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    Auto mechanic in Ames area

    With my daughter being in Ames starting this fall I was wondering if anyone had any advice on reputable auto mechanics.



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    I can tell you to avoid Tuffy and Precision Auto.



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    When our daughter went to ISU and had car trouble, we were referred by a friend in Ames to Denny's Automotive. We had to use them several times and were very pleased. Here's a link with address, phone, and map. Good luck.

    Denny's Automotive - Google Maps



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyfan4good View Post
    When our daughter went to ISU and had car trouble, we were referred by a friend in Ames to Denny's Automotive. We had to use them several times and were very pleased. Here's a link with address, phone, and map. Good luck.

    Denny's Automotive - Google Maps
    I second Denny's. Good guys there.


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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Mike's Body & Frame on Oak Ave does great work.



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Trickles is great, right on Lincoln Way. BIG ISU supporters too.


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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Quote Originally Posted by khehr View Post
    Trickles is great, right on Lincoln Way. BIG ISU supporters too.
    I second this. The guys that work at Trickles are great and they have always been more than fair with me. Fast to get me in and out too.



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Quote Originally Posted by khehr View Post
    Trickles is great, right on Lincoln Way. BIG ISU supporters too.
    Is that place owned by Cole Trickle?




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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Quote Originally Posted by RandomFan View Post
    Is that place owned by Cole Trickle?

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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    I've always taken our cars to Dave's Auto on East 2nd St. They are a little pricey because they only use parts with lifetime guarantees, but they always stand behind their work. They have even waved a charge for me once when a reoccurring problem had me in the shop more than once.



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Quote Originally Posted by phantom04 View Post
    Mike's Body & Frame on Oak Ave does great work.
    I always had excellent experiences there too.




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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Trickles! Darwin and Chris are great guys. They've been servicing our vehicles since we moved back into the area. When we've compared their rates to a dealership, Tickles always wins. And maybe most importantly, they don't give us a line of BS about what is really necessary, unlike the dealerships I've dealt with in the past.


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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

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    Sounds like an ad for Cymbalta...



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    Of course it depends on what might need to be done, but Mark Hansen at Hansen Sinclair (corner of Duff and LincolnWay) has been great to and for us in lot of different situations. He's very friendly, personable and a diehard Cyclone supporter. They do quite a bit of work right at the station and have another location just a couple blocks east and south. All the employees are friendly and ready to help, too.



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    Re: Auto mechanic in Ames area

    I'm a single woman who knows nothing about cars (yeah, imagine that!).. I've lived in Ames since the early 90's .. I started taking my car to Midas about 3 yrs ago and haven't gone anywhere else since... They take great care of me, go out of their way to make things as affordable as possible, explain things to me and are just great guys to work with. I appreciate them so much, wish I had them around when I was an 18 yr girl away at college with car trouble!! I work at the university and tell any student that I hear is having car trouble to go there. They are on the north side of Lincolnway .. just west of the Duff intersection.



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