AA Compact Auto Repair

  • 4.5 of 5 stars
25 reviews

801 North College Avenue - # A, Columbia, MO 65201, us

(573) 875-8502


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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)
Jun 16, 2010
My '93 Nissan Altima had a rough idle at traffic lights, so I took it to a local Nissan dealer. Their diagnosis was a problem in distributors and it would cost me around $700. No way! I found "AA Compact" from the Car Talk website and ask for change of distributors in my car. Dutch, the owner of AA Compact, called me up and told me that my Altima still had rough idle after the distributor change. He said he continued to search for the problem. I was worred because my car was not still working and angry at the Nissan dealer for the wrong diagnosis. A few hours later, he called me again and delivered a good news: My engine had a worn-out wiring and it ran great now. Furthermore, he didn't charge much for this work (around $50). He probably spend at least a couple of hours for just finding the problem. I still had to pay for the distributor, but I learned my lesson. I'm not going to the Nissan dealer in town, and I will go to Dutch whenever I have problems in my cars.
Sep 15, 2004
With a name like Lothar, what more could you want? My wife and I have been taking all our cars to Dutch, me since 1985, and she since about 1990, when she finally got sick of the Pontiac dealer when they failed to find a sticking choke but instead claimed the car had the wrong spark plugs in it and changed them for a steep price (car was still busted). We have sent so many customers to Compact Auto that we now have to wait 2-3 days to get in sometimes! (note to self: time to quit recommending) Dutch has had many opportunities to fix whatever he thought needed fixing and is good at sticking to what is really needed. He is a walking encyclopedia of car data and knows what will break next and how long till it breaks. I think he is a workaholic. What's not to like?
May 11, 2005
I don't even like to think about what I will do when Dutch retires. He's been my mechanic for at least ten years and has eliminated from my life all those single-female worries about sleazy, creepy, deceptive car mechanics that prey on you when you are most vulnerable (i.e. carless). Dutch and his crew continue to do a great job keeping my old Toyota running, and they are pleasure to do business with. Long live Lothar!
Sep 09, 2006
Dutch will help you find the most cost-effective approach to dealing with your car issues. When my transmission went out he printed off recall information for me to take to the dealer to get it repaired free. He treats all customers with respect, and is much liked by those groups often taken advantage of - students and single women.
Sep 28, 2006
I've been taking my 1988 Toyota Corolla for about 6 years. Dutch is very knowleadgeble and honest and he clearly explains what is needed and what is not (for this old car, used only within town, expensive things can go unrepaired until the car goes bust...). I like him and believe him.
Dec 28, 2007
AA Compact Auto is honest, fair and helpful. Dutch has looked after my '94 Accord with 200,000+ miles on it for over five years now. I'm not only a female that knows little about cars, but I am a student and have never felt cheated or let down regarding service or prices. If I ever depart from Columbia, I will truly miss AA Compact Auto.
Apr 01, 2008
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They have a former Subaru mechanic working in the shop who's taken great care of my older Subaru for many years. Highly recommend them.
Jun 06, 2008
Dutch is a good guy. Solid character. Not trying to screw any body. I would feel comfortable sending my grandma in their alone. The only possible complaint is that he does what seems to be a standard mark up on parts of about 30%. In other words I will call around for parts and get a price for a part that is $20 when he charges for that part it will be $26. But good luck finding a trustworthy machanic that backs up their work and doesn't mark up parts.
Jun 12, 2008
Dutch absolutely knows his stuff, is competitively priced and gits 'er done. What else is there?
Jun 16, 2010
-Dutch is great!!!! This is a family business with good honest folks. I would send my grandma in their by herself and trust these folks to take care of her. -They do mark up prices on their cost for parts, but this is a standard 25-30% that just about every mechanic will do. -They do not look for extra things to fix, but if something else is wrong that they notice, they let you know and help you make an educated decision as to when it will need to be fixed. -This place is no frills, but high quality service. -It is not the cheapest place in town, but they will work with you to the extent that they are able. - A battery costs about $100 dollars, but it will last you because you are getting quality product for the price. -I have never had a repair that they did go bad but if anything they did was faulty I have no doubts they would make it right.

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