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11/23/2014
By: Nicholas P.
Divinity-Auto Repair
It is rare that I use a Professional to work on my vehicles, rarer yet that I entirely trust what they are telling me. Divinity is an exception. If you own a Toyota or Lexus you should give them a look. The first thing I noticed was the spotless repair shop, rare in independent shops. As I spoke to Ralph, the owner, it became clear that I was dealing with an intelligent and articulate gentleman. Most surprisingly was Ralph telling me I did not need some of the preventative services that I was requesting such as a brake fluid and transfer case fluid change, that he would check them instead and only service if needed. I finally said, "I'm trying to give you money here and you are turning it down!" That was probably 8 years ago and that pattern has continued, great service that has kept our Tacoma running flawlessly, without unnecessary costs. Once, an aftermarket belt that they had installed developed a flaw. It would have been easy for them to say the belt was under warranty but I would be responsible for the labor, a common occurrence. But no, repairs at no charge. Another time when my check engine light came on the diagnostic computer indicated a relatively expensive part needed replacing. I'm quite sure that another repair shop would have replaced the part but Ralph refused to believe that this failure had occurred at such a low mileage and just reset the service light. Ultimately the problem returned and the part was faulty, but I was given a chance to avoid the repair. Thus when Ralph or Angel tell me the vehicle needs something, I trust them.
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11/19/2015
By: Carolina M.
Vargas Auto Service
My husband and I have both had a great experience with Vargas Auto Service. We took his car in last year for an engine replacement and they did a great job on his car. This year we took an Acura MDX in because it was shutting off with the cold. The check engine light was indicating a misfire with the coils so they replaced them, but the care was still shutting off with the cold. I called them to let them know and scheduled some time to bring the car back in, however, I wasn't able to make it in when I said I would. I was really impressed because they called me to follow up and find out when I would be bringing the car back in. When I brought the car back in they did fix the issue and did not charge us anything more. This may not be the case for everyone but I do believe they are fair. They are honest mechanics with great customer service. Also, I like that they are organized. They have a computer system in place that stores what they've done for you along with your info. This makes it easy to work with them because you don't have to remind them what they've done for you and give them your info again every time you come in. I highly recommend them!
09/01/2014
By: Michael B.
Chuck's Service Center
These guys really helped me out on my trip out West. I was having car troubles. The guys down the street Clark's told me it was a bad water pump after having the car for about five hours and told me it was going to cost 1200 dollars to fix. I took it over to Chuck's and he showed me it was a leak it in the overflow tank had it fixed in less than an hour for 100 dollars. Not only that, they helped me with my rear brake calipers and charged a very reasonable price. Hopefully, they keep this kind of service going! It seems common that people will take advantage of a traveler from out of town, but these guys were really down to earth and seemed to care. The people who came in, the regulars, also seemed to be really swell people and all were in the family. So, from Michael at the monastery, a big big thanks!
09/13/2016
By: Lois A.
Mastertech Automotive
These guys are amazing!! I have had an intermittent problem with my car where it wouldnt start. The dealer replaced the computer, the fuse block, the battery, and the alternator. Luckily, all of those parts were under warranty. Didn'tactually fix the problem. The guys at MasterTech took the time and figured out that it was an issue with the negative battery cable. I appreciate the time they took to solve the problem instead of just throwing parts at it. They are honest and I will be taking my car there from now on! The staff is amazing and so friendly and helpful and know how to take care of their customers. I highly recommend this shop!
11/17/2012
By: imsteveiv
Vargas Auto Service
I have been taking my vehicles here for a few years for minor things like leaks, brakes, and registration renewal and I have never had a issue. The other day I went in with a engine misfire and I was expecting the worst $$. I got a call that same night and was told the problem is a simple fix and about $50 later I was on my way. Part of my job is inspecting vehicles and negotiating repairs. I have spoken with the owner several times regarding labor rates and labor times, never on a professional level, only as a customer and I can say this shop is fair and honest. I have and will continue to recommend Vargas to my friends and family.
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07/21/2016
By: Laura B.
Jardine Services
SUPPORT THE "GOOD GUY!!!' On time, very polite and caring driver. Reasonable price. We should use this company because they do NOT contract with commercial private property entities. Other companies do this, and it turns out to be a big money mill for them, and it's wrong. Not Jardine. Jardine does not contract with companies that automatically tow your car without notifying you. They use ethical, moral, and legal practices in their business dealings. Please, please, please use these guys over the other towing companies out there. There are so many scumbags, that we MUST support the "Good Guys," for our own sake.
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06/15/2016
By: Lee W.
Mister B's Auto Care
I just had my car's air conditioning repaired by Mr. B. I didn't have much money to spend and worried I would have to wait until the summer passed to afford the repair but Mr. B found a used air compressor and did the work for a low price that perfectly matched my budget. I know they could have turned my work away but didn't. To me this is going the extra mile in business. I was in and out the same day. I appreciate my niece's recommendation for this amazing, hard-working little auto shop. I can't give their team enough praise! Two thumbs up!
01/30/2013
By: daniel.rich.52
Vince Quang's Auto
Vnce is a great Mechanic. I have used him multiple times for years. He he always shows me what is wrong with my car, and after he fixes it he keeps any broken part(s) to show me exactly why it was broken. His prices are the lowest around. He always breaks down the cost of parts and labor. before any work is done on my car he will call me and get my approval to work on the car, and to tell me exactly how much it will cost. So long as I live in the area, will always use Vince to work on my cars, I have never met a more honest mechanic.
01/15/2015
By: Howie N.
Automotive Solutions
I have been using them for my business vehicles and my personal vehicles for almost three years now and have never had a second thought about the decision. They are conveniently located near my business and have been a great find for us. They are quick and accurate in their work. They charge a very fair price for the work and they have always made me feel valuable as a customer. Not once have I ever questioned what they did or how much they charged me. Very, Very Honest automotive shop! They also know their automotive stuff!
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01/14/2013
By: brenna_b
J P's Collision Center
I have had the pleasure of working with JP for 15+ years. I go to him even when it's not purely accident related, and he is always there to help me out. He has restored my cars to pre-accident condition or better every time. He does a great job of saving his customers money, and is very honest! I refer everyone to this shop, because they do such a fantastic job of taking care of their customers and cars!Oh, and if your military - this is definitely your shop! They have a wall of honor, and offer military discounts.
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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