Going to the mechanic is like going to the dentist- the prospect of going is never pleasant, but a good practitioner will make it as painless as possible, explain what they're doing and why, and help you prevent bigger problems in the future without unnecessarily draining your bank account. I have yet to find a dentist that fulfills all of these criteria, but Bradshaw's totally fits the bill when it comes to care care. I ended up there on a fluke when a dire car emergency (see: broken bearing gets into transmission) forced me to pull into the closest car place. On my birthday. Ugh. Being completely car clueless and a little type A, I was of course totally freaked out about not knowing what was going on or how much it was going to cost me. Within 15 minutes, the staff had my car up in the air, gave me a promise to have a diagnosis, and I was on my way to work. Without going into additional detail (it was a REALLY crummy day), I made it there JUST as they were closing, only to find that there was no fixing the car until the new transmission (that they found used at a great price) arrived the next day. I had no ride home, the car rental places were closed, and I was sans phone. The day was totally rescued, though- the manager arranged a rental from a local dealership at a super reduced rate and took the time to give me a ride there. My car was fixed within the next 24 hours, given a nice wash, and I've taken the blue beast there any time I've needed help since.
Bradshaw's Auto - Hawthorne