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What To Know About Auto Repair It can be a very stressful situation when worrying in regards to what company to decide on


for your auto repair, but as long as you know how to go about the procedure it can be really simple. Every company will claim they may have the best mechanics and present the cheapest prices, but clearly that is untrue. The easiest method to know that you are currently receiving the best repair for the lowest price is always to spend some time to do your research. Step one to locating the best company is to look for the reviews which were left by past customers. Chances are that you may have more mechanics in your neighborhood than you may count. It can be difficult to pick out which companies to even compare to others. Search for a site that offers the option to see their reviews in a general star level. From there you should be able to obtain the top 10 companies in the area. Then you certainly should take time to browse the reviews which were left by their past clients. Recognize that there definitely will probably be negative reviews, irrespective of how good the business is, however the vast majority needs to be positive. Search for negative reviews that share the same issues, for example having to bring their vehicle back in a quick period of time mainly because it actually had not been yet fixed. Any shop should e able to diagnose and repair an automobile the first time. From the initial listing of 10 you should be able to narrow it to 3 different firms that are the very best. You can then call each and request if they are willing to offer you an insurance quote totally free. In case they have made your best 3 list they should be more than willing to do so. That method for you to determine what they presume to be the trouble in addition to whatever they think it would cost. After you have quotes from all of 3 then you can decide who to make use of. It could be tempting to decide simply based on the cost, but just how they treat you need to be looked at. Customer satisfaction is very important with regards to auto repair. Should they be prepared to explain everything to you and reveal to you that they can feel that you have value then they are truly enthusiastic about obtaining your company and keeping it. Take into consideration every factor of your interaction prior to making a conclusion about which mechanic you feel is best to service your vehicle. Every auto mechanic will claim they may have the ideal costs, from parts to service, but to be honest that they can all differ in many ways. Take the time to investigate how others have felt regarding their service, what their expenses are and just how you personally felt whenever you visited their shop. This really is the easiest method to look for a quality auto mechanic shop that can meet your requirements and expectations.





FAQ's Auto Repair

Doing Your Own Car Repair?
In This Tough Economy Time, Is It Good To Do Your Own Car Repair?

Let me start with a story. Several months ago a pipe burst under the main bathroom in our home. I decided I could approach this and repair the pipe and reroute it so that it no longer runs under the foundation of the house. 2 weeks into it and I had a huge hole in the wall where I decided to tap on to the hot water pipe. And we had no hot water in the house. I had also broken the vanity around the main bathroom sink. I finally called a plumber who came out and re routed the pipe through the attic in one day. He charged me $500. I then had to call a general contractor to come repair the hole in my wall and install a new vanity. Another $500. If I had called the plumber in the beginning I would have only spent $500 and had it repaired that day. And my wife would have been much happier.

The point of my story? I am a mechanic. Not a plumber. I did more damage to my home by not knowing what I was doing.

If the car you are talking about repairing is your main form of transportation, the family car so to speak, then no I would not attempt to learn how to repair my own car on that one. You could end up doing greater damage and costing yourself more money in the long run. And you could end up having a lot of down time. You want to keep your wife happy? LEAVE THE CAR ALONE! Trust me on this one.

If it is a secondary car, then I would certainly give it a shot if I wanted to learn how to fix cars.

I do see your point. When money is tight, we do all we can to save some dollars. Wandering into the unkown is not a good way to do it.

Do I Need A Smog Certificate To Get My Car Checked By A Mechanic?
I Recently Purchased A Car From A Private Seller. I Called A Local Mechanic To Get The Car Checked. I Told Him I Wanted To Bring The Car In So They Can Check If There Are Any Problems With It. He Told Me I Need A Smog Certificate Before He Can Check My Car. Is This True? Have You Heard Of This? Do I Need A Smog Certificate For A Mechanic To Check My Car For Any Problems? I Asked Several People If This Is True And They Told Me They'Ve Never Heard Of That. The Tags Aren'T Due Till November Of This Year. Thank You

A car, when sold must be smog certified by the seller. It can't be registered otherwise. The mechanic doesn't need your smog certificate in order to check the car. He might be asking for it as a shortcut diagnosis. The emissions levels will be listed on the smog report. Maybe he wants to charge you for a smog check. You need to register the car to yourself since it's yours, and you must show a smog slip to the motor vehicle department or have a smog shop electronically transfer it to them before you can register it.

Whast The Difference Between Smog Check And Smog Test?
Im New To Cali And I Need To Know The Difference Between The Smog Check And Smog Test And What One I Need

When you say smog test, I'm going to assume you mean "smog test only" center... A Smog Test Only center, as the name suggests, can only test vehicles and is not allowed to perform any repairs. A smog test only center has an obligation to insure a non-biased smog test. They are certified to inspect all DMV required vehicles.

And when you say "smog check"... you mean a regular smog check center, also known as the "smog check & repair" center. Note, a regular smog check & repair center is not allowed to inspect a vehicle designated to go to a "test only center".

It is very important that you refer to your DMV paperwork. Locate the smog check requirement section and find our if they are asking for a "smog check" or "smog test only" inspection. From there you can determine which way to go.

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We know this is all a bit confusing. Feel free to email one of our technicians for clarity.

Overflow Boiling On Toyota Camry?
I Have A 1993 Toyota Camry (Lxe V6) That Is Having Issues. When I Start The Car The Coolant Overflow Starts To Boil After About 7-10Min. When I Feel The Radiator Cap While Running It Is Not Hot At All. I Just Replaced The Thermostat And I Cannot See Any Leaks. Fan Works Good And I Do Not See Any White Smoke Out The Tail Pipe. Any Ideas?

Toyota V6's of that vintage had a lot of head gasket problems. if this one has gone 16 years - that is a miracle. most likely combustion pressure leaking into cooling system. Take the radiator cap off and "goose" the engine and watch in the radiator neck. if it bubbles and burps when accelerated - that is a gasket leaking.
need to replace gaskets - possibly mill heads flat - eliminate pits and warpage.

Working As An Auto Mechanic?
I Would Like To Be Working In An Auto Mechanic, To Get Some Money And I Can Learn More About Fixing Cars, That Way I Don'T Have To Get Ripped Off And Fix My Car On My Own. I'M Going To Be 17 This Summer Hopefully I Can Get The Job. So Anyone With Personal Experience, Is It A Good Idea And Could It Be Possible To Own A Mechanic Shop?

Well... To be a good mechanic, you need to have a passion for it... and really like to do it. There is decent money to be made in this field, but you will certainly not get rich. If you really want to do this... you will need to start out working in a shop as a helper and trying to attend a trade school... get some hands on experience, and book smarts. Listen to the old dudes, you will learn the tricks you won't get from any book.

You need to make sure you want to do stuff the right way, there are already too many "hacks" out there pretending there mechanics just because they can change oil. Never get a big head about things, you will never know it all, and must be will to accept that. The learning process will never end, all mechanics no matter how long they've been turning wrenches, learn new things everyday.

Owning a shop, and being a mechanic are two different things... any shop owner will tell you that. Turning wrenches, and running a business are two separate animals. To be successful, you need to know both... and very well if you're looking to survive, and even owning a shop will not make you rich either... it's even harder work, with more stress.

Don't get me wrong... I own a few very successful shops, and have been doing this for a long time, but it can be a thankless job. I have a passion for it, and love it... good and bad. So yeah I hope you find you're answers... and remember to never give up on any dream!

- Good Luck!

Is It Legal To Work On Your Car In Your Front And Back Yard In California?
Is It Legal To Work On Your Car In Your Front And Backyard In California? I Mean Im Not Running A Business Or Nothing Just Working On My Cars And My Friend,But Not Charging.Can Someone Show Any Law On That If Possible I Would Like To Read Up! Thank You!

In an area zoned for residences, only limited work on vehicles is permitted in the City of Ventura. In particular, you cannot work on somebody else's vehicle, you cannot do body work, and you cannot paint. This is a zoning regulation, municipal code section 24.210.130:

Vehicle repair. No vehicles may be repaired on sites occupied by residential land uses unless all the following conditions are met:

(a) The vehicle under repair must be owned by the current resident of the property upon which the repairs are being made.

(b) Registration or proof of current ownership of the vehicle being repaired shall be available for inspection on the premises at all times while the vehicle is under repair.

(c) Vehicle repairs may be conducted only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

(d) Repair of a particular vehicle shall be conducted and completed in no more than 30 days.

(e) Storage of any vehicle under repair, or storage of parts of a vehicle, upon a public street or alley or upon an unpaved yard area, other than a driveway, is prohibited.

(f) Body work on a vehicle is prohibited.

(g) Painting of a vehicle or any portion of a vehicle is prohibited.