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Leading Experts in Lexus, Toyota, Honda, and Acura Vehicles.

European and Domestic vehicles welcome.

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  • FULL SYNTHETIC 5K SERVICE $69.95
    Full Synthetic Oil Change

    Includes: full synthetic oil (up to 5 qts) & filter, reset reminder light, inspect brakes, rotate tires, top off fluids as needed, complete safety inspection.

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    Includes: Semi metallic brake pads for front or rear, resurface rotors, OE ceramic upgrade available.
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Whether you need your brakes serviced, oil changed, battery replaced or other auto repairs, Alternative Automotive in Murrieta is here to help. Save time by calling 951-677-0027 to schedule an appointment or just stop by at 41604 Date St Suite C and drop your vehicle off at our repair shop.

Alternative Automotive, The Best Quality Car Repair Service in Murrieta


Established in 1995


Alternative Automotive was established in 1995 by Steven Rabideau. Steven is a third generation auto mechanic. Formally trained in all aspects of service on Lexus and Toyota vehicles from minor service to engine and transmission rebuilding, along with computer diagnostics. Alternative Automotive has now been servicing all makes and models for the past two decades. We offer genuine parts and provide free rental for most major services. Our lounge is spacious and comfortable and our staff is courteous and professional. We are located in Murrieta. Also serving San Marcos, Vista, Carlsbad, and North San Diego County.

free wifiGet top-notch auto repair services today at Alternative Automotive. From AC repair to transmission services, our goal is to offer expert auto repairs at an affordable price. We are conveniently located near you in Murrieta. Come by our shop at 41604 Date St Suite C or call today to schedule an appointment at 951-677-0027.

Quick and Trouble-Free

LyftWe know your time is money. Most truck or car maintenance services can be completed while you wait. Many repairs such as AC repair, brakes, and transmission repairs will be performed that day. Straight forward or complicated, our mechanics will get your auto repairs done quickly and get you back on the road right away.

Get A Clear Estimate With No Hidden Costs

Auto RepairWe will provide you with an easy to understand estimate before beginning any services. Ask us about options to keep auto repair costs low or upgrades to keep your car in top shape. We stand behind all of our work with a guarantee you can count on. Call today to schedule an appointment at 951-677-0027.

Our Mechanics Can Handle It

Our certified mechanics and highly skilled auto repair specialists provide the best in auto repair services for domestic and import automobiles of all makes and models.

Call today to schedule an appointment at 951-677-0027 or email us.

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Car & Truck Care, Electronic Services, Electrical Services, General Services, Heating and Cooling Services, Engine & Transmission, Miscellaneous Services, Transmission Services, Undercar Services, and Brakes

  • Comfortable Waiting Area
  • 24/7 Drop Off
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Factory Scheduled Maintenance
  • Late Night Drop Off
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what our customers say

Excellent customer service and prices! I highly recommend Alternative Automotive to anyone that needs automotive repair and maintenance.
A
, 07/05/2022

Jeff was able to diagnose and fix my Honda Civic hybrid ahead of schedule with excellent customer service.
J
, 03/04/2022

Great place, got an oil change and they were quick and very courteous. Highly recommended. Honest and friendly.
A
, 03/02/2022

Amazing customer service, had my truck back on the road in no time!
A
, 11/19/2020

Great customer service and quality. Beautiful clean shop and the owner was very helpful in me dropping my car off before open hours and picking it up after. Highly recommend.
C
, 01/07/2021

Very good professional ethics for the sake of customers
V
, 01/19/2021

Auto tips from our experts
  1. According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.

  2. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)

  3. Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.

  4. Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, or more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.

  5. Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, or more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

  6. A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

  7. Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good condition.

  8. Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.

  9. Keep your tires inflated to the proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to move down the road, which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.

  10. Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.

  11. Use the A/C sparingly. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used.

  12. Keep your windows closed. Wide-open windows, especially at highway speeds, increase aerodynamic drag and the result is up to a 10% decrease in fuel economy.

  13. Avoid long idling. If you anticipate being stopped for more than one minute, shut off the car. Contrary to popular belief, restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.

  14. Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. For example, driving at 65 miles per hour (mph) rather than 55 mph, increases fuel consumption by 20 percent.

  15. Use cruise control. Using cruise control on highway trips can help you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, reduce your fuel consumption.

  16. Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug or plugged/restricted fuel injector can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.

  17. Inspect the engine's belts regularly. Look for cracks or missing sections or segments. Worn belts will affect the engine performance.

  18. Have the fuel filter changed every 10,000 miles to prevent rust, dirt and other impurities from entering the fuel system.

  19. Change the transmission fluid and filter every 15,000 to 18,000 miles. This will protect the precision-crafted components of the transmission/transaxle.

  20. Inspect the suspension system regularly. This will extend the life of the vehicle's tires.

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