South Side Import Auto Service

  • 4.7 of 5 stars
12 reviews

804 Maiden Ln, Iowa City, IA 52240, us

(319) 338-3554


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Specializes in Air Conditioning work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Transmission 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)
Nov 06, 2011
Nov 06, 2011
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Jan 11, 2002
I took my 96 Subaru Outback to Jon/John after several month of intermitten starting problems. I had figure out the starter was in less then optimum shape and wanted him to take a look. He got me in the day after I called, got the parts, and replaced my starter that afternoon. Very polite and knowledgable, honest opinions, very fair cost, knows his imports. Would take my car there again if (God- forbade) it has problems again.
May 04, 2005
Great guy. Very honest. He works alone, and he's a bit of a character--though I mean that in the nicest way. He does things his own way and keeps the hours he likes to keep. That can be inconvenient for some, I suppose. On the other hand, he'll take the time to explain things thoroughly. My girlfriend used to take her car there, and he treated her with respect. There are a couple things to beware of, though. The first is that he won't take a credit card unless you're willing to pay a surcharge. The second is that he's great for the straightforward, especially mechanical, jobs, but if you've got an elusive electrical gremlin in a late-model car, that sort of thing, you may want to go to the dealer. This is a back to basics type shop. Not many computers lying around.
Nov 07, 2011
Jan 07, 1998
this guy is dirt honest....if he does screw up he tells you and includes you on the solution and or ideas....this guy could take my car for a month and i would not worry one second.
Aug 12, 2003
Hey, what a great guy. Works by himself and gives the straight story on everything. I trust him with my car without question and know that I won't get screwed...ever! If you don't want starbucks' or a $100,000 showroom with dish tv but want your car fixed right, he's your man.
Nov 07, 2005
John always teaches me something about how my auto functions every time I'm in for repair or maintanence. He'll get you under the hood or car to get an up-close look. If he's unsure about a solution, he's up front about it. He'll keep trying and figure it out.
Dec 29, 2009
I was lucky enough to find John by just going through the phone book. I can't say enough good things about his work and my experiences. Between his very fair pricing and his honest assessments of the problems, he's easily saved me more than $1,000 in the last few years in repair costs I would have racked up elsewhere. John is a thorough diagnostician and honest to a fault... none of this "Well, I fixed X but your real problem is Y," stuff. Let me put it this way: If my broker was as good as John, I would have retired last year.
Aug 13, 2006
Great little shop that has parts all over...and I mean all over. Like on the desk...on top of a box,etc...but don't let it fool 'ya...he knows where it all is...really! Dead cold honest....last of the single mechanics who loves to work alone.Great guy....

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