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    Ames Car Repair Advice

    Hey fellow CFers. I figured I could rely on some on the posters on this board for some advice.

    I've been having some car issues and will most likely need to tow it to a repair shop since it won't start. I haven't had to take my car to any mechanics in Ames before, so I was wondering what some of the best options would be? Keep in mind that I'm a college student, and I have an older car ('92 Cutlass Supreme) so ideally somewhere that won't rip me off too much. TIA.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    I had a strut bumping funny and I took it to Midas on Duff. Dude said i needed $1400 in new struts and they where done. Took it across the street to Car X, and this Scottish dude tightened a bolt. I asked him how much I owed him, he said don't worry about it man. I've been with Car X ever since in DSM and they are strait.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Whatever you do not take it to Car-X in Ames. These reviews are pretty standard experiences for them: Yahoo Reviews - Car-X Ames, IA

    I had good luck at Mike's Body & Frame (219 North Oak Avenue)


    Last edited by ISUAgronomist; 10-10-2012 at 08:58 PM.


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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonpediaJoe View Post
    I had a strut bumping funny and I took it to Midas on Duff. Dude said i needed $1400 in new struts and they where done. Took it across the street to Car X, and this Scottish dude tightened a bolt. I asked him how much I owed him, he said don't worry about it man. I've been with Car X ever since in DSM and they are strait.
    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Whatever you do not take it to Car-X in Ames.
    Well here is an interesting dilemma, but I have not had good luck with Car X either.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by BCoffClone125 View Post
    Hey fellow CFers. I figured I could rely on some on the posters on this board for some advice.

    I've been having some car issues and will most likely need to tow it to a repair shop since it won't start. I haven't had to take my car to any mechanics in Ames before, so I was wondering what some of the best options would be? Keep in mind that I'm a college student, and I have an older car ('92 Cutlass Supreme) so ideally somewhere that won't rip me off too much. TIA.
    Do you have AAA? HIGHLY recommended, as you get free towing; towing prices in Ames = extortion.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...ames-area.html

    We used Denny's in the past and were happy with their service.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Just don't take it to Tuffy for a single thing; complete scammers.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post
    Do you have AAA? HIGHLY recommended, as you get free towing; towing prices in Ames = extortion.
    Towing everywhere that isn't done by a City is. They're in business to make money.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    I've had great experiences with Hansen's.

    Mark Hansen?s Automotive Repair and Car Care Services and More


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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Mark Hansen at Hansen Sinclair (NE corner of Duff and Lincoln way) is a great Cyclone fan and runs a first class operation. His repair place is just a couple blocks from the station.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms3r4ISU View Post
    Mark Hansen at Hansen Sinclair (NE corner of Duff and Lincoln way) is a great Cyclone fan and runs a first class operation. His repair place is just a couple blocks from the station.
    I used to enjoy his column at the Register, too.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    No to both Car-X and especially AAMCO.


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    Rulzzz 3:16 says I just liked your post!

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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by BCoffClone125 View Post
    Hey fellow CFers. I figured I could rely on some on the posters on this board for some advice.

    I've been having some car issues and will most likely need to tow it to a repair shop since it won't start. I haven't had to take my car to any mechanics in Ames before, so I was wondering what some of the best options would be? Keep in mind that I'm a college student, and I have an older car ('92 Cutlass Supreme) so ideally somewhere that won't rip me off too much. TIA.
    I have had great luck with EnTire. Jeff is a great Cyclone fan. More importantly, his crew will only do what is necessary. More than once I've asked them about a repair and they've indicated that work did NOT need to be done. So, I've had cars worked on at EnTire and am thoroughly satisfied. If something is fixed but needs an adjustment later on, that is part of the service, with no additional charges.



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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    I Like going to Midas, the split up payment plan is legit


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    Re: Ames Car Repair Advice

    I also need to get my 97 Civic in to replace the CV boots and front brakes. Was going to start a thread like this tomorrow actually. Thanks for the tips as well!



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