Clintonville Automotive Repair Service (C.A.R.S.)
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585 Oakland Park Ave
Columbus, OH 43214 USA
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7:00am to 6:00pm
7:00am to 6:00pm
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7:00am to 6:00pm
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(614) 845-6112
108 Verified Reviews

Auto Repair Experience

  • Paul Marquardt, Owner
  • Established 1962
  • 5 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 4 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 115 Years of Car Repair Experience

Clintonville Automotive Repair Service (CARS) is a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving the community since 1962. This very experienced team has an excellent mix of ongoing training and ASE certifications. They have at their disposal the shop equipment necessary to service and repair today's modern vehicles. 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 24 month / 24,000 mile warranty for your peace of mind. Recent customers enthusiastically described this shop to us as, "honest", "fantastic", "professional", "courteous", and "reliable". A local shuttle service, rental vehicles, early bird drop off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are all available for your convenience.


Auto Repair Experience

  • Paul Marquardt, Owner
  • Established 1962
  • 5 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 4 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 115 Years of Car Repair Experience


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


  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Rental Car
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shuttle
  • Wireless Internet


  • ASA
  • NAPA
  • iATN

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
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Smart
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

Message from the Shop

Family owned and operated established 1962.
Rentals cars available by appointment.
Local shuttle provided up to 5 mile radius.


Overall Rating

108 Verified Reviews

Customer Reviews

by - Verified Customer August 30, 2016

Prompt, accurate, fast. Could have done and charged a full brake job, but didn't. Instead, diagnosed and fixed a smaller problem

by - Verified Customer August 29, 2016

Always top notch service. Will never recommend anything that really doesnt need done. Very, very honest.

by - Verified Customer August 26, 2016

I have been a client of C.A.R.S for years and recently the experiences have been horrible. Last visit I brought in my car for an oil change. My headlight bulb had burnt out the night before, and since I was leaving for vacation and looking to save time, I asked how much it would cost to replace the bulb while I was there. The representative, Mark (I believe), said it would be 1.2 hours of labor and the price of the bulb. I replied that I did not need to replace the entire headlight unit, and only needed the bulb changed out. He said he understood, and the bulb, itself, was $130. I told him I'd just go to AutoZone. He scoffed and said "Alright, but they won't be able to do it!" I advised I'd replaced the bulbs myself previously. At any rate, approximately $7 and a couple minutes later I screwed in a new bulb, and feel dismayed that he tried to frankly, rip me off. I've referred many friends to CARS over the years, and won't be doing so going forward.

by - Verified Customer August 23, 2016

Excellent. Helped me out with some very thoughtful advice.

by - Verified Customer August 22, 2016

I have been going to Clintonville Auto for all of my automotive needs -- oil changes, repairs, advice. The service has always been timely, affordable, and excellent.

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by - Verified Customer August 19, 2016

Great friendly service.

by - Verified Customer August 18, 2016

Poor old car overheated, boiling radiator fluid everywhere. Managed to drive it the shop Sunday evening. On Monday, I came in and explained the problems--which included the AC not working at idle--and figured it'd be a day or two before they could even see it. Nope. Diagnosed and fixed it that same day. :)

by - Verified Customer August 18, 2016

Made appointment using convenient online system, received quick confirmation. Took car in at 8 a.m., was quickly greeted and helped, given written estimate of cost of service. Got a call by noon that all service was complete. Cost was almost exactly what was estimated. Great service by nice people at reasonable cost.

by - Verified Customer August 16, 2016

Good service. Great techs and CSR people

by - Verified Customer August 15, 2016

CARS is my trusted auto shop.

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by - Verified Customer August 15, 2016

I am always highly satisfied when I go to CARS. Everyone is friendly and helpful. More than that, I feel like I can trust them 100% to fix any problems I have but also to treat my car and my finances as if they were their own! I tell everyone I know in the Columbus area to go to CARS!

by - Verified Customer August 09, 2016

First rate service.

by - Verified Customer August 05, 2016

excellent business

by - Verified Customer July 29, 2016

Good service.

by - Verified Customer July 29, 2016

Knowledgeable staff, professional, good environment

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by - Verified Customer July 27, 2016

As always, my experience from beginning to end was nothing short of ideal. The guys at the desk are friendly, helpful and courteous. The work is always done promptly and exceeds my expectations.

by - Verified Customer July 27, 2016

Great! Quick turnaround.

by - Verified Customer July 26, 2016

Work done as planned. People were helpful and easy to deal with.

by - Verified Customer July 25, 2016

always A-1 set up for appointment, service, work done on car

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by - Verified Customer July 25, 2016

Good job.

by - Verified Customer July 22, 2016

They fixed the issue, originally stated a alignment was probably going to be needed, but turned out it wasn't necessary, so they didn't perform or charge me for unnecessary service.

by July 22, 2016

Repair was done quickly and was corrected the first time.

by - Verified Customer July 20, 2016

As always, for many years. I was completely satisfied. I always recommend you for auto service

by - Verified Customer July 18, 2016

thorough and fair

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by - Verified Customer July 18, 2016

The staff at CARS was, like every time, very friendly and helpful.

by - Verified Customer July 15, 2016

Fine service.

by - Verified Customer July 15, 2016

Came in because of major clanking under the car. Most of the clanking is now fixed - but there still is some from other causes. This will be the third time we take it in to find out what's wrong. I wish you'd just investigate all the things that it could be and deal with them all at once, not just fix them one at a time, each at a premium price plus the cost just for bringing it in the door.

by July 13, 2016

Quick and friendly

by June 16, 2016

I trust them to do only what is needed and do a very good job.

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by June 16, 2016

car fixed and runs good

by - Verified Customer June 14, 2016

Honest, helpful, dependable

by June 13, 2016

Great as always

by June 09, 2016

Very Friendly Staff and Kept me up to speed on the repairs throughout the process

by - Verified Customer June 08, 2016

Excellent customer service - quick turn around time, saved me money compared to other local shops

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by - Verified Customer June 08, 2016

Mechanic honestly shared information about my electronic coding issues and listened to my concerns

by - Verified Customer June 06, 2016

Very happy with repairs

by - Verified Customer June 06, 2016

CARS is absolutely top-notch, A+++ service.

by - Verified Customer June 03, 2016

On time, on price, good people to deal with.

by - Verified Customer June 01, 2016

Routine maintenance (60K mi); service advisor was very helpful in identifying items that were listed as part of the schedule, but not essential at this time because they were in good condition. These were not things I could know (I can't judge condition of things I can't see), so the shop could easily have charged me for things that weren't really necessary. I appreciate very much having this level of trust--and of course it means I will go back when needed.

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by - Verified Customer June 01, 2016

Cost way too much to repair

by - Verified Customer May 27, 2016

Everything went smoothly and perfectly.

by - Verified Customer May 26, 2016

friendly, reliable service, as always.

by - Verified Customer May 26, 2016

completed work on time and under estimate.

by - Verified Customer May 19, 2016

They did what I needed and only what I needed. I was informed about a problem with the car that could be expensive to repair and was not pressured to make the repair. These guys are honest, and I appreciate that.

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by - Verified Customer May 18, 2016

I was very pleased as always with the service. They always explain everything to me and let me know if they find anything out of the ordinary on a maintenance check. They never perform unexpected service without asking me about it first.

by - Verified Customer May 18, 2016

The CARS team is always very helpful and professional, and I never feel like I'm being sold services I don't need, or being over-charged.

by - Verified Customer May 17, 2016

They thoroughly explained the work that would be done, cost, and what to expect if the repair needed additional tweaking.

by - Verified Customer May 17, 2016

Excellent !!!

by - Verified Customer May 16, 2016

Service is good. Prices are OK.

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by - Verified Customer May 12, 2016

Clintonville Auto Repair Service center has been working on my cars since 1973 - including my 1966 Mustang, 1989 Ford Escort, and my 1996 Plymouth Breeze. I trust them to do the work right and not cut corners. They charge a fair price and they do quality work. There have been a few hiccups over the years, but they are always more than willing to talk and find solutions -- that's just the kind of good people they are. They have intelligent workers with lots of training and experience. Their loaner cars are clean and well maintained. And I repeat -- I trust them!

by - Verified Customer May 12, 2016

They always go above and beyond! My wife and I have been bringing out cars here for years now.

by - Verified Customer May 11, 2016

Everyone is thorough and efficient. Mark especially.

by - Verified Customer May 10, 2016

I've been a customer for years. I can trust they won't talk me into buying things I don't need. They're always friendly and helpful

by - Verified Customer May 05, 2016

I always enjoy my visit to CARS. The staff is courteous and friendly and take the time to explain things and answer questions which I really appreciate. I wait on my car when I go and they usually get me in and out pretty quickly. Plus, there's a nice waiting room if you need to wait.

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by May 04, 2016

My vehicle was the butt of customer services jokes. I really did not appreciate that. I have been recommending this shop to friends and family for 15 years and this is how I am repaid.

by - Verified Customer May 03, 2016

They were great to work with and am very pleased with the whole experience

by - Verified Customer May 02, 2016

Your people are very nice and professional. I get it that being closed on weekends makes CARS a nice place to work, but it's a bit inconvenient when your car breaks down on a Friday afternoon.

by - Verified Customer April 29, 2016

Job done quickly, thoroughly and under budget - as always!

by - Verified Customer April 29, 2016

Honest fair and quality repairs

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by - Verified Customer April 28, 2016

Excellent Service!!

by - Verified Customer April 28, 2016

Repairs were timely.

by - Verified Customer April 27, 2016

Always good

by - Verified Customer April 26, 2016

The service was impeccable and the work performed was professional and well done.

by - Verified Customer February 17, 2016

Great service with clear communication every step of the way. I got an estimate so I wasn't surprised later, and I never got the sense that anyone was speaking down to me.

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by - Verified Customer February 16, 2016

They were awesome, professional, knowledgeable and quick.

by - Verified Customer February 16, 2016

Honest, fair, and quick. Simple as that.

by - Verified Customer February 11, 2016

They always do good work.

by - Verified Customer February 09, 2016

I have never had an issue. Work is always done correctly. Only suggestion would make prices a bit more competitive. Prices feel like your almost visiting a dealership.

by - Verified Customer February 04, 2016

C.A.R.S. has been serving my family since its opening, through two previous generations of prickly, persnickety engineer types: Uncle Glen retired from NASA; Grandfather Pierce retired from Buckeye Steel Castings. While not an engineer, I have enough science and business savvy to appreciate why both men were loyal customers. The service is appropriate and well explained, knowledgeably provided, and of course, provided with the utmost courtesy. The service staff keep a close eye on both my older vehicles, watching for issues that might develop into problems on the road. As a woman who sometimes drives alone at night, I do NOT need those! Prices are fair, quality is consistently excellent, SO C.A.R.S. service is a fine value.

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by - Verified Customer February 04, 2016

The shop does a good job and is very responsive. My only hesitations are that I don't know the actual mechanic working on my vehicle, and the costs are a bit higher than other shops I've used. But I have been very pleased with the service I have received.

by - Verified Customer February 01, 2016

I have always been satisfied with service I received.

by - Verified Customer January 29, 2016

They are always honest and deliver what they promise.

by January 28, 2016

Great people honest work.

by January 28, 2016

They do outstanding work and are honest about what your car needs.

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by - Verified Customer January 27, 2016

Awesome service and pricing.

by - Verified Customer January 27, 2016

They are honest and efficient.

by - Verified Customer January 27, 2016

The technicians were great, knowledgeable and friendly. I can schedule appointments online, which is super convenient for me.

by - Verified Customer January 21, 2016


by - Verified Customer January 18, 2016

They are honest, trustworthy, compassionate, and professional. I always feel like I can rely on C.A.R.S.; their work is exceptional.

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by January 14, 2016

I have recommended others to this shop.

by - Verified Customer January 14, 2016

They have always given fantastic service. This time was as usual. They are honest about what was done, and what you need done. They also treat me fairly being a female that doesn't usually happen even now this day in age.... Not all car repairs have been well at OTHER car repair places! I've always been able to trust them.

by - Verified Customer January 13, 2016

Good, timely service.

by - Verified Customer January 12, 2016


by - Verified Customer January 05, 2016

CARS has been servicing my cars for 20 years. My friend recommend them and I have very good experiences with all the personnel. I purchased my current auto from them last year.

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by - Verified Customer December 23, 2015

They are honest and stand behind their work.

by - Verified Customer December 23, 2015

I've always had pretty good service here and my repairs have been done well. I actually made a complaint for something minor once, which actually turned out to just be miscommunication, and the manager there was super responsive and cleared it up immediately. I have come back several times since then. It's a good shop and I feel like the prices are reasonable and the people are honest.

by - Verified Customer December 21, 2015

Have been a C.A.R.S. customer for nearly 20 years - 2 cars w/long lives. 99% satisfaction; on one unsatisfactory occasion, an immediate fix with no charge. Competent repair work; no hidden agendas.

by - Verified Customer December 21, 2015

Always professional service.

by - Verified Customer December 17, 2015

Very professional, reasonably priced considering the quality. Never any hype or B.S..

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by - Verified Customer December 02, 2015

Excellent work and excellent staff.

by - Verified Customer November 20, 2015

Superb service. Friendly. Competent.

by November 19, 2015

They did a good job.

by - Verified Customer November 16, 2015

Everyone was polite, courteous, and fair.

by - Verified Customer November 04, 2015

The folks at CARS have always been honest with me and stood behind their work. Their prices are fair and they offer great senior discounts. The staff is friendly and efficient and my old car (2004) continues to keep me on the road!

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by - Verified Customer October 30, 2015

C.A.R.S. has provided excellent service for my cars for about 25 years. I trust them.

by October 30, 2015

The shop was close to home, provided quick service, and worked well with my schedule. I wouldn't rate higher because I felt like is was often pretty pricey to get work done there.

by - Verified Customer October 23, 2015

I am satisfied with the cost & work.

by October 22, 2015

Good quality work with customer service.

by - Verified Customer October 19, 2015

Clintonville has always given excellent service for many years.

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by - Verified Customer October 15, 2015

I have always had great service!

by - Verified Customer October 08, 2015

Good service.

by October 01, 2015

They treat their customers well, don't talk down to them and are respectful.

by - Verified Customer September 24, 2015

My husband, Paul, and I have brought our cars to C.A.R.S. for years. Do not remember exactly when we first started with you but it has been a long time now, and we, and now I, as his widow, have always found all the people who worked with us to be friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and ready to offer help for some small things for which there was no charge. Thursday, Feb. 18, was an example. My tire pressure light came on; I stopped at C.A.R.S. and my tires were checked and filled where necessary, tested on the road to be certain that light did not come on again, without a charge. I really appreciate that kind of service that I can depend on at C.A.R.S.

by - Verified Customer September 24, 2015

Excellent service; have recommended several friends.

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by - Verified Customer September 23, 2015

They are honest and they accurately assessed amount of time they would need my car for the repairs.

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