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By: algalaviz
A to Z Auto Repair
Hello everybody, my name is Albert, I am lead tech and Manager at A to Z auto Repair, and I want to thank all those honest customers that have entrusted me with the care of their vehicles, like Mr. Mike says, I am very friendly, he says we are lazy, even though we started to work on his car the same day even when he didn't have an appointment, and I called him about four times throughout the process to explain the problems with the vehicle, which he purchased at an auction and unfortunately was ripped off, Mike is the typical immature know it all customer that tries to get friendly with the mechanics in order to have us do dishonest work so that he may gain out of other people's loss, just because you got a bad deal on this vehicle and you can't recognize it, it doesn't mean you have to discredit somebody's profession, I deal with people like Him all day, every day, we have over 20 car auctions in the area, and way to many " car flippers" who want to pay people like myself to do half-assed work in order to save them money and allow the to get rid of the car at someone else's expense, at least I am honest about what I do, and if you are a customer like this man, that is looking for a chump to do his dirty work, don't bother coming to my shop, because even though we are the underdogs here in Otay Mesa due to the fact that we are the only established, licensed and bonded shop, we do not need customers that are dishonest and criminals, because after all what you are doing is a crime, and we are not interested in your business, there are plenty of other junk yard mechanics out there willing to take your money, As for the rest of you honest, hardworking people, I you are tired of being overcharged and treated like a walking dollar sign, come see me, Albert, at A to Z auto repair, and have a great day.
By: jamesg764
Clairemont Auto Care
Thanks to yp I stumbled upon Clairemont Auto Care and I'm so glad I did!Before going here, I set up an appointment and brought my car in by 12AM. I had just moved back from el cajon so my car had been out of commission and under PNO status for quite some time. Thanks to Clairemont Auto Care, they changed my oil, got my car smogged and certified and not to mention, they also repaired a busted regulator on my driver side window which prevented it from powering up. Honestly I had this problem for over a year not knowing who could fix this for a reasonable price. Luckily, they had the part available and were able to get everything done by closing time.When I brought my car in, Al explained to me that it would take a couple hours to work on since one of his repair guys wouldn't be arriving till noon so he wanted to make sure I had another means of transportation which I did. I basically had left my car in their shop and Al kept me posted throughout the day to let me know what was going on and how much the job would cost.For a new regulator, smog check and oil change, I paid about $289. At first I was a little hesitant to leave my car there, but as soon as I got back, I was just relieved that all the work was done and I didn't have to worry about my window and smog certificate anymore. I'll have to say Clairemont Auto Care is a pretty reliable Auto Repair shop and not to mention honest. I would definitely bring my car back for service next time.
By: wesleyy522
Tune Craft Auto Centers
These guys are the BEST!!!! I found them through the car talk site and went to them because of the great reviews from others. Let me say the other reviews were right on the mark. I delt with Jeff the manager who is a very kind, honest, and easy to talk to guy who really knows his stuff. I got my transition fluid changed with no problems and at a great price. He also alerted me to some other work I should consider getting done in the near future (my car has about 150k miles on it). But there was absolutely no pressure from him regarding further repairs. He was simply bringing some things to my attention that my car needs. I know a thing or two about cars, and I take good care of my car so I know that the items he brought to my attention were completely legit. Moreover, they didn't try to sell me on useless crap, like other shops (oil change places mostly) do. For the first time in my life I have found myself a shop and mechanic I can trust!! I would recommend them to my friends and family and would even feel good about sending my wife to them alone. (nothing bad about women, but some Unscrupulous places try to take advantage of people who might not know any better). Jeff is worth his weight in gold and this place is great!!! <<
By: alaura973
Auto Glass Center
"This place is full of surprises...After spending a day or two comparing prices to replace the rear window of my 2004 Ford explorer and getting nothing but price increases at every turn (the old you-need-this-and-that-will-be-extra routine), I found this cat, Ray, at Auto Glass Center. Now maybe it is because he is from Philly, but he is a no BS sort of guy; friendly, but focused on the task at hand. After going over the particulars, he came up with a couple of different options, one of which saved me over $200. We set up an appointment...and surprise, when I arrived they were ready to work on my ride. It is not a particular easy fix, and he and his crew worked on it till they got it right. My side rear view mirror needs replacement and his quote was half of what the dealer told me it would be...that's getting fixed today. When it came time to pay, however, that is when the big surprise came. It was the same price he quoted me the day before. No added this or that because of this or this or that. They even have coffee and Wi-Fi, so I could work while I waited..."
By: franger
FTS Auto
I took my son's '04 Ford Ranger Edge to Nick at FTS Auto on Convoy because it would only make half power upon acceleration. It had been to 2 other shops that had given up on the problem. Nick ran diagnostics on the truck with an on board scanner but found no abnormal conditions, except that the truck still had low power. Nick and his crew didn't give up like to other shops did. It took many hours troubleshooting but they found that the computer needed updated and found a bad crankshaft pulley. He repaired all problems and charged a very fair labor rate for hours spent. Nick even repaired a small coolant leak and never charged for parts or labor. The truck has never run better.I would refer FTS Auto to anyone because of their honesty and expert knowledge in the field. Rest assured you will be treated fairly and not charged for parts you do not need. We will continue to use them for all our automotive needs. Thank you FTS Auto, from another satisfied customer.
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By: Brianna S.
SE Collision Center
I recently had my car fixed after a break-in and this place came highly recommended through my insurance company. I did what any smart consumer does first, I looked them up on Yelp and was pleasantly surprised. I was matched with exemplary customer service, professionalism, and effective communication throughout the whole process (with photo updates). I can safely say that my 5 star rating is clearly not a high enough rating for the experience they provided, and all of it while their receptionist was on her honeymoon, shout out to still handling it and making her look good! :)The majority of my interaction was with Mike, he was informative, precise, and stuck to his date of completion. I won't be taking my car anywhere else from now on. If you want someone who is knowledgable AND still delivers a quality product, this is the place, they can definitely put their money where their mouth is! -Satisfied Customer
By: Jessica T.
Luis Auto Repair and Smog
I went to Luis Auto Repair and Smog Shop recently for a smog on my car after seeing his ad in the Pennysaver. It was a little hard to find seeing how I ended up driving by it a couple of times and once I got there it was a little dirty, which was kind of a letdown. However after being approached by the owner Luis and talking with him for a bit, my entire perspective on the place changed. Just conversing with him assured me that coming to this location was the right decision. Luis was very helpful, knowledgeable, and credible. He took great care of me and got me in and out quicker than I thought it would take. And I found out that not only does he do smog checks, he also does diagnostics too! Which is great news for me seeing as how my car breaks down on me quite often. I have definitely found my new mechanic to take care of my baby! When you go in, make sure to ask for Luis!!!
By: mattsam854
Clairemont Auto Care
I can't believe I'm actually writing a review for a smog station...But this place was great! I think I have been getting ripped off whenever I've gotten smog tests done before. I got an online coupon (it ended up being $40 for the test with the certificate) and read some Yelp reviews about how nice this place was, how fast they were, etc... so I came.So quick, so friendly, and great price!! The owner took the time to explain everything to me and answer all my questions. I literally pulled up and they came out and greeted me and got started immediately! I couldn't have been more impressed!! I've NEVER been to any place automotive related where I actually enjoyed the experience.I was out of there in 15 minutes. Customer service was phenomenal. YOU MUST go here for your smogs! These guys deserve your business. You won't regret it :)
By: davidcarby
Clairemont Auto Care
The positive reviews about this place are all completely true!! Yesterday morning I was looking for a place to have my car smog tested so I broke out my trusty yp app. Found this place close to my house with good reviews.I pulled in to their lot (yes it looks super ghetto and worn down). A guy was walking out to assist me before I even had the ignition turned off. He wrote up a work order and invited me to either wait in one of their chairs. I sat down and played on my phone for probably like 12 minutes when he came over and said your car is done and it passed! They filed my paperwork with the DMV electronically and I was on my way. The whole process took less than 15 minutes. I paid. $40 total for the smog an the certificate. I'm not sure how that ranks compared to other places costs, but I felt it was worth it for the service.
By: dainaa460
C & L Auto Service & Repair, Inc.
These guys do great work at honest rates. I sometimes buy my own parts (on the internet) and have them install them. Usually they would have charged me about the same for the parts. Guess I should stop wasting my time :-) Been going here for 5+ years now, and they always get the work done quickly. I had a transmission go bad, had it towed there, and had the car back the following afternoon. They always fix what I ask them too and don't try to "upsell" me. About five years ago my water pump went out, the dealer charged me $1200 to replace the water pump and the timing belt (I wasn't in SD at the time). Last year it was time to get the timing belt changed, so for less than $400 I got the timing belt and water pump changed, and an oil change, and they installed some new truck lid struts I had bought.
Tips & Advices
If you have comprehensive coverage, some - if not all - of the windshield repair and replacement costs are covered by the insurance company. Check with your insurance company to inquire about what they are able to pay. It’s also important to consider the deductible. If the cost of the replacement/repair is greater than the current deductible, the insurance company can cover the difference. But if the repair costs are less than the deductible, you will have to pay the full cost out of pocket.
Generally, most professionals can install a new windshield in around one hour and can make repairs in less than 30 minutes.
Wait 24 hours before entering a car wash with a new or repaired windshield. The high water pressures and cleaning chemicals could damage the windshield adhesive.
Most professional installers advise waiting an hour before driving again with a new or repaired windshield.
The cost of replacing a windshield can vary even more than getting it repaired, because the vehicle’s make and model, not the severity of the crack/chip, determine costs. Newer and higher-end vehicles cost more to have their windshields replaced because certain manufacturers use modified or proprietary glass types.

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