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Stratford's Best Auto Mechanic: Who Is It?

If your car needs to be fixed, who do you go to first and why?

Trust. It's one of the most important considerations when choosing an auto mechanic: we want to be able to trust that the business owner we turn to will do the job right, on time, and not charge us an arm and a leg.

Whether the dreaded engine light pops on, your car breaks down or it's just a regularly scheduled tune-up, we want to know where you, the experts, go to get your car fixed.

Your answers will help other Stratford residents find the best auto repair shop in town. So vote for your favorite in this week's Readers' Choice contest and don't forget to rate and review the business by clicking on its name below.

Here's our starter list (let us know if we missed anyone):

Paul Jacobs V May 22, 2012 at 10:26 AM
You missed Savings Auto Center on Stratford Ave
Allison May 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Also C and C over on Barnum. They get my vote.
Mark Hannon May 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Hanson Auto Body. They offer complete auto repair services and do great work. 1788 Barnum Avenue, near the intersection of West Broad St.
Anne K. Mulligan May 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Hanson Auto Body. They always do a great job at a fair price. I trust them with my car and have recommended them for years.
Anthony Karge May 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM
All of those have now been added.
Mike May 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I do all my own work. I used to work on my mother's car. One day she decided to take it over to some place on Barnum Ave, and they striped all the new parts off her engine, and replaced them with used junk. Over my objections, she still went back there. My wife took her car to a place on Stratford Ave for something, and they said, "Let's send it to the transmission shop across the street. The transmission is leaking." So my wife said OK. A little while later the transmission guy came walking across the street with this handful of nasty looking metal shavings and said, "This came out of your transmission. I have to rebuild your transmission. If I don't, it is going to break and you are going to be stuck, and have to have the car towed." My wife was about to say OK, when i said, "No, don't fix it." The guy left and my wife asked me why I said No. I told her I knew brake lathe shavings when I saw them. Brake lathe shavings are the waste product of servicing brakes. That transmission ran for years after that. Then there was the new car dealership service department on Stratford Ave that screwed up her car royally. They kept misdiagnosing her brake problem, and tried to blame a non existant engine problem. Even the Ford Motor Company had something to say about that.
ragamuffin May 22, 2012 at 01:07 PM
C&C autos on Barnum are hands down the best mechanics we've ever dealt with over the years. Mike, Paul and Mike's son are so honest, knowledgeable and helpful - I've never had an issue with my car that they weren't willing to take time out of their day to take a look. This is a shop that deals with integrity and exceptional skill. By the way, the article missed C&C on the second list provided to submit for a vote.
Keith Vail May 22, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Midnight Auto on 179 West Ave should be added Thanks!
Rich Cabeza May 22, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Back in the day we'd go to West Broad Chevron and see Judy.
Sean Haubert May 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
We've been using Buzz's for a year now, with no real complaints.
Lisa Michelle May 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Midas, without a doubt! I've been going there for 10 years, and I'll never go anywhere else! They always tell me exactly what's wrong with my car, and I've had a few cars with quite a few issues. They never try to pull one over on me by telling me there's something wrong with my car when there's not. It's always a pleasure dealing with their employees. Awesome customer service and their employees are always in a good mood!
Sheffie May 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Maxi’s Automotive Inc. is top notch and the only place I will take my Jeep for maintenance and repairs. Definitely a hidden gem in Stratford!
Shirley B. Backus May 23, 2012 at 02:38 AM
i especially like and trust the Sunoco Station on Ferry Boulevard. David Crosby is honest and has saved me a bundle of money on car repairs. It is also one of the few gas stations that still offer full service - serving gas and washing windshields. Convenient in and out, and near the Dock Shopping Center and Danny's take out, as well as the Savin Rock Restaurant. This makes it easy to grab a meal or go shopping while waiting for the car to be repaired!
Rob May 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
K2 automotive best shop hands down. I have both my car and wifes car serviced here. They do fantastic work clean, knowledgeable , honest , and attention to detail are second to none.
Kent M. Miller May 23, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Ferry Boulevard Sunoco Service Center 734 Ferry Blvd. Stratford, CT. 06614 203-377-4753
W Eng May 23, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Go to K2 Automotive if you want it done right. They provide the best service, honest and dependable. You can't ask for more.
J. Varrone May 23, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I would recommend K2 to any woman who wants their car fixed right the first time and also wants to be treated with respect and intelligence. Peter took the time to show me the parts that were needing replacement and never talked down to me. As a woman I feel very comfortable taking my car in for service knowing that everything will be handled professionally.
Allison May 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I have been waiting for them to be added, I agree with you, Mr. Capriotti, Jared and Paul are the most honest mechanics I have ever dealt with, and they are way more reasonably priced than some of the other service stations I have gone to. ( I used to go and get multiple quotes, but Mr. C always came out the best.) I have also bought a car off their lot and for the money I paid, it lasted a lot longer than I ever intended.
Maria L Bruno May 25, 2012 at 02:08 AM
What year did this happen ?
Baffled Resident March 02, 2013 at 05:28 PM
That fatboy ran a pretty good con game on many people in the area. He was fleecing people at the former Lee Myles tranny shop on Boston Ave. in Bridgeport, and then he moved over to Bruno's in Stratford. That guy was so notorious that the Bruno's had to rename the shop when they retook control of it. I don't know if he's still in the business, but if you go to a transmission shop in this general area and the manager/service writer is named Richard, proceed with caution.

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