Poway Import Car Specialists

  • 3.7 of 5 stars
17 reviews

13502 Pomerado Rd, San Diego, CA 92064, us

(858) 486-3206


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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)
Sep 02, 1998
This is a female owned business. Patricia, the owner, is very accomodating and thoroughly explains the repairs needed - often times with a bit of humor if the news is bad. I recently moved from the Poway area to North Park - a good half hour drive away and I will continue to take my car to Poway Import Car Specialist - NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH POWAY IMPORTS ON POWAY ROAD!!! The garage is clean - first time I've seen a clean garage - and both Patricia and Scott Wilson have gone out of their way to accomodate me and my car. Being a 1977 Volkswagen owner and a woman, I've had my share of bad service and unecessary repairs, fortunately I feel as though those days are over.
Mar 30, 2001
The staff at Poway Import car Specialist are terrific. Patricia and Scott are great prople and will treat you right. They are very honest and will always provide you with all of the available repair options. Also don't be put off by the name of the shop. They certainly will work on your Porsche if you have one, but they will do just as good a job on your Chevy or Ford and they wont make you feel like a second class citizen like some of the other high-end shops do. The repair prices are better than other shops who don't do near the quality of work that they do. And since this site doesn't list their address, they are at: 13502 Pomerado Rd., Poway (858)486-3206
Jun 17, 2004
I had several good experiences with these guys. The repairs were completed a bit ahead of their promised date/time (I had a pretty big job for them, replace timing belt, water pump, starter, oil change.) They called me within a few hours of when I dropped it off to let me know that one of my engine mounts was broken. I had no surprise when it was time to pay the bill. I had this work done about 2 months ago and my '91 Accord has a new lease on life... it's getting close to 30/mi gal on freeway driving again, no leaks, clear oil, and plenty of pep. Not bad for an older car with 155K miles. I recommend them.
May 14, 2007
I have taken my cars to Poway Import Car Specialists for years and they always take care of my car issues. Scott is very friendly and fair and takes the time to explain the situation. I'm thankful I was referred to them years ago and know you will be thankful too. Thanks Scott for your skill and helpfulness.
Aug 21, 2003
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This is a friendly, humorous, pleasant place. Clean and competent. I took my 94 Prizm there for its 60k service, a couple of years ago, including timing belt and a lot of other stuff. Expensive, but probably competitive. The mechanic commented on what a great car the Prizm is, and observed that my wife picked me up in a new VW Golf, and grinning, said he loves VW owners, because they bring him much business. I hadn't the heart to tell him how many annoying problems the Prizm had given me, while the 3 Golfs I have owned never had any problems until they were very old.
May 06, 2004
Hard to find a shop that really knows what they are doing, are able to explain whats going on, and completes work in a timely manner. Patricia is a wonderful person to deal with, and as much as I hate to spend money on my car, if I have to I would rather give it to her. Poway Import Car Specialist does all of these extremely well. Not the cheapest, but been there done that, I learn from my mistakes.
Sep 10, 2004
I took my 99 Sentra to Poway Import Car Specialists twice. The first time I had been to several other shops and no one could tell me why my car would fail to start once or twice a week. At other shops they kept my car all day and then said they couldn't fix it because they couldn't replicate the problem. As soon as I took it here and described the problem, they knew exactly what was wrong and fixed it that day. I have not had any trouble with it since. I also took my car to them to get it checked before I moved away, and they reported that all it needed was a new battery (which I already knew), rather than fixing things just to get my money before I left. They are always friendly and explain things well. I would strongly recommend them!
Aug 12, 2005
My husband, who is semi knowledgeable about cars, and I, are glad to have found smart and honest mechanics! They can figure out the problem when other shops can't, and they only fix what is really broke. My husband took in the company car, which had a problem that several other garages could not identify. One garage even said they needed to repair the engine. Then, after a brief inspection, the mechanics at Poway Import Car Specialist said the company car was out of oil. And that was all it needed. I have had similar experiences with them, where they figured out the real problem quickly, and it was cheap, and I was happily surprised with their honesty. My brother drives from the coast to bring his BMW 323i in to them, and we bring in our Toyota Sienna and Ford Explorer. We also have brought in two of these vehicles to them to get an opinion prior to purchase. I first found out about them from this website, about 5 years ago, and wanted to write my own follow-up. They are still good! Sometimes they're really busy and you have to wait a day to get in, but they have a discount w/ a car rental agency a mile away and you can drop off your car after hours.
May 08, 2006
Scott always seems to go the extra mile to get the job done. He has always been honest and treats his customers with respect. I brought one of our cars in for an oil change and some other engine work. Since the correct parts weren't in for the repair, Scott let me take my car back home and didn't expect payment until the ENTIRE job was done. Never have I heard that before! Thanks Scott!
Oct 12, 2009
The owner, Scott Wilson, is one of the best shop repair owners I have ever met and I am 77 years old. He has never done work I questioned, asked if I wished a loaner if car tied up, need arrangements for payment if charge large and heard same from people I sent there. Will not use parts from salvage yards, cheap stores and like. A real likable person who goes out of his way to make you happy and feel like you want to come back for further work. Changed all fuel lines on 86 Tropper for $90 as favor and intalled plugs on 2001 Olds Alero free when I said I could not reach one in rear. Returned car to home when A/C compressor went out and he charged it and applied dye to find leak while we used veh.

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