Vimar Auto Repair

  • 4.4 of 5 stars
8 reviews

3501 Forsyth Rd, Winter Park, FL 32792, us

(407) 678-1929

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Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
Specializes in Radiator work
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)
May 11, 2004
The owner of Vimar Auto Repair, Sammy Zinou, has been repairing my cars since 1995. He kept my Toyota Wagon in excellent condition for almost eight years. This car never failed me, because Sammy and his team made sure it was safe and reliable. The woman I sold it to loves it. I wish I hadn't sold it. Sammy took excellent care of my Lincoln Mark VII until I sold it too. And the guy I sold it to is still using it. Sammy took great care in restoring my 1986 Firebird too. He made it looked and drive like a new car. Sammy also does all the repairs and maintenance on my Lincoln Presidential Town Car, and my 1984 Nissan 300ZX 2+2. They look and drive like new cars. Sammy is honest, caring and a very competent professional mechanic. What impresses me is how nice he is to all his customers and how loyal they are to him. In his office hang pictures of many clients' cars with testimonial letters from them. Another thing about his talent, Sammy is so good that other car dealers and repair shops send him the ones they can't fix. He has a great reputation and real integrity. On a personal note, I have sent Sammy many customers over the years and he has never disappointed them. Susan said: "Thank you for recommending Sammy, I felt he was fair, honest and fixed my car right". One earth mother type, Gayle said: "Sammy was great and I can tell he has a good heart." One of my best friends daughters said "Sammy is the only mechanic I trust. He is always very nice and respectful with me" One photo on his wall is so unique – Sammy is sitting at a table in an Italian Restaurant with several of his customers. The caption reads: Can You Believe It? Mechanic Appreciation Night At Steffanos? The story goes on to tell how a group of very happy and loyal customers of Vimar Auto Repair gathered to celebrate their relationship with their auto mechanic. I don't know about you, but have you ever experienced that?
Sep 17, 2006
I agree with everything the previous reviewer said. I would also add that Sammy is always willing to discuss the problem with you and explain his reasons for his diagnosis. He will often suggest options about what is really important to fix and what can wait until next time. Most of all, I know I can trust him to give me the straight story. He never tries to sell me on unnecessary repairs.
Jan 04, 2008
I really don't have a single bad thing to say about Sammy. I actually went to him for the first time after searching this site for mechanics in my area; I'd had a poor experience with John Savage and was looking for someone who wouldn't promise me Friday and deliver Monday and ignore all my calls in the meantime when I was just looking for an update - and then not fix the problem. Basically, Vimar is going to be my mechanic for life (assuming I stay in the area) because I've never been treated with as much integrity and honest caring at any other place, ever. I could go on for days, but to be brief, Sammy has always been honest and upfront with me about my car troubles (and there have been many, sadly), letting me know what needs to be done and what can wait. On top of that, he's always been willing to work with me if money's a little tight, and he always makes sure I'm taken care of totally - including having one of his men drive me home (about 4 miles) when the repairs were going to take a while and I didn't have anyone to pick me up. His work is done well and often within the same day if it's not major. He's been nothing but patient with me, taking time out of his busy day to look over my clutch whenever I get neurotic about it (and believe me, I have reason to) without ever making me feel like an idiot. I've sent two of my roommates to him and made them converts, and I'll continue to send everyone I know his way because he is, in my opinion, the best.
Jan 17, 2010
If I had to describe my experience with Vimar Auto in one word it would be AMAZING. Sami is the best I have ever dealt with. I had a 740 BMW that had a problem with the A/C; I must have taken it to 5 different mechanics and paid so much money, and no one was able to figure the problem out until I took it to Sami, that is! He was able to fix it, and I ended up paying less than the dealer! That was in 2002, and he has been my mechanic ever since. I would never trust anyone else with my car. A++++
Apr 01, 2013
  • Rick Glowacki
My daughter recently moved to Winter Park. When my wife and I visited her recently we discovered that her older model Mercury Sable had a very loud front end noise. Since she was new to the area and we were visiting we needed to find a shop quickly and hopefully one that did quality work. We discovered Vimar Auto Repair through the “Car Talk” web site. We read the positive reviews from other customers and gave them a call on Friday. The owner, Sam, was very helpful and went above and beyond the call of duty to have the repairs completed to accommodate us since we were leaving town on Saturday evening and my daughter would be without transportation until her car was fixed. He completed the repairs by putting two mechanics on the job to finish on Saturday afternoon and the repair was completed for the estimated price given us on Friday. Even though we do not live there, we feel that our daughter now has a mechanic she can call on when she needs additional work on her car and we also feel comfortable knowing that she will be treated fairly and the work will be done well. Thank you Vimar Auto Repair, and thank you Sam for great service!
Mar 22, 2014
  • Goliyia
I had gone to this mechanic due to the reviews given. The level of service was there. As a matter of fact he doesn’t work on the cars, his staff of mechanics do the work and they do a good job. Now there was an altercation that leads me to believe that he was not being honest. He did work on my car and I had paid all in full after the fact. There were pieces that he mistakenly orders that weren’t correct for the vehicle and told me to drop is off anytime the following week to install the correct parts. Keep in mind I have already paid for the service and even asked if there are any other charges involved in coming bk to get it install. The answer he gave me was no. I was like great. So I bring car in knowing that the right parts arrived. After the parts were installed and I was ready to go, he went ahead, as if I wasn’t aware, to charge me extra for the right parts. I told him how this could have happened when we just CLEARLY talked about addition cost that would have added on. Since I have already paid for the full service including the incorrect parts, by the way I must add that wasn’t not my doing, to be blindsided on having the correct parts. At that point my respect and my thought of ever coming bk here is out the door. I could be wrong, but I am certainly not stupid when someone is pulling a wool over my eyes--- as if. Good luck.
Aug 25, 2014
  • Smooth Dog
The owner of Vimar Auto Repair, Sammy, has been fixing my cars since 1996. Over the years he has fixed my Toyota’s, Lincoln’s, Honda’s, Pontiac Firebird, and Nissan 300 ZX, and in each situation the repairs we done right, within budget, and on time. I spent part of my early life working on cars in repair shops and car dealerships, so I know the business and understand how hard it is and to do it right. Dollar for dollar, and pound for pound, Sammy and the crew at Vimar are the best in the business. Frank
Sep 09, 2020
  • Smooth Dog
Great experience. Last week we drove our beloved Bruno, the Hot Rod Lincoln, through a bad Florida thunderstorm and it developed a loud squeaking under the hood that sounded awful. Since we were out of town, (over an hour away) we stopped at a dealer and they said it was the water pump AND alternator AND maybe the air conditioner compressor. They said it would cost over $4,000.00, and would I like to arrange for a rental or trade it in? And this guy said it with a straight face! I thanked him and went to our next stop. Well, we had a dinner meeting that lasted three hours and when we came out and started the car, the noise was just about gone. The next day I dropped it off at Vimar Auto Repair. They analyzed the situation and said it would be wise to replace the fan belt. The whole repair cost under seventy-five dollars. That was three months ago and the car is still running great! The good people at Vimar Auto Repair and honest, reliable, and very fair. They always treat us great. We trust Vimar Auto Repair.

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