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1779 S Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703 Map & directions

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Central Florida Auto Repair has been a member of the Apopka community for the past 30 years. Frank Swobodzien, the owner, has worked hard to build up a loyal following not only from members of the community but also from his long time employees. This team of very experienced professionals have the automotive tools, computer diagnostic equipment, and resources to make professional repairs to your modern vehicle. These repairs can range from tires and wheel alignment, to check engine light diagnosis, to minor and major mechanical repairs, to your scheduled maintenance needs. This work is backed by a 24-month / 24,000-mile warranty. For your convenience a local shuttle service, rental cars, early bird drop off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are available.

Message from the Shop

We are your "Auto Repair Experts"All work carries a 24 month/24,000 mile Nationwide warranty or more.
We use all premium parts from NAPA ,Car Quest,Bosch,Denso and OE manufacture to name a few .All Work and Parts Meet Or Exceed manufacture warranty and quality and will NOT void your warranty..We maintain, service and repair all makes and models and will keep your warranty intact; we are your dealer alternative.online at www. cfar.net

Auto Makes We Service

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

Quality Affiliations

Specialties

AC/Heating Alignment Check Engine Light Classic Car Repair/Restoration
Diagnosis Hybrid/Electric Muffler & Exhaust Oil Change & Lube
Scheduled Maintenance Service & Repair Timing Belts Tire Sales/Repair
Transmission Repair

Amenities

AAA Member Discount Car Pickup/Dropoff Child Friendly Early Bird Dropoff
Gas/Diesel Heated Waiting Room Military Discount Rental Car
Senior Discount Service Guarantee Shopping Nearby Shuttle
Towing Warranty Accepted Wireless Internet

Customer Reviews 28 verified reviews (45 total)

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Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 20, 2014

They did everything as agreed at a price agreed on. Work was done right the 1st time!

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 09:33

our goal is just this-thanks Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
February 10, 2014

Honestly.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 09:34

TY...Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
February 04, 2014

They were all really nice, kept me inform on what they were doing, and absolutely the lowest prices around!!!

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 09:34

Customer communication is key...Thanks frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
January 28, 2014

Most recent, they did not call me to authorize work being done on my vehicle. In the past, it has taken them 2-3 times to fix very simple issues (freeze plug leaking coolant).

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 09:53

I am sorry Mr H.for our missteps in communication ,but FL law allows us some leeway to diagnose and repair up to $100 without auth -I made a decision to perform a repair that was causing you engine problems ,you voiced concern, you were not charged...the prior car had multiple coolant damaged weakness' that took over a few months to correct ...sorry for our loss....Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
January 21, 2014

Excellent service, great workmanship.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 09:53

Thank you....Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
November 25, 2013

They stick with difficult issues until resolved.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 09:53

A challenge is good...Thanks frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
September 19, 2013

When they were fixing the problem, they came across some other things they thought needed fixed but they didn't call and talk to me about it BEFORE fixing it. Then, the shift wouldn't work when I came to pick up the car. A guy stuck his hand in the engine and "fixed" it but when I got home had the same problem so I had to take the car back over to have it fixed again.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:11

the vehicle had major engine damage from lack of maintenance and did not run...Car was towed home,after a quote was approved and towed back to shop, there were hidden damages to some parts needed and sold at no extra labor to help with unknown cost additions...the shifting issue was one of them done at no charge...we worked with you and waited to get paid after completion...we tried to help in every way... Thanks frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
July 15, 2013

I found the mechanics to be very competent, and most importantly very honest. They never recommended a repair my car did not need. That's rare in this day and age.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:12

thank you...frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
April 30, 2013

Very happy with the service. They fixed a problem that the dealership wasn't able to solve.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:13

We like a problem and work to resolve it...frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
April 11, 2013

They understood the problem, quoted the repair price, stayed with diagnosis and repair price .....nice!

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:13

We try to stay on track...Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
January 04, 2013

They are reasonably priced, do the work well and deliver as agreed! They are friendly, easy to speak with, accommodating, helpful and trustworthy.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:14

We try hard every day in every situation...Thanks frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
December 06, 2012

Good people good service.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:14

thanks...frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
October 16, 2012

They seem to be a fair and honest family owned business. Have been going to them for almost 2 years with my 2 vehicles and have been satisfied with their service.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:14

Thanks Randy

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
October 02, 2012

The company is very honest and reasonably priced.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:15

TY ...frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
August 14, 2012

I have been going to CFA for years with numerous cars. I believe they have always been capable and fair in their repair work.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:17

Thanks frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
July 23, 2012

Frank and Brian always do a great job with my car at a reasonable price.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:33

ty...frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
June 08, 2012

Most ethical people you will ever find!

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:33

Very kind and spot on...Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
May 14, 2012

CF Auto Repair is the best!

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:34

TY Kimbrough and Lisa...Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
May 09, 2012

Great people great service.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:34

TY

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
May 02, 2012

They have done our auto repairs for almost 15 years. They are honest, price their work fairly, and accomplish the work in a timely manner.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:35

Since 1991 we try hard every day Thanks

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 28, 2012

Always accurate and affable service. Prices are as reasonable as anyone else. Been going to them for quite a while and feel very confident that the work will be correctly diagnosed and repaired at a reasonable rate.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:35

TY KC

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 27, 2012

Always helpful.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:35

thanks

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 21, 2012

Great service and very nice people working there.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:36

family run and honesty will get you there.thank you ...Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 16, 2012

They do great work and I trust them.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:36

ty

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 09, 2012

Fair pricing, pleasant people.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:37

Thanks again

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 09, 2012

Very good work. Only issue was the use of non OEM parts. Problem is now fixed.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:38

sometime the cost savings doesn't work out even though the warranty is the same ....Thanks frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
March 07, 2012

They are very honest and won't fix anything unless it truly needs to be repaired.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 18, 2014 10:38

TY Debi

Central Florida Auto Repair
Verified Customer
August 27, 2007

The last repair was to replace an emergency flasher unit. The mechanic had to remove a plastic panel under the steering column and broke the clip on the panel. This was brought to our attention but discovered after we returned home. The charge was ~$100 for the flasher unit replacement which I never complain about the invoice but breaking parts in the process of performing the repairs is unacceptable and not telling us is unforgivable. I have frequented CFAR for over 15 years but recently my confidence is waning.

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Central Florida Auto Repair
July 12, 2012

Over the years I have been a steady customer of Central Florida Auto Repair and can't recall ever being disappointed in the professional service Frank and Brian provided. Whenever I recommend CFAR to others I tell the story about the days when I used to own a Ford Taurus and after repeated repairs Frank told me that I should think about buying a new car or I'd be faced with continually having to spend more and more money on future repairs. Can you believe that the owner of a repair shop would advise a customer to stop spending money at his shop? I know it sounds crazy but it's true. I couldn't believe my ears. This is the kind on honesty one can expect at CFAR. No up-selling and doing unnecessary work going on there. No need to be an expert on car repairs to avoid being overcharged. CFAR always looks to save you money by doing the smart, conservative approach. They don't just replace parts. They diagnose the problem and solve it in the most economical way. Over the years I've recommended CFAR to numerous friends, family and coworkers and all have been completely satisfied with the service they received. Frank, Brian and their staff are experienced, highly trained professionals that will take great care of your car without hurting your wallet. Give them a try. You won't be sorry.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJuly 12, 2012 18:54

This review makes me humble and proves that pressure up selling or scare tactis is NOT the answer.Are we perfect-No, but we do what ever is needed to correct the problem at the best price.The old line is "if it ain't broke don't fix it" We now are seeing 2nd and 3rd generations of families coming in.Our technicians are long term dedicated patners in our sucess. Thank You to all my customers who continue to trust me for the 20 years I have been here.With the addition of my son,Brian,you are never far away from the one of the owners and a resolve to your problem.Our reputation has been earned and is proven every day with referals like this.Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
January 20, 2011

This is the best car repair shop I have ever been to in the 40 years that I have been driving. My wife and I have two Hondas and a Ford pick-up and Frank and his staff have done top notch work on all of them. I have also taken my daughter's Corolla and her husband's Mazda Speed and they knew what to do with all of these diverse models, whether the fix was large, or small. The quality work, fair pricing, and above all, the integrity that I found here will keep me coming back for many years. Thank you Frank, Dee and Brian.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJanuary 21, 2011 09:16

For 19 years now customer service has always been top priority-Thank you for your honesty and your trust.-Frank and Brian

Central Florida Auto Repair
December 20, 2012

"I was experiencing a shift delay as well as transmission going out of gear and since the AT fluid and filter had never been replaced I decided to start there and troubleshoot if I had further problems. My initial call to Central Florida Auto Repair, I knew then my Vehicle would be in good hands. I received a truthful and accurate estimate over the phone as well as timely service and my transmission is as smooth as silk and problem is gone! I was able to speak with the mechanic directly whom road tested the vehicle. The customer service was also very friendly and made you feel right at home even though we all dread those costly auto repairs. I own other vehicles that I plan on taking to them for service as well. I'm very lucky to have found Central Florida Auto Repair and would highly recomend them in the Orlando area. JEV - Apopka

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Central Florida Auto Repair
January 18, 2012

The headlights on my Passat look cracked and oxidized due to 7+ years the FL sun. I tried to fix them with a TurleWax repair kit but it did nothing. I then purchased the headlamp assemblies online and thought I could install them myself. Turned out that the difficultly and time required prevented me from doing it. I called Central Florida Auto Repair and asked what they would do it for. They said it was a ~3 hour job and would be $200 to $300. I dropped my car off a couple of days later and said the headlamps were in the trunk. About a half hour later, Brain called me to tell me that new headlamps weren't needed as they could make the lenses clear for ~$80! Needless to say, their honesty was greatly appreciated. I highly recommend them to anyone I know.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJanuary 18, 2012 18:10

We only do what is needed and if money can be saved, we will always advise the customer of the best way to go in any situation.I just could not see you spending $500 plus for this job-Thank you for the vote of approval Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
June 23, 2011

My plan was originally to write a favorable review based on my first visit. My problem was quickly found and repaired. My subsequent visits proved to be far less favorable. I took my `96 Corvette to the shop because it was running too hot. I will say it was promptly looked at. I was shown an upper radiator hose that was close to bursting and told that my thermostat needed to be replaced. I agreed and the work was completed in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, the thermostat replacement did nothing to address my overheating problem. I brought the car back a few days later and was told I would need to replace the cooling fan switch with one that comes on at a lower temperature. I opted to do some research online before installing a new switch. After consulting an online Corvette forum, I decided to take a look under my car. With very little effort, I found two plastic bags in between my radiator and the AC condenser. I pulled them out and the car no longer runs hot. To be honest, in spite of what numerous friends suggested, I opted to give them another chance. I went to the shop today explained what happened, without any animosity, and I went so far as to say I wanted to keep them as my repair shop of choice. What I got was Frank, the owner, telling me that he`s sure my friends, who told me to find another mechanic don`t make mistakes, dropping $120.00 on the counter and walking away without saying a word. I can deal with somebody making a mistake and offering some sort of apology. What I got was a mistake and a bad attitude. Unacceptable. I will say, however, that Brian was courteous and attentive in addressing my problem. Since my original review, I have increased both ratings by one star because the work that was done, was done competently, in a timely fashion and some aspects of customer service were adequate.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJune 24, 2011 04:55

Either way I lose with this customer AND then post a negative review ! - My intentions were good and justified in this situation I -Some people are never happy -Sorry for our loss Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
June 10, 2011

I love these guys!! Honest and affordable and dependable!! I'm glad they are there!

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJune 11, 2011 05:43

I do not know the user name or know the vehicle repaired but that is OK as sometime being an anonomus reviewer is better and there is less chance of "slanted"review. We appreciate your trust and honesty as we do with all our customers who have supported us for the last 19 years.THANK YOU Frank Dee and Brian

Central Florida Auto Repair
February 21, 2011

I did some research to find a repair shop to fix my grand-daughters Honda Accord turn signal issue. ( Her 1st car) Being a professional auto mechanic myself I am well aware of what an electrical problem in the dash can be. But me being 500 miles away I could not help her out. I am completely satisfied with the service and honesty that I received. The price to repair it was very reasonable and maybe even low in my opinion. They have another long term customer. Thanks Frank

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARFebruary 23, 2011 18:04

Thanks for the kind words and coming from a respected seasoned technician is humbling. He knows what we face every day in our quest to get it right and at a fair cost to the customer with no add ons.Just they way we do it every day.Frank and Brian

Central Florida Auto Repair
January 16, 2011

Central FL Auto Repair is awesome! I actually found them on the internet while searching for a new mechanic. The place I had been taking my car to closed down. As soon as I talked to Frank on the phone about my car I felt comfortable and I had already talked to a few people. I am so glad that I went to his shop! He has saved me hundreds, his staff is friendly and the service is first class. I have found my new mechanic.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARJanuary 17, 2011 06:42

We thank you for the kind words and strive to treat people fairly and honestly-Thanks again Frank and Brian

Central Florida Auto Repair
December 01, 2010

All I can say is THANK YOU for being honest when I was all alone and broke down.Battery dead and no road service membership.You could have sold me the works,I would not have known and I would have had to pay.Your decision to treat me like a fairly gave you a new customer and advertising agent!I will drive the 10 miles to get to this shop for my work.JS Orlando

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARDecember 02, 2010 09:19

I hope we can restore your trust with auto repair shops-Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
March 05, 2010

02 Ram 1500-ran hot and missing with ck eng lt on.Told it was a headgasket and water getting into engine.Quote was for big money I dont have.I sought another opinion because I had to.Talked to Frank by phone,had a diagnostic test and was it worth it. Problem was a very small leak at the radiator top and coolant would get blown into plug holes by fan-No Head Gasket! I would not hesitate to recommend this shop to you and pay for another opinion.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARDecember 02, 2010 09:23

Sorry for the late reply-do not monitor this stuff untill someone tells me-We were glad to help and did only what was needed to repair you truck correctly-Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
January 04, 2010

took my mini van to these guys for a shaking in the rear that the last shop tried to fix a number of times.It turns out the last guy who worked on the brakes put on the wrong drums and my wheels would not bolt up correctly.This could have been dangerous.They have my business from now on.

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Reply from Central Florida Auto Repair -  CFARDecember 02, 2010 09:25

We were happy to find the safety issue and correct it for you-Thank you for your trust-Frank

Central Florida Auto Repair
November 09, 2009

Did the quote I found on this site first and they were cheaper on the a/c work when I called plus included other items required to make it a complete job with a 1 year warranty.There were No Surprises and I like that-Thanks Frank
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Central Florida Auto Repair
September 21, 2009

Frank has maintained "my Fleet" of 4 family cars for 5 years.All I can say is I am glad to have found this shop.It started with a another shops misdiagnosed head gasket which Frank found to be a leaking intake gasket instead-saved me from a $1300 unneeded repair.The same guys have worked there for years so the quality is always consistent and they even do tires.I have saved money and time using this shop over the years. O.R.

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Central Florida Auto Repair
September 10, 2009

Had a Transmission problem-only needed electronic part instead of trans rebuild
Engine timing belt and water pump done as quoted.
Great Work,Honest and Fair Price
Super nice people-I'll be back

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Central Florida Auto Repair
August 20, 2009

I shopped around for a repair to my van for a transmission seal leak.Frank @ Cen Fl Auto Repair not only took the time to explain in detail why I had a leak at the front seal converter but told with the high mileage and updates now required ,why I would benefit from a complete overhaul not a patch for now and double labor.Some other local trans shop told me they could "tear it down and inspect it",but would not give a firm quote .When I told them I was shopping they said about 1700 IF it needed everything,but they may be able to save me money... Cen FL Auto Repair told me up front the total cost of 1400 from the start.Plus the warranty was the same.I did not fell anxious about my repair outcome and total bill.

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Central Florida Auto Repair
July 24, 2009

I have been posting all over the internet my praises of this shop.
I live in Ocala and I found Frankback in May 2009 thru Suncoast ,a Jag conversion shop. I was told by 2 Import shops in Ocala and Gainsville that I needed a engine to the cost of 8-10K .My upper timing chain was broken.I talked to Frank and he stated that the engine should be fine,may only need head work for bent valves. I Towed car down to him because he made me fell comfortable about the repair procedure.Frank mechanics diagnosed it did the complete timing chain job for about 2K and the engine is fine,no valve work.I also had him check the supposed bad heater core which was only plugged up.They blew it out and it fine since.I continue to go to this shop even though it is far for me-Good Job Guys

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Central Florida Auto Repair
July 22, 2009

With dealers going out I was in search of a new shop to do my maintenance and needed repairs on my Suburban.Not only did Frank and his techs do my 90k service but was lower priced that the dealer flyer.I also asked about my Toyota Camry timing belt and they were right on line with the estimate I looked up on here.They Are my New Shop.Now I know why they have been there for 17 years by referrals.
Thanks Guys...HB

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Auto Repair Experience

  1. Frank Swobodzien , Owner
  2. Established 1991
  3. 3 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  4. 72 Years of Car Repair Experience