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Canberra’s best mechanic?

By gungsuperstar - 14 February 2013 40

So I did a search, and much to my surprise, 2012 seemed to show a complete dearth of “best mechanic” questions on Riot Act! (This is likely the cue for a litany of people to start posting links that the search function didn’t reveal…)

Anyway, my car is passed it’s used car warranty.

So have it – where will I find the best mechanic?

To define “best” – I’m going to say 1) communicates any issues well, 2) doesn’t take advantage of peoples ignorance of mechanics, 3) doesn’t charge 50 bucks for parts and 100 bucks for labor to replace a fan belt (this actually happened to me interstate), 4) does a reliable service that won’t have me taking it back within a month.

Please help!

[Ed: If you arrived via a search engine, you’ll find our most recent Canberra mechanic thread here.]

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Housekeeper 9:18 am 08 Jul 15

I have found really bad mechanics since coming to Canberra , the worst at Fyshwick service station.
But i have used Ikes in Phillip twice now and found them to be much cheaper and very honest.
Holden wants $292 for an oil change today, and Ikes just quoted $145.00 for oils and filters and fluids.

Highly recommended

seansimons15 4:54 am 31 Mar 15

I like your criteria for a mechanic. I particularly like numbers 1 and 2. I have had some mechanics fix a problem that I was unaware of just so that they could charge me for it. I am always looking for someone who is honest and charges a fair rate. h

ttp://www.autobasics.com.au

Topdog 8:38 pm 19 Dec 14

John from Eurowerks knows his stuff especially when it comes to European cars,
Reasonably prices, easy to deal with and he’s mobile so he can show you what’s wrong with your car

NOTAROTORNOTAMOTOR 10:00 am 10 Dec 14

I HAVE ALso heard things about basic auto, one of my mates from belconnen went there and was tellin me he kinda got ripped … i no longer live in canberra but when i lived in queanbeyan i used to go to jacks tires i think it was? i was lookin for the guy but i found his new biz is http://www.transtate.com.au – ask for Adrian or louise, they’re good people and he made it real simple for me when I needed some tyres for my camry and then it ended up bein my alignment as well so he gave me a sweet deal n then i never went anywhere else!!!

LTDLOWRIDER 1:26 pm 30 Oct 14

What ever you do be aware of Auto Basics in Fyshwick (also know as Battalion auto). I brought my car in for a service, they pulled my car apart and then realised that they didn’t have all the parts they needed to complete the job. They tried to change me $800 for the replacement parts which I was able to purchase at Canberra Auto parts in Dickson for $250.
They had my car for close to 2 weeks, when I got it back the car wasn’t running properly due to the work they did. I had to take it back again the following week. Then ocne I got my car back AGAIN there was grease on my carpet and the response was that I will need to clean it my self with detergent.
Looks like I’m not the only one who wasnt satisfied with their service: http://www.truelocal.com.au/business/batalion-motors/fyshwick

zllauh 7:19 pm 25 Feb 14

Hi,

If you are looking for performance car mechanic, I would surely recommend Ultimate Tunes in Canberra.

Good mob and gave honest advise.

Speak to Adrain – http://www.ultimatetunes.com.au

My 2 cents

Tushkan 11:46 am 10 Sep 13

Russell (and son Jack) at 82 Kalgoorlie Cres, Fisher, must be on top of the ladder. Fast, reliable, no-nonsense service. We’ve been relying on Russell since 2001 and never had any problems whatsoever.

chikorollz 12:39 pm 07 Jun 13

chikorollz said :

I vote for Russell at Fisher Car Care. Super reasonably priced, friendly and most importantly he keeps the car running perfectly!

chikorollz 12:38 pm 07 Jun 13

I vote for Russell and Fisher Car Care. Super reasonably priced, friendly and most importantly he keeps the car running perfectly!

Squidward 11:53 pm 15 Feb 13

Jamison Automotive in Belconnen, excellent service.

gungsuperstar 7:57 pm 15 Feb 13

Thanks to everyone for the comments – I’m quite surprised to see so many people happy with so many different mechanics! Mechanical Care in Belconnen seem quite popular, so I might give them a go. Although a colleague also recommended CWC in Ainslie, and I quite love the courtesy car! So whoever can get me in quicker I suppose. Might also get a time frame for the Gungahlin one, it’s nice and close by.

I dunno about Bates. He ripped off a friend terribly, doing unauthorised work costing more than what the car was worth… and it still died a terminal death within a month. His shonky work was actually my inspiration for posting here; I just didn’t want to blindly pick one out of the yellow pages after that. I certainly won’t be going there!

MightyJoe 1:45 pm 15 Feb 13

Michael Harding @ Techworkz in Tuggeranong (next to carwash).

He has serviced all of my Subaru’s (he does other cars too) . He is honest and does not charge like a wounded bull.

Deref 12:00 pm 15 Feb 13

The guys at City Car Care in Braddon do a great job. Not cheap, but top class work.

Shullerina 10:42 am 15 Feb 13

+ 1 for Nat at CWC in Ainslie Village. He’s been the mechanic for all the cars in our family for (at least) the last fifteen years.

Always takes good care of us.

poetix 9:57 pm 14 Feb 13

Jivrashia said :

Beau Locks said :

Ron and Tom Bates at Bates Automotive in Mitchell (ex Lyneham servo). Old school father and son set up.

+1

They just do a decent job at decent price.

I’ve gone to them after I’ve had the hair pulled out of me from every orifice, at a place in Belco.

I didn’t know mechanics did waxing, but that’s just a detail…

I use Bates too, and they are honest and don’t patronise.

kimbo 9:45 pm 14 Feb 13

I would defiantly recommend Repco (City Car Care) in Tuggeranong. Dave and Kerin are professional and honest. I have several cars that we take there, a 1972 Statesman, 2002 Forester and a 2004 Mazda 3 and all of them come back feeling like they just came off the show room floor. Pricing is very reasonable may not be dirt cheap but you get a nation wide warranty on repairs and they are always of a fantastic quality.

Pollushon 9:16 pm 14 Feb 13

Huh, never thought I’d ever comment on the riot act. Another vote for Gordon at Mechanical Care in Belco. While I’m a mechanic myself, I don’t practice any more (yep, I became a pube), so I sometimes make use of his services. Gordo is no nonsense and sacrifices the standard Canberra mechanic profit gouging to keep custom.

miz 8:51 pm 14 Feb 13

I’ve always been happy with Gary at Tuggeranong Car Care (behind Woolies servo on Scollay) – always rings you first if there’s something big and/or unexpected. (Mind you, as I have a Toyota, big and unexpected are rare).

liability 7:51 pm 14 Feb 13

Had a very recent good experience with Steve Kelo Automotive at Belconnen, He is an LPG fitter and also does general mechanical work.

I recently purchased a second hand duel fuel car. Did the lpg inspection somewhere else and they told me it failed due to the handheld lpg detector sensing a leak near the filler tube.

Went to Steve Kelo Automotive after a mate recommended him to have him fix it. He said, without looking at it, that it might just be a leaking O ring or could be something more serious (i.e. more expensive, can’t recall exactly what he said it could potentially be). The car didn’t cost me much so I asked him to check it out and if it was under $600 to fix it, if it was more to call me and discuss the options.

About 30 minutes after dropping it off to him he called me and said that is was simply the petrol (not LPG) cap not sealing properly and this was what the leak detector was picking up. He charged me $15 for supply and fit a new cap, and the car passed the LPG inspection fine after that.

That is what I call an honest mechanic! He knows that he could have easily charged me several hundred dollars and I would have been happy if it was less that $600. It is the first time I have been there, but I will be doing back, as it is hard to find an honest mechanic.

muntychops 6:49 pm 14 Feb 13

I had a HSV. A few years back and used Gentech in Mitchell, they are great albeit a little pricy but they really know their stuff. After that I used the guys at Spence servo, good for basic stuff.

I got a new car last year, nothing special, and at the insistence of a few friends I know use Lange’s Auto in Queanbeyan, great guys and very good service, they are really busy though so book ahead

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