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.
Today was an eye opener for me, after coming off the interstate ( 100 miles from home with my 70 year old mother and 2 children) with no brakes, realizing my whole family could have been killed, a tow truck driver (from Davis Towing who was very nice by the way) brings me, my mom and my 2 children to THIS SHOP. I already knew what was wrong, why I had no brakes due to the caliber coming completely off the rotor and that it was a simple fix, BUT still, I was from out of town and they could have charged me whatever they wanted and there was nothing I could do. Took about 2 hours to get it fixed, then this owner brings me my keys. I get up to "settle" my bill, and the young man shakes his head, and says "dont worry about the bill, just have a safe trip back home". This man could have so very easily taken advantage of me, but instead he gave me a blessing. The staff was INCREDIBLY FRIENDLY, shop was clean, they even had a reclining couch in the waiting room. THANK YOU,
It's sad that we usually don't write positive experiences, so today I made an effort to make sure that I did! Gralin Hampton is the best! Sadly, I've read people who have struggled to make payments and are blaming him for that? I can only speak from my own experience. My parents bought my first car from him and I've bought 2 from him as an adult! Never EVER HAVE WE HAD ANY PROBLEMS! He is kind and wouldn't let me buy a vehicle that he knew would over extend me, but made sure I was in a car I loved at a price I could afford at this juncture in my life. He does have some luxury vehicles that I pray one day I can buy and I will only buy from HIM! He is a man of God and it was evident to me in all of our many interactions. There is a lifelong customer in me!
I shopped all over the web, papers and different dealerships. American Federal Auto, no question has the best deals. Not only was there pricing lower than other places, there cars were nicer too! The people there were much more pleasant to deal with than other places, and took the time with me to get ME in the best car for ME! Bottom line is these guys WILL help you ( even when your credit is totaly in the drain ) and not make you feel like second class citizens just because you might not be in the best credit cituation with not very much down right now. OH! if Chris Howard is available, make sure you get his help! I love American Federal Auto for what they did for me!!
Great place - very trust worthy! My car was brought to Ricky after a previous mechanic could not figure out the problem. The mechanic had my car towed to Ricky as a last result. Above & Beyond received my car's engine completely torn apart, pieces and parts of the engine were literally in the trunk. Ricky and his team put my car back together piece by piece and had it running within 5 days after receiving it. They made sure there were no issues before they handed back over. I have now found a mechanic I can trust and have returned since then for them to service my other car. Finally, I don't feel like I'm being taken advantage of.
I took my 1996 Ram 1500 which was in very bad shape to Car Pros Plaza. They sanded, repaired rust, put on a new bumper and made that truck shine. Linda and John told me to bring truck back in 30 and only wash it with car wash, cloth, and not to put any wax or brush to the paint. I did they instructed and took the Red Ram back to them. All blems were then completely repaired and they buffed it. Some touchup was done and the result was AWESOME. Felt like I'd been "Overhauled". Art takes a little time and patience. Let John's team of professionals go and you will be satisfied too. Yes I will use them again and recommend them highly.
Above and Beyond is the perfect name for this team of professionals! I drive an Infiniti G35 that needed some major repairs and it would have cost me thousands of $$ if I had taken it to the dealership. Let's just say they were a fraction of the price, and a thousand times the quality of work! They made my experience so effortless, they had it ready for me fast and it runs amazing AND it came with a free warranty on the work! They truly went out of their way to help me in my situation. It is so refreshing to find a hometown mechanic that is honest and trustworthy! You can rely on Above and Beyond, they won't disappoint!!
Wonderful experience with Import Service Center!I dropped my Honda Civic off to replace a bad wheel bearing. I was standing outside to call a taxi, and Bill offered to take me home! (about 12 min drive) Not expected at all, but very much appreciated.When it was done the next afternoon, I paid over the phone and they left my car out front with the receipt inside because I didn't get off work until after closing.They also did a follow up phone call to make sure everything was ok.Ill be coming back here, and so will my fiancé when we ever need repairs again.THANK YOU ISC!
I want to thank Darryl over at Darryls Transmission. I had a problem with my vehicle and they diagnosed right over the phone, when i got there it was dead on accurate, and was very reasonable in the price. What I thought was a transmission problem, come to find out it was a engine miss fire. What I thought would of been a 2000.00 job it was only a 150.00 They are quick and very professional when it comes to quality service at a really great price. Thanks again Darryl!!!
I read the reviews and noticed that only people who have issues, from their perspective, have posted. I have been purchasing cars from the owner for about 30 years, even before he owned a dealership. I have always found him to be honest and approachable. The cars I have purchased have been in great condition and the price has been equitable or lower than other dealerships. I would highly recommend this business if you are serious about purchasing a vehicle.
Fantastic experience from the time I walked in the door until the time I picked my F-150 up. Professional quote and terrific follow through. Had much much higher quotes elsewhere for the dreaded plug change on a 2006 F-150. Saved me at least $600 by going here. Recommend you speak to Corey, fantastic technician and extremely knowledgeable. The shop was also one of the most emaculate service centers I ever visited. Five stars from me across the board
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.