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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.
3616 SW Oregon StSeattle, WA 98126
From Business: Tom Smith, Owner and President of Tom's Automotive Service, opened the business in 1971. Over the next 40 years Tom expanded to the successful business it is toda…
1808 Richards Rd Ste 118Bellevue, WA 98005
From Business: What does your future look like? Maybe it includes building your dream home, buying a new car, renovating your kitchen or going back to school. Maybe you want to …
4420 Leary Way NWSeattle, WA 98107
You guys are such great people, I was referred by a friend who said you helped him out so much. You guys repaired his car and really took care of hi…
6800 Roosevelt Way NESeattle, WA 98115
Automotive headache averted. My BMW started sputtering yesterday morning when I came to a stop. It continued idling funny so i brought it over to …
10017 Aurora Ave NSeattle, WA 98133
From Business: Hermann's International Auto Service is a fantastic Seattle, WA auto repair shop that provides the best auto services for a reasonable price. We take pride in our…
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.
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I have a 96 Toyota Camry and someone hit me from the back and needed repair. Called Seattle Toyota and they e-mailed me a list of recommended body shop - they use original Toyota parts, not after market parts. After reading some reviews, I went to 2 of them, one being Seattle Automotive. Tony and his staff were so great. The best were: 1. They handled everything with the insurance company, I didn't have to do a thing. I told them I want original parts from Toyota, and they did it. 2. They have their own rental cars. No mileage limits (well, you have to be reasonable). I don't have to call another car rental company to make another arrangement. 3. Nothing out of my pocket. Basically I went in unannounced in the morning and got of of there in 30-40 mins with rental car and headed to work. Got my car back in 5 days. What even more surprising, they detailed my car inside and out and made the 96 Camry look new! I also asked Tony about some repairs I want to do and he gave me great options that make sense and save me money. Thanks Tony! I am very impressed. I don't usually write reviews but I have to give Seattle Automotive this one. I will be back.
"I wanted to write a quick note to once again say thank you for your fabulous customer service, After the backup problems in the bathtubs, unbeknownst to us you came back out and camera-snaked all the way out (about 140 feet) to under the street and found roots growing in old terracotta clay pipe. You then called me with your findings, which I reported to the City. After speaking with the City, they requested that you call them to confirm your findings (they wouldn't take my word for it - imagine that). According to the City, not all plumbers are willing to put their license on the line by going on record with the City. You didn't hesitate to call them, and you even spoke to the City worker who went out to the site (George). As a result of your actions, I just found out from the City that they have called out a mark up and plan to make the repairs sometime early next week. I about fell off my chair. Can I just say Wooohooo!!! Thank you so much. Everyone we've worked your commitment to customer service shines through."
Dr. Bosher is simply the best of the best! There is not enough room here to list the incredible things he has done for my family. When my small child had defective enamel and another dentist doubted his six-year molars could even be saved, Dr. Bosher implemented a "temporary" solution that has held for over seven years, and is likely to last until the teeth are old enough to be crowned. The same child was misdiagnosed by an orthodontist. Dr. Bosher procured us a second opinion that saved him years of painful, expensive, and unnecessary treatment. Another child broke a tooth in an accident and was told a crown was its only hope. Dr. Bosher saved the tooth with a difficult filling that other dentists would not attempt. And he has provided excellent care for me through several crowns, root canals, and other major dental work. His techology is state of the art, his knowledge is cutting edge, his staff are friendly and compassionate, and his technique is brilliant. As long as he is in practice, I will never go anywhere else.
I have a 94 Saturn that was wrecked by another vehicle. The insurance company (State Farm) gave me several options to choose from to fix the problem. Since my car had 159k mileage on it, my wife and I worried we would have to have the car totaled and be forced to purchase a new or used vehicle. In this tough economy, this was an option that was not attractive. After getting a quote from a competitor, (Aki's in Ballard) for nearly $2100 to fix the car, we were told that the car would likely be totaled and that we would receive a check for signifcantly less than that. We decided to try Arne's and were quoted $1,000 less and they were able to fix the car. We received the car today and it looks great. The job only took a couple of days, the service was excellent, the employees and owner fair and nice. The owner mentioned he wants to keep older cars on the road instead of totaling them out if he can. The work looks spectacular. I recommend this business and would recommend them to anyone.
When I first went here I was so exhausted and upset because I went to 9 different places that were all unsuccessful! THIS WAS THE FIRST PLACE THAT WAS AMAZING AND INCREDIBLY KIND TO ME! :) They listened to my issue about my sunroof leaking water onto my driver seat when it rains and they helped so much and made feel very welcome. They had positive attitudes, and made me feel so much better they fixed the sunroof IN MINUTES FOR NO CHARGE!!! They would not even let me tip them! They were very accommodating and told me to come again if there were any issues. I am so happy with their commitment to WONDERFUL customer service that I will definitely be coming back and telling others about this amazing Auto Shop. -Nasra
Recently my wife decided to completely dent the side of my truck by running it into a pole. Getting estimates from body shops and dealing with the insurance company is such a PAIN! Not working with these guys though. From the moment I walked in to get my estimate to the time I picked up my truck these guys took care of everything. After they took me through the entire process they contacted my insurance and worked directly with them. The only thing I had to do was pick up my truck when it was done. If you have the unfortunate luck of banging up your vehicle please do yourself a favor and go to these guys to get it fixed. These guys are a great example of how a proffesional body shop should work!
I ALWAYS have my vehicles serviced at Lake City Auto Care! I have been taking my cars here for years and am extremely satisfied with the customer service, prices, quality of work, professionalism, and communication. I am a single mother and have had MANY difficulties in the past with an issue of dishonesty when dealing with mechanics. From the very first time I had worked performed at Lake City Auto Care, I was always treated fairly and that is why I continue to take my business there. I have even had them rebuild an engine for me and when I was ready to sell that car, they offered to talk to any perspective buyer with questions. This was above and over the call of duty!!
Took my '63 Porsche in for a clutch job. Mark Akers gave me an estimate, and they came in right as promised. Also asked for a check of the brakes. Very, very glad I did. They found a dislocated brake lining up front and two leaking cylinders in the rear. And while they were pulling the engine for the clutch, they noticed a cracked fuel line from the body to the engine. Everything was done for the prices they projected, the car runs great, and they may have saved me big trouble by efficiently fixing things they knew to look for. I'm a big fan of good brakes and avoiding engine fires. Also a big fan of Aker's shop. Nice people. Treated me fairly. Really know 356s. Thanks.
Excellent experience here. Had to bring two cars in in the space of a week for similar (moderately expensive) problems. Interacting with the staff made a frustrating situation bearable. They got me checked in and to work in a loaner in under an hour both times. They diagnosed the problem quickly and called me with explanations of what was wrong within an hour or two, and asked before going ahead with repairs. They were not condescending in their explanations, and followed up to check on how the car was running after I left. These guys will be my go-to business for car trouble while I'm in Seattle.
Pacific body shop takes care of not only your car to the "T" but to you as well. I know important my car is and how stressful a accident is. Pacific Auto Body went out of their way to do everything they could to make sure no corners were cut, I had the best parts available and that my insurance company, who is really only protection their profits, didn’t take advantage of me or my car. I thank Pacific Auto Body and will continue to spread my good experience like the National Anthem. Share this with your friends too, so they won't risk a bad experiance somewhere else!
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.