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Outstanding Local Auto and Truck Repair Shops in 2021

When it comes to finding the right repair shop for their vehicles, many people are intimidated by the process.

By: Alex Sanders | Jun 2021

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Studies suggest that there have been cases where auto repair shops overcharged women or the elderly. Whether it be paint or frame repairs, an auto repair shop owner and the certified technicians should treat each customer equally without gender or age stereotyping. The same type of repairs and their costs should be effectively communicated to people of all gender and age. You need to find a shop that will show respect and provide the quality service your vehicle requires.

These local auto and truck repair shops are being recognized for their contribution to their customers and their local community.

American Diesel - Riverside, CA

Opened on January 1, 2007, American Diesel is a veteran and family-owned full-service bumper-to-bumper truck and auto repair shop located in Murrieta California; proudly serving their friends, neighbors, visitors, and businesses in Riverside County. American Diesel’s services are backed by more than thirty-six years of experience in the auto repair industry, in addition to numerous certifications and ongoing training. Their certified mechanics are committed to quality and love solving tough problems regarding diagnostics, electrical repairs, and engine performance.

A veteran of the Marine Corps and the owner of American Diesel, Gerald Schuman runs a tight ship managing and organizing to make sure the shop operates at maximum efficiency. The team stays current on the latest automotive technology and utilizes its combined resources to ensure that the vehicles they repair are safe and reliable. In addition to that, Gerald Schuman and the team love giving back to the community through many local high school sports team sponsorship programs.

Automotive and truck repair services include:

Automotive — air conditioning, air filter replacement, alignments, alternators, automatic transmissions, batteries, brake inspection, service/repair, check engine light, clutch repair/replacement, coolant/antifreeze change, CV joints, diagnostics, diesel pick-up repair, differentials/axles, drive axles, electrical system repair, emission system repair, engine performance, exhaust/muffler service/repair, fluid flushes, four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, fuel injection cleaning, heating systems, oil change/lube service, overdrive transmissions, power doors/windows, radiator service/repair, scheduled maintenance, standard transmissions, starter repair, steering system repair, suspension service/repair, timing belt replacement, transfer cases, transmissions, transmission flush, transmission rebuilds, tune-ups, u-joints, water pumps, wheel/tire alignment, and wheel balance.

Truck — air conditioning, air brake system repair, air filter replacement, annual inspections, brake service/repair, check engine light, clutch repair/replacement, coolant/antifreeze change, cooler repair, diagnostics, diesel repair, differential repair/replacement, DOT inspections, drivability issues, driveline repair, electrical repair, emission control system repair, engine repair/replacement, exhaust/muffler service/repair, exhaust/muffler service/repair, fleet service, heating system repair, hydraulic repair, liftgate service, lights, mobile repair, oil change/lube service, preventive maintenance, radiator service, refrigerated transport, roadside assistance, scheduled maintenance, steering repair, suspension system repair, transmission repair, tune-ups, welding, and wheel/tire alignment.

Haws Paint & Body Shop - Fort Worth, TX

For more than half a century, Haws Paint & Body Shop has been providing complete collision repair services for all types of vehicles, foreign and domestic, in Fort Worth, Texas. They also offer emergency after-hours towing as well as pick-up and delivery within ten miles of the shop’s location.

In 1955, Jeep Story, the shop owner of Story Paint & Body Shop, called Bill Haws to move to Ft. Worth and join him as a partner of his body shop. Bill commuted for months until he and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Ft. Worth, Texas. Shortly thereafter, Story Paint & Body Shop became Haws Paint & Body Shop. Eight years later in 1963, Jeep Story sold his half of the business to Bill, who then incorporated the shop as Haws Paint & Body Inc. Bill ran the shop while his wife, Evelyn, worked as a bookkeeper. That same year, Lawrence Stephens went to work for Haws Paint & Body Inc. and worked as the head painter for ten years. During Bill’s heart attack recovery in 1973, Bill taught Lawrence how to do bodywork, who then went from an excellent painter to a very talented body specialist.

When Bill retired in 1985, Lawrence purchased the shop and took over the management and Eddie Stephens, Lawrence’s son, filled the vacancy. In 1992, Lawrence also suffered a heart attack and Eddie stepped in to run the shop, and to this day, he continues to run the shop the same way his predecessors have – with respectability, credibility, and reliability.

Haws Paint & Body Shop’s technicians have the professional tools and equipment to provide precise auto body repairs on all vehicle materials, including fiberglass, plastic, and metal.

Expert paint and body shop services include:

Body shop — metal, plastic, and fiberglass bodywork repairs, computerized frame and unibody structure alignment, expert color matching, metal inert gas (MIG), spot, and aluminum welding, glass replacement, theft restoration.

Wreck-related — air conditioning recovery and recharging, computerized wheel alignments, wheel lift and body lift machines, mechanical, suspension, and electrical repairs, advanced vehicle system diagnostics.

Jay's Garage - Portland, OR

A family-owned full service automotive repair shop and gas station, and Portland’s experts on servicing and maintaining TDI-equipped (Turbocharged Direct Injection) Volkswagens, Jay’s Garage provides quality maintenance service for domestic and import vehicle makes that include Subaru, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Jeep, Dodge, Porsche, Ford, and Saab. Every mechanic at Jay’s Garage is a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Technician, in addition to possessing years of experience in all areas of car maintenance and repair.

After serving in the military, Jay Dykeman returned to Portland with $1500 to his name and rented a Texaco station garage in Southeast Portland and began repairing cars in September of 1971. In the early nineties, auto repair service needs were more focused on maintenance and computer chips rather than engine overhauls or exchanges. Jay updated his garage to properly service new computerized vehicles, and began hiring only ASE Certified Master Technicians who could read lab scopes, wave forms, and use sensitive electronic gauges to determine current loads on components ranging from electric fuel pumps to computer controlled alternators and fuel injectors, all the while burning a variety of fuels and fuel blends, accommodating driving habits and styles of his customers, and delivering optimal fuel economy and emissions.

In 2007, Jay’s began going green by carrying bio-diesel and E85 ethanol gas to help reduce car emissions and help the environment. Miles DeWhitt started working for Jay’s Garage in 2003, and purchased the store in 2013, and has continued to focus on customer service and expert repair work.

Automotive repair services include: brake services/repair, oil changes, tune ups, climate control system, power steering system, and transmission services/repair.

Santa Ana Body Shop - Houston, TX

A family-owned business, Santa Ana Body Shop & Collision Center has been providing quality collision repair and body shop services since 1979 to Houston, Houston Heights, Cypress, Katy and Willowbrook. In 2016, the shop became one of the very few automotive body shops in Harris County to achieve the premier I-CAR® Gold Class® Status. This honor and recognition from the Houston community reflects their commitment to quality, service, and efficiency in everything they do. The technicians at Santa Ana Body Shop are I-CAR® Gold Member Certified and use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to identify vehicle problems. I-CAR® (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs.

Brothers and owners of Santa Ana Body Shop, Mohamad and Adam Alzibdeh began their love of cars in high school. Under Mohamad’s leadership (1997), Santa Ana has grown from one location offering body shop services to offering auto care, and expanding to a second location providing body shop services. Staff has increased from three to over twenty. When the company opened its second location, Adam became location manager overseeing shop operations.

Automotive repair services include:

Repairs — auto dent/ding, hail damage, repair, bumper repair, fender repair, auto paint repair, repair/replacement: window, windshield, glass; paintless dent, auto painting, aluminum, auto body rust, accident/collision, car frame straightening.

Additional — 24/7 towing assistance, car insurance concierge, insurance claim, full-service collision, window/glass replacement, certified technicians, 24-hour roadside assistance, courtesy local shuttle service, courtesy loaner vehicle. showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry categories that are located in over 100 major U.S. cities. The Outstanding Local Business Award (OLBA) is given to locally-owned and operated businesses in recognition of their services to the local community and have met all of the Criteria listed on

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