Repair and Performance Experts
Automotive Excellence, Inc. has been providing quality car care for over 15 years. We are a family-owned business delivering honest and professional automotive repair and auto maintenance services as well as automotive performance services to the people of Huntington Beach and surrounding areas.
Good morning! As everyone is well aware of by now, we are going through some unprecedented times currently with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Although we here at Automotive Excellence have always been attuned to your safety, health and the prevention of your exposure to air or contact borne bacteria or viruses…… we have stepped everything here up beginning Friday March 13 . Throughout the day we wipe down and disinfect front counters and surfaces, door knobs, phones, credit card machines, calculators and anything commonly contacted by hand. On your vehicles we wipe down door handles, steering wheels and shifter handles before and after service using disinfecting wipes, while also having disposable seat and steering wheels covers on hand. Automotive Excellence will continue to open our normal hours Mon-Fri 8-5 pm to serve our community and repair, service and maintain your vehicles in these uncertain times. We want to help keep your family vehicle safe and reliable as possible…. So please don’t hesitate to call with any question or concern. As always, thank you for your business and together as a community and as a nation we will overcome and prosper.
Although our lobby is closed for everyone’s safety, Automotive Excellence is OPEN 8 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday as an essential business to the transportation sector. Here’s an update on what we’re doing:
The Automotive Excellence Difference
We offer free take home service within a 10 mile radius.
We give you a free 27 point courtesy inspection with all services, whether it’s an oil change or major repair so you can rest assured that your vehicle is in prime condition when it leaves our shop.
We make sure you’re comfortable while you wait for your vehicle in our waiting area with free wi-fi.
You can rest easy with our 24 month or 24,000 mile warranty standing behind you.
What Our Customers Are Saying
What Sets Us Apart
DEPENDABILITY, RELIABILITY, TRUSTWORTHINESS. These are the words people associate with the best auto repair shops in California. The problem is that every shop will claim to be all of this and expect you to just take their word for it. But in today’s connected world, with online reviews, businesses need to be transparent about their integrity. We invite you to take a look at our reviews page. We have nothing to hide, and our customers love us for a reason: We treat you like family! No hidden charges and no unnecessary up-sales. Just kind, considerate and reliable service. Our reviews show we are dependable, reliable and trustworthy.
We offer a 24 month/24,000 mile warranty for qualified repairs and purchases – see shop for further warranty details.
We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. As an automotive repair and performance center, Automotive Excellence performs quality repairs time and time again. We’re a member of the Be Car Care Aware program. Ask about our warranty. Review our services. Like us on Facebook!
A Few of Our Services
Auto Repair and Maintenance Services
Our main goal is to educate you about your car. We also want to show you how to properly maintain your automobiles so they last as long as possible. Learn more…
Professional Performance Upgrades
If you are looking to upgrade performance parts on your car, you have come to the right place. Automotive Excellence Inc. has a team of experts ready to help you get the most from your car. Learn more…
Premier Muffler and Exhaust System Services
Automotive Excellence Inc. is the premier car muffler and exhaust shop in all of Huntington Beach, CA. We pride ourselves on our experience, knowledge and quality of our work. Learn more…
Trailer Hitch Welding and Installation
As you may already know, we are a “full service” automotive facility. This means that we not only do general auto repair and performance upgrades, we also do trailer hitch installation, custom fabrication and welding. Learn more…
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Be Car Care Aware
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TLC For Your Vehicle
To learn more visit www.carcare.org. The Car Care Council is the source of information for the Be Car Care Aware consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
Keep Your Car Breathing Well: Change the Air Filters
You need clean air to breathe and so does your car, and a vehicle’s air filters make that possible. The non-profit Car Care Council reminds car owners to have the engine and cabin air filters inspected and changed regularly to ensure vehicle longevity and interior comfort.
“Air filters are your vehicle’s first line of defense against contaminants that reduce cabin air quality and negatively impact engine performance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
“Community car care events held throughout the country reveal that nearly one out of five vehicles is in need of air filter replacement, so it’s evident that motorists often overlook this simple, yet important service.”
The vehicle’s engine air filter traps dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, cylinder walls, pistons, piston rings and bearings, leading to the engine losing power. The air filter also plays a critical role in keeping pollutants from contaminating the airflow sensor on fuel-injected cars. A normal wear item that requires regular checks and replacement, air filters should be inspected at each oil change and replaced annually or when showing other signs of contamination.
The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the passenger compartment. Under normal circumstances, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, compromising interior air quality and damaging the system.
A cabin air filter should not be cleaned and reinstalled. Instead, it should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or per the owner’s manual.
When does a car battery need to be replaced?
The main function of a car battery is to start your car. Today, most cars have a single maintenance-free 12-volt acid battery. The car battery is rechargeable. It uses its charge to power the vehicle systems while it’s parked and to turn over the engine when you want to start it.
Once you start the car, the alternator generates additional electric power to recharge the battery.
Over time, the battery loses its capacity or ability to hold charge. One day, a weak battery will not be able to start your car. Often, this happens when the weather gets hot. Most consumers believe the cold is the enemy of the battery but heat is the real enemy. More batteries fail in the heat than in the cold.
When the battery is too weak to turn over the engine, the car will need to be boosted to start the vehicle. To avoid this situation, the battery should be replaced before its capacity drops to a critical level.
On average, a car battery lasts from 3 to 4 years. The battery lasts longer if the vehicle is driven daily and the battery is kept fully charged. When the vehicle is parked for extended periods of time, the battery deteriorates sooner.
How can you tell that the battery capacity is getting low? Are there any signs that a car battery is failing? Yes. When the battery is weak, you might notice that the engine turns over slower than usual and the dash lights flicker or dim when you are starting your car.
We recommend you have your battery tested by a qualified technician at least once a year after it is 2 years old.
Can a problem with battery terminals cause the vehicle not to start? Yes.
If one of the battery terminals is loose or corroded see picture, it may cause many problems including a no-start.
Many reputable repair shops visually inspect the battery terminals during regular oil changes. Your mechanic may recommend servicing battery terminals if they are corroded.
We proudly provide auto repair service to car and light truck owners in Huntington Beach, CA and surrounding communities