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



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Downtown Auto Specialist

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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

I’ve been a steady customer for 20+ years and have never been disappointed. Mike and his team have always been friendly, trustworthy, accurately diagnose and provide options when needed. Wouldn’t think of taking my car elsewhere!

Silvia Aarlaht May 5, 2024

Mike, Brian and the whole team explained everything to me before starting the service to my car. Repairs were done faster than I expected. Being able to trust a company to take care of you is hard to find these days. Thanks so much. I won’t go anywhere else for my vehicles.

Julia Zimmer May 5, 2024

Prompt, friendly professional service.

Linda O Apr 4, 2024

The best! Have been a customer longer than I care to admit, let's leave at over 25 years! Mike, Brian and all the crew are like family. Thank you so much! Highly recommend!

Kim Cazzola Mar 3, 2024

The crew at Downtown Auto Specialist have been great to work with. I find them all to be courteous, thorough and even patient when it comes to some of my requests as I have two older cars that I really cherish. I definitely appreciate the detailed reports and videos I receive during and after my visits. To me, their pricing is great and I hope to be able to rely on them with the health of my cars for years to come .

Joshua Cameron Feb 2, 2024

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 and his mechanics to do only what is needed at a very reasonable price. He treats every car like it was his own.

Kathryn Nov 11, 2022

Downtown auto specialist helped me out at a time a need like they were my family. My car was making weird noises and my mechanic father told me to get it checked out immediately. I called around 5-6 places and No one had the time of day for me because it was during tire changing season. Not downtown auto though, they got me to come in within 30 minutes and did a thorough check of the car, taking apart all the tires, looking at the brakes, and even getting me an oil change without charging me labour fees. I really felt cared for and I am now going to go to them every time to get any work done! Thank you so much!

saerom youn Jan 1, 2024

I after a few years of having a fleet vehicle provided by my job have gone back to a personal vehicle and all my repairs/service are down here because number one I trust them. After a complete nightmare at my dealership, Mike and his team have always been top notch quality and dependable in all regards ...a real pleasure

Jose Lacruz Jan 1, 2024

This mechanic was recommended by my neighbourhood good. They were quick, fair and did a good job. Very pleased. Will return for future work on Nellie Ned.

Shell Carr Dec 12, 2023

Recommended by a friend and I was very impressed! Honest and friendly staff who do great and affordable repairs, offer additional insight into your vehicle, and even suggest other reliable shops in the city when unable to assist. I always recommend this shop!

Jenna Labelle Nov 11, 2023

I've been going at Downtown Auto Specialist for 7 years now for my 3 cars! You are always welcome with a smile which is the beginning of a constant great experience! They are reliable, efficient, they never try to charge you more than you should and they are very helpful always trying to squeeze you in if you need a little check up or a small repair! I highly recommend Bryan and his team for your cars! You won't be disappointed

delphine albertini Nov 11, 2023

Great service from knowledgeable people.

Bob Cyr Oct 10, 2023

Very polite and courteous staff. I like their professionalism and advise.

Said Balogun Oct 10, 2023

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

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
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