Vanguard Automotive Repair

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48 Woodland Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901 USA
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8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
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(415) 966-3533
28 Verified Reviews

Auto Repair Experience

  • Shelby Clark, Manager
  • Established 1986
  • 2 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 30 Years of Car Repair Experience
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Vanguard Automotive Repair was established back in 1986 and has been proudly serving San Rafael and the surrounding area ever since. This RepairPal Certified shop features a very experienced and well trained team who are equipped with the state of the art tools and diagnostic equipment necessary for today's modern vehicles. Repairs performed here can range from minor and major mechanical repairs, to check engine light and computer diagnosis and repairs, to state smog inspections, as well as your scheduled maintenance needs. All this work is backed by a 36-month / 36,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind. Our survey of their recent customers revealed a group who enthusiastically describe the team here as: “honest”, “helpful”, “knowledgeable”, “dependable”, and "knowledgeable". A local shuttle service, rental cars, early bird drop-off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are also available for your convenience.


Auto Repair Experience

  • Shelby Clark, Manager
  • Established 1986
  • 2 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 30 Years of Car Repair Experience


  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts


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

Makes We Serve

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • 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
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

Overall Rating

28 Verified Reviews
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by - Verified Customer June 23, 2016

Friendly, helpful, thorough.

by - Verified Customer June 17, 2016

Bonnie and Shelby and the staff at Vanguard are wonderful - always helpful, willing to take the time to explain things.

by - Verified Customer June 16, 2016

Excellent service.

by - Verified Customer June 14, 2016

Great service, as always!

by - Verified Customer June 13, 2016

Extremely dependable service run by a very responsible and friendly family who has been serving Marin for decades. They have never let me down. I highly recommend Vanguard!

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by June 10, 2016

Knowledgeable people with great customer service.

by - Verified Customer June 09, 2016

Great service, honest people.

by - Verified Customer June 08, 2016

I needed an inspection of my car after I purchased it from a dealership. The people in the customer service were super nice, one girl even agreed to give me a ride back to work, but they recommended services and repairs that I didn't need and would cost me between $2,000 - $5,000. I wanted a second opinion at another place and I got a much better price there and was told that most of the repairs weren't necessary.

by - Verified Customer June 07, 2016

Great service. Honest. Good prices.

by - Verified Customer June 06, 2016

Oil change and Service B.

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by - Verified Customer June 01, 2016

Over the years we have had many good, well cared for, and straight ahead situations. They were fast, honest, flexible and definitely dependable and competent. And very nice folks too.

by - Verified Customer May 25, 2016

Very communicative, quality repair and tune up.

by - Verified Customer May 16, 2016

Vanguard provides the highest quality technical service. In addition, they are friendly and courteous, and - most rarely found - generous! This has been consistent since I began coming to their shop in January of 2014 when they did a check for a computer glitch on my newly purchased Jetta and didn't charge me.

by - Verified Customer May 13, 2016

Fabulous service.

by - Verified Customer May 06, 2016

Very helpful, making sure not selling things not needed now.

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by - Verified Customer May 03, 2016

I have been taking my cars to Vanguard for over 12 years. They are honest, reliable and take great care of my car. They start on time, finish on time and always call for permission before making any changes to the scope of work. I wish there were more businesses which operated like Vanguard!

by - Verified Customer May 03, 2016

Service was prompt. I needed to stay with the car, and they scheduled a minor correction for my convenience.

by - Verified Customer May 02, 2016

Bonnie & Shelby are always helpful and manage to squeeze me in last minute. Reasonable pricing and maintenance work gets done very quickly!

by - Verified Customer April 28, 2016

They diagnosed and fixed a smog fail issue for $29.00 (new gas cap) that another shop quoted me $350 to fix. That was a savings of over $300.

by - Verified Customer April 25, 2016

My fee for an oil change was very reasonable and the turnaround time was under an hour. Very happy.

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by - Verified Customer March 28, 2016

Always GREAT! Helpful, knowledgeable, reasonably priced.

by - Verified Customer March 16, 2016

I was very happy with the service I received.

by - Verified Customer February 19, 2016

We took our truck into Vanguard without prescheduling an appointment as our passenger side window fell off of its track and was trapped in the door panel. They accommodated us, found the parts and had it fixed in 48 hours. They called several times to keep us up to date on what was happening. We were very pleased with the results and always impressed with the fantastic customer service!

by - Verified Customer February 18, 2016

They were committed to make sure I was satisfied, and did not want to engage in unnecessary repairs.

by - Verified Customer February 12, 2016

The check-up reminder, appointment process, and service were helpful, convenient and professional.

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by - Verified Customer January 22, 2016

Did a great job and got my car done on time.

by - Verified Customer January 18, 2016

Service was timely and excellent.

by - Verified Customer January 07, 2016

Excellent service, I have recommended them to a friend.

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