Dave's Ultimate Automotive

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2711 W Howard Lane
Austin, TX 78728
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7:30am to 6:00pm
7:30am to 6:00pm
7:30am to 6:00pm
7:30am to 6:00pm
7:30am to 6:00pm
7:30am to 6:00pm
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(512) 920-6319

Auto Repair Experience

  • Dwayne Saunders, Manager
  • Established 1997
  • 4 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 3 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 94 Years of Car Repair Experience


This is the original Dave's Automotive, servicing the Austin area since 1997. Their second location (also in Austin) opened in 2008. This shop has a team of very experienced technicians, three of whom are ASE certified (two Master Techs). In order to keep up with all of the latest technology, each of them regularly attend training classes and seminars. The shop is committed to having the most up to date scan tools and diagnostic equipment to aid their technicians in accurate and efficient repairs. Performing state mandated smog and safety inspections is an additional customer convenience. Dave's will always provide a detailed inspection report and review it with the customer in order to prioritize any repairs issues which may be noted.


Auto Repair Experience

  • Dwayne Saunders, Manager
  • Established 1997
  • 4 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 3 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 94 Years of Car Repair Experience


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


  • AAA Member Discount
  • Car Pickup/Dropoff
  • Child Friendly
  • Coffee
  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Financing
  • Free Estimates
  • Free Multi-Point Safety Inspection
  • Gas/Diesel
  • Heated Waiting Room
  • Loaner Car
  • Rental Car
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shuttle
  • Towing
  • Warranty Accepted


Makes We Serve

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

Message from the Shop

Dave's Ultimate Automotive is a family owned business delivering honest and professional auto repair and maintenance services to the people of Austin, South Austin, North Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, South Congress, Downtown, and the surrounding areas. The quality ASE certified technicians at Dave's Ultimate Automotive employ today's latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs, as well as complete maintenance on all foreign and domestic vehicles.


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Dave's Ultimate Automotive
2711 W Howard Lane
Austin, TX 78728


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Overall Rating

39 Verified Reviews

Customer Reviews

Verified CustomerJanuary 29, 2016

Fast, friendly and respectful. They take the time to explain all items that require service and are willing to break it down between Must Do, Should do but can wait, Need to do for safety.

Verified CustomerJanuary 29, 2016

Lowest quotes around town, very honest employees that will answer your questions and actually want to help you.

January 29, 2016

Great service. Friendly employees.

Verified CustomerJanuary 28, 2016

Pretty good service, timely.

Verified CustomerJanuary 28, 2016

Dave's does what is asked, keeps good communication regarding problems encountered, and sometimes does favors at no charge.

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Verified CustomerJanuary 28, 2016

Great service.

January 28, 2016

They were very professional and courteous!

Verified CustomerJanuary 27, 2016

The employees were very welcoming and put zero pressure on me. I felt very comfortable doing business with them.

Verified CustomerJanuary 27, 2016

Fast and friendly service.

Verified CustomerJanuary 27, 2016

I have been a customer for several years and it has always been Excellent Service.

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Verified CustomerJanuary 27, 2016

Good, honest, and friendly service.

January 27, 2016

Good repair shop.

January 25, 2016

Great service, honest, prompt, accurate. Willing to go the extra mile to help diagnose issue.

Verified CustomerJanuary 25, 2016

I get great service and professionalism every time i bring my car to Dave's Ultimate Automotive.

Verified CustomerJanuary 15, 2016

Always great quality work, honest and work done in a timely manner.

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Verified CustomerJanuary 08, 2016

Dave's is always honest and quick. I can always trust my repairs are done right.

Verified CustomerJanuary 06, 2016

Consistent quality service for 10 plus years.

Verified CustomerNovember 06, 2015

The service was fast and friendly.

Reply from Dave's Ultimate Automotive – DavesUltimateDecember 03, 2015

Thank you so much for the feedback!

Verified CustomerNovember 05, 2015

You've exceeded my expectations every time I've had the pleasure to work with you.

Reply from Dave's Ultimate Automotive – DavesUltimateDecember 03, 2015

That's a great warm fuzzy :) We appreciate the relationship.

Verified CustomerNovember 04, 2015

Josh is honest and fair.

Reply from Dave's Ultimate Automotive – DavesUltimateDecember 03, 2015

Many thanks!

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Verified CustomerNovember 03, 2015

Quality work, reliable estimates, great customer service.

Reply from Dave's Ultimate Automotive – DavesUltimateDecember 03, 2015

Awesome, thank you!

Verified CustomerOctober 30, 2015

Extremely helpful, told us everything that needed to be worked on including items that could wait.

Verified CustomerOctober 30, 2015

Excellent and honest service.

Verified CustomerOctober 26, 2015

The shop seems trustworthy.

Verified CustomerOctober 22, 2015

Best customer and car service provided.

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Verified CustomerOctober 02, 2015

I've used this shop for years and they've always done a very good job and charge fair prices.

Verified CustomerOctober 02, 2015

Great customer service.

October 01, 2015

Nice clean facilities, courteous, knowledgeable staff who seem to be interested in doing what you need & nothing more.

Verified CustomerSeptember 29, 2015

Great service! Courteous, professional and timely.

Verified CustomerSeptember 28, 2015

It is crystal clear that Dave's Ultimate Automotive's #1 priority is customer sanctification and service.

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Verified CustomerSeptember 25, 2015

Customer service and work was great.

Verified CustomerSeptember 25, 2015

Outrageously expensive charge for changing my battery. Jacked up the price with unnecessary diagnostic analysis rather than simply checking the battery. Will be going to Autozone from now on. I am extremely dissatisfied.

Verified CustomerSeptember 24, 2015

You guys have the best customer service and price around, not to mention you have a shuttle and you have fixed everything needed for my vehicle!

Verified CustomerMay 31, 2012

They are very personable, very, very friendly, very honest, and lots of integrity.

Verified CustomerMay 30, 2012

They were very polite. They were just excellent. I would always take my car back there. If you need to be picked up or dropped off somewhere, they will give you a ride and I was impressed by that.

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Verified CustomerMay 25, 2012

They were awesome. They do what they say and they do it on time.

Verified CustomerMay 25, 2012

They were very friendly, gracious, and helpful. They quoted me $500 for a fan motor for the air conditioner, and then they found that it fell off and they didn't have to replace it, so it made about a $200 price difference cheaper. It was very honest of them.

Verified CustomerMay 23, 2012

They are good people.

Verified CustomerMay 17, 2012

They were very good about explaining exactly what the problem was and what they were doing, so I felt very comfortable about it.

May 23, 2014

I highly recommend this auto shop to anyone needing repairs. They also offer a generous 20% off (up to $50) for first time customers. Triple AAA towed my 2011 Chevy Equinox to Dave's Ultimate where the vehicle was left overnight. I called early the next morning to explain to them my car issue. They responded with updates throughout the day and did not go forth with any work until they had the okay from me:) They were extremely polite and courteous when I arrived to pick up my vehicle, and I felt comfortable talking to them. As a female auto shops can be a bit overwhelming. Dave's auto took the time to explain all the tests that they ran and they also gave me a printout of my battery voltage test (which was the issue). They have a new customer for life:) I gave 4 out of 5 stars on account that they don't offer a pick up service. (I live 3 miles from them).

THANKS Dave's Ultimate Auto!!!

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June 25, 2011

Great service - in and out as promised 90,000 mile service and replace timing belt. Got an extra 12 months on my warranty and Dave's saved me over $100 from the "Dealers Service Dept"

November 04, 2010

Dave's Ultimate Automotive is excellent for auto repair! Customer Service - very friendly and attentive, accomodating and communicate well. Facilities - clean, great waiting room for work and/or with kids, easy to get in and out of. Service - done right, done quickly, reasonably priced. We have been loyal customers of Dave's for over 10 years and have always been happy with their work!

October 29, 2010

Dave’s has been my #1 auto repair shop for about the last decade.

What impressed me and never disappoints are the high level of competency, friendliness, and integrity of the owner, Dave, and each & every one of his employed auto experts.

They’ve been consistently on target in diagnosing & repairing my vehicle, and sending timely reminders for preventative maintenance.

Every time I walk in I can’t help but notice how genuinely happy the staff is and that turnover is very low; I’ve run into the same folks there year after year, a very good sign at any place of business.

In addition to its supreme auto repair service, Dave’s offers a myriad of peripheral services for the convenience and well-being of its customers and the community, including a free & safe shuttle, rental car availability, and charitable events as Dave “gives back”.

At Dave’s I feel cared for, and I’ve been recommending Dave’s at every opportunity since before learning about his referral reward program, just because when I find such a good thing I feel compelled to spread the word.

October 28, 2010

Best Customer Service I've experienced in a long time!!! The guys really know their stuff! They explain everything thoroughly, and in English, not Car language. I was able to get an appointment the next day, and was very pleased with the service and prices. I'll definitely be a repeat customer. :)

October 06, 2010

Since my recent move to Austin, I searched for a loyal, trustworthy and dependable mechanic shop... and Thank Goodness I found Daves Ultimate Automotive! The saying is so true...."1st impressions are lasting impression" Since my first visit I was sold..... Outstanding service, awesome prices and great customer service... who could ask for anything more?.....

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September 30, 2010

These folks gave careful attention to the details of the work my tires and wheels required, went way beyond what I could have reasonably expected. Prices were very reasonable. Will be back for other services when the occasion arises.

August 03, 2010

It is very nice to deal with pleasant, compotent staff at Dave's Ultimate. They get the work completed and do the little extras such as putting my registration sticker on my windshield for me. I appreciate that very much. I will only take my vehicle to Dave's as I trust their work. Thank you.

April 05, 2010

Thank you Dave! I never realized the value of maintenance until I recently visited your shop. The service manager there was amazing and really helped me understand exactly what my car needed and why. I was afraid I would have to miss work to get the work done, but you even took care of that with your free shuttle service. I highly recommend your shop and will definately be back.

March 20, 2010

Dave's was recommended to me by a friend who said, "Their more expensive than a regular shop but cheaper than the dealer." And after looking up online reviews of them I was impressed.

I took my vehicle into Dave's North because it had a 'check engine' light on and I had no idea what the problem was. They diagnosed the problem and said I needed my intake manifold gaskets replaced. They quoted me $995 for this repair. I had no idea what something like this should cost, but $1K seemed pricey.
I asked them to break down their estimate and found out they were charging me $300 for this gasket. I found out the name brand of the part they used, and called a local parts store who told me they would sell me the exact same part for $100. Now I expect a little mark-up, but 200%? That seems like a rip off to me. I also pulled up RepairPal and found out the range for this type of repair in my area was between $400-$650. I even called another mechanic shop and they quoted me $580 over the phone for the same repair.

So I called Dave's back and pressed them further about why they were charging me so much. They refused to lower their price and told me if I brought in my own part, they wouldn't warranty their labor. This isn't uncommon, but I'm not paying $200 just so they will warranty their own work! Then after looking through their estimate the sales rep mentioned how he "must have pressed a key twice" and that my quote should have been around $60 lower. Sounded fishy.

Then when I went to pick up my vehicle, I paid and left but once I stepped into my vehicle there were interior body panels laying in my floorboard and exposed wires from the inside of my vehicle. I pointed this out and they quickly put these back on.

All in all their customer service was always friendly and courteous, but their prices seemed sky high. So the next time my vehicle needs a repair, I'll continue on my journey to find a shop that has good customer service, honest mechanics, AND a fair price.

Update: Apparently Dave's monitors these reviews closely and I received an unsolicited phone call shortly after posting this review. I spoke with a manager there and he apologized profusely and offered to do what ever it took to remedy the situation. Much appreciated. I might give them another shot now, but I still feel they are pricey and I will be double-checking their estimates on any future repair.

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