ABJ Auto Repair

  • 4.5 of 5 stars
29 reviews

91 Marshall Street, Somerville, MA 02145, us

(617) 625-6632

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Hours
 
Specialties
Specializes in Air Conditioning work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Transmission work
Loaners
No
Notes
 
They are always honest
4.7/5
They are competent
4.5/5
Their repair price is reasonable
4.4/5
They complete the work in a timely manner
4.3/5
They respond well when they screw something up
4.1/5
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
4.4/5
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
4.3/5
They are always honest
4.7/5
I would use this mechanic again
5.0/5
I would recommend this mechanic to others
5.0/5
They fix the problem the first time
4.2/5
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
3.9/5
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
4.6/5
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
3.7/5
Jan 23, 2004
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Al and his guys are phenomenal. ABJ was "handed down" to me by a family friend to whom it was also handed down. Their work is excellent, and there's always an effort made to get things done at a reasonable, fair price. And Al himself sets a wonderful tone at the place; it's always comfortable, and the workers are helpful and respectful. I recommend ABJ to anyone.
Jan 23, 2004
Al and his guys are phenomenal. ABJ was "handed down" to me by a family friend to whom it was also handed down. Their work is excellent, and there's always an effort made to get things done at a reasonable, fair price. And Al himself sets a wonderful tone at the place; it's always comfortable, and the workers are helpful and respectful. I recommend ABJ to anyone.
Jan 23, 2004
They replaced my rear brakes (incl. new rotors) for $220, which was more than $300 less than what I was quoted at nearby Mike's Auto. They appear to have the best prices on parts by far in the area. Their labor rate ($48/hour) is also low, but I have to say that it gets cancelled out by what appears to be inflated hours on my bill. The brake job took 2.5 hours to complete according to the bill, but I have never had anyone charge me for more than 1.5 hours of labor for new brakes on this car. Despite this, their total price ended up being cheaper than anyone else's -- due to their extremely low parts prices. So..I would recommend them highly for any repair involving expensive parts, but possibly not for labor-intensive jobs. Open until 7:00 pm and free shuttle service.
Jan 14, 2005
I will live & die by these guys from now on -- they worked on my SAAB for a windshield washer fluid motor and the 'older version clutch' for a 1994 900S. Dealt with Mike specifically (super guy!) and Al (owner) was in the office and was great to chat with. The shop is something out of Oscar's Can on Sesame Street but its all a part of the charm and the atmosphere. Friends seemed to drop by nonchalantly to say 'Hello' and the rapport with their customers was equally disarming. Price was, eh, competitive but they got the job done, no excuses, and all while I watched Mike do his magic. Look no further, SAAB, VW, Volvo, Honda (Japanese Cars in general) owners ABJ Foreign Auto are your guys in Somerville! --DF
Mar 12, 2005
I got a free 87 mazda from a friend and they patched it up exceedingly well. A new clutch for a much better price than you would find elsewhere. When one of their repairs failed (small door weld), they happily fixed it at no charge. ABJ will be my mechanic for the rest of my car's life. A wonderful family owned atmosphere, compellingly honest, and very competent mechanics that have been working there for many years. They are a little far from the T, but they offer rides while they are fixing your car. I am very happy with their work. -Tom
Jul 06, 2005
ABJ was able to schedule me with less than one week's notice. They did a pretty thorough job checking out my 1997 Saab 900SE to check for current and upcoming issues. Al kept me informed of the work they wanted to do and why. He didn't pressure me to do the repairs for the upcoming issues - but even offered to sell me a part at his lower cost so another shop could repair (I'm moving out of state) - and I could return it via mail for a refund if I didn't need it. Altogether a good experience as a first- time customer.
Jan 28, 2006
My first experience with Al was when I decided to get a second opinion on the repair of my Saab's direct ignition control module. I had priced the part on the internet and figured that the Herb Chambers outlet was charging an exorbitant amount. Al quoted me a very good price and offered to pay if I towed the car out of Herb Chambers' lot to his shop. I have to say that the expression on the HC guy's face was excellent, as he assumed with a disabled car, I was not in a position to negotiate. I have been back to Al ever since, and their work is better priced - and more honestly priced - than others in the area. I give their contact info: 91 Marshall Street - Somerville, MA. 617-776-2978 to every foreign car owner I meet.
Mar 23, 2006
ABJ is paying the price of success. For years, they've been much better than anyone expects of a mechanic. They are truly nice people who deeply care about their customers; if you don't have too much money and need something expensive, they feel bad about having to break the news, instead of thinking about how much money they're going to make. The problem is, no-one can be that perfect forever. They are mobbed by customers, appointments can take several days or more to come by, and major work can take days longer than they think it will, because they just get too busy. Their top mechanics are great, but the junior folks they've hired in can't match the standard of excellence. This is not like going to a porsche dealer where the customer is always right even if they are an obnoxious moron; this is like having your brother or your dad (or your mom or your wife) doing the work. It's great, cause they care about you and about doing things right, but it's tough, because you can't just treat them like someone who is there to serve you, even though, as a service business, they are in fact there to serve you. It's great and homey, until they mess something up when you needed them not to, then it's kinda rough. They know Saabs inside out and backwards; if you have a Saab, you almost certainly want them to work on it. They can handle SUV four-wheel-drive problems, and are very good at Hondas, and probably BMW and Mercedes (though I don't know for sure). I'm not sure I've ever seen another shop that is so considerate of women. If you're a type A, get it done now, get it done right kind of person, though, find someplace else.
Nov 06, 2011
May 08, 2006
I love these guys, but I agree with the advice that they may not be the best place if you're type "A". If you can pay 2-3 times the cost to have you car fixed at NTB by probably less competent people, they'll more likely be organized and on-time. ABJ, on the other hand, will do what they say, for a fair price, and won't gouge you on the parts cost.

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