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09/01/2012
By: pastorthad
M J Usa
Mike is the most honest person I have met in a very long time. I took my Sea Doo to another repair shop and they diagnosed carburator rebuild at $750. I decided to get a "second opinion" after a friend of mine suggested MJUSA. I had never heard of MJUSA so I Googled them, read some reviews and decided to take a chance and get a second opinion. Well, Mike personally greeted me, told me he had been in the business over 35 years, assurred me he would treat me right so I left the wave runner. About a day later he called with the diagnosis. I needed a new prop and rear housing. He priced "new" and then he told me he could save me some money by rebuilding my old prop and ordering a used housing. I agreed because it was $350 TOTAL!!! In about two days I had my machine back...running strong. However...I had a leak. NO idea where, why or how it was leaking so I took it back. Mike personally took it out to the lake and water tested it. He made a few adjustments, called me up and said it was ready to go. I picked it up. Several days later...still leaking. Now...I weigh about 325... so my weight played a part in all of this to be sure. BUT...Mike tore it back down...found that I had had a stick go through the inlet...messed up the propeller...and the rear assembly. He took a used propeller and assembly he had and fixed it for me and ONLY charged me a very small amount to fix something that was not his fault. AND...in the process he found the leak...fixed it too and charged me NOTHING to fix the leak. My wave runner runs like a NEW one!!! I am SO VERY GRATEFUL to Mike for everything he has done for me and have recommended him to many of my friends. Mike CAN BE trusted and he is now my mechanic of choice. There is NONE BETTER!!! THANKS Mike and all the Tecs at MJUSA. You guys ROCK!!! Rev. M. Thad Gifford, Pastor @ Crossroads Community Church, London, Ohio.
12/08/2015
By: Anita F.
Hudson Import Auto Services
Hudson Import Auto Svcs is hands down the MOST REPUTABLE auto repair business I have EVER encountered! Nahm is the owner and the hardest worker ... I swear he's my guardian angel AND the HEART and SOUL of his business! He doesn't just service imports- he knows about and works on ALL makes and model cars!The integrity, the kindness, the patience, the respect, the knowledge - not to mention, his reasonable prices and complete passion he has for the work that is done there; makes him the BEST of the BEST! There are not enough Woohoo's to express the lovely person he is inside and out. He has the most dedicated hard working mechanics and Nahm has NEVER failed me! I usually don't take the time to write reviews but I couldn't resist giving him kudos for his awesome work and character. I wont take my car anywhere else 'cause I found someone I can trust and I happen to like it done right the first time :)I hadn't been there for about a year but when I called him last week with an urgent situation I was experiencing with my new used car (Toyota Avalon). He not only remembered me/my voice over the phone- he took me in based on the symptoms my car was having (even tho it was one of his busiest days) 'cause he felt it wasn't safe to drive! His priority are his customers! My car was running horribly but he squeezed me in while I waited that same day and ... now my car runs like BRAND NEW!!!When I first got there, he test drove the car and knew IMMEDIATELY what was wrong. He also test drove the car himself AFTER the repairs, to be sure the symptoms were no longer an issue. He is BEYOND BELIEF- and I can always count on him. This respectable man is a rare find - a nice family man who treats his customers like one of his own family! His place is clean and comfy as I watched TV. All I gotta say is GOD BLESS HIM and thank you, Nahm, for always being there!
09/03/2014
By: Jim G.
Full Automotive
I have been using Full Automotive for almost twenty years. Mike is a very good experienced and most importantly honest mechanic. The store front and waiting area is unimpressive, but the results are good and the repairs done need to be done. I had two experiences that really sold me on Full auto.I went in to a local tire shop on Wilson and Fisher for a deal on an oil change and "complimentary" inspection, when I was informed I would need a costly strut replacement and alignment for about $600! Knowing that the 3 year old car with 51 thousand miles had driven and handled beautifully, I ran it by full automotive, and had the struts checked. He said there was absolutely nothing wrong with them. He told me he would let me know if I ever needed to replace them, if I did not notice it first. I traded the car in 5 years later with 113 thousand miles and the struts and car were still great. Had west-side Toyota dealership quote me over $1,200 (to start) to work on a significant problem with Camry after a thorough engine and system analysis. Even then they could not be sure it would fully correct the problem. Full Auto took an OBD reader and within minutes told me exactly what the problem was and the cost was $450 (majority for Toyota part) - repair was spot on. The dealership was off the mark on the needed specific repair they were trained to repair!Full Auto does good work at a fair rate, and does what needs to be done. They even let you know you can wait on certain things if they are not quite ready for service or inform you of what will need to be done in the future. Pretty store front and nice waiting area are lacking, but honest and knowledgeable mechanic owns and operates this long standing west-side business.
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03/16/2015
By: Sinn A.
Alternative Auto Care
This shop is great for SMALL fixes. The one's they can't over charge you on OR charge a storage fee, since their on a small lot & take on so many clients they can't get to u as fast as they would like. But still want that storage fee instead of saying u have a choice to come get it or be charge. 1st issue. Charming, well educated, very skilled workers, luv that part. But when when a customer is charged for something they wanted done, & they don't, big problem. When small parts like an oil stick is broken & the owner knows it wasn't, but they say it was like that when it came in, Wrong. When a customer is coming in there to spend well over a thousand dollars, you might wanna rethink how u do business. And on that note, The OVERCHARGE for labor is insane for such a small business, U'd think u were getting taken advantage from a dealership for some of the labor charges. Some not all, i have been there for smaller things, and they treated me good on price. But after that last job, sadly i will not be returning. over charged, esp on parts we all know how cheap they get them, profit is not worth being greedy. Not doing things customers ask for, thats a biggie with any customer, things getting broke n not fixing it that is just wrong. I have went to well know company's and had fair prices "even if they are a little pricey" and it was cheaper than going here. After my experience here, i'd rather start using back yard mechanics, at least they keep it blunt, and work with ur budget. Enter at your own risk.
08/12/2013
By: olssononeill
The Saab Shop
I had just bought my daughter a 2002 Saab 9-5 Aero in Portland Oregon. It drove across the country to Louisville Kentucky without issue. In Laramie Wyonimg, with 35 mile winds I attempted to top off the oil and proceeded like an idiot to pour about 1/3 of a quart all over the engine trying to get the pour stream to go in the oil fill, and then stuffed the oil can into the fill, most likely overfilling the engine. To say the least we had oil everywhere. After dropping my daughter in Louisville, I was to borrow the car to drive to Pittsburgh to see a client. Just before Wheeling, Pa., the car threw the Serpentine belt and my trip was over. I emailed 3 shops in town on a Sunday night while stranded on the side of the interstate. Dave, the owner of the Saab Shop, was the only one to respond back to my email for help and called me to assess the situation. I had AAA tow the car back to Columbus, Oh. 115 miles to get it to The Saab Shop, and stayed the night. Monday morning, Dave and crew dropped everything, worked on getting all the oil off the motor, and replaced the belt and pulleys in less than 5 hours from the time they opened. These guys will go out of their way to please their customers and help others if they have the opportunity. Thanks to all for being there in my time of need. I was able to make my flight back to Oregon without incident because of these guys, thus saving me more money. I would highly recommend. Ted and Dave are great. Saab Shop A+!!!! Chris O'Neill
02/04/2013
By: tannersmommy77
Clear Vue Auto Glass
Wow...where to begin?? This man is AMAZING! My car was vandalized Thursday night Jan. 31st. We didn't realize it until Friday morning February 1st. My car is a 2006 VW Beetle with leather seats, the window had been shattered and the glass shards were all over my passenger seat and carpet. We were really worried about the glass cutting up the leather, AND the very cold air ruining the leather as well. Needless to say, we needed to choose the company that could replace my window the quickest. Safelite quoted us $212.78 and said they couldn't do it until Monday *sigh* so we set up the appointment but continued calling other window replacement companies. We called many others, but ONLY CLEAR VUE AUTO GLASS agreed to get us in THE VERY SAME DAY! Woohoo! THEN, to further impress us, the owner beat Safelite's price by $43.61 LESS than Safelite quoted us! So my husband drove my little car in the freezing cold to Clear Vue. The owner not only replaced my window, but he used a vacuum to remove every last shard of glass out of my leather seat, (not one scratch on the leather!) out of my carpet, even out of the (extremely hard to reach) inside on my door panel! Which was a huge deal because I have OCD and if I would have heard glass rattling around inside my door it would have made me crazy! LOL! THEN, as if we weren't impressed enough already, he swept my carpets spotless, THEN cleaned & polished my dashboard! I'll never use anybody else again! A+++++ Thanks again! :-)
02/08/2013
By: eric.lane.710
Village Car Store Inc
I had been looking at used cars for 2 weeks, then was ready to buy. I just sold my car so needed my new wheels quick. Had a list of car lots and specific cars from the internet. Traveled from all over Columbus,to Pataskala, to Lancaster, to Delaware. It was the end of the third and last day of my buyer's grace period, and I was on my last nerve and heading home. I remembered stopping at The Village Car Store during my "shopping around" stage and it was only minutes from my house so I decided to swing by. The very nice young man I spoke to previously greeted me. All the cars there are high quality and I explained my situation and test drove several cars. Unfortunately, although very tempted, they were just a little beyond my budget. This is a family owned business (father & sons). I was asked what my limit was, and the young man went in to talk with dad. When he came back out he said "hold on, my dad wants you to look at a car." They brought around a 2003 Ford Taurus SE. There was only minor body dings/scratches and the interior looked brand new/spotless. Electric seats AND pedals, then test drive made it more inviting. "You can have it at your price out the door." "Huh!?" Was able to have my mechanic give it a good look and thumbs up. Done deal and very happy! To be truthful, I just about felt like part of the family. What a world it would be if we had more people like this. Great car buying experience!
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06/14/2015
By: Sean B.
A Team Transmissions
Excellent customer service! They took in my car and had my transmission replaced the very next day. I can't say enough for the service I received from Thom and Greg. Not being from the area, they provided transportation to and from hotel. If you find yourself stuck with transmission problems of any sort, this is the place to bring your vehicle. A free diagnostic will be done along with a repair estimate of cost and time. They have technicians whose sole purpose is to remanufacture and completely overhaul transmissions of all makes throughout the day. When complete, these remanufactured transmissions are stress tested and placed on the shelf to maintain a running inventory of stock transmissions. They had a stock transmission on their shelf for my car and I was on the road the very next morning. The repair service at A-Team Transmissions does not stop with transmissions. These guys are extremely knowledgeable with transmissions but they also take care of engine problems. Transmission problems are progressive and can get worse any moment without notice. I witnessed this with my own. If you bring yours in, then they tell you the problem is worse and will cost more, I would not question the integrity of their answer. These guys shoot it straight and give honest answers regardless of how much it may hurt to hear the news.
11/18/2013
By: Ryan F.
Evans Automotive Repair Inc
In today’s world of many insincere and dishonest auto service centers and dealerships, Evans Automotive shines through like a diamond in the rough. Never before have I felt so appreciated as a customer when having my vehicle serviced or repaired. Their honesty and integrity have on me over. Whenever there is a repair done on my vehicle, I never have to guess, or wonder if the repair was done correctly. All to often at many service center, the driving force is profit, or the “bottom-line” with little or no consideration for the solution that might be best for the consumer, I have never felt this way about Evans Automotive. There is a trust in quality workmanship that I receive from Evans that cannot be matched even by the original dealership by Evans mechanics and employees to remember each of your hundreds of customers by namem and their ability to treat each person as an individual, as though they are their only customer it is no wonder that so many Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari owners trust them to do the tool work on their very expensive automobiles. They should feel proud of these many positive attributes, for they are well deserved and can only come form many years of setting the standards by which all others should be measured in the automotive repair industry.
11/05/2013
By: Johanna D.
The Saab Shop
This shop is the best! I was on an 8 hour trip with my 2001 9-3, hundreds of miles from home, and my engine malfunction light came on. My good fortune is that I was just east of Columbus when this happened, and was lucky enough to contact Ted at The Saab Shop. He was unbelievable - stayed on the phone with me as he patiently directed me through the city of Columbus (like the back of his hand!), around detours and road closures to get me to the shop. He and Nik stayed after hours and gave of their personal time to meet me and make sure there wasn't something seriously wrong with my car. Nik quickly but thoroughly checked my engine, diagnosed and reset everything, determining that I could continue my trip, but that I should have it checked out once I got home. A huge relief for me! He really knew his stuff and I felt totally comfortable with his diagnosis. He listened patiently to my questions and took the time necessary to explain what I needed to know, in addition to logging his observations and actions for my mechanic to review once I was home. For those of you who are lucky enough to 1.own a Saab, and 2. live in the Columbus area, this is your shop.Johanna DaveyHershey, PA
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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