Alewife Automotive

  • 3.7 of 5 stars
4 reviews

395 Alewife Brook Pky, Somerville, MA 02144, us

(617) 623-9615


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They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Apr 29, 2010
Been going to Alewife for years, since the now co-owner George was too young to (legally) drive. He now runs the shop alongside his father, Elias. They've kept my '98 Saturn ticking, always being pretty good about estimating all that needs to be done in advance.
May 01, 2010
They kept my 1988 Toyota 4x4 running long after it should have been delegated to charity. They are family owned and run. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Jun 12, 2014
  • Beantown
I have mixed feelings about writing this review. I don't usually write negative reviews, especially for privately owned businesses, but I feel it is necessary to share my experience with Alewife auto. The shop's negligence could have cost me my life. I've been using alewife for a while, and they've given me pretty decent deals and George has always been friendly. The past couple of times I've been in they've seemed increasingly busy and harried. This seems to be affecting their attention to detail and their performance. I took my 1996 Lexus in with a leak in the coolant system and wasn't able to get my car back for over a month. George fixed the coolant leak, but quoted me a high (but possibly accurate) estimate for the power steering. At that point I decided to take my car elsewhere. As soon as I got on route 2 the car hood flipped up, shattered the windshield, and went flying down the highway. The car was totaled, and the body shop confirmed that the hood was not latched all the way. I had a number of scrapes and scratches from the glass, but luckily no one else was injured. The body shop also found unfinished work underneath the car, in the coolant system. George is a nice guy and hopefully this experience is an anomaly, but I'll be going elsewhere in the future.
Dec 08, 2016
  • madrikh
I have been using these guys for about 8 years. I picked them because they were a block away, and watched them grow to where they now have two locations, a body shop, and a hoarde of satisfied customers. (One of the reasons they got the 2nd site is because their lot was always crowded because they have so much business). They've worked on a Toyota and two Hondas for me (both pf which they acquired for me), my wife's Honda, my daughters Hyundai and I don;t know how many other people I've sent their way. When my daughter's car overheated they discovered that it was suffering from a newly discovered problem with Hyundais which might have called for junking the car or replacing the engine. Instead, George worked on it for more than a week, after hours, paying one of his mechanics overtime (for which he didn't charge!) because he knew my daughter didn't have much money. I have an elderly friend whose car needed some minor body work -- she now says that he replaced her car with a brand new one! Oh, and did I say that when the car needs to stay with them they pay for a rental?Like, I want to say "don't go there" because what would I do if they got too busy to take my car in?

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