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09/27/2016
By: Jason H.
Leon's Automotive Center, Inc.
I cracked my front bumper pulling out of a parking spot and it was hanging off. I took my car to a few different spots for estimates and everyone was telling me it would cost $800-1000. Finally the last stop was Leons. The person who serviced me was Frankie, he was very nice and friendly. He quoted me $400. What a great deal. All the other places were obviously over charging for labor since the parts werent that expensive. I took my car in and they completed the job in just one hr. Frankie is the best and was very helpful to me & my pockets.
08/30/2014
By: Kevin L.
BMW Mini Motors
Ive been using vanik for years on my 2006 bmw m5 after it went out of warranty he has always done a great job from A/C , fixing fault codes, spark plugs, oil changes, electric window problems he always fixed it right the first time. If u need a problem fixed stop by or give him a call and be confident that your in good hands.
09/04/2014
By: James D.
BMW Mini Motors
Vanik has so far serviced 3 of my BMW's and I couldn't be more pleased. He fixes the car right the first time and is very honest and reliable. Bringing your car to him is the best alternative to the dealer in terms of quality of work and cost.
01/22/2015
By: Larry R.
Mountain View Tire & Auto Service
I've been a customer at Mountain View over 17 years and Joseph Fleisher is a loyal and honest person to bring your car in for repairs. He's such a valuable asset to this company and so knowledgeable and one to be rewarded for his integrity.
09/05/2014
By: Brian S.
BMW Mini Motors
Vanik has cared for my 2004 Mini Cooper S like his own since 2009. He's a good man, and thorough. He's one of the cleanest mechanics I have known, a true professional who loves to learn about the vehicles he's passionate about.
08/31/2014
By: Troy C.
BMW Mini Motors
Vanik service my 76 BMW 2002. He's a master of his art. He's a enthusiast first a mechanic second. He will treat your car like it belongs to him. This is how a mechanic shop should be.
08/16/2016
By: Mywork E.
Leon's Automotive Center, Inc.
Leon has always done my oil changes, and any other maintenance on my cars. From tune ups to smogs, the price is always straight forward and guaranteed. Communication is great.
08/26/2016
By: Opally P.
Leon's Automotive Center, Inc.
I always know that no matter what my car problem is I can trust Leon's to fix it right. The work is guaranteed. Hard to find honest mechanics.
06/22/2016
By: Dana G.
Leon's Automotive Center, Inc.
Been taking my Honda CRV here for 5 years. Excellent service and rates. Never had any issues and they stand by their work.
09/05/2014
By: Tyler P.
BMW Mini Motors
I was recommend to Vanik. He's very detail and customer service orientated. My M3 and I are super happy.
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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