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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?
1735 Northpark DrKingwood, TX 77339
And yet she does not tell you she prob went over the rec milage for that oil. But she only point fingers to blame the little guys. Maybe car royal purple and tge manufacturers of the vec and do some research. This place is one of the best oil shop in south east tx.
14202 Fm 2100 RdCrosby, TX 77532
Very lazy. Came in for inspection. Justin and 2 other sitting in chairs in garage on the floor Girl in shop has to tell him to come on get up. He continued to lay there and I said yes come on Justin I need an inspection. He got up and did it. Another customer inside office said he did same thing…
15139 Wallisville RdHouston, TX 77049
I went in for an estimate because the guy Ray or Roy told me they did alignments, differentials, oil leaks, etc. He looks under the hood and tells me about all the fluids I needed. I said, what about the other things I asked you to look at and to quote. He brings some idiot mechanic out that a…
9623 Jones RdHouston, TX 77065
Hello fellow texans! This is a very great shop I would recommend to anybody. I did not read the reviews or research this company before service I was recommended by a trustworthy friend. I've been doing business with the Jones road location for some time now and I came on here to leave my review…
2710 Washington AveHouston, TX 77007
I have to highly recommend this location. They are friendly and their service is second to none! They treat their customers as if they were their best friends and/or family. I would drive for miles just to go to this location. This is my first message on CitySearch.
619 W 11th StHouston, TX 77008
I read previous reviews and I have never had trouble like that before. The worst problem I've had is a long line of customers. Yes, they always try to sell you something like a coolant flush or air filter but that is their job. I politely decline and that's that. They aren't pushy at all. In fac…
2113 N Frazier StConroe, TX 77301
We have been bringing our vehicles in for YEARS, These are the ONLY professionals we will trust and with Jason being one of their best techs, he never gives up until a problem is solved. We have a van from Chrysler that unfortunately has nothing but issues and Demontrond (Chrysler and Dodge deal…
12380 Barker Cypress RdCypress, TX 77429
Better Bussiness complaint ID# is 6952149.Current rating is unsatisfactory.\r I have filed a complaint with the Texas Attorney Generals Office. Owner is Albert Lee. 5/15/08 had noise in the rear of the Suburban so we took to Kwik Kar and they said the rear end differential needed to be rebuilt …
5400 Richmond AveHouston, TX 77056
7/31/2015 GROSSLY OVERCHARGED! charged (my girlfriend) $80 labor to put a battery purchased from them in a Camry. took approximately 10 minutes, which equates to this Kwik Kar location valuing its apparently elite "labor skills" at a WHOPPING $480 an hour. I called 10 other Kiwk Kar locations ow…
2425 Center StDeer Park, TX 77536
Set my boy to get his oil changed. Sign out front said 19.99. Well now. These guys are crooks they told my 17 yr old it would be 40.00 to 50.00 for an oil change. Need full synthetic oil. Total BS. Firestone down the street changed the oil for 26.00. Don't be raking in by their lies. Total …
1000 E Houston StCleveland, TX 77327
I took my car to this location September 2012 to get a royal purple oil change and to my surprise as I left Cleveland and got to humble my car was smoking and check engine light came on I had my brother check it and there WAS NO OIL IN IT, how did I pay almost 100 dollars to get my oil changed …
8240 Highway 6 NHouston, TX 77095
I visit the Kwik Kar in Copperfield for my regular oil changes and they have done an excellent job. This past week, my air conditioner in my car stopped working so I called them for help. They immediately attended to my car and found out that the compressor needed replacement. They provided a…
9525 Richmond AveHouston, TX 77063
DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS LOCATION! They are scam artists and thieves! Took my car for a routine State Inspection and they falsified my report and tried to get me to buy a battery in order to pass the test. Battery testing is not a state requirement. Do not let them swindle you. STAY AWAY FRO…
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.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
This place is a complete rip off! Just like the other negative reviews, I was taken advantage of as well. Was told I needed a transmission repair and after 2 weeks without my vehicle, its doing the same thing it did before and now I have additional problems. I will be writing to the BBB about this!
CAUTION !! A+ Transmission Specialists are specialists in LIES. These guys will LIE to sell you an overhaul. My transmission was fine, but its been 60,000 miles since an oil change. I only went in for a transmission oil change. Instead I paid $1550 for an overhaul I DID NOT NEED. How do I know that....?There is a magnet in the bottom of the pan. The manager swipes it with his finger and says there are metal shavings and that I need an overhaul. These crooks convince me that my situation is so bad that they cannot even add new oil. New oil might cause more problems. They say they have to put old oil back. I bought into these fear tactics and agreed to an overhaul. That was Saturday. Sunday, I am on internet... and find that some metal grit in the magnet is OK... normal wear.... and NOT necessarily an indication of a problem...... very much dependent on size of particles. I am there first thing Monday to try to stop the overhaul. The transmission is already being disassembled. It will cost me $600 to put it back. I ask to see the pan....I swipe the goo on the magnet.... LO AND BEHOLD and... NO SHAVINGS in the goo....only a sludge with super fine BARELY DISTINGUISHABLE grit.. I finger swipe at all the disassembled parts, I CANNOT find significant particle shavings in the pools of oil... definitely not large...not even close to sand particle... an occasional grit of size like you might find in Comet or Ajax. I ask to compare my plates with new plates. My plates look almost new. He tried other lies telling me plates are burned. I talked to his mechanic about the plates... the mechanics exact words "little..little bit burned"... yeah ....just a little bit... but I got 125,000 miles and that transmission was working just fine. He tells me the pump needs replacing. I ask him to show me the failure... burns, loss of section...whatever. He reminds me he is the manager... he only goes with recommendations of the mechanic. He nor the mechanic could show me what was wrong with the pump. At this point, with my tran on the table, I have no choice but to pay up for a transmission to get a warranty. I keep telling this guy that I relied on his "metal shaving" comment when I made my decision. His only response... "we can't keep going back to that."DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THESE GUYS. THEY LIARS. Oh... and don't let that bible on his table fool you....nor all that talk to customers.....telling them...... "have a blessed day".... right.
We have taken our car there on several occasions. The last time we were very disappointed. They had performed the work but we still had a problem with what we had taken it there for in the first place. We were selling the car and wanted to ensure the new owner got a car that was completely fixed. WE called again to have it looked at and they finally fixed the problem. But we had to pay AGAIN! for the same thing they were supposed to have fixed in the first place. My husband let Vic's mechanic know he wasn't happy about that because it was the same work order. But didn't matter he had to pay. We will not go back because we think this was unacceptable, especially for a customer they knew very well.
The Go Too Transmission Shop!I had my 1994 Chevy P/U transmission repaired at A+ about a month ago. I did not want to write my review too soon, I needed to make sure that my repairs were going to last at least this long, and it has. The proscess was easy and almost painless. But the work was done right and in a timely manner. Thanks Guys!!!
Quick turnaround, great service,good diagnostic! Repair was quoted at $550 and that's what I paid - good communication throughout the process. Scott & Jim were cool, always gave the info I needed and I was able to pick up car as promised, when promised & work done professionally. They left car as clean as I gave it to them.THANK YOU!!!
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.