August 3, 2007 9:27 AM   Subscribe

I need to find a reliable auto repair shop in Tempe/Phoenix AZ for some brake work.

My brakes are making icky noises. I've previously done 90% of my car maintenance myself, but that was when I lived near my father and had ready access to a shop full of tools and several decades of accumulated experience. When we couldn't fix it, we'd take it to a small, locally-owned garage who's service people my father trusted.

I'm now 2100 miles away from there and I just want to fix the problem. I'm relatively certain I know what the problem is and how much it should cost (in terms of parts) to fix. However, I have exactly zero experience finding and selecting repair shops. Can I just call one of the national chains, or should I shop around and try to find a good local guy by ear? I can sort of talk the talk, but car work was a small enough part of my interests that I'm not 100% confident I could sort a con man from a legit guy and I've heard lots of horror stories.

If anyone in Tempe/Phoenix has recommendations, that'd be even better. The car is a 1990 Camry, and I suspect the work I'll need will be having the pads changed, one rotor milled or maybe replaced, and one set of calipers thoroughly lubricated.
posted by Alterscape to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total)
Response by poster: Err, whose. On preview, my grammar needs improvement.
posted by Alterscape at 9:28 AM on August 3, 2007

We use the family-owned Red Mountain Tire and Auto located in Mesa, AZ. We've always been very happy with their service. They're honest and do a great job.
posted by Sassyfras at 9:34 AM on August 3, 2007

The Car Talk guys usually have good recommendations.
posted by sandking at 5:46 PM on August 3, 2007

Arizonan here. I use Kitchell Fleet Services in Phoenix. They officially work commercial fleets, but a lucky few mortals have found them, and they're very reliable and honest.
posted by !Jim at 10:17 AM on August 4, 2007

Call Sid at Universal Automotive Services . He's been servicing my family's cars for almost a decade now.
posted by phredgreen at 7:02 AM on September 22, 2007

« Older what happens to borrowers from AHM?   |   Building codes nickle and dime server room cooling... Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.