About Import Auto Maintenance

It all started 37 years ago when Nelson Trabue realized that while driving sports cars was one thing, finding a garage that could properly and affordably maintain and repair them was another. In 1975, Nelson began IAM in downtown Nashville, assisted by the well-respected import auto technician Dwight Cole. From the beginning, Nelson was committed to providing his customers with a completely repaired car, and standing behind his work with the strongest guarantee on repair that they would find anywhere.

Earning your loyalty takes more than selling parts and labor. It takes a special caring that comes from understanding the customer's point of view. We want every customer to return time and time again for all their automotive needs and to be so satisfied with Import Auto Maintenance that they refer their family and friends.

When you visit our shop we have two main responsibilities to you and your car. First, we need to perform the service you requested competently and quickly. Secondly, we need to advise you on the proper preventive maintenance required to keep your car running smoothly, avoiding future problems and major repairs. We thank you for your trust, and hope you'll encourage friends and family to give us a try. ~Sam Andrews, General Manager & Owner

Top Services

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

Top Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • FIAT
  • Honda
  • Infiniti
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • MINI
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Saab
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo


  • 24 mth/24K mi. warranty (whichever comes first) for parts & labor*
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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
  • Vehicle exterior wash
  • Vehicle interior detail
  • 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

Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • FIAT
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • MINI
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Saab
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo


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

Other Amenities

After hours pick-up, coffee, tea and excellent service

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"If you own a foreign car, this is your shop. Honest and fairly priced. I've had several inexperienced mechanics attempt to work on my vehicle. I'm sure they'd be great on a Ford or Chevy, but foreign no. The only place I'll take my cars. I know I won't be ripped off, they'll fix the right thing and not guess what's wrong. Nice honest mechanics. Recommend."
"I got Mercedes's maintenance service A for 50,000 mile (oil change) here for my MB C300 (2017). The period of MB recommended maintenance service is every 10,000 mile in MB's dealer shop (cost ~$260 for service A). But, it seems like that their service only last 5,000 mile with cost of $160. I made a bad decision. I should go to MB dealer shop as usual. Service seems OKish. But, I don't know whether they use similar quality of oil and filter with what MB dealer shop provide."
"As someone who is new to Nashville and admittedly knows very little about automobile maintenance, etc. I was very pleased with my experience at Import Auto Maintenance. They were extremely communicative, both in person and via text while they worked on my BMW. The team even went above and beyond by recommending businesses for certain services that they could not do (wheel straightening). They dropped me off at home and picked me up when my car was ready, very pleasant experience both times. I will definitely bring my car back here and feel really great knowing I have a trusted place to go!"
"I am so thankful to have found Import Auto Maintenance. I appreciate they are honest and upfront about the repair needs of my vehicle. They are honest and have AMAZING customer service! GREAT place, even though I hate dealing with auto repairs!"
"My experience with Import Auto Maintenance was beyond expectations. These are real skilled mechanics with experience and pride in their work. My communication with the service writer was excellent, he was able to simply explain the issue and give me a clear and detailed approach to solving my repairs. I feel lucky to have found a reliable shop to service my vehicle. IAM is definitely earning my businesses and trust for any future repairs and regular maintenance."


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