Samo Wheel & Brake Service

  • 5.0 of 5 stars
6 reviews

1310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, us

(310) 452-3934


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Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
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 06, 2011
Feb 27, 2001
used them once for my ford van. they gave me quick, solid, and cheap solution/fix. great recommendation, and will use them next time! ref. by morgan auto repair, another true gem!
May 23, 2002
My last experience, my 60,000 mile Toyota was making a clunking sound when going over bumps, and the car still had it origional brakes-took it in and explained my problem. 4 hours later I was told that the brakes were still good, and they found some loose nuts in the front of the car, and they tighten them. The charge was very reasonable and that fixed my clunking noise. It was about my 8th visit and as long as I have cars I'll keep going to Samo!
Nov 06, 2011
Jul 21, 2009
Have been taking our 2 cars to Howard for years - he was recommended to me by a mechanic friend, and also independently by my other mechanic who does my engine work. (Samo Wheel and Brake mainly does wheel, suspension & frame, brake and similar work - they don't do most engine work.) I've always found him to be extremely honest and trustworthy, and his prices to be fair. On one occasion, he used a major brand of disk brake pads that turned out to be defective and broke apart several months after installation - he replaced them at no charge and with no hassles. Howard took over the shop from his dad, who is retired - they've been at this location for decades. Very highly recommended.
Mar 05, 2012
  • lauren7
I took my car to Midas in Santa Monica (despite the terrible reviews) for a standard oil change and tire rotation. While I was there, they said that I REALLY REALLY REALLY needed new braeks, but as usual I ignored them and didn't have them do anything else to my car. Then I got to thinking, it really has been a LONG time since I had my brake pads replaced, so maybe they're actually being honest. After doing some research on Yelp, I decided to go to Samo. I called for an appointment, and they could see me the day I called. I drove up and was immediately greeted by the owner, Howard, and an employee, and they took care of me right away. I told them my story, they drove my car around the block, and took the tires off. And then they told me that I did NOT need new brakes. So, Midas was trying to screw me. I chatted with Howard while the employee put my tires back on, and then I was free to go. No charge. And I was probably there only 10 minutes. It is so refreshing to find an honest, friendly mechanic. As long as I live in LA, I'll be taking my car to Howard. I can't say enough good things about my experience!

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