What to Know About: Auto Damage »
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?
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.
I have THE BEST mechanic in the land!!!Besides being over-the-top reliable, they are the most honest and affordable. I had my '99 Toyota 4runner that has 393K miles on it serviced with a new starter, water pump and timing belt, oil change, fluids topped off and overall health inspection before going to Yosemite with 2 other people and a heavy load of camping equipment and food in the car with me. My mechanic, Ali, assured me I was good to go and if anything goes wrong to call him immediately, but that he was confident all would be fine. We made it to our Campground just outside of Yosemite Nat'l Park, NO PROBLEM! But after 3 days, we pack up and get ready to go, my car started up and sounded awful and would barely go. We hiked a mile to the local lodge and called AAA for a tow and most fortunately found a VERY reputable and OPEN [on the 4th of July] auto repair shop 30 miles away. Diagnostic tests showed it was merely a defective timing belt, which of course was brand new. He reported that my mechanic has done a perfect job in his repair job. So I called my mechanic to report the news and he told the Groveland Auto Repair shop to fix it and he would take care of the repair costs. Shocker #1 Because this shop was already so busy and had to order the new part, it wasn't going to be fixed till next week. MY MECHANIC INSISTED ON GOING ALL THE WAY TO GROVELAND, 330 miles from Los Angeles, TO GET THE CAR AND TOW IT BACK AND FIX IT HIMSELF!!!! He did that yesterday... ������������WHO DOES THAT?!?!! He has been my mechanic for a little over a year now and he will ALWAYS be my mechanic from now on. He should be yours as well!!
I own my Alfa for 28 years. Going on 11 years of bringing it to Johns. The car runs beautifully. I always feel bad when I meet other Alfa owners who are not getting pleasure from owning there car. Usually they are telling me some nightmare story of the car being in the shop, and costing a fortune. I can empathize, I been there. But that was along time ago. One day I parked at a RALPHS Supermarket next to a guy twice my age, driving an Alfa twice as old as mine. So I asked the happy driver where he took his car for service? He pointed to his plate, and said "this is the place you bring it, if you want to keep it". The plate read, "Johns Alfa Romance". He was right. There is genuine enthusiasm here for Alfa Romeo's. And an understanding of "value" and "respect" for a customer. I do not review things, restaurants, or coffee shops etc, but i am going to make sure i put up some reviews for this shop. Because I love Alfa Romeo's. Ever since I was a kid and my Dad's Paisan Aldo took me for a ride in his 71 spider. So I wanted to pass the message on, "You bring it here if you want to keep it" . And to the crew at John's, as my father would say "In Boca Lupo!"
I brought my Toyota Prius here because the steering shaft went out. The owner, Stacey, looked at my car, researched the issue & ended up finding recalls on a part connected to the main shaft. I had already fixed the recall 3 years ago, but something like this shouldn't have gone out. He printed the recalls out for me, sent me youtube videos on the issue (so I would be educated about what to look for if Toyota tried to get out of it) & helped me come up with an argument for Toyota to comp. the service & part for me. He did not have to help me to the extent that he did. If he was like all the other sleazy, money-scraping shops in LA, he could have charged me to do the job himself (a $700-800 job). BUT INSTEAD, he did the kind thing & helped me get my problem fixed on Toyota's dime. AND, he did all that for me for free. He went extra. Without anything in return. Just because he wanted to provide good service. That deserves more than this 5-star review. Anyone & everyone should go to him. There is only one issue, he only services Toyota, Scion, Acura, Honda & Lexus. (I'm almost positive I got all of them, but call incase I'm wrong). :-)
Benny who owns John's Alfa Romance knows Alfa Romeos inside and out. I am the original owner of a 1978 Alfa Spider. I drove the car into the early 90s, parked it at 180,000 miles and in 2010 decided to restore it. Benny has brought this car back to life and in fact it drives better then when new. Benny was trained by Alfa Romeo to work on these cars. This is not something to take lightly as Alfa trained mechanics are hard to find any longer. Benny is an honest man. He prices his work very reasonably. I live over 300 miles from Benny's shop and it is worth it to me to go to the trouble of getting my car to Benny vs having a local mechanic working on this car. Benny is the kind of guy who when I call him, will drop what he is doing to let me blather on about some issue and over the phone and at no charge will walk me through some minor repair. A totally decent guy. Last item, if anyone reading this lives in Southern Nevada and has an Alfa, trust me, there are NO Alfa Mechanices in Las Vegas.
My college student daughter rear ended a mini cooper one day on her way to an internship. Her Ford Focus was pretty torn up on the left front. They place that towed the car estimated the repairs using the most expensive parts they could price out, and I'm sure they'd then replace them with after market parts and pocket the difference. I looked up various repair shops on the Internet, and decided that E & L's glowing reviews made them worth taking a chance. I'm in CT and they are in LA, so this was a leap of faith. They didn't let me down. By using after market parts, etc. they were able to save me almost $1,000 over the rip off artist body shop that originally towed the car. YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO GET THEM TO BID ON YOUR CAR. The quality is just as good, and the price with be considerably lower I'll bet. I can recommend them highly. Being 3000 miles away, they could have easily taken advantage of me, but they didn't. That's the sign of an honest operation in my opinion.
The owner (Max) at 10 Minute is a great guy who you should definitely develop a relationship with as your go-to mechanic. Over the last several years I have had everything from simple oil changes to major repairs done by Max and he has always given me an honest estimate that was consistent with the actual work done. I have had a vehicle towed from several miles away just to get Max to do it a few years ago because I suspected unnecessary repairs were built into the recommendation. I got Max's opinion and was glad I did the tow. In the last three years I have been going elsewhere only because I had warranty service under a lease term but now that I've purchased the vehicle I'm back to using 10 Minute on a regular basis. I've also referred a friend who has brought his vehicle from Burbank just to have Max do his estimates and repairs. The late hours are also super flexible. Don't go to a chain store before getting an estimate here!
I have been a customer of West Coast Tire and Service for over 15 years. This is a family business and the customers are treated like family. I service my brand new 2016 Ram Power Wagon at West Coast. Bottom line, I trust these guys. They are absolutely my go to for tires. Jessie is the "Tire Whisperer". He has an amazing knowledge base. The entire team rocks ! You can count on Carlos, Joe, Jordan, Chris , Jessie and Tommy the owner. Mike and all the mechanics are so professional. Alberto, Riggo, Pepe and all the guys in the tire shop are amazing, fast, courteous and very carefull. I am 1,500 miles away from my next oil change at West Coast and actually looking forward to it, Caesar is the man ! The detail shop is amazing, many thanks to Miguel.Complete trust, super satisfied customer. Thank you West Coast Tire and Service.Robbie MecklerShooting Star Aviation
I have a 2006 Audi a4I was reading all the reviews on here and I see that the last reviewe said that they took a 1 month to fix your car. its the same amount as well to fix my vehicle and painted. I'm going to be honest my car has been vandalized real bad and I had engine problems as well someone poured soda in my gas tank and vandalized my car. the insurance company paid the shop to replace my fuel pump and drain the gas out.they also did the body and paint.my car looks very good and I am very happy of what them young guys did over there. To see my vehicle look on deno's automotive on face book and Instagram.they put my car on their business page.. I recommend customers out there if you're complaining it is well worth it because I had a lot of work to do with my car out of shop told me that will take two months to do my carbut I got everything done at one time.
I have been a customer of West Coast Tire and Service for over 15 years. This is a family business and they treat their customers like family. I trust them so much that I service my brand new 2016 Ram Power Wagon at West Coast. They have always been my go to for tires. Jessie is the "Tire Whisperer". He has a very deep knowledge base. You can count on all the guys, Carlos, Joe, Jordan, Chris, Jessie and the owner Tommy. Mike and the mechanics are very professional. The guys in the Tire shop, Riggo, Alberto, Pepe are great. They are fast, courteous and always very careful with your rims. Miguel in the detail shop is amazing ! I am 1,500 miles away from my next oil change and I am actually looking forward to it. Caesar, in oil change, is the man ! Thank you West Coast Tire and Service ! You guys rock !Robbie MecklerShooting Star Aviation
I SEE YOU STILL OPEN SINCE 20124 PLUS YEARS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IM PROUD OF YALL.I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST BROUGHT MY CAR TO YOU 3 YEARS AGO WHEN YOU GOT THIS NEW LOCATION.IF I STILL WERE LIVING IN THE AREA I WOULD ALWAYS BRING MY CAR BUT I MOVED OUT THE STATE.TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WROTE BAD REVIEWS JUST WANT TO SAY IS I DON'T BELIEVE ALL THIS IS TRUE MAYBE SOME OF IT.SOMETIMES HE IS LATE WITH GETTING SOME OF THE CARS OUT. BUT THERE IS 2 REASONS WHY YOUR CAR IS LATE EITHER YOUR MONEY IS NOT RIGHT, MEANING SHORT CHANGING THE SHOP OR HE HAS TO MANY CARS. I KNOW PEOPLE LIKE TO ADD extras on their stories EXAMPLE 20S ON 10S. I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT DENO'S AUTOMOTIVE NO MATTER WHAT. THEY WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME EVEN WHEN I WAS In NEED. THANKS
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.