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KAREN G.
Portland, OR
Honda Element
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03/15/2019
Great service
These guys take care of all my automotive needs and have for years. Very professional, never add extra unnecessary stuff to pad the bill, excellent service at it's best

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Mark H.
Portland, OR
Subaru Impreza Sedan
Verified Customer
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07/27/2018 Category: Service
Mark said he was overcharged for some items at this business. He was given quotes for services that after checking with his regular mechanic who has worked on his vehicle for years, he found out that he did not need. He does not trust this business and he will not be going back to them.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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BILL L.
Damascus, OR
Cadillac SRX
Verified Customer
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09/11/2017
Always on time
Need to clean waiting area.floor and cobwebs on widows

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Tim K.
Oregon City, OR
GMC Sierra
Verified Customer
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06/11/2016 Category: Service
Tim said he had his new vehicle for a total of 4 days before it went in to this business for 38 days for a simple repair. They were fixing things that were not broken, such as the coolant overflow bottle and they deep vacuumed the cooling system. When in reality it was the head gasket which was already diagnosed before he took it to them. He has an extended warranty and still ended up paying $1,500 out of pocket. After a half of a day of getting his vehicle back from them he had to go to a different facility for repairs. Because of their lack of competency, they cost him money. He was reimbursed and they cut him a check.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.
Kris J. from First Choice Auto Service responded on 06/14/2016

Wow, We/I didn't see that coming after all we did for Tim-Yes sorry it took longer than expected but there were some issues that we had to deal with that were out of the norm.
First when the truck came in was very intermitant-we couldn't get it to overheat, the over flow bottle needed to be replaced because the sensor inside these diesel bottles go bad when they get over pressurize (ask the parts dealer how many they go through)-so the low coolant light always stays on-even when full-so yes it did need to be replaced.
(By the way the part Tim left out was we did credit Tim back all the diagnostic time since the warranty center doesn't cover diagnostics, so 2 hours of air bleeding the coolant system, and the price of the coolant bottle when we did the head gasket work.)
Also what Tim doesn't mention is we probably saved him 6000 to 18,000.00. When we tore it down the head gasket failed because the last shop that did the head gasket a year ago cross threaded a head bolt and it was broken down inside the block-stripped. So to prevent the warranty company from not covering a bad head gasket we didn't tell them the head bolt failed-because the warranty center will only cover bad head gaskets (not bolts)-had they known that the head bolt created the issue they might have rejected the 5500.00 claim. Also the warranty center doesn't cover machine work-we talked them into covering the 500.00 machine work on the HEADS since the customer just bought the truck. #2 The head bolt that broke down inside the block took 10 hours to get out-broke 2 snap-on bolt extractors-which we had to drill and pick those out-we purchsed a special tool to installed new threads into the block-cost us 470.00-charged the customer 40-called a time cert-no one in portland METRO had one-had to come from back east
-took about 3 days to get. AFTER TALKING TO SEVERAL SHOPS-They all would have just condemmed the whole block-which the warranty inspector would have had to come out and would have saw that the head bolt failed causing the gasket to fail. Trust me after dealing with so many different extended warranty companies-they look for any reason to get out of a claim-I almost bet they would have denied the whole claim. We only charged Tim 2 hours after spending 10 hours trying to extract the head bolt.
Finally Tim says he had to take it to a close by shop because an injector seal failed (started leaking fuel)-we said sorry and refunded him the $280.00 he was out-we replaced all the injector seals with new Chevy seals-Tim didn't believe we did-so we went to the file cabinet showed him the Chevy Invoice that shows new injector seals. We also drove the truck multiple times up and down the freeway-also ran in the shop for over 45 min. double checked our work-just so we have no issues when we release the truck.
I don't get it-we went above and beyond and tryied to save the customer money-even to the point of not telling the whole truth to the warranty center-and Tim was in the loop on everything-he said he appreciated us helping him and keeping him in the loop.
Yes we all feel your pain Tim-you bought a used truck and it's bad from day 1-you purchased someone elses nightmare-come to find out the guy before you had repaced the head gaskets 1 year ago and they went bad again-so he sold the truck-now your stuck with it-we tried to be fair and help you out where we could-and what do we get in the end ---.
Thanks Tim we really appreciate it.      


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JOHN B.
Tualatin, OR
Chevrolet Silverado
Verified Customer
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02/01/2016
2004 Chevy Silverado Z-71 4 x 4
Engine light came on with a message . Drop it off at there place of business late on Sunday night .
They called to let me know what all the code messages where and how much it would cost to fix.
A $ 1,000.00 later I had my truck and off I went . No more than 2 mile the engine lite come's on again .
Not to say my truck had a low right front tire and they didn't even notice it . I would have a hard time taking my truck back to have them read the code for $ 118.00. JB
Kris J. from First Choice Auto Service responded on 02/09/2016

I called John back & let him know we have a full 12/12k mile warranty on everything we do. I had him come down to see which code set, turns out the knock sensor code came back, so we are going to warranty out the defective knock sensor located under the manifold.


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Brennen G.
Milwaukie, OR
Jeep Wrangler
Verified Customer
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01/18/2016 Category: Service
Spoke with Jeff. He said they were good, but expensive. He found parts that were cheaper online after his vehicle was serviced. He would not recommend them but will not stop going to them yet.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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DONNA S.
Clackamas, OR
Ford Taurus
Verified Customer
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02/09/2015
Nick
Nick was so helpful to an "Senior" lady with a "Senior" Taurus! Only did what was absolutely necessary to keep me on the road just as I requested. I will be back!

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Ray H.
Clackamas, OR
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Verified Customer
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09/17/2014 Category: Service
Ray said he paid this business $2,500 for a blown head gasket and after they got into the job, they found all kinds of other issues. They told him they flushed the radiator but they did not because he took it down to another facility where they found gunk in it. They wanted to charge him $310 for a new radiator, when all it needed was to be flushed out. He requested they replace a valve and they only tried to fix it, which resulted in his having to go on the freeway and wasting his gas. They finally did replace it with a new one and it fixed the problem. They did not charge him for replacing the valve, which he felt was nice because he had already spent a lot on gas while they were just repairing the old valve. For these reasons, he would not recommend this business and would caution others to have their vehicle serviced at this business.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.
Kris J. from First Choice Auto Service responded on 09/23/2014

This car came in overheating and running poorly.
We check the codes and there was a code stored for the EGR system.  We had to get the car running right before we could test the EGR system.
We found the head gasket was leaking badly causing it to run poor & overheat right away. After we sent the head to the machine shop they also found the valves were not sealing. We had them fix the cylinder head. After we got the head back we tried cleaning the the EGR passage ways and the valve to save him some money, but that didn't fix the EGR code, so we replaced the valve for free.
After we fixed the head gasket and the EGR valve the car ran great and never over heated.
The customer came back 20 days later and said it was still over heating.  We tested the cooling system and all the fans were working properly and coolant was full and clean. We check the temptarture on the radiator and found it was plugged up, not cooling the coolant down enough, and would need replacement for best fix. Flushing it out was just a temporary fix & will need replaced for a permanent fix.  We did flush the coolant system after the we installed the new head gasket. and drove the car about 20 miles and car never overheated for us. The customer drove the car for 20 days before it started overheating again on him. I still believe the radiator is going to need replacing.


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JASON S.
Portland, OR
Chevrolet Malibu
Verified Customer
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03/20/2019
Awesome!
My entire family brings their automobiles here and have for 10+ years. We won’t take our vehicles anywhere else. Great service, great people and great prices. All around a 10 out of 10 from us.

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JASON S.
Portland, OR
Dodge Dakota
Verified Customer
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03/19/2019
Great Company!!
My entire extended family has been using First Choice Auto Service for over 10 years and that is due to multiple reasons. They have always been honest, friendly, knowledgeable, good at listening to issues and finding answers, great prices and fast turnaround. I highly recommend them for any and all auto repairs or services.

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DWAIN H.
Portland, OR
Toyota Camry
Verified Customer
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03/19/2019
Great experience
1st Choice is a pleasant experience. Always friendly and helpful. We have come here for years and have never had a bad experience. And the prices are fair.

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LUARA H.
Clackamas, OR
Honda Civic
Verified Customer
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03/16/2019
Always Great Service
We just had two vehicles in the shop this week, both with mechanical problems. It is always frustrating when something on your vehicle isn’t working. The staff is great at explaining what isn’t working. I always feel like they give me the best deal possible.

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Lex P.
Clackamas, OR
Honda Accord Cpe
Verified Customer
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03/16/2019 Category: Service
Lex said she was happy with the service. She especially appreciated that they put in a new dome light bulb for her at no charge.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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DONG P.
Happy Valley, OR
Volkswagen GTI
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03/15/2019
Alignment, changed tire and sway bar bushing-front
Excellent job

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TONI D.
Oregon City, OR
Toyota Avalon
Verified Customer
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03/13/2019
Very helpful and knowledgeable.
Very honest. Won’t tell you something has to be done when it doesn’t. Trustworthy.

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LOUISE B.
Gresham, OR
Volvo S40
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03/12/2019
It is easy to get to and always great work.
I've always had good luck with First Choice for my car. They treat me well and my car too!

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Michael L.
Portland, OR
Hyundai Veloster
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03/12/2019 Category: Service
Michael said the business was very friendly, professional, and prompt. He stated he would definitely recommend them for service.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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INES O.
Happy Valley, OR
Ford Fusion
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03/09/2019
The people and the service!
The service is great! They are always friendly and helpful. The guys do just what needs to be done. If I am concerned about something they will gladly check it out quickly.

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JOHN L.
Canby, OR
Toyota T100
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03/09/2019
Always reliable
Took my elderly truck in for a scheduled oil change. I asked if they had time to look at the battery. They said it was NINE years old and I needed a new one. They were able to get it replaced, change the oil and check everything else out in an hour. Love this place. Good mechanics are hard to find

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JOANNE M.
Damascus, OR
Volvo V70
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03/08/2019
Long time customer
We've been using 1st Choice for years. Great shop, nice people!