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12/19/2015
By: Tamie H.
Tom Davis Automotive
Tom Davis Automotive is absolutely the best auto repair company I've ever had repair my car. First before the work I spoke with Lisa about the issue (car was stolen and they took and broke parts of my motor), she was so thoughtful and took the time to assure me that all would be fine & was the only one who actually gave me any since of calm and most importantly it would be fixed perfectly with the only about of money I had. Second the gentleman that did the repair work did an amazing job!!!! It's a 2002 and it now drives and runs like a 2015. They did everything in one day and even took the time to bring it to me when they were finished. They went about and beyond. This is my 2nd time having repairs done with the same excellent results!!!!
02/10/2015
By: Michael G.
White's Automotive
Very honest shop. Wonderful Experience. My college age daughter (ISU) had an accident with her Honda Civic in January. Lost control of the car on I-35 and hit the median guardrail. The car had some body damage due to the accident. Her boyfriend thought the car brakes and steering felt soft and maybe were damaged. She brought the car to White's to have them check it out. They did a great job looking at it and found that nothing was wrong with the car. They did not charge her for anything. It is really wonderful to find a repair shop so honest and helpful. We will definitely use them in the future. It was great to have somebody confirm that the car was OK and to give us peace of mind. Thanks!!
11/21/2012
By: straightshooteratcha
White's Automotive
This is the best kept secret in Des Moines in automotive repair! The guys at White's are honest, skilled, honest, accomodating, honest, very reasonably priced, honest, easy going, honest, hardworking, honest, and honest. Oh! And did I mention honest? What more do you want in an automotive mechanic?? If you're not taking your vehicles to White's, you're probably paying too much and getting ripped off, but please don't go there so I can get in quicker when I need to. Thanks.
12/22/2014
By: Rick D.
Drake Garage
These guys know their stuff and do not hang you out to dry on costs. My family has trusted them with our past four vehicles and every time we want to buy a used vehicle, we pay for their diagnostic check because they do such a thorough job that it is worth the money. Every time we need work done on a vehicle, their cost beats anyone else and they do a fantastic job!! We always recommend them to all of our friends and family members when they need auto service.
07/27/2014
By: denise.barnett.56
Mobile Windshield Repair
I had my windshield replaced and was impressed with the quick turnaround time. The job was done the same day I called for an appointment. The price was even better as it was the best price quoted to me. The service was excellent and the technician was very nice and took the time to explain everything he had done and what I needed to do. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking to get their windshield fixed.
01/19/2015
By: David E.
Drake Garage
Drake Garage has repaired our three cars for years. We have always been treated fairly and honestly. If something needs immediate attention they will tell you and if you can get a few more miles out of it they will tell you that as well. Their prices compare well with dealers, have reacted quickly to any concerns, and have honored their warranties. You get that for which you pay.
08/28/2012
By: nsubybohn
Brown's Service
We have gone to Brown's Service for years. He fixes what is broken and lets me know what is going bad and should soon be repaired. He's honest and never sells me what I don't need, which is hard to find these days. And if he can't fix it, he'll recommend some one that he trusts. (P.S. He also like ice cream on Hot days...)
04/05/2014
By: Tom J.
The Value Auto Store
Great prices and they don't sell wrecked cars.Owner took the time to let me drive many cars to find one I was completely satisfied with. Very honest about what work was performed and showed me receipts and auto check on the car. Will be back to purchase again and recommend to everyone. Best prices anywhere!
12/15/2014
By: Aaron L.
Van Auto Tech
This guy charged me less than half of what 3 other shops quoted me to change a head gasket- and put a 2 year warranty on it! Been using him for several years now- great mechanic, great pricing, super nice guy!
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03/30/2016
By: Tina M.
Franklin Automotive
The only place I will take my vehicles! I have been a customer since 1986. From the beginning, Mr Franklin was honest and fair. He explained what he did and showed me the old parts to compare.
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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