tim's a nice guy who wont make up problems just to make a quick buck.
Pros: honest, makes sure that the problem is fixed
Cons: takes ages to get an appointment
I had a very good experience with walter automitives. I have been there 5 times. First time i took my car for inspection to Excon service station on forbes avenue at CMU. The gave me an estimate of $700. I was surprised and consulted my friends. They suggested me to go to walter. Tim did the inspection and gave me an estimate of $150.
He is very honest and very nice person
I suggest every one to go to walters automotive.
It takes atleast a week to get an appointment but its worth waiting.
Pros: best mechanic in town
Cons: getting appointment
Tim drove with me and diagnosed the problem immediately and free of charge. I needed an oil change and also had a rattling issue with my exhaust. I payed for the oil change, but he fixed the rattling (some welding needed to be done on the exhaust shield) free of charge! Small shop that always seems busy, book your appointment well in advance. No waiting area, but a shopping center (whole foods, bookstore, coffee shop) is only two blocks away. Great mechanic!
Pros: Tim is honest, funny, very personable.
Cons: Small, busy shop, no waiting area
I highly recommend Walter??s Automotive. Tim is experienced and knowledgeable. He test drives the car and tells you right away what the problem is and what needs to be done to fix it. I was at his shop twice, once to fix bad rear brakes and the second time because of a grinding noise coming from front wheels. The latter was due to dealership techs not tightening the nuts on wheels when they serviced front breaks one week earlier. Tim diagnosed and fixed the problem in just a few minutes and refused to charge me for that. Thanks, Tim!
Pros: knowledgeable, straightforward, honest
Cons: none noticed
I always took my car to the dealer before until I read the reviews here. I must say that that are all absolutely accurate. Walter's is the most honest and competent mechanics around here. They put your interests ahead of everything and offer suggestions to save you money. I once had a flat tire due to a faulty valve which they fixed for free despite my offer to pay. Sadly though, I don't live in Pittsburgh anymore.
Pros: Best mechanics in Pittsburgh
Cons: What are the drawbacks?
what a great find, we live in Philadelphia, daughters are at Pitt, both mirrors on 2002 Focus got whacked off within a week in Shadyside, found Walters on this website, called he gave an estimate over the phone, ordered mirrors, they arrived promptly and he even installed them while my daughter waited and since it took less time than he thought, he charged LESS, wow wish he had a branch in Philadelphia!!
After a consistent overheating problem and strange rod scraping sounds coming from my front left side, I took everybody's advice and took my jeep to Walter's Automotive on Baum. Tim diagnosed the rod sound in 2 minutes and told me exactly what it would cost. The overheating problem had cost me over $1000 (new fan idle relay unit, new thermostat sensor, new water pump, etc.) at another garage and the car was still overheating. Tim diagnosed and fixed it for free. Plus my bill came in at $80 under the original estimate. I HIGHLY recommend Tim at Walter's Automotive for a mechanic that will not charge a dollar over what he needs to. He does not gauge and doesn't perform unnecessary service.
Pros: good work, low rates, good communication
No longer do I have to dread getting work done on my car. Tim is a smart guy, and always treats me with respect (which, as a woman, is more than I can say about any place else I've been). He clearly explains the problem and tells me when he can fix it. I have never felt that I am getting an unfair price. No matter where I live, or how far I have to drive, I will continue to go to Walter's Automotive.
Pros: Fair pricing, nice people.
You will find an extremely knowledgable and personable mechanic at Walter's. (Tim) is hilarious, honest, and affordable. I knew he'd be my mechanic when he could get me to laugh instead of cry when faced with a large repair ($$$) on my old used car. He's just a happy guy. He is a bit ADD, so don't be surprised if he can't find your keys, or invoice, or a pen. He knows what he's doing and does it well. He's not afraid to suggest ways for you to save money on a repair -- and he doesn't seem like the kind of person who would suggest unnecessary repairs just to make a buck. His lot is always full. But he manages to work rather quickly. He's a great find.
Pros: knowledgable, friendly, affordable
Cons: No waiting area.
Professional, but as a small shop he cannot do everything. Yet, he is honest and will tell you when you need to ask for somebody else help. The prices are reasonable.
I have been a long time customer of the Walter Family, from their Texaco on Walnut to the present location. Tim is as honest as they come.
Found this repair shop in the student's guide to pgh. Recommended by other students. Tim's a great guy, friendly, all his customers seem to take a liking to him. I had to get a big job done (around $200) and he got the most done for the buck. I go to him all the time with repair jobs now. I have been pretty satisfied with his work.
Pros: Good waiting time, reasonably priced, friendly