Finding a quality San Diego car service repair shop can be a bit of a hassle at first. There are a lot of shops out there and knowing which one offers the best deals can be difficult, especially if you know little or nothing about car repair yourself. Also, with so many shops in San Diego to compare, finding the best price can take a while. But it does help to do a bit of research before you head out to any particular establishment.

One good way of finding a reliable and trustworthy repair shop is to ask friends and family for recommendations. If they've tried taking their car to this or that shop in the past, how was the overall experience? Word-of-mouth is usually the best endorsement for any kind of business.

You'll also want to make a few rounds of calls. Ask about what services are available and how much they cost, and also whether they honor factory warranties. Remember, however, that the price you get over the phone is just a standard estimate and will most likely be different than the final estimate that you'll get once you bring your car in and have it inspected by the shop's mechanics. Nonetheless, making the calls gives you a chance to compare, at least on paper, the services of different shops and thus make a better decision. As for how to actually find the numbers of shops in your area, just do a quick Google search and you'll have plenty to work from.

If you want to do some background research on any particular shop, like whether they've had major complaints in the past, etc., call your Attorney General's office to get the facts, or talk to your local consumer protection agency. Remember that it's always a good idea to do all this work and find a good repair shop before you actually need it, that way when you do need it you won't have to go through all the hassle.

Local shops, as opposed to popular chains, are good for when you need specialized repair services. Meaning that you can find local car shops that specialize in working with different types of car makes and models. If you need San Diego BMW repair services, Griffin's Auto Repair Shop is a local San Diego shop that specializes in working with European models. So whether it's Volkswagen or Mercedes repair in San Diego, you'll find experienced mechanics there who know your car well. For Ford and Honda San Diego brake repair shops, places like Robert's Auto Service in Mission Bay that specialize in American and Asian models are worth checking out.