Guy Algar and Motorheads Performance / High Fees and Below Average Work
Review of Guy Algar and Motorheads Performance, Leesville, Texas:
This review is based on verifiable facts. The facts can be confirmed by invoices, emails, small claims court documents, and related information. As a consumer, you should research any business involving large money investments. With Guy Algar and Motorheads Performance, please make sure you receive an estimate from this business prior to any work commencing. Then make sure you check the quality of the work you requested and prior to paying. You may be billed, as I was, for pickup of parts, research for parts, ordering parts, and more pickup of parts. If a small metal mount has to be fabricated, you may be charged a "design" fee as was reflected on my invoice. This fee was not discussed with me prior to Guy Algar placing it on my invoice. You may find your bill and subsequent invoices skyrocketing with this business. The business owner(s) allegedly are not certified ASE mechanics, they are not a certified I-Car paint shop, and they are not a certified engine rebuilding or machine shop. Certifications may or may not be important to you. However, if you want to pay high labor rates to a non-certified individual who claims he is a mechanic, and without checking on the individual's qualifications, then that is your choice. In Texas, any individual can open an auto repair shop, an auto restoration shop, or a trailer repair garage without any state certifications or testing. This is why ASE Certifications and training are paramount. This is also why the Texas AAA has a limited list of certified shops they recommend. If an individual indicates that are not ASE Certified, then ask for any community college or automotive institute technician training. Ask for the list of auto repair and automotive restoration seminars the individual may have attended. Ask for references.
The Motorheads Performance "shop” is located out in the middle of farm and ranch country on a country road several miles outside of Nixon, Texas. During my last visit to this company, there was no business sign. This is why I passed by the residential property on a small country road. The business is run out of the owner's garage on his property. Other internet businesses are also run by Guy Algar and Andrea White via various internet websites. For example, check out their website entitled "ScorpioDesignServices." Guy Algar and Andrea White aka Motorheads Performance, claim they are a full service trailer repair shop. However, when they bill you for parts pick up to service your trailer, they then tell you they are no longer a full service shop . Therefore, they advise you that must incur their charges for travel to pick up basic parts like nuts and bolts. For example, you may be charged $35.00 to pick up bolts or other fasteners that cost less than $10.00. They will even charge you to place a tire back on the trailer that they took off. If they can find a charge to place on your invoice, they will gladly do so. If you question their charges, they will tell you that you authorized the charges (although you can't recall the authorization). If you attempt to negotiate a settlement price, they may secretly video tape record you without your knowledge or consent.
Guy Algar is a Mechanical Engineer. However, allegedly he is not an ASE mechanic. Many Engineers will admit that they are not good automotive mechanics. In short, an Engineer is not necessarily qualified to pull apart and rebuild your engine, paint your car, or restore your classic car.
Guy Algar allegedly does not have any articles in automotive restoration magazines. It appears and it is alleged that his training in this complex field is vague. Andrea White advertises, among other areas of expertise, that she is a marketing consultant. Additionally, Ms. White indicates that she repairs transmissions and is listed as an automotive "shop technician" on the Motorheads Performance website. When dealing with Ms. White ask her to produce her training certifications in auto transmissions or any other automotive training achievements. The fact is that auto transmission repair is a complex field requiring extensive training and continuing education.
Both Guy Algar and Andrea White also indicate on their websites and blogs that they have years of experience in automotive restorations, trailer repair, and a variety of additional non-related areas, e.g., Web design, Internet hosting services, business cards, and medical management--among additional areas of alleged expertise. They should be commended for their expertise in a vast array of different fields. However, consider checking the facts and asking for proof.
Caveat: compare estimates of Motorheads Performance's bids or estimates for your project to other businesses. Other businesses may not charge you to research parts and then hourly rates to order parts. Compare the cost Guy Algar will charge you to fabricate a basic tire carrier. Then compare the fabrication of a tire carrier with your local welding shop. You may be surprised in the price difference of the respective businesses.
In short=Caveat emptor!