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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When it comes to tires, Downtown Auto Specialist has been serving the Hamilton community and the surrounding area since 1990.

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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

Mike and his crew are amazing! They value their customers highly and regularly go above and beyond for them. Quality of work is top notch and their service is unbeatable.

Susan Rao Oct 10, 2021

Best in Hamilton

Student 2 Selfmade Oct 10, 2021

Berfect place

Arch. Eng. Mahadi A. Kazzam Oct 10, 2021

Amazing place! We had the unfortunate event of someone cutting off and stealing our catalytic converter. They were very reassuring and explained exactly what happened and what I needed to do. We definitely want to come back for any future repairs/general maintenance.

Rachael Dye Sep 9, 2021

Great service Thank you

Nafez Koni Aug 8, 2021

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

Just wow! Mike and his team were able to diagnose and thoroughly checked up my car for any urgent issues and recommendations to ensure the car is well maintained. They sent a detailed report with photos/videos to my phone & email for me to decide what additional service I want for my car. I appreciate that they drive their customers back and from home while waiting for the car to be fixed. Rates are very reasonable knowing the top quality service they provide.

JColeen 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
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