Sandera's Auto Works

  • 3.2 of 5 stars
5 reviews

610 L St, Fortuna, CA 95540, us

(707) 725-6321


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Reminds you when routine maintenance is needed
Has ASE certified mechanics
Guarantees all work for at least 1 month or 1000 miles
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 20, 2007
Always easy to quickly to get my car in and taken care of...very thoughtful about how quickly you need your car working again. VERY pleasent and knowledgeable help at the front counter and on the phone (Steve). Never had to go back again for the same problem. They have worked on my transmission, brakes, engine, exhaust system, AC and drive train...all with excellent results! Very Capable and Honest
Apr 17, 2011
My timing belt was VERY overdue & I had gone in to do some minor maintenance, & when I mentioned it was more than a few miles past the suggested time, they ever so gently but firmly got me to leave the car overnight (yes, that's all it took to even get the part from out of the area & at a discount) & shuttled me to the 10 miles to a friend's house. When I got the 'all done' call, they mentioned that the old belt was soaked in oil from a leak, & that it was a good thing I had left the car!!
Feb 27, 2015
  • melrose
After my volvo broke down in fortuna with a bad differential i had it towed to Sanderas which had pretty good reviews (mistake). They took a week and replaced the wrong part causing my car to break down again. I had another mechanic check it out and he told me they had installed the wrong part all the while overcharging for labor and taking forever. I was finally able to get my car back in to the sanders thinking they would fix the problem they caused but they told me they were going to charge me for for the labor to install the wrong part plus the labor to replace it with the right part. This took another week. On top of all this they were pretty rude about everything and I just felt like i was getting jerked around and taken advantage of.
Jul 28, 2015
  • wanderer44
During the 22 years I have lived in Southern Humboldt County I have always owned 2 or 3 vehicles over 15 years old. As a result I have had a lot of experience with automobile repair shops in Northwest California. The worst repair shop I have ever used is Sandera’s in Fortuna. In my opinion a one star rating for Sandera’s is too high. The services they have provided to me have fallen short in the following ways: 1. Sloppy work. 2. Requested work not accomplished. 3. High prices. 4. Failure to make a good faith effort to resolve my complaints. 5. Refusal to take my complaints seriously. 6. Unusually unpleasant personal interactions with Sandera’s co-owners and staff. I have gone to Sandera’s three times in the last five years for problems with air conditioning in my vehicles. My first interaction with Sandera’s resulted in adequate servicing of the AC in my sedan, but was marred by collateral damage. My radio antenna was severed. In my second encounter with Sandera’s I brought in my van that has both a front and a rear AC fan. Both fans were running intermittently. I paid Sandera’s for repair and servicing of my van’s AC system, but they failed to resolve the problem of the intermittent operation of the two fans. It turned out that both fans had faulty grounds. This ground problem was either overlooked by Sandera’s or beyond their electrical expertise. My last encounter with Sandera’s was the worst and resulted in my deciding never to use Sandera’s for AC repair and servicing again. Sandera’s was asked to convert the air conditioner and put it in good working condition in a used sedan I had recently purchased. They said that the sedan’s AC could not be converted; replaced one part with a part from my previous, nearly identical, sedan; and refilled the AC with R-12 coolant. They charged me $465.89 for their work. The sedan’s AC worked on the way home to Southern Humboldt from Fortuna and never worked again. I took the sedan to a local repair shop in Southern Humboldt and found out that the AC system had a leak that allowed all of the new coolant to leak out. I complained to Sandera’s staff and one of the co-owners and was essentially hard-nosed. The co-owner I interacted with accused me of being angry. I was merely being firm, a technique I had learned in 25 years of service as a U. S. Government contracting officer. It is best to thoroughly work out your position ahead of time and consistently maintain it through initial discussions. I was told that the sedan’s AC was working when it left their shop and that was the end of their responsibility. They claimed that they had found out, at their expense, that the sedan’s AC system had a leak that allowed all the new coolant to leak out. Of course this information only duplicated information I already had. They made no effort to discover the source of the leak. At this point I made an offer to pay for all parts required to repair the sedan’s AC, if they would pick up the labor costs. They never made a counteroffer and told me I could pick up the sedan whenever I wanted to. I asked to have the other co-owner call me to talk about the problem and he never returned my call. My interaction with Sandera’s owners and staff was unusually unpleasant. I later found out that Sandera’s contention that the AC in my sedan could not be converted was inaccurate. I took the sedan to a repair shop in Eureka and they converted and serviced the AC in a couple of hours. The Eureka repair shop charged me $252.84 or a little over half of what Sandera’s charged me for servicing the A/C without converting it.
Jun 16, 2019
  • lliphillips4_153375
I always take my car here whenever I am in town. They are the greatest! I never have to worry about anything going wrong and it gives me such great peace of mind that I can trust them to just take care of my Jeep and get me back on the road!

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