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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?
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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?
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.
Hey all! I just wanted to warn people out there not to take do business here. I had a very poor experience and am left with a sub par job and damage to my vehicle. I took my car to several bodyshops, and Huffmans came up with the best price! I was surprised as the shop looks rather expensive, and was quite happy to be taking it to such a professional look place. When I received back my vehicle, I noticed, as did the bodyshop manager, that the work had not been finished properly. The manager told me that they had under quoted the work. Apparently I should have just been happy with a poor job. I discussed it with him further and even mentioned that I might be able to make up some of the difference of the labor cost, but that I wanted the job done right. After a few more days I came back to pick up my car a second time. Things weren't as friendly as they had been the first time, I basically had my keys thrown to me and out the door I went, no one came out to look with me. I was still a little unhappy, they hadn't parked my car where you could get a good look this time, so I moved it and while I was not 100% happy with their work I just need my car. I tried not to let the work bother me to much, but over time, as I washed my car I noticed a crease where it appears they had treated roughly the removal of my bumper, and also the bumper below where the work was done now has parts that hang down in an unsightly way. All in all, I would warn you against this bodyshop, if they quote cheaply they feel free to lower their standards and just rush it through, the pride in workmanship is poor. Avoid the headaches, go elsewhere. 2 stars rather than 1 because the finished work was not horrible, and the service was not horrible, just disappointing on both fronts.
These guys REALLY came through for us in a pinch. We originally got a very high quote from a different auto service center to replace the engine in our vehicle. We were devastated, but decided to get quotes elsewhere just in case. I had heard GREAT things about Olymco so I decided to call and get a quote. They gave an incredible quote that was easily affordable. We were shocked at the quote to be honest. Matt, the service manager, was super friendly on the phone and was upfront about how long it would take to get the job done. He walked us through the warranties for the replacement engine, all of the work that would be done, etc. He was very thorough and answered every question clearly and with patience and understanding. We felt very comfortable with their staff so we decided to proceed. The work was done on time(!), and the staff made sure to call us regularly to update us on the status of the job. When I couldn't make arrangements to pick up the vehicle after the work was complete, Dan from Olymco offered to come and pick me up. (Talk about service.) Dan turned out to be incredibly personable as well, a real pleasure to speak with. To my relief, the final expense ended up being in the exact ball park originally quoted. And the car now runs smooth as pudding. These guys really impressed my socks off. As a side note, my grandfather had a similarly fantastic experience with Olymco... this was how I had first heard about them. I will definitely be returning to Olymco and telling friends and family to give them a try! Great guys, great service, honest, will stick to their quote, and are highly competitive. Highly recommended!!!
Dear Laura B or Caroline H. I'm so glad that I checked our reviews today after I saw u leave the shop. I happen to work here. The truth is that we didn't even look at ur car today. U happened to be talking to paul who is the owner. I heard the conversation between u and him, u wanted to know how much it costs to check ur vehicle for maintenance and he told u "my dear, the check for a maintenance inspection comes with an oil change" u got mad and called Paul a "misogynist" and asked for ur key back and left. I don't know who wouldn't like to be respected. After the way u acted I personally would've asked u to get out and never come back. One thing that u may not know is that Paul is a very respected and well liked business man. Out of all the reviews that we have on multiple sites. The only negative complaints happen to be from u and yes u know u have changed ur name. If u have any questions please feel free to call me at the shop.
We walked in around 1:30 in the afternoon with a loud muffler sound hoping for the best. Doug greeted us at the door and immediately drove our car into the bay to inspect it. Within a few seconds one of the mechanics came right back out and grabbed my husband to show him the problem. It apparently was a simple solution, that needed just a quick patch job on the tailpipe. I inevitably assumed the worst and was mentally prepared to be there forever. No sooner than I was able to finish a level of candy crush and they were backing it out for us! Done! I was so impressed with their hospitality and efficiency that I will NEVER go anywhere else for car repair. I cannot say enough. The least I can do for a small business in southwest Louisville that took such great care of us is to write a great review for them. Two thumbs up guys! We'll be back for sure!
Wow, what a wonderful place to do business with. We had our daughters car towed to Probilt simply because it was the closest place for them to take it. What a Godsend. The people at Probilt went out of there way to make sure all repairs were necessary, they looked the car over to make sure it was in good running condition and safe to drive(peace of mind for this mom, who is 2 hours from her girl in college.), and they gave her a student discount. What more could you ask for. Thank you Scott and the rest of the Probilt team. We appreciate your time, talent, and patients. When needed, we will definitely do business with you again.
Finally found a place that really knows what they are doing! My car was at two other shops who's names I will not mention numerous times for same issue with a check engine light. I spoke with Josh at the counter and I could tell he really knew his s#*/t. He said just from what I was telling him he suspected what the issue might be. Long story short, I spent over $1000 at the other two shops and still had same problem. Etscorn's fixed it for less that $200 in 45 minutes. WOW. Just goes to show there are still some people who really know their trade left in this world. I will tell everybody I know to go here! Thanks Etscorn's !!
I must say I have a total different experience I been going to him for years and he always did a great job on all my cars...he even tells me when I dont need anything that other repair places told me need fixing and was at a high cost.and all my cars are running great .Yes he likes to be sarcastic and joke a bit but he never been a racist to us and my hubby and son are african american also.His crew is very friendly and most of all his prices are a lot better than most repair shops,and he gets my cars in and out in a day most of the time.I have been going there around 5 years now and wouldnt go anywhere else
Ashley's is a true family business and the family values are displayed by their tremendous integrity. Owner Guy Pigman has been there forever; his son Guy Jr. has trained in everything automotive that you can expect; grandson Michael works at Ashley's as well.When you take your car to Ashley's you know that they won't fix anything that doesn't need fixing; they won't sell you a service that you don't want or need; and they may even make a minor fix and not charge you a dime.Guy Jr. can fix most any problem and he searches all over to find low cost parts to hold down your costs.I trust Ashley's completely.
What a guy – full European mechanics apprenticeship at a German Mercedes and Mitsubishi dealership and shop. The kind of mechanic that understands the electronic computer age of today’s cars but maintained commonsense of an old world mechanic, that can make things, fixit or replace with new if need be. No matter if you just like to mount new tires or have your sophisticated suspension fixed from torturous roads that resemble those of Poland on your Audi, MB, VW, etc. At Louisville Automotive Shop you are in honest and capable hands. Talk to Nermin he’ll take care of it.
We are from Indianapolis and were our way to Florida for a family vacation. Just before we hit Louisville our battery light came on in our 2014 Caravan. This was the closest Goodyear. We made it to the shop around 7 a.m. and waited until it opened. The manager and techs were great! They asked if we were traveling and they put us in front of the line so we could get on our way. Our alternator and battery needed replaced. They got us in and out on our way in a few short hours. Great customer service! Thank you so much for turning the begging of our vacation around!
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.