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By: asw327
ABC Autotrader
Being a young first time car buyer, I had low expectations as to the kind of vehicle I would be approved for. I had gone to many places just hoping to get something I could at least like, even a little, but no matter where I went they all said and did the same thing. They would start by building up my hope, telling me how great it is that I am "first time car buyer" and despite "my school loans and lower credit score," they would definitely get me into something that would "fit me." Next they would take me past the newer nicer cars, telling me how even though I can afford them, unfortunately it wouldn't be realistic with "my background," and so we would end up in front of a vehicle that was "a good fit for me." This vehicle would be clearly used: peeling paint, scratches on the interior, miles way higher than the average for the age of the vehicle. We would test drive it, and the salesman would try to point out all the nice features, and coax me into thinking that even though it may not be the newest or nicest looking, it was definitely something I would come to like in time. Then we would go back into the office and he would ask how much I intend to put as a down payment, and no matter what the figure I stated was, he would come back with a payment schedule of a figure $4-500 more than I stated, telling how good my payment would be with only a little more down. I had low expectation going into buying a vehicle, but what actually occurred paled in comparison to any of the worst case scenarios I ever imagined. As a last ditch effort I decided to try out ABC Auto Trader, when I pulled up at the lot my hopes instantly plummeted, all their cars were very new, very well kept, very out of reach in my head due to my experiences with the other dealerships. I met with Ed, and instantly I felt major difference between him and the other "salesmen" that I have spoken to, because the first thing he asked me was "What was it I was looking for?" As we went into detail about what I wanted, I realized how different he truly was, not once did he try to influence my decision on a vehicle, even during the test drive, he never once tried to coax me into liking a particular vehicle over the other. After the test drive I expected the same ole story about how much to put down to get this vehicle, and my hopes were very low for the simple fact this vehicle was years newer than every one I had looked at with other dealerships, but he never touched the subject, he simply said that whatever I had to put down was fine and that the finance manager could work with me on bringing in more at a later date if that was required. That blew my mind, for the first time I had a bit of hope that I may actually walk away with a vehicle I actually wanted, not one that "best fit me."As time went along my experience here only got better, and better, not only was I going to get the vehicle I wanted but I am also getting a chance to build my credit! That part sealed the deal for me! No other dealership even mentioned helping me with my credit in anyway shape or form. I drove away from ABC Auto Trader with a great car, and a whole new outlook on car dealerships! Best experience ever!
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By: Serena E.
McGee Auto Service & Tire
This shop is the best place in Tampa and surrounding counties for auto services and/or tires. I used to reside in the area but have moved however, I will continue to travel the distance to McGee’s. First and foremost the staff is not only friendly, yet is knowledgeable enough to relay information to me in terms that I can understand. They explain to me what is occurring, why it is occurring, and how it can affect my vehicle overall. As a single woman who does not understand the mechanics of the automotive industry, it was very intimidating to speak to other auto service businesses and I often questioned other stores integrity and honesty. This has never been the case at McGee’s on Sheldon Road. The most recent example: I was having an issue where my battery would constantly die on me, even after long travels. I took it to a nearby auto-parts store where they plugged in my vehicle to their computer and told me that the battery was good. Confused and unsure of what to do, I called McGee’s. I spoke with the manager, Larry. He insisted that with the issues I was describing to him that it was the in fact the battery. Now normally, I would be very skeptical but I have been going to McGee’s for many years now, even before the name change, and have always had honest services. Larry told me to come to the store and the guys would replace my battery and if that did not fix the issue then I could return the battery. I called another local auto-parts to see how much a battery would cost me that price was not only 25% more expensive than McGee’s, but it did not even include installation. But here I was faced with another dilemma. It was 5:30, on a Friday, and I was in New Port Richey at the moment. I feared I would not make it in time, with traffic, by 6:00pm when the store closed. However, Larry asked me to hold, and spoke to his staff. When he returned to the line, he informed me that a few members of his team were willing to stay late and wait for me. I arrived at McGee’s around 6:15pm and even though it was only 15 minutes, it was a Friday and no one wants to stay late on a Friday. But they did and they replaced my battery. I never did return the battery because Larry was in fact correct and the computer was wrong, it was the battery. The kind of customer service this location delivers has not only surpassed my expectations but has gone above and beyond on numerous occasions, no matter the financial profit. It is because of Larry and his amazing team, I refuse to allow any other person or place maintenance my vehicle. I recommend this place to everyone including my own grandmother because I know that the staff the will be honest and true to her as if she was their grandmother. Thank you to Larry and his team for being so kind and committed to your customers. I will continue to recommend you and the shop to anyone who questions.
By: carchop
Gillett's Auto Center
Only place I'd take a car or truck for anything non-warranty. Found them after Bill Currie tried to burn us twice and they have been great .... from Chevy trucks, to Ford Escapes and Toyota Ravs they've handled them all... been going there for over 5 years.... the work is warranted, reasonably priced, and you wont get ripped off. Dan is straight up and that can be hard to find these days ... if you ever want to test the "integrity" of a mechanic, send in your daughter with a charge card and a "known" issue. At Gillett's, they will find and fix that problem, and that problem only.... There are a lot of places that will "find" all kinds of things "wrong", that are non-existent. Sent my daughter to Bill Currie with a small power steering leak ... they wanted to put in a new power steering pump for around $700 ... the thing is, the only thing wrong was that the spring clip holding the hose from the reservoir had cracked the hose at the connection. The second time she had to take it in was for a safety recall on the seat belts or something .... she called saying they found that the front brake pads were metal to metal with the rotors and the rear brake pads and drums needed replacing immediately as well. I had done both front and back less than nine months prior so I told her to go home where I pulled a front an rear wheel, took photo's of what Bill Curries "service writer" called "metal to metal" and drove back to the dealership. I went straight to the "sharp dressed" service manager, showed him the copy of the service order/recommendations from my daughter, and then the pictures I had just taken. He backpedaled like nobody's business and I left after asking him to please, next time you want to steal from me ... come to my house to do it so I can legally respond accordingly.No one at Gillett Auto wears a tie, but they're honest and reliable. It seems like from Factory service centers to court houses to capitol hill, the biggest thieves and liars all wear ties ....
By: Melissa B.
Transmatics Transmissions N Auto Repair
I highly recommend Transmatics Transmissions. I haven't been treated this well by a mechanic in over 10 years!!!I had just gotten off I-75 for a business meeting, thankfully an hour early, when my car started making a weird noise. While I was driving I was turning everything on and off to see what the cause was, but couldn't figure it out. I got to my destination and immediately popped the hood and called my brother. Long story short he figured it was most likely something related to the transmission. So I looked up Transmission Mechanic on Google Maps and Transmatics Transmissions was right around the corner. I drove my car over and spoke to Leon immediately after arriving. He drove the car around the lot and told me he would find the problem. He then offered to DRIVE ME back to my meeting! I don't know of any mechanic anywhere that would do that, even if it were around the corner! I got a call later from Leon stating that they wouldn't be able to fix it today because the part wouldn't come in on time. After I told him I didn't want stay unless absolutely necessary he offer another solution that wouldn't risk destroying my car on the ride home so that I could have it fixed later. I opted for Plan B, then Leon came and PICKED ME UP from my meeting!Other than not having AC for the ride home, the consequence of Plan B-thoroughly explained beforehand, I felt like a princess. And they only charged my $60 for taking apart my engine and telling me exactly what my problem was. Now my brother can fix it this weekend! Thank you Transmatics!
By: M F.
ABC Autotrader
I just want to say thank you to Ray and Uncle Larry. I am so glad i went to ABC Auto Trader to see you about getting a car. After reading all the great reviews about everyones experiences there, i decided to check them out myself. My credit was not good. Ray was my sales person and Uncle Larry assisted me through the process. Ray was very calm, patient and worked very hard to make sure i was happy, even after i purchased the car. Uncle Larry worked hard to get me a lower interest rate, He then checked up on me to make sure i was happy with the vehicle i picked. He really knows the business very well. He even gave me advice on getting my credit together, he is also has a very good sense of humor and friendly. They will go above and beyond to make sure you are happy with what you buy. These are some of the nicest and honest people you ever want to do business with. I also spoke to Mike while waiting, he is a very good person to talk to, very nice and humble, made me feel like family. I will be looking to send referrals to you. I am a very happy and sitisfied customer. There is so much more i could say about my experience at ABC Auto trader, but I dont want to take up too much space on here :). You guys are Awsome.
By: yachttraveler
ABC Autotrader
I had recently gone thru a divorce and my credit was trashed. I had been to several other dealers and was told I didn't qualify because of previous repo's showing up, or they were trying to put me in some kind of high milage piece of junk. I was very embarrassed and had lost all hope. I visited ABC Autotrader a week ago on the advise of a friend. I was greeted by a salesman named Gil and from that point on, I realized that I had found the right place to help me. Gil was very professional in his assessment of my needs and made feel very comfortable about my credit problems, telling me they have my programs available to help get my credit back in shape.After giving Gil my credit information, he introduced me to Mr. Kirk the GM of the dealership. Mr. Kirk is without a doubt the most knowledgable person I have ever meet when it comes to credit reestablishing. He pulled no punches and told me everything that had to be done to get me back on track within a 12-month period, and it was all very simple and did not involve me spending any more money.I am now driving a 2011 Impala with payments I can afford, and the whole process took only an hour and a half. These guys are the "BEST"!!!!! I highly recommend them
By: skyewired_2012
Alternative Auto Care
I highly recommend this Auto Repair Shop... I have been using them the last 20 years and all I can say about them is they are extremely good at what the do.They are very knowledgeable, honest, great service, and the best is their prices are very reasonable compare to other repair shops. The owner's name is Jesse... Tell them Nixon recommended them and I promise you... you'll be happy you did. There are many auto repair shops but ALTERNATIVE AUTO CARE they will fix what is needed to be fixed - unlike other shops may fix what is wrong with your car but they often will tell you additional repairs is needed so they can make more money off from you... I'm not just saying it because it has happened to me more times that I can count.Take your vehicle to them you will be happy you did driving away knowing they fix what was wrong without over charging you. I have been using them with all of the cars I have owned the last 20+ years,,, I should know and you will be grateful you did. No need for thanks. They have been great with me and the only reason I'm taking the time to write this review! Nixon
By: gavinh.
Beyond Breakeven Inc
I needed assistance putting together a business plan and to find funding sources. When I found Beyond Breakeven, I was a little skeptical at first, but what really attracted me about them was that they had not one complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Knowing that the company works with people nationwide, to have an A+ rating really spoke volumes to me. What they taught me was extremely educational. Ed Keels taught me what type of entity I should have, how to put a plan together and why a plan should be put together in that way. The business plan was so impressive that when I gave it to an SBA loan officer, he said that it was one of the best business plans he had ever seen. Not only that, I would have never been able to get through the interview questioning with that officer without Beyond Breakeven prepping me for it. I just really wish I would've found them six months ago before I tried to write my own Business plan. It really amazed me when I realized just how much time and money this company saved me.
By: Bobby K.
Auto Finance Key West
The two words that I would use to describe Key West Auto Finance would be professionalism and family. Pasquale was my salesmen and from the moment I walked onto the lot to the moment I drove off, I felt as if I was dealing with family. It was such a breath of fresh air dealing with a salesmen and a company that truly cared. I’m not going to lie, I was very nervous at first due to my credit. I had been to a number of other dealership and had been treated as if I wasn’t worthy of their time. Pasquale took the time out to explain how their program worked and how he could get me financed for a vehicle. Not only did he get me finance, I was able to purchase the vehicle I truly wanted. After my buying experience, Pasquale called me a few days later to make sure that everything was good with my vehicle and asked if I had any questions that he could answer. I would highly recommend Pasquale and Key West Auto Finance to anyone. Thank you again Pasquale for such a great vehicle and experience!
By: Laura L.
Jal Auto Repair
Los mechanicos son muy buenos, honestos, el trabajo es barato y saben todo de los carros. I take my 2000 Honda to Jose, my bf takes his Nissan n his family takes their 1990's Toyota and new Honda. He's very knowledgeable and fair prices compared to most other rip-off garages in FL. There's 1 guy that speaks perfect English n the cashier speaks enough to check u out but other than that everybody speaks spanish so it helps if u at least can Spanglish ur way thru it. There's been 1 issue with a new mechanic that broke something aesthetic on my car but Jose fixed it no charge n the guy was fired next time I came. I like taking my car here, I feel they're very good mechanics and charge fair prices and always tell me the truth about needed repairs or if I can wait to do something. They can't do body work or alignments here but they'll refer u to somewhere honest and cheap for anything u need that they don't do. Jose will be my mechanic as long as he's in Tampa I trust him and his employees.
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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