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1108 Legion StMyrtle Beach, SC 29577
From Business: Anthony’s Transmission & Auto Repair is a locally owned and operated business. Anthony has been in the industry for over 45 years. Our goal at Anthony’s Transmiss…
148 Elk Dr Unit 1Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
I have taken my vehicle to these people several times and they are wonderful. They diagnose and repair the problems with expertise and fairness. T…
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.
I had one day off this entire week and I was stressed out about finding a place to do the alignment on my car that wouldn't rip me off. I called Paramount Collision and they took me immediately without an appointment. I am so glad I was referred to Paramount Collision. Everybody there was so great and honest and helpful and it was a very comfortable experience. When I told them I was going on a long car trip and I needed an alignment, they looked over my car very well and realize that an alignment wasn't all that I needed, and there were other issues causing the problems that I was having. I kind of knew that going in though. they fixed my car and gave me a wonderful price on tires and an alignment, and looked at my spare to make sure it was ready in case of an emergency, I walked out feeling very satisfied. I was referred to Paramount Collision from another auto repair shop. That basically put their reputation on the line if I wasn't satisfied. So I took the recommendation and went to Paramount. I didn't even know they we're a full-service mechanic because of the name Collision. I just figured they were an auto body shop that I drove past for 9 years. Now I know they're here and I will recommend them to anybody. I appreciate that they went above and beyond by checking the spare tire in my trunk to make sure that it was ready to go in case I needed it, and I love that they were willing to send a car to come get me if I couldn't get a ride back to the shop. I now have a place that I can trust and afford. Nothing feels better than being treated with respect and honesty. Thank you to everyone in the office, and thank you for making me feel confident that my car will make it up north as I drive by myself.
We came to Myrtle beach for vacation and our car started shaking really bad on the way here. We got here late Saturday night and tried to call mechanics first thing Sunday. We were afraid we would get stuck here, so we needed to get the work done fast. AAA ace was one of the only ones open on Sunday, so we called him. We are so glad we did! He was booked up Sunday, but came to us on Monday. He diagnosed the problem and fixed it all within about 2 hours. He was very honest and fair with the price. We knew being tourists that a mechanic could rip us off because we had to have it fixed fast. He didn’t take advantage of us and he was a great mechanic! We highly recommend calling him.
This man is horrible. Expect the worst bedside manner. I have never once left a Drs office feeling as horrible as I did his. Expect to be lectured. He feels no sympathy whatsoever to what you may be going through. He made me feel worse. I seriously had to sit in the parking lot and gather myself from crying after seeing him. I strongly urge you to look elsewhere for a physician. You will only find a holier than thou attitude with this man. I do like one of the Drs at this office. Unfortunately after seeing him and Dr Katie Hewitt..... I'm completely done with this office. You go to a Dr's office to feel better...... not to feel worse than before.
This is a horrible medical practice where you need to make an appointment in order to get a prescription refilled. They require visits every 3 months.
Paid $6493.47 for an engine with a one year warranty. The engine blew up in a couple of days, they have had my vehicle for 5 months now and are offering me $5352.50 to scrap my entire vehicle. We have paid out mileage to employees for using their own vehicle and have rented vehicles to cover the shortage of this van being out. They are basically asking me to give them over $1100 and drive my van off of a cliff. Honor your warranty or give me a full refund with mileage reimbursement and vehicle rental it's that simple. Spoke with the store manager Jerry, the district manager Mike and now their insurance company. Absolutely ridiculous. Take your broken engine out and just give me what I deserve, a full refund. After 2 months of it being at an NTB store they towed it to Ford, here is Fords statement: "The van was towed to our dealership on 10/13/2017. We were authorized to perform the initial diagnosis by tire kingdom. We had to replace the battery to start the diagnosis and perform a compression test. Found loss of internal compression, internal engine failure. Found cause was the upper radiator hose was not p[roperly installed, it was too long and kinked preventing coolant flow from the radiator to engine causing engine to overheat. Also has a hole in the valve cover, and needs intake manifold replaced. Estimate for repair is $8,800 plus sales tax. If no repairs are performed, the initial diagnosis fee, partial teardown, and new battery is $1058.64. in addition, there is a $30 per day storage fee starting on 10/15/2017."
Always professional! Quick turn around time and my car runs and looks perfect! I recommend this place for service or body!
Have been using Larry's for many years for RV and auto repair. They treat us right, honest, professional and courteous. I highly recommend them!
Got in and out right away lovely local family owned business. Some of the LOWEST labor costs in the area with techs who actually know what they are doing. I work at a large dealership in the area and still choose to bring my vehicle here very trusted have NEVER had an issue with Greg the owner or any employee there. Willing to even pick up and drop my vehicle off to me while I'm at work. Even comes in on weekends and works late if I need my vehicle quickly. Has ALWAYS called to get the work performed approved before going anything further then checking the vehicle out. Have purchased three vehicles from them never have had an issue with any of them and have sold them to other people whom love them. Repeat customer always happy to support local small businesses!
PLEASE, never have vehicle repaired/worked on at Auto Village Center on 3rd Ave!!! The owner, Greg was going to charge me $900 for used part that costs $320 @ AutoZone, I said no thanks will take somewhere else. Also, he told me $200 for repairs, after I get there to pick up my car, refused to give me keys until I paid them $400 in cash. They won't take debit/credit cards for payment (claim they don't have a machine), in my opinion, they are afraid when people realize the work either wasn't done & vehicle malfunctions couple days later, we won't authorize the charge through bank. Greg/owner refused to tell me where he bought the part for my car. After I kept asking him, he said "I don't have to tell you anything this is my business" then proceeded to say to me "where in the world are you from?"( indicating, in my opinion: he thinks country folk are stupid & he thinks women are as well). Greg talked to me like I was a piece of garbage!They didn't even want to write on the invoice/receipt what repair was completed, meaning fixed. Who in the world would wanna pay for something to be fixed without knowing or having some guarantee that it is ACTUALLY FIXED?!!!! This business will take your money & no guarantee of any kind or any time period on work/repairs performed there. Imagine spending a thousand bucks to fix something & the person who fixes it tells you, oh well, if this doesn't work or tears up 2 days later, too bad because we will not even attempt to make the repair right, (At least a 30 day guarantee or warrantee of some sort). It was horrible service, horrible price gouging, & I got talked to like a dog! What man even speaks to a woman that way? Please,Folks stay away from this business, Would hate for anyone else to be treated this way. The owner is furious, IMO, because I checked on the AC compressor part & found out how bad he was lying to me. ($900 there/ $320 at Auto Zone). ! They also have another location in Myrtle Beach.
Without question, this is the worst experience I have ever had with a doctor's office. I saw it as a support staff problem, but when complaints and appeals to Carolina Health in general went ignored and I never heard from the doctor, after I requested it, it became a practice problem. I had a serious illness and couldn't even make an appointment for follow-up. I felt like I was totally unimportant and ignored. An appointment was made for me and I wasn't even informed. This was the solution to my being unhappy with the follow-up and complaining to a "complaint specialist". Even the specialist wouldn't return my calls. I would never recommend this practice. It's sad because my initial impression of Dr. Dineen was good.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.