178 John Street South, Hamilton, ON, L8N 2C6

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31 Years of Downtown Auto Specialist

Providing professional & premium auto services since 1990

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At Downtown Auto Specialists our certified mechanics offer a wide range of auto repair and services to ensure your vehicle is in top working order. Our technicians are certified to perform factory required maintenance, to keep your warranty valid.

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Our Customer Reviews

My wife and I have been bringing our vehicles here for a few years now, and have always had great experiences. The guys here are a pleasure to deal with. Prices are fair, and the work quality has always been excellent. Detailed diagnostic reports (with photographs) let you see exactly what work needs to be done. Highly recommended.

Brandon Blackmore Jul 7, 2021

Professional and honest!

Kira McDermid Jun 6, 2021

The best!

Kimberly C Jun 6, 2021

Mike was very easy to talk to and explained the detailed report. Super impressed with their quality, speed and price of work done.

Bradford Nowak May 5, 2021

They went over the top and above to help me out with my issues and amazing customer service… very personable!

Mike Blumke May 5, 2021

Great honest friendly 👌 service, awesome experience 👏

Alxndr Baln Apr 4, 2021

Always the best service, and prices. Very knowledgable staff. Mike has been in business for many years and can diagnose any problem that you are having with your vehicle. He has serviced all my vehicles .

william rielly Apr 4, 2021

I had the pleasure of using this company for some recent repairs on my vehicle, they were so so friendly and professional. I love that they send a full rundown of your vehicle right to your phone with suggestions of what can use a tune up, what's functioning appropriately and what should get immediate attention. They were quick, thorough and very accommodating! Overall great experience, I'll be a repeat customer for sure. Thank you!

Lauren Davis Mar 3, 2021

I am extremely impressed with the high level of courtesy and professionalism I experienced at Downtown Auto. My car and I were in a difficult jam, and these gentlemen helped out enormously. This was my first time at Downtown Auto but I will be returning.

David T Mar 3, 2021

Many of the auto industry charges are very costly and opaque (because most people don’t know cars very much, many shops will let you change something you don’t need), but this shop is very friendly and fair the price is very transparent, they are even free Polished the damaged area. They will generate very detailed reports, very patiently tell you why these things need to be replaced and how they work, and let you make your own decisions. Very honest business!!

Zg G Feb 2, 2021

Excellent service at the Downtown Auto Specialist shop, they fixed up my 9 year old car for a fair price and now it’s like a new one. Forget about other car mechanics. You got a car problem? you come to see Downtown Auto Specialist as they’ll handle everything with good customer and car service. See you guys again for the next maintenance service!

Stiven tang Dec 12, 2020

The team at Downtown Auto Specialist are such gems. They are lovely, fair, kind and considerate gentlemen. More importantly, they are highly experienced automotive mechanics and provide detailed explanations of automotive work given & needed. They have always provided top-notch care to my vehicle & excellent service. I highly recommend them for all automotive needs. Thank you, for your service and peace of mind!

S J Dec 12, 2020

Super great honest awesome folks

Donna Akrey Nov 11, 2020

They supportive and listen problem carefully.

Muhammad Ahsanullah Khan Faisal Oct 10, 2020

Mike , Brian and ALL of the Team at Downtown Auto Specialists , are indeed Specialists. In Every Aspect of knowledge and care for any Vehichile I have Ever brought to them in need of Service! They are Always Friendly to myself and to anyone whom I've personally seen come in to the shop ,over the past 20-25 yrs. Thank you Guys!! Sincerely, Lawrence Payne (Wouldn't go anywhere else!!)

Lawrence Payne Jul 7, 2020

Most honest garage I have ever dealt with. I love the new link they send telling what needs to be fixed,what should be fixed and issues that can wait(with pictures). Fast and reliable

david scobie Jul 7, 2020

About two weeks ago I left my 2006 Yukon Denali and everybody knows old vehicles have electric problems but these guys took care of that roll up their sleeves and got the job done right and save me from spending too much they left me with a reliable vehicle and I'm thankful

SuedT6CH88 Jul 7, 2020

All around great people. They show you pictures or videos if what's wrong with your car. Very honest. A customer for life!

Brandon Roberts Jul 7, 2020

Amazing mechanics, very knowledgeable and very friendly. They tell you what the problems are and how it will be fixed with simple details. The mechanics don't make you feel like you need to buy or do unnecessary work. Great place for those who don't know much about cars and scared the mechanics will scam you, THESE GUYS WONT and they are very TRUSTABLE to get the job done. They're now my go-to mechanics. I cannot thanks these guys enough!!!! Evo X

Richard Domingo Jun 6, 2020

Downtown Auto is the best! Friendliest service, quick turnaround. Totally reasonable prices for transparent, trustworthy, quality work. Mike has saved my butt more than once in the past month. Thank you guys!!

Tasha Lee Van Dinther Jun 6, 2020

Had me in and out for a patched tire in 15 mins and for $20.

Sharp Knife Shop Jun 6, 2020

Honest mechanic. Affordable! We definitely will come back to use his services!

sveta egorova Jun 6, 2020

Brian and the staff are not only very friendly and fair in pricing, they go above and beyond to ensure your vehicle is running safely. I have been storing my tires with their shop for a few years now, and their prices are unbeatable and they also take excellent care of the tires. I was recently told by my dealership and another shop (outside of Hamilton that I was gifted an oil change with) that I needed brake pads and my brakes replaced ASAP. I was surprised to hear this as my car is not driven often or very far and was told during an inspection of the vehicle back in the fall that everything was in great condition other than needing new winter tires next season. The Downtown Auto Specialist advised me that I did not need anything other than a couple minor things (i.e bolts and bulbs) and that I would need new winter tires for next season, which I already was aware of. They were honest with me about not needing to replace the brakes and brake pads which I was so thankful for their honesty as it was going to be a financial burden on me, especially now. My father used to do all of our automotive work as he was trained in this area and since his passing, I am so glad we found this shop because they are fair, honest, do excellent work, and I know I am in good hands and that they will only do the work my vehicle needs versus overcharge for work that may not be needed. Shops can take advantage of my lack of automotive knowledge and this just confirms that I am able to put my full trust into this shop. I have recommended them to my family who also utilize them for tire storage, tune-ups, and automotive work and they are also very happy customers. Thank you Brian and staff for ensuring my vehicle is running safely and always answering my questions with a friendly demeanour. Grateful to have such an awesome automotive center located in the heart of Hamilton.

Randi Stead May 5, 2020

I have been an over the moon happy customer for almost 30 years. They treat everyone with respect and only fix what needs be. They are friendly and explain everything. My kids now go there too and they won't go anywhere else. Mike and his team will.be a gift in your life too!

Laurel May 5, 2020

I've been a customer for many years and always refer people to this shop. I trust them 100% and they ensure a good job.

Silvia Aarlaht May 5, 2020

Mike and the crew are the best around! I always know that he has my best interests at heart and gives me the truth about my car and what it really needs to get me on the road safely. Been going there for over 20 yrs! Thanks Mike!

jude johnson Feb 2, 2020

Mike is the best mechanic ever. He is honest and professional, and his prices are reasonable.

Anne Wilson Feb 2, 2020

I had a great experience there the other day! My car was making a weird rattling sound and they fixed it quickly and effectively. Everyone there was so friendly and helpful. I'll definitely come back if I ever need work done on my car again!

Mary A Feb 2, 2020

Great and honest auto shop

BonnieJean OHandley Jan 1, 2020

Best place to get your car fixed in the city ..I recommend it to all my friends

francesco Paolozza Dec 12, 2019

Friendly and knowledgeable staff who go above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction.

Taylor A Nov 11, 2019

If you're wondering what ever happened to the local mechanic who speaks plainly about what's going on with your car and makes you feel confident you're getting the best possible service, this is where they went. The best service provided by people who genuinely care, I can't say enough about how good they are so I'll stop here, just try them. Mike and Brian will never steer you wrong. Just figured out I've been going here for 5 years, every service and problem. Still the best even after the renovation and improved little lobby with free coffee and CP24 on tv. Like Cheers, everybody knows my name, great environment.

1962bobd Oct 10, 2019

Fair, knowledgeable, up-to-date with current technologies, and very friendly service. They are absolutely my go to auto specialist in downtown Hamilton, for everything from oil changes, winter tire storage, regular check-ups, and even more obscure issues like my cabin lights not working properly. Highly recommend checking these guys out if you need to have your car serviced.

Adam George Palios Aug 8, 2019
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