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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?
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.
I can't say more positive things about this place. Eric (the mechanic/owner) is a fantastic resource--honest, hardworking, delivers on time and on budget. I've dealt with many mechanics over the years before finding HTS--now I head straight here when I need anything car-related. A few things I really value:1. He will tell you what needs to be done immediately, what can wait a few months, and what things you'll need to think about 6+ months out.2. He'll tell you how you can knock a few dollars off and give you an honest recommendation--sometimes used parts save you money (and he'll source them for you and get them delivered), sometimes it's only a little more expensive to just buy new. He'll tell you his recommendation and then let you decide.3. I call and he'll get me in as soon as possible, usually the next day.4. After I drop my car off, he'll call/text (whatever works for me that day) and tell me what's happening and how much it's going to cost. Then I authorize the work and he makes it happen.5. Whenever I'm considering buying a car, I always take it to Eric and have him check it out first. He'll do a thorough inspection for a great price and help make sure that you're getting a good deal (or let you know if someone's done shoddy work that will only end up costing you money in the long run).Seriously, this place has diagnosed problems that other people gave me GIGANTIC quotes for because they really don't know what's wrong. HTS has saved me thousands of dollars and keeps my cars running smooth. I live in Lafayette/Boulder and it's worth the trip down to HTS.
I've worked with many repair shops over the years. I've had not only great customer care but also excellent service for my two vehicles, a Ford Explorer and Hyundai Sonata.The owner of the shop is Dave. He's a straight-shooter and upstanding man. I trust what he tells me and he goes the extra mile for my vehicles (and for his customers.)Dave and his team have been great with my Ford Explorer. I brought it in initially just for an oil change and all around checkup. We talked the 120k maintenance and he let me know just what I should do now and what I can wait on. I shopped around for prices and have had all the work done by All Pro Auto (this was 6 week ago.)I had an issue with the harmonic balancer on my Hyundai Sonata. I brought it in overnight and after we discussed it the following morning, I was driving again later that day. You want to work with All Pro Auto Repair. The prices are reasonable and the talent sublime. He's been in business here in Denver for a long time, too.I wrote that review several weeks ago. I brought my Explorer back in for a turn-signal problem. Once again, they absolutely nailed it. I don't shop around anymore. I just trust All Pro Auto.
Our experience with Automotive Transmission Engineering was very positive. We had our Honda in two different shops to get opinions as to why we have been experiencing issues with our transmission. Both shops prior, mentioning no names was telling us that a rebuild was the only option. One of our friends recommended this shop and said let them look at it. That was the best thing I did, this shop is very busy and now I know why. They didn't charge me anything to check it. They asked for a day or two to look it over as they had a tight schedule. Later the same day they called me and said it only needed some minor work and that the transmission could be repaired without rebuilding it. We wanted to wait for a while to see if the repair was really fixed, which it is. I have never done a review before but this shop deserves more then 5 stars. Thanks Don and to your crew for all the hard work and earning our trustWayne and family
i have been taking my car to these guys for about a year and a half, and in that time, Dave and his guys have been incredibly helpful and efficient in the repairing of my car. i drive a volkswagon jetta and like to hit pot holes.. they did the job for $600 less than the offer i received from another mechanic, re-diagnosed the car and found a couple more different problems, (still 600 dollars less) and they worked around MY schedule to make it happen, with follow ups. Also, In this time he opted not to sell me tires because i could get them cheaper elsewhere, has lifted my car up a FEW times and not charged me a cent, had a pair of bolts go missing from some work i had done on my sway bar from them, HE bit the cost of the bolts and installed them for free.. WHAT! Little white kid walking into a mechanic shop with a busted car, think about it.. Awesome customer service, prices, and conversation. TAKE YOUR CAR TO THESE GUYS
These guys are amazing Don,Bill, & Jess I can't thank them enough they did a transmission rebuild on my 2011 Ford fusion & The same day I got my car back one of the sensors in the transmission went out which was not there fault cause it was not a part they were suppose to replace when they did the rebuild this sensor caused my transmission to overheat & my car broke down on me I got it back to there shop that night & they got to work on it immediately trying to diagnose the issue they took my entire transmission back apart & ended up replacing 3 parts in it free of charge parts & labor it took them a week to get my car running again but I haven't had any problems since transmission is shifting just as good as it was when I got the car new & Don & Bill even worked with me on a payment plan I would highly recommend these guys to anyone who needs work on there transmission they are truly the best at what they do
What a pleasure to find ATEC.I had transmission work that was done incorrectly and wasn't getting fixed after massive down time. After speaking to Don and giving the background to the problem he managed to not only correct the problem but get my truck back finally working like it was supposed to. I had been out of a business truck for too long and was given Don's number to his company from a shop owner here in Denver. Our company is so glad that we found ATEC and have started sending vehicles to ATEC Our maintenance shop has also started to use ATEC's engine shop after finding out they do more then transmissions. This is one of my first reviews i have ever done. After reading about them and now working with the shop and Don our company will be continuing our business and can stop looking for a great shop. I found it, thanks so much for the hard work and great service.Robert
I called Double Check the other day because my coolant hose exploded and I needed a tow downtown. The owner, Dave, said he would be out in 30-40 minutes and made it there on time. Most towing companies quote 60 minutes plus, so that was a pleasant surprise.Dave quickly loaded up my car and let me ride down to the auto shop with him. He let me go inside and start my order while he unloaded my car, and was helpful throughout. Once we were settled up, he was thoughtful enough to mention that I could turn in my receipt to my insurance company for reimbursement. I was so distracted by the frustration of car trouble that I would have completely spaced it.Overall, Dave is great at what he does and very thoughtful. Calling Double Check Towing made an otherwise frustrating situation a little more bearable. Stop reading this and make the call!
Transmission work is painful. I had it done on two other cars at other businesses and was not totally happy with the cost or the service, not to mention that the work turned out to be quite inadequate. So, this time, I went to several other transmission shops trying to size up the given business and found a gem with owner Don Ramer and Automotive Transmission Engineering Corp. Don really wants people to understand where the problems are with their transmissions. He will take whatever time one needs to understand the problems and to otherwise build trust. In general, the people working at this shop take pride in what they are doing and the attention shows. Prices are quite competitive and I doubt that there is transmission shop in the metro area that can offer better value, service, or professionalism.
Well worth the wait... Very busy shop!We had our transmission fail this last weekend. ATEC was not able to get to us for a few days during the snow storm that hit Denver last week. After many attempts we finally got through to them as we found out they had been without power for two day's. We had a friend give us the phone number and we almost gave up waiting to get them to call us back. At first we got upset leaving messages and no return call. We are so glad to get to use this shop and getting to see why so many people are using them. We will be back and thanks to the girl at the front they call her Jes. She kept us up to date with great communications. I recommend this shop and say this with gratitude to them as i could have spent a lot more then they charged to get my vehicle back on the road.
Ken ... everyone ... at Community Auto Repair are rarities in the business world! Any business, whether it be small or large, could take lessons from them on GREAT personal service! Not only do Ken and all of the mechanics working with him know what they are doing, they do it in a timely manner and more than efficiently! Ken does not charge INSANE prices for parts or labor and I always leave Community Auto Repair knowing that I am driving off in a safe and reliable vehicle. Alex does an amazing job of interacting with people, explaining concerns, what they think should be done, and at what cost. I have NEVER had a bad experience with them and HIGHLY recommend them to anyone looking for someone they can trust and will always return to. I cannot thank them enough for ALL that they do!! :)
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.