I found a great mechanic through this forum years ago. There are other threads out there on this topic. I go to Scotty G. Auto MD. The most honest mechanic I've ever met. Yes, very reliable.
Went to Dimensions for the first time recently. Very happy with their service and impressed with their honesty!! It's on East ave.
If you actually want it fixed right, try On The Move Auto- right behind Leo's and the bridal shop on Main Street. Knowledge and service gets it done well here.
Scotty G. - he has been faithfully maintaining my vehicles for years and I have yet to question anything he has recommended, said, or done!
Scotty G replaced my alternator. Used incorrect hardware and it came loose. Broke down on Route 80. Had car towed to auto repair place in Denville. They found that an obviously wrong-sized bolt caused the alternator to almost fall off and the car stopped running after all the warning lights came on. They were nice enough to install a new bolt for free, re-mounted the alternator, and the car was fine. I will not bash Scotty G because the previous repair was fine. I like Scotty, but am afraid to take my car back there. I've been using Hoff's Automotive on Grand Ave ever since and have been very satisfied. YMMV.
Tibor/Riverside Imports. He is in The Shell Station on Rt.57 right next to Dairy Queen. Most honest man/mechanic I ever met.
Scotty G Auto MD, very honest, one of the only places I feel comfortable leaving my car, saying "go over it, do what ever it needs". No need to worry about having to remortgage the house to pay the bill! VERY HONEST AND DEPENDABLE
I've been using Valley Auto for years and have never had a bad experience with them.
Scotty G! He has been taking care of my Odyssey for years now..At one time it needed everything from not being used. When I got my airbags replaced at the dealership they did a free check of my vehicle, and found over a thousand dollars of work to be done..Went to Scotty and he said none was necessary..He has never lied to me, and always explains what needs to be done..And if I can wait a little bit, he tells me that too! He always has time to fix even the little things on my van(like changing bulbs) right away..None better..
Do any area mechanics still only charge $75 hr labor rates? I think most are $90 an hour now. I know Valley is $90 hr and I believe Camp's is as well.
Stay away from Hoff's! Place is a ripoff and charges you double of what others are charging! Went there once and for a road test charged me half hour labor for a 2 minute ride, oh and I knew the mechanic too! I never went back to that dump! Jeff at Main street was awesome and very honest and reasonable and I trusted him. Only set back with him was he was a little slow to get car done. Sorry he is no longer in business. Thankfully I took auto mechanics in high school and can fix a lot myself.
Scotty G is amazing and incredibly honest/trust worthy... so glad to see so many share my experiences.
My driveway. But for the few things l can't do, Hackettstown Motor Imports. Been using Ray for a long time. Good guy.
I highly recommend Dimensions on East Ave. I've been going there for many years.
The owner is positively honest, reasonable, and does great work.
Z Car Service right outside the gate of Panther Valley. Very honest, fair prices and a 1 man show!
We've been using Hackettstown Motor Imports (HMI) for more than 4 years since Diamond Auto closed down. Nothing but good words and recommendation for HMI.
Just curious for any feedback. Has anyone used Rich and Sons garage on Route 46 on the Hackettstown / Independence border?
Both the rear hatch and hood on my Grand Cherokee do not stay up, need to replace the support struts. Don't know if this is the right name but they don't stay up, need to hold them. I don't know who to call, not the dealer of course. Suggestions?
You're right, they are called struts and you can normally order them online or at Advance Auto, Autozone or other parts store and replace them outright, though you do need a piece of wood strong enough to support the weight of the hood/hatch and/or an assistant to help support the weight while you bolt a new one on. If they're held on with rivets, rather than bolts, it's not as straightforward and you need both the new rivets (which may or not be supplied) and a tool for replacement. That said, I think you're more likely to have "bolt up" ones. I'm sure there's a DIY type video on youtube to show you how to do it, depending on your exact year and model.
Lenny- We use Rich and Sons. Rich used to work for a shop outside the area and worked on cars in his driveway as a side gig. We've been using him for a while. It's great to see that he has his own place. He's reliable, fast, and has fair prices. We have had quite a few things done and have yet to be disappointed.
My wife changed the struts on a jerp in minutes. Not very hard give it a try before you pay someone.
My husband does side mechanic work for reasonable prices. PM me if interested.
Whatever you do, DO NOT go to Scotty G.
Horrible experience there.
Tynan's Service Center on RT 46 across from Mavis Tire place. Been going there for years.
Agree with multiple things here -
The rear door struts on a Jeep like that are a really easy project most people can do themselves. Hold the door up, undo two screws, replace the strut, put the two screws back.
However, if you don't want to do that then any mechanic can handle the job. I still recommend both John's and Valley. Plus is you need a side job, then Calico's husband "Horatio" is about as good as it gets. (and my friend Bubba's best buddy)
Don't go to Budd Lake Transmission & repair - liars and misquote the price.
They are on Rt 46 (opposite Connelly Ave) near Days Inn, and across Dominos Pizza.
I have been a customer of Scotty G's for over 7 years and never had a bad experience. They do great work, are competitively priced, provide loaner cars and no surprises. I recommend them without hesitation.
Ditto on Scotty G. Customer 10+ years and nothing but great service every time.
I've switched to from Hoffs to Valley. Very happy.
Mike at On the Move Auto, Ray at HMI, and Roy at Dimension are all great mechanics, you can't go wrong with any of them.
Not one of them will steer you wrong :)
Kevin was the mechanic at Camps for years so anyone who had work done there he did it , finally opened his own shop the past 2 yrs , email me if you want his location , he's very busy so appointments are recommended,
Yes, great service and honesty at HMI Auto Care
I personally recommend Valley Auto, best in Hackettstown. I've been going to them for over 20 years.
Valley Auto. About as honest as the day is long. Brought my wife's Saab in there about 5 years ago for an input shaft replacement. The part failed 11 months after that and I went to Valley for another replacement. After looking at his records, ted informed me that his repairs have a one year warranty and he'd do the job free of charge, both parts and labor. I was shocked that a mechanic in this day and age would do that. I'll never go anywhere else.
I have to agree that Ted at Valley Auto is really great. Honest, reliable, and has never overcharged us.
Steves pit stop and also Valley auto. Warren county tech studemt will also do your car. They Did my brakes front and back my rotors and a wheel alignment and all I had do is pay for the parts. Which the school orders and they also get a little discount on them.
Scotty G's - honest, reliable and high quality work - every time, for all our vehicles over years.
How does one go about scheduling repair work with the Warren County Tech students? Is there a special number to call?? I think I need new rear brake drums.
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