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Best indie mechanic in Austin area?

Discussion in 'Texas' started by daylorb, Mar 6, 2020.

  1. Mar 6, 2020 at 8:03 PM
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    daylorb

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    Wife took her Highlander into the dealer, 60k miles. She came back with a nearly $5k estimate to replace every fluid, gasket, brake pads, rotors, etc. etc.

    Funny thing is - I put on new rotors and pads last summer... clearly they saw a single woman walking in the door... you know the drill.

    Any thoughts on the best indies in Austin for Toyotas?
     
  2. Mar 6, 2020 at 10:03 PM
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    Redneckistan... aka Cypress, TX
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    Man, when I first read the title... I thought an indie music fan or a member of one of the indie bands there for sxsw needed to have his plug removed. :rasta::poking::facepalm:
     
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    Crooked dealer service. That brake scam is the perfect illustration. Jerk tried to pull that with me at a Chevy dealer. (Millennial thought I was old and stupid). Nobody wants questionable brakes, right?

    The downside with independent shops is you typically don't get Toyota parts if that is important to you. Try another dealer, there are several in Austin. Take the car in yourself to discourage bull**** from the outset. It may get you a little lagniappe with your wife. I have no recent experience with Toyota dealer service, but all dealer service people, regardless of brand, are not crooked.
     
  5. Mar 7, 2020 at 5:50 AM
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    Cedar park Toyota has always been good to me.

    ive heard good things about juke auto.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2020 at 7:24 AM
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    I would search around and get estimates for the things you want done. I would think you could find a decent shop fairly easy. Yelp reviews are always resourceful as well.

    Good Luck!

    Edit: think I would be calling that service manager and tell him about the brake work already done. Also might be trying to Yelp review them as well.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2020 at 4:19 PM
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    LOL - I'm hoping whoever it is also can play some music....
     
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    I checked my records - I put on Power Stop drilled and slotted rotors, last May. The dealer said to my wife "it looks like someone put after-market rotors on... you don't want that..."

    The quote also included EFI work, optimizer on the fuel system, 4 wheel alignment, new ATF, cooling flush, coolant, gear oil, new belts, tranmission pan gasket (which was $1900 of labor itself...)
     
  9. Mar 7, 2020 at 5:54 PM
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    "Optimizer" for the fuel system is usually big rip off, probably something like Gumout poured in tank.
    Service advisors at dealerships are trained to upsell anything they can, big profits for them.
     
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    Want to share the dealership name for the locals?...Maybe just the initials, like CM, AN, CP, RR, etc. Then, if I do have a real problem, I'll know where NOT to take mine.
     
  11. Mar 7, 2020 at 7:52 PM
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    It was CM.
     
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    CM is the new official partner dealership of ATXTC. Hopefully there’s a discount to be had but then again, I wouldn’t pay for dealer maintenance personally. Plenty of good shops out there at much cheaper rates.
     
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    That was my first guess, although I've never been near them. My impression from the sales side is that they are very highly driven by profit, and yet seem to be highly successful as an area dealership. I'm not sure what the appeal is...are people really that naive?

    For any savvy buyer shopping in the Austin area, their ubiquitous advertising represents less than "draw-them-in" leader deals; it's more like they advertise blatant rip-offs. I did a little internet pricing and ended up in San Marcos. Got a great deal after less than expected haggling. It's an hour away from me, but Austin dealers are nearly the same distance-wise. Since I do my own general maintenance, I have enough confidence in Toyota reliability to not worry about living next door to a dealership.
     
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    Huh. Hopefully, CM provides some good discount value for ATXTC. Two years ago, ATXTC was associated with the newest dealership, CP.

    I've been personally involved in the wax and wane of club sponsorship by dealers, and it's often about whatever current dealer management is willing to provide space for the meets. There's usually something of a "quid pro quo" in their motive, not just good PR. If the "quid" doesn't develop, then enthusiasm can quickly wane. :D
     
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