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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.
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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.
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.
Too good to be true, but Scott is....The last honest mechanic out there.While being transported across the country my car broke down outside Kansas City. The transport company needed to reload my vehicle onto another carrier and could not, as it would not start.This was a nightmarish situation, as I am clear across the county and knew absolutely no one in the Kansas City area. What shop would I tow it to? I thought maybe I'll look for a mobile mechanic to try to save some towing fees. I searched the net and found Scott and his 15 5 star reviews. After reading the reviews they all looked way too good to be true. Having no choice, I had to believe in the accuracy and legitimacy of these reviews and put myself at Scott's mercy. Any other mobile mechanic would be salivating at the opportunity to falsely diagnose and build an enormous bill to a vulnerable broken down motorist. Within an hour of my call Scott was there on the scene with my car. Within 10 minutes my problem was diagnosed. Within 3 hours time - about how long it would replace the battery cables and starter - Scott had my vehicle back on the road at an amazingly reasonable cost.A five star review means it's about as good as it gets. Scott gets a 5 star review and deserves 1000 stars. I was at his mercy, and Scott proved himself to be professional, courteous, punctual, honest, affordable, dependable, and just super cool on top of all that. I can honestly not recommend him enough. Please plug him in your automotive forums, if you are a car collector or enthusiast, as we have to keep supporting good, honest mechanics like Scott and his mobile service in business.Look forward to your next breakdown, as Scott has your back.
I had a major issue with my car but i had no clue what it was. My car just shut off in the middle of a intersection on a Saturday evening. I was able to get my car towed home. I looked for a mobile mechanic and Scott popped up. (This was two years ago). He came out on a Sunday afternoon after our conversation over the phone the same day. He was able to determine it was a Fuse that went out and fixed it. Scott has done several Jobs on my car. He's been very flexible by coming to my job and fixing my breaks, fixing my windows, fixing wheel bearings &amp; teaching me how to check my fluids in the car's system and replace them. He's a advocate for women understanding how to take care of their cars and not being scammed at repair shops. He's professional, understanding of the customer's time constraints and very open and upfront about his prices that are reasonable &amp; fair. . Great guy I'll always call Scott to address my car issues. Thanks SCOTT!! (This is Tequila)
I feel I have finally found a mechanic that I can trust in Scott! On the recommendation of a friend, I recently reached out to Scott on a complicated issue with my Saturn Vue. I was extremely please with his professionalism, expertise, and kindness. We ran into a few unexpected problems and delays (with the machine shop), but he was very good about communicating with me and explaining what was going on every step of the way. Even in the very beginning, he worked hard to lay everything out on the table so that I could make the best decision possible with what I wanted to do. That was something that I really appreciated. I always felt that he had my best interests at the forefront of his mind. In several instances, I feel he really went the extra mile and above and beyond what you would typically expect. I can't say enough positive things about my experience and it is a wonderful relief to finally have someone that I can take my vehicles to and have confidence in.
Like Santababbie, I was not able to move my vehicle. I had installled a new battery the day before Thanksgiving, drove the old Caddy home and next day it would not start. Fortunately I had another vehicle to get around with. Still, I needed my daily driver, due to having to drive a truck, which aggrevated a medical condition. After reading all the reviews, I Called Scott. He tossed around a couple of opinions on what it could be and one of those turned out to be the problem. He just left, after figuring out that I had received a new bad battery. He took it back to the parts place, told me I did not need that expensive a battery (saving me $100.) and brought another one back, installed it and the car started right up. What a pleasure to have my old faithful, comfy car to drive again. I can't say enough good things. This guy is wonderfully honest and knows what he is doing. Call him. You will not regret it.
On a saturday evening I was driving along when my trucks dash readout said to "shut off engine now". Oil pressure at 0. So I pulled off the road into a parking lot and left it overnight. Monday morning I had to be on the job with a truckload of equipment and since there aren't any garages open on sunday I figured I was in a real predicament. Did a search online and scott popped up. I called him thinking there's no way he would be available at such short notice. Over the phone, he gave me three options on what it may be. Two of which were fairly simple but nothing I could have attempted to fix. He had other appointments, but, said he had enough time to come out, assess, and fix it right away. He had it fixed within an hour and I was able to make it to work Monday morning. Didn't have to arrange tow or wait a whole day while the truck was in the shop. Scott rules!! I would highly recommend him.
I would recommend Scott to anyone who has car concerns in the KC area. In truth I've already recommended him. When I could hear my brakes needed work I took my car into a shop and got quoted above $1600 for new rotors, brake pads, a caliper, and hub bearing. Scott was able to save me over $1000 AND he explained what all the components were, what to expect, and even what he recommended for the next upkeep on my car. My car is definitely get up there in years so finding a mechanic that I trust to work on my car is amazing. The fact that he came to me was just icing on the cake. A mechanic who is trustworthy, competent, affordable, and comes to you? It seems too good to be true but it's not. I'll definitely be calling him the next time my car needs some work!
Scott was great! Fourth of july I moved my cars to a neighboring vacant home drive way so that my children could do some fireworks. (Live on busy main street) went to move my cars back afterwards, 06 kia sedona woildnt start. I tried connections, checked battery, checked fuses, no sound so I knew it was my starter. Contacted scott and set up time to come work on it, weather acted up so the next day he was at my home fixing my starter ran to get part after he removed the old, brought it back and in half hour he had it back on. Deffinately not an easy change, up and over, and at a crazy angle, plus rotate it 180 degrees to get it in or out. But he did it great price for labor. And very personable guy. Thank you scott! Not loosing ur number.
SCOTT SAVES THE DAY! Last night I was driving through Kansas City on my way from Northeast Ohio to Southern Kansas to attend my Grandson's wedding, My car broke down, but I was able to make it to a hotel before I couldn't drive any further. It's night in a city I don't know and hours away from any help from family. Luckily my son found Scott's business online, I set up an appointment for first thing this morning. He came right to the hotel, fixed my car at an extremely reasonable price and I am on just about to get back on the road and will be able to make it to the wedding in time. So nice to find an honest hardworking person, who didn't take advantage of a traveler stuck in a bind. Thank you Scott!
I saw all the good reviews on yellowpages about Scott, called him for a friend and he told her the REAL problem with her vehicle. everyone else said different things just to get her to pay money, he could have done that as well but he did a head gasket test and sure enough that is what it was. I called him for my husbands 1997 Tahoe and he told him what was really wrong with his car. Everyone else had said it was something majorand it was going to be 12 or 1300 dollars. Scott came and found out it was only the distributor cap (i think thats what it was) and it was less than a $300 fix. Thumbs up to this HONEST MECHANIC!!!!! whoever knew there was such a thing any more???
Smart, honest, affordable. I found Scott on-line and decided it would be worth getting an estimate from him on what was wrong with my truck so I could plan to get it fixed. What was causing my truck not to start was not clear... when I called he came the same day within the hour! Then when he got to my house he figured out what was wrong and worked around MY schedule to come back and finish the job. I was impressed at how quickly he determined the problem and how little he charged for labor in comparison to anyone else. GREAT service and at an AMAZING price with UNMATCHED convenience. I know who to call for all my future automotive needs.... now you do too... CALL SCOTT!
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.