Auto Repair

Locally owned and operated, Dowdy’s Automotive is ready to help with all of your auto service needs. Our technicians are ASE-certified and the entire team is committed to completing ongoing education. Plus, we have multiple locations—so it’s easy to have us run through some diagnostics at your convenience.

Full-Service Auto Repair

Think of Dowdy’s Automotive as your trusted, neighborhood auto shop. We offer full-service auto repair and have locations all throughout the Treasure Valley.

Since we’re locally owned, we have a true commitment to offering honest, quality service.

Whether you need a general repair from wear and tear, or full-service auto repair work for a car that won’t start, just give us a call. No matter what kind of car you’re driving, we hope we’ll become your go-to for all of your auto repair and maintenance needs.

Oil Change and Tune-Up Service

An engine tune-up can help any vehicle run “like-new” for longer. If it’s time for a new filter or belt, or you have another issue cropping up, our technicians will help you understand all of your repair and maintenance options. We include full vehicle inspections with every oil change. We’re also happy to give our customers a head’s up about any 30K, 60K, or 90K service that might be coming up for your car. Routine maintenance makes all the difference in the life of your vehicle. Knowing what will be due—and when—can help you budget accordingly.

Check Engine Light Computer Diagnostics

Whenever your car starts making funny noises or that check engine light turns on, please don’t hesitate to call or stop by one of our shops. Our comprehensive vehicle inspections and computer diagnostics can help pinpoint the problem. After we have those inspection/diagnostics reports in-hand, we’ll be ready to help you assess the actual priorities.

You’ll rarely need to tackle all the repairs at once. Some things can probably wait, and we’re never going to push you to get services done that aren’t actually due yet. We’ll always be upfront and honest to help you understand the big picture.

Dowdy’s Automotive—We Get the Work Done Right

We know you want to get back on the road as soon as possible when something has gone wrong. That’s where our expertise can help. We’re able to run vehicles through a detailed examination process to get to the root of the problem.

More often than not, we can even give you those diagnostics same day.

Other auto shops aren’t always that efficient. Once we understand the situation, the next step is to determine the most cost-effective solution. Is the check engine light just signaling for basic maintenance? Or is there an underlying issue that needs to get resolved?

General and Pre-Purchase Car Inspections

Before you make a serious purchase, give yourself the peace of mind that it’s going to be a sound investment. The sooner you can catch problems, the better. Pre-purchase inspections are a great way to protect your budget for the long-haul. Give us a call so we can coordinate any car inspections you might need. It’ll be easy for us to take a look at the vehicle, and you can feel good knowing that you’ve done your due diligence.

Even if we spot a few potential problems, you may not need to address the concerns right away. The benefit here is that you’ll have a clearer forecast of what might be coming down the line. And that puts you in the best position to act accordingly. You might learn that it’d be better to continue your search for a new vehicle. But hopefully you’ll have a solid “green light” to move forward with the purchase!

Repair for Speedometers

You need to be able to monitor how fast you’re going on the road. If your speedometer doesn’t seem to be reflecting that appropriately—or it’s just stuck on zero—then you should get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible.

The most common reason for speedometers to act up is because there’s an issue with the sensor. But there could also be a broken gear or wiring damage. Sometimes it boils down to a bad engine control unit. No matter the cause, we can help.

Summer and Winter Vehicle Inspection Service

As the seasons change, the priorities for your car maintenance typically change too. Extreme temperatures in both the winter and the summer can bring up new problems. Getting ahead of those issues is always a smart call.

Your winter vehicle inspection will always cover the full range of items on other car inspections. The difference, though, is that we’ll probably be recommending some types of maintenance as more of a “must” than just an option. You might need new windshield wipers or brighter headlights to help your visibility on the road. Or the tires might be getting worn and losing their traction. And of course, we’ll want to top off your engine’s antifreeze.

For a summer vehicle inspection, one of the main priorities is to check the coolant levels. Say you’re getting ready for a long trip—you’d rather address the problems here in-town before you hit the road.

A summer vehicle inspection and regular tune-ups throughout the year can keep your car running at maximum efficiency. It might even be as simple as changing the oil and swapping out an old filter. These services are especially helpful for vehicles that are a little older, but really, even like-new vehicles need annual maintenance as well. Give us a call to schedule your winter or summer vehicle inspection so we can get you ready for the new season.

How Can We Help?

At Dowdy’s Automotive, we like to think of ourselves as the dealership alternative. As a locally-owned small business, we always put communication and quality first. Moreover, we tend to offer more competitive price points. We’re always building on our reputation for being the best-of-the-best in the Treasure Valley.

With multiple locations throughout the area, it’s easier for our customers to get their cars in for service without making a long trip.

Once you stop in, we’ll consult with you on what the most pressing repair concerns are—nothing more. Just because there might be multiple items on the diagnostics punch list, that doesn’t mean you need to tackle them all at once. Please give us a call if you have any questions about our service options and availability. We’re always happy to talk!