Jim Allen's Auto-Matics

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Jim Allen sold the business to some guy named Dave years ago. When the differential on our Jeep started whining, Dave turned out to be the only game in town for a repair and we didn't feel safe trying to get it back to civilization where a real mechanic could look at it. Dave quoted $600 for replacing the seals and bearings, and let us know it would more if the ring and pinion gears were bad. When my wife picked up the car the bill was over $900 and included only new seals and bearings. Worse, Dave told her that the brakes were shot and that the Jeep was unsafe to drive. He wanted another $600 for new pads and turned rotors. I ordered new pads and rotors on line and did the work in the motel parking lot myself for less than half that. I also found that only one of the eight pads was worn to the bottom of the wear groove, and even that one had several thousand safe miles left on it. The rotors were only lightly worn and didn't need turning at all. Could have gotten away with a hundred buck set of pads, but I'm not complaining about $300 for all new rotors and pads when Dave would have charged twice that. If the differential repair is any indication, it would have been another $900 bill. If you're stuck in Bishop and have no other choice, Dave's an OK mechanic but there are "issues" with his prices. Judging from the $450 range differential repair quotes I got when we returned to the Los Angeles area, he has no problem taking advantage of stranded tourists.

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Jim Allen sold the business to some guy named Dave years ago. When the differential on our Jeep started whining, Dave turned out to be the only game in town for a repair and we didn't feel safe trying to get it back to civilization where a real mechanic could look at it. Dave quoted $600 for replacing the seals and bearings, and let us know it would more if the ring and pinion gears were bad. When my wife picked up the car the bill was over $900 and included only new seals and bearings. Worse, Dave told her that the brakes were shot and that the Jeep was unsafe to drive. He wanted another $600 for new pads and turned rotors. I ordered new pads and rotors on line and did the work in the motel parking lot myself for less than half that. I also found that only one of the eight pads was worn to the bottom of the wear groove, and even that one had several thousand safe miles left on it. The rotors were only lightly worn and didn't need turning at all. Could have gotten away with a hundred buck set of pads, but I'm not complaining about $300 for all new rotors and pads when Dave would have charged twice that. If the differential repair is any indication, it would have been another $900 bill. If you're stuck in Bishop and have no other choice, Dave's an OK mechanic but there are "issues" with his prices. Judging from the $450 range differential repair quotes I got when we returned to the Los Angeles area, he has no problem taking advantage of stranded tourists.

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It's been a few years since Jim and co. worked on my 1976 Cadillac Coupe De Ville. I took my car to him because not only was he the only the only automatic transmission mechanic in town he was right around the block from where I worked at the time. I dropped off the car one morning and in the afternoon after he was able to get it up on the rack and examine it he said I would need a rebuild. I was hoping this was not going to be the diagnosis but in the back of my mind I knew this was going to have to be. So I told him to go ahead and do it. It only took him a couple days because he knew I lived over 16 miles out of town. I recommend Jim Allen's Auto-Matics to anyone. Just make a Left at the Second Street coming the south end of Bishop past Jack in the Box. Thanks, Jim and Co., Mary

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It's been a few years since Jim and co. worked on my 1976 Cadillac Coupe De Ville. I took my car to him because not only was he the only the only automatic transmission mechanic in town he was right around the block from where I worked at the time. I dropped off the car one morning and in the afternoon after he was able to get it up on the rack and examine it he said I would need a rebuild. I was hoping this was not going to be the diagnosis but in the back of my mind I knew this was going to have to be. So I told him to go ahead and do it. It only took him a couple days because he knew I lived over 16 miles out of town. I recommend Jim Allen's Auto-Matics to anyone. Just make a Left at the Second Street coming the south end of Bishop past Jack in the Box. Thanks, Jim and Co., Mary

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