Auto repair

Best Auto Repair – Orange County Register

1. ExpertTec Automotive

Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach; 949-645-7722, 714-848-9222;

ExperTec Automotive has captured the hearts of Orange County residents for six consecutive years. This family-owned company began serving the communities of Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa in 1993. Today, both locations are led by President Roy Daneshavke, Vice President Gary Frahm and General Manager Gary McMann, along with several qualified service advisors, assistants, and technicians.

Like other repair shops in the area, ExperTec provides a variety of general repair services ranging from everything under the hood to tires and headlights. However, this repair shop also caters to fleet vehicles, classic cars and hot rods, and even hybrids. In addition to providing exemplary service to its customers, ExperTec also maintains close ties with the community.

“The more we serve our community…the stronger we become!” – a striking statement boldly advertised on the company’s website that is nothing short of the truth. ExperTec is committed to helping the development of the surrounding community by participating in various charity and fundraising events. In 2022, the company lent a helping hand to the Boy Scouts of America, Newport and Costa Mesa Police Departments, and Surf City USA, among others!

Regardless of brand and model, ExperTec puts the customer’s needs and budget first. “They are always courteous, professional and greet you with a smile,” said a Yelp review from customer Shelley B. of Irvine, who has been bringing her car to ExperTec for three years. “They are honest and have never tried to sell me repairs or products that I don’t need.”

—Kenya Barrett

2. Britton’s automobile

17242 Gotthard Street, Suite C, Huntington Beach; 714-841-5701;

What began as a fascination with automobiles for the Britton brothers at a young age has turned into a wildly successful repair shop nearly four decades later. This family-run auto repair shop is more than just a business – it’s a brotherhood between Cameron and Bruce Britton who have grown their hobby into a thriving facility in Huntington Beach.

Their unique location offers a range of services ranging from engine repairs, brakes and suspension, air conditioning and transmission repairs as well as electrical work. If you need a car inspection or towing service, no worries – Britton Automotive has you covered.

With all work performed by ASE certified mechanics, customers are immediately informed of the vehicle’s needs and provided with solutions to best meet the car’s needs the moment they enter Britton’s Automotive. From start to finish, Britton’s aims to perform the necessary maintenance and even provide information to prevent additional problems from occurring in the future.

3. Transmission Mission Viejo

27210 La Paz, Suite J, Mission Viejo; 949-583-1828;

Mission Viejo Transmission is not your ordinary repair shop. He rose to popularity through his well-received “Girls in the Garage” community event. Owner Kevin Hurley was originally approached with the idea by Cheryl Carrera, a local real estate agent. Carrera wanted the auto shop repair team to give eight of its customers an educational demonstration of how to perform simple vehicle tasks, including checking fluid levels and tire pressures.

“From there, the idea took off,” Hurley says on the company’s website. “But we had never held an event like this before – so we were skeptical of its success.”

The event has since become a hit within the community and has managed to draw crowds of over 8,500 women since its inception. Guests can expect the occasion on the first Wednesday of each term.