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...
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: 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
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By: David M.
Tico's Auto Center
Took a chance and stopped in at Ticos because I was having problems with the starter on a 95 GMC sierra. Right from the start, I could tell that Ticos was a very honest and reliable service shop for my vehicles. I'm still having some issues with the truck, but I know that they will take care of my issues. I've been in the area over 20 years and have been through most of the auto repair shops in town, no one do I trust my vehicles more with than Ticos.
By: Kenneth M.
Specialty Automotive
I was fortunate to find Virgil Miller when I broke down in Sparks. My 99 Chevy Astro had a chronic problem with a key security problem and would not start. Virgil never gave up on it, he bypassed the key switch part of the system and located a fault which burned out the BCM (Body Control Module). I have driven 4,000 miles with over 100 starts since then with no problems.If you have 'gremlins' in your Gremlin, go see Virgil.
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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