What to Know About: Auto Damage »
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 was in hurry and bump the rear end of my car. It was a horrible day. I was casually searching the web for a good car shop that will be able to repair my car. Fortunately, I stumbled upon E & L. They did a great job, and was able to repair my car!
Has been servicing my Audi for years. If you are going to the dealer stop, Westside will treat you right and very reasonable.
He took my car to have it painted and it came back with the wrong paint and now he will not return any of my phone calls or text messages
Someone who works at this shop stole my daughter's phone. We tracked the GPS to this shop. The phone has been at this location all day. I then called the owner who was so rude and he told me to "f#ck off" several times. Not an honest man and not someplace I would trust with my nice expensive German car. Oh hell no. F#ck you, Walter! And your eyebrows!
a 5++ except for delay on backordered part for my rare Chevy SSR Jasper, the owner, work hard with me to get this car back on the road.Highly recommended.
Had no idea where to take my car in LA but this was a quick and affordable pit stop to fix my tire. Great service; found my new local tire guys!
The owner (Max) at 10 Minute is a great guy who you should definitely develop a relationship with as your go-to mechanic. Over the last several years I have had everything from simple oil changes to major repairs done by Max and he has always given me an honest estimate that was consistent with the actual work done. I have had a vehicle towed from several miles away just to get Max to do it a few years ago because I suspected unnecessary repairs were built into the recommendation. I got Max's opinion and was glad I did the tow. In the last three years I have been going elsewhere only because I had warranty service under a lease term but now that I've purchased the vehicle I'm back to using 10 Minute on a regular basis. I've also referred a friend who has brought his vehicle from Burbank just to have Max do his estimates and repairs. The late hours are also super flexible. Don't go to a chain store before getting an estimate here!
I have THE BEST mechanic in the land!!!Besides being over-the-top reliable, they are the most honest and affordable. I had my '99 Toyota 4runner that has 393K miles on it serviced with a new starter, water pump and timing belt, oil change, fluids topped off and overall health inspection before going to Yosemite with 2 other people and a heavy load of camping equipment and food in the car with me. My mechanic, Ali, assured me I was good to go and if anything goes wrong to call him immediately, but that he was confident all would be fine. We made it to our Campground just outside of Yosemite Nat'l Park, NO PROBLEM! But after 3 days, we pack up and get ready to go, my car started up and sounded awful and would barely go. We hiked a mile to the local lodge and called AAA for a tow and most fortunately found a VERY reputable and OPEN [on the 4th of July] auto repair shop 30 miles away. Diagnostic tests showed it was merely a defective timing belt, which of course was brand new. He reported that my mechanic has done a perfect job in his repair job. So I called my mechanic to report the news and he told the Groveland Auto Repair shop to fix it and he would take care of the repair costs. Shocker #1 Because this shop was already so busy and had to order the new part, it wasn't going to be fixed till next week. MY MECHANIC INSISTED ON GOING ALL THE WAY TO GROVELAND, 330 miles from Los Angeles, TO GET THE CAR AND TOW IT BACK AND FIX IT HIMSELF!!!! He did that yesterday... ������������WHO DOES THAT?!?!! He has been my mechanic for a little over a year now and he will ALWAYS be my mechanic from now on. He should be yours as well!!
I purchased one tire about 10 days ago at lucy's last night I was near marina del Rey California and my tire I purchased at Lucy's when completely flat it was after 8 pm there wasn't any place open for me to get it fix I had to leave my car outside of a shell gas station over night! I had to get a ride home came back the next day and to my surprise the guy who was taking care of my car told me that whoever install the tire didn't do it right there were small pieces of the tire inside of it along with black powder which it was from the tire omg����I couldn't believe my eyes. They couldn't fixe it! I had to replace it with my spare tire and take the bad tire back to Lucy's I get there I talked to her I showed her the tire and she told me I had to buy another one she couldn't give me a new one nor give me money back. She would have to send it to the manufacturer and let them decide what was wrong with it so meantime I must buy a new one. I told her NO ���� Im not buying a new one you must replace it. We argue for a few minutes she kept telling me it was my fault I probably went thru a pot hole.. my mechanic told me even if I went thru a pot hole which I didn't it had nothing to do with it it's a bad tire!!! I finally told her I would call my attorney she still didn't do it!.. before I went to Lucy I stop at my mechanic who recommended me to Lucy I showed him the tire and he said yes it's a bad tire. So please don't support this business as of now I'm taking her to small claims court. The tire cost me $100.00 at this point is more about the principal than the money! Her ego is bigger than her. She needs to understand the customers are her bread and butter without customers business go thru bankruptcy! No customers no money!! This woman has no companion , no mercy now that I'm posting every where people are sharing their story with her..Thx for your time.
I have been a customer of West Coast Tire and Service for over 15 years. This is a family business and they treat their customers like family. I trust them so much that I service my brand new 2016 Ram Power Wagon at West Coast. They have always been my go to for tires. Jessie is the "Tire Whisperer". He has a very deep knowledge base. You can count on all the guys, Carlos, Joe, Jordan, Chris, Jessie and the owner Tommy. Mike and the mechanics are very professional. The guys in the Tire shop, Riggo, Alberto, Pepe are great. They are fast, courteous and always very careful with your rims. Miguel in the detail shop is amazing ! I am 1,500 miles away from my next oil change and I am actually looking forward to it. Caesar, in oil change, is the man ! Thank you West Coast Tire and Service ! You guys rock !Robbie MecklerShooting Star Aviation
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.