Kondo Motors

★★★★★
  • 1124 Santa Monica Blvd

    Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  • 310-452-3973

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Mon - Fri, 8am - 6pm, Sat, 9am - 5pm

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I took my car there and of course, they are typical mechanics. They wanted me to fix many things that are not necessary. They basically exaggerated the problems so they could make more money out of me. If I were you, I would not take my

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I took my car there and of course, they are typical mechanics. They wanted me to fix many things that are not necessary. They basically exaggerated the problems so they could make more money out of me. If I were you, I would not take my

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i brought my car 2 days ago for kondo motors after my car breakdown on the PCH india the tow truck driver from santa monica towing recommend me that place they fix my car in two hours and i believe that they save my some money as well

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i brought my car 2 days ago for kondo motors after my car breakdown on the PCH india the tow truck driver from santa monica towing recommend me that place they fix my car in two hours and i believe that they save my some money as well

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My Kondo Motors experience was Fabulous...Chris, Wilfredo and Mr. Kondo are truely kind, friendly, very experienced gentlemen. I purchased a used car 60, 000 miles that was a lemon. It was advertised
as a great buy that was running great. Well, it did not run great, the coolant system, breaks, motor mounts
and all the parts sorrounding the engine needed replacing costing me 2100.00.

They made me feel very welcome and explained the repairs in detail showing me photos and the actual
parts that were worn and replaced. Chris is so calm and very, very nice, I've never met a mechanic with
his calmness. I strongly recommend taking your car for any repair, being a female it is the FIRST
repair shop that did not try to cheat me.

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My Kondo Motors experience was Fabulous...Chris, Wilfredo and Mr. Kondo are truely kind, friendly, very experienced gentlemen. I purchased a used car 60, 000 miles that was a lemon. It was advertised
as a great buy that was running great. Well, it did not run great, the coolant system, breaks, motor mounts
and all the parts sorrounding the engine needed replacing costing me 2100.00.

They made me feel very welcome and explained the repairs in detail showing me photos and the actual
parts that were worn and replaced. Chris is so calm and very, very nice, I've never met a mechanic with
his calmness. I strongly recommend taking your car for any repair, being a female it is the FIRST
repair shop that did not try to cheat me.

Pros: Excellent price, parking available, Fantastic Service

Cons: There is nothing I found negitive

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I've taken my cars to Kondo Motors for 24 years and never a bad experience. Have referred 20-30 people and all have been very happy with the workmanship, prices, convenience and the pleasant experience they'd had.

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I've taken my cars to Kondo Motors for 24 years and never a bad experience. Have referred 20-30 people and all have been very happy with the workmanship, prices, convenience and the pleasant experience they'd had.

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I have brought cars to Kondo for years. They have kept my Camry going for 12 years with very little maintenance. They quickly figured out that the Prius needs little maintenance, the last checkup was under $50. If you call ahead, you will find out whetherr that day is good, or if they might keep it overnight. I know many customers, who have had no problems.

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I have brought cars to Kondo for years. They have kept my Camry going for 12 years with very little maintenance. They quickly figured out that the Prius needs little maintenance, the last checkup was under $50. If you call ahead, you will find out whetherr that day is good, or if they might keep it overnight. I know many customers, who have had no problems.

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The crew at Kondo Motors are by far some of the most kind people you will ever find. I went there to get my 01 acura cl type-s serviced, it was the 90,000 mile service. Santa Monica wanted like $550 and i think Kondo charged me something like $470. So I dropped my car off in the morning and was going to take the bus to work (work about 2 miles away) and after they realized I had to walk 4 blocks to the bus stop the owner said he could have one of his guys drop me off! I couldn't believe it! They actually dropped me off at work, which was probably 20 blocks away AND picked me up when I got off.
You can't pay for that kind of service and kindness.
Also my engine was clunking like a 80's pick up truck, turns out the motor mounts were broken (you're thinking wtf?). Yes, my motor mounts were broken and it was going to cost a over $100 to replace them. Well knowing that I was going to get it done and come home and have my boyfriend tell me that I got ripped off yet again for being a girl in an auto repair shop, I asked them if they could show me exactly where they were broken. Not only did they show me but they wrapped up the old motor mounts and I told me I could take them home to show my boyfriend that they were broken and I didn't get ripped off!
He was really surprised at their prices, honesty and all around professionalism too!
I would recommend Kondo to anyone who is sick of getting lied to and ripped off by their dealership service center.

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★★★★★

The crew at Kondo Motors are by far some of the most kind people you will ever find. I went there to get my 01 acura cl type-s serviced, it was the 90,000 mile service. Santa Monica wanted like $550 and i think Kondo charged me something like $470. So I dropped my car off in the morning and was going to take the bus to work (work about 2 miles away) and after they realized I had to walk 4 blocks to the bus stop the owner said he could have one of his guys drop me off! I couldn't believe it! They actually dropped me off at work, which was probably 20 blocks away AND picked me up when I got off.
You can't pay for that kind of service and kindness.
Also my engine was clunking like a 80's pick up truck, turns out the motor mounts were broken (you're thinking wtf?). Yes, my motor mounts were broken and it was going to cost a over $100 to replace them. Well knowing that I was going to get it done and come home and have my boyfriend tell me that I got ripped off yet again for being a girl in an auto repair shop, I asked them if they could show me exactly where they were broken. Not only did they show me but they wrapped up the old motor mounts and I told me I could take them home to show my boyfriend that they were broken and I didn't get ripped off!
He was really surprised at their prices, honesty and all around professionalism too!
I would recommend Kondo to anyone who is sick of getting lied to and ripped off by their dealership service center.

Pros: location, honesty, customer service, flexability

Cons: NONE!

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Learn what "zen service" is all about. Marvel at Mr. Kondo's freakishly accurate vehicle diagnosis. Smile at the timeliness and cost-effectiveness of the work. Recommend to all your friends. Mr. Kondo, Wilfredo, and the Kondo Motors crew are the best.

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Learn what "zen service" is all about. Marvel at Mr. Kondo's freakishly accurate vehicle diagnosis. Smile at the timeliness and cost-effectiveness of the work. Recommend to all your friends. Mr. Kondo, Wilfredo, and the Kondo Motors crew are the best.

Pros: all

Cons: none

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I could count on one hand the number of competent and trustworthy mechanic shops I've known of in my lifetime..sad but true. These guys are included in that group. Not only are they trustworthy, they're honest, keep you completely informed as to what's going on with your car, and they're not expensive either.

Highly recommended. If you have a Japanese car in Santa Monica, don't take it anywhere else.

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I could count on one hand the number of competent and trustworthy mechanic shops I've known of in my lifetime..sad but true. These guys are included in that group. Not only are they trustworthy, they're honest, keep you completely informed as to what's going on with your car, and they're not expensive either.

Highly recommended. If you have a Japanese car in Santa Monica, don't take it anywhere else.

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I must say at the outset that I have not actually had any work done at Kondo motors, but I am planning to, and their honesty and integrity inspired me to register and post a review on this site.

My Subaru Outback stalled on PCH and I was towed to Kondo Motors. They spent 20 minutes talking to me and assessing my car's electrical system and throttle mechanism absolutely free of charge. When I told them the car was under recall for the alternator and throttle body, they said they could do the work but I could get it for free at the dealer up the street. Needless to say, I went to the dealer and found that the work could be done under warranty because the car was under recall.

Although Kondo missed the opportunity to do some work on my car, they earned a customer for life because of their honesty and courtesy in dealing with me. Whereas a Subaru dealer charged me $40 to tell me my keyless entry system wasn't working, Kondo performed an electrical systems check and driving inspection without charging me a thing. Although I got the recall work done at the dealer, I am scheduled to get a tune up for that same Subaru at Kondo. After my experience with them, I can say whole-heartedly that I would trust them with any car problem I have. These guys are in it for the long haul and it shows. If you have a japanese car, take it to them and you won't be dissapointed

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I must say at the outset that I have not actually had any work done at Kondo motors, but I am planning to, and their honesty and integrity inspired me to register and post a review on this site.

My Subaru Outback stalled on PCH and I was towed to Kondo Motors. They spent 20 minutes talking to me and assessing my car's electrical system and throttle mechanism absolutely free of charge. When I told them the car was under recall for the alternator and throttle body, they said they could do the work but I could get it for free at the dealer up the street. Needless to say, I went to the dealer and found that the work could be done under warranty because the car was under recall.

Although Kondo missed the opportunity to do some work on my car, they earned a customer for life because of their honesty and courtesy in dealing with me. Whereas a Subaru dealer charged me $40 to tell me my keyless entry system wasn't working, Kondo performed an electrical systems check and driving inspection without charging me a thing. Although I got the recall work done at the dealer, I am scheduled to get a tune up for that same Subaru at Kondo. After my experience with them, I can say whole-heartedly that I would trust them with any car problem I have. These guys are in it for the long haul and it shows. If you have a japanese car, take it to them and you won't be dissapointed

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After having trouble with previous mechanic(they charge for things that is not fixed propery. and overcharge), I asked around and heard KONDO is good.

So I went. And so happy with their honest attitude.
Unlike other places who just gives you BIG BILLS,
KONDO spend time with you to explain what's the problem.
And they only charges what's needed.

I know this because I got $2000 estimate from other place(official dealer!),
and KONDO ended up only the half of it.
They say out of 3 problems, only 1 was really needed.

Thanks KONDO SAN
I'm So happy to find your place.

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After having trouble with previous mechanic(they charge for things that is not fixed propery. and overcharge), I asked around and heard KONDO is good.

So I went. And so happy with their honest attitude.
Unlike other places who just gives you BIG BILLS,
KONDO spend time with you to explain what's the problem.
And they only charges what's needed.

I know this because I got $2000 estimate from other place(official dealer!),
and KONDO ended up only the half of it.
They say out of 3 problems, only 1 was really needed.

Thanks KONDO SAN
I'm So happy to find your place.

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I have been going to Kondo Motors for 18 years. I will never go anywhere else. They are the only HONEST mechanics that I have come across. You can go in there thinking you need major work done, and come out with a $50 bill because it was only a small part that really needed replacing. They don't take you for a ride. The work is well done, and almost invariably completed by the end of the day. Wilfredo or Kondo will always explain just what the problem is and what needs to be done. I would highly recommend them to anyone. They even do work on American cars now too!

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I have been going to Kondo Motors for 18 years. I will never go anywhere else. They are the only HONEST mechanics that I have come across. You can go in there thinking you need major work done, and come out with a $50 bill because it was only a small part that really needed replacing. They don't take you for a ride. The work is well done, and almost invariably completed by the end of the day. Wilfredo or Kondo will always explain just what the problem is and what needs to be done. I would highly recommend them to anyone. They even do work on American cars now too!

Pros: Honest, Good work, Friendly

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Last month I needed service on my Toyota Camry. I felt I needed routine service and Kondo was recommended (a fellow alumna of my schoold asked for recommendations from the 'alumni list' and shared them with the group when she got them. She'd heard Kondo was good.)

My experience was not too good. I dropped the car off at 9am Saturday for "90k" service + inspection. They called before noon and I said I'd come in and discuss their recommendations. When I spoke directly with the mechanic his advice was at odds with what the sales guy was saying. They had the car half apart and then asked me to keep it there over the weekend through Monday. I asked them to finish up and I'd consider coming in Monday. I ended up basically overpaying for an oil change and wasted my day.

I went to another mechanic who said two of Kondo's 'required' repairs were bogus. For instance, Kondo said I needed new rotors. The other mechanic claimed they looked very good.

PROS:
CONS: Unsure about integrity

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Last month I needed service on my Toyota Camry. I felt I needed routine service and Kondo was recommended (a fellow alumna of my schoold asked for recommendations from the 'alumni list' and shared them with the group when she got them. She'd heard Kondo was good.)

My experience was not too good. I dropped the car off at 9am Saturday for "90k" service + inspection. They called before noon and I said I'd come in and discuss their recommendations. When I spoke directly with the mechanic his advice was at odds with what the sales guy was saying. They had the car half apart and then asked me to keep it there over the weekend through Monday. I asked them to finish up and I'd consider coming in Monday. I ended up basically overpaying for an oil change and wasted my day.

I went to another mechanic who said two of Kondo's 'required' repairs were bogus. For instance, Kondo said I needed new rotors. The other mechanic claimed they looked very good.

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CONS: Unsure about integrity

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It took me awhile to find an auto mechanic I could trust. This place was recommended by a couple of my friends, and I have been a very happy customer ever since. What I liked was that they take the time to explain and sometimes even show me what the problem is. They have never been pushy like some places, that tell you that if you don't fix something immediately your car is going to break down. The owner of the business, Mr. Kondo is friendly and personable. They are flexible and accommodating and they have very reasonably priced repairs.

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It took me awhile to find an auto mechanic I could trust. This place was recommended by a couple of my friends, and I have been a very happy customer ever since. What I liked was that they take the time to explain and sometimes even show me what the problem is. They have never been pushy like some places, that tell you that if you don't fix something immediately your car is going to break down. The owner of the business, Mr. Kondo is friendly and personable. They are flexible and accommodating and they have very reasonably priced repairs.

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I've only taken my car to Kondo once, but I was pleased with the service. The owner himself discussed the situation and gave us a fair quote. The work was done quickly, however, it does take time to get the quote as the place is usually backed up with cars.

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I've only taken my car to Kondo once, but I was pleased with the service. The owner himself discussed the situation and gave us a fair quote. The work was done quickly, however, it does take time to get the quote as the place is usually backed up with cars.

 

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