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Do you know a good mechanic?  That's a question we've all asked.  And here we have some ideas to help you find a good mechanic for your automobile repairs and maintenance.


Update December 12, 2016  Here's a reminder that L&T Japanese Automotive in La Puente is closed for vacation during the final two weeks of the year, so you should call them in advance during December if you need work done. In 2017 they are changing their hours.

Starting in 2017 they will be closed Sundays and Mondays. Their business hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 8-am till 6-pm, and on Saturdays they will be open from 8-am to 4-pm.

L&T Japanese Automotive
13908 East Valley Boulevard, La Puente
(626) 333-1950


Update December 14, 2015  L&T Japanese Automotive specializes in repairs and maintenance of Honda and Acura as welll as other Japanese makes. This family owned, independent repair shop, has a long list of happy customers who consider themselves part of the L&T family. Service is great and prices are always discounted. L&T uses original factory parts and mechanics are factory trained and many have years of experience at new car dealerships. L&T Japanese Automotive also offers paint and body work on American as well as Japanese model cars. Check with them for special deals. They have a solid reputation for fast, dependable service and make every effort to get you your car quickly so you can get to work and get on with your life. Watch our TV show report below.

L&T Japanese Automotive in La Puente has received a prestigious award from the AAA for outstanding member services. L&T Japanese Automotive is the only shop in its region to receive it this year and one of 20 repair shops nationwide out of approximately 650 shops to receive the recognition.

L&T Japanese Automotive will be having its annual vacation starting December 19th and they will return for business as usual on January 4, 2016.  Please plan accordingly.

L&T Japanese Automotive
13908 East Valley Boulevard, La Puente
(626) 333-1950


Update June 1, 2012  Benders Auto Center in Covina offers complete auto and truck repair and maintenance.  Yes, Benders will give you the expert repairs you need when your car has a problem -- but more importantly, Benders prides itself on giving you the expert service to prevent break downs so your car doesn't have to be towed in.  Benders Auto is family owned and has been in business at the same location for forty years.  Benders has been honored with the AAA Approved Shop rating and this is only awarded to shops with at least a 90% customer satisfaction rating.  ASE Certified Master Technicians work here, and because these technicians know what they're doing they can get the job done faster and save you money.

Tom Bender has been an Automotive instructor at Citrus College since 1993.  And Benders Automotive offers many special services including a warranty on repairs, a free shuttle service to and from work, low cost rental cars are available also.  Benders has a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty on certain work.  It's your one-stop shop for the family and for business fleets of autos and trucks.  Our Best Buys TV Show reports are below.

Benders Automotive
747 E. San Bernardino Road
Covina, California 91723
(626) 332-3022

In the TV show report below, Tom Bender talks about the services at Benders Automotive in Covina and how he can save customers money when they need to get a new car serviced.  You do not have to bring a new car to a new car dealer for regular maintenance and Bender Automotive can keep your new car factory warranty in effect while they service your car at lower prices than what a new car dealer might charge.  There is a federal law that protects the consumer's right to choose where they get their car serviced and keeping the new car warranty in effect.  And because Benders Automotive in Covina is a full-service repair shop Benders does not have to sub-contract with other repair shops and that will save you money as well.

Below is our original TV show report about Bender Automotive in Covina.


Update April 5, 2012  Pacific Tire Performance Center in Lawndale says it wants to make its customers comfortable and to put them at ease when they come in for tires and other products such as wheels and various automotive repair services.  "We want customers to know they are not going to get ripped off," a manager told me.  Pacific Tire Performance Center says its goal is to give customers the best tires, the best products and the best services for their money.  And to do that, Pacific Tire actually shops for bargains on tires.

One thing I found out that is fascinating is that the big tire companies also make generic or "off-brand" tires that have high quality but lower prices than the name brand tires.  By making these generic tires, the big tire companies are able to boost sales in a tough economy without undercutting their own major brands.  Pacific Tire will show you some of these generic brands and then tell you which of the big tire companies made them.  Think of these generic brand tires as "the same candy in a different wrapper."

Actually, it's the same in the supermarket industry: big food companies make private brand milk, cereal, bread, and other basic foods for the supermarkets to sell under their own names or label at a lower price.

Pacific Tire can also give you alignments and oil changes and they offer other repair services.  "We don't keep our customers waiting," a manager told me.  "We get the job done quickly."

And of course Pacific Tire discounts name brand tires too.  And in case you don't need a new tire, there are quality used tires available.  Our Best Buys TV Show report is below.  Their website is coming soon.  It's PacificTires with the number eleven so you'll remember this place is better than a ten.

Pacific Tire Performance Center
14724 Hawthorne Blvd.
Lawndale, California 90260


Update February 15, 2012   At Collision Consultants Auto Body and Paint in Los Angeles you get the best in collision repair and handling of your insurance claims.  Collision Consultants has the best and newest equipment for the top repairs, including the high-tech Car Bench System which is used to repair frame damage to perfect factory specifications.  Collision Consultants offers a full range of repair services including small repairs to bumpers as well as repairs that could total $50,000 on certain luxury models.  The are very proud of their turnaround time and they know that customers want to get their cars back and on the road as quickly as possible.  To help speed up the process, they know how to work with insurance companies to speed up the claims process.  There is also a top of the line paint spray booth and system that will give cars a factory finish after repairs are made.  And they use earth-friendly paints and environmentally friendly products.  Watch our Best Buys TV Show report below.

Collision Consultants Auto Body & Paint
2627 La Cienega Avenue, Los Angeles 90034
(310) 280-6000


Update January 2, 2012  Pacific Pitt Stop in El Segundo offers full service for tires and wheel services and is very popular in the business area near LAX.  What makes Pacific Pitt Stop different is that it has the newest, high tech equipment for mounting and balancing tires, and Pacific Pitt Stop also has the new laser controlled wheel alignment equipment.  This laser controlled wheel alignment is especially interesting because it costs no more than a traditional alignment, yet it is more accurate.  The equipment is linked to auto manufacturer's websites so that the technician can get the exact specifications for your car's alignment and the newest model cars can also be expertly aligned this way because the web-based updates are instantaneous.

There is also a new high-tech tire mounting machine that will not damage, scrape or scruff wheels and car owners who put a lot of money into fancy wheels will appreciate this.  The machine can also handle the new low-profile tires.  Also new-- a wheel balancing machine that can balance wheels for simulated road use and it also performs the conventional wheel balance check.

Pacific Pitt Stop is also competitive on tire prices and wheel prices and because of its low overhead it can offer the best prices in the area.  Pacific Pitt Stop is an independent company which means it doesn't have to pay licensing or royalty fees to any of the big tire chain store companies and that also contributes to lower prices.  Pacific Pitt Stop also gets weekly and monthly promotional discounts from the major tire makers.  Here's a hint -- the best time to buy tires is around the winter holidays when tires prices are lowest and when there are more promotions.  During the summer, when most car owners think about new tires is when the tire manufacturers cut back on their promotional discounts.  Pacific Pitt Stop has a complete tire inventory to fit any car.

Pacific Pitt Stop can take care of alignments, shock absorbers, suspensions, and they provide engine services including tune-ups and warranty service to meet manufacturer's requirements.  Pacific Pitt Stop is open Monday through Saturday from 8-AM till 6-PM.  Watch our Best Buys TV Show report about Pacific Pitt Stop and its high tech equipment and great prices below.

Pacific Pitt Stop
401 E. El Segundo Boulevard
El Segundo, California 90245


American Tire Depot at 9509 East Alondra Boulevard in Bellflower should not be confused with other car tires, maintenance and repair shops.  American Tire Depot sells many lines of quality tires including Michelin, BF Goodrich, Pirelli and many other major brands.  American Tire Depot also services brakes, shocks, struts, suspension, and it sells custom wheels.  Mention my name and you get a free alignment with a new set of tires.  American Tire Depot specializes in service for Mercedes and repairs are made with a factory-trained technician.  They pride themselves for their customer service and competitive prices.  When you get a full computer alignment you can be sure that they are using the top-of-the-line equipment.  Call them at (562) 804-0997.  Their new web site is under construction at  There are service specials for your Mercedes.  Watch the video below.

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