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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?
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I take all my vehicles here from my 49 chevy pickup to my 2011 silverado. I trust this place with everything I own. I won't go anywhere else.
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.
Been a customer for six years. Great at selling cars but can’t service them. From the first time I took car in for something other than oil change, to my present time having car in for recalls and check engine warning light, I have invested a minimum of four days without car. I think they will break a record, still have not looked at car after four days. STAY AWAY FROM THIS DEALERSHIP !!!BM Trenton
I took my van in to have repairs done,Scott took care of it,qiickly and resonably priced.I send my family there now
I had a great experience with Auto Lab. Scott the owner saved me a lot of time and money by diagnosing my problem with the air conditioning air flow. That fee would be applied to fix. They assumed that I would need my air conditioning stuff updated which would have cost minimum another 200 bucks. I mentioned to Scott that my air would eventually get cold in the summer and my heat would eventually warm up my car in the winter. He said he wanted to check something. He walked over to my car put his hand near the air vents and noticed that the air pressure was low. He took my glove compartment apart and proceeded to pull out a filter stuffed and clogged up with debris. This filter is connected to the air conditioning unit and engine... (don't know all the tech talk here). 20.00 filter and 20.00 labor fee. DONE! He said that his motto is to first check the simple least expensive solution before going further. I did not have to pay that 75.00 diagnostic fee here. Common sense. Thanks Scott!
We always have a great experience at McInerney's. Our salesman, Casey Dettloff is very good at answering all our questions and helping us figure out exactly what we need. He will go to great lengths to make sure you are getting the best vehicle, price and payment plan for your needs. Thank you McInerney's and thank you Casey!����
I went to the overalls in woodhaven Microsoft about 10mins a go...and that are the best...me and my wife move here from Branson mo...and a friend of mine but a new wheel bearing in my van and I guess he didn't tilt the nut that holds my wheel on.when we got up here it was marking nose.so I found out he didn't tiring all the way....so called the part store so can borrow some tools.and he said no problem so I drove there and he even took it out of the package so I can use it..and he even went out of his way to help me.....best place I ever Ben....don't remember his name tho....thanks guys..you're the best
I ran into really tough times recently, and Scott and the staff were a true blessing. I cannot ever thank you all enough for all the help you gave me. A million stars wouldn't be enough.
Thaks Scott and company for tuning up my Chevy Impala today. Great service and great pay.Glad I came here and will be back for my future car needs. Top notch service Dave 11-11-15
Awful service department all around. My fiance leased her first vehicle from there a little over a year ago and at 10,000 miles started to have transmission problems. I work for one of the big 3 and I know my way around cars. We have had her Patriot in there 3 times in the last 2 weeks. First time the car would start but wouldn't drive they had it for a week and said they fixed it. We picked it up drove it home that night and the next morning had to take it back in for the same problem. They wouldn't have it towed or help with anything, just said we had to get it back up there to them to look at it. Picked it back up a few days later and now when you put any demand on the motor such as trying to merge on the freeway it will not shift out of second gear. It revs up to about 6000 rpm and stays around 55 to 60 mph. It will only shift if you let off the gas and it drops below 3000 rpm or if you manually shift it, but according to them nothing is wrong with it. I will not ever buy or lease another Chrysler product again due to this one dealership. I understand that things are going to go wrong with a car but they have been rude throughout this whole ordeal and refuse to admit that something is wrong with the vehicle. I would not recommend this dealership to anyone. I will be talking to whoever is in charge of the dealership today and also getting in touch with Chrysler. Completely awful experience.
Ordered a set of tires there an a Monday and a week later am still waiting to see if they got them in. Actually, not waiting anymore. I'm sure some other tire place will be willing to take my $1050. Thanks for nothing Belle Tire Woodhaven.
I set up an appointment that took 3 weeks to even get for a recall. The day of appt I dropped my vehicle off at 8:45am , called at 2:30pm to see when it would be done after getting the run around they finally admitted to me when I called back at 4 pm that they were backed up and haven't even started it. The advisor said it wouldn't be done today and they should of told me when it was dropped off this morning that it wasn't going to be looked at today. I'm so livid, not only did they have my vehicle all day and do absolutely nothing, they knew that was the situation when I dropped it off and failed to mention it!!!! I took my keys and left, I guess I will have to go to a different dealership for this recall!
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.