Denny's Automotive

  • 4.4 of 5 stars
7 reviews

116 S Borne Ave, Ames, IA 50010, us

(515) 233-4000


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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 07, 2011
Jan 18, 1999
My family has been bringing cars to Denny for fifteen or twenty years now, for everything from vetting out a used car we were thinking of buying to dealing with a decrepit Pinto that my brother made the mistake of owning. He has always been great about explaining how serious a noise or problem is--which ones we could put off fixing for a while if we wanted, and which needed immediate attention. And he's equally good with imports, domestic cars, junkers, and beauties. I've moved away from the Midwest now and can no longer bring my car to Denny's (my parents still bring him their business in Ames, though). Every time I get burned by a bad mechanic elsewhere, I sigh and wish that I could find another Denny. He's the measure of all mechanics, as far as I'm concerned!
Aug 08, 2004
Dec 06, 2005
The staff at Denny's are good people. Thoroughly honest, open-minded, interested in doing a good job. and easy to talk to. It's a pleasure doing business with them.
Jun 30, 2007
I lived in Ames for 13 years & I have never found as good a place to fix & service my cars. They were reasonably priced, honest & very nice. I miss them!
Aug 30, 2007
Nothing interesting. We started using Denny's some years ago after our own mechanic retired to travel on his motorcycle (with his good lady wife occupying the little side car thing). He recommended Denny's. Denny and his wife sold the shop a year or so ago and we were a little nervous, as the new owner is not, himself, a mechanic, though Denny's son does still work at the shop. The son is a BMW enthusiast. Denny had several vintage cars--Chevys mostly, as I recall. They've passed the test, and have even been accepting of our new Subaru (we've always driven Pontiacs as my dad is a retired auto mechanic/Pontiac-Buick dealer in Great Barrington, Mass.) The Dempsey boys (we're in Great Barrington, Mass. here, not in Ames, Iowa) always claimed to "treat you right," and Denny's in Ames, Iowa is, as they say here, "pretty darned good."
Dec 29, 2013
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They did a really great job fixing automatic transmission and found a leaking master cylinder. Replaced master cylinder and said I needed a $600 to $1,000 brake job. My brake pedal went almost to the floor when driving home. I went to my mechanic for a brake job. I was told I did NOT need a brake job and he charged me $50 dollars to bleed the brakes. The transmission still works great.

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