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By: Bill A.
Island Automotive
They know how to repairs cars but they charge dealer rates by the hour instead of the job rate set by the Chilton Parts and Labor Estimating Guides. They charge the current dealer rate of $85 / hr. Certified mechanic shops charge $75 and independent shops like this are normally charging $65 an hour based on the time estimate in the Chilton guide. The job they did for me rated 1 hour in Chilton's guide, but since they had the car in the bay for three hours they charged me for two even though they only worked on it for less than an hour. I understand that is how good mechanics make out-if they can finish a job in less time than the average quoted in Chilton's then great for them. They still get the hour charge. That should be at the shop rate here not the dealer rate of $85 an hour (and for 2 hours) for a one hour job at the shop rate of $65 an hour for the whole hour.
By: T B.
Tony's International Car Care
A friend recommended TONY'S INTERNATIONAL AUTO CARE. I checked out the reviews, YIKES! Turns out MOST Of the bad reviews are for the OTHER TONY & BROS AUTO SHOP down the street? Kinda sucks.. :/Anyways, just wanna share my great experience. I had some trouble on my wife's Mercedes c300 2009. It is a very expensive car, so I just want to make sure it was taken care of by the best. Tony was very polite. Took care of my car in an appropriate amount of time. Wife is back on the road! Thanks TONY & crew!! :D!!! As the car gets older, will definitely come back for preventative maintenance!
By: Joe M.
Tony's International Car Care
My Beamer didn't start one morning. I called AAA but they said they can't do anything, I need a what they said a new starter. I called around and Tony gave me a good price. 5 star service. The car starts beautifully now. They made the process super smooth. I love these guys!
By: isaacmarshall
Dr Detail
Miguel Arabia and his crew at Dr Detail in Galveston are great. I even see you in my Sunday school class.. My brother in Christ and a pleasure to do business with. If anyone reading this needs a mechanic in Galveston... Miguel Arabia with Dr Detail is your man.
By: mstanley
Pat's Garage
Great auto repair shop! I have used Pat's Garage for several years and have always gotten great honest service. I highly recommend this shop for all your auto repairs including State Inspection Stickers.
By: pgillum8798
Complete Car Care Center
We were in town visiting family with my wife's car and it started making some serious noises so we took it here. They got us back on the road quickly and were very accommodating to our schedule.
By: Ken F.
Sal's Windshield Repair and Headlights, Too !
Got a chip on a Saturday, give Sal a call, drove to his location and received immediate attention. Friendly fast service at a fair price. Can't even see there was a chip. Great job, thanks.
By: joelhooper
Dr Detail
The staff at Dr Detail is amazing and eager to provide their customers with the best possible service. Who new exceptional service still existed in this town? I know it does.
By: jkirchner7911
Complete Car Care Center
They worked on my car while I was in town and did great work. I got home safely thanks to them so they absolutely have my recommendation for good service.
By: marisa121
Complete Car Care Center
The service they offer here is great, better than I expected. My car is running great again!
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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