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Golden Wrench Automotive

241 N Emerald Dr Suite B, Vista, CA 92083 USA

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Golden Wrench Automotive logo
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Golden Wrench Automotive

241 N Emerald Dr Suite B, Vista, CA 92083 USA

(116)

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Here at Golden Wrench, our outstanding reputation is something we are proud of. We have been servicing the North County, coastal and inland communities for over 25 years. We are dedicated to offering the best quality service at competitive rates.

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K
30 November 2019

I have been taking my cars to Golden Wrench for more than 15 years! Jayson and Mike are always honest and transparent with the service my cars have needed. I have always left feeling satisfied and confident that i was getting great value at a fair price. And the quality has always met my highest expectations. If you're looking for a shop that has a sincere interest in customer satisfaction and customer retention, this is the place!! You will not be disappointed. More...

J
5 October 2019

First time taking one of our vehicles to Golden Wrench.  Great staff and great service.  Performed a full brake job, wheel alignment and oil change.  I am completed satisfied.  This is now our family's go-to auto repair. More...

S
28 September 2019

Honest people here. They checked my car at no cost and told me it has no issues. Even offered a nice shuttle service for my convenience. They have my future business if anything happens. More...

M
7 September 2019

Very easy and stress free experience with Golden Wrench Auto! From the first interaction with Jason I knew I was in good hands! He answered any questions I had, got me set up and on my way! Dropped my car off first thing Saturday morning and was able to pick it up the same day! Will definitely be back as well as sending anyone I know here! Save yourself the stress of looking for mechanic and come straight here! More...

J
17 August 2019

Six years since my last review.  Nothing has changed since my last review other than car (now a 2017 Toyota Camry) - still 5 stars for service, (new brakes, roasters, etc), attitude and staff.  Very costly, but this one place where you definitely know you get what you pay for. More...

J
2 August 2019

I do the majority of my own auto maintenance, and I couldn't get a stripped downline O2 sensor nut off. Finally gave up, called Golden Wrench, explained my situation and was quoted $75 to remove the nut and install the O2 sensor I already purchased. They took the truck right away and did what they said they would for the price they quoted. What a concept! Just wish I would have taken it in before I spent 2 hours swearing at the exhaust...will be using them for all future work I need done. More...

W
5 July 2019

I went here on July 5th and this team repaired and replaced some stripped and stuck lugs on my car in NO time whatsoever. Very professional, honest and courteous service ; the kind of service you dream of from your mechanic.  Highly recommended! Thanks again :) More...

G
15 June 2019

This place was awesome. Nice people in the front and in the back. They let me bring my own part that I already had unlike another one around the corner. Gave a fair price and even got me in the same day. This really helped me out because I am from out of state. Highly recommend. More...

T
13 June 2019

amazing service. I had my car fixed fast. I appreciate the ride home and back to pick up my car. Thank you very much.

S
9 May 2019

Great customer service!! I thought I was having a major oil leak, after they inspected my Jeep they told me it was just my oil filter was not put on correctly and was loose. They were very efficient and didn't leave me waiting. I was going to take it to the dealer and both Jeep dealers in North County had a 2 week wait before they'd even look at my car. That was not an option to wait that long so I went searching for a local mechanic. I am sure glad I found these guys! I will definitely only be taking my Jeep here from now on. More...

A
13 April 2019

Golden for sure! Mike and Jason and team are so solid, it's amazing that they can spend as much time with their other clients as they do with us. They have guided us through various ordeals with two family cars and are completely honest and forthright when it comes to making suggestions on things to be done vs things we shouldn't spend our cash on. The work has been top notch. Always wanted a family mechanic we could trust. And now we have them! More...

D
15 March 2019

Mike maintains a standard of service that is admirable. Not many Automotive businesses can claim his level of caring and quality of work. I personally am not afraid to refer anybody to him as he treats everyone with total respect. This is my second time visiting him for my automotive needs and he greeted me with a smile and fixed my truck's issue without overcharging. Thanks Mike! More...

K
9 March 2019

Today I went in to see what my car needed. I was given great info, the price seemed worth what was being worked on. Service was speedy, communication was great. They've also told me how much my parts have degraded and gave reasonable rough estimates that'll affect how I'll be doing my repairs in the future. I find that information super valuable. I Found this place by looking up great reviewed car repair locations. They've lived up to their reputation. I'll be coming back here. Great work guys! More...

V
13 February 2019

Mike and Jason were professional, prompt and did a great job on my car. I'm happy to have found a local car service company with such great service. I highly recommend Golden Wrench Automotive. Thank you! More...

E
24 January 2019

This place is absolutely amazing, about a week and a half ago I ran over a piece of a tire that I couldn't avoid in the freeway, I took it to the local Toyota dealership and they told me they couldn't help me. So I went to a place they recommended to me and they gave me an outrageous estimate to fix my car, then I went here and they did so many tests and gave me a print out of everything they did and said there was nothing wrong with my car, they saved me so much money that I almost spent fixing my car when there is nothing wrong with it, thank you so much golden wrench team!!! More...

M
15 December 2018

Honest, competent, will listen to the customer, fair pricing.

M
24 November 2018

Very fast and friendly service. Great price for recent smog test. Definitely recommend.

A
19 November 2018

We've been bringing our cars to Golden Wrench for about a year and a half now and have found the ethic and service there to be top notch.  Mike and Casey really go out of their way to explain and review the necessary repairs with their customers. More...

S
14 November 2018

Best customer service at Golden Wrench! I was driving to take my grandson to Vista Library when my car started shaking and 2 lights on the dashboard lit up! !! I got so scared and put my hazard lights on! God is good all the time! I was only 2 exits away from Golden Wrench! Casey came out to see which lights were lit, took my car immediately for diagnostics.... my grandson, thankfully love cars, trucks, wheels, etc. Casey and the other mechanics were very kind letting him watch from afar! Thank you for fixing my car!!! Thank you for your kindness! Thank you God that we didn't get into an accident. More...

F
3 November 2018

Awesome place to get your car serviced. A definite pleasure to deal with people that do great work, at a reasonable price. In a day and age where customer service seems to be a burden for too many businesses, these people care. Highly recommend you go here for you auto needs. More...

J
1 November 2018

We have been taking our vehicles here since we moved to California.  The staff at Golden Wrench is reliable, honest and professional.  Mike and his crew are skilled mechanics that will treat your car as they would their own.  Mike does his best to keep costs at a minimum.  My neighbor has a similar shop 2 blocks from my house, but I drive 5 miles to get to Golden Wrench.  Try them, you'll love them !!!!!!!!!! More...

W
16 September 2018

We have been coming here for years and won't go anywhere else. Mike and his team do an incredible job and they never suggest work we don't need done. They do quality work and we've never had to bring any of our cars back a second time for the same problem. I highly recommend them. More...

S
13 September 2018

It was cheap price, super quick and very nice customer service !

D
26 August 2018

I am new to the area and have an older vehicle so it is important to me to find a quality mechanic shop.  They will receive my future business.  Very reasonable prices along with fast and friendly service is a couple of key qualities I look for in a shop. More...

A
15 July 2018

Was referred by Discount tire with a coupon to have an alignment done.  It was done correctly and for a good price.  They did recommend replacing my front brake pads at a cost of about $200 which seemed a little steep. I

C
9 July 2018

These guys are fantastic! I'm so so happy to have found an honest shop! I started going because of their great $30 smog deal but when my truck needed the AC repaired, I knew this was the only place I'd feel safe not getting taken advantage of! They came through! My truck's AC is ice cold and the repair was less than I was originally expecting! More...

K
23 June 2018

Mike is a man of integrity, honesty, and upstanding professionalism. We all know how difficult it is to find a mechanic who presents these qualities for the best of the client. .. not himself: Mike carries displays this exactly! More than anything, I felt like he was looking after me like he would his best friends daughter. I am from around here but moved up north and visit here often. On my long drive down my car began to have some transmission issues. He not only took me in immediately, but made my car a priority due to the fact that I had to drive back the next day. He told me everything I "needed" and the things that I could hold off on. Now that's honesty. He knew I wouldn't be coming back any time soon for work on my car because I no longer live here but he took care of me as if I had been a lifetime client. He knew what my car needed in order to be safe to drive back. He looked after me to where I know my grandfather would be honored to shake his hand. Mike, all my appreciation and thanks go to you. More...

B
12 June 2018

Good people. Know their business, up front with work needed now or down the road and price. May not be what you want to hear, but you can trust it to be in your vehicles and your best interest. Bob Crowell, Vista

R
8 June 2018

A truly excellent all around automotive care service. The Golden Wrench is the only automotive service that I will use. Excellent service at a very reasonable price. More...

B
17 May 2018

Always fast and great service. Excellent customer service.

R
7 April 2018

The service that Golden Wrench provided was amazing to say the least. From calling in my request to showing up, the operator/owner of the business was very personable and knowledgeable, and understood that my time is very valuable. In total It was 10 minutes from dropping off my car to having it passed smog and them having it pulled up so I could pay and leave. Professional, speedy, and very friendly -- all of those traits means I will be a return customer for most if not all of my engine needs.  Highly recommend!! More...

A
6 April 2018

Was surprised at the honesty when I was told that my maintenance light was only on to let me know it was time for an oil change. When they checked my car, instead of pressuring me into having a lot of other things done, I was given a list of recommended services, which were prioritized and thoroughly explained to me. Very refreshing experience. Treated with respect. More...

S
3 April 2018

Great place! The owner, Mike, helped me and was super welcoming. I didn't realize I needed an appt but he took my car in for a routine maintenance anyway, and was in and out in an hour on a busy Friday. Definitely will be coming back again! More...

C
2 April 2018

Golden Wrench is a trustworthy shop to take your vehicle. They are knowledgeable, honest, and have fair prices! (can you ask for more from an auto shop? ) I received a great deal on my alignment and it was done in a timely manner. Highly recommend. More...

F
31 March 2018

Excellent service & very professional! They did a great job finding the problem with my brand new Lexus and taking care of it. Very honest &  charged me 1/4 of the price quote I received from the dealership! More...

A
21 March 2018

I found Golden wrench on yelp, had good reviews and it was down the street from where I live. I call to inquire about prices for a smog check $30. I spoke with Mike and he said there's no waiting right now. Smog check was 20 minutes and I was in and out in about 30 minuets total. Golden Wrench was quick and friendly! I would recommend this place! More...

N
7 March 2018

Great place, I always leave here feeling like I have been treated honestly. Today's appointment was free- a minor issue when my engine light came on, but still they could have charged me for their time, and didn't.

C
17 February 2018

I've been going to Golden Wrench Automotive for over 20 years now. I started going when they were in Oceanside. Mike and Jason are honest guys and always give you the bottom line. I've never felt pressured in to any repairs. They don't price gouge. The repairs are always guaranteed. They were recommended to us by family friends. Great job Mike, you have great mechanics working for you, I never worry about my car because you treat it right. More...

M
11 February 2018

Always a pleasant experience here. Been taking all of our vehicles here for the past 10years and are never disappointed! Always quality service and honest assessments. Had some terrible experienced with other mechanics in Vista prior to coming here. Never trusted another mechanic more than these guys. Affordable work and never any pressure to get things done. Highly recommend!! More...

K
19 January 2018

it only cost me $30.00 excellent customer service and they got it done quick. i will keep going back. plus they are honest and they  don't take advantage of you because your a woman. besides i use to build muscle cars, hung with all the guys with there muscle race cars and learned a lot and had so much fun. some of my very best times in my life. mike s., kenny s., tommy s., myself and wednesday nights was van nuys blvd for street racing and cruising in the san fernando valley. so i know about cars. i love muscle cars, not to much into the newer cars at all. its good to know about the basics at least ladies. but golden wrench is very honest. i recommend you go to them for car troubles. More...

T
19 January 2018

Stopped here for a smog and oil change. Staff was friendly. Great pricing and quick service.

R
9 January 2018

I found Golden Wrench 9 years ago from reading reviews for auto repair.  I can honestly say I've never dealt with a more  honest or experienced garage in my entire life.  And since finding Golden Wrench, I've never even entertained the idea of looking elsewhere for service, even though I'm sure there are other good garages much closer to my home.  If my vehicle needs attention, Mike is quick to point it out, but if it really doesn't need something more, even though the over-priced dealership might suggest otherwise, Mike will point that out too.  Although I could probably find oil change services elsewhere for cheaper, I know when I bring my car to Golden Wrench for an oil change or any other kind of service, I'll get an honest evaluation of whether additional service is required or recommended.  There are simply no sell-ups just to try to soak you for all they can get.  If you want peace of mind about whether your vehicle is getting honest and reliable service, Golden Wrench should be your next stop. More...

H
6 October 2017

Good service, appropriate pricing, but forgot to let me know my car was ready. I ended up waiting around for a phone call. .. about 4 hours extra... until I called them to check in. More...

C
3 October 2017

I've known Mike and Jason for many years, and trusted them to work on my cars (some of which required extra attention, like my late, lamented Grand Wagoneer). Now my son is driving his own car, a Ford Escape, and I trust them to work on his car too. They're honest, do excellent work with stellar attention to detail (they've never, say, left a cotter pin out of a throttle linkage stranding me on the freeway, as one shall-remain-nameless dealer repair shop did to me), and their prices are fair (not the lowest - but if you're doing your homework, you never take the lowest bid anyway. It's just smart). They're a family business too, which counts a lot if you like to contribute to the local economy like I do. I recommend them highly. More...

K
25 September 2017

Mike, Jason and the crew have been taking care of my family's vehicles for over 20 years. Professional, friendly and honest!

R
6 September 2017

Highly recommend Golden Wrench Automotive, very good experience.

C
23 August 2017

Great service honest pricing and stand behind their work. About all you can ask in the automotive service industry!!

O
23 August 2017

Great service! Even greater customer service!  I came in for smog and they not only helped me right away, I was in and out the door in 15 minutes, but they also answered all of my questions I had about my car. This shop very knowledgeable, very honest and my number one spot to go for all my mechanical needs. Recommended 5/5. More...

M
15 August 2017

I just had my Infiniti G35 worked on and had a great experience! Mike & Jason took great care of me. They diagnosed the problem, stayed in contact with me and was very fair on the pricing. Its feels great to find a mechanic you feel comfortable with and trust you aren't being taken advantage of! More...

J
11 August 2017

These guys are great! Got a referral from Discount Tires, whom we totally trust with our tire needs, to check out a possible CV joint/axle/shock issue on the front side of my daughter's car.  After dropping the car off we received a great call letting us know the problem was way over estimated by the oil change guys and dealer service people (phone call to the dealer), and was simply a loose hubcap clip!  They fixed the clip, checked the other clips on the other 3 wheels all without any charge.  We had them do an alignment which they gave us an amazing deal on.Glad we found them and will definitely be reaching out if other needs for our cars came up.  Thanks for making the process easy for the integrity in your work! More...

J
10 August 2017

Amazing how fast they were. In and out in about 15 min no joke. For $40 flat, I'll pay for the quick no hassle service and of course I had no engine lights on in my car.

H
8 August 2017

So very pleased! Golden Wrench is an awesome combination of superior customer service at a great price. Called and left message on 8/7/2017. Janson returned my call within 30 minutes. I was looking for their incredible $30.00 smog check which includes the certificate. You will not find a better price, ANYWHERE!. Jason said to come on over anytime before 5. I was in and out in a jiffy. Jason knows his stuff. I stated I was looking to replace my tires. He called the manager at Discount Tires in Oceanside, explained I had a good price. The manager asked me to stop by so they could match or beat the quote I had. Jason supplied me with the manager's business card. I am going there today. Do yourself a favor and give Golden Wrench a try. They do many car and truck repairs. More...

M
2 August 2017

I highly recommend this place.  Honest and reasonable prices. Had my 2 cars smog here and we couldn't be more happy.  Thank you

R
31 July 2017

Golden Wrench is an awesome place to get work done on your car! The prices are very reasonable, the location is great, and there's a free shuttle service! It's also wholly apparent that the owner Mike cares about the quality of service that his customers receive, which is extremely important and exceedingly rare these days. More...

E
25 July 2017

This shop came highly recommended from Discount Tire, so I gave them a try. Knowledgeable staff. Price was right for a full synthetic oil change. Job well done!

M
26 April 2017

Great professional service. I trust these guys. Faster service than promised. Highly recommend them!!

G
8 April 2017

Golden Wrench is the best! All the maintenance work on my Nissan has been taken care of twice and I will be returning for some major repairs as soon as I get a tax refund. Mike explained everything that needed to be done super clear plus was quick and responsive with any questions/follow up. The battery on my fob was also out and he replaced it for me without me even mentioning it. I won't be taking my car anywhere else while I live in north county San Diego! More...

T
18 February 2017

Honest, reliable, knowledgeable, friendly, trustworthy and affordable. I'm so glad I found these guys.

L
10 February 2017

Smog check took about 15 minutes or less. They even gave me a free pen and mini flashlight for my car. Definitely recommend!

J
22 December 2016

Went here when I got my car a few weeks ago, and needed a few things done like an oil change and to clean the air vents, the customer service there was great and owner was really welcoming and friendly and very helpful. They got the job done quick and the prices were really ideal for me. Anytime I need my car worked on I will definitely look to go to this place first. I love the services there and plus it's really close to my work. I'll be back here again the next time my car needs some work. More...

D
29 November 2016

I went into the shop to get the rear brakes checked on my car, as I had had over the years used their services.As I suspected the brakes needed completely repaired and replaces and I found out the front brakes were even worse. I was able to negotiate a fair price with JASON, the shop manager, for all the work being done (without having to renegotiate a new loan on my dwelling) and even got a ride to and from my home via KARRI, the manager's wife, while the work was done on my car.When I picked up my car I also learned they had given me a free oil change for getting the work done.Tell me where can you get better treatment Use these guys for your automotive needs.. I highly recommend them. More...

C
24 October 2016

I've been a customer since the good old College Blvd & 76 location and I 100% trust Mike and Jason to keep my vehicle in tip-top shape. There are plenty of automotive repair facilities around but this crew is second to none. More...

K
24 September 2016

My experience at Golden Wrench was awesome. I recently had my 2008 Acadia worked on at this location. The A/C unit had gone out. My husband does most of the maintenance for our cars but this particular case he couldn't fix, so finding a trust worthy mechanic was a bit stressful. My friend Erika recommend Golden Wrench to us. They offer a car service whom will take you or pick you up from work or home, they are polite and respectful. They don't over charge you in fact we got a 10% military discount. Overall great place. More...

H
24 August 2016

I was recommended to Golden Wrench by our awesome mechanics at Evan's Tires. Customer Service excellent!!! family run business, very personable and offers uber shuttle service (Son Jason nice young man great job mom & dad).  Thank you so much for a great job getting my mobile office purring again!! More...

G
20 August 2016

These guys were great! They were incredibly courteous and friendly. There communication and follow up was excellent and the work they did was thorough. Very fair to work with and treated my situation with courtesy. More...

P
16 June 2016

Their business is focused on acquiring lifetime customers, keeping folks happy enough that they never need to find another auto shop. My wife and I have been taking our cars here for three years and have only great experiences with their team. They've helped us out in ways most shops don't, and are honest which is incredibly refreshing. I've been told that nothings wrong with my car and not charged, they've helped me get the most out of a deal gone sour with a dealership, and they even drove me home when I didn't have someone who could pick me up. Five stars, great job Mike and team! More...

A
5 April 2016

Super friendly staff, great service and quick turnaround time!!

W
6 February 2016

Opps  I forgot to write a review the day that I went in I came here for a smog check. People were great and the service was fast recommended 100%

M
11 November 2015

My experience with these people went above and beyond friendy and just a smog test. They listened to my situation! Mike was mainly who I dealt with and he was such a pleasure. Very military friendly!! I left feeling like my vehicle got its necesarry repairs and that I wasn't being ripped off!  He even sent a driver to pick my me and my daughter up when we got caught walking in the rain while my car was in for the repairs. Will definitely return and use as my regular mechanics from now on! More...

D
2 November 2015

Great experience.  In and out 15 minutes. Thirty dollars. He could have charged me more because my jeep is 2005 but he did not. Yay for me.

K
9 June 2015

Absolutely awesome service! I went in to get my brakes checked out and Mike did a great job of explaining my repair options. I would definitely go back if I have another car problem in the future. More...

P
29 April 2015

Nothing but professionalism from the people at Golden Wrench. My father took all his cars here. I take all of my cars here. My girlfriend takes her Accord to them, too. They do top-notch work. More...

T
20 April 2015

Great mechanics. Only honest mechanics I've ever met. They really make you feel like there trying to help you instead of up sale you. They won't sale you anything your car doesn't need. I'll definitely be back with all my vehicles. There pricing is honest too. Cheapest/ most honest smog check place you will ever find, and it doesn't matter if it's gas or diesel like some shops say. I'll definitely be back More...

H
24 February 2015

The only people I allow to work on my truck.  It is so hard to find a good trustworthy shop, but this is it!  Been there many times with some major repairs on my Ford Explorer.  Always get a good deal and friendly service but above all they actually know what they are doing. More...

D
28 January 2015

I took my car there today because I needed a smog check. I printed the coupon from their website before I went, but didn't make an appointment. From the time I walked in the door to the time I was driving away was about 10 minutes total! The total came to $30 flat including certificate, taxes, and everything! Great experience and will definitely be coming back in the future. More...

G
20 January 2015

I've taken my Subaru there twice now.  The work has been good, they seem quite honest, and didn't try to upsell me at all.  They were accurate with their time of repair estimate as well.  The pricing is reasonable.  I'll continue to take my cars here. More...

C
20 September 2014

I am glad I checked this place out after going to an adjacent repair facility which told me I needed a new axle and drive-train bearing.  They told me all I needed was new wheel bearings.  I was skeptical after having received the other diagnosis, but they were right and now my car is running great.  They didn't do unecessary repair work or sell me parts I didn't need replaced.  My advice is to skip the first place at the entrance and drive straight to Golden Wrench.  They also have a free shuttle and are open on Saturdays. More...

M
5 June 2014

I bring my Titan here whenever I need to get work done on it. They consistently provide good service.

B
26 April 2014

I had to have my control panel replaced at the dealer and the next step was that I needed a smog to get it registered. I called golden wrench automotive and he said he had an opening and got me in. A gentlemen named Jonny came out to see me when I checked in. He asked me about what the dealer did on the car. He further explained that when the computer system, like the instrument cluster, gets replaced or reset, sometimes the Sensors won't work. He took a little device and hooked it in by my door and took a reading. It stated that there were five failures. Jonny stated that if he did an actual smog it would fail. The solution was just to drive normally for a couple days so it would get readings. That was it. It was Thursday and he told me to come back on Saturday and they'll check.  I was not charged anything on Thursday. Came Saturday, he checked with his device and there were no failures. Put it in the garage and it passed the SMOG and they even gave me a coupon from their competition so it only cost me $30. This shop is honest and reliable. I know if I would have went somewhere else, they would have charged me for the smog and told me I failed and more than likely would try and sell me repairs. These guys at golden wrench auto are the best, most reliable and honest mechanics. Great place. GO THERE, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. More...

R
10 March 2014

Called this afternoon to make an appointment for a smog check. Luckily someone hadn't shown up so they were able to get me right in. Staff was nice, service super quick and inexpensive! I was in and out in 16 mins!! Will definitely come back here and refer to friends and family! More...

C
14 November 2013

Golden Wrench is awesome. My husband can work on our cars - replace alternator, brakes, etc. We took our cars here for a smog and both my husband and I found Mike very congenial, honest and provide excellent work. We now take all our cars to him and recommended him to friends and co-workers. More...

N
21 October 2013

Absolutely amazing auto shop. They rebuilt my engine for me and my car runs great now. Very nice owner and workers. They free shuttle is a fantastic add on that helped me get to and from work the day my car was being worked on!

J
6 October 2013

I took my relatively old Jag (2003) in for a smog check and was out within 10 minutes. Both the friendly, congenial attitude of Mike and the courtesy he and his staff provided were so exceptional that I couldn't wait to post these comments on Yelp.

R
2 October 2013

Mike and crew went above and beyond for us, when our car broke down while visiting friends in Oceanside. This repair shop was of highest professional grade and honesty. I felt the good LORD led us to this place, as we did not know where to have repairs done. Retired from auto parts and being a mechanic myself, I felt a complete sense of trust. What a great feeling to have been 450+ miles away from home and knowing the job is done right. More...

K
27 July 2013

These guys are fantastic. They've done a number of repairs for us and have always done a great job and stood behind their work. What pushed it over the top for me whas when I had a car that stopped running. We took it to Golden Wrench and they told us the transmission had died. It was an older car and the repairs were almost more than the car was worth. We were trying to decide whether to fix it or try to replace it. They held the car in their shop for over a week while we researched our options. They never pressured us or complained; basically told us to take our time making the decision. They were just great. More...

A
13 July 2013

Honest and professional. Easy to get appointments. Hassle free.

L
26 June 2013

Yelped them and boy am I glad!!!  Got my $30 Smog Certificate no problem!  Made an appointment (as requested) from start to finish took less than 20 minutes with hard copy certificate in my hand along with them electronically submitting as well.  Have sent emails to all my friends about them!  Would HIGHLY recommend... ;)! More...

L
27 February 2013

Made an appointment to have my 2007 Ford Fusion smog certified today. They took my car at 10:55, and by 11:16 I was on my way back to work. Twenty-one minutes from start to finish, I'd say that's pretty good! The service here FAST and PROFESSIONAL. Would definitely recommend to my friends and family. More...

N
30 January 2013

I'm officially not as smart as I think I am - all these years, and just two days ago was the first time I thought to use Yelp to help me with my biggest fear and headache - service for things about which I know nothing. .. well that's a wide range... specifically automotive.Even though Golden Wrench's disc brake pad and resurfacing price was higher than the dealership's, I agree that Mossy Nissan in Oceanside up-sells so aggressively that I feel uncomfortable going there.  I've personally experienced them planting the seed of worry in my mind about my Quest's suspension which hasn't caused any problem 3.5 years later.  Jason offered a free inspection of my squealing rear brakes, not the ever-increasing diagnostic fee, so of course it was a no-lose situation to try them out.  They found that it was just dust causing the occasional noise in the rear brakes, but the pads in the front needed replacing.  Jason discounted the labor so that my total bill with tax came out to exactly the amount he quoted for the brakes ($279) and an oil change ($38), and threw in fixing a button cover for the rear hatch which had come unbracketed (they could easily have said it was broken).  Also, he set my mind at ease about the bushings - I felt his recommendations were as forthright as if it were his own car.Glad to have more alternatives for my car repair/maintenance needs. More...

D
6 December 2012

Jason @ The Golden Wrench did a excellent job on my car. The price was very reasonable.. This is a great place!!

S
29 October 2012

Two of my co-workers recommended Golden Wrench and swear by their service. I scheduled an appointment to get a free estimate on my cars problems. They were able to accommodate me very easily. When I arrived the owner and head mechanic were there, and were very professional and nice. I didn't end up having my car worked on because the price tag was a little steep for my current situation, but I would trust them to work on my car in the future. More...

M
22 October 2012

The people working here are courteous and professional.  The waiting area is clean comfortable and utilitarian.  The estimate for repairs was exactly right.  They do offer shuttle service also.  I would happily trust them to repair or perform maintenance on any of my vehicles. More...

S
15 September 2012

Quality you can trust.It's very hard to come by a garage that has employees that fully know what they're doing when it comes to your multi-thousand dollar vehicle, let's say. I get my oil changes here and they are speedy, reliable, and their prices reflect the services and care you receive.Whenever a friend asks where I get my automotive services done, this place automatically rings a bell first. I hope they continue to provide excellent automotive work. More...

L
11 September 2012

I was staying in Vista for the summer when my 2002 Subaru Forrester decided AC was unnecessary. Hello, July!!I didn't know anyone or anybody to ask for referrals so I looked through Yelp and found these guys. Called them up and they were able to get me in the next AM, quoted me a  reasonable and undramatic guess as to what was going on, with a matching price, then DROVE ME BACK to where I was staying-- and this was in the hills, far and hard to find-- and picked me up when the car was ready.TOTALLY painless experience which in LA would have been a nightmare of driving in traffic and waiting for hours in the Valley.I am not a car person, my husband is, but he was impressed long distance as the only Subaru dealer was in Temecula where I did not want to go with no AC ( very hot there) so I struck off on my own based on the reviews here.Golden Wrench knew my car and diagnosed what turned out to be a standard issue quickly and affordably with none of the usual lying BS I am used to from dealers in LA.Very impressed, highly recommend especially for women alone who are not familiar with Vista. Being polite, accurate, fast and having a shuttle is an extremely good way to do business. More...

F
20 May 2012

I've been to many auto repair shops, but Golden Wrench is the best.  Mike and Jason (owner and manager, respectfully) are honest, smart, courteous guys who know their stuff.  I brought my older vehicle in recently for some minor repairs, and they did all I asked, checked the vehicle over for any other glaring issues, but didn't try to sell me a bunch of stuff I didn't need.  Being a high-mileage, older vehicle, they could have (as many other shops would do) tried to tell me that I need all kinds of repairs and new parts.  But they didn't, they only suggested repairs that truely needed doing for safety and reliability.There was one problem with one of the repairs, but I brought it back the next day when I noticed it, and they made it right without any issue or complaint, or cost to me.I have a mechanic for life!!Thanks, Golden Wrench! More...

M
24 March 2012

My wife's BMW was up for a SMOG certificate and needed some over-due maintenance. A dealer had screwed us a couple of years ago and another shop had done me wrong on a radiator repair by replacing all the hoses, thermostat, radiator, and belts but refilling the cooling system with the same old dirty antifreeze. ..what's with that?I loved Golden Wrench! The parts were expensive but the labor was reasonable and everything was done on time and worked. There wasn't a lot of nickel-diming on the " well, you need this and that, and we won't  let it go with out a paint job" kinda attitude when you know they're going to pay off the shop on your invoice. Anyway, they were fine. Did the work, on time and I felt good about it. More...

E
28 December 2011

These guys are AWESOME!  I have taken my car there three times now and each time they are so helpful, accommodating, and HONEST.  You tell them what you want and they make it happen.  Thanks Mike- you guys ROCK! More...

M
15 November 2011

The guys at Golden Wrench are the best.  They don't treat me like a dumb girl, and actually look me in the eye and speak to ME when I'm there with my car (instead of talking only to the guy I'm with, which is what every other mechanic on EARTH does, BTW). I was introduced to them through friends who've been long-time customers, and now not only do I take my car there, but my daughter's car as well.  They're great at giving the best/worst case scenario, and letting you know ahead of time what they think the urgent fixit items are vs. the "this can wait a few months" items.  I completely trust that they'll tell me when my car is just too crappy to bother fixing, and that I should buy a new one (even though a lot of places would rather fix a piece of junk and make you go broke in the process).They get two thumbs up from me! More...

C
28 September 2011

Like I have been doing for over fifteen years, I called Jason at Golden Wrench for an appointment to service my 2004 Ford F250. He got me on the schedule right away. I have trusted Mike and Jason with my vehicles for a long time. I have found them to be honest, service oriented, and timely. The work is professionally performed at a reasonable price. Even though I now live in Solana Beach, I make the drive to Vista to patronize this fine business. I highly recommend Golden Wrench for your automotive service and repair needs. More...

S
1 August 2011

So I decided I was finally tired of going to the local Chevy dealership and getting used and abused. I decided to go with Golden Wrench based on the Yelp positive reviews and I hoped for once I did not feel ripped off, or ignored, or made to wait a whole day just to look at a problem, or overcharged, or leaving with more problems than I came in with, or being misdiagnosed, etc. To me going to a car repair place is much worse than going to the doctor! I am happy to report that I am extremely glad I found this place in Vista. I called in the morning and was told by Mike that I could bring my car in right away (unlike Chevy who told me they would try to get to me that day). Within 5 minutes I was in the garage and 5 more minutes the problem was diagnosed and a fair estimate handed to me. Whoa! Never experienced this type of efficiency before! Mike told me the car would be ready in 1.5 hours and it was actually done in 60 minutes. I am in no hurry to go back, but when another automotive issue creeps up on my old car, I will definitely be going back to Golden Wrench! More...

J
9 July 2011

I needed to find a reliable mechanic in a hurry to inspect a used car I was buying in Vista. I checked YELP and found Golden Wrench Automotive. Mike the owner and Jason the manager could not have been more helpful. They fit me in first thing in the morning on Saturday, inspected the car, gave me a detailed report and sent me on my way without a long wait. They also smogged the car for us. I will recommend this shop to all my friends and family who live in north county. Easy access right off of HWY 78. More...

W
9 April 2011

I found this place last year through Yelp and this is my second time using them.  They have an excellent crew who explains things in English terms and not mechinicese. I dropped the car off for an oil change and asked them to check my brakes. When he called back he was totally honest and upfront, told me I needed new fronts but my back ones were fine, just needed adjusting. Ended up spending what I kind of expected I would but that also included a tune up and the brake fluid system flushed. My car is old ('01) but since I just made the final payment on it 2 months ago, I'm hoping to keep this car for a LOOOONG time and am counting on the Golden Wrench team to help make that happen. More...

R
30 March 2011

Best place I have ever used to have my cars looked after.  I get a ride home and picked up.  Prices are lower than I have ever seen and no extra stuff I do not need.  Finally someone I cna trust with my cars.  Ron More...

K
22 March 2011

The best smog deal in town. I also found out about their $30 smog test through Yelp.  Golden Wrench was fast and efficient and I would highly recommend.

R
8 February 2011

Just got my wife's car smog-tested to get a base decal for Camp Pendleton. $30 out the door, took about 20 mins from the time we came in to the time we left. Highly recommended if you are new to California and need your car smog-tested to get on base. More...

J
6 January 2011

Just went to Golden Wrench for a smog check. Great customer service - called yesterday and Jason set me up with an appointment for today. Was out the door after 20 minutes and just $30 (mentioning Yelp). Can't beat that smog check deal. I'll definitely look to them first for auto repairs. Thanks Golden Wrench. More...

R
24 December 2010

I have been going to GW since 1999 and have only experienced the BEST of service, friendship and camaraderie! Mike, Jason and Spence are like "family" to us now. We do all our routine maintenance with them. And, they have replaced the transmission on my aging 750iL BMW, the electronic shocks, mysterious smog pieces, etc. They can do it all! I honestly love those guys and sometimes just drop by to hang out with them and yak... If you are looking for truly professional, easy-going, honest gents to keep your car running, GW is the place to go, hands-down! More...

J
15 December 2010

Just needed smog on 2 vehicles.  Thanks to Yelp, found Golden Wrench.  Smogs were handled quickly and professionally.  I will return here when there's a job for which I need a mechanic's help.

J
24 August 2010

Golden wrench is respectful, thorough and honest. BUT you pay TOP Dollar for their service. If you don't have time to check for the best prices and just want the work done asap they are great.

J
17 August 2010

Having entrusted Golden Wrench with my $64 Car* (aka guinea pig) I brought in my overheating Subaru Forester XT.  That Forester has kept in me in a state of constant pucker as it seems to overheat for no particular reason. After a couple of visits to the talented guys at GW however, it is running just fine.  The culprit turned out to be a thermostat with a manufacturing defect that never seemed to malfunction while at the mechanic shop - why make it easy on anyone Forester?.  After some astute detective work, Mike & Jason replaced the part under warranty with no extra charges for their time or labor.  This is officially, "my mechanic" from now on till I move from San Diego.  I have said it many times but I truly appreciate the time and dedication that the entire staff at Golden Wrench exhibit. Thank you!*seriously - it's $64, depending on the price of gas, the fuel within the car, is worth more than the car itself. More...

N
16 June 2010

Good work, fair pricing, completed on time.I found Golden Wrench on Yelp to fix a faulty door handle on my Toyota 4Runner.  Their preliminary over-the-phone estimate came within 2 dollars of the actual cost.  They estimated the job would take 2 to 2.5 hours and they wrapped it up in 2.5 hrs.  They kept me up to date on progress of the repair by calling me twice.  They did what they said they'd do for the price I expected and in the timeframe I expected.  On the downside, there's no place to wait at the shop while the work's being done.  I went across the street to a hole-in-the-wall coffee/pastry shop that had decent food and a TV.  It wasn't the Ritz but was fine for killing a couple hours. More...

E
9 June 2010

I was so happy that my boyfriend referred me to this repair shop! They are wonderful and will not take advantage of your lack of car knowledge. They fixed my car perfectly, and did not try to scam me. Thanks to Mike he got the best parts at a decent price for my vehicle, and got me back on the road. More...

R
1 February 2010

Paying for car repairs is never fun, but Golden Wrench makes it as enjoyable as possible.  Mike and Jason have been servicing the cars in my family for at least a decade and then some.  They are happy to let you leave their shop without squeezing you for the absolute maximum on services or parts you really don't need, which is a nice change from my previous experiences with other places.  Plus, the service you do have done is high quality the first time, and I have yet to need a 're-do' on their work.  Their comment card wall is replete with kudos from dozens of people with similar experiences.  Their shuttle is on time and provides even more convenience.  I think Golden Wrench is a great and rare example of how a service shop should be run. More...

J
6 January 2010

I've been using Golden Wrench on Emerald for a few years now and I've never had better service at a garage in my life. They do everything for me from oil changes to brakes. And a lot of times they have a coupon in the PennySaver. But even without coupon, their prices are reasonable. In fact, for a smoke check, it's the best price I found in the whole area. I recommend Golden Wrench to anybody for your car service! More...

M
9 April 2008

I used to live in the Waterleaf Apartments right next to Golden Wrench, so the convenience factor for me was high.  If my boyfriend wasn't a mechanic, I'd still go back to Golden Wrench even though I've moved because the staff is friendly, rates reasonable for routine maintenance (never had to use them for any serious problem), and they have good follow-ups after you bring your vehicle in for service.  They also practice customer appreciation. More...

D
3 February 2007

Golden Wrench is a classic auto repair shop that focuses on friendly service at reasonable rates.They offer a shuttle service and free pick up and deliver in the north San Diego county area.