Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive in Minneapolis, MN


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Specialties

We specialize in "Anything Automotive" we work on everything from Acura to Volvo. We can do most automotive repairs and we have some factory scan tools for advance diagnostics. We can replace engines and rebuild transmissions. We also have a great team we use for body work.

History

Established in 2007.

We started near the U of M in Southeast Minneapolis then about 5 years ago we moved to Northeast. We love it here and are feel like we are an important part of the community.

Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive


Dealer Info:


Phone(s):(612) 208-8461
Address:2823 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55418
  • Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Reviews on Turbo Tim’s Anything Automotive

 
K. G. | 2015-04-21

I called Turbo Tim's because of the GREAT reviews being an honest and fair garage.  They went above and beyond my expectations.

I had a poor experience with another garage who had quoted me DOUBLE of what Turbo Tim's did, so I had my car packed up and shipped off to Turbo Tim's.  

I called to let them know my car was coming and they got to it the next day, confirmed the issue at hand, and waited patiently while I decided what I wanted to do about it.  (I was looking at repairing and/or replacing the engine block of an older car).  They were super friendly on the phone, explained everything in detail, did a break-down of the cost of repairs, provided me with alternative options, and were NEVER pushy to make an unnecessary and/or costly repair.  

Their quotes were HALF of what I was quoted at the garage I previously had my car at. HALF!!!

Regardless, it was an old car and I decided to kiss it goodbye instead of stick more money into it.  When I went to the shop to grab my stuff from the car and settle my bill, he says, " Nah, I'm not even going to charge you."  WHAT?!!?!   Very generous, especially considering I had no business to give them since I was junking my car!

Bottom line here:

Great customer service - it is apparent that they give a hoot about their customers.

Fair pricing - Like I said...they quoted me half the price of the garage my car was at.

Just bought a new (used) car and hopefully it won't need a visit to a garage anytime soon but if/when it does, I will definitely be going to Turbo Tim's!

 
Katrina O. | 2015-03-24

I have been here for 2-3 different things and while there's been a few hiccups, everything overall is great. They are very quick in fixing any issues like being billed incorrectly, which did happen to me once. But Tim, was very quick in reaching out to me and getting the issue fixed while providing great customer service along the way! I never felt brushed off or felt like I was given a trite excuse for the mistake. The mistake was acknowledged, an apology given, and mistake was fixed right away. I wish more businesses were this easy to work with!

 
Ryan M. | 2015-03-11

Turbo Tim's is the best garage I've ever been to, hands down.  Whether it range from the level of customer service (Tim and Forrest are both awesome to talk to), or from the level of expertise (they were able to diagnose my problems immediately), I was very happy with them.  

Recently I had my car died on me in the middle of the road, and I was able to both call and text Tim to let him know my issues and that the car was being towed over.  He's been great about giving me honest prices for everything, and accurate time estimates for jobs, keeping me updated along the way.  When I did wait at the shop for my car, the waiting room was great, and Bobbie sat on my lap the whole time.

I'd really recommend Turbo Tim's to anyone who's been ripped off by garages before, and to take advantage of their 'bumper sticker discount'.  Even though I live in Richfield, I'll be making the trip up to Northeast every time to get work done.

Thanks Tim!

 
Michelle .. | 2015-03-03

I stopped at Turbo Tim's for the first time a year and a half ago and have since been back for oil changes, some maintenance repairs (new timing belt), and just recently had my car towed there with a faulty starter. As long as I am living in MN Turbo Tim's will be my go-to auto shop.

Previously, I had gone to the Ford Dealer and have had awful experiences with rude mechanics, overpriced quotes on repairs, and have waited 2 weeks to get my car back because they didn't listen to what I needed when I first brought my car in.

Not at Tim's. Everyone I've spoken to there is very friendly, honest, explains auto-issues in a clear way without pushing you into repairs you don't need, and as a woman I feel like this is the first auto shop where I've been treated as a competent individual. And the prices are the best I've been quoted anywhere. Pro-tip: if you have a Turbo Tim's bumper sticker you get 10% off for life!

Their new shop is super snazzy, much larger than their last location. There's a nice waiting area with movies and a friendly shop kitty looking for pets.

 
Charlie R. | 2015-01-04

It's true! I did pet Bobbie while waiting for my car!

My car was leaking something that was soaking my floor mats & making a horrible squealing noise when I drove. I know nothing about cars & expected them to tell me that I needed things fixed that really didn't need to be. About a hour later, the mechanic came in & told me he fixed my car & that my total was $33. I almost soiled myself. Every other mechanic I've been to I've had to pay around $50 just to get the car diagnosed, then whatever it costs to fix the problem plus labor.

Very honest & very nice. Highly recommend!

 
Sydney G. | 2014-10-24

I went here after reading all the great reviews for new tires, windshield wipers, an oil change, and brakes. I was blown away by the fair prices and great customer service. I will definitely be back and recommend them to others!

 
Ryan T. | 2014-09-19

When my office moved to NE I was overwhelmed with the amazing local food...come to find there is also an awesome local mechanic in the area as well!  Dropped my car off for an oil change over lunch.  Service was very friendly and oil change was quick and there was no big sales spiel about changing all of my filters and xyz.  They did however notice a wheel bearing was cracked, gave me an estimate, and let me on my merry way.  Went back a few days later for a new battery...same experience...reasonable prices backed by great service.  I'll be back and I would recommend it to anyone.  

Thanks for the great service guys!

 
Matthew S. | 2014-08-25

I have been there with both of my cars for several repairs, and they are super honest. Prices seem average, but if there is an easy fix or if something can be driven on and fixed later, they'll tell you that, so is a great value and piece of mine to boot.

I picked Tim and crew based on the glowing reviews, and they are not overstating the positive at all. Love Turbo Tim's!

 
Vanessa H. | 2014-08-20

After getting an estimate of $1300 worth of work from a national shop, I took my car to Tim's based on a friend's recommendation. Here's why I give them 5 stars:
1) Customer service. First and foremost, these are folks who will listen to you. They won't talk to you with condescending or intimidating tones. They make you feel like a buddy and will even text you when your car is ready!
2) Knowledge. The national place told me I needed new front and back struts, no explanation. Tim and his crew found it was actually a different issue and took the time to explain it to me. So glad I didn't shell out $1300 at the other place!
3) Quality work done at a reasonable pace. This wasn't a rush job, but it was also nice to get my car back same day. And now my car no longer sounds like a hunk of junk jalopy!
4) Fair prices. How often do you hear that about an auto repair shop?!

I'm moving out of state next week, but if I were still in town, I'd ALWAYS go to Turbo Tim's. Look at how many good reviews they have...clearly they're doing something right! I highly recommend them.

 
Jackie L. | 2014-07-12

Turbo Tim is my go-to mechanic since before he was at this location. He's a straight up knowledgeable guy and hires mechanics who know what they're doing. I've brought everything from transmission work to brake work here. He gets it done for a reasonable price.

A lap-sit from the very friendly shop cat (Bobby) is a bonus!

 
Amy K. | 2014-06-18

I brought my car to Turbo Tim's a few weeks ago when I thought my front brake was out.  It was making a horrible screeching noise on my way to work at 8am and I was fearful to drive it to the Subaru dealership (where I usually go) since it was so far away.  

Tim was super helpful on the phone and squeezed me in right away when they opened up shop at 10am.  After learning how many miles I had driven with the current front brakes and telling him what my problem was he agreed that most likely I would need my brakes replaced, but that he'd call me after he got a good luck and would give me a quote before doing any repairs.

Imagine my surprise when he called me a few hours later with the good news that there was a small pebble stuck somewhere in the break and after removing it the car was A-OK! And it only cost me $20!!! He did let me know that I will need knew front breaks before winter, but he never pressured me to get it done that day.

I will definitely be bringing my car there from here on out. I have found an honest mechanic in my neighborhood and I couldn't be happier!

 
Jeffrey K. | 2014-05-14

Think of this as a 4.5.

I look pretty young and some people try to scam me. Combine that with my complete lack of automobile knowledge, I am super wary of auto shops.

So when my car developed a rattling noise and needed an oil change, I asked a Minneapolis native about good car shops. He recommended Turbo Tim.

The experience started out a bit tough - the shop itself is really hard to find (don't listen to Google's voice directions - just look at the map) and the layout is a bit confusing.

But Tim is, seemingly, a pretty honest guy. They discovered a problem that originally would cost me $200 bucks or so. I looked it up, and it seemed like a pretty reasonable charge, and said all right. But halfway through, they realized it was a much simpler problem, and changed the charge to only $60, which in the end, also included the oil change. I was pretty happy. And Tim was patient in explaining all of the repairs and why they did certain things. They also fixed the rattling noise for no charge (a pretty simple fix to begin with, admittedly).

The waiting area is also quite fun - they got a video game system, computer, and old school Disney VHS tapes. They also have a very friendly cat.

Regardless, I had a good experience and will be back if I need more auto work.

 
John W. | 2014-02-17

Just another crooked mechanic!

I love supporting local small businesses. I was excited to find a mechanic in my neighborhood with spotless reviews that i felt i could trust. I brought my recently purchased used car into their shop for an oil change and asked them to check the brake pads for me so I knew where the pad level was at.

Oil change cost was $35. Shortly after I dropped my car off I got a call from the shop telling me the front brake pads were "under 15% which puts them in the change immediately range" The shop was pushing me to get the $260 brake job done right away since the pads were so low.

I know how easy changing brakes is so I brought my car to a relative who is an army mechanic to get the job done. He took apart the brakes to replace the pads and showed me all 4 brake pads were at 50-75% and there is absolutely no reason to replace the pads and added that whoever said these needed to be replaced immediately is a crook.

Also, this is not your typical shop. They dont have a store front, front door, signs... really it's a back-alley garage connected to someone's (Tim's?) house. I passed the location 3 times before I called them to ask how to get in. They opened the garage door connected to the alley. It was very awkward wondering through the middle of their work area searching for someone to speak to. My girlfriend couldnt believe I even went in.

Get a second opinion before completing any suggested repairs!

 
Shimon R. | 2013-05-31

I'd heard about Turbo Tim from a friend and read all the positive reviews on Yelp. Last Tuesday evening the brakes on my 2008 Kia Optima began making an odd noise, and when I turned on the air conditioning, the outside of my windshield clouded up. I sent a text message to Tim at (612) 208-8461 after 6:00 pm. On Wednesday morning, Tim phoned me. I made an appointment to bring the car in the next morning. Tim cautioned me that his service facility was a little hard to find; "when you're on Jackson St. N.E., you have to drive through what appears to be an alley." I've owned cars and been driving since 1960, so I've had my share of experience with cars and service facilities during the prior 50+ years. I was surprised at Tim's youth and confidence inspiring attitude. He said not to worry, he'd get to the root of the problem and get everything fixed. At 3:00 pm, Tim phoned and said that my front brakes were fine, but he'd cleaned up the rotor and caliper and roughed up the pads; he replaced the rear brake pads and cleaned up the complete braking system and test drove the car; all now QUIET. I asked if before I got there at 6:00, he could change the oil and filter and clean my permanent air filter. Tim said, "No problem." As for the fogging windshield, Tim had it pegged; no problem. I'd turned on the defroster on an extremely humid day and the window fogged.
Tim's pricing is extremely reasonable. I could not have been more satisfied. I am recommending Turbo Tim to everyone I know. It won't be long before Tim has to install a special senior citizen napping room.

 
Barnabas H. | 2012-01-22

Wildly impressed with Tim and his crew! If you need work done this is the place to go. I happened on them on Google when my coolant sprung a leak while running errands. No appointment, just drove up and said "Help." You can tell Tim loves what he does. My van was in and out in just a few hours, not to mention the awesome text updates keeping informed as to whats was going on. This is now our place we bring our cars.

 
kyle g. | 2011-12-13

Simply the best. Better than all the rest. Trust worthy, friendly, quality service, and good prices. Not sure what else you could ask for. This is the fifth mechanic that I have been to in the Twin Cities. And I can say with 100% certainty that the search is over.
Great place whether you know a ton about cars or nothing at all.

 
Richard S. | 2011-04-19

I needed some work done on my front end. So I went back to "Turbo Tim" and they said they would try to get to it by Wed. I said "Ok" To my surprise I got a call Tues. morning telling me that the work was done at much less that I thought it would be.

Then recommended another shop to handle the work they were unable to do.

I strongly recommend Tim & company