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Trusted Indie Shop by State Thread

swcrow

Autocross Champion
Location
Virginia
Car(s)
7.5 GTI
Edge Motors in West Haverstraw, NY

Sergei is a Audi/VW genius (did an Audi S5 Tesla conversion) and an amazing mechanic

Wolf AutoPower
Lorton, VA
Owner: Tihomir

Work done:
1. Suspension work (tried to get squeaking out of already installed APR springs—improved it but didn’t eliminate it; however, he did fix some of the install mistakes the other place made).
2. Swapped out plastic oil pan for metal one (came into the shop early to accommodate my schedule).
3. Oil and other fluids changed.

Vagwerks Performance Martinsburg WV. I only got a tune there but, I heard great things about them. They took time to answer all of my questions gave me a good quote on a clutch and other services. When I get the money I am going back to have a dp installed.

Trusted: Banchwerks in Providence, RI.

They only installed my catback there but they were incredibly helpful and cool as hell.

Awwww yeah.....love the participation! Got everyone's input recorded!
 

oddspyke

Autocross Champion
Location
Delaware
Car(s)
2016 GTI, 2018 ZL1
Full disclosure, this is literally my family's shop (grandfather built it, family friend bought it when he retired). So obviously I trust them and have had all major maintenance and repairs for all my vehicles done with them. They don't do aftermarket modifications, tuning, etc very much though. If that's too close to "I know a guy", I'm not offended if you leave it off the list. But they take good care of their customers.

Sevy's Auto
245 Christiana Rd, New Castle, DE 19720
 

swcrow

Autocross Champion
Location
Virginia
Car(s)
7.5 GTI
Full disclosure, this is literally my family's shop (grandfather built it, family friend bought it when he retired). So obviously I trust them and have had all major maintenance and repairs for all my vehicles done with them. They don't do aftermarket modifications, tuning, etc very much though. If that's too close to "I know a guy", I'm not offended if you leave it off the list. But they take good care of their customers.

Sevy's Auto
245 Christiana Rd, New Castle, DE 19720
Word of mouth from a known car aficionado is worth more than anything....it makes the list for sure.
 

swcrow

Autocross Champion
Location
Virginia
Car(s)
7.5 GTI
Bumperoo for new adds
 

RisingFallens

Autocross Champion
Location
Raleigh
Car(s)
MK7.5 GTI!
Can you vouch for any of the VW techs there? I’m thinking about giving them a ton of engine work on my GTI.
To be 100% honest, I have not had any work completed by them, yet. I have been to their shop to pickup supplies and have seen the work that they do. The impression I’ve gotten is that they’re very down to earth and enthusiasts. If you’re still curious, follow them on Instagram and check it out. I find that their shop is always super clean and tools are organized! I’m a sucker for a clean shop 😅 I know they build a good number of custom car/swaps as well.
 

MamboMedic

New member
Location
OBX
Car(s)
2016 GSW S
In North Carolina Outer Banks
AutoMan
500 Sand Dune Dr.
Kitty Hawk 27949
252-281-2886
John is a VW Master Tech who worked at VW for many years. I trust him more than any dealer I have ever been to. He is fair and honest. He did some work on my 02 Jetta and now my 16 GSW. Only complaint is he is so good, it can be tough to get an appointment during the tourist season here.
 

bouba

New member
Location
New York City
Car(s)
2017 GTI SE 6MT
Trusted shop:

MINHS Automotive
Brooklyn, NY
I got my car tuned by APR there, and they also do intake/exhaust, intercooler, and general maintenance well.
Small shop specializing in German cars.
 

j255c

Drag Racing Champion
Location
New York
Car(s)
2018 Golf R Manual
Cheese Factory Automotive
Colchester, VT

Really great prices and a true VW gear head. Ask for Chris.
 

swcrow

Autocross Champion
Location
Virginia
Car(s)
7.5 GTI

Black Forest Technik​

200 Travis Park Drive, Cary NC!

I mean, it’s Black Forest industries repair shop!

In North Carolina Outer Banks
AutoMan
500 Sand Dune Dr.
Kitty Hawk 27949
252-281-2886
John is a VW Master Tech who worked at VW for many years. I trust him more than any dealer I have ever been to. He is fair and honest. He did some work on my 02 Jetta and now my 16 GSW. Only complaint is he is so good, it can be tough to get an appointment during the tourist season here.

Trusted shop:

MINHS Automotive
Brooklyn, NY
I got my car tuned by APR there, and they also do intake/exhaust, intercooler, and general maintenance well.
Small shop specializing in German cars.

Cheese Factory Automotive
Colchester, VT

Really great prices and a true VW gear head. Ask for Chris.

Been crazy busy, but finally got around to adding them all!
 

imthanick_a

Autocross Champion
Location
Ohio
Just saw this thread

Add german auto pros in Parma, Ohio. They fixed my charge pipe plug that I broke when installing JB1 for like 20 bucks, and a coworker of mine has had plenty of work done by them on his multiple golfs.
 
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Rojito

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Florida
Car(s)
2021 GTI SE MANUAL
Southside Autowerks
Grant Batten (Owner/Technician)
Newnan, GA (southeast of Atlanta)
www.southsideautowerks.com

Oil changes, springs and spacers. He does many other things, but these are the things he's done for me.

Grant is well trusted and the go to guy for many of us in the area.

For what it's worth, I just paid him to do my first oil change when I could've gotten it done for free at the dealership. That's how much I trust him.
 
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