Andy and George's Garage

  • 4.1 of 5 stars
6 reviews

541 W 90th St, Bloomington, MN 55420, us

(952) 884-4675


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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)
Sep 14, 2001
I have had my automobiles serviced at Andy and George's for about 20 years. The very first time I took a vehicle there, I was impressed with how Andy would listen to my explanation of a problem or work needing to be done. He never was impatient and would discuss alternatives and costs. I don't often see or speak with Andy anymore as I think he is semi-retired. I will say that it's best to get a written estimate up front and don't be afraid to ask if there will be any additional charges added to your bill (like shop rags, disposal fees, etc). Also don't assume that you can save money by having more than one thing done on a system (e.g. replacing the radiator hoses and thermostat and installing a frost plug heater). They will charge the book labor time for each. If you ask for a discount up front you are more likely to get it. I believe that Andy and George's has good mechanics, will charge reasonable prices and will stand behind their work. But also, an assertive automobile owner will do better at this or any other shop. Neil
Jan 31, 2002
They run a good shop and work hard to please their customers. I'm comfortable buying five year old used cars knowing Andy and Georges will give a good assessment before I buy and take care of the car for a fair price if anything's wrong. Before I bought my '95 Taurus wagon they looked it over and said it's a decent car, but it might need a radiator soon. I decided to just keep an eye on it, and after about a year it decided to puke the morning I was to leave on a 400 mile drive to a friend's wedding. They squeezed me in that morning and I was on my way. Andy and Georges saved me about $300 over the dealer on the 60,000 mile scheduled maintanance on our Subaru. If they don't get something right the first time it's only because they went after the most likely symptom - not the most expensive. For a few bucks they'll tighten a loose battery cable they find and start the car 20 times to confirm an intermittant starting problem before they'll replace the starter (and tighten the battery cable).
Jun 11, 2002
We moved here just a couple years ago and were lucky enough with our 87 Lincoln and 91 Trooper to be right around the corner form A and G's. They do great work! We blew a tire right out front on our way to a camping trip (4:45pm on a Sat.), Kevin did a great job tracking down a replacement tire at a decent price and getting us on the road in easily under an hour. AND they don't break the lug nuts on your Trooper! (You Trooper people will understand...) Also, they will always try to answer all of your questions, looking up your old files, whatever it takes.
Jan 23, 2004
Andy and George's Garage is now Smith-Nielsen Automotive; they have moved to 620 Southcross Dr, Burnsville, MN (the intersection of Southcross and Burnhaven), about 3 miles south of their original location. Their phone is 952-890- 0754. George seemed to have bought out Andy and is running the place now; he is the guy I dealt with. My MIL 96 Geo Prizm which she bought from us had slow air leaks in both front tires. Needless to say, taking it to Walmart and paying the service their $8 per tire, which is what she did first, did not help at all. I found Smith- Nielsen under its old name in Mechani-X files at this site, and made an appointment with George. When my wife and I went there, we explained the problem, and that it was likely to have been caused by steel rims damaged by corrosion. George mentioned that both plugging the leaks and getting new tires were the options (his store also sells tires), but he did not try to push the latter solution on us at all. The leaks were fixed in a couple of hours, he explained that he indeed need to polish one rim. The bill was $36 for both including the 6.5% tax - very reasonable. After two months of winter driving, the tires are holding the pressure well. George and the rest of his staff are friendly and take the time to explain the options and the costs. Highly recommended. No shuttle is provided, but this is standard for almost all smaller garages. As for public transporation, good luck finding it anywhere in the outlying Twin Cities suburbs. P.S. The webmaster/content manager should update the name and the address of this business. Thanks! P.S.
Dec 21, 2004
They checked out a car I bought off of They looked it over 2 hours after I asked them to. the assesment was fair, thourough and understandable. The original owner of the car is a woman and she said she felt very comfortable in the shop. They treated her with a high level of respect.
Nov 06, 2011

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