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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.
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I LOVE this place. I am a woman in my 20's, and will admit I dont know much about cars - other than how to drive them [even that is questionable at times if you ask my husband lol]. Normally when I walk into auto shops I have a target on my forehead and they know right away that they can "screw" me and I wont even know it. ProTech is not like that AT ALL. I never even knew about protech, until one day my tire basically exploded on south main, and I literally pulled into their driveway because it was the closest parking lot where I could turn in. It must have been my lucky day because I walked in and I think her name was Fallon saw my face and knew something was wrong. She was SO nice and SO understanding. The owner, Mike, came out to help me and told me I probably just needed all new tires. At first I was thinking "Of course I need all new tires.... I probably need a new engine too right..." But I did indeed need new tires, Mike showed me how I could tell. Anyway - he got me a GREAT price on tires. I was so appreciative, and my car feels brand new now... amazing what new "sneakers" can do for a car. I have been going back ever since for routine visits like oil changes. I have had the pleasure of working with Jim also - who i adore. Super nice guy. And very reasonable. I dropped my car off because my rear lights werent working. Do you know that he charged me for only 1/2 of labor? I mean what kind of place is honest enough to only charge for 1/2 hour of labor.... we all know they normally round up to the nearest hour or... more i am sure. And not for anything i think that he probably worked on my car for much longer than 1/2 hour but was really trying to help me out as i had to pay for parts too. All i can say is this place is awesome. I know I can trust them 100% and they are the nicest people I have ever encountered. Love love love this place. I highly reccomend them to everyone!!!
MY NAME IS DANIEL GLYCK, & I HAVE BEEN THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR COMPUTER TUNE & LUBE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 2011. IN RESPONSE TO MARION142; ALTHOUGH, I MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE ONE TO HELP YOU ON THIS OCCASION I AM SINCERERLY CONCERNED THAT YOU DID APPROVE OF YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH US. SOMETIMES IT IS HARD TO DIAGNOS AN ISSUE FOR A VEHICLE UNLESS IT IS BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION AS A CONCERN BY THE CUSTOMER. IF YOU JUST BROUGHT IT IN FOR AN OIL CHANGE WE WOULD HAVE PERFORMED THE LUBE,OIL, FILTER JOB & DONE A BASIC SAFTEY INSPECTION, TIRES, BRAKES, ETC... BUT IT IS OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE TO DIAG A BAD BEARING WITHOUT BEING ASKED TO PERFORM A TEST DRIVE TO LISTEN FOR BEARING WHINE. HOWEVER, WHAT IS DONE IS DONE AND IF YOU COME BACK IN TO THE MIDDLETOWN LOCATION (I AM NOW HERE FULL TIME AS WE HAVE CONSOLIDATED LOCATIONS AND NO FOCUS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR MIDDLETOWN STORE) I WILL OFFER YOU A FREE OIL CHANGE AND SAFTEY INSPECTION OR DIAGNOSTIC IF YOU REFERENCE THIS REVIEW. WE STRIVE TO BE A QUALITY SHOP WITH INTEGRITY, I STAKE MY NAME AND REPUTATION ON IT EVERYDAY AND I HOPE YOU WILL RETURN TO US SO WE CAN SHOW YOU WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF. ALL THE BEST, DANIEL J. GLYCK - GENERAL MANAGER
I highly recommend Fleetwood Auto! Greg & Dave are great! We’ve taken our family cars there for both big and small repairs over the past several years and gotten excellent service. Greg will work with you to get you the best solution that fits in your budget. His prices are very fair and he doesn’t try to upsell you into getting other unnecessary work just to improve his profits like many others do. They are highly skilled and thorough in repairs. They stand behind their work and are men of integrity. On a few occasions I’ve taken small jobs there because I tried doing them but just didn’t have the right tool or knowledge to get it done and he might have spent a half hour on it and wasn’t going to charge me. I offered to pay them anyway because they treat you right and you want to do the same. When was the last time you willingly paid your mechanic more than they wanted?! Check them out…
I found this place and Craigslist and decided to give it a try. I was so sick and tired of all those other mechanic shops and chain mechanic shops that give you coupons for an oil change and then tell you to do a laundry list of things which are at best questionable and at worst profit seeking scam. When I come here for an oil change I just get an oil change, no frills. Also Joe is completely honest and sincere about what is wrong with the car. He gives great advice and there are absolutely no sales tactics. He is extremely polite and respectful which is really hard to find these days. I've been a loyal customer and got my brakes done, countless oil changes and even bought new tires. All at great prices and believe me I do my research. He also takes great care of your vehicle and does the job right. What more could you ask for?
Great repair shop with great prices. For a place that just opened not to long ago does a great job. I had gotten a oil change from here which was $20 and it came with a tire rotation and brake and safety inspection; which is cheap. While doing the inspection the mechanic noticed I needed rear brakes soon. He went and got me a estimate and when he told me the price I told him I would come back in a few weeks to have it done. I shopped around and I found out that no other repair shop beat the quote that this place gave me. Of course I had the brake work done here and everything is perfect. I recommend this place to anyone. And I will come back here again for any other repairs I may need.
I had my brakes replaced at a major retailer a year ago and I didn't like the outcome; the brakes started squealing and always had brake dust. I came here and the owner/mechanic Joe inspected my brakes and told me that they used a cheap economical brake pad and they didn't even use the right grade for my vehicle. They put on semi-metallic and I was suppose to have ceramics. He gave me a price for the job which was lower than the price from the last place I had my brakes done. I had him replace the parts and sure enough there was no more brake noise and no more brake dust on my wheels. He did a great job. I will be back again.
Excellent service and inexpensive pricing. I came here last month to just get an oil change (which comes with free tire rotation and brake and safety inspection). While doing the service he noticed the front brakes on my vehicle were getting low. I wasn't going to do it on the same day because I thought it was going to be a lot of money. After he gave me the estimate I changed my mind when he told me the price and I let him do the repair. The estimate was lower then what I thought it was going to be. I am greatful I had gotten the work done from here. Anywhere else I would have charged a lot more.
My brakes were squealing for a while and I knew I was going to have to get them replaced soon. I kept putting it off until I started to here them grind. I did a search and this place has a lot of great reviews so I gave it a shot. I brought my car here and they inspected the front and rear brakes. He told me and showed me that the fronts were bad and the rears are half way. He got me an estimate on the fronts. The price was really low that I thought he made a mistake in the estimate but he didn't. This shop is really great. I will be back again for future repairs.
Excellent work, most honest repair shop yet. I had an oil change done here and while the mechanic was changing the oil he did the safety inspection. He called me out and showed me the brakes on my vehicle were low and said I would need to replace the muffler soon. He quoted me on pads and rotors and it was a great price so I told him to go ahead and do it. He showed me my the difference between my old parts and new ones. When he was done also gave me an estimate on a muffler which I will be going back there to have done as well. Amazing repair shop.
After reading a few reviews I gave this shop a try. I started having back noises and needed a place to get my brakes done without breaking the bank. The owner is nice and respectful. Once he got my car up in the air and inspected it he noticed I needed the front brakes replaced. He gave me a quote and was in my price range. He told me he only uses ceramic brake pads; which is great. He showed me the difference from the old brakes to the new ones. He did a great job, I can feel the difference in braking. I recommend giving this shop a try.
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.