Mark Flynn's Garage

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
9 reviews

589 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206, us

(518) 437-0914


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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)
Jul 05, 1998
My husband and I have been going to Mark for about 5 years. He is truly a nice honest guy. On several occassions when he has noticed minor problems while working on our car, he has fixed them for free. I have sent many friends to him and they all have the same opinion of him. My upstairs neighbor had a battery go one winter. She called Mark and he came over, got her car running, told her where she could go get a good price on batteries and left without charging a dime. She wasn't even a regular customer. In fact that was the first time she'd ever met him. Mark is the only male mechanic who hasn't made me feel as though he were talking down to me. He really is a great guy. If they could award mechanic of the year I'd give it to him.
Nov 20, 2002
Mark worked well with me to explain the condition of my car and suggest alternatives that would resolve the problems and keep the cost of the repair down. I was looking to sell this car myself and wanted to make sure that it was in as good a condition as was possible for such an old car - 1989 Ford Escort. I felt that he was not talking down to me as a woman and that he was indeed honest and competent.
Mar 18, 2007
Mark always explains what the problem is and how he is going to fix it. He doesnt mess around. He doenst try to convince you that you ned to get something done to your car that isnt necessary. I highly recommend him.
Mar 28, 2007
Mark Flynn is, hands down, the best mechanic I have ever dealt with!
Jan 11, 2010
We went to Flynn Garage because of the positive recommendations that he received here on the Car Talk site. We have two cars (2002 Saturn and 2006), and Mark has worked on both. We have been very pleased, in part, because we think his service is exceptionally well priced. He is attentive and responsive and helpful. We will keep bringing our cars to him.
Jun 23, 2011
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Mark's is a very honest and friendly repair shop. Don't judge a book by its cover. Shop doesn't look like much, but that is probably why the cost isn't through the roof like so many others. If he finds a serious problem that is unsafe, he will not let you drive the vehicle off the lot. Very honest place.
Jun 06, 2012
  • Alacrity
We brought my wife's car in for a series of problems it was having. We had previously brought it somewhere else, and they had told us that the sub frame under the engine needed replacing. Mark told us that the sub frame was fine. He gave us a great estimate on the body work needed. He diagnosed the engine problems, but was uncertain as to the cause of the secondary O2 sensor fault, advising us to take it to a specialist to fix that specific problem. We'll be bringing the car back to Mark in the next few days, once the O2 problem is fixed.
Jun 09, 2012
  • rjhuntington
I don't even know Mark's hourly rate. I may have looked the first time, but after dealing with Mark Flynn for many years on numerous vehicles, I don't care what his rate is because I know the repair will be necessary, prompt, fair, competently performed and reasonably priced. Mark will not sell or install anything you do not need. He just won't do it. If Mark says you need something, you need it. If you've got a few months or a few thousand miles left on your CV joints or whatever, he'll tell you that. If something is in a dangerous condition, he'll tell you exactly why. I've never had more faith in a mechanic than I have in Mark. I found him years ago after getting screwed over by my former mechanic and I've never had the urge to look further. Mark Flynn is a godsend. I'm not kidding. I could not praise him enough. He works on every car I own and many of my family's cars too. I can't imagine going to anyone else. I would never dream of negotiating anything Mark tells me. That's how solid his craftsmanship and reputation are. Plus he's a great guy and very friendly. Treats everyone with respect. Once you find Mark Flynn the search is over.
Nov 06, 2013
  • Albany
Found Mark on this website several years ago and have been using him ever since for servicing/repairing our Saturns and Toyotas. Very honest and treats us like family. The shop looks pretty rough but it is the quality of the work that counts.

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