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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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Sadly, there should be an option for NEGATIVE STARS in our case. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS LOCATION'S SERVICE DEPARTMENT. Our BRAND NEW 2017 Dodge Journey stopped working within 3 months of purchasing and we had to have it towed to dealership. Luckily, we have warranty so that gave us piece of mind. Got a call back today from service department and were advised that the wiring harness to the fuel injector was chewed up. My husband asked how such a thing happens and the response was RODENTS! We ask why are rodents chewing on this? We are informed many of the parts are soy based and rodents are attracted to them. Better yet, we are informed this is an ACT of GOD and not covered under warranty. Upon researching this we find that manufacturers are aware of this and 2 major makers have class action lawsuits against them because of the issues of rodents chewing into wiring, etc. So, then why are these parts still being made and placed in vehicles knowing this??? My husband was transferred several times and when her finally talked to MIKE, the service manager, he could care less and said that he would not get reimbursed if he fixed under warranty. From reading other reviews in multiple places MIKE is less than desirable to work with. Looks like we will be contacting our lawyers and I will review Mike on every website to let people know MIKE, DODGE and this location do not stand by any type of satisfaction. SHAME ON YOU DODGE. I was planning on buying a new Charger this year as well but definitely will not now knowing the service department, specifically MIKE SUCKS! Only positive is Travell that we purchased car from. He was good to work with but the service department is full of employees unwilling to help in a situation that obviously is out of our hands.
I'm a single mother of 4 who took her "new" used car to Dipman Auto to have some work done on it. The seller informed me that the the car needed some work but I misunderstood how much it would cost to actually get the car up and running. As such, I grossly underestimated the cost of repairs. The guys at Dipman were AMAZING! They explained to me what needed to be taken care of right away in order for the car to work properly and safely, and what could wait until later. Then they went out of their way to keep the cost of repairs down to an amount that was closer to what I had planned and what I could afford. That was over 2 years ago and that "new" used car is still running strong, thanks to the guys at Dipman Auto. Since then I have taken other cars to Dipman for service and I have never been disappointed. Their expertise and customer service deserve more than 5 stars.
Talked with the owner today. Nice Man who had answers to all my questions. Will know more after talking with the my Credit Union about a loan.Ended up buying a 2003 Nissan Maxima in pretty good shape. The Power Train still has a lot of life in it. The car has a little over 100K mile so I'm expecting it to run for another 100K miles. I'm going to take it on for a tune up so it will run more efficiently.Overall good experience buying a used vehicle from Greg at Santa Fe Auto Sales.
Bought a 2003 Ford F-150 from this lot in 2013 and it has been a good truck ever since I bought it. I bought a 2 year bumper to bumper warranty with my credit union but didn't get to use it before it expired. The truck is still running great.
I inquired about a vehicle online and wanted a cash price since I would have been traveling 2hrs away to look/purchase, they would not give me a cash price. So I looked elsewhere, purchased another vehicle and told the salesman that they lost the sale due to not giving a cash price and being upfront. I then told the salesman not to call or text anymore, he proceeded after the text message to call and leave a voice message that same day and then call the next day after that. Their sales tactics is like every other mega dealership and is pathetic for a "family owned" dealership that supposedly strives on customer service.
I never write reviews, but I feel strongly about writing this one. This place is absolutely horrible. We went in to buy a jeep and they kept increasing the price the longer we waited and were unbelievably rude throughout the duration of our time spent at their office. Do what you can to avoid this place.
This started at the Midas in Olathe. We brought our car in for an oil leak, brakes and overall inspection in August. When we got it back the oil was still leaking, breaks squeaked, and parts were missing and some held together with zip ties and duct tape. We brought it back two more times. We then brought it to the Overland Park store. One time, they broke our windshield. After at least 3, if not 4, attempts to get the work done correctly (and hours of time getting our car there and back and waiting), the oil still leaks and the breaks still squeak (less than 3 months after the original work was done). They told me today that it is the valve cover gasket (the one they replaced recently but never stopped leaking. They refused to repair my car. They were rude and disrespectful. The service and customer service were awful. My car is still leaking oil and the breaks still squeal constantly. Joe Voda advised it they might have done this intentionally. Zach McEntire was rude, hung up on me repeatedly and refused to let me speak with his supervisor. Zach had told my husband that if we had any problems with that vehicle to bring it back and they would handle it. Therefore, my husband made an appointment, we brought it back, and they were rude and failed and refused to correct the damage they caused. It is still not fixed after spending well over a thousand dollars on repairs.
I had called several places for a tire for my mom, they were outrageous and the lady at Walmart was the rudest woman. I called Tire City and Ray answered he is one of the nicest men I have had the pleasure of dealing with! I got my mom's tire taken care of in no time and saved her money!! I will never call another Tire place I will refer all my friends to Ray at Tire City. Thank you Tire City
Can't say enough good things- shopped around and the reviews don't lie for this place. Best auto repair place around- other places wanted $900 for the repair and diagnostic we had done with labor- this place only charged $500 and were very honest about what I needed and explained things thoroughly. Had the car done the same day. Will be doing all my auto repairs and oil changes here from now on. It's hard to find auto repair places that are very honest and don't charge tons over what it should be. Highly recommended!
I recommend James. He was a lot of help and very patient with my indeciveness. See him for all your used car needs.
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.