Desantos Auto Repair in Erie, PA with Reviews -
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By: Marina B.
Bronson's Auto Repair
After 2 days of trying to get my inspection stickers stumbled into this little gem,, I was lucky because they took care of my car. Gary filled all paper work necessary and sent me on my way. All I can say honest and professional not at all like the ones on parade. Thank you
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By: Brendan M.
Sears Auto Center
Chris at the front counter was very helpful and friendly. Over all experience was good. I did have an issue with my back right tire not holding its air properly, but they fixed it and explained to me the issue in a timely manner.
By: Tony K.
Sears Auto Center
Stay away!! I puchased 2 tires from there and got the road hazzard warranty. had a slow leak in one of the tires found out they never replaced the valve stem! They said it would take 2 HOURS before they could even look at the tire.
By: Adam H.
S K S Auto and Truck Center
I bought a used plow from SKS for $2750.00 . Joe told me all used products are guaranteed to work. I took the plow to my local mechanic to install it. It cost him $200 in parts to determine the plow broken. I called SKS to try & rectify the situation. after scheduling 3 different appointments, each one they accidently forgot to write in the book. It took them 3 weeks to even look at the plow. Initially they admitted something was wrong with the plow. Then when I went to pick up my truck they told me a circle lies that ultimately laid all of the blame at my feet. They also charged me additional labor just to look at the plow. MY QUESTION IS.... IF NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH THE PLOW WHEN I BOUGHT IT, WHY DID YOU HAVE TO CHARGE ME TO GET IT WORKING? Please do not trust SKS. If you need a plow, go see Jerre in Harborcreek, you'll be much happier
By: pittgirl311
Al's Auto Service
I went to get an oil change here, and I was told that it would cost me $32. This is already higher than most other places, but I still went to Al's. That was a mistake. They charged me $52, and did not even bother to call me to see if I was ok with that price. No, they just did what they wanted and expected me to pay up. When I was getting an inspection done, they would not pass me because of my rotors, although I just had new ones put in. And I was still charged for the inspection. This place will rip you off on pretty much anything.
By: jaynec
West Tenth Auto
My daughter, son, and I have bought tires every year and had our cars inspected here. My son recently took a new car he bought to them and they found a lot of safety problems with it. They documented everything and we got the dealer to fix it. They are always very nice and do a great job. !!!
By: josephg1967
Bomar Auto Repair
In April 2010 Bomar indicated that my 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier needed to have its exhaust system replaced. I agreed to let them repair my car. The cost of the exhaust system replacement was approximately $1,000. Approximately 2 years later when I brought my car to Bomar for inspection, it indicated that I needed my muffler replaced. I was surprised by this since it was 'supposedly' replaced 2 years before. However, I allowed them to replace it. In November 2012 (6 months after the muffler was replaced and my car was inspected), the muffler separated from the exhaust pipe in front of it. The pipe was rusted through to the point that it is hard to believe that it passed inspection 6 months prior. I allowed them to replace it at a cost of $200. In January 2013, I heard a loud noise in the front of my exhaust. At this point I took it to Chevrolet Vehicle Repair. Chevrolet indicated that the front of the exhaust (including the catalytic converter) needed replaced and that the original parts were still on the car. That is, Bomar never replaced them. Chevrolet replaced them at a cost of $900. You hear about nickel and dime mechanics ripping people off because they don't know how to repair something but this is the first time I ever heard of a mechanic charging for replacing parts that they didn't actually replace. The sad part is I really have no recourse other than to report them to the Better Business Bureau. After all, I can't prove they didn't do the work. My advice - STAY FAR AWAY FROM BOMAR
By: cityparagon
Warren Auto Service
I work real close to this place, but never used it because there are all these cars sitting out fron that look like they've been there forever. You know what I mean. I had a sudden fast leak in my tire and had to get it fixed. I stopped by Warren's just to see, he took my truck in fixed the leak, free of charge, and said hope to see you again. I took it back when I heard squeaking from my breaks, he fixed it and noone could believe for such a low cost. Then I made an appt. for him to inspect it, my regular mechanic was a little miffed. But he looked it over, fixed ONLY what needed to be fixed, he didn't try to throw any of those easy unneeded money makers in there, and I was out the door. I take my truck to Wareen for EVERYTHING now. He's honest, the way mechanics used to be!
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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