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.
How much is a quality trustworthy mechanic worth? PRICELESS!I’ve been relying on Lam from J&L Auto to service my 2002 Saturn for over the past 7 years and have always been impressed with the consistent quality of workmanship my car has received. I take pride in keeping my car which has over 150K miles running great and attribute this mainly to the outstanding service I get from J&L Auto. What is most exceptional about this business is that never once have I been recommended services to my aging car for which it did not need. On the contrary, Lam has suggested only the necessary repairs costing much less then the excessive recommendations I always got from the national chain store mechanics and quick lube chains who do nothing more then up sell service that is displayed from their computer screen. Thankfully, I started going to J&L Auto through a recommendation from my Uncle after being told I needed over $700 in repairs to my engine from a well known retail auto chain. It turned out my car needed little more work then a routine tune-up which was a fraction of the cost. Ever since then, I continue to trust Lam and J&L Auto for their expert and HONEST advice for all repairs and routine maintenance on my car.
To my dismay my new (used) mini van ran into a big problem shortly after purchasing it from a local dealership. I was recommended to this auto shop but was very anxious bc my car came with a warranty that I had heard not so great reviews about. Well that was a lot of needless worry . Everyone on the staff I dealt with was courteous and professional. They were the ones who dealt with my warranty company, I was kept updated throughout all the repairs, everything was done on a timely basis, and I was even offered a ride home and they offered me help if I needed to figure out how to secure a rental car during repairs as well. Devin, the owner made me feel like my family's new vehicle was in the best hands possible and I'm relieved that this was the shop I walked into. It's been a bit of time now and I can say that the van has been running in top condition since I've gotten it back. I'm so grateful to them for giving me a stress free experience and getting me safely back in the road and would not hesitate to recommend Joe Pirrone Transmissions to anyone who is in need of transmission work and looking for someone trustworthy to deal with.
i had a crazy situation with my 02 ford explorer.. i went to joe because my aunt had two of her cars fixed there before and they worked good for her. i bought the car like a year ago, and first i started havin problems wit the 4x4 during the winter. joe got that fixed for me with my warranty company with no issues. a few months later, my trans started actin crazy when i was drivin on the highway. i took it back to joe and lucky for me my warranty company still had coverage but they didn't want to pay the full price joe got me as much as he could from the warranty people, and dropped the price for me so i could get my car back for work. they didn't really have to drop me price for me if they didnt want to but its good to kno that theirs people still around that understand the problems we got in the economy. i told joe id write him a review on here and i always forgot until now but i just wanted to thank them again for doin a good job on my baby and workin with me money wise. id tell anyone i know to use them. thanks again guys. you got a satisfied customer rite here
For the last 3 years I have been taking my car to Pep Boys, and they have been nickle and dime'ing me to death. The last time I took it to PB they told me it was going to cost over $2K to replace just my a/c unit in the car because it had a hole in it. I said no way! My friend told me about Dillon's Auto Repair so I deiced to give him a try. I usually don't write reviews but for the service, experience, friendliness and the cost I just had to leave this review. Took my car (with no appointment) and asked him to look the whole car over as I am an Uber driver and did not want to break down. With-in 2 days he had my car inspected, my a/c unit fixed and my over heating problem all done. Now for 3 YEARS PB was never able to do all of that in 2 days! And for the price I paid I highly recommend Dillon's Auto. I have found a new doctor for my car and I couldn't be happier! Thank you so much to the team at Dillon's Auto Repair Shop! (Would of given more stars if I could of)
A friend of mine recommended I go here as he previously took his car to get fixed. My AC was not working properly and I've had so many different mechanic throw different prices at me that were astronomical. Jon ( one of the shop operators) looked at my car and after a series a questions, determined what my car needed. He even talked me thru what the problem was in layman's term so that I could understand what the heck was happening. I just needed a recharge and did not need any additional work done like these other guys had told me. Jon didn't take Advantage of me not knowing anything about cars and straight up helped me. On top of that, he didn't charge the crazy prices either. It was afforded and fair for the work he did. Now I bring my car to Jon if I have any issues! You'd be a fool not to!
Dom has helped me with 5 of my vehicles over the past 10 years. Everything from simple oil changes and replacing brake pads to installing towing hitch systems, exhaust systems, power steering, suspensions, blown head gaskets, electrical, transmissions, radiators, air conditioning, heating, alternators and ignition systems. He has been working on automobiles since he was a young boy. He is extremely knowledgeable and doesn't mess around. If you need a job done on your vehicle, no matter what year, make or model, Dom can get it done. His prices are great and his location is easy to get to from all of the major roads, highways and boulevards in Philadelphia. I highly recommend Dom and Tom Auto Repair Service. Give them a call.
In my experience, Doan's is an exceptionally honest, skilled, and fast repair shop that charges reasonable prices. When I was in their shop on October 26, 2015, they turned away a more profitable customer who wanted to go ahead of me, but Doans' would not let them because I had arrived first. Other repair shops have made me wait so they could do the more profitable repair that came in after mine. That October 26 experience is yet more compelling evidence that Doan's has integrity. Doan's shop is very clean; it is almost as if they have a maid who cleans it every day. You would think that any auto repair shop would be covered with dirt and oil. I told Doan's owner that I would post a good review for him, so here it is.
They might be really good mechanics but they are also quite rude! Their parking area was full so I (yes knowingly) parked a little bit in front of the bay area hoping to get a quick word with their receptionist and ask her where to park my car. The main mechanic walks in and irritatedly asks about a car blocking the bay. When I told him my problem, he rudely tells me why can't I just park on the grass! Plus when I told hi my car may be having battery issues (I have had this problem before!) again he rudely says "who said this?" I may not know a lot about cars but I know MY car. After being subjected to such rudeness I won't come to this place again. They may have the expertise, just not basic human decency!!
We're very lucky to have found Marcello. His prices were very reasonable and he was extremely professional to work with. We "interviewed" at least 3 other cement guys but after speaking with Marcello we knew that we could trust him. Marcello was able to handle the project within a few days of us calling him. He monitored the weather for us and assured us that he would take care of everything. He was in and out for a semi-large sidewalk repair job for our house in less than a day and it looks great. Not only that, he fixed a few extra squares for us at no charge. Plus Marcello's a super nice guy. We would highly recommend him to anyone that needs any kind of cement repair.
I'm so thankful for Sigismondi's service. Last month I purchased a used car and there has been trouble with the ABS light appearing while I drive. Not really sure what was going on, they were recommended by a friend who stated they were keen on a vehicle's electrical systems. I'm glad I gave them a chance. Without being pushy, the owner Joe gave me insight on why the ABS light may be appearing and a quick description of what must be done to correct the problem. His knowledge of these automotive issues put my mind at ease. Also, the repair wasn't as costly as I expected. I will be returning and recommend anyone in the Philadelphia area to stop by this wonderful shop.
A concrete contractor is a professional who places, colors, finishes, repairs, and maintains concrete, whether for interior, exterior, residential, or commercial use. Many homeowners use contractors for projects like driveways, pools, and patios.
Concrete is a durable, sustainable substance that can be colored, shaped, and stamped into almost any design. It's more energy efficient to produce and allows less heat and cold to escape than other materials. When working with a skilled contractor, homeowners can use concrete to significantly increase the value of their property.
Concrete driveways are a popular choice because of their durability - they can last up to 30 years - and low maintenance requirements. A basic concrete driveway runs between $3 to $10 per square foot, while a customized or decorative driveway costs between $15 and $25 per square foot. While they're durable overall, concrete driveways are more susceptible to cracks, and harder to repair than asphalt or other alternatives. In addition, patch jobs and stains from gas and oil on concrete are more obvious.
Patching a concrete driveway costs between $6 and $10 per square foot, while resurfacing costs about $2.25 per square foot. Resurfacing is a nice middle ground between multiple patch jobs and a complete replacement. During the process, a contractor removes and replaces the top layer of concrete.
Concrete patios run anywhere from $6 to $17 per square foot, depending on customization and the intricacy of the design. Like driveways, they last for several years and require minimal maintenance, making them a nice alternative to wood. Homeowners don't have to deal with termites, splintering or wood rot. In addition, because concrete patios are a single, solid surface, there are no cracks through which weeds can grow. What's more, concrete patios can be made to fit any area, so owners don't have to worry about curves or hard corners. Many homeowners choose to stamp or stain their concrete patios to mimic brick or stone, getting the same look as these materials for a much cheaper price.
While concrete driveways and patios are cost efficient in the long term, concrete pools require frequent maintenance and expensive renovations. They need to be resurfaced and retiled every 10 to 20 years, which can set owners back $10,000 or more. In addition, it takes anywhere from two to four months to install a pool. That said, concrete pools are more flexible than any other option. Unlike fiberglass pools, they aren't built from a mold nor are they limited to shipping restrictions. In addition, concrete pools do not depreciate in value the way vinyl liner ones do.
Alternatively, concrete pool decks provide a safe, slip-resistant area that adds to the beauty and atmosphere of the pool area. They are faster and cheaper to install than other materials, costing about the same price per square foot as a concrete patio. When it comes to the coping, the material used to cap the edge of the pool, owners of a concrete deck can use stone, precast concrete or poured concrete. Stone is the most expensive option, while precast concrete is the cheapest and easiest to install. Poured concrete, meanwhile, provides the most even finish.
Concrete is the most popular material used to construct basements because of its versatility and moisture resistance. Additionally, poured concrete is resistant to fires and cave-ins. Masonry walls - where the walls are constructed with concrete blocks - have several joints that can undermine their structural integrity. These walls must be properly waterproofed to prevent seepage from soil outside. Homeowners can also choose precast panel basements, where the concrete walls are poured ahead of time and lifted into place with a crane. A single concrete wall costs about $5,000, most of which goes to labor.
Removing concrete costs about $1 to $3 per square foot, but there are several factors that push a demolition job into the thousands. The contractor might charge additional fees if the concrete is hard to access - for example, if it's surrounded by fences or large trees that block construction equipment. They might also charge extra for thicker concrete, complex installations, or if the homeowner wants to preserve part of the original design.
Concrete countertops are custom designed and handcrafted by a designer or architect. Most of their cost comes from the design process itself, but the material runs between $65 and $135 per square foot. Installation costs approximately $40 to $50 per hour. Traditionally, concrete countertops are viewed on the same level as luxurious materials like marble and granite. They provide a seamless, long-lasting surface and can take any form or edge design, making them more customizable than other options.
Costing between $10 and $20 per square foot, concrete floors add a modern, stylish element to interiors. They require minimal maintenance, are easy to clean, and resist scratches from pets. They're also odor resistant, so any spills or accidents won't leave long-lasting smells behind. Because concrete absorbs heat, the floors can even reduce heating bills. They're uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, however, and they can create an echo. While concrete floors last longer than carpet or laminate, areas with heavy traffic are known to develop hairline cracks.
Stamped concrete is textured to replicate other materials, such as stone, slate, brick, tile, and even wood. In fact, stamping is generally preferable to using these other materials because it provides the same look as stone and brick at a much cheaper cost. In addition, stamped concrete is more durable than other options, especially wood. Prices range between $8 and $18 per square foot. More realistic designs require multiple patterns and colors, increasing the cost.
Acid-based stains mix a water-and-acid solution with inorganic metallic salts to create a chemical reaction that permanently alters the color of concrete. The result is a beautiful, marble-like look. Unlike tinted sealers or coatings, acid stains penetrate the concrete itself and leave no film behind. Although they provide the richest colors of any stain, they're limited to a handful of earth-toned options. Many manufacturers only offer acid stains in eight different colors.
Non-reactive stains offer unlimited color options but lack the depth of acid stains. These aren't exactly true stains - rather, they're coatings, dyes or sealers that sit on top of the concrete, filling the pores with pigment. These treatments are called non-reactive stains because they do not create a chemical reaction like acid stains.
Colored concrete is created by blending liquid, granular or powdered iron oxide pigments with natural concrete. These pigments are either mined directly from the earth or manufactured in a chemical plant. Iron oxide particles are about 10 times smaller than those of concrete. Therefore, when mixed together, the pigment masks some of the natural concrete color. Gray concrete is harder to color than white, so most manufacturers will only mix in dark pigments. White concrete accepts any color but is more expensive than gray.
Decorative, colored, stamped, and stained concrete must be cured to minimize efflorescence, a powdery, white substance that forms on concrete surfaces. This occurs as water in the concrete evaporates, carrying calcium hydroxide with it. When the calcium hydroxide mixes with the carbon dioxide in the air, it becomes calcium carbonate, which remains on top of the concrete. Efflorescence isn't visible on gray surfaces, nor is it damaging, but it ruins the look of color-treated designs. Wet curing is the best way to cure concrete and prevent efflorescence, but it's hard to do so evenly. As such, most people choose liquid curing compounds instead.
Wet concrete can irritate the skin or cause first-, second-, or third-degree chemical burns. Cement dust contains silica, which damages the lungs and can lead to cancer or silicosis. Many concrete mixtures contain cement, so homeowners should be careful if contractors create the concrete on site. Anyone who touches wet concrete or dust should wash their skin with soap and cold water.
As with any home improvement project, it's best to shop around before hiring a professional. Homeowners should ask questions while vetting potential contractors to find one whose terms suit both need and budget.
Homeowners should work with a concrete contractor who is either certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations for high-quality results. These individuals adhere to professional guidelines and are versed in industry and safety standards.