Front End Shop in Gadsden, AL with Reviews -
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By: mcr1992
The 411 Shop
Traveling but stopped with motorhome transmission problem on a Friday evening! Prompt, cheerful, professional, on-our-site service by Randy and son Buzz. Required Saturday service after Tiffin over-nighted parts. Superlative praise for them!
By: Jon B.
One Stop Automotive
I had a serious issue with my car that not many wanted to touch. After seeking advice from numerous transmission shops one honest guy said to check the Catalytic Converter. Finally the issue had been found at last! After trying three muffler shops in the Gadsden area and nobody wanting to take on the task of a Catalytic Converter that's built into the exhaust manifold, The guys at One Stop Auto Repair happily took the job! I was back in my car and had like new performance out of a 2007 car with 173,000 miles on it in just at 2hrs! The price was much less than expected, and everyone there was pleasant and easy going. I would suggest One Stop Auto to anyone who needs an honest opinion for what is REALLY going on with your vehicle and honest pricing for the work that it needs without any unnecessary expenses. For people who aren't mechanically inclined you never can really tell if someone is being honest, or if they're trying to squeeze the money from a simple issue. Sure this place looks a little out of character, and there's at least thirty cars sitting around, but that proved to me that people bring them their business for one reason or another. Sometimes a small shop mechanic is much better than one of these huge places that don't have much going on.
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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