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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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.
Very simple.A&B $165 - on Christmas eve. Kovan showed me as he tested the wires and coil pack independent of each other - found only the coil faulty and wires in perfect condition. He replaced the coil pack and I was able to enjoy my Xmas.Mavis (Main St) $1223 - said they will do a full tune-up. Disregarded my request to replace the single coil and respective 2 wires.Precision (Endicott) $504 - to replace the single coil pack and 2 wires.As opposed to just a rating - a depiction of events will best explain the overwhelming difference in service, knowledge and price between A & B Auto, Mavis and Precision Auto. I travel to Binghamton often from DC to visit family. I was just there for Xmas. My check engine light came on as I pulled into Binghamton last Thursday night (12/22). First thing next morning (12/23) I went to AutoZone (Main St) for their free diagnostic test. Results, I had a misfire in one cylinder (no smoking issues - just some under-compression). This meant either a bad coil pack ($69 @ Autozone), plug wires (set of 12 $179) or both plus 30 minutes labor. I first went to Mavis because of proximity. I told them I wanted to replace 1 coil pack and two wires if needed. With complete disregard for my request to replace the single coil pack and two wires - the manager Joe, proceeded to tell me they will do a total tune-up - changing all coil packs, all wires and all spark plugs for $1223. I reminded him of my initial request - in searching for an answer his reply was that he would not guaranty the work if I did not let him replace all coil packs and all wires. I took back my car. Received a referral from my brother-in-law - Precision Auto Service in Endicott. I called them and explained the situation to Doug. He agreed to do the work I asked - for $504. Went to Autozone to buy parts to do work myself. In speaking with Kevin at Autozone - he referred me to Kovan at A&B. He agreed to see me on Xmas eve. See above.
My son is a student at Binghamton University and I lent him my car for a few weekends. I live 4 hours away in Brooklyn NY so I wasn't able to assist him when the drivers side window got stuck and wouldn't go up. I told him to try Sears or an auto glass place. There were none that could help in Binghamton so he used google and found A&B. They picked up the window and diagnosed it as a broken window motor in the door and said they'd call when the part came in. When they called and he was going to get it fixed, the car kept stalling out and wouldn't hold a charge. Being 200 miles from home he was sort of screwed and I told him to have it towed to A&B to check it out. They diagnosed it as the alternator and fixed both at a very reasonable price. I don't know a lot about cars but to me it sounded like the alternator and the motor for the window, but I was in no position to say for sure. My mechanic of over 30 years who is extremely competent and honest arrived at the same diagnosis based on the description. Many other places would have ripped my son off and/or misdiagnosed it. KOVAN, who my son dealt with, and A&B, did not. They did an excellent job at a very reasonable price and were honest and treated my son respectfully as if he were a long standing customer. All I want from a mechanic is that they know what they're doing, that they charge a fair price, and that they're honest. A&B is all that. Thank you Kovan and thank you A&B.Steve from Brooklyn NY
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.