Beahm's Auto Service

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
9 reviews

944 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, us

(301) 587-0727

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They are always honest
5.0/5
They are competent
4.8/5
Their repair price is reasonable
5.0/5
They complete the work in a timely manner
5.0/5
They respond well when they screw something up
5.0/5
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
4.6/5
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
5.0/5
They are always honest
5.0/5
I would use this mechanic again
5.0/5
I would recommend this mechanic to others
5.0/5
They fix the problem the first time
4.5/5
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
4.3/5
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
4.4/5
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
4.7/5
Nov 07, 2011
Jan 23, 2004
To tell the truth, I gave up on *all* mechanics due to overcharging for labor and replacing parts in a 'trial-and-error' approach to car repair as opposed to diagnostics and THINKING! However, for repairs requiring some specialized tools, I've used Beahm. I had wheel bearings that needed to be pressed into the wheel hub. He gave me a generous price over the phone and 30 minutes later I handed his helper the parts, and 5 minutes after that they were done. Another mechanic wanted $50/hub --- yeah.... right.... I laughed and asked him if he was kidding, and it was no joke. Two other mechanics REFUSED to do it! Beahm charged something like $5/hub, a fair price. I also had the AC system recharged after I had placed a rebuilt engine into the car. They did it right ---- 3 years later and it is still working. I highly recommend them for very fair prices, though I have not used them for any diagnostics..... like I said, I gave up on mechanics and read a few car repair books.
Apr 25, 2005
Mike Beahm (the dad) has taken care of my cars since the early 80s. One of the reasons I bought a house in the neighborhood I did was because of its proximity to Beahm's. Once, back when I had a Ford Fiesta, I thought I'd developed a coolant leak. They couldn't find one, and replaced the automatic fan, thinking that was why the temp kept rising. It turned out to be a leak after all, and I had to baby my car back home with a couple gallons of water, refilling every 15 minutes. When I took it back to them, they fixed the leak and refused to charge me, saying it was only fair, since their mistake had caused me so much trouble. The shop is now run by Mike Beahm, Jr. (dad still works when he feels like it), and the politeness, honesty and competence are still there. They were listed as one of the best shops in Washington Checkbook (DC's Consumer Reports) a few years back, and said they wished they hadn't been -- the rush of calls it made it hard for their regular clients to get through.
Mar 15, 2006
Mike has been repairing my mom's car for atleast 10 years now. He treats her like a queen. The work is always done in a timely manner and at a very reasonable price. He works hard to squeeze her into his busy schedule when necessary. I'd recommend him to anyone. Thanks Mike!!!
Nov 18, 2006
My spouse and I were tired of using the dealership for repairs and tune ups. Thanks Car Talk. I found Beahm's through your reviews on-line and was very happy with the service. Exceptionally polite and knowledgeable mecahnics.
Apr 01, 2008
They go out of their way to minimize cost. They can be crusty and curt. You usually can get an appointment the same day. Often they say, just drop by. As a bonus there is a great coffee shop, Mayorga, within a short walk.
Feb 23, 2011
As a truck-owning girl in the "big city" of the DC Metropolitan area, I was nervous to find a mechanic. Mike and company are always friendly, fast, and very helpful. They explain problems and give options for you to make decisions. Even though I moved into the heart of DC, I still drive out to Beahm's to get service on my pick-up!
Mar 04, 2011
Thank goodness for honest mechanics! I am new to the area and one day two warning lights turned on, and from what I read I was convinced my alternator was dying. Thanks to these reviews, I brought it in to this mechanic and told them the situation. They said it was actually a bad wire, not the alternator at all, and fixed the connection for $30. Hooray.
Jun 01, 2016
  • Yamputz
All right. About six months ago, the heater wasn't working on my old, but very low-mileage 2005 Buick LaCrosse. They correctly diagnosed that I needed a new heater core, but told me I'd have to take it to a dealer to get the job done. They didn't charge me. A couple of months later, the Check Engine light went on. I took it back to the same dealer, who said it was the dreaded catalytic converter. I shopped around to the various Buick dealers in my area, and got the cheapest quote -- $1,500 -- for the work. I took the car in to the dealer, whose "Service Advisor" (and I use the term lightly) gave me a list of stuff that was wrong with the car, including the converter, and said it came to over $7,000 of repairs. Most of the stuff was specious -- tie-rod ends, a leaky power steering pressure hose (we hadn't notice any leaking fluid), brake rotors (in addition to the pads), etc. I told 'em to replace the pads. I then called Beahm's, asked them how much it would cost to replace the converter, and to check out the car. Their response was amazing. Within two hours, Mike Beahm had called back with the price of a new converter, the price of an after-market converter, and the name of a chain muffler place where I could get the work done MORE CHEAPLY! (But it was using a quick-and-dirty method that put me off.) I took the car in this morning at 7:30. At noon, Beahm's called and said it was ready. Total cost: $850 -- including absolutely nothing for checking out all the phony claims the dealer had made. In fact, Beahm's mechanic found a brake pad the Buick place had left in a spring coil! Yes, there's a tiny leak in the power steering, yes, they greased the tie-rod ends, but they assured me I should just drive the car, and that there is absolutely no safety issue. These guys are terrific. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat (something I think I'll have a few more of now that they've been so reassuring).

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