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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!!
By: Elianiv B.
West Hollywood Towing
A true story happened to me few hours ago, Sunday, 11/16/2014.Me and my family were on our way to Disney Land. Between the I-110 and the I-405, I felt something weird and unusual from the engine. Few minutes after that my car start shaking. Without thinking twice and avoid any dangerous situation from myself and my kids, I pulled over to the side of the freeway. We waited few minutes to let the car ( ford focus ) cooldown, and I try to start it again. Now the car won't start at all. I didn't have any solution in my mind, so we started to look up for a towing company threw our smartphones to tow the car back home. We called few companies, and prices were almost the same in every quote. Until that moment when my wife spoke to the friendly dispatcher at Delion Towing. It was Sunday; Delion Towing offered us the cheapest price, include the issue that it was four of us. So everything was against us at the beginning: To pick us up from the freeway, four passengers, and on Sunday. None of them was an issue for Delion Towing in Hollywood.Huge tow truck came really quickly with enough space in the back for the kids. The driver Jimmy, was extra friendly and cool. He recommended us few shops that deal with Ford vehicles. Before every step he completed by loading the car he explained us verbally what he was going to do, very professional.Thank you, Jimmy, and thank you Delion Towing, without you that bad day could be the worst one
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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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). :-)
By: Dionne T.
Los Angeles Towing services
I was stuck on the side of the freeway with some ignition problems. I had contacted my Triple A and they said they would be out on their way. An hour had past and there was still no sign of them. I decided to wait about ten more minutes even though my patience was slowly getting out of hand. When it was all said and done they never showed up so it led me to look into different sources. I went online and had found Los Angeles Towing services who was quick to respond and sounded like they were out to help me out with the jam I was in. I had made it clear to them that I had been waiting for over an hour now and they said they had someone in the area that would be there within a reasonable amount of time. When I got off the phone, a couple minutes later I had received a call from the driver and he let me know he was on his way. He showed up within the time they gave me, and at that point anything else was better than Triple A's service. Los Angeles Towing services really helped me out when I was in serious need, you want these guys there at your side when dealing with an emergency.
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.
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.
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By: Frank B.
Jims towing Los Angeles
Couple of days ago, My wife dropped our kids at school and stated driving towards the stop sign next to the school exit.And suddenly a black BMW drove by and hit her in the back of the car.My wife got frightened and started crying on the phone so i calmed her down asked for the other cars details and called my friend that has a big body shop to send us a tow truck to tow the car to the body shop.After 30 minutes i believe the tow truck came, the guy names Ron was very friendly and caring about the situation, Hooked up the car, Cleaned the mess on the road and towed her to my friends body shop.I have no idea what was the charge because my insurance paid it all and until yesterday i didn't even know the name of the towing company, I just got their name and had to write them a review that will show how good and nice the people are in that company.It wasn't my first tow in life but so far the best tow ever for sure.
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 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.
By: Dionne T.
Green Towing Los Angeles
I had a tow done through Green Towing Los Angeles and I was more than happy with the way they approached and handled the situation. They are very organized and experienced with the way they deal with these types of things. I had got into a really bad accident in which my car was totaled. They were quick to respond and had someone sent out right away. The driver arrived to the scene about thirty minutes later as he also had called me directly prior to his arrival. I was lucky enough to have been sent such a friendly and helpful driver who I could tell was well experienced. He was able to get my car up and ready to tow it to a local shop in no time. We were also able to discuss pricing and the rates and it was all for such a reasonable price. Everything was handled the way towing companies should be. These guys are just out to help.
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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