Linder Automotive Corporation

  • 4.8 of 5 stars
11 reviews

3118 Brentwood Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218, us

(410) 467-7129


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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)
Mar 15, 1999
Although these are not the cheapest guys in town, they are quite good and very convenient to those living in the Charles Village area or commuting downtown. They maintain pretty complete records on the customers' cars and will be forthcoming when asked questions about the repairs or the options open to customers. They are also good about calling before going ahead with repairs. Once, when I mentioned Cartalk to Rick, he made a funny face. I wasn't sure whether he doesn't like the show or thinks I'm second guessing his work (which, of course, I am). At one point I thought Linder's was a little pricy and decided to take it to a family-owned JiffyLube shop in Baynesville. Boy, did I regret that move. I've been back with Rick for quite some time now and feel good that my truck is in consistently competent hands. They are a great (and cheap) alternative to dealers.
Feb 29, 2000
Tom Linder charges book rates, of course, but doesn't try to sell work that doesn't need to be done and explains the options so that poor graduate students (which I was when I started using this shop) can make intelligent choices. Also dispenses good advice, both specific and about cars in general.
Mar 30, 2001
Found this shop on after another quoted prices that we knew were insane. They wqere honest and fair with our complete tyro daughter who is a student at Hopkins and NOT and engineer! They explained all repairs and then did the repairs promptly and reasonably. Will certainly use again.
Aug 17, 2001
I chose Linder Automotive after reading comments on Tom and Ray's site, and am very happy. I needed engine work on our 94 Voyager, and the guy at the desk (I've forgotten his name, but there seem to be two brothers, one of whom stays at the desk, plus mechanics) was exhaustive in his explanation of options. He was as honest as he could be in explaining what the situation was and what he could and couldn't do. He didn't try to talk us into anything, but when he came back with the price of a rebuilt engine ($3500) he said, in effect, "don't go there." He gave me an estimate which he ended up UNDER, which is good. The work seems to be excellent and the old Voyager is running like a two-year old, at least so far, knock wood. Partly this is luck, because the problem could have been multiple and then we would have wasted our money, but the guy warned us that this could happen. I recommend them and shall return.
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
Aug 14, 2003
I have taken my cars to Linder's for about 20 years. They were able to replace my Daddy (I am a Southern Daddy's girl) as the man I could trust with my car problems. I have been known to call them from my cell phone, describe the current vexation and Richard or Tom will tell me if I should a)stop the car there and then, b)continue home and call a tow truck, c) calm down and forget it. When we have disagreements about how to proceed with a repair, they listen to my side of the story. Just today they replaced my brake rotors for cheap because the previous repair (last month) didn't work out as planned. They are great...and a 5 minute walk from my work place.
May 04, 2005
I didn't answer the question "They respond well when they screw something up" because they have never ever screwed something up for me. They're exceedingly honest: I brought in my car with a paranoid "weird sound" problem once, and Mr. Linder drove it around and checked it for the better part of a half day and couldn't find anything wrong. I asked him what I owed him for his time, and he said I didn't owe him anything. Mr. Linder can be gruff, but in a fatherly kind of way, and only if you deserve it. Once I tried to change my own spark plugs, and because I didn't tighten one enough, it worked its way out of the engine. The contact was obliterated and exhaust was venting into my engine. Upon fixing my car, Mr. Linder pulled me aside, very carefully explained what happened, and how they fixed my mistake. Finally, he said, "Can I give you some advice? If you don't know what you're doing fixing a car, don't try and change the spark plugs." It was humbling, but I probably deserved a little honesty at that point. Most of the time they're exceedingly respectful and nice. And I trust their judgement. There have been times when I was ready to shell out plenty of money but was told by them that it wasn't necessary. Which made the other times when they definitely recommended a repair much easier to trust. And they've always fixed my car right.
May 29, 2006
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I am very satisfied with the service provided by Linder. The shop was recommended to me by a colleague when I moved to Baltimore 4 years ago. I have been a loyal customer since then. Richard explains to you all of the options you have and does not recommend a job that your car does not really need.
Apr 08, 2011
My wife and I have lived in Baltimore for close to six years, and we found about Linder's through the Car Talk website. They are incredibly reliable. Richard Linder is all about honesty. The man only cares about getting the job done right the first time at a reasonable price. He knows what he's talking about and is extremely trustworthy. I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone to take their car to his shop. You won't be disappointed.

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