Elkins Park Auto Works

  • 3.3 of 5 stars
10 reviews

8100 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027, us

(215) 635-1448


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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)
Nov 04, 1998
I don't know exactly how Larry treats women, because I'm not one (I suspect he likes them). He has never screwed up in my experience. In college I took a course called "Philosophy of Science", and based on that course, I can recommend Larry. He is the most scientific mechanic I have ever met, and will not only tell you what's wrong with your car, but will also detail how he arrived at that conclusion. If he doesn't know, he says so. Sometimes he loses busines because he's too honest.
Mar 08, 2000
I've known Larry for many, many years. He comes from a long line of motor heads. It's in his family. He's a class act and doesn't cut any corners. The job is done right or he won't take the job. And he stops to explain to you what's going on, and what he did. I've never seen anybody who can dig into a problem like he can. He keeps his shop well equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, and he knows how to use them, too.
May 04, 2001
Larry is a very skilled tech who has skilled techs working for him. They employ the most current diagnostic tools, and believe me, you WILL be paying you fair share of the cost of these devices, as well as the cost for the tech to be trained to use them. HOWEVER, bear in mind, the cost for Elkins Park to work on your car, using the correct and current equipment, is about the same as having Pep Boys or some such place work on your ride. You decide who you want to work on your car, techs who depend on your business, or a chain where most shop employees will be gone in a year. In the end the cost of Larry doing a repair is reasonable, and it's MUCH less then the dealer. My only complaint is that Larry will not do a 1/2 measure, he fixes things right or not at all.
May 24, 2001
I agree with a prior reviewer: Larry is scientific in his repair methodology. Indeed, he's the Karl Popper of Saab Techs- he identifies clearly when he is presenting "conjecture" or if its a claim based on logic and evidence. He'll explain what's wrong and after the fact show you the part(s). He's a good guy, too. Yesterday he drove me to work and we chatted about the quirks of my car, and he gave me some misc. advice. Only real problem is that his shop is closed on weekends. But in the end, that is probably a good thing, since all expert Saab techs need a day or two of R&R to keep their edge during the work week. FYI: There is a SEPTA regional rail line in walking distance that can take you back and forth to Center City. Larry always has some neat junkers and classics hanging around too, which are fun to look at if you have a wait: old Benzes, Lancias, and Jags.
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May 12, 2011
Larry Weiss is one of the best mechanics I know, although he is not cheap. At times, he might be considered quite expensive. On the flip side, it is done right, done safely and done completely, cleanly and so forth. Often worth the possible 'premium' for that level of certainty.

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