So, being the start of the new week it’s time to pool our collective knowledge and debate the merits of something. Last week was gyms, this week let’s discuss garages.
Where, in your experience is the best place to get a car serviced?
I 2nd Russell @ Mobil Fisher. Used to take the car there when I lived in Fisher, still do now I’m in living in deepest darkest southside. Excellent job everytime.
Oh, and the reason I have a problem with this (previous post) is because last time the wife picked up the car, she phoned me in a panic wondering if it was safe to drive home on the tyres. They are causing unnecessary panic in their customers.
I have a beef with Capital Subaru whereby they always list your tyre condition as ‘fair’, no matter the condition, it seems. At the latest service, when the tyres on the car were about 2 months old, they listed the condition as ‘fair’.
I queried why they were ‘fair’ and not ‘good’ and they stated that ‘good’ and ‘danger’ were small brackets and ‘fair’ was a big bracket, so most fell into ‘fair’.
Upon inspection of the actual mechanics report (rather than the invoice), he had listed them all as being ‘good’. F*$#ing ridiculous.
Anyone used Ultra Tune at Tuggeranong recently? I used to take my car there many years ago, but stopped because I moved out of the area. I’m looking for a new mechanic and if they’re still run by the same people, I’d be willing to drive across town for the good service.
i’m with Aidan. Paul will always get someone to have a quick look at your car if you just rock up and fix it there and then if it is simple.
I’ve used A&D Automotive out at Fyshwick for a lot of years now. It’s the first place I’ve actually felt I can trust them to do a good job and not screw me over.
We were very happy with Paul Whyte Automotive when he was in Giralang (he moved out to Gungahlin when the shops were run into the ground by the owners).
Plenty of other people were happy with his service as there were always heaps of cars waiting to be worked on and you’d need to book a few days to a week in advance to get them to see your car.
Second vote for Melba motors, been going there for yonks and they’ve never let me down.
Russell at Fisher Garage (ex Mobil Garage), Kalgoorlie Cresc., Fisher 6288 2211. Nice bloke, realistic prices, good service.
in belco give melba motors a whirl. great bloke, does a good job with limited fuss and hassle
DTS in Fyshwick, 62391258. Tuning, servicing, car modifications, excellent customer service and my car comes back looking and sounding better than when I dropped it off.
Worst would have to be Nat Cap in Tuggeranong. For pretty much the reasons Swaggie put forward the Belco mob.
B & E Auto in Mitchell, 6253 8155. Talk to Jeff. Top bloke, great service, realistic prices and worth the drive over from Tuggeranong.
Worst garage? Nat Cap Motors in Belco. Unreliable, Slack, Expensive, Unhelpful… the list is endless.
Steve at Metro Car Care in Mitchell. My first choice for everything car-related. Honest and he doesn’t rip females off. Plus he always takes the effort to discuss all my options with me in a way I understand. They have a friendly female receptionist too 🙂
Second choice would be Tony at the Caltex servo in Braddon (haven’t been for a while but hopefully he’s still there).
Until I sold my car last year I always went to John who owns/runs Dickson Mechanical and Muffler service. Very honest decent and friendly bloke who will literally scour the country for good second hand parts rather than being lazy and getting new parts which will cost you the earth. I never ever felt like I had been ripped off by him.
My first visit to John when I needed the steering rack in my car replaced – his quote was in the region of $500 cheaper than Jackson’s (which I should add I have heard extremely negative comments about since as well) directly over the road from him.
I like to use mine, automatic roller door, sensor light, space for my car and extra crap IT ROCKS.
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