John & Corky's Automotive Specialist

  • 3.7 of 5 stars
8 reviews

350 Old West Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681, us

(512) 472-4977

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Hours
 
Specialties
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
Specializes in Radiator work
Loaners
No
Notes
 
They are always honest
4.4/5
They are competent
4.5/5
Their repair price is reasonable
4.4/5
They complete the work in a timely manner
4.6/5
They respond well when they screw something up
3.7/5
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
4.5/5
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
5.0/5
They are always honest
4.4/5
I would use this mechanic again
1.0/5
I would recommend this mechanic to others
1.0/5
They fix the problem the first time
4.3/5
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
4.5/5
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
3.6/5
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
4.6/5
Mar 31, 2007
JC Auto Spec is run by John Long who works on all cars, specializes in Japanese cars, but is a genius with the Mazda Miatas. John is a former Mazda mechanic and understands all things automotive. His shop is strongly endorsed by the Tejas Miata Club in Austin. I was first told of John when I bought my 1991 Miata last year. The car had so many problems (mostly from abuse by the prior owners) that I didn't know where to begin. Another shop replaced the crankshaft, but could not make the car pass inspection. The club told me about John and his shop. John worked with me, identified each of the problems still plaguing the car, and took on each task as a labor of love. John fixed each problem at the quoted price or below, and always in a timely fashion. One problem was a faulty computer, but John (being a Miata fan) had a stash of spare Miata parts and provided me with a replacement at no cost. John also surrounds himself with a talented and friendly staff of automotive experts. Each one lives up to the high quality standards that John sets for his shop. When I needed a wheel bearing replaced, John gave me a fair estimate of the cost. When he found that the part cost more than his budget had allowed he lowered his labor costs to keep the final price in line with his original estimate. My only regret (but not John's) is that he is not open on weekends. I have brought numerous friends to JC Auto Spec when their car problems had stumped others. in each instance John and his team had quickly and correctly diagnosed the problems and fixed each car properly the first time - and at very fair prices. If a ride is needed, call in advance and someone (maybe John's wife) will deliver you to where you need to be. To summarize, John and his team have the skill, talent, honesty, integrity, and customer skills to satisfy any customer. 5-star rating. - Alan in Austin
Sep 08, 2006
They took time to explain what needed to be done to my sister and me. They did not talk down to us, and we're both female. They told us which work was absolutely necessary and which was more cosmetic (Thanks for saving us money!) They drove my sister back into Austin from Round Rock and were cheerful, helpful and extremely competent. I highly recommend them and will take my car to them in future.
Jan 28, 2007
Excellent customer service with excellent diagnostic and mechanical abilities. Shop is full service, including inspections. Bill is always at or under original estimate for work stated. Always offer the full service repair, but also offer possible cost-saving options. JC Automotive has fixed problems when other shops have failed. Intelligent advice and suggestions are always free. In addition to everything else, the shop owner is a member of the local Miata car club. He has formal Mazda factory training and has a passion for problem solving. His staff shares this competency and passion. Expertise goes beyond Miatas to other cars, including cars from other vendors. I have referred JC Automotive to numerous friends who have had problems that "couldn't be fixed," only to have JC Automotive resolve the problem with totally reasonable, proper and truly effective solutions. My only regret... They are not open on weekends.
Jul 21, 2008
They're the most honest mechanics I have ever had the good fortune to take my car to.
Jul 31, 2008
Other than weekend hours, there is nothing more that I could ask for in a mechanic. Dan has proven willing to spend time helping me (not a car guy, by any means) understand what the problem is, including showing me the part and explaining how the damage came about. They consistently beat their estimated prices, and their estimates are usually below what I'm expecting. Also, any time I have had a multi-day repair, I have gotten a call at least once a day letting me know what's going on and when they expect it to be done. I've been going here exclusively for about 4 years, and couldn't recommend them more.
Feb 10, 2009
I needed a quick job and they went out of their way to get the parts a faster way so I could get done quicker. Nice guys.
Jul 19, 2009
Great shop, I have no worries taking my car here. They let you know if the job really needs to be done or if it is just a good idea.
Nov 03, 2014
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RIPOFF!! Bottom line: These guys misdiagnosed my issue, still charged me $65 for diagnosis, and according to the Nissan dealer, ordered the wrong parts for the job, and way over charged me for the parts and labor. Be warned!! The good: - John is a very down to earth, friendly, easy to talk to guy. - They will pick u up and drop u off if needed. The ugly story: I told them what was wrong with the car and what needed to be done. They disagreed with me. They then spent an hour mis-diagnosing it. Finally the tech came back into the showroom and said "I think you're right". I said "take the ECU out and look at it. I bet it's fried". 5 min later he had it out. He walked in the back room to show John first, then walked up to counter. Sure enough, a part on the ECU went bad. I was right. John said they'd credit me back the $65 diagnostic. But Mike never did credit it back to me. They ordered 2 sensors needed to have replaced. John said "we get these OEM parts super cheap! Guy we buy them from just puts the actual OEM bagged part into his own bag and sells it at great discount. I trusted that. I got screwed. They charged me $546 for parts. Dealer said I could have purchased them from Nissan for $340. Auto-Spec also charged me high labor cost. They charged me $261.00 labor to replace 2 sensors and the ECU. My local shop said that is a very easy job that they would have charged $100. I wish I had purchased the OEM parts from the dealer and had my local mechanic install them. The other area that I trusted these guys on was the actual knowledge of the parts. The dealer said it was silly to buy those sensors individually, since u can purchase the whole throttle body for $350 less and it includes both sensors and is even easier to replace, and u get $40 rebate back from the old throttle body core. Dealer said "most any basic mechanic knows that". Well, these guys didn't. Mike was the guy that charged me such high prices. I don't know if he makes a commission off the sale, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did. I called them and explained that I could have saved $350 by purchasing the throttle body at the dealer and having my local shop installing the ECU and throttle body. Mike's response: "U didn't complain when I quoted u the initial price. It's too late now. I can't go back and change it after the fact." Well, that's pretty crappy. I trusted that y'all knew what u were doing, that u wouldn't charge me more than dealer prices, and assumed u understood the basic parts diagram enough to purchase a throttle body if needed as the dealer said "most any mechanic knows to do that". I was charged at least $250 more than what the dealer would have charged, and that was assuming I had changed both sensors individually! If I had the throttle body changed, which the dealer said "most any mechanic knows changing the throttle body is cheaper and easier", then I would have saved $350 by purchasing it from the Nissan dealer!!! Yes, dealer price was $350 cheaper! And that's just the parts. They also charged me "on the very high-end" for labor, according to the dealer. I never got ripped off that bad. I've never paid more than dealer price at a non-dealer shop. These guys seem professional on the front-end, and were pleasant to deal with on the front-end, but they charge very high prices, and not willing to make it right. I called back again today, talked with Mike, and asked if he can simply match the dealer price. He said no. Best he'll do is give me a $100 gift certificate to his shop for future business. That's insulting. So be careful with these guys. Check the prices for labor and parts BEFORE u give your credit card over to Mike!!!! I would not trust them again. It pains me to give them one star, but their driver was very pleasant, and Ray, who also works the front desk seems like a good guy. So one star is well deserved for that! If u must deal with them, maybe ask for Ray and not Mike. U might have a better experience.

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