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Alternative Automotive

(760) 648-4719
134 Verified Reviews
alternativeautoappts@gmail.com

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ADDRESS

137 S Vinewood St
Escondido, CA 92029 USA

AUTO REPAIR EXPERIENCE

  • Steven Rabideau, Owner
  • Established 1995
  • 3 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 2 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 38 Years of Car Repair Experience

Alternative Automotive Reviews

OVERALL RATING

134 Verified Reviews
5 stars
(109)
4 stars
(20)
3 stars
(5)
2 stars
(0)
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by - Verified Customer October 25, 2017

Steve, Omar and staff made me feel very comfortable leaving my vehicles in their care and they did a great job.

by - Verified Customer October 23, 2017

You've served my one car for about 250,000 miles and it's still running well. Thanks!

by - Verified Customer October 10, 2017

Per usual, I always have had excellent & fair service from Alt. Automotive. They keep my Camry running very well!!

by - Verified Customer October 05, 2017

Omar explained everything to me and all was completed as agreed Thanks!

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by - Verified Customer October 02, 2017

I've been coming to this shop for many years because I know I will be treated fairly and with respect. They help me understand upcoming maintenance so I can plan for them in the future and fit them into my budget. They are the best!

by - Verified Customer September 20, 2017

First time going here. Had a great experience. Will be back!

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by - Verified Customer September 10, 2017

I trust this shop every time I need something done with any of my cars.

by - Verified Customer September 05, 2017

We believe this is a reputable auto repair shop. The communication is good. A mistake was made in predicting when a part would be available for repairs needed and that then required another day of rental car for us. In a perfect scenario, the repair shop should have offered to compensate us for the miscalculation that ended up costing us more money. We feel this is an honest shop that communicates well. Sometimes the price is on the higher end though.

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by - Verified Customer August 28, 2017

good, but not having Steve there to run things by, I felt somewhat unsettled.

by - Verified Customer August 23, 2017

Friendly and honest

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by - Verified Customer August 17, 2017

great, I will be back!!!

by - Verified Customer August 17, 2017

Went in for my oil change, the front brakes needed to replaced and were, and I was happily on my way in an expedient way, Thank you! Alternative Auto has always looked out for me for over 20 years.

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by - Verified Customer August 15, 2017

My recent experience was very pleasant. Omar did a great job explaining my problem.

by - Verified Customer August 14, 2017

Everyone at the shop were friendly and very helpful.

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by - Verified Customer August 13, 2017

I always feel like I'm not being taken advantage of for unnecessary repairs, which is hard to find in this day of cheating everyone toucan for an extra buck.

by - Verified Customer August 09, 2017

Perfect service as always. That is why I bring my car Alternative Automotive.

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by - Verified Customer August 01, 2017

Omar is awesome and Steve is very cool. I am happy to go to this shop.

by - Verified Customer July 19, 2017

Happy the service provided!

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by - Verified Customer July 10, 2017

Very satisfied and will come back

by - Verified Customer July 04, 2017

Good customer service.

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by - Verified Customer July 02, 2017

Great service as usual. I have brought 2 Lexus RX's here for service and have always been well taken care of.

by - Verified Customer June 29, 2017

When I am informed about recommended service, I feel helped rather than manipulated. Steve and Omar prioritize their customer's best interests. I am a long time customer..10 plus years.

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by - Verified Customer June 28, 2017

The service consultant, Omar does an excellent job of describing the repairs that need to be done.

by - Verified Customer June 27, 2017

I've been taking my cars to Alternative Automotive for almost 20 years and they've always maintained a professional and honest shop. I especially like how they let you know what maintenance is coming up in the next 6 months so we can be prepared and budget for the cost

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by - Verified Customer June 26, 2017

good job, done on time. price is right.

by - Verified Customer June 22, 2017

As always ... top job, top people, top of the line experience. Will never go anywhere else.

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by - Verified Customer June 20, 2017

Work was completed at a fair price and additional work needed was communicated before starting

by - Verified Customer June 18, 2017

The best

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by - Verified Customer June 18, 2017

Alt Auto is my 1st place to go for repairs.

by - Verified Customer June 13, 2017

Omar was my technician and he did a great job informed me all was to be done, and was done on time. Thank you & look forward to coming back.

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by - Verified Customer June 07, 2017

Top Notch

by - Verified Customer May 31, 2017

Omar was very professional. Explained everything done. Had 3 repairs done on 2 different cars. Already planning another repair there I been putting off.

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by - Verified Customer May 07, 2017

I called for a quote on something I couldn't do myself. I had the parts. I was given a reasonable quote. I arrived well before expected time. They got on it right away. While there I inquired cost of an inspection that could be costly if I put off longer. Told they could inspect that moment with no charge. I was given two quotes depending what needed to be done. I was right. What I felt repair would be needed is indeed needed. I WILL be back. They are honest, polite, and willing to work with you. Quality work & customer service are their top priority. See you guys in June!

by - Verified Customer May 04, 2017

As has been my experience, Alternative Automotive gave us very good service.

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by - Verified Customer April 27, 2017

Alternative Automotive has been serving my cars for years. They are the very best! They're honest, very reliable knowledgable, and fair. I will always take my cars to them.

by - Verified Customer April 27, 2017

First timer. Parts were affordable and you guys were cool.

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by - Verified Customer April 26, 2017

I am happy with your service.

by - Verified Customer April 26, 2017

Very professional, thanks!

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by - Verified Customer April 18, 2017

Excellent customer service!

by - Verified Customer April 12, 2017

Great service, nice staff!

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by - Verified Customer April 09, 2017

Always excellent service and questions are answered to my satisfaction.

by - Verified Customer April 04, 2017

Good people.

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by - Verified Customer March 28, 2017

Satisfied.

by - Verified Customer March 28, 2017

Fast, efficient and did what they said and at the price quoted.

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by - Verified Customer March 16, 2017

They are always friendly, give me estimate of costs and always done when promised.

by - Verified Customer March 14, 2017

great work done quickly.

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by - Verified Customer March 02, 2017

Pleasant and Courteous.

by - Verified Customer February 27, 2017

Thank you!

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by - Verified Customer February 27, 2017

I've been having all my vehcycles fixed and serviced by Steve and his excellent, knowledgeable team for about 20 years. I would go no where else.
They check everything and you walk away knowing your car is fully serviced, repaired and SAFE!

by - Verified Customer February 23, 2017

I enjoyed a great and informative conversation with 'Omar' before and after my service which will be very helpful for my future 30K miles service thanks again.

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by - Verified Customer February 22, 2017

Good job

by - Verified Customer February 21, 2017

This establishment was fantastic. Very professional and courteous

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by - Verified Customer February 13, 2017

Quick, accurate, reasonable price

by - Verified Customer February 13, 2017

A great place to have excellent automotive service.
Been a happy customer for many years.

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by - Verified Customer February 09, 2017

The owner Steve is very pleasant and friendly as well as Omar who directs the work. I find the place is concerned about telling the client what absolutely has to be done and what items can wait. That is very reassuring to me.

by - Verified Customer February 07, 2017

Pros! I've been using this shop for 13 years and they're great!!!

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by - Verified Customer February 06, 2017

Professional, courteous, great prices, understanding nature, highly recommend

by - Verified Customer February 06, 2017

You guys ROCK ! my truck runs like new!

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by - Verified Customer February 02, 2017

Was some issues with cost but got resolved

by - Verified Customer January 26, 2017

Great---as usual!

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by - Verified Customer January 26, 2017

Good work, thank you

by - Verified Customer January 25, 2017

I have used Alternative Automotive for service to my Lexus and my Ford F150. I have always been satisfied with the work and the staff.

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by - Verified Customer January 24, 2017

Steve and Omar are the best. I refuse to deal with anyone else! We take all our card to them. Lexus, Toyota, Honda and Infinity.

by - Verified Customer January 15, 2017

Happy to have found a good independent Lexus repair facility!

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by - Verified Customer January 08, 2017

As far as I can tell, all of the operations pertinent to an oil change were performed properly including a recommendation on the oil to use in between changes.

by - Verified Customer January 05, 2017

They seem to know what they are doing, in contrast to other places we have used.

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by - Verified Customer January 04, 2017

I was quoted elsewhere or around $550 for parts and labor. I came to Alternative Automotive and they fixed the problem by removing the part and cleaned the carbon out of it. Saving me over $250. They treated me with courteously and were timely.

by - Verified Customer January 02, 2017

The 35,000 mile service was expertly completed on time and at the price estimated by the very courteous staff. I'll be using them again and recommending them to my friends.

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by - Verified Customer December 27, 2016

Wonderful experience. Thanks you!

by - Verified Customer December 26, 2016

Courteous, knowledgeable and responsive. Thank you.

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by - Verified Customer December 22, 2016

Attentive, competent service at a fair price. I have never been disappointed.

by - Verified Customer December 20, 2016

Very professional and courteous. It was just days before Christmas and the shop was busy. They were able to perform necessary repairs and even had my car back to me before originally promised. I'm very satisfied and will be back as needed.

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by - Verified Customer December 20, 2016

They are so much better than the dealership. They are courteous and timely when servicing my car.

by - Verified Customer December 15, 2016

Have been a customer for many years. Have always been extremely satisfied with the customer service and work performed.

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by - Verified Customer December 11, 2016

Reasonable prices.

by - Verified Customer December 06, 2016

See you next service.

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by - Verified Customer December 06, 2016

I have been going to Alternative Auto for many years. I brought my car in for something that I thought would be very expensive but it turned out to be something minor. They continue to earn my trust like this. Very Happy with the service and would recommend them to anyone that's not sure if their current mechanic is honest, truthful, and competent. One less thing for me to worry about when I take my cars to Alternative Auto.

by - Verified Customer December 04, 2016

Listened to what I thought needed to be done. Understood problem and proposed steps to fix the problem that made sense. Provided measurements requested. Not enough miles since repair to say if problem permanently fixed yet. Overall pleased with experience.

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by - Verified Customer December 04, 2016

Oil changed. Fast and friendly. Omar is great.

by - Verified Customer December 01, 2016

These guys are the best!

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by - Verified Customer November 28, 2016

The crew at Alternative Automotive are knowledgeable, friendly, and professional.

by - Verified Customer November 16, 2016

Great.

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by - Verified Customer November 16, 2016

Good.

by - Verified Customer November 15, 2016

Staff is nice, work is good, but it's time to supply more magazines!

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by - Verified Customer November 15, 2016

Glad to have found a trustworthy company in Escondido. : )

by - Verified Customer November 09, 2016

Very pleased with service.

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by - Verified Customer November 07, 2016

I very much liked the efficient and courteous service.

by - Verified Customer November 03, 2016

Thanks.

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by - Verified Customer November 03, 2016

They did an excellent job keeping me updated on the status. It took 4 days to get the part so there was a long delay that couldn't be avoided.

by - Verified Customer November 02, 2016

Person at front desk was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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by - Verified Customer September 08, 2016

Very awesome service love how friendly everyone is!

by - Verified Customer September 08, 2016

Excellent service.

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by - Verified Customer August 30, 2016

I was bummed when it added up and got so expensive, but I trust them with my old Toyota.

by - Verified Customer August 28, 2016

Always pleasant and work is done in a timely fashion.

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by - Verified Customer August 23, 2016

I take our cars to Alternative Automotive regularly. I really like how they give an honest opinion repairs and maintenance things coming up, so we have an idea when to expect the repairs and how much they will be. They also tell me which repairs are critical for safety and which ones can wait if necessary.

by - Verified Customer August 23, 2016

Excellent, friendly customer service. Quality service - car runs great.

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by - Verified Customer August 22, 2016

Honest and friendly mechanics.

by - Verified Customer August 18, 2016

Easy to work with and won't leave you hanging.

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by - Verified Customer August 17, 2016

Very prompt. waited for the vehicle and they had it serviced in the time they stated.

by - Verified Customer August 16, 2016

Prompt service. Expert diagnosis. Rapid resolution. Reasonable price.

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by - Verified Customer August 15, 2016

Kept me involved as the problem was identified with alternative solutions.

by - Verified Customer August 14, 2016

Good quality parts and workmanship performed by well-trained mechanics.

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by - Verified Customer August 10, 2016

Excellent service.

by August 10, 2016

Steve took great care of us - as always.

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by - Verified Customer August 09, 2016

Always get great service. Very honest.

by - Verified Customer August 07, 2016

Courteous, fast, honest.

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by - Verified Customer August 03, 2016

My Camry runs like a well-maintained watch.

by - Verified Customer July 31, 2016

I have never been dissatisfied.

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by - Verified Customer July 21, 2016

Had my Lexus serviced here for 15000 mile checkup and my service was performed in minimal time and at 50% less than the Lexus dealership.

by - Verified Customer July 19, 2016

WORK WAS DONE EXTREMELY WELL AND WAS TOTALY SATISFIED WITH ALL THE WORK.

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by - Verified Customer July 17, 2016

These guys are great! Honest and excellent!

by - Verified Customer July 11, 2016

Very courteous people.

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by - Verified Customer July 11, 2016

They take very good care of my car. Never try to sell me the store, just what needs to be taken care of for safety reason.

by - Verified Customer July 07, 2016

Friendly service and very professional.

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by - Verified Customer July 07, 2016

I love this shop.

by - Verified Customer June 21, 2016

Everyone there made me feel welcome and informed me of all repairs before they were initiated.

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by - Verified Customer June 13, 2016

Very helpful and professional, they even rent you a car!

by - Verified Customer June 13, 2016

Excellent service. Explain everything, don't try to sell you work you don't need to have done & Steve provides a rental car (Avis) for major work if your car will be in the shop for a couple of days.

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by - Verified Customer June 02, 2016

Professional and competent at a ressonble price.

by - Verified Customer May 24, 2016

Fast and they charged what was quoted.

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by - Verified Customer May 23, 2016

They get the job done in a reasonable amount of time in a professional manner, are reasonably priced, give fair and accurate recommendations and help out in a pinch if necessary.

by - Verified Customer May 03, 2016

Superb attention to customer service and satisfaction. Always on time.

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by - Verified Customer April 20, 2016

Service is prompt and pricing is competitive.

by - Verified Customer April 13, 2016

Good and effective service with honesty and high integrity.

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by - Verified Customer March 31, 2016

This shop is a must go for quality and professional work on your Toyota. A very clean and friendly down home auto shop that gets the job done and done right.

by - Verified Customer March 30, 2016

Quality work, fair prices.

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by - Verified Customer March 20, 2016

Regular maintenance on car. Outstanding as usual.

7 verified customers did not leave comments but provided these ratings:
by Robyn, Rose, Joe, Nick
by Benny, Wayne
by Kay

RepairPal Scorecard
92
OVERALL QUALITY SCORE

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TECHNICAL ABILITY
99
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
87
CUSTOMER SERVICE
92
CUSTOMER AMENITIES
93

Alternative Automotive has been serving the Escondido area since 1995. This RepairPal Certified shop strives to stay on top of the latest technologies and to be a leader in the local community by providing the highest level of automotive repair coupled with the best customer service. Our review of this shop revealed they are achieving this goal. Recent customers describe this team as “honest”, “courteous”, “outstanding”, “professional”, and “superb”. This location features a team of automotive professionals with an excellent mix of experience, ongoing training, and ASE certifications. An investment in tools and equipment helps make them capable of repairs ranging from check engine light diagnoses and repair, to minor and major mechanical repairs, as well as your scheduled maintenance needs. Repairs are covered by a 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind. A local shuttle service, rental vehicles, early bird drop-off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are all available for your convenience.


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SPECIALTIES

  • AC/Heating
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Hybrid/Electric
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts
  • Transmission Repair
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AMENITIES

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

MESSAGE FROM THE SHOP

“Leading the Way in Quality Service”
For Foreign and Domestic we consider ourselves the standard bearer for local auto repair shops. We’re strong in diagnostic services, strong in maintenance service plans, and strong in quality auto repairs.

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