but called to let me know what was going on. The service manager Pat Ojeda is awesome. I absolutely won't let anyone work on my car except for Pat and his crew. I highly recommend this repair 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.