Alan Brownfeld Garage
Let me first say that Alan's garage has renewed my faith that there is still one honest auto mechanic shop left in Manhattan.
Well, having lived in manhattan for almost 20 years, and having to keep a car here too, I've grown pretty cynical. What with overpriced garages, ripoff dealer service centers, and to top it off, the dreaded annual nyc inspection. I have been to quite a few supposedly reputable repair/inspection centers, and had grown to accept the ridiculous and expensive add-ons charged by manhattan mechanics in order to give that inspection sticker. I've never gotten thru for less than a few hundred dollars worth of engine flush/aircleaner blowout/overpriced work that I didnt really need.
So after bringing in my 95 Ford explorer truck in to the place I had been using for the last 3 years, and being told I needed to spend an additional $400+ on engine cleaning etc...I had about had it. I told my old place no thanks, paid the $100 "oil change fee" and headed on over to this place I had found on the web called Brownfeld .
Later that day I get a call to pick up my truck. I meet Alan, a big friendly biker type dude, who tells me I owe just $46 for the inspection. Thats it? Everything is fine and good?? Yes he says, and proceeds to describe all the work that I had done on my truck in the past like brake and front end etc. He had completely checked out everything was in good service and didnt take any opportunity to "upsell" a thing.
I recommend Brownfeld Garage as the ONLY trustworthy mechanic left in NY.