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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.
3360 S Craycroft Rd Bldg 2446Tucson, AZ 85707
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319 E Fort Lowell RdTucson, AZ 85705
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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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I found a car that I liked on their web page and I went to check it out. I was greeted by a nice older Hispanic man named "Johnny". I asked first off if I could take it to my mechanic to be checked out and they had no problem with that! My mechanic drove it first and then took about 45 minutes to run tests and check out everything. He found about 1500 worth of repairs (nothing really major) just lots of small things. He told me that other than these things the car was in great shape. (I tested everything to see if it all worked and everything did) I liked what i was told and bought the car. We agreed on a price, shook on it and since they couldn't take the entire cost off my card, I gave them 1,000 for a down and the next day would bring in a cashiers check for the balance. They said that way it could be emission tested and cleaned up for me by noon the next day. I came back the next day and the car was wiped down, not cleaned like I was expecting (they could have taken it to a car wash). Jack then was doing all the paperwork and he told me that I still owed 13.00 for the emission testing. I told his that was included in the doc fee charge of 399 I was charged. he said it wasn't and that I owed it. I told him I wasn't going to pay it. Johnny overheard this and rushed over and told jack to not charge me that I had already paid. I left and when I got home, the entire trunk was filled with dirt. There was ALOT of it. I couldn't believe it! I spent the entire next day cleaning it out! My advise to buyers is do your homework! Check out what the year and model is going for in the area. Look at many cars so you know how to compare them. and for gawdz sake, take it to a mechanic to be checked out before you buy! It will cost you about 30 bucks but you will know what you're getting into.
I've never written a review online before, but I was just trying to look up Wrench Dawg's contacts to give to a friend in Tucson, and I saw that other bad review so I had to respond. Wrench Dawg is the BEST! I generally have a great distrust of auto mechanics, because I'm a young woman and often feel like I will be ripped off because I don't know enough about cars to know any better. But John ("Wrench Dawg") has done excellent and extremely thorough work on my car, and has always been honest and forthcoming about explaining things to me so I understand what the problem with my car is and how what he is doing would fix it. His rates have also always been lower than or at least comparable to others I've been quoted, and he'll come to you to do the work, so it's more convenient than having to drop it off at a shop. John has worked on my car several times over the course of a few years (I have a very old, but well-loved, car) and done a stellar job. He will make sure the job gets done right, even if it takes him a lot longer to do it, which I really appreciate. Wrench Dawg has my highest recommendation (which is saying a lot coming from a skeptic like myself!). I no longer live in Tucson, and whenever something comes up with my car I always wish I did just so that I could bring it to someone who is knowledgeable, thorough, honest, and fair, like Wrench Dawg.
Ace is really "the place" !!!! Took my husbands belt for repair(he lost both screws on the buckel) to a shoe repair place next to ace on pima and craycroft.The owner said he cannot repair it does not have such small size screws so I said "Oh well I guess I will go next doo to Ace" "Ace is the place,right?" and he answered "thats what they say" sure enough I walked in was directed to the back and Eric solved my problem! he found the screws but had to clip them shorter,drill the holes again,screw them in and glue with super glue and finally the belt is back to perfect! and when I asked him for a receipt for the cash register he said"oh no,its just a couple of screws,come back and see us" unbelievable! I grabbed the manager card and wrote down Eric on the back and here I am letting everyone know that "Ace is the place" especially the one on Pima and Craycroft! Manager Sherry Kekic "Eric deserves recognition for following your motto" Will be back for sure! Thank you Eric also from my husband!who said "wow,there are still nice people here" Nadia Larsen
As a 62 year old recently homeless woman who managed to hang onto my 1990 Toyota, I walked into Tucson Foreign Car Specialists today thinking I was losing all I had left. I didn't know if it was worth fixing the exhaust leak, or would it cost more than I could ever afford. I knew what this could cost, & was shocked to find this repair would only be about a 6th of what I expected, totally manageable! Erik took the time to talk with me about the car, & look it over to reassure me it's not in nearly as bad of shape as I thought. He let me know the oil leak I knew I had will need repair but I was OK to postpone it as long as I check & add oil when needed. I walked out of this place feeling good about how long I should be able to keep this car & knowing I'd found the most honest, caring people I could possibly have found to look after my "old friend". I fully intend to recommend Tucson Foreign Car Specialists to everyone. DO NOT HESITATE to bring your vehicle here - you will not be sorry!!!
Superb customer service. They clearly "get it" that businesses live or die by Social Media and online reviews like the ones here because they give you a card with a web address and ask you to rate their service. Not only did they replace my windshield after I had bought my car and gotten home and noticed (I was distracted with how great my "new" car is to notice.) a divot in it. A week later I called about a few other minor, but essential to me about having this new purchase being up to par, and they gladly took the car in, gave me my beloved former car to use, and did a great job of fixing everything on my list. You want a great used car? You want great customer service? Go to Cactus, Doug the owner is a smart guy, my salesman, Reg was a spot on smart car guy, Xander the guy who handled my repairs is a great guy..heck you just can't go wrong at Cactus Auto! I love my CVPI!
My co-worker told me about this auto repair shop on Craycroft Road he and his family has been using for years. My car kept dying and I needed more dependability. I dropped it off and they offered me a ride to work. What a convenience! A couple hours later they called with a diagnosis and an estimate which was much less than I had anticipated. Plus they could finish it that same day. I feel very fortunate to have found such a friendly family owned shop with good knowledgeable techs. The communication was excellent and unlike my previous experiences with shops that I had to keep calling to get answers. Just the lack of frustration was a relief. My experience was very pleasant and accommodating. My car runs great and they even gave me a free car wash. I will be recommending this auto repair shop to all my family and friends and suggest it highly. Thanks for the good service! I will be back
I live in the state of Georgia and found the exact car I had been looking for on the Western Motors website located in Arizona. The owner was very patient with the ton of questions I had about the car and provided very detailed photos on their web page. He also was kind enough to pick me up at the airport when I arrived to look at the car. His description was spot on and there were no hidden surprises with the car. He was very knowledgable in dealing with state to state transfers, making that portion a breeze. My cross country drive went perfect and I had no worries about the car during my trip. I have and will continue to recommend Western Motors to all of my friends and will look them up when I decide to purchase my next car. Thanks to Ash and the crew at Western Motors for making my buying and driving experience perfect!
It's true, the entire process of buying a vehicle from the folks at Western Motors Inc in Tucson was wonderful. I test drove a few vehicles before selecting one to take a hard look at. The support staff was friendly and very knowledgeable on all of the various brands of foreign and domestic cars available. I attained financing through DE Motorcars and was pleasantly surprised at the interest rate they were able to secure me given my mediocre credit score. Hey, let's face it, it's rarely an easy chore to go out and buy a new/used vehicle these days but I must say, Desert European Motorcars will get my return business for years to come. Thanks Ash and staff. Great work! Now the fun begins - driving my Mercedes S430 sedan up Pacific Coast Highway next week to visit some friends in Santa Barbara!!
Being a military person I move around a lot and yes we like fast things. Well I just had replaced my clutch and with the heat out here I guess that style of clutch was no good. So searching up and down for a good reputable shop I came a crossed SPS AUTOSPORT. so I went in to get a feel of the shop and I will say I was impressed with the knowledge and the atmosphere of the place. I had them install a new comp stage 3 segmented Kevlar clutch and I have been very pleased with the support and fallow up to make sure everything is still operating the way it should be. I have been planning on building a EJ25 block for my STI and after further talking with the staff we are putting together a sleeved block and going for some high goals. I will gladly go back to this shop. Thanks Mike and Richard
After having some problems with my car, I took it to a shop for a free estimate. I was told it was my transmission and could be fixed for 1380$...BUT it didn't need to b done right away.i had at least 6 more months before it would go out..The very next day with my wife driving and a 3 yr old in the car in heavy traffic, it completely broke!! I called EVERY WHERE even Phoenix trying to get a good price. ..I finally talked to Mike at lacey automotive and was so happy to hear he had a transmission that would work for my car in stock..and for about 75% LESS than anywhere else!!! My car is working GREAT thanks to lacey automotive. .I will never go anywhere else and send all my friends, family and Co workers to them as well! ! Pick lacey automotive, u won't b disappointed! !
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.