The Auto Clinic

  • 4.4 of 5 stars
19 reviews

828 North Blvd, Forest Park, IL 60130, us

(708) 386-9222


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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)
Nov 07, 2011
May 25, 2004
I went to The Auto Clinic after reading about it here and have been very pleased with it every time. After getting an oilchange at Firestone and having been told I needed to replace several hoses, I took it to Larry for the first time. He immediately told me that there was nothing wrong with the hoses and they were trying to rip me off. I really appreciated his honesty so I've taken it back every time since, and he has always been honest and quick to finish the work.
Aug 07, 2001
I drive a 1987 Toyota Tercel liftback with an exhaust system that I created out of electrical conduit, plumbing pipe hangers and a Slim Fast can. No duct tape was used. I took out the front passenger seat some time ago so I could haul lumber for my various DIY projets. At that time I dubbed my car The Cruck due to it's truck-like abilities. I took The Cruck to The Auto Clinic when it suddenly developed poor acceleration. I was new in town and didn't know where to go, so I chose a place that got high points on the Car Talk website. Upon seeing The Cruck, Larry, the owner of the shop, asked "What's THAT here for ?". A typical reaction to The Cruck's unique visage. I was worried that it was going to cost more than The Cruck's worth to have it fixed. I know next to nothing about cars, so I am the perfect victim for a dishonest mechanic. Larry called a few hours after I dropped The Cruck off and said that it just needed to have the timing adjusted. Cost: $24. I had also asked him to give me an estimate on a new exhaust system but he said I could get a better deal on that if I just went to Car-X. An honest mechanic, reasonable prices and a good location -- what else could a guy ask? Maybe just a word of advice on how to make a catalytic converter out of a coffee can.
Nov 20, 2002
Larry has worked on my last car, a Toyota, that I had for 14 years, and my current one, a Saturn. He's very honest, doesn't do unnecessary work and usually can find time to do repairs on an emergency basis. My only complaint is that he wouldn't take my first born in exchange for some work several years ago. She's a teenager now and I don't blame him for this.
Jan 22, 2004
I know a fair amount about cars and how they work. So I'm looking to learn and understand what is wrong or how it will be fixed. I always have gone to smaller shops like this. To develop a rapport and also they know you will be back if they treat you right. I bring them my tough (diagnostic) problems and expect a fair price without trial & error repair method. I also bring them the easy stuff so they can make a buck like oil changes and wiper blades etc. That's only fair. This place great. Exactly what I was looking for when I moved - and I found them on your website. I also believe if you came in not knowing a lug nut from a egr valve they would treat you fairly.
May 27, 2004
His hours are 9-5 mon thru fri which isn't the greatest. He's a little cranky but this is more than offset by (what I percieve, at least) his integrity. Plus he holds the record for the least amount spent at a repair shop: $15. case closed.
Jul 12, 2004
Used Auto Clinic twice in 04, both times got good, reasonably priced, lightning-fast, no-BS service. They're the kind of people who encourage you to buy parts on the internet in advance so you don't have to waste money next time. Located right next to the Green Line and some nice coffee shops so getting there or hanging around isn't a trauma. I learned about them from this site and recommend them to everybody.
Jun 02, 2005
They broke the mold when they made Larry. The guy is no-nonsense. He doesn't try to sell you things you don't need, and his prices are the best I've ever seen. And he's HONEST to a fault. Get this -- the first time I went to Larry it was for an oil change (found his name on here). I brought my own oil, and he gives discounts for that. I picked the car up, paid him, and left. When I came back four months later for another oil change Larry said, "Hey, I owe you $8. When you brought your car in the last time you brought your own oil and I accidentally over-charged you." And remember, at that point, I had only been to his garage one time. How often does that happen? My car is covered under warantee with Volkswagen. But whenever anything goes awry, I go to Larry, because frankly I trust him a lot more than VW. Not to mention that this is the ONLY garage you'll ever see that has cathedral sky-lights in it.
Oct 25, 2006
The fans on my 1997 Honda CRV stopped working and the dealer quoted me at least $700 to repair it, saying both fans plus all the relays needed to be replaced. Larry said only one one fan was broken, had it repaired the same day, and charged around $225. He also replace the timing belt and water pump on the same car for a fraction of what the dealer quoted. I've refered him to friends and they've also gotten the same excellent, honest service. I'm so glad I found this guy on the CarTalk website.
Nov 07, 2011

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