About Alternative Automotive

Auto Service Excellence–Since 1996! Alternative Automotive has been the better alternative since back in 1995 when we were a mobile operation. Even back then, we were putting our customers’ convenience first. Our whole business plan was built upon making auto service experience as quick and easy as possible. Our commitment to excellence soon led us to needing more space from which to provide our service expertise. Today, we perform our top quality auto repairs and maintenance services from a spacious facility with 6 service bays. We’re definitely a warm, inviting, and clean repair shop that welcomes customers to sit back and relax in our roomy lounge. By the time you finish catching up on your emails we’ll we have you back on the road, fully operational.

Owner and operator Steve Rabideau is a third generation mechanic, which means quality auto repairs and maintenance is in his blood. As a result, Alternative Automotive is a shop that believes in doing things the right way! 1) No shortcuts, 2) Attention to detail, and 3) Safety first, are the basic principles by which we operate our shop. You and your vehicle receive all the benefits of our top quality services. It’s nice to have an excellent repair shop that you can trust with your vehicle. Every visit to our facility will enhance your vehicle’s overall performance, efficiency, and longevity. We’re always putting ourselves in our customer’s shoes, which means we’re always on your side. It brings smiles to our faces to see that you’re completely satisfied with our services. You’ll drive away in a much better condition than you arrived, whether you receive routine maintenance or complex repairs.

We stand proudly behind all of our repairs, maintenance, and service plans that use state-of-the-art tools and equipment. Our team understands that we’re not just servicing your vehicle, but we’re serving You. And you come first! We greet you with an inviting smile and a level of professionalism that lets you know your vehicle is in excellent hands. As our motto states–“Leading the Way in Quality Service”–we consider ourselves the standard bearer for local auto repair shops. We’re strong in automotive diagnostic services, strong in maintenance service plans, strong in tire repair, and strong in quality auto repairs. Bring us your vehicle today or give us a call with any questions or concerns about our services or your vehicle’s needs.

Come Meet the Experts! Our highly qualified team provides next level customer service. We eliminate all of your concerns about your vehicle’s performance. Let all of your repair needs and maintenance services rest on our broad shoulders. The team at Alternative Automotive in Escondido, CA stays committed to you and your vehicle with exceptional services. Give us a call today at 760-480-0851 to schedule an appointment or ask us any questions about your vehicle’s needs. We already know that we can help. The only question is how.

Top Services

  • Air Conditioning Recharge
  • Alternator Replacement
  • Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement
  • Catalytic Converter Replacement
  • Scheduled Maintenance Service
  • Timing Chain Replacement
  • Transmission Fluid Services
  • Transmission Repair
  • Turbocharger Replacement
  • Water Pump Replacement

Top Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Jeep
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Services Offered

  • Air conditioning diagnosis
  • Air conditioning recharge
  • HVAC blower motor
  • Brake master cylinder
  • Brake pad replacement
  • Brake rotor Replacement
  • Brake shoe replacement
  • Radiator replacement
  • Brake system diagnosis
  • Check engine light diagnosis
  • Diagnose my vehicle
  • Electrical system diagnosis
  • Catalytic Converter replacement
  • Oxygen sensor replacement
  • Engine mount replacement
  • Timing Chain replacement
  • Turbocharger replacement
  • Water Pump replacement
  • Exhaust replacement
  • Muffler replacement
  • Fuel pump replacement
  • Fuel system repairs
  • Hybrid battery replacement
  • Hybrid inverter assembly
  • Ignition system diagnosis
  • Coolant system flush
  • Drive belt replacement
  • Engine oil and filter change
  • Minor/external transmission service
  • Serpentine / drive belt
  • Spark plug replacement
  • Timing belt replacement
  • Tire rotation
  • Alternator replacement
  • Battery replacement
  • Starter replacement
  • Safety or Emission inspection
  • Suspension ball joint
  • Wheel alignment
  • Tire replacement
  • Axle shaft oil seal replacement
  • Transmission diagnosis
  • Transmission repair
  • Valve body service

Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • FIAT
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • MINI
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
  • smart


    • Early drop off
    • Shuttle service
    • Free wifi
    • Wait on site

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"My family and I have been taking our vehicles to Steve for over 15 years and he has always been trustworthy, honest and most importantly given us outstanding service to our vehicles. Steve has even offered me helpful advice at no cost which says a lot about how he runs his business. If you own a Toyota or Lexus Steve has the experience to make sure your vehicle is cared for properly. You're done searching - take your vehicle here."
"Excellent service at a reasonable price. Steve and his team have been caring for my 2007 Lexus Hybrid for over 5 years. I appreciate their honesty (even sending me to the dealer for an expensive repair that I didn't know was on recall), their friendly, personalized service (thanks Omar) and their knowledge base, always answering my questions with patience and a smile. Thank you."
"Took our 'beater car' into the shop for a brake job. First time here. The shop came highly recommended by a few members of my family. Omar and the guys did a great job and for $100 less than the dealership estimated. I would recommend them to everyone."
"I have been using the service of Alternative Automotive for almost three years for my Toyota Highlander and my Mazda DX/LX after years been serviced by car Dealers only. This excellent mechanical shop, fully licensed for Lexus models and German cars, and by extension for many others models as well, offers high quality mechanical services at the most minimal acceptable prices never found in San Diego county. I highly recommend this Christian Place to anyone looking for best of the best quality job at the most affordable cost, as result of honesty and integrity service. Thank you again to owner Steve Rabideau, his professional manager Omar, and to one of the many great mechanics there, Daniel, for making run my Toyota Highlander again as a new one."
"I have my LS 430 serviced here and they do a great job. They are friendly and knowledgable. They don't push services or repairs that are not needed which I really appreciate. If a repair needs to be done now they tell me and are if it can wait, they let me know that also. I find this refreshing."


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