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10/19/2016
By: Stephanie K.
Hunter's Auto Service
I bought a car from the owner. He advertised a Jetta on craigslist. In the advertisement it said the car had a clean title. The car in fact did not have a clean title. He buys cars at auctions and then fixes them up and sells them. He specializes in cars which have front end damage and repairs them. While it seems he did a fine repair job he was dishonest about the extent of damage inflicted on the car, hence the lack of a clean title. Of course this affects the value of car. Thus while the car was sold to me below KBB value, it was not a good deal given that the title was no longer clean. If you have no interest in the resale value of the car you buy, then not having a clean title may not matter much to you, but it certainly affects the value of the car. If you are interested in purchasing a car from this guy, ask to see the title of the car in advance to ensure it is clean. This guy lied to me. I imagine I am not the first person he has lied to. I was, in fact, very happy with the car. But not happy with his dishonesty and given the lack of a clean title, I overpaid for the car.
01/24/2013
By: ceciliatroy
Perlman's Towing & Recovery
Very polite, forthright and fast. Saved out car from being impounded on the side of the road. :) Thank you Perlmans. :)
09/17/2014
By: Daniel Z.
Auto Medics
Jerry is very friendly and very fair, he works alone so he can keeps prices reasonable.
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06/04/2013
By: astone213
Colonie Garage Inc
See them right away, they are good!
Tips & Advices
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 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 so 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.
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 tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, 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.
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.
Yes. 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.

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