Central Florida Auto Repair
1779 S Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703 Map & directions
Call Now: (407) 641-3873
“Great service at a fair price.”
“This is the only place we trust for our auto repairs.”
“Frank and Brian are simply the best!”
“I've used CFAR for a number of years now. I feel they have done an excellent job at a reasonable price and...”
“CFR has something that most auto repair shops don't have...honesty, integrity, knowledge and great customer...”
“Excellent and dependable service at a reasonable price. ”
“They did everything as agreed at a price agreed on. Work was done right the 1st time!”
“Excellent service, great workmanship.”
“I found the mechanics to be very competent, and most importantly very honest. They never recommended a repair...”
“Very happy with the service. They fixed a problem that the dealership wasn't able to solve.”
“They seem to be a fair and honest family owned business. Have been going to them for almost 2 years with my 2...”
“I have been going to CFA for years with numerous cars. I believe they have always been capable and fair in...”
“Frank and Brian always do a great job with my car at a reasonable price.”
“CF Auto Repair is the best!”
“They do great work and I trust them.”
“They are very honest and won't fix anything unless it truly needs to be repaired.”
About Central Florida Auto Repair
RepairPal’s Comprehensive Evaluation
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"
We are a Parts Plus Car Care Center ,CARQUEST Tech Net shop and qualified MAP shop- 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. Detailed info and specials online at www. cfar.net
Auto Makes We Service
|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|
|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 41 verified reviews (58 total)41 Sort by: Date |
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.