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 for six years in a row. This family business began in 1993 serving the Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa communities. Today, both locations are run by President Roy Daneshavke, Vice President Gary Frahm, and General Manager Gary McMann, as well as several qualified service consultants, assistants, and technicians.
Like other repair shops in the area, ExperTec offers a variety of general repair services ranging from everything under the hood to tires and headlights. However, this repair shop is also suitable for fleet vehicles, classic cars and hot rods, and even hybrids. In addition to providing exemplary service to its customers, ExperTec also maintains close ties with the community.
“The more we serve our community…the stronger we become!” – a striking statement boldly announced on the company’s website that is downright true. ExperTec is committed to helping develop the surrounding community by participating in various charitable and fundraising events. In 2022, the company helped the Boy Scouts of America, the Newport and Costa Mesa Police Departments, and Surf City USA, among others!
Regardless of make and model, ExperTec prioritizes customer needs and budget. “They are always courteous, professional and greet you with a smile,” said a Yelp review from customer Shelley B. of Irvine, who has been taking her car to ExperTec for three years. “They are honest and have never tried to sell me for repairs or products I don’t need.”
— Kenya Barrett
2. Britton’s Automotive
17242 Gothard Street, Suite C, Huntington Beach; 714-841-5701; brittonsautomotive.com
What started as a fascination with cars for the Britton brothers at a young age has transformed into a hugely successful repair shop nearly four decades later. This family-owned auto repair shop is more than just a business – it’s a brotherhood between Cameron and Bruce Britton who have developed their hobby into a thriving facility in Huntington Beach.
Their sole location offers a range of services including engine repairs, brakes and suspension, air conditioning and transmission repairs, as well as 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 technicians, customers are immediately informed of the vehicle’s needs and offered solutions for the best care of the vehicle’s needs as soon as they step into Britton’s Automotive. From start to finish, Britton’s strives to do the necessary maintenance and even provide information to prevent further problems from happening 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 thanks to the well-received community event ‘Girls in the Garage’. Owner Kevin Hurley was initially approached with the idea by Cheryl Carrera, a local real estate agent. Carrera was interested in the auto shop’s repair team, who gave eight of its customers an educational demonstration of how to perform simple vehicle tasks, including checking the fluid level and tire pressure.
“From there, the idea took off,” Hurley says on the company site. “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 become a hit within the community, drawing a crowd of more than 8,500 women since its debut. Guests can look forward to the occasion on the first Wednesday of each quarter.