The best mechanics in Canberra

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Tim Thomas, one of ACT's most experienced engine and gearbox specialist at Rusden Europro Automotive.

Tim Thomas, an engine and gearbox specialist from Rusden Europro Automotive, one of Canberra’s most recommended mechanics. Photo: Supplied.

In Canberra, almost every household owns at least one car, and every day almost a million car journeys are made across the city. We rely so much on our cars in everyday life, so it’s crucial that they are properly maintained – not just for the reliability of the car, but for the safety and protection of you and your passengers.

If your car has ever broken down when you need it most, you’ll understand the importance of a good mechanic. Whether it’s a cracked windshield, an engine that won’t start or a flat tyre, a good mechanic will have you up and running in no time.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a mechanic and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great mechanic?

Choosing the right mechanic can help take the stress out of getting your car fixed. It can also get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a mechanic.

  • Qualified, skilled and experienced. You’ll want a mechanic who can solve a wide range of mechanical issues. With training and experience backing them, a good mechanic will be able to identify and repair the cause of your car’s issues quickly.
  • Passionate and reliable. Most mechanics are passionate about cars and that shines through with their attention to detail. Choose a mechanic who will treat your car as if it’s their own.
  • Integrity. If you don’t understand the ins and outs of cars, you’ll want a mechanic who operates with integrity and is above board. This means a mechanic who doesn’t take short cuts, charges a fair price, and is honest and transparent with you.
  • Efficient. Nobody wants a mechanic who takes ages to carry out repairs. Good mechanics have a strong work ethic and get the job done within the shortest amount of time possible, saving you time and money.
  • Knowledgeable. Motor vehicle technology rapidly evolves. The best mechanics have sound knowledge and stay on top of what’s happening in the industry.

The best mechanics in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of onsite comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook, as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Rusden Europro Automotive

Rusden Europro Automotive

For more than 30 years, Rusden Europro Automotive has been providing outstanding motor vehicle and transmission specialty services to the Canberra region. Based in Fyshwick, the mechanical repair operation always puts the customer first, with a courtesy car service available as well as pick-up and delivery and an emergency call-out service. Customers who can provide a valid student card receive 10 per cent off the cost of labour on their service.

John Spinks wrote on Google, “So fast and efficient, do all vehicles. I’ve taken three different cars and a ute for all sorts of work. They’ve kept costs down to minimal and I’ve never been ripped off.”

22 Lyell Street
Fyshwick ACT 2609

Euro Speciality Automotive

If you’re unable to take your car straight to the manufacturer for services and repairs, the team of highly qualified technicians and mechanics at Euro Speciality Automotive has you covered. Specialising in state-of-the-art European cars servicing and repair, such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Peugeot and Citroen, and many more, ESA can get your car up and running again without voiding your manufacturer warranty.

As Google reviewer David Kim writes, “Great customer service. Highly knowledgeable. Punctual. Would highly recommend to anyone.”

Mobile Mechanic Canberra

Mobile Mechanic Canberra takes car servicing customer satisfaction seriously – with competitive prices and a fully equipped van on the road, Mobile Mechanic can come to you anywhere and anytime. The team of mechanics repairs, maintains, services and inspects all makes and models. They deal with brakes tyres, logbooks and electrical service.

On Google, James Lenny wrote, “These guys were amazing and came at short notice. They were upfront about what they were doing and what costs were going to be. Didn’t mind paying the call out fee given they attended over the weekend.”

Anthony Costello Automotive

Anthony Costello has been servicing Canberra for more than 25 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the automotive service and repair trade. The team at Anthony Costello Automotive is expert at servicing prestige European vehicles, particularly Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.

On Google, Ahmed Mufti wrote, “More than happy with the service on my Mercedes Coupe. Fitted in for a service last minute, gave a great price, and even a loan car.”

5A Mechanical Repairs

5A Mechanical Repairs boasts a trustworthy and reliable team of professional auto mechanics, dedicated to providing you with exceptional mechanic services throughout Fyshwick and the ACT. 5A offers comprehensive motor vehicle servicing, including new car logbook servicing, air-conditioning, auto electrical, roadworthy inspections, batteries, suspension, radiators and diagnostic testing.

Ben Scotman wrote on Google, “Excellent service and friendly staff. Great guys to deal with. Our car is always done on time, at a competitive, affordable price. I won’t go to any other mechanic.”

Express Auto Repairs

Established in mid-2017, Express Auto Repairs has a combined experience of more than 30 years with cars and in the automotive industry. The team of mechanics at Express Auto Repairs is fast, reliable and affordable, and can service and repair all makes and models of car. They also offer a mobile service, so whether you’re stuck in your driveway or out on the road, Express Auto Repairs is here to help.

Iqbal Jamali wrote on Google, “Best mechanic in Canberra! Had some issues with my car. The mechanic was very friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything. Very affordable and fixed my car in few hours. Highly recommended.”

There are many other services available in Canberra that are dedicated to providing your vehicle with professional care and attention to suit your satisfaction and safety concerns. Check out our articles on the best car washes, the best car detailers, the best car service centres and the best panel beaters Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with mechanics in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the mechanics listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a child safety seat installed by a mechanic in Canberra?
Most mechanics in the ACT can install child safety seats. Strict laws govern restraints for children in vehicles so it's recommended that you have child safety seats installed and adjusted by a professional. A mechanic should also be able to check child seats for damage and if they're in safe working order. They can also advise on who you can maintain your child's seat.
If I can't get to a mechanic during the week, can I get my car serviced on the weekend?
Many Canberra mechanics are open on Saturdays. Check with each business to see if they're open on the weekend and what time (Saturday morning trading is reasonably common(. Mobile mechanics can come to you on weekends, although higher rates may apply.
Are any Canberra mechanics authorised vehicle inspections stations?
Yes, if your vehicle meets certain criteria you can take it to a mechanic that is listed as an authorised inspection station. Criteria that requires a roadworthy inspection includes the age of your car (more than six years old if transferring ownership); registration that has lapsed for more than 12 months; and if registration is transferring from interstate. Eighty-four authorised inspection stations operate in the ACT.
How frequently should you inspect tyre pressure?
Drivers should inspect tyre pressure every one to two months by themselves. It's very handy to do this since most petrol stations have pressure testers. This is important because some areas around Canberra are under construction which means nails or screws could be dropped on the road. These can damage your tyres. Check your tyre for its required pressure, or ask you mechanic to show you the correct method.
What should I do if my check engine light is illuminated?
If your car's "check engine" light is on, address it straight away. Several issues could be the cause, and some are more serious than others. Check your car's manual and consult your car service centre or mechanic immediately.

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106 Responses to The best mechanics in Canberra
Carol Miller Carol Miller 10:36 pm 11 Apr 21

Profection Automotive in Hume are excellent. Pete and his team are fantastic mechanics they really look after you, they don’t treat me like an idiot, they take the time to explain everything properly and can offer a car for the day if you need it. They service my 21 year old Corolla and our 7 year old Jeep with equal love and attention. They are a great team of guys and can do just about anything your car requires!

Tazza Atkins Tazza Atkins 9:59 pm 15 Mar 21

@dynotune in Mitchell! Honest, never rip you off and reliable. Always try their best to squeeze people in last minute no matter what. Great customer service.

Neil Bennitt Neil Bennitt 8:49 pm 15 Mar 21

Edmund at Autotech Canberra in Hume. Great knowledge, great service and very professional

Andrew Dale Andrew Dale 7:07 pm 15 Mar 21

D&H automotive in Mitchell. Dead set legends..

Cathy Preston Cathy Preston 6:30 pm 15 Mar 21

Jake Hickenbotham & the team from www.Canberracarservice.com.au in Mitchell... super reliable , honest & explains everything.. totally trust them

Owen Oj Jones Owen Oj Jones 6:25 pm 15 Mar 21

ACT Off-road

Ben Ligacs Ben Ligacs 3:51 pm 15 Mar 21

D&h automotive in Mitchell great honest guys! 👍👍

John Leate John Leate 12:24 pm 15 Mar 21

AC/DC Pty Ltd 23 Kemble Ct Mitchell, great work on my PT Cruiser

Carol Moran Carol Moran 8:22 am 15 Mar 21

Can't go past Harry's Autocare in Belconnen. Great service and reasonable prices!

Marina Horvath Marina Horvath 7:24 am 15 Mar 21

D & H Automotive in Mitchell. Went there for 20 years before moving out of Canberra.

Andre Ferreira Andre Ferreira 7:47 pm 14 Mar 21

CWC Autocare!! With more certifications you need to know

Robyn Britton Robyn Britton 12:16 pm 14 Mar 21

Dave at City Car Care Tuggeranong

Peter Menegazzo Peter Menegazzo 9:27 am 14 Mar 21

My Car Deakin .Mat is the manager and very helpful and professional 😀

Ian Fletcher Ian Fletcher 9:06 am 14 Mar 21

Woden Automotive Service. Been taking my cars there for years

    Pam Saunders Pam Saunders 5:18 pm 15 Mar 21

    Ian Fletcher thanks Ian. Been thinking where to take Connor’s car for a service - I’ll give them a go!

Miranda Diane Miranda Diane 8:03 am 14 Mar 21

Maytek mobile mechanics. The best!

Antonia Harmer Antonia Harmer 10:27 pm 13 Mar 21

DMB Automotive in Dickson

Grant Hammond Grant Hammond 9:34 pm 13 Mar 21

Lanyon service centre every day of the week!

Greg Leate Greg Leate 9:10 pm 13 Mar 21

Dyno tune Mitchell hands down the best mechanics in the act

Steve Luby Steve Luby 8:18 pm 13 Mar 21

Buzz automotive in Belconnen,Emanuel is professional and thorough and fantastic,goes above and beyond after a service and is quite happy to answer any questions very approachable in regards to your car and a fantastic guy, highly recommended him.

Kyle Brown Kyle Brown 8:06 pm 13 Mar 21

Marko Body Repairs PTY LTD best in the business hands down

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