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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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During an oil change and routine diagnostics for my 2011 Equinox at my local shop in mid September, the mechanic mentioned he got three codes related to the catalyst converter. I had recently received a letter regarding this and told him I'd take it to Chevy as it was a recall that would be fixed by them for no cost. I made an appointment and brought it here on Sep 19th first thing in the morning. I was told that it was not the catalyst converter, but the camshaft. Between that and brake pads on the back, I spent close to $700. Oct 10th, on my way to have my air checked at my local shop, the check engine light came on again. My local shop informed me that they /again/ got the catalyst code. I called Autonation when I came home and dropped it off the 11th at 7:30 am. I was allowed a loaner car. I was told that, ah yes, they did get the catalyst code /this/ time. They fixed that and the fuel line recall and I picked up my Equinox yesterday, the 13th, around 5pm. I was FIVE miles down Linton Blvd when the check engine light came on AGAIN. Are you kidding me? They offered to let me bring it back, which would be the third time in three weeks, and I originally accepted and then called back and declined for now. How am I supposed to trust it will actually be fixed THIS time? They were barely even apologetic and I only gave two stars instead of one because of the loaner car. Third time is a charm maybe? I called OnStar and asked them to run a diagnostics, which returned the code P013B - Oxygen Sensor Slow Response Lean to Rich Bank 1 Sensor 2. I've had it. I've half a mind to just pay to have it fixed by someone so that it might finally be right - I don't understand how it's still throwing codes after two visits. I can't recommend them at all.
"A happy camper" I have been buying vehicles for business and pleasure for over 55 years. Until I met and worked with Carlos Menendez as a salesperson I thought all sales people came from the same mold. Carlos is a no pressure individual, which does more to gain respect from potential customers. He would not let my wife and I leave the lot with our new vehicle, until he was sure we understood the complicated (at least to me) equipment and how to operate it. Then a follow up call 2 days later to confirm that we had no unanswered questions. I have already and will continue to recommend Carlos to any one interested in replacing their vehicle. Delray Hyundai has a real Gem in Carlos. I have owned vehicles from a 1962 Nash Rambler, 11 in arrow Lincoln Town Cars, Mercedes Convertible, Lexus, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Ford Expedition and many others, but so far owning my 2015 Genesis can hold a candle to any one of them. I had previously purchased another Genesis, from a different Hyundai Dealership, and I will not revisit or recommend them to anyone ever again. They told me lies from Salesman to Service dept. personnel. happy customer
I have been a valued customer of Delray Auto & Lube for the past 12 years and it is definitely the best place around for honesty’ the price of labor and parts in Palm Beach County! The manager Carlos is always friendly’ accommodating and extremely professional, he always tells me when or a good time to bring in my vehicle since I need it for my business. Carlos always follows up with a call to let me know when my car is almost done and a good time to pick it up, so I’m not waiting around all day! I was referred to Delray Auto & Lube by a local business owner that has been a long time customer and said that Bill and his crew would treat me right! As a woman people have tried to rip me off in the past and I feel the best referral is word of mouth! The reason I love Delray Auto & Lube is because they've always treated me as a valued customer, their “HONEST” and do “AWESOME WORK” which they stand by!!!
Wow. I came to Congress Auto Service for an oil change. The engine is a turbo so oil changes can be pricey. It was the most affordable one I've EVER gotten. Plus my check engine light was on. I was planning on going elsewhere to be checked. Sam at Congress Auto checked it without me asking. It turned out that the gas cap has been stolen, resulting in "check engine light". Sam took care of me and I didn't have yo pay am and a leg at a dealer to diagnose the problem. Believe me when I tell you guys, even just having flat tires or any problem either major or simple, they always take the extra step by topping all fluids, checking pressure on tires, to make sure I'm driving a safe car. Congress auto really want what's best for their customers and totally have my TRUST.
I purchased a 2016 New Honda Accord Sport Seden on June 4, 2016 from Delray Honda. Past purchases from other dealers had made me terrified, rather even traumatized, of entering a car dealership. I relayed my fears and needs to Salesman Mark Melnick, Internet Director Jason Hopkins, and General Sales Manager Al Benjamin. They promised that my out the door cost as quoted via email would be honored, and that I would not be harassed about extraneous contracts and warranties, which was a fear of mine. They not only kept their promise and worked as a team to ensure my transaction was smooth, the out the door cost ended up a little less than quoted. Excellent transaction and I would recommend Delray Honda to anyone. Adam Bratter, CPA West Palm Beach Florida
The guys who work at Delray Auto Repair are all great guys. I work close by their location, and with my families many vehicles and work vehicles we always take our cars to Bill and he always goes the extra mile. All of them are very nice and honest and willing to help. They always do an excellent job and there is never a long wait to get the vehicles back. Bill, Carlos, Paul, David and the others are great mechanics and very friendly. When anyone asks me if I know a good place to get my car fixed, oil changed or get a tire plugged, I recommend Delray Auto Repair every time. Thank you Bill for all your help over the years.
I heard about this place from a friend...came recommended, and I needed an alternative to the dealer, so I brought my '07 M5 in for a few complaints that the dealer couldn't fix... I had a shimmy in the front end for a long time with this car and Braman BMW put 3 sets of front tires on it and balanced them (only paid for the 1st set), but it never fully solved my problem. Joel @ Precision looked at it, rebalanced them again, then said i needed "thrust rod bushings." i had him replace them, and OMG IT WAS FIXED!!! so long i dealt with that...Precision Auto customer 4 life!!
Recently visited Delray Acura to see about acquiring a new TLX. We met with Ron Hirsch and had one of the best experiences in dealing with an auto dealership. He made us feel extremely welcome, was very knowledgeable and worked out a very competitive deal. I would not hesitate to recommend Ron and Delray Acura to any of my friends. We have only had the car for a short period, but are very satisfied with it's initial performance to date. The car handles easy drives quiet and makes us happy that we selected Acura.
I recently moved to Florida from NY and your dealership surpassed them in all areas of service. From the service person who took the initial information for my car to Richard coming out to introduce himself and take me to his service desk and the cashier at the end of the service, all were professional and made me feel welcome as a customer. Your lounge and amenities are also better than those in NY and make the wait more pleasant. Thank you.
The dealership quoted me $3600 to replace a part in my car! I took my car to Delray Auto Center and Kevin Smeltzer identified a loose and incorrect sized bolt that needed to be replaced in order for the part to function properly. The dealership littlerly put my car together wrong from a previos repair they did. I appreciate Kevin's honesty, integrity, quick, friendly and professional service. I will refer all my friends and family here!!
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.