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A good mechanic in Canberra

By Maelinar - 11 December 2007 37

Recently I have had 2 vehicles serviced at Ultratune in Belconnen. We have found the team at Ultratune to do a great job, indeed as it turned out they forked out nearly the entire amount of the service again, doing additional work on Mrs Mælinar’s vehicle as it had not been quoted to her in the agreement (something in the realms of $390 for a new alternator).

I found the service to be of exceptional quality, and before you get the car back, he estimates what could be coming up in the next few thousand kilometers – giving you a good idea of what is going on in your vehicle that you don’t necessarily see via everyday driving.

 If you are in the market for a decent mechanic in Canberra, I recommend giving Ultratune a shot, the price isn’t painless but its market competitive.

[Ed – Where else is good around town?]

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A good mechanic in Canberra
Gungahlin Al 9:39 am 12 Dec 07

Have found Gungahlin Autogroup to be pretty solid. Good clean workshop, clear explanations of everything, can organise subsidiary work like wheels and tyre, A/C, electrical, so one-stop.

On Ultratune, lots of news last week about their head honcho feeding more than $1M to mobster Tony Mokbel.
Make of that what you will…

Holden Caulfield 12:21 am 12 Dec 07

Good to hear A&D get a plug.

And “interesting” to hear DTS get one!

Felix the Cat 9:06 pm 11 Dec 07

I’ve always been concerned that non-factory-trained technicians would not be able to do as good a job on a late-model vehicle. Anyone care to allay this concern?

I always thought that too until I worked at a dealer and found out that 95% of the “mechanics” there are only trade assistants or apprentices and wouldn’t know a spark plug from a sump plug. And the dealer has a very high hourly $ rate, considerably more than other non-dealer workshops (such as ones mentioned above).

ant 8:44 pm 11 Dec 07

i’m very satisfied with the mob at the Caltex servo and carwash at the Haig Park end of Lonsdale St. Very easy to deal with, they do what they say, and they find things in the car. Mine’s a carby model, and they always tune it just right (which other garages in the past have often failed to do).

You 7:27 pm 11 Dec 07

The best mechanic is Mick at Melba Motors in Belconnen. He always does an awesome job, and he never overcharges me for anything. Infact he even goes out of his way to not make me pay through the nose, warning me if one method of repair will be more expensive than the other.

He’s also British and British guys know cars!

I-filed 7:20 pm 11 Dec 07

Darren at A&D Motors in Canberra Ave Fyshwick near the office supplies place. He’s simply wonderful, honest and sometimes lends a courtesy car. Worth going just to check out the CLEANEST workshop on the planet!

Mike Crowther 5:44 pm 11 Dec 07

I have to agree on the Belco Ultratune. I’m a passion-fingers when it comes to things mechanical, and they could have taken me down, but instead did a good job with no ‘extras’. I’ll be back.

Sammy 3:28 pm 11 Dec 07

I’ve always been concerned that non-factory-trained technicians would not be able to do as good a job on a late-model vehicle. Anyone care to allay this concern?

threeze 3:15 pm 11 Dec 07

DTS in Fyshwick.

Nice guys (and gal) and they really look after the cars they work on.

Widdershins 2:40 pm 11 Dec 07

CWC Auto Services – Ainslie. Great customer service.

Swaggie 1:50 pm 11 Dec 07

B & E Auto in Mitchell 62538155, Talk to Jeff. We’ve been going there for well on 3 years now, never a problem and reasonably priced as well.

tortfeaser 1:09 pm 11 Dec 07

Total Traction Services, Gillott St., Belconnen (behind the police station).

Mick and Thomas are great, really going the extra mile to make sure you’re happy. Reasonable prices, good service.

RandomGit 12:53 pm 11 Dec 07

Ogilve Repco in Mitchell.

Skidbladnir 12:31 pm 11 Dec 07

International Car Repair in Dundas Court Phillip.

Good service, good value, will also tell you what is coming up, and even though they are both Chinese with heavy accents, speak enough English to explain car problems.
They will also give you a reminder call a few weeks after they figure you’re due on an X kilometer service.
Also, they don’t rip off the unescorted womenfolk (apparently).

v_man_returns 12:23 pm 11 Dec 07

I use Tuggeranong Car Care, behind the Woolies servo in, you guessed it, Tuggeranong. For those of you driving older cars they’re apparently good with carbies. I’ve been to a few mechanics, these guys do the job, at a good price and tell it yo you straight.

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