by David from Albuquerque, NM 87123
Mr. Vigil arrived 15 minutes early and had my battery replaced by 15 minutes after my original appointment time. Not much diagnostic work to be done in my case (the car had been sitting eight months and the battery had been old to begin with and the car ran fine with a jump start but running failed to charge the battery...kinda hard not to guess what the problem was), just a cursory check to verify that yep, the battery was kaput. But he did also spot where a bit of my wheel housing was peeling.
Honestly, I'll probably keep going to my regular mechanic, but if your car won't start and you want a real mechanic to make double-sure of what needs to be fixed rather than just call one of the quickie places, he's a good choice.
Worth noting that he recommended getting the tires rotated. I still had a three-year plan with Big O Tires, so I took it there as soon as he fixed it up so it ran again, but they took one look and said no-way-no-how, it would be dangerous to rotate the tires, the tires need to be replaced. Of course they immediately gave me a quote for tires they would sell me, so one might suspect the reason Mr. Vigil didn't mention the tires needing to be replaced was because the tires didn't need to be replaced. I'll be seeing my regular mechanic next week, sadly probably too late to tell you who turned out to be right.