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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I’ve been taking my car here for the last year and a half and have nothing but amazing things to say about Bryan and everyone who works at downtown auto. They’re incredibly knowledgeable, speedy, charge a very fair amount and overall are just very friendly. They take the time out of their day to explain what’s going. I would highly highly suggest them for your routine auto maintenance and other repairs!

Jonathan Bellini Sep 9, 2023

Owner and employees are VERY friendly and helpful!They will explain everything to you and aren’t pushy. I will continue to go here and recommend them to anyone I know.

Lyndsey Fletcher Aug 8, 2023

Have come to downtown auto specialist a few times and will continue to bring my car here. They offer great service and explain all your needs in a way that you can easily understand. 10/10 would recommend

kim parker Aug 8, 2023

Mike Lagan at Downtown Auto Specialist has been a trusted mechanic for my family's automobiles for over 40 years. He works on our cars with utmost professionalism. Posted Aug 18, 2023.

Secretary IPMS HAMILTON Aug 8, 2023

I've been bringing my cars to Downtown Auto Specialist for years, and from Mike and Brian out front, to the guys in the shop, everyone is friendly and professional. Their work is thorough, they are extremely knowledgeable, and they will always find the best and most cost efficient solution to your car troubles. They go above and beyond to make sure that I feel valued as a customer, and it doesn't go unnoticed.

Mickey W Aug 8, 2023

I had a great experience at this auto shop. The staff was friendly and helpful especially Mike, and they checked my fluids free of charge. They also did a fantastic job on my tires and brakes, which I needed to replace last time I was there. The prices were reasonable and the service was fast. I would definitely recommend this auto shop to anyone who needs car maintenance or repairs. They are the best !

Antenah Germaw Aug 8, 2023

I feel confident bringing my car to this shop. I have been shown what needs to be fixed. Things are explained to me in a kind manner. I have never felt the pressure of an ‘up sell’. I will continue to use this as my primary shop.

Catherine Brown Jul 7, 2023

Friendly and honest. I recommend 👌

Mark x Jul 7, 2023

Excellent service! Brian & his team outperformed my expectations! I’ve been here twice and both the times they did a great job to fix the car problems. Most recently I went there to get a feont end rattling noise checked. They found out the issue and gave me a resonable quote that also fixed the noise issue. They are not like other mechanics that is after your money; for both of my visits they provided me a resonable quote to fix the issue with options to fix other forcasted issues.

Rezo Rex Jun 6, 2023

Mike and his team are the best. I had an odd issue with my check engine light intermittently coming on. They were very patient looking into it and trying options to fix, multiple times. Finally found out they had been sent a wrong part two times. Would recommend to anyone. Very helpful, trustworthy and just plain nice people to deal with.

Paula Pinho Apr 4, 2023

Great service! Friendly staff! They work fast and they know what they're doing!. They were able to accommodate my lowered car on their alignment rack! If you need work done on your lowered car this is the place!

Jake Apr 4, 2023

the absolute best in hamilton. as a woman i always feel respected here. problems are explained thoroughly and pricing is fair. 10/10

Maeve Mar 3, 2023

I had a very positive experience working with Bryan and his team. I found the entire experience to be very professional, efficient, and honest. I have already recommended Downtown Auto Specialists to my friends and family. Thanks for the great service.

Marcus McLaren Feb 2, 2023

Always get 'er done with my old car for a great price and never a long wait!

Leanne Grieves Dec 12, 2022

I have been going to Mike and his crew for years. My friends and I call him the "women's mechanic" because we know nothing about cars and can always trust him to do only what is needed at a very reasonable price. He treats every car like it was his own.

Kathryn Nov 11, 2022

Always honest. Love these guys!

Nicole Nov 11, 2022

Good service and honest.

John Nov 11, 2022

The staff was very friendly and all of the repairs were done perfectly.

Lilita Boden Oct 10, 2022

Friendly team, fair prices! Keeps me coming back from out of town. Overall great experience!

Emily Soberg Sep 9, 2022

I’ve been going to these guys for over 30 years and wouldn’t trust anybody else with my vehicles. My kids, friends, and numerous people I’ve referred over the years are very happy with their service. Fast, professional, fair pricing. Mike and his team are great -would highly recommend.

glewlew Sep 9, 2022

Great customer service, very friendly, honest and fair priced. Brought my car in for a check up before driving cross country. Quickly fixed a few minor problems and were honest about my car being in good condition and not needing more work. Highly recommend!

Janelle Pitaro Aug 8, 2022

They go above and beyond to help you. Great group

Benjamin Rowe Aug 8, 2022

They know their Job for sure. Great work done on my car.

Kwabla Jotepe Aug 8, 2022

We have been using Downtown Auto for years now and we love them. They are kind, honest and do their best to keep to the cost and timelines for services given. While waiting there I got a phone call for a family emergency and they jumped up and had keys for a loaner car to lend me while they were finishing up and said not to worry, we will sort everything once you’re ready. We trust trust them and that is so hard to find. Thank you to the team.

Lisa Ross Jul 7, 2022

Friendly, professional, and honest service. The diagnostic report is a nice touch. Strongly recommend

m chew Jun 6, 2022

Very impressed with their service. I found them to be friendly, honest- saved me a fairly large repair, and reasonably priced.

Donna Pollett Jun 6, 2022

Can't recommend Brian and the crew enough. Honest and fair pricing.

Ryan Conry May 5, 2022

As always, Downtown Auto was thorough, fair and expedient in getting my car tuned up for spring. Excellent service and pricing for top-notch work.

ian pettigrew Mar 3, 2022

I have been a dedicated customer of The Downtown Auto Specialist for the past 20 years. Mike (owner) and Bryan (manager) are very friendly and extremely honest and fair. I recommend this shop to anyone in need of auto repairs or maintenance.

Brian Gould Mar 3, 2022

Came here in a pinch when my heat shield slipped off and was dragging along the road, and my tire popped with a screw in it (both at the same time). I got the heat shield fixed within 3 minutes of randomly showing up for the service and had the new tire balanced and installed within 5 hours. I had a spare on so I could drive back to work and come back to get the tire on once it showed up. Everyone was extremely friendly, helpful and easy to work with. I highly recommend coming here instead of going to your OEM dealership!

Chris Baugh Jan 1, 2022

Mike and his team have always given us confidence that they are telling us the truth about what is needed (and not needed) for our vehicles. They are great at communicating and provide excellent advice service. We sing their praises to all of our friends, and we will stick with them for many years to come.

Patrick Mc Ilhone Dec 12, 2021

Reliable, trustworthy and honest since 1989 for me

Kathleen Heywood May 5, 2018

Best place to have high quality car maintenance in Hamilton. People are very honest at Downtown Auto specialist.

Amit Babbar Nov 11, 2021

These guys are the best!! They are friendly and honest and will only do the work needed to keep your car in the best and safest condition possible. Cannot say enough great things about these guys!!

Janice Frappa Nov 11, 2021
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