Going to an auto repair shop can be a confusing and expensive process. That’s why it’s important to find a garage you can trust that won’t overcharge you. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best auto repair in Bakersfield to help you find a reputable mechanic with quick service and low prices.
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Southwest and East Bakersfield have more auto repair shops than the rest of the city, but the right mechanic is worth the drive.
Start your search by determining what kind of service your vehicle needs. Specialty shops are the most qualified to handle issues like basic maintenance, collision repair or transmission rebuilds. If you don’t know what your vehicle needs, find a reputable mechanic with a wide range of experience and have them diagnose the problem.
Once you’ve found a prospective auto repair shop in Bakersfield, ask if any mechanics on staff have experience working with your type of vehicle. If the mechanics are familiar with the make and model, they might be able to give you an approximate timeframe for certain common repairs.
Some Bakersfield repair shops use only original equipment manufacturer parts, while others use aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts, also called generic or competitive replacement parts, might save money, but can occasionally void your vehicle’s warranty. Check with the mechanic before agreeing to use the part in your car. You can also check the Certified Automobile Parts Association to see how aftermarket parts perform under testing.
Made by the vehicle’s original manufacturer
Made by third-party manufacturers
Can cost more than aftermarket
Cost less than OEM
Sometimes a shorter warranty
Sometimes a longer warranty
Take longer to order
Generally more readily available
Reputable auto repair shops offer a guarantee on workmanship, and parts should come with a manufacturer warranty. If your car requires collision repair, make sure the shop uses high-quality paint and employs a color matching system.
If you plan to leave your car with a repair shop, ensure that they have security measures in place to protect your vehicle from vandalism and insurance to cover any damage or theft.
California does not require mechanics to be licensed to perform repairs, but the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence sets industry standards and certifies technicians. Look for technicians who are ASE-certified to evaluate a shop’s quality of service.
How to find low-cost auto repair in Bakersfield
When choosing from auto repair shops in Bakersfield, make sure they are prepared to provide a written estimate. Get additional opinions to compare costs, especially if you are preparing for a significant repair.
However, before a shop can prepare an estimate, technicians must diagnose the problem. Some shops charge a small fee that they waive if you hire them; many other shops offer free estimates. After the diagnosis, the service writer should be able to tell you approximately how long the work will take.
At this point, a reputable auto repair shop will provide a written estimate that includes the following:
All costs, itemized
A description of the work they will do
A statement that the total amount charged to you is not to exceed a certain percentage more than what is estimated (without prior approval)
You’re now ready to pick the right shop for your vehicle in Bakersfield. You can use estimates to compare shops, but don’t let price be your only criteria. Quality maintenance and repairs are worth the cost.
Sam Moore's Auto Repair
Sam Moore’s Auto Repair on Rosedale Highway services hybrids and most makes and models of vehicles. Reviewers gave high marks for fair prices, efficient service, qualified technicians and friendly office staff.
G&G Auto Repair
G&G Auto Repair in western Bakersfield performs repairs and maintenance on most foreign and domestic models. Customers found this shop reliable and appreciated the honest mechanics and helpful communication throughout the repair process. Check the shop’s website for current coupons.
Le-Toy Motors & Express Lube
Specializing in Japanese auto repair, specifically Lexus and Toyota, Le-Toy Motors is a family-owned business in Wible Orchard. Customers found the prices very competitive and the technicians professional. Reviewers especially appreciated the fast service.
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