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.
Dave's Ultimate Automotive
Austin, TX 78728 USA
Auto Repair Experience
- Brad Updergraff, Manager
- Established 1997
- 4 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
- 3 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
- 94 Years of Car Repair Experience
- Check Engine Light
- 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
- Early Bird Dropoff
- Free Estimates
- Free Multi-Point Safety Inspection
- Heated Waiting Room
- Loaner Car
- Military Discount
- Rental Car
- Se Habla Espanol
- Service Guarantee
- Warranty Accepted
- Wireless Internet
Makes We Serve
Fast, quick service.
Was quoted one price and then ended up paying more.. Other than that, it was good.
My wife brought her car in for the 60K service and an alignment issue was not found. I'd expect checking over the car would have found and suggested that fixed. Costco ended up finding it and we had to take it to another location to get it fixed as we didn't have time to get it back to Dave's given schedules.
Great overall experience!
Quick and efficient. All I need.
Always a great experience.
Your employees behind the counter were all very courteous. I like that they are ready to listen to be sure they understand the problem. They are very knowledgeable about cars (and more), and ready to share their knowledge.
It was great.
I was not told that I would have to wait two hours and a half for an oil change nor was I offered to go home
As always, they took care of me like family.
Did the job without appointment. I waited six hours. Car not starting in cold. Replaced starter and relay.
Good experience overall.
I took my Nissan Rogue in for an oil-change and for what I believed to be front brake problems. I was told my brakes were fine. I would have never known otherwise, and would have paid to have them fixed. Thanks for your honesty!
I've been using Dave's auto for about 6 years and the service has always been outstanding!
I had a good experience and would go back. I just wish they were open Tues-Sat.
Great experience at Dave's.
They performed on my car without even calling me first to tell me what was wrong with it or ask for my consent. I was also overcharged $70 for a battery that was said to cost $255, but they are only $188 new.
Nice to find a fair priced VW friendly shop.
I am a younger female and my father would always take care of my car. I recently moved to Austin and taking my car to Dave's was the best decision. They didn't make me feel dumb or pressure me into fixing things on my car! Thank you!
I love Dave's! They provide quality work for a great price and never talk down to me just because I'm a woman. I so appreciate them!
The turn around time for my recent state inspection was very fast. Staff was professional. Would recommend.
Great service. Polite staff and professional care.
I went to them because of the really great reviews and I see now that the reviews were spot on. I needed them to do a Buyer's Inspection on a car I was interested in purchasing. They went WAY above and beyond any auto shop has EVER gone with this service.
Brad and Kerry were very professional and courteous.
Having my car repaired here was a very good experience, where everyone I spoke with was friendly and respectful of my opinion on which repairs were deemed necessary, and the repairs themselves were done promptly.
I have been a customer for years and trust them with my 1996 Corvette Coupe. Won't go elsewhere because they know my car and it's needs.
Josh is a very knowledgeable Auto Specialist/Mechanic! My car is in "good hands" with him.
This service visit was the first occasion in my two plus years of having my Subaru serviced here in which there were issues, albeit relatively minor ones, which required follow-up visits to resolve. Fortunately, Dave, Josh, and the service technicians great.
I'm a longtime customer at Dave's Ultimate Auto. I was very pleased this time as well. They were very understanding when I called several times with follow-up questions about the vehicle, which I really appreciated.
Work done and completed as promised!
Good experience however even though I made an appointment and had the car in by 9:00am, car was untouched until end of the day. Since it required parts order, ended requiring 2+ days.
The work was done professionally and to my satisfaction.
I've been a customer at Dave's Ultimate for years. They have always been great and this last time was no exception. I would readily recommend them.
Reasonable prices and very friendly and professional staff. They take the time to explain everything and I was provided a free loaner because of an overnight repair. The loaner wasn't a luxury vehicle but was reliable and accomplished the task.
I am very happy.
Everything was good.
Awesome experience! Very professional and fast!!!
They went over all the options and gave me choices...including several options other shops did not give me. I am very satisfied.
You guys always do a great job!
Thanks Again, Josh! (employee)
I feel that I am only informed of what repairs are really needed and no exaggerations for services that are not really needed. Trust worthy staff at Dave's Ultimate on Howard Lane.
Dave Ultimate Automotive can do it all. Great service and they fix it right the first time.
The service light had come on, indicating it was time for some basic maintenance. They're always competent, friendly and reasonably priced.
Online reservation didn't work very well...they didn't know I was coming that morning. They worked me in anyway and made things work.
Everything was taken care of very well---bravo!!!!!!!
First time there & it a very good experience. The cost was exactly what I was quoted no surprises.
They are customer-oriented and do the job right (or on the rare occasion they don't, they make it right).
They were very professional, they provided transportation to take me back to work. Called later that morning to let me know the problem with my car and the cost which was very reasonable. Called me a couple of hours later to let me know my car was repaired and ready for pick up.
Great service, fair price, kept informed on service needed, and when it would be completed. Been going there for years.
I feel I deal with ethical folks that are operating a business profitable business while having the best interest of the customer at heart.
My experience from phone call with Josh to departure with Bill and the rest of the crew was very pleasant. I felt like I was visiting family.
Personnel were polite, efficient, friendly, and helpful.
They are great.
Very courteous, extremely professional and customer focused service.
The guys were quick to get me signed up and get my car taken care of. Prices were really decent too.
Job was quick.
Friendly and good service.
Friendly, fast and courteous! I would tell anyone to go here!!
They are friendly, convenient, punctual and informative. At no time, in any of my dealings with them, have I ever thought that they were exaggerating an issue to bump up my costs.
Fine service, would recommend.
Respectful, courteous employees.
I brought my vehicle in to this location to have the frame checked to make sure there was nothing wrong. This was going to be a new purchase and I wanted to double check. My car was serviced without my notice and when asking about it the reason was because I gave the wrong phone number and there was no way to contact me. My email was on there as well and I never got an email asking either. I contacted the shop and spoke to the manager the next day and he told me I could come back in and have the car put back the way it was previously. He did have some attitude as I assume there have never been any problems with customers or their cars before. I understand that Dave's Ultimate employees felt like this was dangerous and needed to be addressed. I came to pick up the car that evening, after hours, and was driving home and noticed that my car was pulling hard to the right. I called back the next day to let them know this issue and I was told I could bring my car back in. Upon looking at the paperwork the manager told me that this mistake was "on us" and that the alignment measurements were off. He told me I could bring my car in the next day. After the second day of having the car being looked at and fixed I tried to make it up there before closing. I was not able to speak to anyone about the issue. I took my car to a local shop to have the oil changed and tires rotated. When the employees of this shop tried to rotate my tires they noticed that I actually needed a key to take the rims off. When they looked under the car they noticed the tie rod was extremely loose/broken. I was told that could be highly dangerous if it were to come off. When I called Dave's to speak to the manager I was told if this is the case then a part would need to be ordered. I was also told that this is not their fault. They were the LAST company to do any type of work on the car which involved the alignment. This was several weeks ago. I still have yet to hear back about the problem and what is going to be done. I am upset with the way this situation was handled and would not like anything to do with this company in the future. I am led to believe that this incident was neglected by Dave's Ultimate Auto and should have been addressed. The manager told me that the loose tie rod situation was not on them- even though they serviced the car without my permission. Good customer service and work is hard to come by and it looks like there is some help that needs to be given in this area of your establishment.
The car was fixed as expected at a fair price. They were available for any questions I had.
They were a nice and polite group of guys. They have a shuttle service. They also fixed what needed to be fixed.
The staff was friendly. Like that I was able to get a ride to work after dropping my car off.
Made an appointment for the next day, comfortable waiting area, service was quick, price was reasonable.
The customer service is always great. The only thing that was disappointing was how much I was charged for the part.
Jim and Josh made it right. They let me borrow one of their mechanics to go for a ride in my car so that the mechanic could really figure out what was going on, rather than me trying to explain some abstract scenario to them. They put my car up on the rack, figured out the issue and then I asked the same mechanic who drove my car previously to drive it again to make sure that the issue that was there before was gone. It was gone, I also drove it and the issue was fixed. No cost to me, as previous work was under warranty. They made it right. At the end of the day, that is all you want... for it to just be right.
Professional and great customer service!
Josh and Co. made my visit short, sweet, and to the point. No crap. Thanks guys.
I called that morning around 8am, to get my oil changed. You were booked but said bring it in, and originally said it would take all day. I had nothing better to do but work on my laptop and hang out in the lobby.
Within about 2 hours I was out of there. The atmosphere is light, friendly, and fun while they do a great job to take care of their customers!
Top Notch Service. Highly Recommend.
Gave me a discount without asking
Great service. Didn't try to over charge me on service I didn't need. Ultimately they couldn't find my fault. But they recommended a specialist who could.
People were friendly however they fixed air conditioning and it worked for one day and now, is broken again, when I told them I was going across country, and had to drive 4 days with two kids and no air conditioning. Took another repair shop and they said it was another $750 to fix after just spending $1000...not happy.
I called the shop and was told I could bring my car in the next afternoon. When I showed up they said they were booked and couldn't get me in until the following week. I was not pleased. Then when I did bring the car in for repair, the main thing I asked to be fixed (the low tire light) was NOT fixed when I picked up the vehicle. I had to turn right around and come back to the shop so they could complete the repair I had already been charged for. Again, not pleased.
I bought a used car in San Antonio on Thursday that began to fail the minute I drove away. My mechanic in North Austin couldn't get to me until the following Thursday so, based on reviews, I contacted Dave's Ultimate Automotive in North Austin. I paid $111.68 for them to tell me what was wrong with the car. When "Jim" called me he gave me the green light on some of the things I was sure were wrong with the car. When I went to pick the car up, "Blair" confirmed that those things were indeed wrong (wheel bearings!) and needed to be replaced immediately. I asked that the estimate/evaluation be amended that I receive a copy. I was told it was emailed to me. It was not. This may not seem like a big deal but it cost me hugely. That day, the guy who sold me the car was amenable to either refunding some of my money or making good on repairs as long as I could provide him with documentation. Since I never got anything from the shop as promised, I couldn't provide anything to the seller and by Monday, when I STILL hadn't received a thing, the seller wasn't willing to do anything. I lost all my momentum because DUA didn't deliver as promised. When they saw the car I had owned it for less than 24 hours. By the time I had to contact them again and get them to send the information, I had had the car for over 3 days. That and the fact that I couldn't even get the straight skinny on my car when I PAID is unconscionable! I would NEVER use or recommend your shop, and quite honestly feel like I should have my money refunded!
I really appreciate the time you spent with me going over the areas that we fell down on time expectations for you. We were happy to refund your evaluation fee since it did not provide the immediate impact you were expecting. I'm really glad that everything has worked out since this post and hope that we have earned a second opportunity from our actions.
I've been taking my truck to Dave's for several years. Always fair and honest work.
Great service. I will be returning for all my future repairs.
Very empathetic to my situation and great customer service
This staff is always friendly and don't make you feel like you are interrupting them when you call and have questions.
The service is always fast and efficient.
They only chastised me a little bit for how long it had been since my last oil change.
Fast and extremely informative
Very good work in a timely manner. Great customer service and fair prices.
Service was performed on the vehicle in a timely manner and I haven't had a problem since the service.
I went to have an oil leak fixed. They did not attach the plugs back correctly so I had to return. The next day I checked my oil because I was going to drive out of state and it was over 2 quarts short. It seems like common sense that if you take your car in for an oil leak that they would top you off before returning the car. I didn't expect that I would pay almost 600 dollars for a repair and then have the car returned to me without the proper level of oil. If I had not checked the oil I would have been on the road in the middle of Texas with a blown rod. I think this was horrible service. I will not be returning to Daves again.
Valerie, thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us. We were floored that we could make such a simple mistake considering we had to drain your oil to do the repairs. We are going to check the calibration on our equipment just to make sure it was an accident that does not re-occur. You have been a great customer for years now and we are sad to lose you to California, but happy that your perception of us is much better now.
We've been coming to Dave's for years and are always very happy. My last visit was no exception.
Reliable, honest, fast, no pressure, friendly staff.
Fast, courteous service. Great guys all work approved before it was done. Couldn't ask for better service.
Honest, professional, and thorough. What else could you want in a mechanic?
Good repair work and a better ethic behind the work. Reasonable shop rates and parts prices. Customer service is excellent and there is some serious integrity when it comes to dealing with customers of all walks.
I usually have a great experience with Dave's. But this time, I had requested that my tires be balanced and rotated, because I was experiencing a bit of a wobble. I asked them to check the car over, as usual, and let me know of anything that needed attention. The wobble is still there, so either it was the tires, and wasn't properly addressed, or it is something else and was not properly addressed. Also, a headlight was out. The headlight may have happened just after I got the car back, that is possible, but it certainly does make me wonder. But the wobble is still a problem. It is a disruption for me to take my car in. I'm a sales rep, and need it functional and safe, and need to make sure problems are addressed when I take it in, because I can't do my job without my car. I can't just take a taxi to work. In order to have this addressed, I will have to take another day off to get this looked at again.
They provide the best customer and car service. They were recommended to me by a friend many years ago who stated their ratings were top notch and ever since going there that has been true. They are honest and I've never felt like I've been taken advantage of.
Have been taking my cars to Dave's for years.
Very professional and transparent repair process.
They did the repair job in a timely manner - I felt safe keeping my car @ this shop over night and for multiple days - Someone called me with estimate same afternoon - Shop ordered parts promptly - Mechanic even looked at a few other things I asked about while my vehicle was in for this repair - The shop gave me a decent discount for being a new client - The cost of the job was slightly below average compared to a few other quotes/estimates I received - My vehicle is still performing great! - Oh and the mechanics who worked on my vehicle gave it back to me exactly how I left it (Same radio station, seat setting, clean, etc.) - Yes, I would recommend this shop to friends and co-workers.
They are good.
I was in town for only a few days and saw so many good recommendations. Loved it!
They do excellent work even though it is a little pricey they stand behind their work.
They were friendly every step of the way and kept me informed throughout the repair process. As a female I did not feel they were ripping me off. I happen to know a little about auto repairs and felt they were extremely honest.
Very nice workers and they take the time to understand what is exactly going wrong with your vehicle.
Excellent customer service.
Joe kept in communication with me regarding the status of my car.
Coolant was not filled to proper level.
They are honest, reliable and friendly.
I've already recommended Dave's to a few people. Two of whom have gone there for service.
Great service provided quickly and at a reasonable cost.
All of the staff at Dave's is friendly, helpful, and honest. I'm generally ignorant about car repair and maintenance, but Dave's made me feel comfortable with the process.
They had great service.
The shop is communicative, does quality work and the shuttle service is such a convenience.
I felt like I was given honest advice and they provided photos and videos for proof.
Good service and pick up. I do wish prices were made clearer for any added services.
Very easy and fast service.
Michael was thoroughly helpful.
I like the guys who work there.
I'm from out of town, but my 21 year old daughter had car problems and no one to help her. In a quick one day trip from Harlingen to Austin, Dave's was able to get her car back on the road. Excellent customer service!
I like their detailed service reports and fair pricing.
I have been doing business with Dave's for years and I am completely satisfied with the price, service, and quality of the work they do.
I've been taking my 2006 Charger to Dave's since the original factory warranty expired. Great mechanics, great front office guys, great service.
I have recommended then to others. They have been honest, fair and prompt when working with me.
Had my last mechanic for 20+ years, I don't know Dave's well enough yet to know if I'm being upsold. Both times I have had thing replaced I"m not sure needed it...and the service lights are still on.
They are well qualified to handle any car repair needs. Friendly, courteous service and the work is always completed on time.
Michael was wonderful. He was able to explain things to me without being condescending or rude, which you so often run into at auto shops. If feel this location was honest, ethical, and did wonderful work!
Awesome quality service.
They're fair with pricing, professional, helpful & friendly.
I've always been very happy with the service provided at Dave's Ultimate Automotive. Plus, you always saw that I was offered a ride home, unless it was for a quicker service in which case I waited.
Great service, quality work, fair prices.
Usually very good service with occasional misses.
Nice and professional staff.
Staff are always friendly, service is always good, prices are reasonable, and I've never had to wait around too long.
Good and timely services.
Friendly. No BS. They get the job done without any "unforeseen circumstances" and give you rides if you need them.
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.
Lowest quotes around town, very honest employees that will answer your questions and actually want to help you.
Great service. Friendly employees.
Pretty good service, timely.
Dave's does what is asked, keeps good communication regarding problems encountered, and sometimes does favors at no charge.
They were very professional and courteous!
The employees were very welcoming and put zero pressure on me. I felt very comfortable doing business with them.
Fast and friendly service.
I have been a customer for several years and it has always been Excellent Service.
Good, honest, and friendly service.
Good repair shop.
Great service, honest, prompt, accurate. Willing to go the extra mile to help diagnose issue.
I get great service and professionalism every time i bring my car to Dave's Ultimate Automotive.
Always great quality work, honest and work done in a timely manner.
Dave's is always honest and quick. I can always trust my repairs are done right.
Consistent quality service for 10 plus years.
The service was fast and friendly.
Thank you so much for the feedback!
You've exceeded my expectations every time I've had the pleasure to work with you.
That's a great warm fuzzy :) We appreciate the relationship.
Josh is honest and fair.
Quality work, reliable estimates, great customer service.
Awesome, thank you!
Extremely helpful, told us everything that needed to be worked on including items that could wait.
Excellent and honest service.
The shop seems trustworthy.
Best customer and car service provided.
I've used this shop for years and they've always done a very good job and charge fair prices.
Great customer service.
Nice clean facilities, courteous, knowledgeable staff who seem to be interested in doing what you need & nothing more.
Great service! Courteous, professional and timely.
It is crystal clear that Dave's Ultimate Automotive's #1 priority is customer sanctification and service.
Customer service and work was great.
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.
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!
They are very personable, very, very friendly, very honest, and lots of integrity.
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.
They were awesome. They do what they say and they do it on time.
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.
They are good people.
They were very good about explaining exactly what the problem was and what they were doing, so I felt very comfortable about it.
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2711 W Howard Lane
Austin, TX 78728
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