Phoenix-metro Prius Service?

Discussion in 'Local Prius Club Main Forum' started by lionel, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. lionel

    lionel Junior Member

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    What can you well-informed and discerning Prius owners share regarding the competence, price, and to a lesser extent, convenience of local Prius specialists? I'm starting to get involved in the service of a 2005 Prius. I know a good amount of "lore" about maintaining a Prius, but I'm just now doing my own "shopping around" for a local shop.

    I'm foremost interested in the mechanic who would be doing the work. The name on the sign out front helps locate their street address, but when you strip away all of the "service advisors" and marketing and reference material and certifications and rent and utilities and capital, what *everyone* pays for is the skill of the person working on their car. Some amount of non-salary things can make a mechanic more effective, but those who do the best job while passing along to customers the least "excess cost" deserve special recognition.

    Another thing which it would be very helpful to share is experiences with those things you don't necessarily go to a mechanic for, like tires. Back in April, I struggled to find a tire that was available (and competitively priced) in the Valley that also performed well against the stock Goodyear Integrity tires. Short answer is I went with Michelin Primacy MXV4, ~$485 OTD, A/R @ Discount Tire on Scottsdale just N. of Shea. I'm not thrilled with the tire, but it was the best combination of attributes I could find at the time (lowest projected cost per mile with equal or better noise and handling characteristics vs. the stock tire). I can share more on that if anyone is interested. Even better would be if people can help with what they know: Who "gets" the Prius and offers the best value lube-oil-filter and other regular services, lowest hourly cost, lowest overall cost after markups and fees, etc.
     
  2. Jayhawker

    Jayhawker New Member

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    I have used Hasskel Automotive in the past. Andy is a very trust-worthy mecanic. He will only use OEM parts and you can also bring in your own things in if you want something else used.
     
  3. lionel

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    Though I live and work in Scottsdale, west-siders might find this additional information helpful:

    Haskell Auto
    6028 N. 67th Ave.
    Glendale, AZ 85301

    Their web site (haskellauto.com) lists certifications for:
    Toyota/Lexus Certified Factory Training
    Hybrid Synergy Certified Factory Training
    Other brands: Mercedes, Honda, Nissan
     
  4. howardbc

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    Does anyone know of a current mechanic in the Scottsdale/north Phoenix area who is very knowledgeable with a 2008 Prius? The last post on this subject was over 2 years old. I am not having any problems with my 2008 Prius with touring package right now, but I would like to check out alternatives to my Toyota dueler service center. I have always gotten great advice from users on this forum. Thank you.
     
  5. Tom_in_AZ

    Tom_in_AZ 2008 Prius (Base), Magnetic Gray, Package 2

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    I am new to the group and new to being a Prius Owner. I have a Magnetic Gray Metallic 2008 that I just bought used. So far no mods have been done other than removing the beep on reverse. I'd love to talk to chat about doing my own oil changes and minor maintenance to try to save on that stuff. I live up in the Scottsdale Raintree/101 area. Would also like to hear about the radio mods you guys have done. The stock radio is ok, but I am not really thrilled with it and the weak receiever, would rather have Bluetooth and iPod integration.
     
  6. Miguel1007

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    Driving my 2011 Prius yesterday and suddenly the slippery, brake and ABS light all came on and my brakes felt funny.
     
  7. Pollymath

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    Back from the dead in the hopes we can keep it going.

    I'm a new Prius owner looking for cheap transportation. I'm up in Flagstaff. My car is old enough now that an analysis and proper balance of my traction battery is in order.

    Currently as of 2020, it looks there are a few "obvious" Phoenix area "hybrid" specialists:

    Arizona Hybrid Cars: 10155 E Vía Linda Suite D-223, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Wilhelm Auto - multiple location across valley
    Nate's Next Gen Auto Repair: 4043 W. Kitty Hawk Suite 5, Chandler, AZ 85226

    Ideally, it'd be a great to find a smaller shop, or even other owners who might be able to lend or rent grid chargers, share OBDII adapters and programs like TechStream and Dr. Prius, etc.
     
  8. Pollymath

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