Larry's Foreign Auto Svc Incorporated

  • 4.7 of 5 stars
29 reviews

30 Corning St, Colonie, NY 12207, us

(518) 446-0646

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They are always honest
4.9/5
They are competent
4.9/5
Their repair price is reasonable
4.3/5
They complete the work in a timely manner
4.7/5
They respond well when they screw something up
4.5/5
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
4.9/5
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
4.7/5
They are always honest
4.9/5
I would use this mechanic again
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I would recommend this mechanic to others
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They fix the problem the first time
4.8/5
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
3.7/5
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
4.2/5
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
2.9/5
May 08, 2006
Unfortunately, Larry has passed away... However, he has left his mark on his great team of mechanics and of course Steve will carry on his legacy. They are a class act from top to bottom. The only place on earth I would send my wife or daughter for a repair and not worry.
May 07, 2007
These guys are the best. They've treated my Volvo's for many years. I once brought in a 760 that would stall out on me for no reason. Sounded like fuel shortage to me and I asked the Late Larry Scher to "replace both fuel pumps" to make sure the problem was solved. He said he could do it, but it would be a "shotgun" approach. He would rather find the real problem. It was a corroded wire. Any other mechanic in the World would have gratefully replaced both fuel pumps to make a buck.
May 18, 2009
These guys are the best. In addtion to having them complete some significant repairs, I have taken my car there a few times with some very minor things that they have fixed on the spot with no charge. They have always ben honest with me, and the first time I brought my car there they explained to me that I had a "near miss, and "you saved yourself 400 dollars" because if I had driven my car "even one more day" the needed repairs would have been much more costly. what mechanic tells you that you DONT need to spend the extra money because you got it to the garage on time. I know several people who have their cars repaired at Larrys and I know of no one who has ever had a complaint. They do charge a bit more than others for hourly labor, but only slightly more and its worth it!!
May 18, 2009
My wife and I have been using Larry's since 1997 for our 1990 Acura Integra, and also for our 2003 Honda Odyssey for the last two years. They are great for large and small repairs, as well as normal service. They are a little more expensive for normal service since they don't do it as a loss leader, but you more than make it up on other work done, and on unneeded work not done.
Aug 28, 2007
WOW! I called to schedule work before moving to California and they couldn't get me in, so they spent ten minutes giving me advice on what work should be done and how not to get scammed by other mechanics. They knew they weren't getting any money from me, and I still got exemplary customer service!!! It's rare to find someone who would take that kind of time to help out a total stranger with no apparent payoff, which is why I'm here telling you all that they deserve all the business they get.
Aug 22, 2008
Excellent Job! After having taken my car for Air Conditioning repair to 2 dealers who gave different answers (one estimating the cost of repair up to $3744, the other could diagnose the problem, but couldnt figure out how to fix- both had 'experienced' mechanics from the Toyota or Lexus dealer working on them), I went to cartalk.com & found Larry's Foriegn Auto for a 2nd opinion. He was booked, so it took a week to get in but worth the wait. After an extensive examination, Steve believed the likely culprit was a pressure sensor/switch that only costs $110 for the part. It was worth a try to save $3500! Well, he tried it and afterward gave it extensive pressure testing to be sure. The operation was a success!! Even with the labor, and paying a rental car (Larry's auto does not give rentals), I still saved over $3000!! Larry went to extensive lenghths to explain the problem to me, and even a second follow up call to explain the tests he ran afterward to ensure a quality repair after the dealer incorrectly theorized Larry's fix would likely not last more than a few days (Over a week and blowing air colder than ever-I guess nothing succeeds like success). I am nominating Steve at Larry's for the golden wrench for saving me so much.
May 18, 2009
The guys at Larry's are great. They always take the time to explain what's wrong with my car, whether it actually needs to be fixed, and to answer any questions I may have. I even called them up once when I was out of town and thought that I was being overcharged for an emergency repair recommended by another mechanic, and their advice ended up saving me over $200! I really appreciate that level of service. They also test-drive the vehicles they service, which Click and Clack recently cited as one of the best ways to determine the health of a car, and diagnose any symptoms reported by a customer. The only thing which is not so convenient about their shop is that they are often quite busy and it can take a few days to get an appointment for regular stuff - snow tire changeovers, oil changes, etc. If you call in advance, you're fine. But if you're headed out of town the next day and you suddenly remember you need service, you might not be able to get in. They're honest about it, though, and will tell you what their next available time is. Everyone at this shop has a really good attitude, and I always feel comfortable there. I highly recommend them!
Jul 29, 2009
I can't say enough good things about Larry's Foreign Auto. Steve and his crew are consummate professionals who treat their customers with compassion and respect. I found Larry's through these mechanic files 3 years ago and would never, ever, take my car anywhere else. Steve makes an effort to have customers understand the problem and offers honest advice on the best/least expensive fix. While I was in grad school, he advised me to put off a non-crucial repair until I could afford it. These guys do fantastic work for fair prices. Having Larry's is just another reason for me to be Honda-loyal. I've turned several other friends onto this shop, and they all feel the same.
Aug 05, 2010
There is a reason why these guys have a cult following. I have never met a shop that is so honest, competent, and nice to customers. Even though I know nothing about cars, Steve is always so patient about explaining things to me. Not only are they good at diagnosing problems and making repairs, but they are also great about telling you when something does not need to be fixed to avoid unnecessary repairs. I recommend this place to everyone, and I will never go anywhere else! The only negative things are that they don't offer shuttle service and that it can be difficult to get them on the phone, because Steve is so busy chatting with customers in the waiting area. However, they are pretty good about returning phone calls, and I'd rather get their full attention when I'm in the shop than prompt phone answering service.

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