What to Know About: Auto Damage »
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?
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.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
don't use the a/c autohaus they do not know what they are doing and when they miss up they run you off the property make you get a tow truck I will never go back to them be aware.
Make sure you get a written estimate for work done, I was given an estimate of 551.00 out the door to have an exhaust manifold leak repaired, the job took them longer than what was quoted and my final bill was 837.00 I've been a resident here in Orange city for 42 years and have had work done on my vehicles here in the past, and being self employed myself, I prefer to to business with the smaller independent shops. When I quote a job, or give an estimate to my customers, I take into consideration and figure that sometimes there will be delays and things happen that are out of the norm, and sometimes you don't make as much profit that you intended to make on a job, that's part of business. But you never make the customer pay for your mistakes or misquote, you suck it up and move on, it's not worth losing a customer and having negative reviews. Needless to say, I won't be giving them anymore of my business, and I'll make sure that I'll let other folks know not to do business here.
Wow just wow.... The best service in town for the price. Got there and these people were so friendly and professional. Did an oil change for $25 with a good quality oil when I visited 3 other places the same day but an oil change were so expensive and the customer service on top were crappy crappy. I highly recommend this place
Simply the very best Auto Repair Shop in all of West Volusia! David Johnson is highly professional and very honest and fair - resulting in great prices for repair and a job well done. Recently had an alternator replaced and very happy with their work.. Do yourself a favor - don't take your car anywhere else! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
I came to DJ auto repair with a leaking tire, the staff was very friendly and was very prompt and even allowed me in the back to see what happened to my tire and explained what happened to it. I was very please i highly recommend this auto repair shop!!! Thank you D J auto repair for your awesome service ill be back!!
I had ordered 4 tires online but not had yet paid. My was using my Goodyear credit card for 4 tires w/ $80 mail in rebate. That's a deal! Unfortunately when I went in they did not accept that credit card. My tires were bad and did not want to wait another day. I asked the guy if he could match the price I'd keep appointment. He seemed overworked and underpaid but continued to work hard on the defaulty system he asked me to hold and got back on phone and said $500 and something. I told Chip there's no way! I know the deal I had was better he kept working at it and the promotion was buy 2 get 2 free w/installation package OR get $100 off selected tires I had already chosen the good year weather tires. I asked if to try the $100 off instead and it came up to 408.00 W/ installation and taxes. And I still got my mail in rebate if $80.00!!! So I paid $82 per tire with taxes and installation and they were good tires! I didn't get the matched price of $370.00 but 408.00 which is a few $ difference it was worth it working with Chip! Thanks Buddy :0)
My car is running great thanks to Rudy. Indeed a man of his word, and defiantly stands behind his work making sure it is complete, no matter the time and cost. I brought my car in for ac work and he encountered so many problems and was still able to get the job done, defiantly a miracle worker. 3 stars only because the time it took to complete the job, but he was working with a car that has endured a lot from previous shady mechanics. Rudy goes above and beyond excelling in customer satisfaction. But watch out for David behind the desk... he can have a attitude. Rudy always maintained his composure when dealing with me, and also the many problems that occurred while working on my car. Which in my book takes one heck of a person!
Brought my car in for a blown air compressor job explaining my situation with their competitor two buildings down who had been working on my car to only find out they were running a chop shop and just making issues worse. As a mother of two kids one being a new born don't need to get into how important a car is. Two days after paying 900$ my car is immobile. Claiming that they feel bad for my situation offer to look at my car and fix it if it wasn't anything major. Turns out I need a new motor. Again claiming they feel bad for the experiences I have having with mechanics offer to put in a used motor labor free which would run 1400$. They made it seem like they took pride and ownership in their work I decided to go ahead and have them replace it. A couple weeks later they call me telling me that my car is ready and I can come get it anytime. Being the holidays I could not get in right away to get my car and they said no problem as long as it was picked up before the new year. I was hounded by phone calls every day from them until I was finally able to get to the shop to pick it up. Story on the phone was it was running good and he even drove it home a couple times. That changes to it runs a little rough sometimes and needs a mass air flow sensor when I'm taking to them while picking up my car. After getting a block down the road the car stalls. I make it home and can tell it's not running right I decided to take a drive being a month since I've had my car. I made it ten minutes down the road when the car stalls at 60 mph. Pull to the side of the road and less then 12 hours and 30 miles my car won't turn over and hold a idle. Stuck thinking they would possibly come give me a tow I call to get the voicemail. Call shop owners personal cell which he has called me from and knows me from the experiences I had from other shops and just paying close to a grand for my car to break less then two days later I get No answer. What really got to me was I called from a number he didn't know and he answered that call. Furious I hung up without even telling him it was me. 2400$ and two trips the auto repair shop, might I add that has been going for 19 years and prides themselves on customer service I am out a car. I am in the process of trying to get this situation resolved. The best part is it's 5 days till Christmas.
Awesome people to work with. Great service from people who care about you and your vehicle!!! Brought several of my cars to them over the years, recommended to my friends and family - who now go there too!
I found the tires I need in stock at this location and scheduled an online appointment for 9:30am the following morning. I arrived at 9:15am and check-in, the first thing I'm told is that "The online scheduling system will let you pick whatever time you want but those times aren't always available" and that it's going to be a while because there are a lot of people in front of me. That already ticked me off, but then he says "hmmm...let me check something" and disappears into the garage area. Then he came back and said that they don't have my tires. When I told him that the online store told me they were available AND to "schedule an appointment" he claims that the online system isn't always right and stated I would have to come back at 4pm. I find it hard to believe that both pieces of the online system are flawed. I think someone showed up earlier than me without an appointment and they sold that person the tires I had reserved. I came back at 4...I've been here for over two hours and I'm still not done!
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.