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07/07/2017
By: Laci H.
Grant Fought Auto Service
I have THE BEST mechanic in the land!!!Besides being over-the-top reliable, they are the most honest and affordable. I had my '99 Toyota 4runner that has 393K miles on it serviced with a new starter, water pump and timing belt, oil change, fluids topped off and overall health inspection before going to Yosemite with 2 other people and a heavy load of camping equipment and food in the car with me. My mechanic, Ali, assured me I was good to go and if anything goes wrong to call him immediately, but that he was confident all would be fine. We made it to our Campground just outside of Yosemite Nat'l Park, NO PROBLEM! But after 3 days, we pack up and get ready to go, my car started up and sounded awful and would barely go. We hiked a mile to the local lodge and called AAA for a tow and most fortunately found a VERY reputable and OPEN [on the 4th of July] auto repair shop 30 miles away. Diagnostic tests showed it was merely a defective timing belt, which of course was brand new. He reported that my mechanic has done a perfect job in his repair job. So I called my mechanic to report the news and he told the Groveland Auto Repair shop to fix it and he would take care of the repair costs. Shocker #1 Because this shop was already so busy and had to order the new part, it wasn't going to be fixed till next week. MY MECHANIC INSISTED ON GOING ALL THE WAY TO GROVELAND, 330 miles from Los Angeles, TO GET THE CAR AND TOW IT BACK AND FIX IT HIMSELF!!!! He did that yesterday... ������������WHO DOES THAT?!?!! He has been my mechanic for a little over a year now and he will ALWAYS be my mechanic from now on. He should be yours as well!!
01/29/2014
By: Marco G.
John's Alfa
I own my Alfa for 28 years. Going on 11 years of bringing it to Johns. The car runs beautifully. I always feel bad when I meet other Alfa owners who are not getting pleasure from owning there car. Usually they are telling me some nightmare story of the car being in the shop, and costing a fortune. I can empathize, I been there. But that was along time ago. One day I parked at a RALPHS Supermarket next to a guy twice my age, driving an Alfa twice as old as mine. So I asked the happy driver where he took his car for service? He pointed to his plate, and said "this is the place you bring it, if you want to keep it". The plate read, "Johns Alfa Romance". He was right. There is genuine enthusiasm here for Alfa Romeo's. And an understanding of "value" and "respect" for a customer. I do not review things, restaurants, or coffee shops etc, but i am going to make sure i put up some reviews for this shop. Because I love Alfa Romeo's. Ever since I was a kid and my Dad's Paisan Aldo took me for a ride in his 71 spider. So I wanted to pass the message on, "You bring it here if you want to keep it" . And to the crew at John's, as my father would say "In Boca Lupo!"
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05/22/2017
By: Tiffany N.
Affordable Care Of Hollywood
I brought my Toyota Prius here because the steering shaft went out. The owner, Stacey, looked at my car, researched the issue & ended up finding recalls on a part connected to the main shaft. I had already fixed the recall 3 years ago, but something like this shouldn't have gone out. He printed the recalls out for me, sent me youtube videos on the issue (so I would be educated about what to look for if Toyota tried to get out of it) & helped me come up with an argument for Toyota to comp. the service & part for me. He did not have to help me to the extent that he did. If he was like all the other sleazy, money-scraping shops in LA, he could have charged me to do the job himself (a $700-800 job). BUT INSTEAD, he did the kind thing & helped me get my problem fixed on Toyota's dime. AND, he did all that for me for free. He went extra. Without anything in return. Just because he wanted to provide good service. That deserves more than this 5-star review. Anyone & everyone should go to him. There is only one issue, he only services Toyota, Scion, Acura, Honda & Lexus. (I'm almost positive I got all of them, but call incase I'm wrong). :-)
07/28/2014
By: Ron S.
John's Alfa
Benny who owns John's Alfa Romance knows Alfa Romeos inside and out. I am the original owner of a 1978 Alfa Spider. I drove the car into the early 90s, parked it at 180,000 miles and in 2010 decided to restore it. Benny has brought this car back to life and in fact it drives better then when new. Benny was trained by Alfa Romeo to work on these cars. This is not something to take lightly as Alfa trained mechanics are hard to find any longer. Benny is an honest man. He prices his work very reasonably. I live over 300 miles from Benny's shop and it is worth it to me to go to the trouble of getting my car to Benny vs having a local mechanic working on this car. Benny is the kind of guy who when I call him, will drop what he is doing to let me blather on about some issue and over the phone and at no charge will walk me through some minor repair. A totally decent guy. Last item, if anyone reading this lives in Southern Nevada and has an Alfa, trust me, there are NO Alfa Mechanices in Las Vegas.
10/31/2009
By: gregginct
E & L Auto Body & Tow
My college student daughter rear ended a mini cooper one day on her way to an internship. Her Ford Focus was pretty torn up on the left front. They place that towed the car estimated the repairs using the most expensive parts they could price out, and I'm sure they'd then replace them with after market parts and pocket the difference. I looked up various repair shops on the Internet, and decided that E & L's glowing reviews made them worth taking a chance. I'm in CT and they are in LA, so this was a leap of faith. They didn't let me down. By using after market parts, etc. they were able to save me almost $1,000 over the rip off artist body shop that originally towed the car. YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO GET THEM TO BID ON YOUR CAR. The quality is just as good, and the price with be considerably lower I'll bet. I can recommend them highly. Being 3000 miles away, they could have easily taken advantage of me, but they didn't. That's the sign of an honest operation in my opinion.
02/15/2016
By: Ray S.
Deno's Automotive
I have a 2006 Audi a4I was reading all the reviews on here and I see that the last reviewe said that they took a 1 month to fix your car. its the same amount as well to fix my vehicle and painted. I'm going to be honest my car has been vandalized real bad and I had engine problems as well someone poured soda in my gas tank and vandalized my car. the insurance company paid the shop to replace my fuel pump and drain the gas out.they also did the body and paint.my car looks very good and I am very happy of what them young guys did over there. To see my vehicle look on deno's automotive on face book and Instagram.they put my car on their business page.. I recommend customers out there if you're complaining it is well worth it because I had a lot of work to do with my car out of shop told me that will take two months to do my carbut I got everything done at one time.
06/22/2016
By: G T.
Deno's Automotive
I SEE YOU STILL OPEN SINCE 20124 PLUS YEARS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK IM PROUD OF YALL.I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST BROUGHT MY CAR TO YOU 3 YEARS AGO WHEN YOU GOT THIS NEW LOCATION.IF I STILL WERE LIVING IN THE AREA I WOULD ALWAYS BRING MY CAR BUT I MOVED OUT THE STATE.TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WROTE BAD REVIEWS JUST WANT TO SAY IS I DON'T BELIEVE ALL THIS IS TRUE MAYBE SOME OF IT.SOMETIMES HE IS LATE WITH GETTING SOME OF THE CARS OUT. BUT THERE IS 2 REASONS WHY YOUR CAR IS LATE EITHER YOUR MONEY IS NOT RIGHT, MEANING SHORT CHANGING THE SHOP OR HE HAS TO MANY CARS. I KNOW PEOPLE LIKE TO ADD extras on their stories EXAMPLE 20S ON 10S. I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT DENO'S AUTOMOTIVE NO MATTER WHAT. THEY WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME EVEN WHEN I WAS In NEED. THANKS
02/16/2011
By: taliffayfel
A & M Auto Repair
A +++ .Despite the negative reading on another site, I decided to give this place a try since it was close to my work. The mechanic was extremely professional, and provided me with a beverage while I waiting for my brake and light inspection. When he returned from his test run, approximately 15 minutes later, he explained what needed to be done. He did not know that I have gotten a quote from another shop, but his quote was much cheaper and he truly seemed to know what he was doing. The service was great, my car runs perfectly, and I will definitely be back there with any future problems! Nice to know a honest service exists out there. This was a good lesson not to always believe the negative comments people write.
02/17/2011
By: taliffayfel
Official Brake and Light Inspection Station
Despite the negative comment on this site, I decided to give this place a try since it was close to my work. The mechanic was extremely professional, and provided me with a beverage while I was waiting for my brake and light inspection. When he returned from his test run, approximately 15 minutes later, he explained what needed to be done. He did not know that I have gotten a quote from another shop, but his quote was much cheaper and he truly seemed to know what he was doing. The service was great, my car runs perfectly, and I will definitely be back there with any future problems! Nice to know a honest service exists out there. This was a good lesson not to always believe the negative comments people write.
01/08/2013
By: gregginct
WM Auto Service
Probably the best independent auto service facility in Los Angeles. Before taking my daughter's beat up 2000 Ford Focus on a 3000 mile trip across the country, towing a u haul trailer, we went to W M because they came highly recommended. Wally and his crew of Ceasar and Manuel gave it a thorough going over. They recommend only the work that needed to be done. They found a way to obtain a used part rather than buy a new one from the dealer when the car's rust made the job they had to do replacing a wheel bearing very difficult. Their work was excellent and the price was more than fair. Go to Yelp and read more than 20 five star reviews they have so deservedly earned. I can't say enough good things about them.
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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