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05/30/2013
By: bearcat17
D & D Auto Repair
Beware! I was told the price of the repair would run around $340.00 dropped the vehicle off the night before was told it would be done by the following afternoon. Never received a call so I called them about 5:00 in the evening and was told it would be done by the next morning. However the next am came and went and never heard anything. Again I had to call THEM about 4:30 and was told they were putting it back together and they would call as it was closer to complete. Received a call about 6:45 that it was finished. Thank goodness I had asked what the total was so I could make sure I had enough with me. To my SHOCK the total had almost doubled to $600.00! These people are the exact reason why people DON"T TRUST mechanics. What a horrible way of earning a living by ripping people off. I will NEVER again use a mechanic if I can not sit there the entire time my vehicle is being worked on ! DO NOT TRUST THEM!!!! A 1 star rating is even too HIGH
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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