Best Auto Mechanic (2006)

Gabe Cortez

The new redhead in town walks into an auto shop for an oil change and expects to be told her buggy needs about $500 in services to be safe. Not here. Gabe and his friendly, honest staff care about their customers -- they want to keep your business and attract your friends. He's been here "since my hair was still black" and is never short on smiles. The wall in the office is covered with certificates, awards, and yellowed newspaper clippings -- an archive of almost 30 years in a dirty (in terms of oil, that is) business displayed in dollar-store frames. The service is efficient: "You need to pick it up at 4:00? It will be ready." (And it is.) The location is conveniently located within skipping distance of kudzu-spreading condos in the booming Wynwood and Edgewater areas. All mechanics are ASE-certified, of course, and se habla español. Shop hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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