The annual cost of owning a car is more expensive than you might imagine. suggests budgeting at least $900 per year if you drive an average of 10,000 miles annually and about $1,800 annually for 20,000 miles. In Louisiana, those numbers jump even higher because of the poor condition of the state's highway infrastructure

The annual maintenance cost of a vehicle includes oil change, windshield wiper replacement, new battery, brake pad replacement and tire rotation or replacement.

If you drive an older vehicle or one that's out of warranty, sooner or later you will experience engine or drive train troubles, need a tuneup, belt replacement, transmission maintenance or repair and a host of other problems that come with owning a vehicle 3 years and older.

Getting a vehicle repaired can be expensive and troublesome if you don't land in the right hands. In Lafayette, who do you trust to do the work?

We asked social media users in the Acadiana area for some advice. We asked, "Who's the Best Mechanic in Lafayette?". The responses included numerous garages and mechanics. We narrowed all your answers down to the Top 3 Mechanics/Auto Repair Shops so that you know where Acadiana goes for quality auto service and repair.

Here are the Top 3 Mechanics/Auto Repair Shops in Lafayette


#3 Errol's Car Care

Errol's Car Care, Facebook
Errol's Car Care, Facebook

Errol's Car Care is located at 1505 Dulles Dr., Lafayette, LA 70506. Call (337) 988-4442.

Errol's Car Care is honest, trustworthy and most of the time have a pretty quick turn around They will have my business for a long time. -Charlie C.


Great Service! -Steven R.


#2 Dave's Car Care Center

Dave's Car Care Center, Facebook
Dave's Car Care Center, Facebook

Dave's Car Care Center is located at 5036 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Lafayette, LA 70508.

I had been having a hard time figuring out what was wrong with my Jeep randomly losing all power, took it to two other mechanics before being recommended Dave's and they found the problem very quickly! Picked it up this morning and it's running like it's brand new off the lot! Dave's is quick and very reasonably priced! Thank you! -Emily P.


Dave's definitely took care of me when I came in an hour before they closed after looking for anyone for days. All the employees are quick and efficient all while being very nice and helpful. I got a tire alignment and they were very good at accommodating me with the best price. Definitely recommend coming here for all your car needs and questions. -Michelle V.


#1 Specialty Automotive

Specialty Automotive, Google Maps
Specialty Automotive, Google Maps

Specialty Automotive & Mufflers is located at 303 Zachary Dr., Scott, LA 70583. Call (337) 264-9442.

We have been using Specialty Automotive for years and have never been disappointed. Johnny is always honest and provides the best service with fair prices and great work. Highly recommend them. -Melanie G.


Our AC had stopped working in the middle of our road trip. I was recommended by another mechanic in the area that they were really good. So not knowing any mechanics in the area, I trusted the words of this mechanic and just showed up at Specialty Automotive at 8 am. John, at the front, was extremely considerate about my schedule since I was still in the middle of our road trip, gave me the detailed information on what they are about to check, the timeframe and constantly gave me updates. Even though my AC situation was more than just a simple fix, he has even suggested to me how to explain my AC situation to the mechanics back home or a mechanic at my next destination. Even though I'm not local, so unfortunately I probably won't be able to be back to use their services again, he still took time to provide the excellent service and I really appreciate it. Highly recommend!! -ngsk2352

Other mechanics and auto repair shops that come highly recommended by our social media respondents (but didn't make the Top 3) included Jay Scott, Frank's Auto Repair, Mike's Mobile Mechanics, Matt's Automotive, Cork's Automotive Repair and ProTec Garage.

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