Summer is a time for road trips and festivals that take us far from our hometown...
This entails the need for basic maintenance (like oil changes) along the way, and occasionally involves emergency repairs when things break down unexpectedly...
Having experienced being taken advantage of by unscrupulous auto shops during these moments, I would like to start a list of honest auto mechanics throughout the United States (or elsewhere for that matter)... as a resource for one another who may find ourselves suddenly in need for one...
This is not intended to be a place to rant about how shysters ripped you off... rather to share your positive experiences with Auto Shops that have provided kind, quality, reliable, & affordable service in your hometown or elsewhere...
My family's mechanic in the Seattle, Washington area is located in Totem lake (Kirkland)...
PNF Tune & Lube
11919 120th Ave NE Kirkland, Wa 98034
(425) 821 - 1533
They went out of their way to be kind & helpful... and charged less than the estimated price...
Without some idea where you're headed I would think this would be an excercise in guesswork, ei you might save a hundred bucks if you went several thousand miles out of your way. Were it not that you live in the Seattle area I wouldn't bother but so saying I blew a water pump in Cannon Beach Oregon with the car loaded with my family. Gary's Cannon Beach Service Center stopped what he was doing and put me at the top of the list at his normal reasonable price. I was very appreciattive to say the least.
Gary's Cannon Beach Service Center
280 North Hemlock
Cannon Beach Oregon 97110
I always use the first listing.
I know of a guy who does stuff out of his home near here... need to luck up his name.
As a side note, a friend of mine has a good method of checking to see if a mechanic is honest. He'll take the car in for work (whatever it is) and mention a separate completely false problem (e.g., "while you're in there... I've been hearing a squeak in the engine compartment... can you check that?") If they tell him they found something that supposedly explains the false problem, he knows they're dishonest. If they say they found nothing, he knows they're upstanding.
De Robles Auto in Wenatchee, Washington is fantastic. The man works himself to the bone and is an incredibly friendly and honest man.