Mystery Solved: Trusted Auto Repair Shops Revealed

AAA honors 35 Arizona auto facilities with 2015 Top Shop award


The top repair shops in AAA Arizona’s Approved Auto Repair  (AAR) network have been revealed. Now in its 14th year, 35 Arizona repair facilities earned the AAA Top Shop award for 2015.         

“AAA created the AAR network in an effort to help members and the public find honest and reliable auto repair facilities,” said John Walter, director of automotive services for AAA Arizona. “Top Shops consistently exceed our member’s expectations and our strict standards. They represent the best of the best.”

To be eligible for the Top Shop award, facilities must belong to AAA’s AAR network, which are required to and adhere to more than 20 AAA standards, including:

  • Annual inspection by AAA.
  • Staff Automotive Service Excellence technicians for each area of service offered.
  • Guarantee repairs for at least 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first, for AAA members.
  • Accept the final decision of AAA in resolving disputes with AAA members.

In addition to these standards, Top Shops must also maintain a 90 percent customer approval rating. They must be actively involved in the community and uphold an exemplary business reputation.

Three shops earned the award for the first time this year: BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Northwest (6560 N. Thornydale Road), BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Southwest (4545 N. 1st Ave.) and BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Southwest (2756 S. Kolb Road) in Tucson. The complete 2015 list of Top Shop winners is below. The number next to the shop’s name indicates the consecutive years the facility has earned the award.



Top Shop


Tobias’ Automotive Specialists (3)

4205 W. Summit Walk Court
Owner: Andy Tobias

Cave Creek

Tobias’ Automotive Specialists (7)
6022 E. Cave Creek Road
Owner: Andy Tobias


ADS Auto Repair (5)

6835 W. Chandler Blvd.

Owner: Greg LaFontsee


Bell Tire & Auto Service (13)

6027 W. Bell Road

Owners: Dave & Marguerite Bankston


Dave’s Car Care (3)
5102 W. Peoria Ave.
Owner: David Denmon

Green Valley

Hickey Automotive (14)

250 W. Calle De Las Tiendas

Owners: Ron Hickey


AASTRO Transmission & Auto Repair (10)

4443 W. Ina Road,

Owner: Jim Marshall


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Marana (4)
6055 W. Jenna Nicole Lane
Owner: Ray Pisciotta


Apache Sands Service Center (6)

7602 East Main St.,

Owner: Hal Fredrickson


Invision Auto Body (7)

4134 E. Valley Auto Drive

Owner: Chuck Danielson


Thompson’s Auto Repair & Towing (10)

1325 E. Main St.

Owner: Bryan Vivian


25th Street Automotive (9)

4112 N. 25th St.

Owner: Tony Guido


Hi-Tech Car Care (13)

2924 N. E. Thomas Road

Owner: Jim Garnand


I-17 Collision Repair (4)
11025 N. 23rd Ave.
Owner: Kevin Rowe


Kelly Clark Automotive Specialists – Bell Road  (13)

4101 E. Bell Road

Owner: Kelly Clark


Kelly Clark Automotive Specialists – Glendale Ave. (12)

1201 E. Glendale Ave.

Owner: Kelly Clark


Tony’s Auto Service Center (7)

5602 E. Thomas Road

Owner: Tony Guido


Jim’s Auto Clinic (7)

1460 W. Gurley St.

Owner: Jim Booth


Prescott Import Car Service (7)

710 Ruth St.

Owner: Steve LaFleur


Car Repair Company (5)

2918 N. Scottsdale Road

Owner: Jim Atkinson


Marshall’s Service Center (2)
8128 E. Indian School Rd.
Owner:Patrick Murphy

Sierra Vista

Sierra Service Center (2)
296 E. Fry Blvd.
Owner: Jimmy Harlan

Sun City West

Sun Cities Tire & Auto (13)

13701 W. Camino Del Sol

Owners: Wally & Cathy Moreland


AASTRO Transmission & Auto Repair (10)

8455 E Broadway Blvd.

Owner: Jim Marshall


AASTRO Transmission & Auto Repair (9)

5302 E. Speedway Blvd.

Owner: Jim Marshall


Borst Automotive (14)

1255 S. Swan Road

Owner: Jon Bradford


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Rita Ranch (4)

7525 S. Houghton Road

Owner: Ray Pisciotta


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Oro Valley (3)
10529 N. Oracle Road
Owner: Ray Pisciotta


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Oracle Crossings (3)
7613 N. Oracle Road
Owner: Ray Piscotta


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Southeast (2)
2756 S. Kolb Road

Owner: Ray Pisciotta


Eric’s CARSTAR Collision Center (6)

1330 S. Alvernon Way

Owner: Eric Grossman


Milex Auto Service Center (5)

6911 E. Broadway Blvd.

Owner: Alan McGee


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Northwest – NEW!
6560 N. Thornydale Road

Owner: Ray Pisciotta


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Southwest – NEW!
4545 N. 1st Ave.

Owner: Ray Pisciotta


BRAKEmax Car Care Center – Southwest – NEW!
2756 S. Kolb Road

Owner: Ray Pisciotta


Recipients will receive their awards at a luncheon July 16 in Phoenix.

AAA offers a variety of automotive services. The AAR network and Top Shop list are two of many resources. Learn more at