About South Bay Auto Repair and Transmissions

Welcome to South Bay Auto Repair Here at South Bay Auto Repair we strongly believe that each customer has a goal set for their vehicles life and performance.

With no corporate commissions up selling and scare tactics! your guaranteed to only pay for the auto services you really need and that's what makes us a honest repair shop in the South Bay.

Service experience with Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infinity, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Chrysler, Buick, VW, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and more.

Serving Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes Estates, the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale and Los Angeles area in the beautiful South Bay.

Top Services

Top Vehicles Serviced

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


  • 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
  • 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

Other Services

Headlight restoration

Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Alfa Romeo
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Daewoo
  • Dodge
  • Eagle
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Freightliner
  • GMC
  • Genesis
  • Geo
  • Honda
  • Hummer
  • Hyundai
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Lucid
  • Maybach
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Polestar
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Ram
  • Rivian
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Smart
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Tesla
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo


    • Early drop off
    • Shuttle service
    • Free wifi
    • State inspection
    • Wait on site
2020 Nissan Rogue
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
"I called the day to verify my appointment. I spoke with owner's daughter and she said she was unaware of my appointment, and seemed surprised the diagnostic was free from open bay. She said they wouldn't get paid for that diagnostic and will usually pass off that cost to the repair, which will end up being higher priced to make up for the free diagnostic. I told her I gave a detailed description of my check engine light on open bay, but gave her the run down of my issue via telephone. My concern for calling the day before appointment was to verify whether I needed someone to pick me up from the auto shop ( in case diagnostic and potential maintenance took much longer than a few hours). I told her I had the check engine light on weeks before (which was currently off) along with the wrench light (which is sporadically on and off). She told me to take the car in the morning as soon as the shop opens and perhaps I'd be the first to be seen so I can get in and out early without a need for someone else to pick me up. Once I arrive the next day, the owner spoke with me. Ask me briefly what my issue was. I told him the car had not been sitting for 2 weeks, and then I started having issues with the hybrid battery not holding a charge. I also had the code already ran at Auto Zone. He said based on me not driving the car for two weeks (only driven very short distances, about 4 streets round trip during this period) along with the error code Auto Zone gave, he doesn't even need to see my car. He could tell me right off the bat it was time for a new hybrid battery.... WHAT?! A new hybrid battery runs someone THOUSANDS of dollars. How could you make that claim so quickly before even TOUCHING my car. He suggested I drive the heck out of my car and hope that one of those faulty cells gets charged somehow. I was upset and told him that had I known he wouldn't even TOUCH my car, I would not have come in for this appointment to begin with. You could've told me this information over the phone! I wouldn't have arranged for someone to be on standby to pick me up potentially, or had someone come over to watch my kid and dog. I suspect this lack of effort was related to the free diagnostic that Open Bay provides. The daughter mentioned that if open bay doesnt charge for this, then we end up not getting paid. As a client, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW YOU GET PAID. I would NOT recommend going to this shop via Open Bay app. This shop should not be using the app if they aren't getting any notifications/communication on upcoming appointments and estimates made through the app."
2011 Buick LaCrosse
2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
2011 Buick LaCrosse
2007 Lexus GS 350
2012 GMC Terrain
2010 Mazda 3
2010 Mazda 3
2012 Mini Cooper Roadster

Response from the shop

"thank you the pleasure was ours"

- Eric Gilsdorf

2006 Lexus IS 350

Response from the shop

"thanks sami"

- Eric Gilsdorf

2007 Land Rover LR3
2007 BMW 5 Series
2007 BMW 5 Series
"The results of how great my car is running makes all the difference. He did a great job"
2006 Lexus IS 350
2006 Lexus IS 350
2009 Kia Spectra
"great service"
2000 Volvo V70
"Chris kept in contact with me for the duration of my brake job and offered a fair price. Came in special on Sunday so I could pick up my vehicle. Would do business with again. "
"I had rebuilt the engine and transmission 18 years ago when my dad passed the car to me ! So with maybe 4000 miles I was in denial of needing a transmission again ! South Bay Auto Repair , had great comments on the internet and I agree ! He with experience knew within moments I needed a transmission and also that he would only be able to referee me ! Yet took the extra 15 minutes plus to help me understand why ! A 1966 Mustang Convertable that's been in the family and one day will be my daughters . He just did the right thing invested in the community!"
"These guys have made a new customer for life. Went in yesterday after a brake pad went out, not only did they do the service in a day they definitely kept the bill more than reasonable and were extremely helpful and thorough. Cannot recommend them enough. Eric and sons we're fantastic! Thanks again guys!"
"Very honest and straightforward. I went in with what I thought was a transmission problem. The mechanics diagnosed the problem quickly and accurately. I had 3 broken engine mounts and my car was ready for pick up the next day. The final bill was the total they initially quoted. Everyone was really nice and friendly. My 4 year old son said "I liked those guys that fixed our car!""
"Eric and his crew are masters. Aside from being patient and helpful with me when my transmission crapped out, they barely charged me anything after a full service because it was no good. But they got it well enough to get to the dealership for trade-in, and advised me on my new car purchase. They've also taken great care of every referral I've sent that way. Much love to their team. You gotta have a guy in this day and age. They are it."


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