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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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.
Firstly, We shopped for a vehicle online - knew which we wanted and based on their online tools, had an idea what our payments would be. We wanted an in and out experience at the dealer. What happens next was no where near that, as the dealer did not have the vehicle we found online and the whole experience of finding another was more than 8 hours of our time, on the first day! (Plus the payments were higher than what we wanted - although the truck was similarly priced to the one online - turns out their on-line calculator computes incorrectly). Secondly, after making a deal and leaving with a truck that first day,, I get a call from the dealer the next day saying they sold us the wrong truck and we had to bring the one we left in, back. They assured us that we would get the SAME vehicle in exchange (with a different VIN) - What they got for us was NOT identical. Spent another 5 hours at the dealer that day, as they pulled equipment from one truck into the one they were selling me. I was upset about losing 2 days of work, I left the dealer feeling uneasy about my deal AND unhappy. So all in all - I would NOT be recommending or ever walking foot into this dealership again. I have tried to contact the salesman about our deal and determining if he would deliver as promised something for my trouble, and he will not respond to my communications.This was SUPPOSED to be an easy deal - in and out - and what happened was no where near that - this experience was an incredible inconvenience with MANY empty promises. The reality is, based on other reviews, I may have been bait and switched by this dealer.
I saw an ad from Miami Lakes Auto mall and called about the vehicle. After some negotiations, we decided on a price. I called the person that was buying my old vehicle and told him he could come and pick up my vehicle as I found a new one. The next day the new owner bought my vehicle and I got the paperwork emailed to me for the vehicle at MLAM. There were over $1,200 of "fees" that were never mentioned or discussed in the original conversation, added to the price. I told the salesman that $1,200 in "fees" were not acceptable. The salesman started with the "those are normal fees" pitch. I spoke with the sales manager and was told there was nothing that could be done about the fees. Up to this point, I purchased airfare, sold my vehicle. I called the GM and he stated the best he could do was remove $400 of the fees. I was already too deep to back out and relented. I pick up my $20k vehicle and drive home. One hour into the return trip, the battery dies. I find it hard to believe during the time the dealer had this vehicle, that the battery performed flawlessly with no signs of it about to die. I called the dealer and complained about the battery. In their defense, they did reimburse me for the battery, but why did I have to break down first? Is a $90 battery worth your reputation? It should have been replaced from the start. I come to find out, I truly was fleeced with the "fees". I should not have paid more than $100 tops in additional fees. I am contacting the Fla State Attorney regarding the fees. If you deal with dealer, take a shower afterwards.
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.