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By: Santiago M.
Bayside Collision Svc Inc
I had a huge car accident that basically total my car not worth repairing. I went to a few body shops and everyone quoted me a ridiculous price. It was so much, I could have bought something else. Discourage I kept looking for a shop that would be fair and reasonable. Something I could afford and keep my special edition Jetta. After going around for a few weeks I asked the dealership where they get their cars painted for repairs. They told me they only use Bayside Collision, which is what they have been using for over 20 years now. I ended up heading there and met Arthur. Very nice guy that made me feel at home. He gave me a fair price and we both agree to the terms and I left him the car. A week into the repairs I had to return overseas from my extended leave from my deployment. Arthur told me not to worry about anything he got it cover. I return a few months later ready to pick up my car, which was done. He had done all the paper work done and it had a rebuilt title ready to go. He went above and beyond what I had ever expected. He touched up the entired car fixing all the little things around the car, which is something I couldn't afford. I inspected the car and couldn't find a single thing wrong. He was happy I return home safe and sound. An I was so impressed with the amount of work that went into it and the hospitality he gave me. I posted a few picture of the car from the night of the accident to what I ended up receiving. You be the judge and see the work for yourself. I highly recommend going here and seeing the quality of work they do.
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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