Barb City Automotive

(815) 572-6451
36 Verified Reviews

7:30am to 5:30pm


1150 S 4th St
DeKalb, IL 60115 USA


  • Jodn Volkert, Owner
  • Established 1985
  • 3 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 1 ASE Certified Auto Technician
  • 46 Years of Car Repair Experience

Barb City Automotive Reviews


36 Verified Reviews
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by - Verified Customer June 27, 2017

My car was carefully gone over to insure safety since I was taking a lengthy vacation trip. Service and advice given.

by - Verified Customer June 13, 2017

I first ascertained that the shop could work on a Hybrid. After they said they could, I delivered the vehicle at an approved time, they worked on the vehicle, contacted us in a timely manner about the assessment and price, they delivered at the price point promised, and the car is running beautifully ever since. What more could you ask.

by - Verified Customer May 24, 2017

Great people, great service!

by - Verified Customer May 24, 2017

Had a fuse out and was fixed quickly and free of charge

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by - Verified Customer May 18, 2017

John was very helpful and did a great job on our Truck. Bobbie was very helpful with Questions when my called. Very satisfied with service.

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by - Verified Customer May 08, 2017

As always service was great and I felt good about what was done. I highly recommend Barb City Service.

Bob Bennett

by - Verified Customer April 20, 2017

Always good to go there. I was a little early and the guys put my car in right away.

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by - Verified Customer April 18, 2017

Always friendly, courteous, and good service

by - Verified Customer February 21, 2017

Always happy with services done to all my cars

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by - Verified Customer May 13, 2015

Good reliable work.

by - Verified Customer May 12, 2015

I always have good, honest service.

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by - Verified Customer May 05, 2015

They are great and they stand by their work.

by - Verified Customer April 30, 2015

Honest and trustful service.

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by April 28, 2015

I like their work, prices and their honesty.

by - Verified Customer April 22, 2015

Great shop, great people, would not take my car any place else.

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by - Verified Customer April 20, 2015

Good people.

by - Verified Customer April 18, 2015

Barb City Automotive is very knowledgeable, courteous and prompt with their services.

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by - Verified Customer April 10, 2015

Excellent customer service, great workmanship.

by - Verified Customer April 09, 2015

Good service and friendly people.

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by - Verified Customer April 02, 2015

Very satisfied with work completed at a fair price.

by - Verified Customer April 01, 2015

They are very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. They do wonderful service on your vehicle.

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by - Verified Customer March 30, 2015

I feel lucky to have come upon these people. Honest, friendly...even on on drop in visit (no appointment) they have done great and never made me feel unwelcome. Reasonable prices and great service.

by - Verified Customer March 26, 2015

John does good, honest work at a fair price.

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by - Verified Customer March 24, 2015

They are very honest and open with you about your vehicle. I am very limited on money expenses and they always ask my permission before doing anything and their estimates are always correct. They even understand when I can't get something done, they don't continue to heckle me.

by - Verified Customer March 11, 2015

All repairs are done right and promptly. Staff is very courteous.

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by - Verified Customer March 06, 2015

Polite staff. Efficient service.

by - Verified Customer February 25, 2015

Great service, Fair price, Friendly staff that does excellent work.

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by - Verified Customer February 25, 2015

Great service, had time available, good atmosphere.

by February 07, 2015

They provide great customer satisfaction and can fix basically any vehicle.

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by - Verified Customer February 04, 2015

Excellent, friendly, dependable service.

by January 29, 2015

I had an issue with my service but you fixed it with no additional charge to me and I think that was great!!

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by - Verified Customer November 10, 2014

You get in fast, every diagnosis has been correct, I'm dealt with fairly and in a friendly manner.

by - Verified Customer October 07, 2014

A high degree of professional and skilled service. Friendly and eager to help their customers. Auto needs and costs are upfront and no hidden fees or tacked on charges on the bill.

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by - Verified Customer September 10, 2014

They were quick and gave me advise on my vehicle.

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by Richard

RepairPal Scorecard


Barb City Automotive is a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving Dekalb and the surrounding area since 1985. This team of automotive professionals has an excellent mix of experience, ongoing training and ASE certifications and has at their disposal the shop equipment and diagnostic tools we would expect to see at a RepairPal Certified shop. 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 2 year / 24,000 mile warranty for your peace of mind. Recent customer described this shop to us as, "friendly", "honest", "professional", "courteous", and "knowledgeable". A local shuttle service, early bird drop off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are all available for your convenience.



  • AC/Heating
  • Check Engine Light
  • Classic Car Repair/Restoration
  • Diagnosis
  • Muffler & Exhaust
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts
  • Tire Sales/Repair
  • Transmission Repair
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  • Child Friendly
  • Coffee
  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Free Estimates
  • Free Multi-Point Safety Inspection
  • Heated Waiting Room
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shopping Nearby
  • Shuttle
  • Towing
  • Wireless Internet
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  • NAPA
  • iATN


Barb City Automotive first welcomed DeKalb area drivers in December of 1985. We started with one technician, our owner, John Volkert, and ever since, we have been building our reputation for excellence in servicing and repairing all types of vehicles, both import and domestic. As a family-owned business, we always put family first, including yours. Our customers are truly our number one priority.

We offer a variety of routine automotive repairs, like oil changes, brakes, exhaust, shocks, and flushes, as well as computer diagnostics and drivability problems. Barb City Automotive also performs the manufacturer’s maintenance required to keep your warranty in effect. On most repairs, we offer a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty, and because we’re a NAPA Auto Care Center, we also have a 24 month/24,000 mile peace of mind warranty.


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