Automotive expert Les Jackson reveals the secrets of repair shops—and gives tips on working with a mechanic. Plus—70 of the area's best auto-repair shops and other experts you can trust with your wheels
I bought my first car at age 14. By the time I turned 15 and got a learner’s permit, we—the car and I—had accumulated some 200 miles up and down my parents’ driveway. I also had accumulated a decent box of tools and was learning how everything on the car worked.
I was, and still am, a gearhead—obsessed with automobiles. In the past 50 years, I’ve worked on hundreds of cars. I’ve restored a dozen British and American classics, built engines and transmissions, and taught automotive theory.
It isn’t easy finding car repair you can trust. We asked readers which repair facilities they swear by—and which they avoid. We also did our own research, including checking a garage’s complaint history with the Better Business Bureau. What follows are the repair shops, body shops, and other car services that received the most positive feedback.