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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.
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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.
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It was solid overcast and a little chilly for July as we pulled out of Emporia, KS on a Saturday morning. We being "The Band", had performed the night before at a fundraiser and had another event 8 hours away that night. Leaving Emporia early, and, remarkably, on time at 0700, were feeling good about the day when it happened. An hour and half into the drive, just having taken the on ramp to change our course, it happened. That helpless feeling when you depress the gas pedal and nothing happens. That frustrated feeling when the questions start coming from all quarters; "Did you push a button, or, something?", "Could it be a fuse?", "Is it hot?", none of which I had an immediate answer for. All I knew was the transmission was toast somewhere in Topeka, KS and time was running out to make the next gig. My phone shows a name I recognize not to far away so I call. Jeff answers; "Certified Transmission, this is Jeff how can I help you?" He quickly digested my tale of woe, told me to stand by for a call back. It was Saturday, so the shop was closed, but what I didn't know then were two things; Jeff was not in Topeka, he was, in fact, in Kansas City. The second thing was storms the night before had knocked out phone and internet service to the Topeka Certified Transmission store, so Jeff had all store calls and emails routed to his personal phone. And to be clear, this is Jeffs day off! From Kansas City, Jeff calls me back in minutes. The tow was on the way. Right then a beep alerted me to a text from the tow driver, 10 minutes away, while Jeff explained the details of a rental car waiting already. A nice KIA, which turned out to be a blessing, because we couldn't find a truck rental until the next morning. We missed the gig, got the rental truck and drove home Sunday. The focus of the conversation was to accuratley calculate the weekends losses. On Monday Jeff gives me the news and I braced myself, as we all do, as "The Number" was about to drop. In the scheme of things, it was surprisingly not what I expected at all, and done in a day! In fact, I was happy and not afraid at all to tell my wife how much it was not going to cost us! She was happy! And if all of that was not enough for a fantastic customer experience, Jeff even drove my truck to Kansas City where a friend, passing through town, was able to drive it back to me, saving me 6 hours of driving time! I wonder if Jeff arranged that too? Certified Transmission did a first rate job for me, but Jeff was the star of the show for me.I am forever grateful for his effort and do not hesitate to tell he is the only transmission guy in Topeka you would ever need to call!
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I was looking into buying a car with an idea of what I wanted but kept my options open. I originally went to different dealership that I don't care to even mention prior to visiting Sharp Honda and I did NOT like the experience with them at all. Car shopping can be stressful but it should also be fun, too. Unfortunately with the first dealership I visited, we spent an hour and a half talking about financial stuff before even looking at car options. I just felt like they were trying to sell me a car just to sell me a car and that's not what I wanted. -_- Thankfully, I decided to visit Sharp Honda the following day and VERY glad that I did! My experience with everyone at Sharp Honda has been exceptionally positive and welcoming! I had the pleasure of being assisted by sales consultant, ROB WALTON, who was very professional, courteous, patient, and knowledgeable! Rob showed me a great variety of cars that I was looking into potentially buying, and also other car options from new to pre-owned/used that I may be interested in. He didn't show me cars that was out of my budget or cars that I wouldn't even consider which I appreciated! He was also informative and answered all of my questions without overwhelming me. Because of my positive experience with Rob and Sharp Honda, I decided to buy a new Honda Civic with confidence and I am very happy with MY choice! Even more so, I never felt pressured into buying my new Honda Civic from them either and that alone speaks volumes! Even if I didn't end up buying a car through them, I would've still recommend Sharp Honda to my family and friends! In fact, I've already recommended them to a few friends of mine! To Rob Walton and Sharp Honda, THANK YOU for the pleasant and positive experience, and also in helping me choose the right car for me!
This summer, my fiancée and I took a road trip out West and our return route led us through Topeka, Kansas, where we unfortunately broke down. Even worse, we broke down on a Friday, late in the afternoon. Every place we called was unable to even look at our car until Monday. When we found Whitey's, and found that they were open Saturday, we had AAA take our car there. The mechanic quickly discovered a giant hole in the transmission, which I saw with my own eyes, and determined that it needed to be either replaced or rebuilt. Though we weren't getting the part until Monday, the mechanic worked through his day off to ensure that the car was ready when we did. Knowing we were stranded, they could have taken advantage, but they did the opposite. They significantly reduced their labor cost and made every effort to find the cheapest parts. They even gave us rides to and from our hotel. If we had ended up somewhere else we could have been in serious trouble. I am relieved we found an honest, LOCAL place like Whitey's. Highly recommended.
I needed a new car in 2011 and test drove several. Ended up at Sharp Honda, looking at a Crosstour. Tom Gettler was the sales rep I worked with, and he could not have been more helpful. We drove a couple of cars and then the Crosstour. Loved it. Rides well, has some bells and whistles, and seemed like a great choice. There wasn't a car on the lot in the color I preferred, so he found one out of state and it was brought in. I picked it up the day after Thanksgiving, 2011. Tom spent at least an hour with me reviewing the features of the vehicle, uploading my phone contacts, etc. He was very patient and did a great job. I've had the car serviced a few times since, and the service department is fast, efficient, and I'm out the door in no time. Special thanks to Tom for giving me a refresher on the navigation system as recently as last week, as I've had very little chance to use it yet. Tom Gettler made sure all my questions were answered and he did a great job. I've been totally satisfied with Honda Thanks! Love this car! Elaine Rogers
I LOVE Sharp Honda. My husband and I had been looking for a V6 Accord coupe with a manual transmission. We were told by a cheezy sales manager in Kansas City that they were the ONLY dealership that had the car in the eight state region. I try to trust but verify. After a few phone calls, we were able to find another car, like the one we wanted, in Topeka. So after a quick drive, we met Robert Dolan, a laid back down to earth salesman. Robert was fantastic. He dealt with us honestly and as if he had known us for many years. He was extremely knowledgeable, answering all questions we had regarding the vehicle. Both of the Troy's were great also. There were no hard sales and we got an awesome deal. Troy kept coming back to us with good, great, spectacular news. I can honestly say, this was the BEST car buying experience that we have had to date. I can definitely see us referring others to the dealership and going back to get another car. Robert is the best.
As a woman purchasing my first car without my dad, I had a very easy and honest experience. Rob Walton was a great help by being patient, knowledgable, resourceful, trustworthy, reliable, and fun. I'm very pleased with my experience, but also the amount paid for a 2013 Civic. Rob made sure to give me the best deal, and with my own research and all, I believe I did. He worked for me in the times I needed to, and put me first in his priorities. Also, there are so many additions given to make the transition to a new car more comfortable like oil changes and a great interest rate. Also thank you to Troy Hunt for being so kind and patient with a new car buyer. I recommend that you ask for Rob Walton when you arrive at Sharp Honda because you know you'll be treated like a real person, and you'll walk away happy. Or drive away, because you're there to buy a car! I did!! :) Thanks!
An honest Mechanic?? Who ever heard of that??? Matt Nicolay is exactly that. You can spend as much as $800 to get a timing belt and water pump done on a Honda, about the same to have an intake manifold gasket done on your mid 90's Buick; or the front axles and tie-rod ends done on your SUV. Matt does almost any major repair well, and at about HALF of what most shops in Topeka charge. If your car groans when it turns left and you take it to Nicolay, he'll tell you what's wrong, give you the price, and tell you how long you have till it needs to be done. No thirst for blood or money here, just the rare honest man who works on cars. You do need to know that to get in to see him it usually takes a call about a week ahead of time to get in (understandably) but it's ALWAYS worth taking it to Matt, especially on anything major.
Being a first-time, new vehicle buyer, I was very cautious. After visiting other dealerships, Sharp Honda was the right fit for me. Salesman Rachid Lagrini greeted me at the door. He was very outgoing, personable and down-to-earth -- NOT PUSHY. He listened to what I was wanting in a vehicle, answered all my questions, and didn't make me feel like any question was a 'stupid one'. Rachid kept in contact thru the entire purchase and since to make sure all things were taken care of to my satisfaction. Troy Clifton and Billie (finance) were also awesome in dealing with thru the whole purchase process. And - all the staff is very courteous, helpful and friendly. I highly recommend Sharp Honda for your next vehicle purchase! Thank you, Rachid, Troy, Billie, and all the staff for a first-time buyer awesome experience!!
In June of 2010, I bought a 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit from Terry Honeyman, the owner of Honeyman Auto. He was very honest about everything. He showed us the carfax and carfox reports and answered all of our questions very honestly. I have had the car for over a year now, and haven't had to do anything but change the oil and filters regularly. He put new tires on the car before putting it on his lot for sale and the car was very very clean inside and out. Terry let us take the car overnight to test it out, to make sure we really wanted it, and of course we loved it. The whole buying process, paperwork and all was very quick and effortless. I would recommend anyone who wants a great deal by an honest dealer, to stop by Honeyman Auto, you won't be disappointed. Terry made a lifelong customer in me and my family.
If you need to buy a new car and want a Honda, go see WES WELLS at Sharp Honda. He took his time and helped me work through what kind of car that I wanted and needed. He is friendly and patient, which is exactly what I needed after my car decided to quit. Wes made me feel confident that I was buying a car that would be a good investment and helped squelch all my doubts with a sense of humor and knowledge of the product. Thank you Wes for keeping me calm and going through the process with me. I'd also like to say that the service department was amazing. They checked my previous car out completely and NICK made sure that I knew all of my options without making me feel stressed to buy a car. He was knowledgeable, easy going and truly wanted what was best for me. Great Customer Service.
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.