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04/17/2015
By: Frank C.
Cardone & Daughter Automotive
I've brought my 1964 Pontiac Catalina here numerous times for work. Each visit is a pleasure. The staff if highly professional, the mechanics are top notch, and David Cardone is as honest as they come. I have never felt rushed or uneasy here, They take the time to explain every detail of the repair, what the car needs, and what can wait. When I first brought my car to C&D it was a mechanic basket case. I had made the mistake not not having C&D inspect the car before purchase. Luckily, David helped me devise a plan to get the car back into shape. Over the course of my visits, the stop has transformed a tired old car into a safe, reliable, and comfortable cruiser. There is a reason why this shop is always so busy. Where else can you find honest mechanics who work on everything from a 1920's Packard, to my 64 Pontiac, to a brand new Mercedes Benz with the same ease? It takes considerable skill to be able to do that. Look at the high caliber vehicles they have in for service and you will see why this shop has such a great reputation. Do yourself a favor, safe money and hassle by bringing your car here in the first place. They'll fix it right, fix it the first time, and won't charge you for work the car doesn't need.
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05/06/2015
By: Rick S.
Cardone & Daughter Automotive
Cardone & Daughter has by far given me the best in auto repair in my 40 some years of owning cars. You can always count on getting detailed information regarding your repair as well as an honest assessment of what needs to be done right away and what can wait. When you get in your car and drive away you feel confident and stress free. David and his staff are always friendly and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and insure that you have a complete understanding of what needs to be done with your repair. David makes himself available for any questions you may have. I have had so many years of great experiences with C&D that it is like visiting family whenever I need to stop in. If you don't follow any other advice follow this.....go to Cardone and Daughter!!
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04/09/2015
By: Mary M.
Cardone & Daughter Automotive
I brought my Honda Fit in here and got a Safety & Maintenance Inspection and it was so informative. The owner David Cardone went over the report with me. It was such a nice experience and my car was in great condition and didn't need anything. Which was nice to have an honest person not trying to sell me something I didn't need! I would recommend this place to anyone. Please support family businesses!
04/17/2016
By: zwebreviewer
Oceanside Automotive
Oceanside Auto LLC – Old Saybrook, CT – 4/17/2016After the convertible slept thru winter it was time to wake her from her sleep… As expected the batter was drained and an added bonus of the flat right from tire. I called AAA who dispatched Rick from Oceanside Auto. Rick was prompt, courteous and had everything with him to get me going… Some air, a jumper pack and good to go!Thanks for the great service.
10/11/2012
By: nataliebanker
Cardone & Daughter Automotive
An excellent service center! David, the owner, is most helpful. He makes the repair process simple and easy to understand, always taking time out to give personal attention to your vehicle. The shop is immaculate, something one rarely encounters in the auto repair business! Highly recommended for everything from oil changes to large repairs.
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04/25/2015
By: Jeremiah T.
Cardone & Daughter Automotive
These guys...they are honest with you and prioritize what you really need done with your vehicle. David the owner is very experienced, knowledgeable and a really nice guy. His staff is familiar with classic and contemporary cars. They really care about your well being in your vehicle.
10/05/2013
By: anastasia.howell.92
Oceanside Automotive
I am a repeat customer solely for how great they treat me here. Always honest today they told my boyfriend he didn't need to spend any money on breaks and other when monroe told him he needed $800 in repairs. I truly love this shop.
11/06/2013
By: Candice L.
Cardone & Daughter Automotive
They are always friendly and helpful here. Glad to bring my car in for service knowing that it wil leave the shop in tip top shape. Those "Quickie lube" places always made me feel uneasy. Cardone's is a great local family business.
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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