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By: sharonn268
Sunshine Foreign And Domestic Auto Repair
Carlos used to be down on Miramar in San Diego, and is now in Escondido. I have used him as a mechanic for abt 10 years, for a variety of cars, and he now does my daughter's car as well. He is thorough and honest, and takes the time to explain what is wrong and why it matters. His costs are very reasonable -- especially b/c he does it right the first time. Carlos has sometimes had to give me very bad news -- and once in a case where another mechanic really screwed me (how Carlos won my business) and understands how it can be tough for a working person to deal with big bills. He will work with you, and can "prioritize" repairs to keep you rolling, but w/o making it more expensive down the road. Carlos is the owner and to me, that makes all the difference -- he has a long term view of your relationship and your vehicle. And as others have commented, he's a great "family man" and it shows in his ethics at work. His concern is for your safety and to have your car running right. He is also honest enough to tell you when he can't do a job (tranny rebuild). I work on cars myself (amateur) and I have friends who are good mechanics, and a son who is a good mechanic, so I know how hard it is to get a GOOD and HONEST mechanic. Use Carlos! You won't be sorry!
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By: Jennifer F.
Brian's Automotive and Diagnostics
Brian, you are a wonderful mechanic, shop owner and a straight shooter! You don't keep our vehicles any longer than necessary and you are honest. What a breath of fresh air! I also researched your shop and you are registered with the BAR. I learned the hard way that there are actually shops out there that do not follow the laws and guidelines that keep consumers safe.We are so blessed to have found you as you do follow the laws. You call us if there is a problem and ask us what we want to do; you give us your professional opinion but leave the final decision to us. You do not oversell us on things we do not need...thank you thank you thank you!!!!!You have a professional and courteous staff. You go out of your way to help your customers. You have our loyalty.
By: lyndilou.hunt
West Escondido Automotive & Transmission
We were vacationing in San Diego we ran into some car trouble. The service advisor was very polite and explained what the technician had found in a matter that was not over our heads. They had to replace the fuel pump and filter, when I called the dealer to get the same services quoted they were double what I was quoted at West Escondido Automotive. Our car was finished in a timely manner and the people there are great. They offered their shuttle service to us so we didn't have to wait in the customer lounge while they fixed our car. They mechanic even came out and explained to us what he had to do to get the job done. What a nice facility, easy freeway access and the staff there is great! Thanks to them we were able to continue our vacation and had no problems!
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By: Mark W.
USA Complete Auto Repair & Smog
So far so good! I will update this post after repair work has been completed and final price for parts and labor are provided. So far, USA Complete Auto Repair and Smog has provided me the best estimate in North San Diego County! I very seldom do reviews, but after speaking with Tom, a day earlier on the phone to explain my repair issues, he gave a straight analysis of what everything would cost when I dropped car off the next day. The car is currently being worked on. If everything is as promised, I will sing the praises of USA Complete Auto Repair and Smog and recommend them to everyone I know--I already have a few colleagues waiting for my update!
By: brucerivera
Performance Auto Care
I moved here a few months ago- and when my car broke down I was so nervous to take it to be fixed. I am so happy that I found Performance Auto Care.Their customer service is AMAZING! Their staff is knowledgeable and answered all of my questions before I gave them the keys. I had my car back in no time, spent less than I thought it would be, my car is working perfectly. I love this place and will definitely be back for oil changes and all of my car maintenance in the future. I can't say enough about how happy I am about this shop. I'm glad I listened to the referral.In a word they are Courteous, efficient, and professional, while providing outstanding work.
By: Anna K.
Escondido Auto Pros
I brought my van in to Escondido Auto Pros (which is veteran owned by the way) for new brakes the other day and was really impressed with the detailed inspection report (with pictures) that they emailed me. The report outlined what repairs were critical, what could wait and what was in good shape. Their prices are very reasonable so i decided to have a couple of other repairs done while I was there. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The waiting room is comfortable with tv and coffee. They will even help you get to work while your car is being repaired! FYI-The shop is located in the back side of the building.
By: royy955
Sunshine Foreign And Domestic Auto Repair
I've used Carlos as my family mechanic for over 8 yrs. Does good work at a fair price. I have had a half dozen or more different vehicles in with him (3 teenage drivers) and have never had to take a vehicle back for the same problem twice. He's always willing to explain exactly what the problem is and why. I only wish he had a bigger shop/more equipment and could do even a wider range of stuff. If you're tired of the big guys and always feeling like they're "finding" problems instead of fixing the ones you came in for, this is a good reliable shop
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By: Ramon L.
West Escondido Automotive & Transmission
Brian and his entire staff gets five shiny stars in my book. Their professionalism and upbeat attitude radiates to all who walk in their shop. The service consultants, mechanics and courtesy drivers are all in the same page. They make every client feel important and puts a smile in their faces at the end of the day. When you run over a bump, Brian and his team will smooth things out for you that is fair for all. Take your vehicle to West Escondido Auto and feel the experience. They will take good care of you.
By: christinaa640
Sunshine Foreign And Domestic Auto Repair
I was referred to Carlos by a friend. I needed the clutch replaced - the dealer wanted $1100, but Carlos replaced the clutch and changed the oil/filter for less than $600. He serviced my car the next day, so there wasn't a long wait to get my car back. Carlos took the time to show me the old clutch and explain why it needed replaced. I would absolutely recommend Carlos to others, just as my friend did to me.
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By: Anthony L.
Brian's Automotive and Diagnostics
Took my 2000 Honda in for Maintanance Light, turned out I needed a Oil Change, had a dirty Air Filter, and my Power Steering fluid was low. They took care of it within two days. Pricing was reasonable, customer service was very informative, and the work was professional. Highly recommended. This wasnt my first visit to Brian's, I've taken multiple vehicles to his shop for service.
Tips & Advices
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill. The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done so you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage.
Yes. Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop.

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