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1150 S 4th St
Dekalb, IL 60115
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Mon - Fri:7:30am to 5:30pm
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(815) 572-6451

Auto Repair Experience

  • Jodn Volkert, Owner
  • Established 1985
  • 3 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 1 ASE Certified Auto Technician
  • 46 Years of Car Repair Experience


Barb City Automotive is a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving Dekalb and the surrounding area since 1985. This team of automotive professionals has an excellent mix of experience, ongoing training and ASE certifications and has at their disposal the shop equipment and diagnostic tools we would expect to see at a RepairPal Certified shop. This combination of tools and knowledge enables them to perform repairs ranging from tires and wheel alignment, to minor and major mechanical repairs, to check engine light diagnoses and repairs, as well as your scheduled maintenance needs. Work performed here is backed by a 2 year / 24,000 mile warranty for your peace of mind. Recent customer described this shop to us as, "friendly", "honest", "professional", "courteous", and "knowledgeable". A local shuttle service, early bird drop off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are all available for your convenience.


Auto Repair Experience

  • Jodn Volkert, Owner
  • Established 1985
  • 3 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 1 ASE Certified Auto Technician
  • 46 Years of Car Repair Experience


  • AC/Heating
  • Check Engine Light
  • Muffler & Exhaust
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts
  • Tire Sales/Repair
  • Transmission Repair


  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Shuttle
  • Towing
  • Wireless Internet


Makes We Serve

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • FIAT
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Geo
  • Honda
  • Hummer
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Smart
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
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Technical Ability

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Tools & Equipment

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Customer Service

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Customer Amenities

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Parts & Labor Warranty

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Overall Rating

25 Verified Reviews

Customer Reviews

Verified CustomerMay 13, 2015

Good reliable work.

Verified CustomerMay 12, 2015

I always have good, honest service.

Verified CustomerMay 05, 2015

They are great and they stand by their work.

Verified CustomerApril 30, 2015

Honest and trustful service.

April 28, 2015

I like their work, prices and their honesty.

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Verified CustomerApril 22, 2015

Great shop, great people, would not take my car any place else.

Verified CustomerApril 20, 2015

Good people.

Verified CustomerApril 18, 2015

Barb City Automotive is very knowledgeable, courteous and prompt with their services.

Verified CustomerApril 10, 2015

Excellent customer service, great workmanship.

Verified CustomerApril 09, 2015

Good service and friendly people.

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Verified CustomerApril 02, 2015

Very satisfied with work completed at a fair price.

Verified CustomerApril 01, 2015

They are very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. They do wonderful service on your vehicle.

Verified CustomerMarch 30, 2015

I feel lucky to have come upon these people. Honest, friendly...even on on drop in visit (no appointment) they have done great and never made me feel unwelcome. Reasonable prices and great service.

Verified CustomerMarch 26, 2015

John does good, honest work at a fair price.

Verified CustomerMarch 24, 2015

They are very honest and open with you about your vehicle. I am very limited on money expenses and they always ask my permission before doing anything and their estimates are always correct. They even understand when I can't get something done, they don't continue to heckle me.

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Verified CustomerMarch 11, 2015

All repairs are done right and promptly. Staff is very courteous.

Verified CustomerMarch 06, 2015

Polite staff. Efficient service.

Verified CustomerFebruary 25, 2015

Great service, Fair price, Friendly staff that does excellent work.

Verified CustomerFebruary 25, 2015

Great service, had time available, good atmosphere.

February 07, 2015

They provide great customer satisfaction and can fix basically any vehicle.

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Verified CustomerFebruary 04, 2015

Excellent, friendly, dependable service.

January 29, 2015

I had an issue with my service but you fixed it with no additional charge to me and I think that was great!!

Verified CustomerNovember 10, 2014

You get in fast, every diagnosis has been correct, I'm dealt with fairly and in a friendly manner.

Verified CustomerOctober 07, 2014

A high degree of professional and skilled service. Friendly and eager to help their customers. Auto needs and costs are upfront and no hidden fees or tacked on charges on the bill.

Verified CustomerSeptember 10, 2014

They were quick and gave me advise on my vehicle.

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