Readers' Choice 2012: Where's the Best Place to Get Your Car Fixed?

Finding an auto-repair shop you trust and rely on is a godsend. Where do you bring your car in Geneva, Batavia or St. Charles when it's on the blink?

How do you pick an automobile service shop? Generally, it's by word of mouth, a personal relationship with the repair person, comfort with your original car dealer, a phone book guess or an Internet search.

But there's another way, maybe even a better way. Look at the nominees and testimonials that come from our 2012 Patch Readers' Choice Awards, then vote in our Patch poll!

Nominations were accepted on Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles Patch through July 9.

The poll will open to accept votes from registered Patch users starting on July 23 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Winners in all Readers' Choice categories will be announced on Aug. 24.

Scott Lang July 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Geneva Tire and Auto on State St.
Joan Watt Lencioni July 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Kens in Geneva and Geneva tire and auto are our favs
Rob Plinske July 08, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Geneva Tire & Auto of course!
Jeanne Letizia July 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Merlin at Randall & Rt. 38! Mike, Ken and staff.
Robert Heise July 09, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Ron's Auto in Geneva - Ron Erickson is like having family working on your car.
Geneva Easter July 09, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Rx Automotive in St. Charles!
Janice Zehnpfennig July 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Kevin's on 2nd. St. in St Charles by Blue Goose. This is a honest, fast and family feel auto shopp. Great owner and staff
Carolyn Zinke July 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
We really love Ed's Auto Repair, Inc at 29 South 8th St in Geneva--630-232-6560. We have recommended this shop to several people and all have been pleased. Ed and Nate are through, honest and fair in their pricing. We started with them after we got a huge estimate for repairs from another shop and I then asked for advice from people I worked with. The story that sold me on Ed's was one from a friend who left his car with Ed, left on vacation and told him "do what you need to do- and I will pay for it when I get back. " And that was from a man who was very cautious in his dealings with everyone. When Ed saw our car he pointed out the many things that the other shop wanted to do that just weren't needed yet and what was really needed. Saved us several hundred dollars. We have been taking all of our vechicles to them since 2001 And--both Ed and Nate are just as honest with women customers--unlike other shops.
Christine Kautz July 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Merlin on 38! They don't try to sell you services you don't need. Thanks guys.
Kevin ONeil July 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Ken's Auto Center, 501 Edison St, 60134; Ken gives the you the big picture, cost-effective advice, and does it right the first time.
Ruth Ann Pineda July 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM
1st Garage on First St. in Batavia! Glenn , Doug, and Mike have taken the BEST care of our cars...and US!!!....For many many years! They are so HONEST and fair priced! They stand behind their work and are always there for us! As for our family..We LOVE and trust our friends at 1st Garage! Ruth Ann...Batavia
Lisel Ulaszek July 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Autopractor in St. Charles. They are a family owned business and Gary and his mechanics are always very friendly and trustworthy. They will give you a list of things that should be done to your car, but will also let you know which items are priority and which can wait awhile. Their prices, including labor are very fair, and they'll pick you up and drop you off if you live in the area. We recommend them highly!
Gloria Fisher July 09, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Geneva Tire & Auto! They are always there for me, willing to accommodate my schedule and able to identify those funky 'noises' as well as perform general maintenance..
Joyce Byrd July 09, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Geneva Tire on State St in Geneva. Family owned, third generation now running the business. Friendly and honest service. Have been a customers of theirs for over 50 years.
Mike July 09, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Autopractor on St. Charles.. Gary is the best
Dawn Lutz July 09, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Ron's Auto in Geneva. Ron Erickson is definitely someone you can trust and go to right away with your auto emergency. His buddy Mike is an excellent side-kick! Ron's Auto is in my phone where all my important numbers go!
Jack July 09, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Geneva Tire on State St/Rte 38 right in the center of town. The best!
Todd Kinney July 10, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Dave @ Ollies Garage in Batavia on Main St. Honest, good work & fair prices
thefunkychicken July 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM
I vote for Ollies also, Dave is great and more than fair. Nice family run shop with honest evaluations and repairs.
amber peters July 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Prestige Import in St. Charles. They saved me $1000 on the computer panel that runs the heat in my car. They were willing to send it off to have it fixed, with a guarantee, when Toyota said they could only replace. Prestige didn't even make most of the money on fixing my car because the company we sent it to, did but they were still willing to take out and reinstall for a minimal cost. Spent about $500 in all instead of over a $1000.
Scott July 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
ne one choice really - http://rxautorepair.com - Rx Automotive. Les is a great mechanic and his shop is top notch.
ceebee August 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Dan's Auto Service in Batavia is the greatest! I'm so glad we found this great auto repair spot. Always friendly and willing to help.
John Schnier August 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
When I moved to St. Charles 23 years ago a friend recommended Ed's in Geneva. I have been a customer ever since.
edn August 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Kevins in St. Charles. I would vote for them but they are not on your list! Been going there for 23 years! Never over charged, honest evaluations, Not one prepair problem!Only place I will send my kids to!
Lisa August 15, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Merlin's on 38 in St. Charles
Gary August 16, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Kiho Park at Park & Sons in Batavia has always been more than fair with me and he is excellent at diagnosing what is wrong instead of just throwing parts at a problem. My truck is nearing 150,000 miles on it, and he has kept in going.
Betty Collins August 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Ron's Auto in Geneva. They have always been very honest. Have recommended them highly to friends and family.
Nancy J. Hall August 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Goreckis Service LTD, 23 South 8th Street, Geneva, Phone 630-232-0757. Jim Gorecki has repaired my cars since 1976 and is the best! His prices are very reasonable and I trust him completely to do what needs to be done in the most economical way. Jim explains the mechanical issues, and gives me options & recommendations to assist in my decision-making. He's always pleasant and very helpful in keeping my cars in excellent condition.
dao August 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
RONS IN GENEVA On Stevens St. Great People, They know there stuff. This shop should be on the List.
Scott September 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Whooooo is the winner???


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