What Should I Do When My Car Dies on the Road? »
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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.
I would like to say. I just saved a friend from this shop. She took her car into this shop. Towed in. Was charged 2 times for a dino. 2 seperate times for battery chargers. On top of parts. And the car still does not run at this point. Over $600 in repairs and the car still does not run. At this point my friend told them she just wants her car. So apon further investigation. The only thing they did was recharge the battery and run a dino. Mind you these 2 minimal things cost my friend $385. Now the biggest thing is that their dino said the car wont run because of the ecm needs replaced. Got the car away from their. Second opinion. The ecm is fine. Fine. What is wrong is. Spark plugs and wires need replaced. And the ac. Compressor was siezed. By doing both these things. Car runs great. Now. All that being said. If you ran 2 dinos on the vehicle then why did you not find that the ac compressor was seized. Ding ding ding. Answer. Shady mechanics. You saw a small girl and thought you could get one over on her. You were going to have her buy the ecm. Then when that didn't work you were going to charge her more money. And more money. Pathetic. Its shops like yours that cause folk to worry if they are being lied to just get their cash. ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION
had a good experience with this auto repair shop, pleasent and knowledgeablegroup. will be returning for any future repairs.
I brought my van in to get a new/rebuilt transmission. Jay told me on two different occasions when it would be done. They never called to tell me there was a problem...I ALWAYS had to call them. It took them 10 DAYS!!!!!!! They left my gas tank below EMPTY and my van was so dirty when I got it back. They DON'T care if you need your vehicle done quickly because you have a big family. THEY HAVE NO COMPASSION!!! NO SYMPATHY!!!! Jay and Jeff know that when you bring your vehicle in, you are pretty much stuck and at their mercy. They say this is a CHRISTIAN based company...HA! The only person that acted like a Christian was the sweet lady at the front counter. All Jay and Jeff had to do was care about my families time....and they didn't!! I hope, by writing this, I have saved someone from a huge headache. STAY AWAY!!
I was told my car would be ready for pick up on October 9th. I went to the shop at 6:30PM (hours posted on door read 11-8). Shop closed early. My car sitting out front not fixed. No communication attempt. Left message. Had not heard back. Stopped in on the 10th. Jack apologized. Said he was busy. Asked to to give him until following Monday. I agreed. Went to the shop at 5:30 PM today the 16th. Shop closed early again. Again no communication. Left a message. Have not heard back. Have no idea if he does good body work or not since I haven't gotten my car back yet.
Unbelivable! Never going back to the old way for changing my oil, these guys are great! They came to my house to change my oil while I was inside practcing to play my guitar! And the price was less than my dealership!
Don't listen to that other person. I took my car there to be fixed and they were WONDERFUL about it. Listened to my concerns and were prompt to get my car back as good as new. They even charged less than the others wanted! I HIGHLY recommend this place.
My boyfriend went in there today to get a tire put on they took an hour then he noticed that they cracked his wheel. They refused to take the blame for doing it then charged him extra for doing nothing. He was also cussed at by the employee. NEVER USE THIS SHOP! They not only overcharge people but they will also mess your stuff up and make you pay for it.
BEWARE OF THIS PLACE!!! I have been a loyal customer of Yost for many years. I brought my vehicle in this week to get checked out before I go on a road trip. I had no concerns with the car. I was told that all four tires and break hoses needed to be replaced and that they would need to order the hoses for the back. When I got home that night I checked my car maintenance records and discovered that they already replaced the front break hoses a year ago when brought it in with an issue. I did some research and talked to people and the info I could see indicated that the hoses would not go bad that quickly. Everybody I talked to has either never had to replace their brake hoses or straight out said that this was suspicious and I was being scammed. When I went to pick my vehicle up I asked why BOTH front hoses would have gone bad so quickly. I was told it could have been, ‘because of the heat’ which is not logical because there would be more people with the same problem as I am sure my car does not get any hotter than anyone else’s. Realizing how dumb that sounded the employee also said that, ‘it could be a faulty part’ which I could except if it was one of them, but not BOTH. I was not charged as the part was still under ‘warranty’ but I now question the necessity of the other things they did. Don’t trust this place!! They did the bare minimum to make things right with me after I caught them and tried to minimalize their responsibility by blaming the weather and the parts.
Two years ago we had work done there and Paige was a great help with the stressful accident repair experience. Now here we are again needing repair work after we were rear ended on Kellogg. State Farm tried to make out like it was going to take weeks to get any thing done. Again, Paige stepped in to make sure we are going to be taken care of timely. Thanks Paige! Boo SF
Receptionist is unprofessional and lacks knowledge of basic insurance questions. Greeted by low voice with no eye contact asking me "what are you here for". Was given a 2 year old contact sheet and asked to update it by crossing out the old and writing in the new information. No new forms or updated date and signature. Very SLOPPY! Then, she leaves my information for all to read on the counter, checks in another person the same way and you could tell they were also taken back by how she was. The tech stand next to her had blank stare and seemed to careless. I do not recommend this establishment.
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