By: narigonc
Goodyear Auto Service Center
I have had nothing but positive experiences at both Jason Hensley Goodyear stores, although I most often frequent the one on Salem and Otterbein. Two years ago the cover on my catalytic converter came off while I was traveling in Virginia. I took my van to a shop there and was told it would be $1500 to replace my exhaust system, and that was the only solution. I persuaded them to patch it until I could get home. Shortly after I got home, my van started losing power and got loud. I made an appointment and took it to Goodyear, expecting to spend at least $1500. Want to guess what I actually paid? $110. And that was after I told the owner I expected to pay $1500. He could have sold me an entire exhaust system and I would never have known the difference.Today I went in for a new muffler. The estimate was around $250 for just the muffler or $400 for the entire system, depending on how much rust was under there. My van is a 2002 with over 150,000 miles on it. I wasn't surprised it needed some TLC. What did surprise me was that Mike and Darrell decided they the muffler was in pretty good condition and they could patch it instead. If the patch holds, I'll be good for a couple of years. If it doesn't hold, they'll deduct the cost of the patch and replace the muffler like we originally expected. Today instead of $250, I paid $62.I have several more stories about expecting to spend more and walking away having spent much less at Jason's stores. These guys give honest, friendly, competent service. I wouldn't take my elderly van any place else.
By: sarahpa
All Tune and Lube
I can't say enough about these guys. I've been to 3 different shops, and they all told me my temperature sensor was bad. I had one shop replace the sensor, and still an engine light! So I tried All Tune and Lube, based on a friend's recommendation. Brad looked at my car and told me the sensor wasn't the problem. I asked him why, because the code was for the temperature sensor. That's when he explained "cause and effect." lol He took the time to explain to me that just because a code is thrown, it doesn't mean the sensor is bad... it just means the sensor is probably doing it's job alerting of another problem. In short... it was a leaking thermostat, that he said was allowing cold antifreeze to get into my motor at warmup. I'm not sure what all that means, but all I know is NO MORE ENGINE LIGHT!! Brad is right, there are many "parts changers," and there are very few true "Troubleshooters," who fix the problem and not just change the broken part. Had I brought it to them first, I could have saved a ton... replacing the thermostat was MUCH cheaper than replacing the sensor... that didn't need replaced in the first place. I highly recommend these guys... Brad has really earned my trust, and that's hard to do. Doesn't hurt that their prices are a RELIEF compared to others. They are very sweet people.
By: Karen M.
Autospot Collision
AutoSpot recently repaired my van which was involved in a front end collision. I cannot say enough GREAT things about the way that I was treated by Dave and his entire staff. They exceeded all of my expectations, going above and beyond to ensure that my needs were being met.My van was finished an entire week earlier than originally promised and I was kept informed during the entire repair process.Upon pickup, my van was completely detailed inside and out and looked brand new!I would HIGHLY recommend AutoSpot Collision to anyone in need of car repair and excellent customer service!!
By: natalie.sagge
3 Brothers
I took my car into three brothers on East 3rd Street I talk to a redheaded mechanic's name Jeff man was very friendly very knowledgeable he even helped with a little bit of extra on the side with parts he's a very reasonable man he's very good at what he does their toll selection is awesome for just a mechanic he is a very good mechanic very knowledgeable very friendly and doesn't have a problem with speaking to you he'll explain things to you to the best way that he can he doesn't make it confusing you have got to go there great customer service make sure to ask for Jeff
By: Chrissy O.
All Tune and Lube
This shop is absolutely wonderful and the mechanics definitely know what they are doing. I had multiple unnecessary repairs at other shops before being referred to ATL. ATL properly diagnosed my car and saved me from many more unnecessary repairs. I get all of my service there now, and they work on foreign cars for way less than the dealerships. They are also conveniently downtown, and I can leave my car during the day and pick it up after work. Refer your family and friends, they are the best!!
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By: william12
Brownies Independent Transmission
I took my vechicle in for them look at and they told me that I had a problem. I was worried at first because I have never had a transmission problem but they were awesome. It did not cost me all that much and I felt comfortable with them. They have been around for a long time so I figured they were not going any time soon. People you have no idea call them and find out. If you like personal service from people that care call.
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By: Andrew H.
C's Autohaus
They've worked on several cars of mine and have always been there for the random parts needed when I'm doing my own work. They specialize in euro but will work on anything and are competitive when it comes to price. They get work done in a timely fashion and keep in good contact with the customer with updates on how the repairs are doing. Would take anything on wheels there to get looked at.
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By: Gary K.
Frank Weiss Auto Repair
Frank has rebuilt two engines for me over the years and he does his own work. He does not send it out or swap it out. Also, most recently, I brought a car to him that another shop had told the previous owner that it was leaking oil badly. Frank looked it over thoroughly and determined that the engine was/is solid with no problems.
By: busymommyof8
Davidson Garage Ltd
Davidson Garage replaced the rack and pinion assembly on my 1999 Oldmobile Intrigue. While at it they repaired a long-time exhaust leak and changed my oil (which was way over due). They did an amazing job and when I picked up my car it was even cleaner than when I dropped it off!I'll be back for sure.
By: Lee G.
Autospot Collision
Great experience, start to finish. Was referred by Lexus of Dayton. Caleb was great to work with and the staff did a wonderful job making as good as new. Estimated 3 days and was done in 2. Even buffed out some unrelated scratches at no additional charge.
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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