Al's Garage

  • 4.6 of 5 stars
59 reviews

100 S Merritt Mill Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27510, us

(919) 967-3016


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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)
May 28, 1997
Al keeps a close watch on his shop, and is free with good advice, even if it reduces his ability to make money off of you. He always was concerned that we were satisfied with the work of his employees, always gave fair and reasonable estimates, and remains busy because of his reputation in town.
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 18, 1997
I don't live there any more...but Al and his staff were by far the best mechanics I've had. 2 quick anecdotes: 1. My former car, a '79 Nova, was checked out by Al before a long trip & given the seal of approval. On the trip, the brakes failed. Al replaced them for free. 2. My current car, an '87 Ford Escort (I got it from my brother for free, so I shouldn't complain), has been having all sorts of problems, and in desperation, I called Al long-distance for his opinion: that's how much I valued him.
Feb 07, 1998
Al has always been honest about needed repairs AND the cost. He has gone out of his way on several occasions to make safe repairs and try to save me money at the same time (not an easy task). Al explains everything in terms even a blonde can understand and always has a sympathetic ear. I have had several emergencies--specifically with my teenage son's car (driver's window falling out during a rain storm; a complete break down in the middle of the road)--and Al has always taken the car and made repairs promptly. In addition, the entire staff working for Al is always courteous, helpful and knowledgable. In short, Al's Garage is one of the best, most trustworthy places in town to have repairs made. And, Al is a sponsor of Cart Talk on WUNC radio. They're a great group of mechanics!
May 23, 1998
Al and his fellow mechanics are up-to-date trained and extremely competent. Al, owner of the business, is known throughout the community as honest. He is forthright in the assessment of the vehicle brought in for work to be done. The vehicle's owner is made fully knowledgeable of repairs and price before any repairs are done. Women! If you fear being ripped off and treated like a dummy because of your sex, this is a garage where you need have no fear!
Jun 06, 1998
There may be a conflict of interest here in that Al's Garage is a sponsor of the local Car Talk broadcast. But I found them to be honest and when they could not fix something, they refferred me to another mechanic and did not charge me for the diagnostic.
Oct 12, 1998
They communicate with you, no matter who you are, they are honest, they do the work you want, it usually doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and your car is ready when they say it will be. They are like clockwork. (They also sponsor the local public radio station, and NPR is usually playing on the stereo in the shop.)
May 02, 1999
Al and staff are competent and honest. They seem always ready to do the needed repairs in the most cost effective way, which may sometimes includes recommending a good used part instead of a new one.
May 27, 1999
Although Al's is really expensive (which is somewhate characteristic of all the shops in Chapel Hill), at least they complete the repairs in a timlely manner

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