Alternative Automotive

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
59 reviews

137 N Vinewood St, Oceanside-Escondido, CA 92029, us

(760) 480-0851

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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 03, 2006
Alternative Automotive is a very great resource for all our auto needs. We do not hesitate to approach Steve for help with our past Lexus, Toyota Sienna & Toyota Prius. Steve is always willing to help in a very competent and fair manner.
Jan 11, 2000
Steve and his crew are certified Toyota/Lexis Technicans and work independently on Toyota and Lexis vehicles. They are outstanding and reasonably priced (Always lower then local dealers). They only do work that is required and do not pressure customers into uneccessary work or service. Steve is "absolutely" honest and trustworthy. Steve always "tells you the way it is" and in my experience he has never been wrong. A true professional recognized by other automotive professionals who refer and recommend him to their own customers. I use and rely on my Toyota in my job as a criminal investigator and have complete confidence in Alternative Automotive, Steve Rabideau and his professional crew.
Jan 21, 2000
Steve's honesty, integrity, and work ethics are his greatest assets. He and the other members of his shop are real professionals and are extremely capable. I take my Lexus in for all of its servicing and maintenance. The work has always been more than satisfactory. I've only had to return the car one time after his shop worked on the car. With out any hesitation, Steve replaced the pump at no charge after their resealing of the original pump did not fix a leak. I know he didn't make money on that transaction, but the fact that he backed up his work at his expense proved to me he was the type of mechanic I could trust and want to continue to do business with. Vic Vizcarra Highly Satisfied Customer
Jan 22, 2000
Had my doughts about any mechanic being honest and fair, but I have been very happy and satisfied with thier work and thier service.They actually pride themselves on being sure the customer stays happy. I believe I found a shop that I will give return business to. Eric Winkler.
Jan 24, 2000
When I found Steve and Alternative Automotive I was getting ripped off by the dealership and other shops. Steve is a former Toyota worker and knows his cars inside and out. He set a fair price and did great work on time and showed me everything. I've been going to him for 3 years now and think so much of him that my next car will be a Toyota too.
Jan 25, 2000
Steve exhibits a very professional demeanor. He has an air of quiet confidence about him. He has excellent oral communication skills. He is also appears to be extremely technically competent. This combination of traits and skills give him great credibility in the accuracy of his diagnosis of a problem and his proposal to address it. I highly reccommend him!
Feb 29, 2000
I really trust and recommend to all who own Lexus's.
Mar 02, 2000
I have a background as a certified Diesel/Turbine mechanic, so automotive work is no stranger to me. The mechanics at Alternative Automotive repaired a problem with my truck that had been living with(on) me for 3 years. Other shops (including Toyota of Poway) had mis-diagnosed the problem.......many times...and kept charging $$$ and still not repairing the problem. A realistic estimate for the solution was presented, and the functioning vehicle was received within the time frame quoted. My truck ran like it never had before....(It was great).... These guys even installed an air-conditioning kit "while they were in there". The cost was reasonable, and the truck now is the most reliable vehicle I own. (by the way, did I forget to mention that the AC system that they installed was a collection of most of the right components...with a lot missing) The bottom line is this, I'm very happy with the way the problem was approached and solved. I switched from my previous mechanic of 17 years. These mechanics completely explain the problems observed and the proposed solution. They actually listened when I presented the problem. Sincerely, Jeffrey H. Lewis President Display Graphics
Nov 07, 2011
Mar 16, 2000
called the shop to see if i could leave a message explaining the work i wanted done next week and to my surprise steve the owner answered the phone. my request for work was taken, the price figured and the work scheduled. the amazing part of this story was that this phone call was made at 8:30 pm at night and i still don't know if there's an answering machine or service on the phone. this shop was referred to me by a fellow employee i work with when my clutch went out and i would recomend to anyone and already have. in my line of work, you usually don't recomend anyone to anybody. that's just the way it is, but this automotive shop did a very high dollar item to get my truck back in service. the price given, was accurate before work was started, it was done when scheduled to be done and the work was done correctely. no hidden costs and no return visits to have the same problem looked at or further repaired. I'm critical of mechanics and have been burned before but am very happy with the service i've received and am now a regular customer and a satisfied one. I hope this garage will continue to service my vehical as they've done in the past so i can remain a loyal customer. PJ

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