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 trying to buy a car from him, he kept on giving me the runaround. Rather than saying the car is sold or he cant sell it. Tim Rose did not return calls left several messages as I thought the car was still for sale. After a month of outgoing calls I have no one answering the calls. Owner Tim Rose just runs around always busy, too busy to return calls waste of time.Could have been simple by returning phone calls and just saying not for sale. Simple really.
Went in to get my car checked and they told me nothing was wrong with it. I asked them if they could fix my brakes and they told me only the back ones had a problem so I gave them the OK to replace them. I went to go pick it up and they told me they were closing earlier (Right at that time, no warning) so I asked if they would please wait for me and they did. I had to leave work early to come pick it up. When I got my car back the lights in my car and over license plate no longer turned on and my brakes still squeaked. I had to wait over the weekend to call them and tell them what happened because they were closed. I work two jobs and was not able to work my 2nd because I use my car to drive around at night and since my lights did not work I was not able to work those days. I was able to take it in on Tuesday, and they told me they would need to keep the car overnight because there was now electrical issues. Today, Wednesday, I received a call saying my car was done and my total was $100. I did not give the OK for the electrical work and this happened while it was under their care, on top of that they forgot about my brakes and I had to be late to work for the 2nd time. They told me it did not have to do with them but I had to go days without any fixing because they gave it back to me and said it was good to go and I did not approve it... Will never return.
I went to Greg Clark's to get my Saturn fixed. I knew I needed a new alternator and after looking at my car, the staff at Greg Clark's agreed. They did the work in an extremely efficient manner – I had my car back the next day since they had to order a part. The price was reasonable (compared to other shops I looked at) and I can tell the staff takes pride in the work they do.
This is the only place that I use for my exhaust needs. Being a car guy I am asked for my recommendations all the time. Performance Muffler is who I recommend. I have yet had anyone tell me that they weren't happy with the work. - Today my visit was for a new catalytic converter. Wow, what a difference!
I have had a awful rip-off experience with this shop for 1406.52. I currently have a case against this place, and the owner fails to answer court summons. Therfore the judgement will enter for default. His license expired on 12/2011, check the front office wall and see for ourself.
I want my money Ricardo at Castro's auto Repair had my son car for over 1 month did not do anything to it Ricardo took my sons 500 dollars down payment to buy motor but didn't now excuse after excuses as to when he will give money back. I had to have car towed away from there now I need my sons 500 back! Ricardo will not return my phone calls he is not a honest business man! Lied to my face! So very disappointed and upset.
Great service , great people , honestly the best mechanics in Phoenix ! They know there business ! Very fair prices on their work .
Went in hoping for help but the mechanic was rude and kept telling us that he couldn't help and to get out of his property because he was going to close in an hour. We had to wait out in the heat until my brother came to help. But the mechanic ran us off. Somehow we had to move our car elsewhere. Who knows how much damage we caused the car. Never going back there again.
Please don't use this service, my Brother lost one black luggage on 07-08-17 from Phoenix to El Paso and to this date they still not respond on reimbursing or anything to resolve this problem. Por favor no usen este servicio por que aparte de tener gente que no sabe hacer su trabajo no saben responder por sus errors, a mi Hermano se le perdio una maleta con cosas valiosas el did ocho de julio y hasta ahorita no nos han resuelto nada . Estamos muy decepcionados de esta compania y de estar batallando todo este tiempo.
Whorst experience ever. Everything started out great they met me on a Sunday to drop car off and it was ready that Friday (5 day turnaround). 2 weeks later on Mothersday it broke down and we were stranded. I towed it to there shop at my own expense and 2 weeks later it was fixed again. A few weeks later I was driving from Phoenix to st.louis Missouri and it broke down in Texas I was going to a funeral. I had to spend 2 days in a hotel and get a rental to get to the funeral and get back home. I then had the vehicle towed to there shop on 7/5/17. All of this was out of my pocket! I called every week for an update and they kept saying we are working on it. I popped up and my truck was outside windows down in a monsoon. They kept saying it will be ready tomorrow I went there 3 times and it was never ready. Finally on 8/7 it was ready when I got there my bumper had a hole in it from a collision and my leather seats were damaged from rain. Kurt said "I have a homeboy who can fix it" and refused to give there insurance info for a claims. I pulled down the street and heard noise went to aamco and guess what I need a transmission. Called Jo back he said he is not taking blame and said take me to court. DO NOT GO HERE PAY MORE AND GET A PROFESSIONAL JOB! I spent a total of 7 weeks without a vehicle and am out thousands for towing rental cars and now I have to buy a bumper and have my seats repaired. You have been warned.
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.