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By: netsurfer35
Vinny's Automotive
I have used Vinnys for years, both for my old Cherokee Sport and then for my Xterra. My mom used Vinnys for her Chryslar 300 and my daughter used him for her Honda. If I were to say ONE thing about Vinny, it would be Honest. This man probably prevents himself from making more money because he is all about honesty. If he thinks you can get the work done more cheaply at the dealer, he will tell you so. That being said, his work is always 100% and his prices are either competitive or under the competition. I am currently getting a new radiator and he was 170.00 less than another really well reviewed shop in Sparks that I have heard nothing but good things about. No hesitations, Vinny runs a great business, does outstanding work, and he will NEVER overcharge you. Only negative, it takes more than a week typically to get the appt to have the work done, but it is always done when he says it will be.
By: dar1965
Levco Transmission (Reno/Sparks)
I had my transmission rebuilt here. I dealt mostly with Victor and he is a friendly, honest man. He showed me what was wrong and a couple of different options on taking care of a transmission leak. The prices were fair and Jesse tried to save me as much money as he could, even when I said that I did not care what it costs as long as this was done right. I have no complaints about how the transmission is working now. The pan was leaking after a couple of weeks and they fixed it immediately, it looks like they honor their year warranty . They like to talk cars and explain everything they are doing and offer suggestions on other upgrades that can be done, without trying to sell anything. They even offer you cold sodas out of their stash...
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By: frank-194707
Express Lube
Initially, fast & courteous service. However, they carry only one weight of oil which is 10W30 and I needed 10W40 for my older car. How can an oil change business only carry one weight of oil? Got the oil changed anyway. They use one of two unknown to me brands of oil filters, which I am skeptical as to their quality. They told me that they topped off all the fluids, but when I checked the washer fluid was almost empty. Also, I was told that I was low on radiator coolant fluid, but when I checked it was totally full. A little pricy, even with the car wash, but that would not be an issue if the quality of service was better. I will not be back.
By: Bernard C.
Aims Machine Shop Inc
After diligent research and reading all the reviews (some were negative) the one thing that stood out about this shop is its 50+ years in business, so I made my decision to stop by and check them out. Wow , awesome facility and customer service. Spending $65000.00 on an engine my trust in shops are very limited. This shop and group of guys put my mind at ease with their professionalism and combined experience of over 100 yrs. It's rare to find people who stand behind their word and these guys rocked the house. Now ,my buddy who has a 16 car collection is turned on to these guys he couldn't be happier as well.
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By: Richard K.
Tico's Auto Center
I really don't understand the negative reviews? I and my family have taken all our automobiles to Ticos and never , never had anything but top notch service!! The price and quality of his work on our vehicles is the best in town bar none!! He also is a very generous sponsor of Sparks High School athletics. He also went personally to a senior citizens house to do repair work right in her drive way because she was to ill to make it into the shop! Do not pay attention to people who are negative! Try Tico for youre self and youre wallet and automobile will never run better!!!
By: Richard A.
Elson's Transmissions
I had the transmission in my 65 Mustang rebuilt at Elson's Transmission and was very pleased with the experience. Transmission work is expensive, however Elson's rates are fair, they are honest and they do excellent work. In my case, James saved the bad parts and showed me exactly what was wrong with them. In addition, he explained all the work that was done and gave me some hints on how to take care of the transmission. If I should have the need for a transmission shop, in the future, it will certainly be Elson's Transmission.
By: Karen D.
Tico's Auto Center
Tico's Automotive is a locally-owned shop, and Tico is that rare honest, intelligent mechanic with an entrapenurial spirit and a sense of compassion. About these negative reviews: No, he won't quote a firm price before checking your car, because, unlike other mechanics, he'll only charge you for what actually needs to be fixed. Yes, sometimes you have to wait a short time, but guess what? When *you have an emergency, he'll work *you in. I'll drive to Tico's from South Reno for an oil change-that's my level of loyalty and trust.
By: rosalieoreilly90
Wayne's Automotive Center
After getting a bad tank of gas (I mean a REALLY bad tank of something that wasn't even gas), James at Wayne's not only kept in contact with me on what was going on, but relayed information I was able to get from the gas station to another 'victim' of this bad gas that had his car towed to Wayne's. My car runs great and I'm getting a full refund from the gas company for all my repairs/tows/gas/rental, etc. They saved a sample of the 'mystery fuel' in case I needed it. Super guys! Super shop!
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By: Michael C.
Mooney's Automotive Service
I took my old beat up 95 toytoa 4runner there to see if they can locate and fix an oil leak from the motor. I took it in and the next day, they had it all fixed. It was great cause Jim poured UV sensitive dye into the motor and had me come in for check ups to see if the motor was leaking any more fluids. Its good old fashion service they provide. I am impressed and recommend anyone to have their vehicle fixed there. There was no hassle like other shops and they did have fair prices.
By: Jan M.
Tico's Auto Center
I hated to see this bad review! I've been taking my car to Tico for TEN years - when it was Econo Lube n'Tune. Then he went independent about a year ago, using his own name. He's highly intelligent, and never says you need something done to your car if you don't! When you get work done he charges a very reasonable and FAIR price. I've referred other people there, and everyone is amazed!Kudos to Tico and I will continue to recommend and support his business!Jan
Tips & Advices
You should change your oil filter whenever you change your oil, that is, approximately every 7,500 miles.
A oil filter is a device that helps remove contaminants from motor oil as it passes through the engine. A pump pushed the oil through the filter where it is strained and goes back to the engine.
High-mileage oil contains special conditioners that are said to help prevent gaskets from drying out and thus preventing leaks. This can be beneficial to engines with many miles on them.
Synthetic oil costs more than conventional oil, but the price is offset by the need for less frequent oil changes due to the oil’s durability.
Tools needed to change your own oil include jack stands or ramps, a wrench, an oil filter wrench, an oil drip pan, funnel, replacement oil filter, and replacement oil.

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