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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.
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.
Had an amazing experience this week at Crest Honda. I Honda vehicles. However, shopping for one hasn't been so easy, especially shopping the used selections. We shopped on Saturday after our awesome sale rep. called to answer my inquiry about a particular can. Brigg Stoll was our sales rep. and he was amazing. Laid back but professional. Friendly, yet truly displayed a love for his dealership and job. We shopped Saturday and left to think about this huge decision. Returned Thursday and Brigg was thrilled for us to be back and eager to test drive the vehicle with us, answer our mound of questions, and make a way for the payments to work out so the van could be ours! At the end of our transaction and the deal was done, it was 1.5 hours after closing. Brigg didn't worry a bit and spent another 30 minutes with us programming my Bluetooth, setting my Navigation up, and moving things from my trade-in. Martin, the used car manager did a great job of giving us a good trade in on our vehicle, because he truly wanted us to be in a car we loved. Brigg wasn't prepared to stop until we got the car of our dreams for our family! Corey Mooney in the finance department was beyond amazing. He was friendly, humble, and understood we had a strict budget. We felt comfortable being honest with our budget and what we could comfortably afford. He suggested the Total Care for our car-not to make a sale...to insure us that we were covered with our van for a long period of time. I can't say enough about Corey and how fun, yet professional he was. I was worried about going to Creat Honda, because I had done all my prior business at another Honda dealership-not anymore. Crest Honda is our new home. They men and women who work there love their job and the service department was so nice, I can't wait to get my oil changed! Thank you Crest Honda, especially to Mr. Brigg Stoll. He will forever be our go to sales rep. for any future purchases. I am thrilled with my new car, how beautifully shines it was, how they stayed open way late without rushing us, and how it was just a comfortable transaction!
The service department could use a tune-up, but the sales team (especially Greg Cole) and products are fantastic. I had a relatively simple service request: replace the front passenger-side tire. I didn't need anything fancy, and I figured the dealership would be a fine choice for this straightforward request. When I brought in the vehicle, my service rep (Corky) annotated the request and asked if there was anything else. To which I replied, "This back tire looks a little flat, could you also take a look at that?" They performed the service and about an hour later I was on my way. About a week and a half after this visit to the service department, I found that my front passenger-side tire was completely flat. After speaking with several different employees (including the one who processed my original request), I deduced that they had replaced the back tire (the WRONG one) after also putting a patch in it. Really? They patched a tire, THEN replaced the same tire? And I paid for both operations? Yes, yes, and yes. I actually had to argue with the service rep and deliver evidence of the flat FRONT tire, but he never admitted to making a mistake. It became clear that Corky had simply botched the original service request and wouldn't own up to it. I finally spoke to the service manager and ultimately convinced him to meet me halfway on the cost of another new tire. Thankfully, after making a fuss, they replaced the tire that actually needed replacing. Sorry, Beaman. I'm still a loyal customer, but your service department needs a lesson in good service.
This is the 6th new car I have purchased from Crest in the past 6 years. This agency has set a higher bar for all others to follow! They continue to impress me more every year I make my purchase. They treat me with respect, dignity, and value my business. You get the impression that you are a member of the family not just a customer. They do not try and sell you something you do not want. They make it very clear up front that they want to earn your business and keep it. To them this is not a one time deal. It is a commitment to a lasting business relationship. They always give me a fair and honest price. I do not have to shop around. Although they are part of a very large conglomerate, they still maintain their “local flavor”. The sales manager Rick and my personal salesman Lew are fabulous to work with! They make the buying process unbelievably easy and painless. The finance guy does not try and sell you a bunch of stuff you do not want. I like to get in, get down to business, and get out with a friendly and shake and a thank you. This is what you get from these guys. And on the rare occasion I have had to go back for minor repairs or service, they accommodate all of my needs. If there is a better agency in Tennessee, I sure would like someone to tell me about them. You will love doing business with Crest.
Crest Cadillac went far above my expectations by providing me with an extraordinary leasing experience. I'm a repeat customer, recently retired, and a widow. My late husband loved every Cadillac he ever leased/purchased from Crest Cadillac. I wasn't in the market for new 2015 SRX crossover Cadillac. Unfortunately, I was in a car crash that totaled my beautiful blue 2013 SRX Cadillac. After the crash, I now could purchase any car. I still wanted another SRX Cadillac. It be difficult because we had a huge down payment on the 2013 SRX (traded in two vehicles). I loved driving the SRX but more importantly I love the safety features. All four air bags deployed from the massive impact of the other car slamming into my car. I know the engineering safety features not only saved my life but the lives of the other four passengers in my car which include my daughter and three kids in the back seat. That is why I had to get another SRX because I feel very safe driving it.The wonderful and caring Crest Cadillac staff (especially Murdock Calvin and Edith Thompson) worked a miracle. I'm driving a beautiful 2015 SRX that I love even more than my 2013 SRX. Crest Cadillac took great care of me during a very difficult time in my life. Thanks to Crest Cadillac, I'm driving my dream car!!! AGAIN!!!!
I am so happy I found this place, I will continue the care for both of our cars here. Even if I move out of Nashville, because finding a good, trustworthy, mechanic nowadays is hard to come by. My transmission fluid was dark when I checked it and I had mechanics saying I needed it changed and that there was something wrong if it was dark. The two places I took my car to before sounded like they were going to charge me an arm and a leg and create mythical problems to make money. Veterans Auto Services was awesome. I talked to the owner on the phone before hand and he asked questions about not only my car but my family and made me feel like a customer and not just another money ticket. I was able to bring my car in and drop it off, and within a half hour they called me back and said 'she's ready to go!' Turns out my gut feeling was right about the other places, all I needed done was the fluid change. And because my husband is a veteran himself they gave us a 25% discount! You will not regret bringing your vehicle to them.
my man Sam in Nashville was cool as a fan...he gave me an estimate over the phone (which beat the competition by a long shot) and when I asked for an appointment he said "you can bring it now"...I jumped in my 95 Honda accord and cruised over to centennial blvd...they had a brand new windshield in stock and had me in and out in less than an hour....all the guys there were friendly and you could tell by watchin em work that they really knew their job well....they even went the extra mile and tried to find me a new interior door handle at "pull a part" next door (mines busted thanks to "pop a lock") they didn't have one so Sam tells me to check back in a week and they'll have it....these dudes have the best prices and impecable service...i'm gonna be a customer for life and send everybody their way....I couldn't be happier with my experience at "low price auto glass" in Nashville.....THANKS GUYS-FIVE STARS ---SINCERELY- BIG DAVE
The only place that would give me a car for less than $1500 around tax time! He took the $1000 I had and I drove off the lot in my new (used) car....it has very high mileage on it and I probably shouldn't have bought it because of this, but, to my surprise I've had this car since March....around 7 months and I haven't had even a hint of problems with my car!!! As for the dealership overall, they're alright....not great, but, definitely not horrible....I have 2 chief complaints, however, in my overall experience in 7 months....1. My key only unlocks the passenger door...I went straight back and the guy who sold me the car said he'd have his locksmith take a look at it, but, I never followed up which is definitely not his fault. 2. I can only pay in cash or money order....I guess in this day and age I've never had a bill outside of rent that I was required to pay in cash/money order....this is a massive inconvenience as I absolutely hate having cash on me at any time.
I didn't want the expense of getting a new vehicle but needed to make sure I had a safe vehicle for the road. I thought I would have to have to sink money into the one I'm driving now. I needed someone to go through it and look for problems that needed to be fixed. Always scary because of too many bad experiences with dishonest shops in the past. But Donelson Auto Clinic gave me really good news, instead of fabricating problems like so many shops do. They didn't find anything that I needed to be concerned about, other than warning me about the wear on my tires, which they didn't even try to sell me. Unbelievable! I think their prices are very fair because they actually care and do good work and their honesty is priceless to me. I know that any vehicle I take there will be in good hands and that they are actually doing the work that they said they did.
Bought a used Scion that they just received on trade-in and they assured me that they would take out a few dents and do some body work to make it look great. After dealing with other dealership for the last 30 years of car buying I was a bit worried that they would not honor our agreement since I paid for the car already. Dropped it off today for the repairs and got super-great treatment. These folks are better than most. I have spoke with several Beaman employees and I get the impression they all care and they seem confident that their company would do the right thing and take care of us. They did take good care of us and we will buy here again. Al Nixon and Sterling were great before and after the sale and Mike the Sales Manager is amazing. Body Shop(Brian) , Finance (Jennifer), and reception (Joan) are also top notch!
Fast service; prices aren't particularly bad, bc they use used parts, but I wouldn't be surprised if they try to rip you off. They offered to replace my broken mirror, and I found it $30 cheaper, new online. They fixed two windows for me for a reasonable price but did a half-way job. They didn't even screw my door panel back on, and my window ended up falling off the track later down the road. They claimed to have fixed it when I returned, but it still rolls down crooked; you'd think somebody who specializes in auto glass would recognize that. MOST IMPORTANTLY, BEWARE ladies. The owner, Sam is creepy and inappropriate. He made me very uncomfortable on multiple occasions. He brushed up against me from behind when I was getting out of my car, and he kept hugging me. I'm definitely not going back.
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.