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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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.
The best place in Sarasota to have a muffler installed. The owner went the extra mile to help us with a catalytic convertor and performance muffler. Billy really knows what he is doing! Thank you... Spencer Iwanicki
When I was 17 years old I paid my Uncle mark lamb to work on my bucket truck.I had him mount a dump chip Box on their to turn it into a forestry bucket truck he also ran new lights and mounted tool boxes for me for $6000I was young and I did not get any investment back on the truck I lost all of my money so my customer offered to put the truck on consignment with me so I could make another $5000.The trucks alternator went out and the fuel tank / lines needed cleaned out he charged me and Extra $3000 But I did not want to sell a bad truck so I put my own money back into a consignment truck thinking I would get $5000 back.Mark lamb told me I can leave the truck there that way I did not have to drive it back-and-forth. He told me I did not have to worry about the truck and it could sit there till I sold it.Mark lamb was planning to screw me over he got ahold of my customer and talked him into trading his forestry bucket truck that you can not get parts for any more. The title was left open. I went on vacation and he traded the customer and would not refund me any of my money that I put into it.All I asked for was $3000 back because he would have had to fix the truck himself if I did not reinvest money.He took complete advantage of me and he is my Uncle please pay me back $3000 mark lamb I treated you very well paid you all in cash and when times were hard for you I even paid your landlord for you and you paid me back a couple weeks later .I still owe my metal guy $6500 cash for the dump chip Box that I was unable to pay for. I'm out $15,500 All I'm asking for is $3000 you made me not trust anyone when I thought I could trust you the most.
great guys to deal with honest and straight forward and best cash prices anywhere in town this is the best used car buying experience i have in all of my long years i will continue to buy from mario in the future and i have recommended this lot to many people who also have had a positive experience
We took our 2002 BMW 325i in to Renn Haus auto repair at 6244 Clark Center Ave Sarasota Fl for a oil change on 7/21/2017 and also had the replacement of the oil filter stand gasket and a new oil filter kit with O ring, the cost was $566.44, they had kept the car overnight. The next morning Renn Haus called from 941-922-3600 and said the car was ready. Upon arrival the sales person Mitchell said, oops, there was another problem. It appears that in putting the parts back together that morning the mechanic had used a power ratchet on the bolts to the Vanos camshaft adjuster solenoid and over tightened with a power ratchet and cracked the cast iron housing of the Vanos camshaft adjuster solenoid. Mitchell claimed there must have been a hair line crack in the Vanos camshaft adjuster solenoid that we did not know about and it was not there fault, they put some epoxy in the crack and sent us on our way. They gave us a quote of $1,500 to correct what appears to be their mistake. On 7/26/2017 we took the 2002 BMW 325i to a reputable BMW auto shop and they looked at the cracked Vanos camshaft adjuster solenoid and told us the only way that could have happened is if the "mechanic" over tightened with a power ratchet and cracked the cast iron housing of the Vanos camshaft adjuster solenoid. You do not ever use power tools on sensitive and cast iron housings in the BMW engine. DO NOT LET RENN HAUS WORK ON YOUR CAR!
Went into Swift Auto Repair and was told the bulb in my headlight would cost over $170, require 3.5 hours work because the bumper had to be removed.Went down the street to another garage and got everything done in 30 minutes for $60.Another thing that irked me was that when I called on the phone I was told that bulb replacement on a headlight is generally less than $10.When the new owners took over a few years back, things went downhill. The sellers appeared to be honorable and honest. Too bad I can't say the same about the current owners!
Less than one day after I took the vehicle home, the check engine light came on. After repeated attempts to get a problem fixed with my car, requiring multiple trips back and forth to the repair shop, costing me money for cabs and Ubers, I decided to stop by O'Reilly Auto Parts and had them hook their computer up to it. They came up with the same code/problem that Sal at the auto shop had found. Why wasn't it fixed, if it was so obvious? I called Sal afterwards, he then told me that he'd have to charge me for the part. Even though this problem was diagnosed within the 7 day period of buying the car. I will never go here again. He made it seem like, since I hadn't bought a Bentley, it wasn't worth his time.
I had a great experience with Shawn M. and good customer service. He did everything I needed and got it done in a fast and accurate way. Job well done. - ROB H.
Bobby B.'s review is fake. It was written by someone who I know and thought he was going to get a $19.99 oil change...he's also an alcoholic and drives a 1996 Camry
Kauffman Glass and Mirror was a great business to work with when I remodeled my bathroom. Brian the Owner was very kind when he came out to my house for measurement. Once glass had arrived, the office staff was nice enough to let me know there was an issue and they had to remake my panel but they gave me a new ETA - i didn't have to wonder. Over all Kauffman Glass and Mirror, is professional and honest - very few companies left that share a close bond within their company.
I work for a local body shop in Sarasota and C & S Corvettes brought over a yellow 1980 Chevy Corvette to have us install one of their manufactured door hinges that they sell in their store. We made several attempts to get this door hinge to fit properly and were unsuccessful due to it being about 2 inches off. Whenever the driver's side door would open with this hinge it would damage the paint on the door panel due to the poorly made design by this company. We immediately contacted the manager at C & S Corvettes and sent photos and asked him to come and take a look and he was rude, disrespectful and uncooperative with us. We also asked if they could send over another hinge and they refused. Instead they came and picked up the vehicle without paying us a dime for the many hours of labor we had trying to fit their hinge. I highly advise against purchasing any parts from this company unless you want a product that is faulty and to deal with poor customer service. i have been in the automotive business for over 25 years and I have never dealt with such horrible service. It's unfortunate I have to rate them a star because they really deserve zero!
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.