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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?
2540 East Plano Parkway Ste 188Plano, TX 75074
Daniel the owner is a true professional who is building a company based on quality and professionalism. The repair tech I dealt with is nationally recognized as among the best in the field. The price was very reasonable.
1225 W College AveCarrollton, TX 75006
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8637 County Road 148Kaufman, TX 75142
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1000 Post N Paddock StGrand Prairie, TX 75050
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5230 Gordon Smith DrRowlett, TX 75088
Took my car in for some frame work and they had it for 2 weeks and changed prices 3 times! Always a different excuse as to what was being done and how long it was taking. I'm not sure if they did half of the work and for the time they charged. The "work" was only performed after I told rhem I…
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 had taken my car to J's Automotive to get my back brakes done, but he was swamped with business so I had to take it somewhere else (Triple A Muffler). There they charged me almost $400! that was with me providing the parts! However, they found something else wrong, wouldn't let me provide that part nor would they allow me to see the part needing to be replaced. Had J's been able to service my car he would have allowed me to get the part to save me money. After TAM said my car was fixed, I went to leave & it would not start! NOTHING else was wrong w/my car when I got there other than needing back brakes. They ended up "looking at it" & not sure what all they did. However, after "looking at it" my horn no longer worked. They tried saying it wasn't anything they had done. TAM had to give me a jump, said it was probably my battery. I went to Walmart (because I have a warranty on my battery) & had it tested & it was good. However, they found that my battery cables were loose & kindly tightened them for me. I HAVE to get my car inspected at Triple A Muffler because they're the only place in Terrell that inspects my 1993 year model car, & it was due April. So I went there to get it done. They said they couldn't inspect it because of the horn not working. So I told them it had not worked since I left them when they did my brake job, & asked them to look & see why. They "looked" & said they couldn't see any reason, but if I wanted to leave it they would have to charge me $100 per hour, & he wasn't sure how many hours it would take plus use 2 men for looking at & fixing my horn. I did not have $100+ so I told them I would take it to MY MECHANIC. I left & went straight to J's Automotive. Jay was busy, but he took 10 min. or less to take off the cover, check horn with his instrument, it worked so he opened to check my fuses & it was "missing"!! Jay put a fuse in, put cover back on, asked for $10 & sent me on my way saving me $90+! Jay knows what he's doing, is honest!
Great service and honest prices, I'll recommend to anyone .. GIO is a great guy ..lol ... and the crew is awesome
We strive to provide and excellent experience all the way from start to finish. Your not a customer your family! Let us take care of your auto repair needs!
Jay is honest, reasonable, and is very customer-service minded! Great job on our van and will recommend him!
When driving across the state, the absolute LAST thing you want to see is your battery light pop on in your dashboard. Especially on a Friday afternoon when you know all the automotive shops will be closing soon and you might have to hold-up for the weekend in some cheep hotel in an unknown city, stressing about missing your nephew's 6th year birthday party and wondering how I am going to explain to my preceptor that I might not be able to make it to clinic on Monday...So I pulled into this shop, my soul wretched with desperation and despair, and within 3 HOURS I had a new alternator and was back on the road. --> 3 !
Absolute best service! Trustworthy and reliable, would recommend everyone to go see J! This shop became a blessing to our family last year, we can always count on J to help us in a time of need. By far goes above and beyond to do the job and do it right without the high dollar service fee and hassle that I've had to experience with other shops. Thank you J!!!
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We had been with the same mechanic for almost 30 years, when one day he closed up shop and left us scrambling to find someone as honest and knowledgeable as we were used to. After reading the reviews for J's Automotive, I decided to give him a chance because he sounded like our former mechanic. I was really praying that this guy would treat me right, and he did not disappoint. When I went to his shop he greeted me and wanted to look at the problem I was having right away. He spotted what he thought it was, and quickly took me to my car to have a look- see for myself. I don't know much about cars, but he took the time to explain what he was talking about and told me it would be an easy, inexpensive fix. That right there sold me. He could have told me a it was something much worse and I would have probably went along. The fix was only 20.00, and needless to say, we are customers for life. Now I'm not saying that all the repairs will be this cheap, but I know that I will get an honest estimate, and really understand and trust that what he does to my car is needed and done correctly. Give J's a try and you will be won over as well.
New to town and relied on a neighbor's recommendation when my car was overheating. My experience at J's Auto exceeded their reputation. I got personal service, on the spot, from Jay. He was in the middle of a car's engine when I popped in but still took the time to ask and answer a bunch of questions. He solved my problem at a great price (I did my homework and knew what was standard). His shop is as clean as my late Father's always was which meant, to me, he takes a lot of pride in what he does. My car is a later model so I lucked out when I found J's - I know I'll get the same great service at a fair price next time I need it. 5 stars deserved!!
I have a GMC Sierra pickup truck that the A/C was not blowing cold. I took it to A-Class in terrell and the man there told me that he wasn't sure probably a condenser. He gave me an estimate of 920.00. I didn't want to pay that much on a guess. My husband is a disabled veteran and I stay at home to take care of him, so that's a lot of money to waste on a guess. I drove by J's and pulled in frustrated to the hilt. I showed him the estimate and told him what the other man at A-Class had told me. He told me to pull the truck up and he would take a look. Less than 20 min later he had the problem solved it was a bad valve. It cost me about 800.00 less than A-Class had guessed the problem would cost. This man didn't guess, he found the problem right off the bat. I sat at A-Class for more than an hour waiting. I'm taking my Jeep to J's next. This place knows what they are doing. They fix it right for a fair price. No just guessing at problems then trying to charge you an arm and a leg. I would recommend anyone to go to J's. I promise you this I will take all my vehicles there.
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.