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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.
5440 E Beverly BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90022
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.
I have been meaning to review The Lorenzo for almost a year now, but nothing has ever pushed me to until now. If you would like to here about the MILLIONS of awesome amenities offered at this hotel like "student housing" arrangement there are plenty of reviews beneath mine that detail them. However, I really want to write this review about something much more important to me living on my own for the first time...THE SECURITY HERE IS AWESOME!!! I do not want to make this a novel by going into details, but on a recent Game day-when there was tons of people all over the surrounding area of USC- a non resident followed me on to the property and essentially tried to assault me, then immediately ran off of the property. I notified security, even though I assumed nothing could be done since, he was not at the Lorenzo, and there were so many more people in the surrounding area. To my surprise, I got a call within 30 minutes saying they needed me to come make a positive ID. Officer Torres and the other guards acted right away, and ironically, I feel so much safer after this incident knowing how seriously security takes their jobs. Also, this was weeks ago, and Katrina, who hasn't seen me since, just came up to me to ask me how I was doing. Maintenance is amazing (how they turn the messiness from parties at 3AM on a Saturday, into squeaky cleanness on Sunday mornings is beyond me) and I can always count on Jerome (one of the shuttle drivers) to ask how a midterm went or to talk about the Lakers. Right now, the shuttles are pretty crowded, but I see them slowly adding more shuttles and they leave when full so I haven't been late because of it. Obviously this isn't some magical land where nothing can go wrong, but everyone I have dealt with here has been genuine with their attempts to make it one. I could not see myself living anywhere else in the are around USC and will definitely be renewing for the second time thanks to the awesome security!
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). :-)
I've been living at The Lorenzo for almost a month now and I have zero complaints. Weekends are noisy which is a no-brainer at student housing, but as far as the management goes I can honestly say that they have been nothing but hospitable and accommodating. Members of the staff are always out and about in case of any problems and they are prompt to consider and act upon their tenant's requests. For example, upon moving in I had a less- than- ideal situation roommate situation, after approaching the Housing Maintenance with my concerns, I was given multiple rooming options and settled into a new apartment within one hour. Not only is the management beyond warm and friendly, but you can also always count on the security or maid service to put a smile on your face upon walking into the building. The whole complex has been clean since the day I first walked in and I am very pleased with the amount of space in my apartment. Definitely recommend The Lorenzo. Special shoutout to Dijon from Housing Maintenance and Robert in the Leasing Office. Thank you!
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.
I went to visit the lorenzo with my son who is moving in this fall. From the moment we went in we were greeted by security and leasing agent nelson. He was so cordial with us, answered all my annoying questions and gave us very honest helpful insight into his living experience in here. It was a very solid perspective. We are from Arizona so we are not very familiar with LA and nelson was very informative and very knowledgeable about the facility and the city. He helped me see how conveniently lorenzo was located in the city and how to get around town in the train. He even offered to show us how to buy a tap card; he just made me feel so much more comfortable about leaving my son here. My son will attend Los Angeles city college so it was nice taking the train with him and knowing how my son is gonna get to school was very important for me. He also familiarized us with the move in process and we are just excited for our son and know he is in good hands. Thank you Nelson!
I have a 2006 Audi a4 I 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 was stunned by the variety of facilities and infrastructures of this student housing when I visited my friend here. I can tell that the staff put a lot of effort to make sure that the place is comfortable and functional to their residents. The place is also guarded by many securities personnels and cameras. There are definitely a lot of people living here, so you will always be able to make friends, especially during regular events held on site (they have yoga classes every week too ). I also got to know the staff who work here, who are professional and genuine. They do work diligently to ensure that their residents are taken care of. The building itself is also conveniently located next to a metro station and is in vicinity of a selection of restaurants (mostly fast food). I do highly recommend living here if you want a comfortable living experience.
My son is a USC graduate student. I have to say that the pictures of the Lorenzo on the website accurately reflect this beautiful complex. Security appears more than adequate; my wife and I felt comfortable leaving our son here and heading back to the East Coast. The shuttle service to USC is working out great, as is, very importantly, the Central Kitchen; our son is not terribly at home in the kitchen. I was worried about the noise factor given the size of this facility--our son's program is very demanding--but thus far there have been no issues whatsoever. Edgar Lopez was very helpful in the signing on process, easily available by email or phone to field my numerous questions. At this point, I suspect my son may be sad to have to leave at the end of his year.
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.