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The 5 Best Car Repair Shops in Vancouver

You wake up in the morning, you get ready, then you leave the house and step into your car. You turn the key and you get a whole lot of nothing, so you try again and still nothing

You check the gauge and you’ve got gas, so now you still have no idea what to do. Here’s where we come in: now you can look at our reviews of the best car repair shops in Vancouver to get your car going again!

The Cost of Car Repair in Vancouver

There are a lot of things that can factor into how much it costs to repair a car. Depending on the damage or if a part needs to be replaced, the costs can vary quite a bit.

Oil change$61+
Brake fluid change$80+
General inspection$180+

Keep in mind that the table above isn’t fully indicative of the total costs. Your warranty, your insurance, the brand of your car, and the shop you go to will all play determining factors into your totals costs.

The Best Car Repair in Vancouver

We assessed the best car repair shops in Vancouver based on the following criteria:

Availability – We based this on how easy it is for any random person to get an appointment.
Turnaround time – We based this on how quick a shop can finish a job without any significant downturn in the quality of the work.
Range – We based this on the assortment of vehicles a shop is able to work on.
Customer satisfaction – We based this on testimonials and third-party sources such as, but not limited to, Google reviews.

1. Tremblay Motors Ltd.

Tremblay Motors Ltd.
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ADDRESS1505 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1J8
WEBSITEhttps://www.tremblaymotors.ca/
CONTACT DETAILS(604) 682-0044
STORE HOURSMonday to Friday : 7am to 5pm
Availability★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Turnaround time★★★★☆ (4/5)
Range★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

Let’s face it, dealing with people who don’t know what they’re doing isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It can be even more frustrating when you’re an expert on the subject and you need to explain concepts to a neophyte.

It’s the kind of thing that takes quite a lot of patience. But a lot of patience is something that we observed when we took a look at Tremblay Motors Ltd. 

The servicemen there were patient when it came to explaining to car owners exactly what it was that went wrong with their vehicles and what it was that needed to be done to get them up and running again.

The mechanics that we observed walked the clients through the damage, the repairs a car would need, the turnaround time, and they gave customers a free estimate. We think that’s a truly exceptional level of customer care and it’s something we really appreciate about them.

If there’s one drawback that we’ve observed with them, it’s that it can be somewhat hard to schedule an appointment. We’ve seen one customer come in and not get an appointment until a week out.

Other than that, there’s not a lot that we’ve seen about Tremblay Motors Ltd. that would make us not recommend them.

Pros

  • Mechanics explain everything to clients
  • Gives free estimates
  • Transparent with turnaround time

Cons

  • Appointments can be difficult to come by

Customer reviews

Great service

Great service from the team at Tremblay Motors! Jason diagnosed the problem with my car, gave me an estimate, and told me when it would be ready. Flawless work and customer service. The best mechanic experience I have ever had. I will only use Tremblay Motors from now on.” – Zaa Nkweta

Never disappointed

“We’ve been taking our cars to Tremblay Motors for at least 15 years.  They have never disappointed us.  Brad always welcomes us like old friends and takes a special interest in maintaining our vehicles in pristine condition.  We especially appreciate that they include a car wash after the service.  This is one of the most thorough, reliable and honest service centres we have ever experienced.” – Gustav Veso

2. Fairview Automotive

Fairview Automotive
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ADDRESS2250 Heather St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3H6
WEBSITEhttp://www.fairviewautomotive.com/
CONTACT DETAILS(604) 874-1555
STORE HOURSMonday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Availability★★★★☆ (4/5)
Turnaround time★★★★☆ (4/5)
Range★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

There’s a lot that can be said about Fairview Automotive, but we think that the most relevant thing is their quickness. Many of the customers we’ve encountered raved about how quickly they were able to get repairs done.

We think that getting repairs done quickly, without sacrificing the quality of the work, is something to be admired about them considering that many people need their cars for a variety of tasks and day to day life in general. 

Another thing about them that we liked is their transparency. They told customers what was wrong and didn’t try to dress it up to squeeze a little more blood from the stone, so to speak.

But that’s not all that we liked about them. We also noticed their high level of attention to the customers.

When we checked them out, they were pretty busy with quite a few cars, but that didn’t stop them from making sure that each of the customers got the attention they needed.

If there is, however, one thing about them that didn’t exactly thrill us it’s that they don’t work with any domestic vehicles. 

If you’re driving an imported car, then you’re good to go with them. Otherwise, you’d be better off going somewhere else.

Pros

  • Transparent with the repair process
  • Quick turnaround time with service

Cons

  • Only works on imports

Customer reviews

Great price

My car had a misfire and Peter and the rest of the guys fixed it really quick for a fair price. I will definitely come back.” – Mari Reyes

Can’t say enough

“I can’t say enough about the team and service from Fairview Auto.  Fast, fair, friendly, and, of course, car nuts to boot.  I’ve serviced all my (non-domestic) cars here for years – from a staple in a tyre to a full suspension upgrade.  Peter is the David Putty of Seinfeld!!” – John Chao

3. Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres

Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres
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ADDRESS 1390 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A3
WEBSITEhttps://www.minit-tune.com/
CONTACT DETAILS(604) 738-5590
STORE HOURSMonday to Friday: 830am to 5pm

Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Availability★★★★☆ (4/5)
Turnaround time★★★★★ (5/5)
Range★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

There’s a lot to like about Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres and chief among them is that they don’t go around charging for every little thing. 

We noted one customer who brought their vehicle in for a checkup and got charged nothing because nothing needed to be done. 

But there’s also something to be said for their quickness. Another customer we encountered stated that their car was ready for pickup before they were ready to pick it up.

They’re also pretty quick in other ways. A lot of auto repair shops may require an appointment, but we observed one customer get service as a walk-in and another customer who had an issue with their breaks and was done in a single afternoon.

Between the honesty and promptness, we’ve seen that Minit has a lot going for it as far as auto repair centres go. 

There’s also something to be said for empathy and, in our observation, they’ve got it in spades at Minit. A car breaking down or not starting can be a pretty stressful thing, so an empathetic mechanic can go a long way towards putting customers at ease.

Overall, we found Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres to be a great place to get quick service and some empathy while your car gets fixed.

Pros

  • No unnecessary charges
  • Prompt service

Cons

  • May replace parts without needing to

Customer reviews

Excellent and honest

Excellent and honest service. This is the second time I have brought my car in. Wasn’t sure if brakes needed work, they looked at my car, did a overall check and within 45min called me back to say no work was needed and didn’t charge me. Second excellent experience with timely service.” – Sonia Kowalewski

Above and beyond

“Just before 4pm on a December Saturday afternoon we discovered that our brake fluid was dangerously low. I called ahead and explained that we were trying to catch a ferry, and when we arrived, a mechanic quickly topped up our brake fluid. It soon became apparent that we were dealing with a leak. We were told that since it was almost closing time, we would have to come back on Monday. When the manager heard that our three kids were waiting for us to return that evening on the ferry, he offered to see what he could do. He rush-ordered parts from his supplier, kept back one of his staff at closing time, and worked on our vehicle himself, all to make sure we could get back on the road.  We were on our way at 5:45, and even caught our scheduled ferry. Peter Singh and his team went above and beyond for us, and we are extremely grateful.” – Elizabeth Brown-Shaw

4. M & N Auto Repair

M & N Auto Repair
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ADDRESS530 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1X5
WEBSITEhttp://turnercom.com/m&n/
CONTACT DETAILS(604) 872-2211
STORE HOURSMonday to Friday: 830am to 530pm

Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Availability★★★★☆ (4/5)
Turnaround time★★★★☆ (4/5)
Range★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

There’s a lot to be said about open and honest communication. For example, it’s supposed to be the cornerstone of any successful relationship, and that includes the relationship between car owner and mechanic. 

M & N Auto Repair apparently believes in open and honest communication because we observed mechanics tell the customers exactly what it was that went wrong with their cars and what exactly needed to be done to get those cars road-worthy again.

But that honesty doesn’t just extend to their repairs. We took note of one customer who wanted to get a bunch of extra work done on their car, but the mechanics didn’t agree that the work needed to be done.

So the mechanics talked the customer out of the extra work and the customer managed to save some money by not getting any superfluous service done on their vehicle. That’s a level of honesty and integrity that completely blew us away.

We’ve even noticed some customers say they were quoted higher prices at other shops, only for those prices to be beaten at M & N.

Another thing that we really liked about them was their mechanics. Our interactions with them were limited but we found them to be both knowledgeable and friendly, two things which we feel most people want the people fixing their cars to be.

Pros

  • Mechanics explain everything to clients
  • Mechanics will dissuade clients from superfluous service
  • Prices can be lower than other shops

Cons

  • Inspections can be somewhat sloppy

Customer reviews

Extremely happy

Went here on a friends recommendation and I will be definitely be back when my vehicle needs service. Extremely happy with the process from getting into the shop to the communication on what repairs were needed.” – Linden Hoover

Go-to place

“My go to place for auto repair. These guys know their stuff and have always been kind and fair to me. I always recommend my friends here and they love it too.” – Dale Chang

5. instaMek Auto Repair & Inspections

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ADDRESS500 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P1
WEBSITEhttps://instamek.com/
CONTACT DETAILS(604) 330-0424
STORE HOURSMonday to Saturday: 8am to 6pm
Availability★★★★★ (5/5)
Turnaround time★★★★★ (5/5)
Range★★★★☆ (4/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

So it goes without saying that if a car is broken, then it’s probably not safe for you to drive if it can start at all. 

That’s a problem that the people at instaMek Auto Repair & Inspections recognize which is why they’ll send their mechanics out to customers for assessments and for repairs since their mechanics are fully mobile and can work on vehicles wherever the customer may be.

Customer service counts for a lot in our eyes and the kind of customer service at instaMek, not to mention accessibility, is the kind that goes a long way in our books.

But that’s not all that we liked about them. Another thing that we liked was their mechanics kept their clients apprised of what was going on with their vehicles and answered any and every question that the client might have.

Also, they were friendly. It may not always seem like much, but being friendly can do a lot for someone who might be more than a little stressed that their brakes aren’t working properly or their check engine light isn’t turning off.

Something else that caught our eye about them was their subscription service, which came with discounts on service as well as two free yearly inspections.

Pros

  • Comes to the customer instead of the other way around
  • Mechanics keep customer apprised to every step
  • Subscription service includes two free inspections

Cons

  • Inspections can be substandard

Customer reviews

Really appreciated

Car started overheating and it seemed to have a bad leak. Booked for a mechanic to come to us to assess the damage and provide a report and quote. The online booking/texting made everything so much easier. It also was so convenient that Jeff came out to us since we couldn’t drive the car.

The report was very clear, transparent and fair. I appreciated the accessibility of the whole experience. Jeff was really great, very nice professional and honest! He fixed the problem, and took the time to talk about the engine and answer my questions which I really appreciated. Thanks so much!” – Gemma Flammond

Fantastic

“Jack was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.  He answered all my questions and kept me informed on every step.  Instamek is a great service, it’s so nice having the mechanic come to you and do everything on the spot.  We had a simple battery replacement, but were unsure if it might be another issue.  Jack diagnosed the problem, had a part delivered and was done and on his way in about an hour and a half.  All I had to do was hand him the keys and comfortably wait in my own home.  Rates are very reasonable and they tell you the cost of everything before you buy, and include a one year warranty on their parts and service.  They also offer a premium subscription which includes discounts on maintenance and repairs (including this one) and two free inspections a year. Opted in, as it basically pays for itself just in what you save on oil changes.  Instamek is the future of vehicle service. 10/10 would recommend.” – Kharah Black

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