Thao Auto Repair


Thao Auto Repair has been serving San Diego for over 40 years with a team of honest mechanics. We offer quick oil changes, A/C repairs, transmission services, tire changes and rotations, auto body and bumper repairs, as well as engine rebuilds and installations. Our complete machine shop ensures top-quality service in-house, saving you time and money. 

We Buy Broken Down Cars

Broken Car Not Running? We’ll Buy It!

Do you have a vehicle that you no longer have any use for, or repairs are just too costly to
justify? We purchase vehicles regardless of their mechanical condition. Let us take that
burden off your hands by buying your non-operating car and providing you with cash.

Auto Body Repair

 Auto Body

Our collision technicians ensure thorough restoration, including frame-up inspection and repair of all parts. Whether it’s minor or major damage, we use state-of-the-art tools and procedures to ensure a safe repair. We work with all insurance companies and will help you through the insurance process, ensuring your vehicle is back in pre-accident condition.

Full Machine Shop

Full Machine Shop

We are proud to be a full machine shop offering a comprehensive range of automotive services. In addition to precision engine rebuilding, drivetrain machining, and custom fabrication, we also provide brake and suspension part fabrication, cylinder head work, and welding repairs. Our skilled technicians are dedicated to meeting all your automotive needs.

transmission repair

Transmission Repair

At Thao’s Auto Repair Shop we are equipped to handle all transmission repairs, from minor adjustments to major overhauls. Whether your transmission needs fluid flush and replacement, clutch
replacement, or a complete transmission rebuild, we have the expertise to get the job
done efficiently and effectively.

check engine lights

Check Engine Light 

Have you noticed your check engine light or warning lights are activated? Don’t worry. Trust Thaos Auto Repair for prompt and precise check engine light diagnosis and repairs, ensuring your vehicle’s safety and longevity. With expert technicians and advanced diagnostic tools, your engine will be running correctly in no time.

a/c repair & Recharging

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Air Conditioning

Don’t let the heat get to you. We’re dedicated to ensuring your vehicle’s air conditioning system functions flawlessly as warm weather approaches. Whether your AC is blowing warm air, making strange noises, or not functioning at all, we have the expertise to restore comfort to your drive.

smog check

Smog Check

We conduct thorough smog checks for only $19.95 to ensure your vehicle meets emissions standards. If it passes, you receive a certificate; if it fails, we provide repair recommendations for compliance. Trust us for accurate and efficient service to keep your vehicle roadworthy and environmentally friendly.



Are you experiencing squeaky, grinding, or underperforming brakes? At Thaos Auto Repair, we take pride in helping you restore the safety and reliability of your car’s braking system.
Our comprehensive brake inspection can pinpoint the exact problem and recommend the necessary repairs or replacements.

steering & suspension

Steering & Suspension 

We understand the importance of a well-functioning suspension system for a safe and comfortable ride. We offer comprehensive suspension repair services to address issues like drifting, uneven tire wear, or a rough ride. Our expert technicians inspect your vehicle’s suspension components thoroughly and provide efficient solutions tailored to your needs, such as shock absorber replacement or suspension alignment.

routine services & Tune-Ups

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“Services & Tune-Ups

Through our comprehensive service and tune-up offerings, we prioritize your vehicle’s safety and reliability. Look for signs such as dashboard warning lights, difficulty starting, or strange noises that indicate the need for servicing. We thoroughly inspect engine components, perform fluid checks and replacements, and conduct tire inspections.

radiator/water pumps


We know the importance of your vehicle’s radiator in maintaining engine temperature and preventing overheating. Our comprehensive radiator repair services address overheating, coolant leaks, and radiator damage. Trust us for radiator leak repair, coolant replacement, thermostat replacement, and more to keep your engine running
reliably and coolly.

oil changes

Oil Change

We prioritize the importance of regular oil changes for your vehicle’s health and longevity, offering high-quality oil options and personalized recommendations to suit your needs. Engine oil acts as the lifeblood, lubricating parts to prevent friction and wear. Neglecting oil changes can lead to engine damage or reduced performance.

Thao’s Automotive Repair, located in the lively North Park neighborhood of San Diego, is the perfect place for high-quality automotive repair services. We offer a wide range of services including tune-ups, transmissions, axles, and auto body work. Take advantage of our amazing discounts and unbeatable prices! Visit us today and experience exceptional service from our friendly staff.

Thao’s Auto Repair has been a trusted name in auto repair and auto body services in San Diego, serving the North Park, Clairemont, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, La Mesa, and College areas for over 40 years.

Auto Repair Shop In San Diego, North Park


Our skilled team and advanced equipment make us the top choice for engine service and restoration in San Diego County. We specialize in automotive machining, engine rebuilding, and stock upgrades. Our expert technicians prioritize engine remanufacturing and rebuilding over replacement. Bring us your worn-out parts, and we’ll restore them to factory standards with unmatched precision. 


For your convenience, you can schedule an appointment or use our contact form to ask any questions. We will get back to you as soon as possible!