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Old 03-04-2009, 12:35 AM
 
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I have recently had some problems with my car. I first took it to a shop near my house where they told me I needed my radiator hose to be adjusted. They proceeded to mess with it so that when I left all of the coolant leaked out of my car. I know nothing about cars and I'm apparently an easy target when I take my car to get fixed.
Does anyone know of a reputable auto body shops here in Vegas that won't rip me off?
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Old 03-04-2009, 01:04 AM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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welcome to the board!

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Old 03-04-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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Re: Reliable Auto Shop
I am moving to Vegas in June, so I can't say which shops have good reputations. However, I have been a professional mechanic for most of my life and will be happy to share what I know. Please don't be offended--your post reveals some very common misconceptions regarding auto repair shops, misconceptions shared by 90% of Americans. The most important factor is not the reputation of the shop, but who is going to work on your car. Often, shop helpers get the small, easy jobs like oil changes and replacing hose clamps--but these easy jobs require the same level of technical expertise, in terms of tool manipulation and professional troubleshooting, as more complex jobs. Even a great shop can have a mechanic who is average, and on a bad day, may forget to tighten that clamp. Just because you had leaks after the mechanic worked on it doesn't mean you were targeted for a rip-off; it's more likely the mechanic failed to verify your car wasn't leaking when he finished. This may be due to a heavy workload, operator overconfidence, laziness or perhaps incompetence.
People need to pick a mechanic like they pick a doctor. Waiting until you are being wheeled into the eroom doesn't give you any choice; neither does taking your car into the shop when it's having a problem. When your car is running right, spend the time, preferably with someone with a mechanical background, to go to different shops. Tell them you'd like an estimate on anything that might need to be done; stress you don't want to fix anything until later. Ask to meet with the mechanic--don't do this at the end of the day, when time is tight. Reputable shops should be "obedient and cheerful" in providing this type of service--I prefer smaller, owner operated businesses rather than franchises. If you feel good about the shop and the mechanic, ask for that mechanic every time you return, even if it means your car will take longer to complete. Tip your mechanic; nothing produces a swell of pride and extra service like being appreciated. And, as with almost anything else in life, planning in advance pays off. Hope this helps!
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:04 PM
 
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Re: Reliable Auto Shop
I am moving to Vegas in June, so I can't say which shops have good reputations. However, I have been a professional mechanic for most of my life and will be happy to share what I know. Please don't be offended--your post reveals some very common misconceptions regarding auto repair shops, misconceptions shared by 90% of Americans. The most important factor is not the reputation of the shop, but who is going to work on your car. Often, shop helpers get the small, easy jobs like oil changes and replacing hose clamps--but these easy jobs require the same level of technical expertise, in terms of tool manipulation and professional troubleshooting, as more complex jobs. Even a great shop can have a mechanic who is average, and on a bad day, may forget to tighten that clamp. Just because you had leaks after the mechanic worked on it doesn't mean you were targeted for a rip-off; it's more likely the mechanic failed to verify your car wasn't leaking when he finished. This may be due to a heavy workload, operator overconfidence, laziness or perhaps incompetence.
People need to pick a mechanic like they pick a doctor. Waiting until you are being wheeled into the eroom doesn't give you any choice; neither does taking your car into the shop when it's having a problem. When your car is running right, spend the time, preferably with someone with a mechanical background, to go to different shops. Tell them you'd like an estimate on anything that might need to be done; stress you don't want to fix anything until later. Ask to meet with the mechanic--don't do this at the end of the day, when time is tight. Reputable shops should be "obedient and cheerful" in providing this type of service--I prefer smaller, owner operated businesses rather than franchises. If you feel good about the shop and the mechanic, ask for that mechanic every time you return, even if it means your car will take longer to complete. Tip your mechanic; nothing produces a swell of pride and extra service like being appreciated. And, as with almost anything else in life, planning in advance pays off. Hope this helps!
Sounds like good advice to me.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Autozone guarantees their work for a year. They aren't the cheapest guys around, but pretty reasonable.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Autozone guarantees their work for a year. They aren't the cheapest guys around, but pretty reasonable.
Autozone? You must not be talking about the big chain of auto parts stores, because the most they will do is pull a CEL (check engine light) code, or install new windshield wiper blades. I've never seen one that had a shop attached to the store and performed repairs.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have used Dr. Auto (or Doctor Auto) on Craig (east of Rancho) and have been very happy with them. I forgot to completely tighten my gas cap, which caused my service lights to go off. They checked it all out and cleared it for free. I took it back for an oil change and brake work and have been very happy with the price and work. They even gave me a ride to and from work!
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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Star Import Service
3009 East Post Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120-2748
(702) 547.9471

The owners name is John and he is VERY honest!! Won't try to sell you anything you don't need. I'm a single woman and hate it or love it most mechanics LOVE to see one coming. Up sell, Up charge and more.... he doesn't do any of that. He tells you what you need and what you can do without. He's been working on my car since I made that looooong drive across country to Vegas. My car has been on its last leg since I arrived and it recently gave out. He told me a year ago to start saving for another car and only did what was necessary to keep me getting to work and my daughter to school.
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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Autozone? You must not be talking about the big chain of auto parts stores, because the most they will do is pull a CEL (check engine light) code, or install new windshield wiper blades. I've never seen one that had a shop attached to the store and performed repairs.
Oops. You're right, I meant to write AutoTECH. Sorry!
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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JBL auto on Nellis and washington these guys are honest and know what there doing
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