Import Automotive Specialists

  • 3.2 of 5 stars
4 reviews

7171 Ronson Rd, #B, San Diego, CA 92111, us

(858) 576-7186


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Has ASE certified mechanics
Road tests vehicles when appropriate
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)
Oct 26, 2000
Brian and Keith have kept our two 11-year old Volvo's (with a combined 390,000 miles on them) running with a minimum of fuss and bother for the last year and a half. We started taking our cars to them because they specialized (ie, they only work on) foreign cars, and their labor costs were the cheapest of anyone in the phone book. Turns out they are the best mechanics we've ever had. My husband was gone for six months with the Navy, and I could take the cars to them and say "It's making a funny noise" without them laughing at me, making unneccessary repairs, or treating me as if I were stupid. They do GREAT work, honestly.
Mar 14, 2002
The guys at this unassuming small shop provided me with excellent work in a very timely fashion for an extremely reasonable price. While they don't work weekends, and only provide rides generally to local work/home areas, here's an example of what to expect. I dropped off my Toyota to have a squeal checked-out. Within 15 minutes they identified that I needed a brake job. Tony and Brian explained to me that while they would turn the rotors if they could, they were too worn. They also said the rear brakes were in good shape, and would only need a cleaning and adjustment. They quoted me a very fair price, so I told them to proceed. They said they had a not-too busy morning so I could get a ride to work if I needed it (I did). Brian drove me to work (about a 10 minute ride with no traffic. Unfortunately this morning in San Diego, traffic was horrible, and we spent the next 30 minutes in traffic just shooting the bull. I just moved from Minnesota and was immediately struck by how "midwest kind-of friendly" these guys are. I thanked Brian for the ride and after work, caught a ride back to pick up my car. When I picked it up, Tony asked if I wanted to see the old parts; I said sure and looked at the sadly worn rotors and pads. He pointed out all the uncharacteristic rust on the rotors for a San Diego vehicle (That's what 5 years in Minnesota can do). The price I paid for the parts was what it would have cost me to go to Napa and buy them myself and labor was right-on for the work they did. I was pleased. I appologized again for holding up Brian that morning, but the guys said it was "no trouble". They adjusted my parking brake and even rotated my tires without my remembering to ask. It was great to find some honest, hard-working, friendly people here... it reminded me of the mid-west. This shop is the best, and I highly recommend it.
Sep 06, 2002
Brought in my 1999 Mitsubishi GS-T for a pre-sale inspection. The mechanic behind the desk was a nice, intelligent person who took time to make sure I understood the pre-inspection process. The people doing the inspection brought me into the shop to show me what they found. Everyone was clean-cut, easy going and knew what they were doing. I was told the job would take 90 minutes, and darn if it didn't take more than 89 minutes. Great prices, good people...what more do you want? IAS will definitely get my business again in the future.
Mar 14, 2012
  • daohaynes
Took my Eurovan to this AAA approved shop when it would not start. Left the car there 2 days, trouble was diagnosed for $88.20 as key recognition failure, would have to go to a VW dealer to have keys reprogrammed. Dealer found nothing wrong with key recognition, cleaned throttle body assy. Car starts and runs fine now. Returned to IAS, discussed totally off-the-mark diagnosis. Was promised a check for $88.20 in three days. Did not happen. Had to stop payment through the credit card I had used.

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