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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: kristirathbun22
Direct Tire & Auto Service
I moved to Florida from Connecticut in March 2013. When moving here I was concerned about finding an auto shop to service my 2007 Jetta. Having a Jetta I know the issues I would be running into as I added the miles onto my car. I lived across the street from Direct Tire and heard nothing but wonderful things about the service there, so when my brakes were going I decided to bring my car to Direct Tire for service. My brakes were fixed and luckily I got my car in the shop just in time before my rotors were junk. Tom was honest, upfront, and didn't jerk me around just because I am a female. In my experience I have been ripped off at a lot of auto garages just for the meer fact that I am a female. After my brakes were done, I had an oil change done by Direct Tire. They are so informative and let you know everything that is wrong with your car and give you the option to fix it or not. They are NEVER pushy or try to sell you something you don't need, which is wonderful. Tom never tries to pull the wool over your eyes like I have experienced in the past with other auto garages. I recently just went back and had all the spark plugs and coils replaced on my car. I cannot rant and rave enough about Tom and Direct Tire. Andy, a mechanic there is phenomenal as well. I rest at ease and know when my car is at Direct Tire it is in great hands. Tom takes the time to listen to you and get your car issues resolved fast, and usually offers multiple routes you can go to get your car fixed. I now have had my family members and co workers use Direct Tire for all their car needs. Everyone I have sent there has been nothing but impressed overall. I have even been in there dropping my car off and bumped into people I know in the waiting area, not even knowing that they go to Direct Tire as well. I know since March 2013 to present (June 2014) I will not bring my car anywhere but Direct Tire for all my future car needs. You cannot beat the service you get there from the minute you pick up the phone and call/walk into the waiting area, to the time you drive your car home. I have never been disappointed in any work that has been done, and always know Tom will take care of me and make sure my car is running its best.
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: skyewired_2012
Thach Used Tires
They sell used as well as new tires. I have only good things to say about them. I have bought a set of 2 used - 20" front tires for my Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo the first time... And a year later I went back to get another set of 2 of the same but for the rear tires and I have saved tons of money with them. I have used them the last two years and those tires I bought still looks good. What can I said? A friend of 20 years that own a auto repair shop recommended them and I'm very grateful. And if you need some work done on your vehicle go to ALTERNATIVE AUTO CARE on 7939 E Broadway Ave. Tampa, FL 33619. They are very good at what they do and the prices there prices are extremely reasonable. The owner's name is Jesse... Tell them Nixon recommended them and you'll be happy you did. There are many auto shops but ALTERNATIVE AUTO are very knowledgeable, honest, good service and their prices very reasonable - sometimes much cheaper - unlike other shops they will fix your car but they will also often say additional repairs are needed just to take all of your money... I know it has happened to me a few times with other shops. But if you don't mind to pay an arm and a leg with additional unnecessary repairs you are welcome to prove me wrong... Don't say I didn't warn you. But if TIRES is what you need visit Thach Used Tires... You'll be happy you did! Nixon.
By: Cherie C.
The Tire Choice
I can't thank Chris and Matthew enough for going over and above for me today. First of all I called and had the most pleasant customer service from Chris. I explained my situation that I recently had some work done elsewhere and that I had been experiencing some very intense scraping and grinding noises since my repair. He told me confidently that he could get me taken care of and that he could get me right in. When I arrived Matthew proceeded to show me what was done incorrectly with the previous repair that was done elsewhere (which was very evident once he showed me). He broke everything down to me very clearly and we agreed on moving forward with the repair. While in the waiting room there were several times that someone came through and checked on me and communicated where they were at in the repair process. The manager even sat beside me and went over and above any customer service that I have ever received in an automotive shop. I would highly recommend this Total Care Tire shop to anyone. They will make sure to address your concerns and treat you fairly. I left today feeling very confident that the next time I need anything repaired on my vehicles that I now have a place I can trust will take care of me.
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: 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.
By: Christian M.
Transmatics Transmissions N Auto Repair
I am new to the area and had yet to find a mechanic that would be honest, reliable and trustworthy. When I got to the shop on Saturday 3/26 I got a good feeling due to the high quality shop that Leon, the owner, keeps. Leon greeted me and spoke with me about the problems my car was having. He was very straightforward about what I would need, the cost of it all, and his opinions. I spoke with a mechanic friend of mine who had assumed the labor/parts would cost far more than what Leon charged me. If you are looking for a mechanic that will not steal your money, and will get the job done, Leon is your man! Many mechanics will give you a handwritten slip of what you had done for the day, but Leon gave me a receipt with a professional heading for his shop, all of the work done and the prices. When you are looking for someone who will take care of your car, you want someone reliable and professional. He runs a good shop and I am happy to say I have found my new mechanic.
By: sarahwynn045
Transmatics Transmissions N Auto Repair
Just a few days ago my transmission started slipping a bit. Then it started making some very nasty growling noises. Got into a parking lot and every gear acted like neutral; my transmission was TOAST! Looked into a lot of different shops and was really starting to question if I should even keep my van or just get a new one because of the high costs everywhere I called for rebuilt transmissions.I heard about Transmatic Transmissions from a trusted mechanic. When I called, a tech answered the phone. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions to my satisfaction. When he learned that I drove a van he immediately asked if it was a work van. I said yes and he quickly figured out what it would take to get it done as fast as possible so that I can keep working. I had my van towed there and 1.5 days later they called me letting me know I was good to go! Very good turnaround time! My transmission repair was HALF the cost of most other places I called!
Tips & Advices
Yes. New tires purchased online can often be priced lower than ones at a tire dealership. Buyers can often avoid state sales taxes and locate hard-to-find tire styles and sizes, but will still have to locate a local tire installer and pay sometimes high shipping costs.
The average cost of a set of new tires is $637, with a range of between $525-$725. In addition, installation includes mounting and balancing, alignment, and disposal of old tires.
The vehicle is raised and the old wheels are removed, then the old tires are removed from the wheels. The lug nuts, wheels, and valve stems are inspected and replaced as needed. The new tires are mounted and sealed, then inflated and balanced. The wheels are then replaced on the car. The average installation takes approximately 45 minutes.
Agencies such as the Tire Industry Association promotes tire safety through advocacy and education to the industry including: manufacture, sales, repair, service and recycling. Seek a full-service tire dealer who carries a wide variety of tire types and brands and asks about the type of driving you normally do.
  • Move your car to a safe location.
  • Turn on your car’s safety lights, apply the parking brakes and remove the hubcap if there is one.
  • Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench (but do not remove them), raise the vehicle with a jack and then fully remove the lugnuts.
  • Remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare tire.
  • Tighten the lug nuts by hand, lower the car and then tighten them fully with the lug wrench.

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