About Arndt Automotive

Arndt Automotive officially opened our doors in February of 1989. It all started when owner Andy Arndt was thirteen years old riding in his Uncle Jim’s 1961 Ford Starliner with a balanced and blueprinted 390 and a four on the floor. As soon as he felt Uncle Jim drop the clutch, he was hooked and his love for cars began.

When he was sixteen he started working on the trucks and tractors at his dad’s farm along with various other cars. Since cars were the only thing he was really interested in, it was easy for him to decide that was what he was going to do to make a living. Andy got involved in mechanics projects in the 4H and FFA programs. He also took classes at Kishwaukee College while he was still enrolled in high school, graduating in 1982 with an associate’s degree in agricultural mechanics. From there he went to work at a farm tractor dealership during his internship and then to a Ford dealership.

After working at a couple of dealerships he realized he wanted to be his own boss and started his own business. Andy started working out of his father’s shop on the farm until he was ready to get his own building. In 1988, he purchased a building in Malta, right off of route 38. He worked for the next year turning it into a suitable shop. Starting out with no employees, things were tough, working six to seven days a week and many nights. Putting all his time and money into the business helped the shop grow into what it is today.

30 years later Arndt Automotive is a family owned shop with much of Andy’s family working day in and day out. This shop strives to keep up with the consistently changing technology to accurately diagnose, repair, and maintain vehicles at a fair price. Every day Andy passes on his knowledge of cars and the importance of trying to fix and maintain the customers’ cars as he would his own, to his employees.

We’re always happy to tell you more about our beginnings. Just ask if you want us to share more of our story with you.

Top Services

  • 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
  • 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
  • Suspension ball joint
  • Wheel alignment
  • Tire replacement
  • Axle shaft oil seal replacement
  • Transmission diagnosis
  • Transmission repair
  • Valve body service

Top Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hummer
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • MINI
  • Mazda
  • Mercury
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Pontiac
  • Ram
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • smart
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Plymouth

Warranties

  • 12 mth/12K mi. warranty (whichever comes first) for parts & labor*

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
  • 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
  • HUMMER
  • 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

Amenities

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

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"This was my first experience with Arndt Automotive. I brought in a used car (about a month ago) that I was looking to purchase, for a free inspection. Not all places offer a free inspection, so I was thrilled to save money. There was no wait, I brought the car in and they immediately took the car for a test drive and listened for problems, as well as put it up on the rack. I felt the inspection was thorough and it made me feel safer about my purchase. The few problems they found, I can deal with. They made sure to let me know which one was a priority, and which could wait. There was no pressure to return to them for the repairs, although they did give me reasonable quotes when I asked. They only asked if I'd leave a review and consider coming in when I needed an oil change. Thank you! Desk and maintenance staff seemed friendly. I was happy with the service I received as a non-paying customer, and would expect to feel the same had I been a paying one. As a side note(in the event that such things matter to you) my children attend a local school, so I have heard the Arndt name a few times in conjunction with the family being involved in the community and giving back."
"Awesome, honest work!! I’ve been to endless amounts of car shops and this has been the most thorough and non-pushy. I’m a college student with limited funds and they truly told me what needed to be done versus what could wait, and even had the courtesy to list out things to keep my eye on with my car. While I’m living in the DeKalb area I will always be a customer here over anywhere else!"
"I have been a customer at Arndt Automotive for over 5 years. They are honest, fair, very knowledgeable and accommodating. I appreciate that they also check my vehicle over and advise if something needs taken care of, or if it’s a safety issue, or if it’s nothing to worry about . They also stand behind their work ( and parts). The check engine light was on and they discovered it was a part they replaced last year. They took care of the new part and labor and didn’t charge me. I was very appreciative of that. They always tell you what they find, and how long til they can have it done, and keep you updated as well. They don’t repair anything without your consent. Everyone there is friendly and patient, and they have a nice waiting area as well. I highly recommend Arndt Automotive."
"This was my first visit to Arndt and I was beyond pleased. Dawn was kind and courteous and Corey took the time to say hello and get to know me. I'll be back with my jeep and my sons car too!"
"This past Monday my car broke down unexpectedly. Arndt Automotive was super helpful in helping getting tow quickly and then they diagnosised and fixed the car quickly. This is the norm for this business, we have gone here for years. This is just a reminder to to WHY we are repeat customers. Thank you!"

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