Honda Locations & Hours Near Atascadero, CA -
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By: Carlos M.
APS Automotive
I took my truck in for oil leaks instead of repairing them they made them worse, after they got through with the truck the transmission wasn't shifting properly and my engine was burned up. Robert Davis is certainly a talker but behind that Personna is a crook, I took my truck to Mike's automotive a real mechanic, he had to install a new engine new transmission because of the stupidity and ignorance of APS. I would not recommend anybody to take their cars or trucks there! They tell you something is wrong with it when there's not, just to boost their invoices which equals profits It's better to take your cars or trucks to Mike Automotive he's a real certified mechanic and he would not rip you off.
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By: Jonathan L.
Mary Firpo--Secretary and customer of La Rosa's Automotive.Its the best auto repair shop I have ever come across. Before I started working here this was a place I found to bring my Mazda Millenia when the supercharger was failing. The repairs took a while because there were a lot of parts and repair work involved but I was kept informed about what was going on every step of the way. I was shown the parts that needed to be replaced and explained what the problem was. I feel very comfortable with the mechanics and the owner because he was very direct with me about the repair process. So I recommend this place to all of my friends and people who have car repair issues because this place can handle anything.
By: Sondra P.
Gutierrez Auto Repair and Detail
Cesar Guitterez, the owner of this business, and I have been having a court case going on 2 years now. This man sold me a car, and I admit, it was a rash decision for me and I am responsible for buying the used car. He sold it to me and claimed that he was selling it "as is." And that it still needed some work. He claimed that there was a sort of misfire and described what needed to be fixed. I took it to a mechanic the next week and was told that this was not the issue with the car at all and that the engine was shot. Within days, the car was making noises, and within a very short time, broke down. I took him to court to get my money back--and the judge ordered that he refund my money. I spent a total of about $300 dollars in court fees and went to court about 5 times approximately, and each time he claimed that he would give me the money at a certain time. He never did. The last time I went into his office, he asked me for my address over the phone. I told him that I would not give my address to him because we had a major court case going on and he could find out where I live. He has a warrant out for his arrest--and has a dishonest nature and has not valued me as a customer. He has went against the law and not lived by his word in repaying me. Needless to say, I need to file court papers again, and send sheriffs to his business. This is not a recommended shop--and I'm sure there is more going on behind the scenes that I do not know about. This needs to be investigated. Shady business practices.
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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