A & M Foreign Car Svc Incorporated

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
8 reviews

313 Forbes Ave, New Haven, CT 06512, us

(203) 467-2078


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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)
Dec 28, 2000
I took my Volvo to Augie for four years and I sure am glad I found him. (I had been using the Rip-Off Volvo Dealer in Orange - yuck!) He has been working on Volvos for so long, and is so straightforward and honest, that it was a pleasure to take the car there. I might owe my life to him - it was Augie who warned me for years that my car had "a lot of rust" and eventually told me "look, the frame has so much rust you really shouldn't be driving it on the highway." He showed me what he was talking about and I had to agree - after 14 years and 240,000 miles, the car was no longer safe. I'm glad he was so insistent!
Jan 09, 2007
I've only started going since Augie's departure, but Van is great-- he tells you what you need, and does it well, without screwing up, overcharging you, or jerking you around. There's simply no reason to take a Volvo in New Haven anywhere else.
Nov 07, 2011
Aug 23, 2005
I no longer own a Volvo, but when I did, Augie was by far the greatest mechanic I'd ever dealt with (okay, the Volvo was my first car, so he was the ONLY mechanic I'd ever dealt with), but he knows older Volvos like no one else. Sadly, he just retired, but he sold his shop to the guy who's been working with him for years and years, so I'd trust him, too.
Dec 22, 2008
It was put perfectly by another reviewer when they said there is no other place to bother going to if you have a Volvo in New Haven. Only original Volvo parts, done right the first time. Nothing you don't need. People who own Volvo's in the New Haven area and are in the know will smile and say "Augie's" which means A and M Automotive Service (now Van runs it as Augie's retired)
Nov 30, 2010
I have always had a great experence at A & M. I have an older volvo 240, and they've done a great job hooking me up with cheap used parts. They're also really nice!
Jun 05, 1999
Augie has had a shop there for maybe 40+ years and only works on Volvos. I have a 1978 Volvo station wagon (245DL) that has 145,000 miles on it. I lived in that area for 2 1/2 years from (1995-1997) and now still go from Boston down there sometimes when something is not right with the car. I have had so many experiences where something is not right with "Old Red" and a mechanic fixes it, then something else breaks and $600 later, the car is in worse shape than when it was taken in. (I think we have every receipt for every repair ever done on it!) At one point this happened, and Augie fixed the car in a few hours for about $100 and told me to go back to the other guy, say certain things and get all my money back. It worked! His prices are really reasonable and he is great at doing what is necessary to keep the car running at the lowest price. The only bad thing is that every Volvo owner around there knows about him (tons of Yalies have Volvos), so you have to make an appointment way ahead of time. I am curious to see what Augie says about all the rattles and loose parts after a year of driving through the streets of Boston and Cambridge and having to slam on brakes for these drivers who do not understand the concept of turn signals or red lights. My car does sound like at any moment all the walls will fall outward and I will be trucking along with the seat and the motor like the Flinstones. I have never seen so many people cut out into the street from a spot without looking or turn left on red (typically from the center lane instead of the left lane) My god! I figure if my car had made it through 22 years, my family as we grew up, and now the challenge of driving in the Boston area... it will last forever! Let's keep our fingers crossed! If not, I will be calling you guys up for advice. I love your show! If you ever do a special on Volvos, please call me. I have some great stories of my car which has been through that you guys would have a ball with... the time it was slammed in the back by a drunk guy going 85 miles an hour on the highway (result- no injuries to my dad, the car needed a new back windshield); the time my mom ran it under the back of a school bus full of highschool band kids on their way to a game (result- a lot of waiting for the police, a lot of pissed off kids and teachers, a lot of embarassment for my mom and poor sister, but no injuries and no dents); the time I hit a huge buck going 65mph in MD, north of DC, and kept driving to Philly on New Years eve (result - dead buck... poor thing, the car- gross smell for awhile and grill broken in half); and the best, the time the sunroof which my dad had installed a few years after the car was bought (what a mistake) blew out of the car while four friends and I were driving on the interstate. There are other cool things too, like my friend from grad. school having the exact same car (model and year) with the exact same crack in the dash board, except he had 350,000 miles on his car with the original transmission, and last - how I passed my MA inspection after fixing the rust myself with a fiber glass kit- never again! Could I ask you guys some advice... I always thought that if I could approach Volvo of America in the right way, I could convince them to use my car as an advertising/ marketing campaign. My family has photos of the car on the top of Pike's peak in CO, with every inch packed full taking kids and their stuff to college, at the beach, etc. etc. Of course, I want something out of this, like them to redo my entire car, not that it is quite an antique, or maybe a new Volvo. Can you brainstorm on this and help me out? Anyway, Augie is great for whoever has a Volvo in that area!
Mar 07, 2000
no "anecdoters", but plenty of pleasant experiences and excellent advice over many years and several vehicles.

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