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pr_capone
01-03-2011, 02:51 PM
A trustworthy Mechanic is hard to come by. I've never been to a dealership where I didn't walk out feeling like I've been bent over. A lot of the small mechanic shops don't always employ the most reliable people.

Who do you use?

Need the timing belt changed on the new ride and an oil change to boot.

Brock
01-03-2011, 03:45 PM
Tracy's is the guys I keep hearing about down there. Clean and professional, but not necessarily cheap.

JASONSAUTO
01-03-2011, 03:47 PM
A trustworthy Mechanic is hard to come by. I've never been to a dealership where I didn't walk out feeling like I've been bent over. A lot of the small mechanic shops don't always employ the most reliable people.

Who do you use?

Need the timing belt changed on the new ride and an oil change to boot.

sorry but i must have missed what you picked. which one?

ClevelandBronco
01-03-2011, 03:47 PM
That guy Jim. :thumb:

Fritz88
01-03-2011, 03:49 PM
Yup

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pr_capone
01-03-2011, 03:50 PM
sorry but i must have missed what you picked. which one?

2003 Ford Focus SVT
170hp / 6spd Manual Trans
79k miles - $5400

In fact, I just called Ford to find out this car's build number. She is #0002 of 3985.

Had to ride a bus for 12 hours to Ft. Worth but she has been worth every bit of it so far. :D

D-Train6906
01-03-2011, 03:53 PM
Auto Pros 3801 W. Pawnee
316-945-2200
Ryan Kadolph is who you're looking for.

Norman Einstein
01-03-2011, 03:53 PM
I had decent luck with Eddy's Toyota on Kellogg.

My son lost his engine and they replaced it. The replacement failed and they towed the car, gave him a loaner and replaced the engine with fluids at no cost. The first replacement was a rebuilt engine, the second one was a new engine.

I don't know how they would deal with a Ford though.

HemiEd
01-03-2011, 03:55 PM
Tracy's is the guys I keep hearing about down there. Clean and professional, but not necessarily cheap.

Tracy Pedigo is a good guy, he used to drag race when I did back in the 80s. Knew him well.
I have a good friend, Jason Novacek who has owned his own shop for about 20 years in Wichita. My family all uses him, and he is very fair. He still does a lot of the wrenching himself.
Jason Novacek Automotive, 4646 South Madison, 316-522-0802

cdirty
01-03-2011, 04:00 PM
Ive always been a fan of Expert Auto on West street. And their other location on 13th right by ace hardware.

Rooster
01-03-2011, 04:01 PM
I use Unruh Automotive Service. They are ASE Certified and were recommended to me when I moved into town. They are fair and won't try to force a bunch a crap on you that you don't need.

I have always used the one on 13th street because it is nearest to my home. I can't speak for the other locations.


http://www.unruhautomotive.com/

JASONSAUTO
01-03-2011, 04:01 PM
2003 Ford Focus SVT
170hp / 6spd Manual Trans
79k miles - $5400

In fact, I just called Ford to find out this car's build number. She is #0002 of 3985.

Had to ride a bus for 12 hours to Ft. Worth but she has been worth every bit of it so far. :D

cool, IMO you made a good decision

stevieray
01-03-2011, 04:03 PM
Clean and professional
this is huge...look at the shop, organized or sloppy is tell tale factor.

WhitiE
01-03-2011, 04:13 PM
I use Unruh Automotive Service. They are ASE Certified and were recommended to me when I moved into town. They are fair and won't try to force a bunch a crap on you that you don't need.

I have always used the one on 13th street because it is nearest to my home. I can't speak for the other locations.


http://www.unruhautomotive.com/

I used the one on east 21st 2 times and was happy both. Then a couple months later an old man came into my store talking about how the original Unruh always tried to rip him off.

threebag02
01-03-2011, 04:13 PM
I have known where Tracy has over charged for uneeded parts.

Gracie Dean
01-03-2011, 04:41 PM
not sure what the name is, but there is a great guy with his own shop on West Central just before the bypass. The Building is White and blue and he has all kinds of pepsi cans in his window. Honest and will not gouge you

Gracie Dean
01-03-2011, 04:43 PM
not sure what the name is, but there is a great guy with his own shop on West Central just before the bypass. The Building is White and blue and he has all kinds of pepsi cans in his window. Honest and will not gouge you

alignment and services or something like that.

pr_capone
01-03-2011, 04:44 PM
Appreciate the info guys and girls! Mr. Hemi Ed has convinced me to go see his guy.

I love this board!!! :D

WhitiE
01-03-2011, 04:46 PM
Alignment Service & Repair
5601 West Central Avenue
Wichita, KS 67212-2505


(316) 942-7822

HemiEd
01-03-2011, 06:27 PM
Alignment Service & Repair
5601 West Central Avenue
Wichita, KS 67212-2505


(316) 942-7822

That is Bob Doolehary (sp? It has been a long time) and he used to lease the UNRUH store on West Central, before they took it back from him. (didn't fit the clean Unruh image IIRC)

He then opened up his own shop down the street at his current location.

He is a nice guy, and I took alignments to him a few times, as I only lived 4 blocks away. I doubt he would still be in business if he didn't do a pretty good job.

Gracie Dean
01-03-2011, 06:31 PM
That is Bob Doolehary (sp? It has been a long time) and he used to lease the UNRUH store on West Central, before they took it back from him.

He then opened up his own shop down the street at his current location.

He is a nice guy, and I took alignments to him a few times, as I only lived 4 blocks away. I doubt he would still be in business if he didn't do a pretty good job.

HE is honest and good at his job. Once we thought we needed brakes according to the Chevy dealer and we took it to Bob and we didn't need brakes only some cleaning what we thought would cost over 400 bucks cost us 60

JASONSAUTO
01-03-2011, 06:35 PM
this is huge...look at the shop, organized or sloppy is tell tale factor.

Not always stevie. Some days my shop is a terrible shit hole and I hate it. But I'm cramped for space. But like dinny said "i passed other shops on the way here, but when we turned the corner and I saw this parking lot I knew I was in the right place"
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JASONSAUTO
01-03-2011, 06:41 PM
Especially if I'm in the middle of an engine swap or three, but we are trying to keep the unneeded shit out now....lol. Its just tough when you are running all day long and have worked sometimes 14 hour days to clean everyday.

like I said though we have done better lately. Younger more go getter help does wonders.
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JASONSAUTO
01-03-2011, 06:44 PM
HE is honest and good at his job. Once we thought we needed brakes according to the Chevy dealer and we took it to Bob and we didn't need brakes only some cleaning what we thought would cost over 400 bucks cost us 60

I can't keep track of how much money I could make just by doing work other shops have told customers they needed but when I got there they didn't actually need. I'm not that type and am smart enough to realize it will only help me in the long run
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HemiEd
01-03-2011, 06:46 PM
HE is honest and good at his job. Once we thought we needed brakes according to the Chevy dealer and we took it to Bob and we didn't need brakes only some cleaning what we thought would cost over 400 bucks cost us 60

Yep, I always loved his neighborly, non-corporate attitude, when it came to business.
If it wasn't for my close relationship with Jason Novacek, Bob would be my next choice.

JASONSAUTO
01-03-2011, 06:49 PM
Quick piece of advice.

I a shop tells you that your car needs something that you can see ask to see it and be explained why.

I have NO ISSUE with showing someone why something needs replaced. Also most shops won't tell you if they are guessing. If they act as though they aren't sure ask if they will ready the labor if they are wrong.

guessing sometimes is the only way, going by prior experience, but if that's the case with me I'm willing to bet my labor on it.
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Shogun
01-03-2011, 07:28 PM
2003 Ford Focus SVT
170hp / 6spd Manual Trans
79k miles - $5400

In fact, I just called Ford to find out this car's build number. She is #0002 of 3985.

Had to ride a bus for 12 hours to Ft. Worth but she has been worth every bit of it so far. :D

if you wanted to make the small trip to hutch I could hook up a deal with my dad, he doesnt work at a dealership anymore but he's the best mechanic i've ever seen and Ford Certified for about 35 years, 28 years in the dealership

bevischief
01-03-2011, 08:26 PM
What's wrong?

COchief
01-03-2011, 09:43 PM
What's wrong?

Nothing too bad, just some dickhead didn't read the thread. :thumb:

Timing belt and oil change