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By: floridagirl80
Tread Trendz
My car overheated when I was dropping a friend off to her place of work. By the Grace of God there was a mechanic shop in the same Plaza. I had never heard of them nor did I know there was a mechanic shop in the same plaza. I was approached by a young, clean cut professional man, after discussing what needed to be done, he gave me an estimate which I thought was reasonable, my husband on the other hand who was not with me wanted me to call another auto mechanic place he was well aquanited with.I did. I won't mention the other place of buisness but lets just say there estimate was DOUBLE! I returned to Tread Trendz with the okay to start the job. They were both efficent,curtious and fast. These guys are legit .No monkey buisness here. If you ever need a reliable, honest mechanic ......Go to Tread Trendz!
By: Keith B.
Earl's Quality Transmission Inc
My son and his friends drove my Ford Windstar on spring break and the transmission failed and stranded them in New Smyrna Beach - 1000 miles from home. I called Earl's on Monday morning, had the van towed there and they had it on their lift early that afternoon. They sourced the replacement transmission and had everything put back together by Thursday evening. The bill was reasonable and my son and his friends were able to return home on schedule. I had to manage all of this over the phone - and I can't say enough good things about Earl's . I only hope that if I ever have another transmission issue on any car - it happens in New Smyrna Beach!
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By: Patricia S.
New Smyrna Glass & Design Center
We had a glass emergency on July 20th. Our glass in our kitchen door cracked like mosaic. Our called numerous places android most of them said they couldn't come out possibly until Monday. Then I called New Smyrna Glass and Design. Talked to Kirk. He came to our house the same day. Ordered what we needed on Thursday, and was here Friday afternoon installing it. The 2 young men did a great job. Kirk was awesome! In the future we want to replace some windows and we will not hesitate to calling Kirk at New Smyrna Glass and Design. And very happy to support a local company! Thank you guys! Georgeand Patricia Smith
By: Ralph M.
Stuarts Car Care
Be careful of people wearing sunglasses giving honest reviews. I live in Ponce Inlet and have had a lot of service on my cars, even the dealerships. By far, Stuart's Car Care in New Smyrna Beach is the best independent, and knowledgeable shop to get expert work done! Everyone there is friendly, knowledgeable, experienced, and will do the work right! Their saying on their print material is very accurate, "You're Riding On Our Reputation", that says it all! Not cheep, and neither is there work, it's right the first time.
By: Steve M.
Stuarts Car Care
We love Stuarts Car Care. They are so honest and do the work right the first time. Ever time we go some were a little cheaper we come back to get it fixed right. Thanks folks your great.
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By: Josh S.
Earl's Quality Transmission Inc
Rebuilt my transmission in three days and was only 300$ over the estimate. Quick and good service. Would recommend.
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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