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Thao Auto Repair

4 star rating 17 Reviews

(619) 640-4606 Call

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3400 El Cajon BlvdSan Diego, CA 92104

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  BobB60

    Reviews: 1

    Thao Auto Repair good work at a very fair price
    BobB60 (1 review)
    4/26/2010

    I have been taking my cars there for 3 years. A friend recommended me to Lee who owns Thao Auto Repair. Lee has saved both me and my girlfriend money on repairs. For example the mechanic up the street wanted $500+ to replace the water pump in my Durango. Lee is doing the same work for $350. Lee has been great.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  oneofmany

    Reviews: 2

    Great
    oneofmany (2 reviews)
    6/23/2009

    I have been taking my vehicles to Thao Auto repair for over 10 years and have never had a problem or complaint. They have always provided great service at a good price. They are able to do smog testing as well as other repairs and have an engine rebuilding service. If you are looking for a good auto repair shop that you can trust then you should stop in at Thao's.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  Saquib

    Reviews: 1

    Trustworthy Mechanic
    Saquib (1 review)
    6/19/2009

    One axiom that I have learned is to 'never trust a mechanic' but Lee Thao has proven me wrong. He is a good honest man. He has provided me with great service on my car. He gives me sound advice regarding the essentials to maintaining my vehicle. I would definitely recommend him to others.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  CURT1S

    Reviews: 1

    High quality work & Sincere people. We go here.
    CURT1S (1 review)
    4/16/2009

    About 5 years ago, I stripped a plug in my integra and broke it trying to drill it out. I found Thao Auto in the yellow pages b/c they advertised they did engine work. They fixed it. Very straightforward. Since then we've been taking the family cars to Lee: Golf TDI, Passat, Prius, Miata. We trust them with our cars.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  cuperman

    Reviews: 1

    Haven't found a better shop yet
    cuperman (1 review)
    9/23/2008

    5 years ago I was was nervous taking my car to these mom and pop auto shops in that area (there's one on every corner!), but I had recommendation for this one from good friend. I've become quite confident of their work. Being an engineer myself, I find that you just have to understand that a car is car. As long as someone has the know how, put care into the work, and charge a reasonable price for it, you can't do wrong. Its not a guarantee, but by its a smarter choice. These guys have consistently shown that they are that. Definitely give these guys a try if you're looking to do simple repair/maintenance or stop by for a quote on more advanced repairs.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  DocJay

    Reviews: 1

    Best we have found!
    DocJay (1 review)
    8/08/2008

    We have been taking our 2 cars to Thao's for several years now, and have never been disappointed. The cars are very disparate: a '96 Ford Contour GL (4 cyl) and a '99 Dodge Grand Caravan (6 cyl, 3.8 L), and Thao has dealt with both competently and reasonably. We recently had body work done on the Ford, and the result was beautiful, at a price $400 lower than the estimate and check from our insurance company. He also takes us home and picks us up, a distance of 4 miles. We couldn't be happier with his service, reliability, and honesty!

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  mcmac57

    Reviews: 1

    Honest, Reliable and Practical
    mcmac57 (1 review)
    8/06/2008

    Dealing with car repair shops can be an intimidating experience, particularly when you are an ignorant and trusting female with little knowledge of vehicles. How blessed I feel to have been referred to Lee Thao by a close friend. Lee has been working on my car for the past 2 years and he has been nothing but honest, reasonable and practical. I have so much confidence in his expertise and that of his staff that my whole family now entrusts their vehicles to Lee. I drive an older, unreliable European vehicle and Lee has worked magic on tuning up my nearly decade-old vehicle so that it runs as if new. Discovering Lee and his shop has truly saved me headaches and spared my wallet.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  Fundraiserwong

    Reviews: 254

    Expensive
    Fundraiserwong (254 reviews)
    8/01/2008

    I went to get an estimate for some body work and they were giving me a price much higher than where I ended up getting it done.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  ValueHunting

    Reviews: 2

    Honest pricing and honest work
    ValueHunting (2 reviews)
    7/31/2008

    Have been going to this shop for years, they provide honest pricing and good work. My cars are also 10 and 11 years old and they are still running great. In addition to the daily type of work (oil changes, brakes, etc) they also did a engine rebuild for me, very satisfied.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  JLinSD

    Reviews: 1

    excellent workmanship with honest pricing
    JLinSD (1 review)
    7/17/2008

    I've used Thao Auto Repairs for all my cars, from small jobs like oil change to big jobs like brakes and engine rebuilt, they have come thru for me. In fact, my 1991 Toyota Camry is still running like a champ after being maintained and serviced by Thao Auto Repair for all these years. They offer excellent workmanship with honest pricing.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  sna5555

    Reviews: 4

    Good and reliable repair shop!
    sna5555 (4 reviews)
    7/16/2008

    I have been going there for more than 8 years now. Went there when I had a Toyota and I continue going there now that I have an Audi. They just have a lot of experience with all types of makes and model. The manager can be brutally honest about the condition of your vehicle but is nearly always right in his assessment. Good and honest service!

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  RgaIsMe

    Reviews: 1

    Quick service... Fair rate
    RgaIsMe (1 review)
    7/16/2008

    I use this shop for the last 3 years and it is much better than any previous shop. Quick service and really fair rate. I like what they did to my car cause I don't have much trouble with it.

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  Buckeye6

    Reviews: 1

    Best in town
    Buckeye6 (1 review)
    7/11/2008

    Honest, dependable, reasonable price. My whole family brings our cars and trucks here (four cars, two trucks)

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  jensob69

    Reviews: 1

    Wouldn't go anywhere else
    jensob69 (1 review)
    5/19/2008

    I have been taking my car here for at least 6 years and they have always taken good care of me, my friends, and my family. They give personal care, make correct diagnosis, and fees are VERY fair!

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  • Thao Auto Repair - San Diego, CA -  lingo118

    Reviews: 28

    Prefer the shop on Park Blvd.
    lingo118 (28 reviews)
    4/18/2008

    Wasn't as impressed with this location as the one on Park Blvd. Quotes were much higher, and customer service not as good.

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Business details

Service Area

  • Hillcrest

Systems Serviced

  • ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes)
  • Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Brakes
  • Computer System (OBD2)
  • Engines
  • Mufflers & Exhaust

Services

  • Auto Body Work
  • Emissions Testing
  • General Auto Repair
  • Inspections
  • Oil & Lube
  • Painting & Refinishing
  • Same-Day Service
  • Tune-Ups
  • While You Wait Service