Dave's Garage

  • 5.0 of 5 stars
9 reviews

911 Hastings St, Traverse City, MI 49686, us

(231) 933-0215


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Keeps track of your cars repair history for you
Reminds you when routine maintenance is needed
Has ASE certified mechanics
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)
Aug 15, 2004
My 1990 MX5 is at the age and miles that it is starting to need some tender loving care. After shopping around for (3) years for a mechanic (no Mazda dealer in town, although one just finally opened) I took her to Dave and couldn't be happier (except for the part that I have spent over $3000.00 this year, getting all of the work done that I have put off for a few year, plus cleaning up from a small flood in the car) with the quality of their work. Strongly recommend Dave's to anyone. One additional comment, keep the drain holes clean in your Miata, when it rains and the water has no where else to go, the water ends up in your foot well and shorts out the ECM.
May 31, 2001
The only garage I have ever encountered that has charged less than their original estimate for a job. They asked my name the first time I visited--and have greeted me by name ever since. They are the only mechanics my wife has ever dealt with who did not patronize her or assume she knew nothing about her car. They often beat their estimated completion dates.
Aug 02, 2001
Until last August my one and only car was a 1989 Plymouth Grand Voyager affectionately known as "The Aging Prom Queen". When the Queen started behaving strangely (transmission tugging at around 35 mph) I took her to visit Uncle Dave to see what the matter was. They duly hooked her up to the Computer and found nothing. Dave overheard the mechanic discussing the results, or lack thereof, with me and came running out of the garage screaming, "Mary, you're not going to spend any more money on that car! Are you? Promise me you won't take it to a transmission shop. Don't do it Mary. There's nothing left to fix." At this point the mechanic chimed in, "Yeah, and you know there's a lot of rattling on idle too." With a lump in my throat I asked, "Well, what do you guys recommend?" Mark, the service manager and famous Volvo-head said, "Hospice care." So the Queen is in hospice care with a heavier weight oil, and still in service for local runs, but the brunt of my soccer mom duties is now carried out by her companion, a Town and Country named "Princess." Dave and his crew take care of them both and I couldn't be happier with the service and advice I get. Plus they're just plain nice guys.
Dec 18, 2002
The owner was very fair and up-front concerning the repair of the air conditioning system on our 420 SEL. Since the car is 13 years old, it had the R-12 refrigerant and it had a leak, causing it to lose the refrigerant.When I took it in for an estimate, I was told that due to the change in the laws, the R-12 would need to be evacuated, the system retrofitted for new refrigerant and then they could check for the location of the leak. It would possibly be very expensive to repair. Due to the very good condition of the car, we decided to have the work done. The car was fixed the first time and the cost was less than the original estimate. The staff were very courteous, knowledgable and personable. I would recommend this repair facility to anyone who had a foreign car.
Sep 10, 2006
These guys are honest, friendly, communicate well & do a good job.
Sep 01, 2007
If you have an imported car, take it to dave's. They are the best and they offer a better deal than the dealership by far. All the work I have had done on my car is top notch. I never expected my car to last as long as it did and I owe it all to them. The price is not the cheapest, but if you want to spend less money and have problems soon after than by all means go for it. If you want it done right than take it to daves!
Aug 24, 2011
Called these guys whilst i was travelling (they were on your list of recommended shops) The closest Lexus dealer was 200 miles away and these guys saved my buns Thanks for the lead
Aug 03, 2014
  • SteveDII
I realized a long-held bit of whimsy a couple of years ago by acquiring an old Land Rover Discovery. Some friends, those with a special attachment to their vehicles, recommended Dave’s Garage. I couldn’t be more impressed. From the friendly greeting at the door, the common sense approach to problem diagnosis, to the final test drive, these people are the best I’ve found. There’s even a very competent Land Rover expert in house, whom I now consider to be “my mechanic”. If my Mercedes wasn't under lease, it would go there too.
Jul 09, 2015
  • cyeack
We were on vacation and had engine problems in our older car. I called, full of fear that a repair shop would take advantage of out of town people with car problems. Craig, the co-owner of Daves, was the person I contacted. We discussed the issue, and did some initial problem solving on the phone. He was booked solid, but said he would try to fit it in that day or the next. When I dropped off the car, the front desk was full of work orders and keys, so his team was very busy indeed. Of course, we were on vacation, so he drove me back to the hotel. That was great. He called later that day, and just as we had discussed, had found the problem part, replaced it, and was ready to pick me up at and bring me back to the shop. When there, the bill was very reasonable for the time spent, the two pickups, and the part. Overall this was a superb experience. I would highly recommend this shop.

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