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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.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
This OUT OF STATE COMBAT VETERAN had nothing but a very GOOD FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE with Great Western who happens to be owned by a Viet Nam COMBAT Veteran! Got great prices on my tires for my camper.Did outstanding work on my hubs for my F-350 4x4. Made sure all was right...double checked their work. Balancing was right on. And I can go on with little things they pointed out...geeeee...guess I am just a "rare exception" compared to the OBVIOUS PLANTS/COMPLAINERS sent from competition! I saw regular folks "waiting" for however long it took to do the job. NO ONE complained. Smiled and thanked GW! Saw BIG RIGS in and out of the other store...repairs...tires for Big Rigs...immediate service because these guys NEEDED their trucks for their livelyhood. Saw dozens of BUSES from School Districts...Churches... etc etc.. So for a couple of "paid off LIARS" to say what they have in the other reviews is in my mind a CONFIRMATION I made the right choice in picking GW. They may not be perfect but I will say, they know what they are doing, have experienced qualified employees who do not "bait and switch" and I was not charged when there was a "honest mistake" in work and you won't either. My experience was with a company owned by a fellow VETERAN who will take the customers side if and when there is a honest mistake. Given I talked with other tire companies...none sounded as knowledgeable as GW and so I know I made the right decision to spend my USMC Combat $ with Great Western!
Needed work done on a catalytic converter and a severed exhaust pipe.They ordered a catalytic converter which was a direct fit at a cost that was exponentially lower than the "other guys" down the road. Not only that but they welded my broken exhaust together at no charge-free!I was charged for actual time to complete the work, and not additional by the book quotes. I payed nearly as much for towing via Olson Towing than the actual cost of having the catalytic converter replaced and exhaust pipe repaired.Thanks 1st Automotive. You treated me and my family more than fair....like family.
The guys at this place were so awesome I was on a road trip traveling through to My Rushmore and three lugg nuts broke on my car, called AAA THEY contacted Tow Pro, and towed us to Bargain Barn Chris the tow driver was the nicest guy and Travis and the guys fixed my car and got us back on the road in no time. I am so grateful to them, it could have been so much worse but the guys with both the tow company and the tire place were great. So if your ever in Rapid City, S.D. and you have car trouble do yourself a favor and call this one on Deadwood Ave. Thanks again
What an AWESOME repair shop!! I have not found a repair shop that is HONEST & TRUSTWORTHY at the same time! This place does not cheat you, the prices are more than fair. They show you what is wrong, they let me decide what to fix, Tom told me this is a must, not safe, this needs to be fixed, but can wait. They went out of there way to help, & did some little extra things and didn't charge for them. I will always take my repairs to you, all tell all my friends to go there too!!! Thanks Tom
They are so friendly and very down to earth there. They are quick to tell you what is wrong and repair it very fast. They moved into a new building which is just amazing. Way more room to grow as a business and more hoists to get more cars done in a day. Their new location is right across from Dakota Craft or behind Tractors Supply off of Flying J exit. Hope people look them up and check out their facebook and website pages. www.TrentDaddysRepair.com
This place is awesome! I am so happy I found them. They are honest and reasonable in their prices. They also keep you informed during the whole process of your car getting fixed. They gave me the option of using new or salvaged parts which help keep the cost way down. I am very pleased with their service and will refer them to anyone that needs work done. I will definitely use them again. I am a very happy customer:)
Super friendly and great service, very fair price and trustworthy. My van blew the rear transmission seal while we were on vacation in the Custer/Rapid City area. We are from Wisconsin and had no idea where to go. This place came recommended and we are so grateful! Repaired within 24 hours, and at a price at or lower than expected. Thank you so much Terry!!! Appreciate your honesty and trustworthy service.
I spoke with Barb Wirth, the manager for Satellite Logistics and went over her party on Saturday. The feedback on the party itself was very good!!!! She said out of all the parties they have ever had, that this was by far the best and most fun. All of the employees are still raving about it. They never repeat a venue but want to come back again next year because it was so good.
Excellent service, cleaned my windows, top off my tires. I mentioned the last place that did my oil, checked off that my wipers were fine, passenger side wipers had not worked in a year and I thought it stripped. Joked that side had not been wash in a long time. They checked it, tighten the but free of charge and now I have both wipers working. They cared and it showed.
I was traveling through rapid city when my car broke down, I called every shop in town no one would look at it until monday until I called Great Western Tire. They made room for me on a saturday morning even though looking at there parking lot they really didnt have time. It turned out to be a fuel pump that they stay after closing time to install. Thank You!!!!!!
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.