J & S Automotive

  • 4.4 of 5 stars
7 reviews

8446 16th Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425, us

(952) 854-0985


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Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Happily gives binding estimates
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
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 21, 1998
Jon has taken time to help me understand what it is that caused the problem. He is the proprietor and the only mechanic on duty so appointments are hard to get but the work is always done in a timely and acceptable manner. Jon was a factory driver for volkswagen so he knows the cars extremely well. His shop rate is lower than most but his knowledge and abilities are astronomical. He also knows a great deal about modifications and racing and performance setups but he mostly does common repairs. I am a student and Jon understands this. He has consistently treated me well and fairly. Never once have I felt that he has made any unnecessary repairs. He also repairs other shops work.
May 24, 2000
John's garage goes by two names: "J&S Automotive" and "Kaulbars Motorsports". He is a former mechanic for VW Motorsport and really, really knows Vdubs. Many members of our water-cooled VW club, Volksport, use John's services. He has modded my engine and suspension, diagnosed every squeek and rattle, and performed the usual service. The thing is, he often works by appointment, so it may not be suitable for all fixes.
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
May 28, 2009
John Kaulbars has been working on my 10+-year-old VWs and Audis for over ten years. He's the reason I still drive German cars! Top-notch service, real parts (used when possible), very reasonable prices, and has always treated me (a woman) totally respectfully and discussed repairs with me. He also helped me find a used VW to buy. Does some performance modifications; he used to race VWs. Very near the Mall of America. I'd recommend him unequivocally.
May 17, 2011
John is an excellent mechanic. Ex-VW Racing guy, knows his cars inside and out. He only works on certain VW models / years, which is great, so he's not trying to be the jack of all trades and years like other shops. I have a 1997 VW Jetta, and he's done lots of work for me over the last few years; I've recommended him to other VW friends. I highly highly recommend his work!
Aug 26, 2009
I've taken my older VW to Jon a twice. He is a one man shop so sometimes he can't always look at the car the day he thinks he can if things run over on another job. That said, since he is such a reasonable priced guy, I can't see why anyone would take their car to another shop. If you want your German car to be fixed right the first time, I don't have any questions that you should take it to SCI or Good Carma or one of the other I am sure fine VW specialists in the area. But if you want it fixed right and it not to break the bank, give Jon a call.

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