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The Best Auto Repair Shops in Suffolk County NY Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

Auto repair shops in Suffolk County NY bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those that have exceeded the minimum state requirements. They are the car repair services in Suffolk County NY proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for value and honesty, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them for auto repair in Suffolk County NY, including diagnostics, tune ups, fleet service, routine scheduled maintenance, and more.

Updated June 28, 2017

 The TOP 10 Auto Repair Shops in Suffolk County NY

Faber Brothers Automotive Repair
(631) 665-5550
279 Orinoco Dr
Brightwaters, NY 11718

Areas Served: Brentwood NY,Ronkonkoma NY,East Patchogue NY,Deer Park NY,West Babylon NY,Coram NY
Services: local auto repair shop for engine repair, tune ups, diagnostics, foreign & domestic

East Coast Automotive
(631) 750-0738
123 Knickerbocker Ave
Bohemia, NY 11716

Areas Served: Suffolk County NY,West Babylon NY,Brentwood NY,Commack NY,Coram NY,Riverhead NY
Services: auto repair shop for car repair, engine repair, scheduled maintenance

N&J Auto Tec
(631) 385-8310
115 W 11th St
Huntington Station, NY 11746

Areas Served: Brentwood NY,Coram NY,Lake Ronkonkoma NY,Bay Shore NY,Riverhead NY,Farmingville NY
Services: auto repairs including alignment, repair diagnostics, engine repair, tune-ups

Smith Brothers Auto Repair Inc
(631) 981-4510
75 Hawkins Ave
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Areas Served: West Babylon NY,Suffolk County New York,West Islip NY,Brentwood NY,Centereach NY
Services: car repair shops, auto mechanics for all car repairs, tune-ups, engine repair

Venero Motors Corp
(631) 472-0589
405 Lakeview Ave
Bayport, NY 11705

Areas Served: Suffolk County,Holtsville NY,Brentwood NY,Copiague NY,Shirley NY,Coram NY,Riverhead N
Services: car repairs incl. domestic cars, import cars, engine repair, fuel injection

Motorworks Engine Center
(631) 608-4380
111 Sunrise Hwy
Amityville, NY 11701

Areas Served: Brentwood NY,Suffolk County NY,Lindenhurst NY,Deer Park NY,Shirley NY,Centereach NY
Services: all auto repairs, foreign & domestic car repairs, engine repairs, scheduled maintenan

Kudrick's Auto Repair Ltd
(631) 737-4387
430 Union Ave
Holbrook, NY 11741

Areas Served: Selden NY,Medford NY,Commack NY,West Babylon NY,Mastic NY,Brentwood NY,Central Islip
Services: all auto repairs incl. suspension, shocks, struts, fuel injection, engine repairs

The Best Auto Repair Shops in Suffolk County NY Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire 



New York requires only that auto repair shops in Suffolk County NY be registered with the state Department of Motor Vehicles as a auto repair shops, which does not require proof of liability insurance that protects your car while in their care, and does not include any kind of exam or test of ability or shop inspection, so there is no state standard for competency among auto repair services.

So the state registration is no guarantee that any particular auto repair shop in Suffolk County NY is even competent, is doing business ethically, providing value, or satisfying their customers.

This makes it all the more significant that all services for auto repair in Suffolk County NY that bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction with their auto repair services, good complaint record, verified liability insurance, verified state registration, sufficient length of time in business, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.

The state law mandates certain practices among auto repairs shops in Suffolk County NY which are as follows:

• Upon the request of any customer make an estimate in writing of the parts and labor necessary for each specific repair or service offered and shall not charge for work done or parts supplied in excess of the estimate without the consent of such customer.

• The auto repair shop is allowed to charge a reasonable fee for making an estimate. The estimate shall contain the following information: the customer's name, the name and facility number of the car repair shop, the date of the estimate, a list of parts necessary for each specific repair together with the costs for each part, indicating any parts which are not new parts of at least original equipment quality, the labor charge for each repair together with the costs of each labor charge, year and make of vehicle, registration plate number or vehicle identification number, a description of the problem reported by the customer, and a statement informing the customer of his right to receive replaced parts if the customer makes a written request for such return.

• Not perform any services not authorized by the customer by a work order. If an auto repair shop prepares a written work order, a copy shall be given to the customer. If a written work order is prepared by the customer, such work order shall be attached to the invoice. If the customer gives an oral work order, the oral work order shall be noted on the invoice and shall include the date, time and manner of authorization and by whom such authorization was given

• Provide the customer with an invoice. An invoice shall contain the following information: the name, address and facility number of the auto repair shop, the date of the invoice, the date the vehicle was presented to the car repair shop for auto repair services, a list of all parts supplied and labor performed, including the cost for each such part and labor, a notation indicating the status of any part used which is not new and of at least original quality (i.e. used, rebuilt, etc.), the odometer reading on the car at the time it was left with the auto repair shop and the odometer reading at the time the invoice was prepared, a promised date of delivery, if any such date was given, the name of the customer, year, make, and plate number and/or vehicle identification number of the vehicle, the terms and time limit of any guarantee for the car repair services performed, a description of the problem reported by the customer, and the auto repair shop registration number.

• Return replaced parts if a timely written demand is made by the customer. If work is authorized over the telephone, it shall be presumed that the customer wants his parts returned and the auto repair shop shall keep such parts until the customer or his agent appears to retrieve the car at which time the replaced parts shall be given to the customer if he so directs. Customers may not waive their rights to replaced parts over the telephone.

• If the auto repair shop holds your vehicle to satisfy a lien for repairs you failed to pay, then upon request of the customer, the shop must return the registration number plates to the customer, or, within 24 hours of the request, personally deliver or mail by special delivery first class mail to the nearest motor vehicle office the registration number plates and a notice that the vehicle is being held to satisfy a lien for auto repair services.

 

 

Questions to Ask Auto Repair Shops in Suffolk County NY 


If possible, speak with the most senior auto mechanic there or the owner of the auto repair shop. Ask these questions about their experience, abilities, and credentials and write down their answers:

• How long have they been in business? (All auto repair shops in Suffolk County NY bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had sufficient time in business verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Do they charge a fee to inspect and diagnose your car repair problem?

• Can they give names and numbers of previous customers you can call as references? (All car repair shops in Suffolk County NY bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• How do they determine cost? Do they charge a flat fee or base the price on hours worked?

• Will the put the initial estimate in writing?

• How often do they repair your exact car make and model?

• Do they have OE diagnostic equipment specific to your make and model? An OBDII scanner is a generic low-cost scanner that will not return all the possible trouble codes. A make/model specific scanner, also referred to as an OE scanner (Original Equipment), is made specifically for a certain make of car and is costlier form them to buy, so not every shop has it.

• Will they give you a written authorization for you to sign before undertaking repairs? Written documentation is their assessment of what work is required. In case they're wrong about the problem, you might be able to get a refund or the additional repair at no cost. Their verbal recommendation on what they think you should do does not provide the same protection for you. Get it in writing.

• Have they had other instances of this make and model needing the exact service you're asking about?

• Do they use OEM parts (original equipment manufacturer) or instead, lower quality aftermarket parts, or used auto parts?  Those lower quality options might be cheaper, but a good shop would only use them after first explaining it as an option and letting you weigh the risk versus the short term cost savings. The best auto repair shops use OEM parts. Some cheap shops will use the low-quality substitutes without telling you, which is how the shop appears cheaper when it really isn't.

• Do they have liability insurance to reimburse you in the event of damage to your car while it's in their care or as a result of the repair work? (All auto repair shops in Suffolk County NY bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Will the work invalidate or affect your manufacturer's warranty in any way?

• Will they honor your car warranty?

• What kind of written guarantee do they give on their car repairs?

• How long should it take to complete your car repairs?

• What action would the auto mechanic take personally if this was his car?

When you've chosen the best car repair service in Suffolk County NY for your needs, make sure they have a good complaint record. (All auto repair shops in Suffolk County NY bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had a good complaint status verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

 

 

Research on Car Repair in Suffolk County NY 

Common Auto Repair Terms and Definitions

Active suspensions / active suspension systems - Also called a computer-controlled suspension system. A computerized vehicle system able to control body roll, body pitch, brake dive, acceleration squat and ride height. Suspension systems are controlled by double-acting hydraulic cylinders or solenoids (actuators) mounted at each wheel. Actuators support the vehicle's weight, instead of conventional springs or air springs.

Axle / Front axle / Rear axle - A cross member supporting a vehicle on which one or more wheels are mounted. Can also refer to a pair of wheels on a vehicle.

British Car Repair Shops - Are those that specialize in British car repairs for popular models such as Jaguar and Mini Cooper repair services, and also luxury british cars with Bentley and Rolls Royce repair services. Sporty models like like MG, MGB, and the Triumph are no longer in production but British car repair specialists in Suffolk County NY are more familiar with car repairs on these British car models than average car repair shops. The same is true for Austin Healey and Aston Martin repairs in Suffolk County NY.

Check Engine Light
- A warning light, usually located on the instrument cluster. When lit, it indicates possible engine problems or system problems that require engine repair or other auto repair services.

Cylinder
- The round holes inside an engine block that make space for the pistons.

Cylinder Block
- The basic framework of an engine. All other parts and assemblies are installed or attached to the cylinder block.

Cylinder Head
- The part of the engine that covers cylinders and pistons.

Detroit
Diesel Two-Stroke Engines - A type of engine where air enters the cylinder through cylinder liner ports

Diesel Engine
- A compression-ignition engine that runs on diesel fuel. Many popular German auto brands are known for their diesel engines, such as Mercedes Benz and BMW (Bavarian Motor Works).  The popularity of diesel engines for German cars and European cars generally has several reasons. A diesel engine is cheaper to run than a gasoline engine, since diesel fuel is less expensive. Next, diesel fuel has 20% more energy per gallon than gas, and almost double that of ethanol.   Diesel engine repair shops in Suffolk County including Mercedes & BMW repair shops in Suffolk County NY will repair diesel cars, but may also repair diesel trucks and buses, bulldozers, tractors and other large vehicles.

Engine
- The device within cars and trucks that burns fuel to produce mechanical power. It converts heat energy into mechanical energy.

Engine Overhaul
- To perform engine repairs on an auto that are more than simple repairs but not as extensive as an engine rebuild.

Engine Rebuild - To perform an extensive engine repair including machining, reboring, and honing to factory-stock specifications. This is a much more extensive process than an engine overhaul.

Flooding the Engine
- When too much gasoline is metered into an engine for combustion.

Front Suspension 
- The system that supports the weight of the front of the vehicle. Most cars have an independent front suspension.

Front-Wheel Drive
- A drive system that transmits power from the engine through the front wheels. The rear wheels do not power the vehicle.

Gasoline Engine
- An engine that runs on gasoline, a liquid blend of hydrocarbons used as automotive fuel and processed from crude oil.

German Car Repair Shops -
German auto repair shops in Suffolk County NY are those that specialize in repairs of German cars such that they have special expertise in repairs for BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Porsche, BMW Mini and others.  Being an expert in German car repair often means expertise in diesel car repair services, as well as the greater precision that is often required of German car brands known for being high performance cars.  Since the best German auto repair usually means greater experience or even foreign factory training, hourly labor rates for German auto repair are understandably often a little higher than for domestic car repairs. Since parts usually come from Germany, often made with greater precision, part costs can be a little higher too.


Hot Rod Repair Shops - Car repair shops that specialize in hot rod repair in Suffolk County NY are servicing typically American cars with big engines modified for high speed. These are often older models like Ford, Mercury, Chevy models from the 1920's to 1960's. These can include heavily modified hot rod models like the Ford Model T, Ford Model A, Ford Coupe, Chevy Master Deluxe, Hudson Hornet but also more modern and foreign makes like Volkswagen Beetles or Fiat. Hot rod repair shops in Suffolk County are familiar with highly modified, large, high performance engines. 

Italian Auto Repair Shops
- These are Italian car repair services Suffolk County NY that specialize in Italian cars like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Maserati, Lancia, Fiat, Bugatti, DeTomaso, and others. 

Muscle Cars
/ Muscle Car Repair Shops - American made rear wheel drive cars of the late 1960's to mid 1970's that were 'small' cars (compared to their engines) which came with large powerful V8 engines and sold as everyday cars for regular street use. Common examples still being serviced by muscle car specialists in Suffolk County are the Plymouth Road Runner, Pontiac GTO, Chevy Chevelle, Dodge Charger, Ford Gran Torino, Oldsmobile 442, Mercury Montego, AMC AMX, Plymouth GTX, AMC Rebel, Chevy Nova, Chevy Malibu, Dodge Demon, Ford Cobra, Plymouth Duster, Oldsmobile Cutlass.  These muscle cars were mass-marketed, but the automakers understood that they would attract customers interested in what was essentially a turn-key racing machine. Although sales were modest, they were considered prestige cars for the automakers.  Muscle car repair shops in Suffolk County NY will be very familiar repairing & restoring the Hemi engines and other large V8 engines found in American muscle cars. A sub-set of the muscle cars are known as "pony cars" and include smaller-sized large-engine cars like the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro and Plymouth Barracuda.  There are muscle car repair experts in Suffolk County NY who specialize in Ford Mustang repair, and repair of other pony cars.

Radiator - A heat exchanger that removes heat from the cooling system coolant, containing a vertical-finned or horizontal-finned tubing section connected between two tanks.

Rear-Wheel Drive
- Autos powered by the engine through the rear wheels

Turbo Charger Repair (Turbocharger Repair) - A turbochargers purpose is to boost horsepower. A turbo charger should last as long as the engine but it's possible for debris to get into the turbine or compressor. Turbo charger repairs may also be needed if the lubricant is dirty or too low, or if the exhaust gas temperatures from the injection system are too high.  There are some turbocharger repair shops and turbo charger repair experts in Suffolk County who can perform a turbo charger inspection. If turbo charger repair services in Suffolk County NY cannot repair the turbo, then they can install a new or refurbished turbocharger. While you might attempt turbocharger repairs yourself, you're best off finding an expert in turbo charger repair in Suffolk County NY.

Winding the Engine
- Running the engine at top RPM (Revolutions Per Minute).

 

 

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Licensing & Trade Associations Related to Car Repair in Suffolk County NY

AAA www.aaa.com
AAA New Jersey www.midatlantic.aaa.com
AAAM Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine www.carcrash.org
AAIA Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association www.aftermarket.org
AASP Alliance Of Automotive Service Providers www.autoserviceproviders.com
AASP NJ Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey www.aaspnj.org
ACA Automotive Composites Alliance www.autocomposites.org
ADS Association of Diesel Specialists www.diesel.org
AERA Engine Builders Association www.aera.org
AIAG Automotive Industry Action Group www.aiag.org
ASA Automotive Service Association www.asashop.org
ASE National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence www.asecert.org
BBB The Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
NARSA National Automotive Radiator Service Association www.narsa.org
NATEF National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation www.natef.org
SAE Society of Automotive Engineers automobile.sae.org
SEMA Specialty Equipment Market Association www.sema.org



Magazines/Media Related to Auto Repair in Suffolk County NY

Autofan
Automotive News
Automotive Rebuilder
Auto Week
Import Car
Car and Driver
Detroit News
Hemmings Motornews
Motor Age
Motor Trend
Recyclers World
Road & Track
Sport Compact Car
Street Rodder
Super Chevy
Today's SUV
Truckin'
Turbo And High Performance Magazine
Turbo And High Tech Performance
4wd Magazine
US Auto News
Underhood Service
VW Trends


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Auto Repair in Suffolk County NY within the following zip codes:





The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Car Repair in Suffolk County NY within the following cities:

North Amityville, Commack, Selden, Shirley, North Bay Shore, North Babylon, Farmingville, Bay Shore, Ronkonkoma, Medford, Islip, Smithtown, East Northport, Huntington Station, Hauppauge, Mastic, Holtsville, Coram, West Islip, Centereach, East Patchogue, Copiague, Melville, East Islip, Setauket-East Setauket, Riverhead, Huntington, Kings Park, Brentwood, Dix Hills, West Babylon, Southold, Holbrook, Lake Ronkonkoma, Central Islip, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, East Hampton and Sayville


  

 

 

 

 

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