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By: Lily M.
Midas Auto Service Experts
I'm sharing my personal experience with Midas in Ithaca, which has been very positive from a female college student perspective not from the Ithaca area. I would highly recommend this branch if you're an out-of-town university student who needs to have any car repairs because of their reasonable prices and customer service.I have an old car (20 years this year) and I thought I needed to have my drum brakes replaced because of a weird sound they were making. I think it might have been David(?) I saw; he seemed very nice and professional and didn't talk down to me as a woman in a car shop or anything. They said they'd take a look and I signed this paper saying I had a right to a written estimate before they did any work which I appreciated. I left it overnight and then called the next day asking if they had looked at it, and the person on the phone said that they had looked at it and there was just a lot of dirt/rust inside the drum brakes and that they were fine and didn't need replacing. They said they cleaned it out for me and I could pick it up tomorrow.Now normally car shops would charge a fee to have a car looked at and cleaned, and I was expecting to pay this when I picked my car up, but Midas charged me no fee for their inspection and cleaning. I am very impressed with their customer service, and know that if I had brought it in to the last place I went to in Ithaca they would've charged some sort of something. So I was very grateful as a college student with not a lot of money for not having been charged anything. I will definitely be coming back if I have a future problem as this experience shows me they are honest people and I won't be taken advantage of.I know Midas has had some bad reviews in the past but from what I understand they are under new management. I know my personal experience has been very positive and I will be going back.
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By: Frédéric B.
Wink's Body Shop
Disappointing customer service skills. A waste of time. I don't know about the work they preform but they are certainly not the most welcoming people
By: Paul B.
Maguire Hyundai
Poor heat in our Hyundai Sonata 2008. Maguire replaced a thermostat, inlet hose to heater core and added 1 gallon coolant. They had the car for a week. Charged $464.98.My daughter was driving a couple of days afterword’s and said the heat wasn’t hot enough.Since she was coming home in a few days and didn’t have enough time to return it to Maguire I said I would check it when she got home (5 hour drive). I confirmed the heat was poor and checked the coolant, I had to add 1 gallon. It was fortunate the car didn’t overheat and blow the engine.I had the problem before and had back flushed the heater core myself and notices the heater core hose connections at the firewall were corroded. I had figured Maguire would replace the heater core.The thermostat was not the problem, the heater core needed to be replaced and I had it done in my hometown. Beef with Maquire is they should have replaced the heater core. The thermostat and hose were not the problem. I was charged $464.98 for work that was not needed and was high for the work completed.
By: Daniel L.
Goodyear Auto Service Center
This is not an honest business.My wife and our five year old daughter took our 2004 Outback in to get a NY state inspection. We had forgotten and were overdue. They said that the serpentine belt was falling out and failed us. They wanted $115 and said that would pass us today. Fortunately my wife felt like something was fishy (first guy said cracked, second guy said falling out) did not agree to do the service.Three months ago we had recently paid to have our belt replaced at another shop. At first I gave Goodyear the benefit of the doubt. When we had the belt replaced we also had a lot of other work done, and were under a tight deadline. Perhaps the other shop accidentally neglected that repair? No. A visual inspection showed that this was definitely not the case. The belt was in pristine condition.I went back the next day and had them reinspect the car. It passed. I then brought the manager out to the car, showed him the belt and showed him his estimate from the previous day saying that the belt was “falling out”. He brought his team out including the tech who had previously inspected the car. Each of them played dumb making statements similar to “I don’t know what happened”, “It did not look like that yesterday”, “Maybe we made a mistake, maybe not”. Their response was totally non-apologetic and unsatisfactory.This was not a mistake. No one could look at that belt and think it needed replaced let alone warrant a failure of inspection. In this instance we were fortunate in that we only had to pay the $10 re-inspection fee, but I do plan to follow up with the district manager and potentially NY state DMV.It sickens and angers me that there are businesses out there that try to take advantage of women with children by lying to them about services that they do not need. This is one of those businesses. Do not give them a dime.
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By: Jessica H.
Augie's Auto Sales Inc
VERY RUDE!!!!! Not willing to talk to anyone unless they have cash in hand.....
By: Ømar C.
Wink's Body Shop
Winks is the worst. I took my eclipse there to get a spoiler put on it. He said he physically couldn't do it because the metal is too think, and if he did it would fly off if I went over 30 MPH. He advised me to return it. I went to Scottie's out in Dryden, and he put it on for me without a problem. I went back there to give them a second chance, and got an estimate on a small dent on my car. He told me he couldn't pull the metal, and I would have to replace that whole piece, that would run me more than $600. Took it to a different mechanic and he told me the metal can be pulled, and it would run me about $200. Any place is better than wink's, if you're taking your car there you're probably wasting your time.
By: Ordinary C.
Wink's Body Shop
Having an insurance with Geico, it was really easy for me to set up the repair at Wink's. They kept their promise and we got our car back on time. The part that were repaired looks just like new as if nothing had happened and they even cleaned the inside of our car! It was a hassle free experience and I would highly recommend them.
By: Nancy S.
Wink's Body Shop
Someone backed into me in a parking lot. The other person had Geico insurance. Geico was great about paying for the repairs. They sent me to Winks Body Shop in Ithaca where they have a Geico representative. He looked at the car and issued me a check on the spot. I could have taken it anywhere for the repairs but went with Winks because it was convenient and someone from my insurance company said they did great work. It was easy to set up - I left my car there while I was on vacation and they got it done. It needed additional work beyond what Geico had originally written the check for, but Winks was able to get the money from Geico and it didn't cost me a dime. They did great work and were great to work with. I was completely satisfied. I asked the owner whether it was worth fixing some other existing dents and he was honest enough to tell me it wasn't worth the cost given the age of the vehicle. Would definitely recommend them. #13838
By: Hillary C.
Wink's Body Shop
I had a fantastic experience with Wink's Body Shop. We had a minor car accident that damaged two of our doors on one side. Wink's personnel was able to help us find a used door that looks perfect and therefore decrease our out of pocket expense substantially. They were willing to work with us to figure out how best to repair the car and gave us the most competitive quote in town (I got three additional quotes from other shops). The car was finished 1 day early and returned to us looking great on the outside, and also vacuumed and cleaned on the inside (a nice surprise!) The customer service is also excellent. I would highly recommend this body shop to anyone.
By: mars822
Top 5 Rated
Sold my daughter a car with book value of $7k for $10k. Ok, that was her inexperienced 19-year old fault. But since then she has had to sink thousands of dollars into it. This guy is a classic used car salesman and should be avoided at ALL COSTS.
Tips & Advices
Using a variety of tools and processes, many of which require specialized training, auto body mechanics primarily repair cosmetic and structural damage to vehicles after accidents occur. They can also enhance a vehicle’s appearance and performance by replacing and adding new parts to a vehicle’s body.
This depends on the severity of the work that needs to be done. Something such as paintless dent repair for a few small dents can take an hour. Whereas auto body repairs for damages caused by a major accident can take multiple days to correct.
All auto body parts can be repaired but there is a threshold for the level of repairs possible. Parts can be damaged beyond repair and would need to be wholly replaced.
Auto body parts can be made from a wide variety of materials, usually based on what the part’s purpose is. Vehicle frames body panels, bumpers, roof racks, and other items that need to be strong and durable are usually constructed from steel, which is known for its durability and resistance to rust and high temperatures. But aluminum is quickly becoming a popular material of construction due to its lightweight yet durable nature. Body kits and other aftermarket parts like spoilers and hoods can be constructed from one form of plastic or another.
Yes, the vast majority of car makes and models have aftermarket parts available for many of their components. But higher-end vehicles typically have less aftermarket parts available since they often use specialized materials and manufacturing processes that are difficult to duplicate for many aftermarket manufacturers.

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