South Whitney Garage

  • 4.8 of 5 stars
7 reviews

258 S Whitney St, Hartford, CT 06105, us

(860) 236-1476


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Specializes in Transmission work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
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)
Nov 06, 2011
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May 03, 1997
My information is a little old, as I no longer live and work in the Hartford area. However, S. Whitney St. Garage won an "best of" award in either the Hartford Courant's Northeast Magazine or in Connecticut Magazine (I don't remember which). I had an old Volvo which Claud serviced regurally and one time the fuel pump gave out, so I had the car towed to his shop. I called him the next morning and told him what I thought the problem was and why he found my car in his lot. I picked it up that evening and he told me that the fuel pump was OK, but the grounding wire to the fuel pump had to be replaced as it had rusted out. He wasn't going to charge me for the repair, but I insisted he charge something. I guess he didn't have any boat payments, so it cost me $3.
Jan 26, 1999
I have been going to the South Whitney St. garage for 15 years. I originally went there to have some transmission work done on my Bug-Eye Austin Healey Sprite. I found that Claude is a great mechanic, fixed my Bug-Eye (and several times since). We were so pleased with him that we take both our Toyotas to him for service, and never have to a dealer for service!!!!! He always knows what's wrong, never overcharges, has the car on time and if I owned an airplane, I would trust Claude's work on my aircraft engine. That's how good he is. Just a good old fashioned mechanic who knows what makes cars run (and not run) and who learned it all before the days of electronic analysis. He is the alter ego of "Crusty" on your show. We love him!!
Nov 03, 2000
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20 years ago my 72 pinto's timing belt went. My father and I spent the beter part of the weekend changing it. We decided to do the plug, points, condensor and filters at the same time. Test drive showed car ran like sh.. Went over evertyhing 2 or three times. couldn't figure it out. Limped to Claudes on Monday am and told him my dilema. Went back at 4pm and he told me that he went over everthing. couldn't find anything wrong, had another guy go over it. He couldn't find anything wrong. Went at it (himself) again...found a bad ground connection on the condenseor. He felt embarrassed about the long diagnosis, and easy fix. He chaged me 15$, for about 6hours of work. He is one of a kind.
Jun 04, 2002
This is a longtime, family-run operation and the owner, Claudio, is extremely honest, fair and competent. He's willing to tell you when you can get away with a used car part, when you can hold off on a repair, and conversely, when it needs to be done right away _ and why. He specializes in foreign vehicles, especially Volkswagens, but can fix just about everything and anything.
Sep 06, 2002
Mr. Paine replaced a worn out timing belt on my 96 Geo. It took a little more time than I expected, but in all fairness the crank bolt was almost welded on and some of the parts had to be imported from N.Y.. The guy seems to have a good attitude and price was about union shop. He did a super job, though. My car runs like new.
Nov 20, 2003
Claude may be the most honest man I knoww.Certainly the most honest mechanic.He will never recommend repairs that are not needed and many times has told me that I did not need repairs that i thought I did need.He has many times spent time checking out something on my car and not charged for his time if he found nothing needeing repair.May he never retire.

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