B & A Foreign Car Repair Spec

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
9 reviews

301 Promenade St, Cranston, RI 02920, us

(401) 943-8771


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Specializes in Air Conditioning work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Happily gives binding estimates
Road tests vehicles when appropriate
Specializes in Transmission 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)
Jun 04, 2006
I was warned by my Hyundai Dealership Service Center on the receipt of my last unbelievably expensive post warranty re- re-repair job that- OIL LEAKING AGAIN. TELL CUSTOMER MAY NEED TO BE RESEALED. (the counter man did not verbally mention any such thing, perhaps out of shame, perhaps neglect.) That encounter with the dealership left me somewhat destitute and very, very bitter and angry. Thereafter, smoke would pour out of the hood after a few minutes drive.Friends were concerned enough to not accept a ride. I decided to just not go very far from now on until I saved up three months rent to pay for whatever it could possibly be. In the meantime the local Midas Muffler people recommended B&A Foreign Car Specialist. Then my mother(Click & Clack's most passionate and devoted fan in Buffalo, NY)mentioned this website and said people recommend things by zipcode...and there was B&A Foreign Car Specialist...and I could walk there. And they were nice. And they called me after a few hours time and said it was just overfilled with oil and oil had spilled all over the engine. They washed it off, monitored it for a while and whammo, done. Not an expensive "resealing job". Spilled oil. $20 bucks.No more deadly smoke and terror. Home by 3:30pm. Nice guys too. Go there, they're good.
Mar 14, 2002
Vladimir, Carlo, and Dimitri are such great guys and entertaining characters that I almost didn't mind when the '78 280Z wouldn't start. I'd bump-start her on College Hill and limp over to Cranston, hang out a bit, talk about ice-racing Alfas in the old country with Vladimir, sportbike racing and extreme Honda modification with Dimitri, or just visit with the dog while they got things done. Maybe not the ideal shop if you've got some computer problem or you don't like any non OEM stuff in the car but if you're like me and appreciate an old school mechanic who is friendly and just gets things running again (and most of all, totally straight with you) these are the guys. Especially recommended to college students from Providence with low cash and maybe you can make a documentary or write a short story about them to boot. They're solid.
May 28, 2006
Carlo and Vlad. are rock solid, honest, and reasonable. My family has been doing business with them for years. I have no problem recommending them to all.
May 07, 2004
Dear Tom and Ray, One day we took one of our cars (a Hyundai) to the dealer for a brake problem and they gave us the usual song and dance about what was wrong and how much it would cost to fix it (a whole bunch of money). Their story did not make sense to us (specifically it sounded like a load of hooey). So we swung by B&A and had them check the brakes out. Sure enough our original suspicion, faulty rear brake cylinders, was the culprit. So back to the dealer we went and insisted that they check those. The dealer admitted that the cylinders were leaking and replaced (as per Hyundai's much-ballyhooed 100,000 mile warranty). Which brings me to my rant: What good is a great warranty if you cannot get decent service for your vehicle? Especially since it is an admittedly cheapo car that NEEDS such a warranty. Anyway Vladimir, Carlo and the gang did their usual great job saving our bacon yet again. Kudos all around to B&A. And next time we're buying a Toyota (Tom, Ray: Please review the Scion ASAP). Keep up the great work at Cartalk Plaza. Sincerely, Nigel and Jessie
Oct 22, 2005
I have a '94 Camry V6 sedan that is a GREAT vehicle, however, general maintenance has needed to be done for over a year!!!! Due to being a female and new to the RI area, I'd been hesitant on getting it fixed; didn't know or trust any mechanics in the area; because of all the unfair practices I've run into in the past, for work that either didn't need to be done or wasn't done in its entirety; and ALWAYS paying a ridiculous amount of money. After many weeks of research and word on the street, I found B & A Foreign Auto. I dealt with one of the owners, Vladmir. He was not only thorough with his "exam" on the vehicle and diagnosed all the issues, but he actually sat down and drew pictures for me to get a better idea of what he was explaining. I have MANY things that have to be fixed and with Vladmir prioritizing my list, he'll be seeing me at his shop for the next few months until it's all completed. I HIGHLY recommend B & A Foreign Auto and they now have a customer for life.
Sep 01, 2006
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Carlo and Vladimir are always honest and never try to push unneeded services. David Como
Aug 01, 2009
Unfortunately for me but I've had to take my VW Beetle to B&A a few times. From a not so simple headlight replacement to air conditioning work. Every time I have had a pleasant experience. The Owner/Operator, Carlo, always treats me with respect and always explains the repairs needed. Now I take my car there for oil changes too, not just car repairs. I would recommend B&A to everyone.
Nov 07, 2011
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