Ballard Automotive Repair Inc

★★★★☆

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I went to this cute little hole-in-the-wall automotive place three times. The first 2 times were great - I just needed a few regular maintenance things done on my car. The third time I was about ready to drive from Seattle back home to Omaha, Nebraska after my first year of college. So I figured my car should go in for an oil change before the long trip. About a half an hour after I drop my car off for the oil change, I got a call from the mechanic. He said my car needed a little "TLC" and then started listing off all of these car parts that needed to be completely replaced or repaired. I was shocked! My car had been driving fine for the past 4 months, a little bouncy yes because I have been needing new struts but not so bad that I would be expecting to pay for such pricey repairs. When he finished, he added it all up to about $2,600. That was insane. My car is not even worth that much, and how in the world could all these problems be occurring within a few months of my last oil change when I don't drive aggressively? I was in despair because I did not have that much (hello, college student here!!) and I needed to get home (1,600 miles away) in a week. My father consulted me to just get the oil change and drive my car home; if it would break down on the way, then he would just drive to where ever I was to get me and my stuff. Well, I got the oil change and here's the kicker: the oil change includes a fill up on all fluids, right? I even had a charge on my receipt for "Fluids". Because my car started to overheat on my drive back to my dorm, I checked my antifreeze level and guess what - it was completely empty. Just to double check, I found that even the oil level was below the "full" measurement on my oil dipper. Um, I just got an OIL CHANGE which pretty much ensures my oil level be filled completely. Well, I blew it off, oh well, I was more worried about making it home with all the "problems" that my car was reportedly having. Luckily I did make it home to Nebraska just fine with absolutely no problems, even though the mechanics at Ballard Automotive made it sound like my car was going to fall apart any minute if I didn't fork over enough dough to get it fixed. I even took it to my regular mechanic here in Omaha who quoted about $600 for all the work on my car, and he actually listed problems with my car that I knew I needed to fix prior to the fiasco with Ballard Auto. I am very disappointed and feel that I was nearly cheated thousands of dollars on my third visit to this mechanic and will not ever take my car back. This experience proved to me that you can't trust everyone, no matter how trustworthy they seem at first.

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I went to this cute little hole-in-the-wall automotive place three times. The first 2 times were great - I just needed a few regular maintenance things done on my car. The third time I was about ready to drive from Seattle back home to Omaha, Nebraska after my first year of college. So I figured my car should go in for an oil change before the long trip. About a half an hour after I drop my car off for the oil change, I got a call from the mechanic. He said my car needed a little "TLC" and then started listing off all of these car parts that needed to be completely replaced or repaired. I was shocked! My car had been driving fine for the past 4 months, a little bouncy yes because I have been needing new struts but not so bad that I would be expecting to pay for such pricey repairs. When he finished, he added it all up to about $2,600. That was insane. My car is not even worth that much, and how in the world could all these problems be occurring within a few months of my last oil change when I don't drive aggressively? I was in despair because I did not have that much (hello, college student here!!) and I needed to get home (1,600 miles away) in a week. My father consulted me to just get the oil change and drive my car home; if it would break down on the way, then he would just drive to where ever I was to get me and my stuff. Well, I got the oil change and here's the kicker: the oil change includes a fill up on all fluids, right? I even had a charge on my receipt for "Fluids". Because my car started to overheat on my drive back to my dorm, I checked my antifreeze level and guess what - it was completely empty. Just to double check, I found that even the oil level was below the "full" measurement on my oil dipper. Um, I just got an OIL CHANGE which pretty much ensures my oil level be filled completely. Well, I blew it off, oh well, I was more worried about making it home with all the "problems" that my car was reportedly having. Luckily I did make it home to Nebraska just fine with absolutely no problems, even though the mechanics at Ballard Automotive made it sound like my car was going to fall apart any minute if I didn't fork over enough dough to get it fixed. I even took it to my regular mechanic here in Omaha who quoted about $600 for all the work on my car, and he actually listed problems with my car that I knew I needed to fix prior to the fiasco with Ballard Auto. I am very disappointed and feel that I was nearly cheated thousands of dollars on my third visit to this mechanic and will not ever take my car back. This experience proved to me that you can't trust everyone, no matter how trustworthy they seem at first.

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I was towed in by recommendation of the tow truck driver. Tom did a great job and was very efficient in solving my problem. I had my van back the next day. I would definitely use them again.

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I was towed in by recommendation of the tow truck driver. Tom did a great job and was very efficient in solving my problem. I had my van back the next day. I would definitely use them again.

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Ballard Automotive has excellent service
on auto repair and service. I don't always
like going to the dealers so go to
Ballard Automotive. Its small enough to
give you great service but skilled enough
to get the job done.

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Ballard Automotive has excellent service
on auto repair and service. I don't always
like going to the dealers so go to
Ballard Automotive. Its small enough to
give you great service but skilled enough
to get the job done.

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Problem solving specialists using today's technology! Ballard Automotive Repair provides superior service to customers in Ballard, Wash., and nearby communities. We are a family owned and operated business proudly serving the area since 1952. The staff and trained technicians of Ballard Automotive work hard to get you back on the road fast. Our mechanics have experience with all types of vehicles including cars, trucks and SUVs. We also service global cars and are ASE certified. Make an appointment to visit the friendly people at Ballard Automotive today!

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