1. ExpertTec Automotive
Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach; 949-645-7722, 714-848-9222; expertecautomotive.com
ExperTec Automotive has won the hearts of Orange County residents six years in a row. This family business began serving the communities of Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa in 1993. Today, both locations are managed by President Roy Daneshavke, Vice President Gary Frahm and General Manager Gary McMann, as well as several qualified service advisors, assistants, and technicians.
Like other garages in the area, ExperTec offers a variety of general repair services ranging from everything under the hood to tires and headlights. But fleet vehicles, vintage cars and hot rods and even hybrids are also serviced in this workshop. ExperTec not only offers its customers exemplary service, but also maintains close relationships with the community.
“The more we serve our community… the stronger we become!” – a bold statement proclaimed boldly on the company’s website, is nothing short of the truth. ExperTec is committed to supporting the development of the surrounding community by participating in various charity and fundraising events. In 2022, the company supported the Boy Scouts of America, the Newport and Costa Mesa Police Departments, and Surf City USA, among others!
Regardless of the make and model, ExperTec prioritizes the needs and budget of the customer. “They are always polite, professional, and greet you with a smile,” according to a Yelp review from Irvine-based customer Shelley B., who has been bringing her car to ExperTec for the past three years. “They are honest and have never tried to sell me repairs or products I don’t need.”
– Kenya Barrett
2. Britton’s Automotive
17242 Gothard Street, Suite C, Huntington Beach; 714-841-5701; britonautomotive.com
What began as a fascination with automobiles for the Britton brothers when they were young has morphed into a highly successful repair shop nearly four decades later. This family-run auto repair shop is more than just a business — it’s a fraternity between Cameron and Bruce Britton, who have grown their hobby into a thriving Huntington Beach establishment.
Their single location offers a range of services ranging from engine repairs, brakes and suspensions, air conditioning and transmission repairs to electrical work. If you need a car inspection or towing service, don’t worry – Britton Automotive has you covered.
Because all work is performed by ASE-certified mechanics, customers are immediately educated on the vehicle’s needs and given solutions to best meet the car’s needs as soon as they enter Britton’s Automotive. From start to finish, Britton’s strives to provide the necessary maintenance and even provide information to prevent further problems from occurring in the future.
3. Mission Viejo transmission
27210 La Paz, Suite J, Mission Viejo; 949-583-1828; mvtransmission.com/girls-garage.asp
Mission Viejo Transmission is no ordinary repair shop. It has become popular due to its well-received community event Girls in the Garage. Owner Kevin Hurley was originally approached with the idea by Cheryl Carrera, a local realtor. Carrera took interest in the dealership’s repair team giving eight of their customers an educational demonstration on how to perform simple vehicle work, including fluid level and tire pressure checks.
“The idea took off from there,” says Hurley on the company’s website. “But we had never hosted an event like this before – so we were skeptical about how successful it would really be.”
The event has since grown into a hit in the community, attracting more than 8,500 women since its debut. Guests can look forward to the opportunity on the first Wednesday of each quarter.