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|1911 Bodega Ave, Petaluma, CA, 94952|
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|Local time (Petaluma)||10:34 Friday, 3 February 2023|
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California Repair Assistance Program
If your vehicle does not pass the smog test and you feel you may qualify for the California repair assistance program we can help. If you are eligible for up to $ 500 towards repairs to help your vehicle pass the smog test.
Established in 1980.
Dave’s Auto Repair has been a part of the rural Petaluma landscape since 1980. Owner and Petaluma native David Weinstock, and his staff, take pride in offering helpful explanations of the quality services to be provided. The Dave’s Auto Repair team provides a Country Attitude with High-Tech Abilities.
The ASE Certified Technicians at Dave’s Auto Repair work on many makes and models of American and Japanese automobiles, small to medium sized trucks and vans. Our extensive list of in-house services includes tune-ups, complete brake and clutch repair, air conditioning (both old and new systems), and fuel injection systems. If you need a Smog Test for your vehicle Dave’s can do that too, including tackling those diagnostic fails that many shops cannot or will not touch.
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20 reviews of Dave’s Auto Repair
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Place rating: 5
Wow. Wow. Wow. I just saved well over $ 100 and found a new place! Specifically, a new mechanic! My old Toyota was leaking and, apparently, burning oil so I made an appointment at a place I’d been to before. They said it would be $ 90 just to look at it. Instead, I thought I’d call around and found this garage. I called and Lisa answered. I immediately knew that she was not only interested in truly helping me but really knew her stuff! She explained in detail, what needs to be done to keep a car from burning oil — nothing in all my years I had ever heard from anyone — and said to bring my car in and she’d take a look at it. Cool! So I did right away. Sure enough — I got there and she came right out to my car and found the leak immediately. Tightened the oil filter cap and said the leak was taken care of. Then told me what kind of oil to use so that it stops burning. Very cool! At this point, I’ve already had better service than I’ve ever had — but then she took a look at my torn windshield wiper blade and when I said I had a new one in my trunk but didn’t know how to put it on (I put the female race to shame) she said she’d do that for me, too! After learning a whole lot more than I ever have and having her make me feel much better about having such an old car, she then said that she wouldn’t charge me anything. What? I couldn’t believe it! This is nothing less than stellar service and quality help. I will now recommend her to everyone I know — and I WILL convince any man that she’s better than any male mechanic I’ve ever had! I’m moving away but in the future, if I’m anywhere within 100 miles of Lisa and I need a true Mechanic, I know where I’ll be. You go Lisa!!! Thank you!!!
Place rating: 5
Wow… Just WOW! Service AND Competency… I rarely write reviews for businesses but this business surely gets a five star rating from me!
I found a car for my daughter and had it checked out by the local dealership in Davis Ca, near where I purchased it. They performed an inspection and found a few things wrong… So I haggled a bit more and bought it «as is». The dealership had quoted me various exorbitant prices for each of the repairs, all in all totalling around $ 1100.00. After checking around a bit I found Dave’s Auto repair listed here on Unilocal and went down for a consult and repair estimate.
I was greeted at the counter by Dave… Yes, Dave, as in the owner. (How often does this happen these days?) The place was professional and clean, and the service mechanics were friendly as well.
He gave me my estimate which beat out other local competitors, so I decided to let him do the work. Though he asked if he could keep the car overnight, six hours later my repairs were done and at a savings of nearly $ 500.00 ~ Woo Hoo!!!
Dave’s is now my «Go to» place for auto work… You should give him a call if you need some work done.
Place rating: 5
Always drove by this shop on the way out to the coast but never checked it out til now. So glad that I did, everyone is super nice and helpful here. I had a coupon for a smog, cheaper then anywhere else that I know of and you can also pay a little bit more and get a free old Chicago pizza! :D. Fast and friendly service and helping a long time running local shop, definitely recommend this place if you need work done or just something simple like a smog test.
Place rating: 5
Went for a smog at their facility at 9:55 (10am appointment). The staff were friendly and there was no wait, technician was standing there ready to start. I was out the door with certificate in hand for less than $ 50 by 10:19. From completing the paperwork to finish was no more than 10 – 12 minutes. Fantastic! The sales guy suggested a few other services, but no heavy handed sales stuff. Thank you Dave!
Place rating: 5
This shop is a class act! ! I dropped off my car for multiple repairs! when i got it back it was like a million bucks! They’re professional, and courteous and very very knowledgeable! Masters of their crafts! The pricing was excellent and it was done expeditiously. And the quality of their work is obvious once you get back in your car and get it on the road! these are stand up guys I would recommend them to anybody any day of the week. they will be the only shop I will ever need to go to I have finally found my shop! and you get a free pizza, Old Chicago! the best in town, who could ask for more!?! DAVE AND JOHN ROCK! THX GUYS
Place rating: 5
Great customer service! I made a frantic call to them because I needed a smog fast as my registration deadline was the next day. John got me in an hour later. They are fast and efficient and even have me a dozen farm fresh eggs as a parting gift (only in Petaluma would this be even close to normal). We will surely use them in the future.
Place rating: 5
Went to Dave’s for a smog check. In and out in 15 minutes. No sooner did I sit down in the office, Monica pooped in and said ALL DONE! Very friendly place. Nice and clean and easy to get to! I even got a thank you note for coming in. I needed some place to take my «bug» for service and now I have found the perfect place. My nephew is a mechanic in Petaluma. When I told him I was going to Dave’s Auto Repair, he said two words, «Great Choice» I agree!
Place rating: 5
Awesome place! Took my husbands truck there for a smog.
Had an appt and was in and out in 15 mins! They are very nice and answered all of my questions and explained everything to me! Thanks again guys! We WILL be back!!!
Place rating: 5
Santa Rosa, CA
I got my car smogged here. It went great. The guy at the counter explained all my results to me, was very patient, even had one of the techs bring the air hose over and add some air to a tire that looked a little low. This place was the least expensive of a handful that I called — with the coupon, the smog was less than $ 50, including certificate. I would recommend and go back myself.
Place rating: 5
Took my van to Daves. Had been there before for a smog check but had not been in for a repair. Without going into details, my van was only operating in neutral and drive. Did not have park, reverse, or low gears. Anyway, they had my van back on the road promptly and for under $ 100. The people are friendly as well. Thanks to Monica and John.
Place rating: 5
Thank you so much for your help! Patient, generous, knowledgeable. Highly recommended!
Place rating: 5
I needed a speedy Smog check within 2hrs in order to finish my registration at the local DMV. Monica slipped me in within 45 minutes of my call. When I arrived, they were ready for me with all the paperwork i needed. I was back on the road 15 minutes later. I’ll definitely be back for more comprehensive service soon. Like a tune up, etc. These guys were nice, accommodating, friendly, and top notch. Even explained the different components of the smog test. Fantastic.
Place rating: 5
Best shop I’ve ever experienced! The mechanics and staff are thorough, knowledgeable, honest, kind, and friendly. I consistently leave feeling confident about the work done on my car.
Place rating: 3
Not the cheapest but solid quality work. Coupon for smog check on their site isn’t any good since apparently they aren’t doing smog checks on Saturdays any longer.
Place rating: 5
Great services Fast and Friendly… They even gave us a gift certificate for Old Chicago Pizza with my Smog Check. Super score. Im going back to have my brakes done soon.
Place rating: 5
What a find, an honest auto shop. Also the price was right. Fast star check smog test. Out the door $ 55.00 and a free dinner at Old Chicago pizza.
Place rating: 5
My Boyfriend took his Jeep in this week to do a diagnostic on it, the check engine light has been on for a while and we need to get it smogged and registered. My BF does a lot of work on his own car, but this situation was not easy for him to diagnose. He ended up bringing it in, and leaving it for them to diagnose while we were at work. They were very communicative– let us know what they found, what additional tests they could perform and how much it would all be in the end. We live less than a mile away, and this place will be our go to mechanic from now on. Riding the bike to get the car when it was all ready to go for under $ 150. Couldn’t be happier.
Place rating: 5
I had been painfully searching for a reliable used car for my daughter on Craigslist and hoped I had finally found it, but needed an auto shop in Petaluma to do a pre-purchase inspection, because I live in Novato and my wonderful repair shop is here also. The seller suggested Dave’s and we made an appointment.
The service writer, Monica, was extremely helpful and patient with me as the internet was full of horror stories about a few specific problems with the car I was looking at. She was familiar with the problems and the conditions which led up to them and answered all of my questions — in my numerous phone calls — with patience and professionalism.
Their pre-purchase inspection was reasonably priced and very thorough. The technician recommended the car and said he would buy it for his own daughter. Thanks so much to Dave’s, we love our new (used) car!
Place rating: 5
I’ve been taking my car to Dave’s Auto Repair for about seven years,
I also NEVER hesitate to refer friends to them ~ for good reason.
They are honest, do great work, take time to answer my questions
and explain things, the shop is clean and well run and I always feel
taken care of there.
I see that someone posted a one star review. .. I suppose there
will always be someone who is unhappy, hard to get around that.
I read her review several times and still don’t get what she’s talking
about. I wouldn’t give that review much thought because not only
have I been happy with Dave (he’s a NICE guy) ~ but everyone I’ve
sent there has been happy as well, without exception.
Don’t hesitate to take your car to Dave!
Place rating: 5
San Francisco, CA
AWESOME, awesome, awesome…
It’s funny how one review can over shadow the whole business. I can understand that, because I give one stars.
Truth is, this place for me was fantastic. I came in under the AAA inspection services, the car I bought, said «Four Stars Reviewed», by Acura no-less. Anyways, I spent the $ 100 or so for the inspection, thinking that it would come up clean and I wasted the cash.
Nope, found that the springs were leaking and would need to be replaced within a few hundred miles. WTF. 20k for a car that needs new springs? I used the clause in the Lemon Law and returned the car back to the dealership. Where they said they would replace the springs, by that time I was so ticked off; I bought one a different one (only after having it inspected first).
THANK YOU DAVE — YOU SAVED ME TONS OF $$$
Regarding the one start… more like me will speak up and with more reviews, the less of an impact it will make. Just take her comments as, something to be made aware of in the future. But regarding being shady, you are the farthest thing from. Once again, AWESOME, awesome, awesome.
How do I make sure my mechanic is honest? ›
Honest mechanics will communicate clearly with you in words you can understand before, during and after the repair. Compare any scheduled repair with your owner's manual. Honest mechanics will give you written estimates including parts, labor, and other supplies.Why is my mechanic taking so long? ›
The garage's general level of activity and workload will also affect how long the more exhaustive repairs take. Also, keep in mind that repairs will naturally take longer if your car is a special or vintage make, as the parts may need to be ordered.How can I trust my mechanic? ›
Check for Certification
It's critical to ensure the auto shop and the mechanics working there are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Aside from an ASE certification, a shop in California should also have a license from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.
Under California's Automotive Repair Act, you are entitled to: An estimate – Before beginning any repairs, the auto shop must provide you with an estimate showing the estimated price for parts and labor and obtain your authorization.Do mechanics get mad if you bring your own parts? ›
Most mechanics you contact will not be thrilled about the idea of allowing you to bring in your own parts. Although they may accept it once you make it clear that you do not expect a warranty, they will understandably be concerned about the quality of the product and the likelihood of a breakdown.How long is too long for my car to be in the shop? ›
If it's been a while since you have taken your car to the dealership for repair, you're probably thinking, “how long can a dealership hold your car for repair?” Mostly, insurance and warranty require the car to be fixed within 15-20 days with a maximum of 30 days (cumulatively).What can I do if my car is taking too long to repair? ›
If your dealership or car repair shop is holding your vehicle for an extended length of time for reasons besides an inability to fix the vehicle, your best course of action would be to reach out to them and inform them that you will take legal action or contact the authorities to get your vehicle back.What takes the longest to fix on a car? ›
- Engine Replacement. Expected Repair Time: 7-21 days. “Replacing the engine of most vehicles is often a complex assignment for my technicians,” says Keith. ...
- Major Engine Repair. Expected Repair Time: 7-21 days. ...
- Transmission Replacement or Rebuild. Expected Repair Time: 7-14 days.
If you find out that the quote is excessive, it's time to haggle! Politely tell the auto technician about your findings and explain why you think their estimate is too high. If they don't lower the price, let them know you'll be shopping around with other mechanics.What do mechanics say is the most reliable car? ›
- Lexus. This brand stays at the top, year after year. ...
- Toyota. Many Toyota models are among the most popular cars worldwide because they are affordable, dependable, and easy to maintain.
- Mazda. ...
- Kia. ...
- Honda. ...
- Buick. ...
What are 3 qualities of a great mechanic? ›
- Concern for your car and you. The staff and/or technicians should listen to your concerns, communicate their plan for diagnosing, repairing or servicing your vehicle and ease your worries. ...
- Balance taking care of your car and saving you money. ...
- Guaranteed work. ...
If you've had work done on your car and you don't pay the person or company you hired, they may take legal action, known as a mechanic's lien, to recover the cost of their parts or labor. Depending on your state's law, an unpaid mechanic's lien may allow the lienholder to sell your car at auction.Can you negotiate a car quote? ›
Negotiating a car price: FAQ
If you've researched the vehicle and know its fair value, start with a lower price. This gives the dealer room to negotiate a counteroffer. Just decide ahead of time how high you are willing to go to avoid paying more than what you can afford and be willing to walk away.
If the mechanic was contracted to perform the work in a skillful manner and he did not, you may be able to sue on these grounds. If the service was provided as part of a warranty on the vehicle, you may have a breach of warranty case.What do mechanics lie down on? ›
Getting down and dirty is part of a wrench's lifestyle, but a great mechanic's creeper will keep you off the grimy floor and closer to your task. Mechanics creepers — also referred to as dollies or shop creepers — are invaluable goodies for any garage, no matter how small the jobs.Should I empty my car before a service? ›
Clear your car of personal items
Remove all personal items from your car when taking it in for a service. Whilst you should never experience any problems at a reputable garage, keeping your belongings on hand ensures they're safe and also prevents any accidental damage during the service process.
#1: Spark plugs
After all, they're so small and it seems like you just pluck the bad ones out and plug new ones in – how hard could it be? While the actual act of replacing a spark plug is easy, what's not that simple is accessing them in the first place.
- Reference Your Car's Maintenance Manual. ...
- Decode Mechanic Speak. ...
- Ask to See the Issues. ...
- Be Wary of Unrelated Issues. ...
- Don't Pay for Unauthorized Fixes. ...
- Get Another Opinion. ...
- Compare Prices. ...
- Go to Well-Recommended Shops.
Although most mechanics are honest and most auto repair shops are trustworthy, every year there are some that leave customers less than happy. In 2016, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) received over 10,000 complaints against auto repair companies.What happens if the mechanic doesn't fix problems? ›
Go to Court
The mechanic may reply that the job has been done correctly or that the vehicle needs additional work that you refuse to allow. Prepare for court by discussing the problem with another mechanic, or looking at the original problem, what would fix it, and what's wrong.
Can a garage keep my car if I refuse to pay? ›
If you are refusing to pay while you dispute the bill, the garage has the right to keep your vehicle until the debt is paid. If you need the vehicle back before you can settle the dispute, you should pay “under protest”.How long can a garage keep your car for repairs? ›
Can a garage keep your car? A garage that has repaired your car has what is known as a 'lien'. This is the right to keep the car until they've been paid for all work done. If you take your car away without authorisation you risk both civil proceedings and criminal prosecution.How long can a car sit and still run? ›
Typically, your car can sit about four weeks to two months without driving before the battery dies. The reason your car can sit only for so long before it dies is the fact that your car battery is in use even when you're not behind the wheel.How much is too much to spend on repairing a car? ›
“When repair costs start to exceed the vehicle's value or one year's worth of monthly payments on a replacement, it's time to break up with your car.” You can see how this recommendation is similar to the original concept of the 50% rule. Both look at things from the perspective of your costs.How long does it take a mechanic to diagnose a car problem? ›
A standard diagnostic test can take about an hour to an hour and a half. Of course, more complicated issues that require further diagnosis and where components must be removed for access or testing can take 2-3 hours; depending on the severity of the issue or multiple underlying issues.Who pays for the repairs on the repair shop? ›
The Repair Shop, which airs every weekday on BBC One, takes on the impressive task of fixing old, broken or damaged treasures. But the show has left many viewers asking the question: who pays for the repairs? Well, no-one does. The 'Repair Shop' is, in fact, a bit of a misnomer.What is the most expensive part to fix on a car? ›
The most expensive part to repair is the car engine. Replacement of a car engine can cost upwards of $10,000 in a small car and even more in a truck or SUV. It may be better off to replace the car instead of just replacing the engine in some cases.
- Brakes and Rotors. ...
- Engine and Transmission. ...
- Suspension Systems. ...
- Tires and Wheels. ...
- Electrical Systems. ...
- Interior Parts and Seats. ...
- Extended Warranties for Cars. ...
- Bottom line.
In general, most modern cars can cross 200,000 miles without any major issues, provided the vehicle is being well-maintained. Considering that an average person drives 10,000-20,000 miles per year, this will account for roughly 15 years of service. Here are some factors to consider when assessing used car mileage.What percentage do you tip a mechanic? ›
Note: As a rule of thumb, a generous tip is 10% of the total bill, and a moderate tip amount is 5%. Now that you've figured out when and how much to tip your auto mechanic, it's time to plan your approach.
Should I pay a mechanic upfront? ›
You don't need to pay for a car service or repair before any work has been completed. This is important. You should be wary of a garage that expects you to pay money upfront. You also only need to pay for work that has been completed.Should I be tipping my mechanic? ›
Mechanics and tradespeople usually are not tipped, like waiters or taxi drivers are. This is especially true in smaller, independent shops, where the mechanic may also be the owner. RAY: But that doesn't mean you can't express your gratitude.Which car brand has least problems? ›
The report found that Lexus and Toyota make the most reliable cars, while Jeep and Mercedes-Benz make the ones you can depend on least. But those rankings reflect an average of all the cars each manufacturer builds. There can still be variation within any one brand.What brand of car lasts the longest? ›
Topping that list is the Toyota Sequoia, which has a potential lifespan of 296,509 miles, according to a new study from iSeeCars.com. The automotive research website analyzed more than 2 million cars to determine which last longest and found that 20 models are able to endure for more than 200,000 miles.What is the number 1 most reliable car? ›
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Most of you are probably familiar with the 3 Cs on your repair orders—Condition-Cause-Correction—which are necessary to complete a repair order correctly.What type of personality do mechanics have? ›
You'll need to be hard-working and reliable and ready to tackle all aspects of your job. Attention to detail: Whether you work on maintenance, diagnostics, or repairs, you'll have to perform those tasks with exacting detail. That is because your careful work on important vehicle components could save someone's life!What are 5 responsibilities of a mechanic? ›
- Build and assemble machines or mechanical components according to requirements.
- Inspect machines, engines, transmissions etc. ...
- Conduct repairs aiming for maximum reliability.
- Troubleshoot reported problems and resolve them in a timely manner.
- Perform thorough maintenance on machinery, equipment and systems.
- Renegotiate the loan. You can reach out to your lender and negotiate a new payment plan. ...
- Sell the vehicle. Another strategy is to sell the car. ...
- Voluntary repossession. ...
- Refinance your loan. ...
- Pay off the car loan.
There are many benefits to paying for car repairs with cash. First and foremost, you won't have to worry about increasing the cost of your repairs by incurring interest charges. Car repairs can be expensive enough. If you have to pay interest to a lender, you end up spending even more money to fix your vehicle.
What happens if my engine blew and I still owe money? ›
“If your engine blows up on a financed car, you're still on the hook for the payment. Unfortunately, your car insurance won't pay for the damages either, as even full-coverage policies won't cover this.What should you not tell a car dealer? ›
- “I'm ready to buy now.” ...
- “I can afford this much per month.” ...
- “Yes, I have a trade-in.” ...
- “I'm only buying the car with cash.” ...
- “I'm not sure…which model do you think I need?” ...
- “Oh, I've wanted one of these all my life.” ...
- “I'll take whatever the popular options are.”
- All I have in my budget is X.
- What would your cash price be?
- How far can you come down in price to meet me?
- What? or Wow.
- Is that the best you can do?
- Ill give you X if we can close the deal now.
- Ill agree to this price if you.
- Your competitor offers.
Based on your pricing homework, you should have a good idea of how much you're willing to pay. Begin by making an offer that is realistic but 15 to 25 percent lower than this figure. Name your offer and wait until the person you're negotiating with responds.How do you know if a mechanic is ripping you off? ›
- Telling you your brake rotors need to be replaced, when they don't. ...
- Changing the spark plugs on a 50,000 mile car. ...
- Emotionally blackmailing you into a repair. ...
- Recommending miracle cure additives. ...
- Sucking you in the door with free tire rotation or winter inspection.
A definite sign that your mechanic is one of those "hood cheaters" is if you are not allowed to inspect your car while repairs are being done. Also fishy is when a mechanic requires upfront payment for all car parts used and labor performed before work commences.How do I make sure my mechanic is not ripping me off? ›
- 5 Ways to Avoid Getting Scammed by an Auto Mechanic. ...
- Insist that the Mechanic Gives You an Up-Front Estimate. ...
- Ask the Mechanic for Your Old Parts. ...
- Brush Up on Basic Auto Mechanics. ...
- Ask Friends and Family for Mechanic Referrals. ...
- Double-Check the Price of New Auto Parts.
- Recommend a Friend. While mechanics can be intimidating, most people can usually find one they trust. ...
- Ask for Proof. Don't be afraid to speak up. ...
- Service Centers Tell All. ...
- Customer Satisfaction Policy. ...
- Record Keeping in Essential.
Mistakes are a normal part of life, but it's how you handle them and make them right that determines the type of technician you are. Mistakes are just a normal part of life and we know they're actually pretty common in the automotive repair world.Can you get a refund if you get scammed? ›
Contact your bank immediately to let them know what's happened and ask if you can get a refund. Most banks should reimburse you if you've transferred money to someone because of a scam.
Can you claim money back if your scammed? ›
Once a fraud is reported, it should contact the bank operating the account to which your money was sent, and any that is left can be frozen. Sadly, most scam victims will find their savings are long gone. This is where the battle to get some or all of it back from your bank begins.What is the most common way to get scammed? ›
- Advance Fee Scams. ...
- Tech Support Scams. ...
- Phishing. ...
- Emergency Scams. ...
- IRS or Government Imposter Scams. ...
- Foreign Money Exchange Scams. ...
- Counterfeit Cashier's Checks. ...
- Bogus Debts.
- Charging you full price for remanufactured parts. By and large, there's nothing wrong with remanufactured parts. ...
- Perpetually chasing down your problem. If your mechanic suspects part X will fix your problem, and it doesn't, be very leery of any additional repairs. ...
- Not grouping repairs when calculating labor.
Well, there are a few drawbacks of going to a manufacturer's dealership to have your car serviced. Prices are typically higher – An oil change at your local mechanic may cost only about $25, plus the cost of oil. At a dealership, though, the cost of simple maintenance such as an oil change is often inflated.Do car mechanics overcharge? ›
Garages charge a markup on parts. They buy them wholesale then sell them to you for a profit – that's how business works. The problem is that not many people know how much parts should cost. Some mechanics try to capitalise on this by overcharging customers for components.What is the hardest job for a mechanic? ›
- #1: Spark plugs. When you think of spark plugs, you probably don't think of a tough repair. ...
- #2: Clutch. ...
- #3: Transmission. ...
- #4: Engine swap.
Sprains, strains and tears.
These are the leading injuries sustained by auto mechanics and auto technicians. Repetitive motions while working under the chassis or hood can increase the likelihood of a sprain or strain. Lifting and lowering machinery and heavy tools can also contribute to these types of injuries.