Come and see why Advanced Auto is one of Santa Cruz County’s top auto repair shops in both customer satisfaction and customer referrals!

Ron Shoemaker opened Advanced Auto in 1998. Ron has built it up from a 2 bay shop to a four bay shop in the past thirteen years, through his core values of honesty, integrity and value. Ron will always be there to talk to you about your car, explain the diagnosis with you in a way you can understand and make sure you have a clear picture of a preventative maintenance plan for the future.

We believe it is very important for everyone to have a trustworthy auto shop that they can count on! Ron’s vision is to provide the best possible service through a commitment to quality, clear communication, genuine caring and trust. We want to provide peace of mind when it comes to your automobile, let us take the guesswork out of maintenance and repairs on your vehicle. We can help you make important decisions which affect the safety and reliability of your vehicle.

We also provide service that can help save you money in the long run through proper maintenance, and protect the value of your investment. We strive to create an experience where our clients feel they truly have a friend and partner in an auto shop!

Advanced Auto is here to stay! Through training and adherence to industry best practices, you can be rest assured that all the work we do for your automobile, it is the best quality, and backed by our one year 12,000 mile warranty. All service records are maintained in our database for easy retrieval, if you ever decide to sell your car, we can provide a complete service history summary for you.

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We are a full service auto repair shop, specializing in both foreign and domestic vehicles. Ron, the owner and operator, is a factory trained, ASE certified, Subaru and Mazda specialist with 30 years of automotive and dealership experience. He and his highly trained team, take pride in utilizing the very best diagnostic equipment available.


Why Advanced Auto?

When you walk into Advanced Auto, the welcome simplicity of our shop reflects what we stand for; honesty, integrity, value and quality. There are no frills, no whistles, just the peace of mind that you and your vehicle are treated with the utmost of care. Ron treats each and every customer like they are family.

We take the stress out of auto repair. What you’ll find from our thorough 5-point, bumper to bumper inspection, is a clear and understandable diagnosis, without the uncomfortable pressure of being up sold.

Advanced Auto is your neighborhood auto garage; we can be found at 1025 Water St. between DJ’s Mni Mart and Albrights Doughnuts. Your dollars are spent on quality repairs – not flashy advertising – so you’ll need to look for our building banner as you drive down Water Street. We’re in the back, around the corner and once you find us, you’re likely to come back and not only refer your friends, but also refer your whole family.

Advanced Auto is the place “where everyone knows your name”. We welcome your questions, no job is too small, and no matter the make, model or year, we treat you like family.

We take pride in our work and provide excellent service. We care about each and every customer. Our walls are covered with hand written thank you cards, hand made gifts, and old fashioned posters of old Santa Cruz, the way things used to be, with a hand shake. With honesty, and integrity, and value, that’s how Ron does business. We want to offer a service to all of those people who feel lost in those huge showrooms.

Meet The Staff At ADVANCED AUTO

Advanced Auto, specializing in Auto Repair Shop, Brake Repairs, Auto Service Repair, Engine Repair, Truck Repair Shop, All Makes & Models, Diagnostics and Repair, Car Repair Shop, Automotive Repairs, and Truck Repairs.

We work on all makes and models of foreign and domestic vehicles. We have ASE-certified mechanics and our rates are very reasonable. Our specialties include: Engine repairs for gas and diesel engines, Transmissions, clutch and brake service-Break Service- check out our rates. Fuel injection systems, Tune-ups (computerized), Electrical systems and batteries, Air conditioning and heater service. No matter what your vehicles needs are, we can help you. We charge by the hour not the manufacturer book rates. We have an A+ rating. So why go back to the dealer? Call today to schedule your appointment.