Shorty & Fred's Garage

★★★★★
  • 1520 Alton Rd

    Miami Beach, FL 33139

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  • 305-672-5561

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I have used Shorty's and Fred's for 37 years. They are the reason I have had cars last up to nineteen years... and one of the mechanics bought that car... I have had six nails in tires fixed at no charge and in time to get to work in the

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I have used Shorty's and Fred's for 37 years. They are the reason I have had cars last up to nineteen years... and one of the mechanics bought that car... I have had six nails in tires fixed at no charge and in time to get to work in the

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I wish i could give them NO STARS ! the only good thing about this place is GEORGE! \r
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I dropped my car off to have a diagnostic test ran. When Nelson, the owner, called me and told me i needed to replace the alternator and the battery,

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I wish i could give them NO STARS ! the only good thing about this place is GEORGE! \r
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I dropped my car off to have a diagnostic test ran. When Nelson, the owner, called me and told me i needed to replace the alternator and the battery,

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It's rare that one finds an auto repair business that does outstanding work and stands behind their work at the level Shorty's and Fred's does. If you have a problem with your car and live anywhere in Miami, it's worth your time to drive

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It's rare that one finds an auto repair business that does outstanding work and stands behind their work at the level Shorty's and Fred's does. If you have a problem with your car and live anywhere in Miami, it's worth your time to drive

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#1 FOR CUSTOMER SATISFACTION! These guys go above and beyond, Let me tell you the whole story. First of all, you need to ignore any bad reviews of this place. They treated my wife and I like family! Shorty and Freds (just like doctors) automatically search for anything else wrong with your car other than what you tell them, to make sure that something else doesn't go wrong when you leave. After they figure out whats wrong with your car they will then ask you before they touch your car what you would like them to do. They have been in buisness at this location since 1952, they open at 8AM and they are booked for the day by 930AM. They can choose their customers. I actually drove down to Miami Beach from North Carolina for my honeymoon in my 350z and the alternator belt, which also runs the power steering and the A/C was slowly shredding itself and it finally fell off without any noises or warning, and my car died on ocean drive. I got some people to jump me and I drove to advance auto across the street from shorty and freds. Advance Auto was useless, so then I noticed Shorty and Freds across the street so I went over and my wife and I talked to Nelson, the mananger at shorty and freds, who sent one of his guys named Peter (who was very nice) to walk across the street with a temporary battery so that they could get my car into their shop. Peter was the smoothest driver ever, he drove my 350z with no power steering out of the tight parking lot and across the street, disconnected the temporary battery which they did not charge me for, and then Nelson called everybody he knew for the part we needed. He finally found the part but it was in san diego CA, so without hesitation, he had another nice guy named Diego drive us all the way back to our hotel in downtown miami in his personal truck!!! Then they overnighted the part for no extra charge to me and had my car fixed the next morning. He also took the care to remove every last shred of old belt shreds everywhere before installing the new belt to insure that nothing would interfere with the pulley system on my engine. Everybody is so friendly there, that the next time I am in Miami I am going to pay them a visit, even if theres nothing wrong with my car... these guys are sooo awesome! Oh, and they explained all the pricing for me and there were no weird fees or random charges, everything was in order and very reasonable, we were in a desperate situation and instead of taking advantage of us, they went way out of their way to help us! My wife and I loved the experience so much, we got our picture with them!
Liked: Increadible Service; Disliked: The Miami Beach taxes! It is more money for labor here than it is on the mainland, but these guys make it well worth the extra $ and it is still reasonable, They dropped everything and gave us their full attention and they drove us to our hotel, cleaned out the engine bay to remove all the old belt shreds and changed the huge alternator/power steering/AC belt for $250, and thats after the rediculous taxes. They did a great job, and were very fun to be around! I would highly recomend them to anyone who needs quality engine work done, especially when you're in a pinch! AWESOME! Thank you so much Nelson, Pete and Diego!

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★★★★★

#1 FOR CUSTOMER SATISFACTION! These guys go above and beyond, Let me tell you the whole story. First of all, you need to ignore any bad reviews of this place. They treated my wife and I like family! Shorty and Freds (just like doctors) automatically search for anything else wrong with your car other than what you tell them, to make sure that something else doesn't go wrong when you leave. After they figure out whats wrong with your car they will then ask you before they touch your car what you would like them to do. They have been in buisness at this location since 1952, they open at 8AM and they are booked for the day by 930AM. They can choose their customers. I actually drove down to Miami Beach from North Carolina for my honeymoon in my 350z and the alternator belt, which also runs the power steering and the A/C was slowly shredding itself and it finally fell off without any noises or warning, and my car died on ocean drive. I got some people to jump me and I drove to advance auto across the street from shorty and freds. Advance Auto was useless, so then I noticed Shorty and Freds across the street so I went over and my wife and I talked to Nelson, the mananger at shorty and freds, who sent one of his guys named Peter (who was very nice) to walk across the street with a temporary battery so that they could get my car into their shop. Peter was the smoothest driver ever, he drove my 350z with no power steering out of the tight parking lot and across the street, disconnected the temporary battery which they did not charge me for, and then Nelson called everybody he knew for the part we needed. He finally found the part but it was in san diego CA, so without hesitation, he had another nice guy named Diego drive us all the way back to our hotel in downtown miami in his personal truck!!! Then they overnighted the part for no extra charge to me and had my car fixed the next morning. He also took the care to remove every last shred of old belt shreds everywhere before installing the new belt to insure that nothing would interfere with the pulley system on my engine. Everybody is so friendly there, that the next time I am in Miami I am going to pay them a visit, even if theres nothing wrong with my car... these guys are sooo awesome! Oh, and they explained all the pricing for me and there were no weird fees or random charges, everything was in order and very reasonable, we were in a desperate situation and instead of taking advantage of us, they went way out of their way to help us! My wife and I loved the experience so much, we got our picture with them!
Liked: Increadible Service; Disliked: The Miami Beach taxes! It is more money for labor here than it is on the mainland, but these guys make it well worth the extra $ and it is still reasonable, They dropped everything and gave us their full attention and they drove us to our hotel, cleaned out the engine bay to remove all the old belt shreds and changed the huge alternator/power steering/AC belt for $250, and thats after the rediculous taxes. They did a great job, and were very fun to be around! I would highly recomend them to anyone who needs quality engine work done, especially when you're in a pinch! AWESOME! Thank you so much Nelson, Pete and Diego!

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My brother took his 2007 mustang in with a belt and balancer problem. The repair seemed straightforward, but a couple days after getting the car back, the check engine light came on.

I took the car back, and George (one of the guys in the shop) gave it to me straight. "It's $69.99 to run the diagnostic test, but if the problem is at all related to the repairs we did, I'm not charging you."

Fair enough. Then, George stepped it up and made me want to write a good review.

The diagnostic test read something about piston misfires, and right before he shook my hand, he said, "I'm still not gonna charge you. I'm gonna turn the check engine light off, and if it comes back on, bring it in and we'll talk."

Good guys. Probably why they've been in business so long.

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My brother took his 2007 mustang in with a belt and balancer problem. The repair seemed straightforward, but a couple days after getting the car back, the check engine light came on.

I took the car back, and George (one of the guys in the shop) gave it to me straight. "It's $69.99 to run the diagnostic test, but if the problem is at all related to the repairs we did, I'm not charging you."

Fair enough. Then, George stepped it up and made me want to write a good review.

The diagnostic test read something about piston misfires, and right before he shook my hand, he said, "I'm still not gonna charge you. I'm gonna turn the check engine light off, and if it comes back on, bring it in and we'll talk."

Good guys. Probably why they've been in business so long.

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George the owner was a wonderful help.... kind and Curtis,
he knew what he was talking about and explained everything to me in terms that I could understand.
i had a weird noise in my car and they took care of it. he also checked to see if all the fluids were in check and
changed a faulty bulb in my head light....i was expecting to pay a expensive bill.
but he actually let me go free of charge... i totally recommend this garage to anyone.

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★★★★★

George the owner was a wonderful help.... kind and Curtis,
he knew what he was talking about and explained everything to me in terms that I could understand.
i had a weird noise in my car and they took care of it. he also checked to see if all the fluids were in check and
changed a faulty bulb in my head light....i was expecting to pay a expensive bill.
but he actually let me go free of charge... i totally recommend this garage to anyone.

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I have been to Shorty & Fred's on numerous occasions for my Mercedes. They have replaced my alternator, brakes, a/c, and drained my car after a flood....and I have nothing but good things to say. They are always honest and prompt, and their prices and very competitive. I would definitely go back, and refer to others.

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I have been to Shorty & Fred's on numerous occasions for my Mercedes. They have replaced my alternator, brakes, a/c, and drained my car after a flood....and I have nothing but good things to say. They are always honest and prompt, and their prices and very competitive. I would definitely go back, and refer to others.

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Shorty and Fred's is the most honest garage that I have ever been to. They we great and explained everything to me in terms that I could understand. I would recommend this garage to anyone.

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Shorty and Fred's is the most honest garage that I have ever been to. They we great and explained everything to me in terms that I could understand. I would recommend this garage to anyone.

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DO NOT use this car repair company. they will sell you whatever they can to make a quick buck and the owner is on a very short fuse.

he will ultimately resort to yelling at you until you can't take it anymore and you have to find another car mechanic in order to fix your original problem.

if you do not believe me, then unfortunately you will have to try your own luck instead.

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DO NOT use this car repair company. they will sell you whatever they can to make a quick buck and the owner is on a very short fuse.

he will ultimately resort to yelling at you until you can't take it anymore and you have to find another car mechanic in order to fix your original problem.

if you do not believe me, then unfortunately you will have to try your own luck instead.

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I have been using Shorty & Freds for 10 years, they are professional and always able to do things that the dealer wants to charge me an arm and a leg to fix. I have an 89 Landrover Discovery, and I must say they break often and parts are expensive, but Shorty & Freds offers alternative repair. The rear window would not go up. A new motor costed about $200 plus labor, instead they offered to freeze the window in the up position, I hardly ever use it anyway, and they saved me $200, and only charged me $50 in labor. I highly reccomned them, but I suggest you call to make an appointment, as they are very busy, and have been in business since 1952 !!

David Adams
US Coast Guard, Sector Miami Beach

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I have been using Shorty & Freds for 10 years, they are professional and always able to do things that the dealer wants to charge me an arm and a leg to fix. I have an 89 Landrover Discovery, and I must say they break often and parts are expensive, but Shorty & Freds offers alternative repair. The rear window would not go up. A new motor costed about $200 plus labor, instead they offered to freeze the window in the up position, I hardly ever use it anyway, and they saved me $200, and only charged me $50 in labor. I highly reccomned them, but I suggest you call to make an appointment, as they are very busy, and have been in business since 1952 !!

David Adams
US Coast Guard, Sector Miami Beach

 

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