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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?
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Kings Transmission’s Owner Benji is by far the most down to earth honest Business Owner/mechanic you will ever come across in your lifetime. I have worked on my own vehicles since I have been in high school (Family members as well) mainly because I don’t trust a majority of mechanics. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told I needed extra things done to my vehicle knowing full well that is not the case. Well in September 2011 I had a very severe accident and my right wrist was destroyed and needed to be fused. Pretty much ending my hobby of repairing my own vehicles, leading me to call around when my 2005 GMC Envoy transmission stopped shifting into 3rd gear. I called several places before taking my Envoy to Benji. As soon as I got off the phone with him I knew this was a guy I would be comfortable doing business with. That was solidified when I left him the keys to my truck and we spoke at length in person. I’m here to tell you that you will not find the kind of service King’s Transmission provides to his clientele at a 95+% of the places in the Pinellas County. Not only is his pricing among the best in town but the warranty he provides on his work is nothing to balk at. I compare it to finding a hole in the wall “Gem” restaurant, yet this shop is anything but a hole. It’s quite nice with several bays, and can service more than 2-3 vehicles at a time on a secure lot so can be sure you won’t have to worry about your vehicle being broken into. When I dropped my vehicle off to Kings it was done within a week. He did an amazing job on my truck and it literally drives like the day it did after I drove it off the lot new. I honest to god could not be any more satisfied with the work done by “all the Kings men”. Very rarely have I been to a place where they don’t take the customer as an idiot when it comes to auto mechanics, Even more so if you’re a woman (I am not). I never once got that impression with kings. He took the time to explain every single thing that was wrong, why it went bad, and what it would take to resolve the matter without digging deep into your pocket. Not only did he save every single part he removed from my transmission so I could see the damage the damage with my own eyes, but he even took the time to come with me on a test drive and wasn’t going to let me leave until I was 100% satisfied with the work. These are traits you rarely find in any business, not only in this industry but in this day and age regardless. Rarely will an owner be readily available to talk to you personally. I don’t care what you’ve read online to this point, I’ve done all the same reading you have, Listen to my advice and take your car to Kings Transmission. You will not leave disappointed or feeling like you’ve been taken advantage of. I can even guarantee that you will be taking your car back to this man for every repair on your vehicle. I’ve taken the time out of my day to write this lengthy review for the benefit of every one of you reading these things because it’s hard to find quality reviews online. Most usually say they were please, or the work was good, etc.. I only give reviews to companies that I feel deserve them and this gentleman and his crew deserve as much business as they can handle. There’s not much more I can say to persuade you to try them if you’re in need of repairs as I feel I’ve said enough to give anyone the confidence they will need in this facility. I just hope you’ve done your research on EVERY place you’re considering and if they don’t have raving reviews then perhaps there’s a reason no one has taken the time to write praise on that particular company. Great work deserves to be rewarded and this is the best I can do for a company who did such a wonderful job at a very reasonable price.
I've used John's service many times for both my and my wife's vehicles over the past few years. He has always done a good job at a fair price, even more so considering he comes to you, and either works at your location or takes your car for free back to his place. I'm very skeptical about the review calling him dishonest, since on more than one occasion he has offered to NOT get paid when things didn't work out. One time my car refused to recreate the issue it was having earlier, and so he had nothing to analyze. He was going to leave without charging me anything (despite driving all the way to my house and spending time to look at the car) until I insisted to pay him something for his time. On another occasion after performing an oil system pressure test and replacing a sensor on my wife's car, he determined that the problem was a complex electrical system and wiring issue causing an incorrect warning to flash on the dashboard. He said he didn't have the specific expertise to do that type of electrical work, and felt so bad about not being able to solve the problem that he later offered to refund what he had charged for the work he did. We of course declined the refund, as what he did was necessary to be able to determine that there was not in fact a severe oil system problem, which was later confirmed by a Volvo specialist. He is one of only two mechanics I've used in my life that I would wholeheartedly recommend.
On Tuesday February 7th, 2017 at approximately 4:56 p.m. I called Quality Discount Mufflers and spoke to a gentleman named Ed. I explained to him that my son and I were calling a few muffler shops to have my son's 1989 Pontiac Firebird Muffler repaired. That it was hanging lower than usual on the driver's side. I asked Ed if this is something he could look at he said of course he could and asked if my son could bring the Firebird to him right away. I said yes of course but what time do you close today, Ed said we close at 5:30 but it was a minor job and he would get my son's car in and out before 5:30. My son then drove to Quality Discount Mufflers, about 10 minutes away, and met with Ed. Ed quickly found that it was a broken bracket on the driver's side of the muffler and fixed it within minutes and at a very reasonable rate. Ed was right he was able to diagnose, fix and close his business on time. We were very grateful for his professionalism and helpfulness on this Old School 1989 Firebird. Ed was able to close on time leaving behind a very satisfied customer.We will surly recommend this Muffler shop to family and friends and will return if necessary with other muffler issues on any of our other cars.Thank you Quality Discount Muffler and Ed.Old School Firebird owner, Tyler D.
This shop will go the extra mile to make sure the repair is done right.Dave and the staff were friendly and extra helpful. I had clutch job done on my 2004 Chevy Silverado2500 HD 4x4 Duramax Diesel Pickup. When I got it back, it had noise I had not heard before. I told the owner, "as a listener to Tom and Ray, I know better than to ignore a noise." He wholeheartedly agreed and took it back in. After not getting much satisfaction from the dealer from whom he bought the parts, he called the factory and, as it turned out, the noise was normal. The reason is because the flywheel was also replaced and it was changed from a "dual mass" to a "single mass" flywheel. The factory recommended replacing the clutch master cylinder, which he replace for free due to the fact that they sent the wrong one and it took longer than promised as a result. In any case, throughout the entire process things were very well explained, and both the owner and mechanics were very courteous and genuinely concerned about doing quality work. Make sure you don't confuse this shop with American Transmission and Air. They are not the same company. This is AAA American Transmission in St. Petersburg on 49th St North.
My experience was good and bad. I had them install a CV axle. The bad:The very next day the vehicle started having a grinding noise in the front end on the same side where they installed the axle.I took it back to them and they said it was the wheel bearing (which was replaced 1 month earlier) and offered to replace it for $166(parts not included as the wheel bearing was under warranty).I asked them if this damaged wheel bearing was a result from their work and they said no.I took it to a different mechanic for a second opinion and they said it was a bad wheel bearing and that if the wheel bearing was not bad before they replaced the axle(which it wasn't like I said it was 1 month old) then most likely they over-tightened the axle crushing the wheel bearing.I was not present during the repairs so I can't say for sure that is what happened but we now have to replace the wheel bearing again which is being done as I write this.(not by them)Onto the good:The mechanics were polite and they did find a part for me that I could not find.(the axle nut because they said the factory nut could not be used)The work was done in a very timely matter after obtaining the necessary parts.
You must, must, MUST go to this shop! The office guys were so helpful at explaining the issues and offering suggestions for what needed to be done, without being high pressure...made me feel better as a lady who knows very little about my car! The mechanics jumped on the work right away, as they knew I was going out of town that weekend with my car...and they made me a priority :) The owner Kris even drove me to work and picked me up, so I didn't have to pay for a cab! And as a pleasant surprise when I got off work, I found out my transmission repair was not as serious as they thought at first, and they fixed what was wrong for a third of what they quoted me! I wouldn't have known the difference if they had told me or not, but they didn't take advantage of my ignorance! I love these guys....so honest, caring, and professional! This is true service! I will never go to another shop as long as I am living or working anywhere in Pinellas or Hillsborough County!! They are going to be around forever!
I brought my Volvo to Quality Discount Mufflers today and I am I glad that I did!I was in need of having my loud and worn out muffler replaced. Ed (President of Quality Discount Mufflers) put it on the lift and told me it would cost $50.53 for the new muffler (that included labor & tax). The part he used was Grade A and made in the good old USA. Ed was very friendly and talked with me the entire time he worked on the car. He worked hard to save my tail pipe rather than sell me a new one and gave it some additional reinforcement to help it last. After he finished we reviewed the work and I was very pleased. Ed does excellent work, using Grade A parts and charges a fair price. Great Customer Service - Thank you Ed!
I was down in Florida to visit my 90 year old father. he had a clicking noise in steering wheel of his car and his long time shop told him it would be over 900 to repair. My dad did not trust what he heard. I looked up shops on line and after calling a up few Jerry was jammed buy agreed to look at it while I waited that day.I took him 30 seconds to check it out, show me what was wrong and gave us a price of 200 plus tax and set up appointment for the next day.Picked up car next day with noise gone, showed me old part and bill was exactly what he said it would be.I have been in the automotive field for 45 years and I was impressed that he did business the way EVERYONE should do it.Thank You Jerry.Michael Kohler, Westtown NY
I do not do reviews unless I am totally impressed and I am with JB. Finding an auto repair shop you can trust is near impossible but after 40 years of driving and dealing with numerous repair shops, I feel I found one and JB is it. You want to talk to Ryan von Steinen - he will listen, advise and take care of your vehicle. I know enough about cars to tell whether I am being taken for a ride ... Thank you for taking care of my vehicle JB. Honest and courteous and knowledgeable. They will remember your name and address your concerns.
Today was my first visit to Rainbow Muffler based other clients comments. Like most of the positive comments, I had a great experience with the professions that worked on my 1968 Camaro RS. They recommended a deep throated muffler system, fixed my drivers door handle and a marker light and parking light. Each mechanic was friendly and professional. No rip off at this shop. I'll be back anytime 'Camie' needs some maintenance. Do Not Heasitate to call or stop in.You'll find knowledgable and friendly stall!Mike (from 'Madeira Beach'.
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.