Read's Automotive

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Full Service Oil & Lube Center & Automotive Repair Facility Serving Austin Since 1979
  • 8844 Hwy 290 West

    Austin, TX 78736

    Cross street: Tara Lane

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  • 512-288-3844

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Wonderful guys. Helpful, accomodating, professional and friendly. Reasonably priced and willing to work with me.

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Wonderful guys. Helpful, accomodating, professional and friendly. Reasonably priced and willing to work with me.

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I never felt like I was being overcharged for anything while I was getting helped out at Read's Auto.

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I never felt like I was being overcharged for anything while I was getting helped out at Read's Auto.

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I never felt like I was being overcharged for anything while I was getting helped out at Read's Auto.\r

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I never felt like I was being overcharged for anything while I was getting helped out at Read's Auto.\r

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They did fast, honest, and great work. The service was good and I was in and out without having to spend all day in the shop. Thanks guys!

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They did fast, honest, and great work. The service was good and I was in and out without having to spend all day in the shop. Thanks guys!

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They did fast, honest, and great work. The service was good and I was in and out without having to spend all day in the shop. Thanks guys!

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They did fast, honest, and great work. The service was good and I was in and out without having to spend all day in the shop. Thanks guys!

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Great work guys! My car is running so much more smoothly since I've left your shop. I'm glad you were able to fix the problem for so cheap. I will definitely be sending people your way.

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Great work guys! My car is running so much more smoothly since I've left your shop. I'm glad you were able to fix the problem for so cheap. I will definitely be sending people your way.

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Great work guys! My car is running so much more smoothly since I've left your shop. I'm glad you were able to fix the problem for so cheap. I will definitely be sending people your way.

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Great work guys! My car is running so much more smoothly since I've left your shop. I'm glad you were able to fix the problem for so cheap. I will definitely be sending people your way.

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I have been taking my family vehicles to Read's Automotive for years and for years they have always done a great job! Anything from routine maintanince to a serious repair. They are honest and they know what they are talking about. The prices are always within my budget and the customer service is 5 star...

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I have been taking my family vehicles to Read's Automotive for years and for years they have always done a great job! Anything from routine maintanince to a serious repair. They are honest and they know what they are talking about. The prices are always within my budget and the customer service is 5 star...

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I am a single parent with my only trasportation being my one trusty Jeep. It needed some repair so I took it to Read's Automotive to get a safety inspection. I also knew that my AC was not blowing as hot and with summer coming I thought I should look into what is was going to cost. I figured outrageous! Well they did the inspectionand told me they would take a look at the AC. Turns out it was just a hose that needed to be fixed, they quoted me an awesome price so they went ahead an do the repair! I was very satisfied with the Repair, the price, and the Owner Alan and staff was wonderful...

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I am a single parent with my only trasportation being my one trusty Jeep. It needed some repair so I took it to Read's Automotive to get a safety inspection. I also knew that my AC was not blowing as hot and with summer coming I thought I should look into what is was going to cost. I figured outrageous! Well they did the inspectionand told me they would take a look at the AC. Turns out it was just a hose that needed to be fixed, they quoted me an awesome price so they went ahead an do the repair! I was very satisfied with the Repair, the price, and the Owner Alan and staff was wonderful...

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Spoke with Alan/Manager/Owner regarding brake issues. He advised to bring it in; drove there with bad brakes then told there is a charge to evaluate. I don't appreciate Owner failing to disclose this and the amount up front. Will go to trustworthy auto place out of town before I return here

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Spoke with Alan/Manager/Owner regarding brake issues. He advised to bring it in; drove there with bad brakes then told there is a charge to evaluate. I don't appreciate Owner failing to disclose this and the amount up front. Will go to trustworthy auto place out of town before I return here

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Allen is a straightforward, stand-up guy. I can always count on him to stand behind his shop's work, and make good on his commitments for completion. I'll second 21spurs's endorsement on the emission testing at Read's; Allen pinpointed the likely cause of a computer error giving a false emission reading. Their knowledgeable service is a huge timesaver.

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Allen is a straightforward, stand-up guy. I can always count on him to stand behind his shop's work, and make good on his commitments for completion. I'll second 21spurs's endorsement on the emission testing at Read's; Allen pinpointed the likely cause of a computer error giving a false emission reading. Their knowledgeable service is a huge timesaver.

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About a month ago I had the good fortune of doing business with Allen the owner of Reads automotive. The company I work for is based out of San Antonio and we use vehicles from out of state. I had some issues with 3 of my vehicles. They were registered out of state and the registration was expired. To get this issue resolved I had to have an emissions test done on all three vehicles. The closet place was at Allen??s shop in Austin. I called him at 4 pm on a Monday and I explained to him how my company wanted this taken care of ASAP. I was under a lot of pressure to get this done and Allen said he could take care of me the very next day! Allen was very professional and courteous. He understood exactly how important it was for me in my job to get this done. When I brought the vehicles in I meet with Allen and he was very thorough of what needed to be done. During the course of the test, Ronnie the mechanic on duty and a very excellent mechanic at that discovered some issues with some of the vehicles that would have caused me some heartache with my company. Allen got the issues fixed immediately and at a very reasonable price. I cannot express how much Allen and his worker Ronnie to excellent care of me. If I lived in Austin I defiantly would have a new place for my personal vehicles. I would recommend Reads Automotive to anyone. They are a first class shop!!

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About a month ago I had the good fortune of doing business with Allen the owner of Reads automotive. The company I work for is based out of San Antonio and we use vehicles from out of state. I had some issues with 3 of my vehicles. They were registered out of state and the registration was expired. To get this issue resolved I had to have an emissions test done on all three vehicles. The closet place was at Allen??s shop in Austin. I called him at 4 pm on a Monday and I explained to him how my company wanted this taken care of ASAP. I was under a lot of pressure to get this done and Allen said he could take care of me the very next day! Allen was very professional and courteous. He understood exactly how important it was for me in my job to get this done. When I brought the vehicles in I meet with Allen and he was very thorough of what needed to be done. During the course of the test, Ronnie the mechanic on duty and a very excellent mechanic at that discovered some issues with some of the vehicles that would have caused me some heartache with my company. Allen got the issues fixed immediately and at a very reasonable price. I cannot express how much Allen and his worker Ronnie to excellent care of me. If I lived in Austin I defiantly would have a new place for my personal vehicles. I would recommend Reads Automotive to anyone. They are a first class shop!!

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I thought old-fashioned customer service was long gone. But not at Read's Automotive. Personal service going the extra mile. Amazing. My family members and I will patronize Read's Automotive for years to come. Awesome.

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I thought old-fashioned customer service was long gone. But not at Read's Automotive. Personal service going the extra mile. Amazing. My family members and I will patronize Read's Automotive for years to come. Awesome.

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I got a routine break job done at Read's and they overcharged me by about $150 compared to the shop that repaired them the previous time. I had the exact same repairs done to my car. They also tried to sell me on a bunch of repairs that I didn't need. Avoid going there at all cost!

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I got a routine break job done at Read's and they overcharged me by about $150 compared to the shop that repaired them the previous time. I had the exact same repairs done to my car. They also tried to sell me on a bunch of repairs that I didn't need. Avoid going there at all cost!

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We recently returned to Austin (Oak Hill) after ten years in Wichita Kansas. Shortly after we got here we needed some car repairs. We are so please to have found Alan Corsentino and his staff at Read's Automotive. They are taking great car of us. Their service is quick and efficient. Their prices are reasonable. It is so wonderful to find someone we can rely on for keeping our cars safe and in good working order.

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We recently returned to Austin (Oak Hill) after ten years in Wichita Kansas. Shortly after we got here we needed some car repairs. We are so please to have found Alan Corsentino and his staff at Read's Automotive. They are taking great car of us. Their service is quick and efficient. Their prices are reasonable. It is so wonderful to find someone we can rely on for keeping our cars safe and in good working order.

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My daughter and I have taken out cars to Read's for several years and have always found their service to be professional and timely. My Honda has over 200,000 miles and is still purring along with never a major problem because of Alan and his crew's excellent evaluations and timely maintenance.

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My daughter and I have taken out cars to Read's for several years and have always found their service to be professional and timely. My Honda has over 200,000 miles and is still purring along with never a major problem because of Alan and his crew's excellent evaluations and timely maintenance.

Pros: Efficient service

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I moved to SW Austin and sought a close-by repair shop instead of using the Lexus dealer up north. I used Reads twice and needed to go back once because the engine light came on after they failed to connect a vacuum hose after an oil change. I got curious and looked at the details of the invoices and cost of parts. I took the part number from the Reads invoice for the Oxygen Sensor they replaced and found the same manufacturer part with the same corresponding part number on the web and in their store for $194.00 retail. Reads invoice charged me 281.50 for the same part. Reads stated he was entitled to a mark up on parts. I checked my Lexus invoices and found Reads shop cost to be 3% higher than the Lexus dealership. Reads charged me 87.50 over what the manufacturer sells the part for at retail and Reads must get their parts wholesale. Almost no one would know what this part cost or could calculate the markup that is hidden in a Reads invoice over the retail price. Buyers beware!

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I moved to SW Austin and sought a close-by repair shop instead of using the Lexus dealer up north. I used Reads twice and needed to go back once because the engine light came on after they failed to connect a vacuum hose after an oil change. I got curious and looked at the details of the invoices and cost of parts. I took the part number from the Reads invoice for the Oxygen Sensor they replaced and found the same manufacturer part with the same corresponding part number on the web and in their store for $194.00 retail. Reads invoice charged me 281.50 for the same part. Reads stated he was entitled to a mark up on parts. I checked my Lexus invoices and found Reads shop cost to be 3% higher than the Lexus dealership. Reads charged me 87.50 over what the manufacturer sells the part for at retail and Reads must get their parts wholesale. Almost no one would know what this part cost or could calculate the markup that is hidden in a Reads invoice over the retail price. Buyers beware!

Pros: Friendly and convenient location to SW Austin

Cons: High parts prices and shop costs

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After moving from San Antonio and not knowing any shops in town I have been taking my Read's for nearly two years. I can say that I have not ever dealt with a more honest automotive establishment. Alan does not recommend or perform unnecessary repairs or work on your car. He tells you what is needed and doesn't "upsell" you. He and his staff exemplify the honesty that is appreciated in the business. I would recommend Read's Automotive to anyone that wants superior customer service and honesty.

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After moving from San Antonio and not knowing any shops in town I have been taking my Read's for nearly two years. I can say that I have not ever dealt with a more honest automotive establishment. Alan does not recommend or perform unnecessary repairs or work on your car. He tells you what is needed and doesn't "upsell" you. He and his staff exemplify the honesty that is appreciated in the business. I would recommend Read's Automotive to anyone that wants superior customer service and honesty.

Pros: great service, honest people

Cons: none

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I've know Alan Corsentino for many years. This was a plus for me. Knowing the man behind the counter. I like Alan's work ethics and he does not fix it until you've given him the go ahead. I would recommend this automotive shop to all my friends who don't want to get cheated or as they say "THEY SEE YOU COMING" Cha-Ching.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
They are the most "HONEST" Shop that i've ever delt with.

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★★★★★

I've know Alan Corsentino for many years. This was a plus for me. Knowing the man behind the counter. I like Alan's work ethics and he does not fix it until you've given him the go ahead. I would recommend this automotive shop to all my friends who don't want to get cheated or as they say "THEY SEE YOU COMING" Cha-Ching.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
They are the most "HONEST" Shop that i've ever delt with.

Pros: Customer Safisfaction

Cons: Location getting in and out of the parking lot

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Reads was proactive in getting my business, sending out a welcome coupon in a newcomer coupon pack we received late last year after moving to the nearby hill country. I have had my 8 year old truck visit READS
4 times now, catching up on servicing and fixing a few surprises along the way. Allan and his guys have done an excellent job of providing accurate estimates, prioritizing repairs, troubleshooting annoying problems and generally being flexible and easy to work with showing a commitment to communication (they will take you back in the shop to show you a problem they discover, or save old parts for inspections). Allan can give on the spot estimates with computer programs that calculate repair cost, and the techs are ASE certified, working in a clean environment with up to date equipment. They are all about quality of repair/parts and service. I really appreciate the care taken in all the details and working within budget constraints to keep my little buggy road worthy and running great.
Highly recommended.

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Reads was proactive in getting my business, sending out a welcome coupon in a newcomer coupon pack we received late last year after moving to the nearby hill country. I have had my 8 year old truck visit READS
4 times now, catching up on servicing and fixing a few surprises along the way. Allan and his guys have done an excellent job of providing accurate estimates, prioritizing repairs, troubleshooting annoying problems and generally being flexible and easy to work with showing a commitment to communication (they will take you back in the shop to show you a problem they discover, or save old parts for inspections). Allan can give on the spot estimates with computer programs that calculate repair cost, and the techs are ASE certified, working in a clean environment with up to date equipment. They are all about quality of repair/parts and service. I really appreciate the care taken in all the details and working within budget constraints to keep my little buggy road worthy and running great.
Highly recommended.

Pros: Example of how a GOOD Independent car repair business should run

Cons: Needs left turn lane from Hwy 290. Access is a bit scary coming from west

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I have been going to Read's for over 5 years. Alan has always taken care of my vehicles and he always works with me so that we can make arrangements for maintenance visits that are convenient to my work schedule. There is never any doubt about the wisdom, accuracy and good work done by Alan and his crew. Whenever I take my car in, I never have to worry that the work isn't being done correctly. I have the highest regard for the service at Read's and would and do recommend that all of my friends take their vehicles to Read's. It was sheer luck that I found Read''s and now that I have I will not let anyone else work on my vehicles.

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I have been going to Read's for over 5 years. Alan has always taken care of my vehicles and he always works with me so that we can make arrangements for maintenance visits that are convenient to my work schedule. There is never any doubt about the wisdom, accuracy and good work done by Alan and his crew. Whenever I take my car in, I never have to worry that the work isn't being done correctly. I have the highest regard for the service at Read's and would and do recommend that all of my friends take their vehicles to Read's. It was sheer luck that I found Read''s and now that I have I will not let anyone else work on my vehicles.

Pros: Fits you in so as not to unduly interrupt the customer's schedule.

Cons: Wish they would go back to being open on Saturdays.

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Went in to get some work done on an older vehicle of mine. I wasn't satisfied with the service I received from a nation-wide automotive chain store, so I took a chance on Reads (since I pass by a lot while driving to and from the in-laws!). I walked in, and even though it was kind of busy, I got prompt attention from the service manager when he was free. I was given a very fair quote on repairing my car (I'm familiar with repairing cars, just don't have the time or patience) and I agreed to let them fix her up. They didn't try to sell me something I didn't need, and my camaro drives just fine now.

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★★★☆☆

Went in to get some work done on an older vehicle of mine. I wasn't satisfied with the service I received from a nation-wide automotive chain store, so I took a chance on Reads (since I pass by a lot while driving to and from the in-laws!). I walked in, and even though it was kind of busy, I got prompt attention from the service manager when he was free. I was given a very fair quote on repairing my car (I'm familiar with repairing cars, just don't have the time or patience) and I agreed to let them fix her up. They didn't try to sell me something I didn't need, and my camaro drives just fine now.

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I have been taking my car to Read's Automotive for several years and have always received excellent service. Alan (Read's Automotive Owner) always makes sure the job is done right and to the customer's complete satisifaction! There aren't many local auto repair garages that aim to provide excellent customer service on a consistent basis, but Read's Automotive is one that you can always trust to do the job right and on time. Read's also guarantees their work and parts for a year!

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I have been taking my car to Read's Automotive for several years and have always received excellent service. Alan (Read's Automotive Owner) always makes sure the job is done right and to the customer's complete satisifaction! There aren't many local auto repair garages that aim to provide excellent customer service on a consistent basis, but Read's Automotive is one that you can always trust to do the job right and on time. Read's also guarantees their work and parts for a year!

Pros: Job is done right and to customer satisifaction

Cons: None

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I'm very pleased with your service and professionalism. Your appearance is neat, clean, and friendly. I never feel taken advantage of and have always had more than a satisfying experience when I take my car in.

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I'm very pleased with your service and professionalism. Your appearance is neat, clean, and friendly. I never feel taken advantage of and have always had more than a satisfying experience when I take my car in.

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Great shop . . .my vehicle was repaired way ahead of schedule. I was very appreciative. It was a very good experience working with you guys.

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Great shop . . .my vehicle was repaired way ahead of schedule. I was very appreciative. It was a very good experience working with you guys.

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Thank you all for the fast and good job you did on our car & van. We appreciate it a lot. It's so great to know that there is someone to trust with our vehicles!

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Thank you all for the fast and good job you did on our car & van. We appreciate it a lot. It's so great to know that there is someone to trust with our vehicles!

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Thank you for over 6 years of impeccable service. You have shown us the highest level of integrity, honesty and quality automotive repair. We appreciate the quality and commitment of service you have given us. We look forward to many more years of doing business.

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Thank you for over 6 years of impeccable service. You have shown us the highest level of integrity, honesty and quality automotive repair. We appreciate the quality and commitment of service you have given us. We look forward to many more years of doing business.

 

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