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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.
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.
It’s time to bring long sleeves and long pants out of storage, prep your home and car, and contact the cool weather home/yard contractors.
I can't believe I'm the first to review what is not only the best shop in Sacramento, but the best mechanic I have ever brought my cars to. We returned to California in 2003 with a '98 VW Passat wagon with already over 100K miles on it; by luck we picked Stephan to do the work at the garage he was working with back then, before he opened his own business. Stephan and his crew are the best mechanics I have ever had work on my cars; they are dedicated, proud professionals, who admire a job well-done, and care for my vehicles as if they were their own. Over the past several years, we've brought our '98 wagon, a 1987 MBz 300E, a '72 Squareback Sedan to Stephan, and his work--and that of his mechanics--has always been excellent. Every repair is explained in advance, and estimates are spot-on, right down to any disposal fees or State fees you might not hear about at another shop (no names mentioned here!). The fees Stephan or Sara quote you are going to be within a dollar--maybe two--of what you'll pay. On the one occasion we had a complaint about the work done, no sooner was it mentioned than an appointment was set up, the correction made and done. In addition to Stephan and his mechanics, the office manager Sara is the single best informed person I have ever met, regarding VWs, Mercedes and BMWs; her mental library and knack for finding the best deal on parts is one of the best parts of bringing our vehicles to SAH! Got European cars that are out of warranty? Save the hassle of going to the dealership, and bring your car to Stephan's...you'll be glad you did.
Trustworthy. Prices reasonable. Not cheap, mind you, but reasonable. A great place to socialize and work if you wait for your vehicle. Charges match or are less than estimates. Tom speaks intelligibly about what ails my car; I cease to be a dumb blonde during diagnoses discussions. Recommendations are provided and are differentiated from dire necessities. The waiting room is beautifully appointed, has free wireless connectivity, and though there is a television, it's (mercifully) off most of the time. Great selection of (free) close-enough-to-gourmet coffee AND water. There's a cool monster-sized dog that Mark will let you walk once in awhile. The other customers are always amazingly interesting. Tom is clever, entertaining and professional. When I am in need of immediate attention, Annie or other schedulers work me into the schedule. Same for my car. I think there must be a an ongoing spiritual influence there (who is praying for tos?) in that my experience with tos through the years has been consistently uplifting.
So I have a 1994 Ford F250 diesel pickup (my baby) that I took to a shop hour and half from my house (5 time mind you) to get work done. The work they were supposed to do didn't get done I have never been so unhappy and disappointed a shop they lied took advantage of the good old guy in me. I called Lewis up explained what happened and he told me that he can get it done. Lewis went over and above on the work they did and even found more stuff that the other shop said they did and Lewis fixed it! No more leaks brakes are great and Even fixed some wiring problems. I've known lewis for 15 years and I can say he is the most honest person all the time he puts into doing a job the right way, but I can't leave out Mark and Chris on working on my truck Thank you for everything I couldn't asked for a better job truly appreciate all you did blessed for Lewis Automotive & Transmission customer for life brother! I should have come to you in the first place to get the job done right! Sincerely, Jon Lambert
For a hot minute my car was getting broken into way too often, so I would frequent called Executive Auto Glass more then my bank account wanted me to. Luckily, this place has the greatest prices in the valley. I live in Espardo and drive all the way out here (with a broken window) just to get my windows fixed by these guys. Not only are they affordable but they have great customer service and same day service! Oh and they clean your car when they are done replacing the window. So if you are anything like me and never get your car cleaned then this is another reason why you should bring your car here. I highly recommend this place. Everyone that works here is so pleasant to deal with and really take care of you and make sure you feel comfortable bringing your car here. Hands down the best glass company in the valley!
I took my Honda in to be serviced in December when I had trouble with my brakes and a terrible oil leak. I don't know much about autos or repairing them. But with past experiences of bad auto care. From shops and/or mechanics not only failing to fix the problem but also creating several note issues with my vehicles I've brought to them to be fixed. With air tech auto they did the trouble shooting found the problem and in a quicker time then expected got it fixed and I was picking up my car within 24 hours later. It was at an affordable price I didn't have to rent a car and their friendly customer service topped it off to make this the best auto care experience I ever had. Yes I would recommend my friends and/or family to take all their auto care issues to air tech auto. Most definitely!
This is the place. I first learned of Paul's a couple years ago while checking reviews of the local shops and I noticed they had no bad reviews at all. So I took my truck in and got a diagnosis that was worse than I expected. But by the time Paul had explained everything needed for my truck and how reasonable his shop fees were I was feeling a lot better. He did have to order a part for me that took a few days to get there but he fixed what he could at that time and let me drive away without even paying him for anything until he was completely done with my truck a few days later. I thought that was very cool. Now, my wife and I take all our cars there without any question or hesitation. Paul's is fair priced and their work is top notch always.
They repaired my friend's daughter's car and it was a fantastic job! She had the car damaged while at work and they didn't know where to go. I have known these guys for over 20 years and they are very serious about their work; they know what they are doing and have been working (very busily) in the industry painting, welding and repairing trains, buses, limos, trucks, cars... you name it. I sent my friend's daughter to them and they did not disappoint. They sent a tow truck to pick her car up, serviced the claim all the way from start to finish, waived half his deductible (he is a single Dad with three girls who drive), finished the car and they picked it up. I heard nothing but good things. You can't say it any more plainly than that.
I took my BMW 540/e39 to the dealer with a transmission shifting problem. It would intermittently downshift very hard when I went around a turn. The car only has 69000 miles but I was told I needed a new $6000 transmission. I decided to get a second opinion and went to a shop a coworker recommended. When I went to Lubo's, they were much more friendly then I was used to and looked at my car while I waited. After about an hour, the owner himself showed me the filter inside the transmission. It was completely plugged with sludge. They cleaned everything out and changed the oil. We went out for a test drive and it shifted perfect. I can't believe that I almost paid $6000 for something that ended up costing $329. Thank you Lubo.
I own a 2001 Subaru Outback LL Bean, 3.0 six cylinder... I bought it specifically because the six doesn't have head gasket issues, like some of the fours... mine started heating when pulling hills to Grass Valley and Pollock pines. But, of course mine eventually did. I spent hundreds and HUNDREDS... radiators, catalytic converters, hoses, etc., etc. I finally met with Joe and a couple of weeks later brought the car to his shop. What a relief! Professional, honest, knowledgeable, timely and reasonable! Joe knows the Subaru inside and out! I've got 500 miles since added to the 185k on the car and I'm really a 'Happy Camper' If you own a Subaru [or perhaps an Alfa] there is only one place I would take it; Joe's!
Literally called this place up and the following things happened: - Yes, sir we have that windshield in stock (Everywhere else I called wanted at least 1-3 days to order the part) - Yes we can get you in today and it should take about a hour to complete the install (Other places quoted me 3-4 hour installs) - Yes you can just stop in now - I can install that for $225 (Dealership wanted $550 just to order + install, 2nd best quote after shopping around was for $400 installed) Needless to say I was in my car and on my way there before I even got off the phone. They installed the windshield in more like 30 minutes. I would recommend this place to anyone! Thanks again EAG!
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.