12777 S Benzonia Trail Bldg. C-3
Empire, MI 49630

ph: 231-326-5138

email: Jamie or Craig
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What our clients have said…


Where do i start? These guys are great, I’ve had both of my vehicles in and out with excellent service and communication! Very honest shop, would not hesitate to bring in any of my vehicles to craig and jamie great work guys and thanks for keeping me rolling
~ Travis Warren

Experience was top notch, I am very particular about my vehicles and Dave’s goes above and beyond expectations. Jay, Dylan, and the office crew are fantastic.
~ Joseph Campbell Eby

Craig and his crew were great! They took the time to solve a difficult issue and made sure we left with it resolved. We really appreciated all of the communication throughout the troubleshooting process. We’ll be back again to service our vehicles in the future.
~ Nathan Peplinski

Craig and Jamie and two excellent people who have compassion for their customers. They understand that car repairs can be a headache. Daves garage goes above and beyond to accommodate their customers in anyway they can.

Their service is unparalleled in my opinion. They do quality work, for good prices, and stand behind their work.

I continue to take my vehicles there and tell everyone I know to take their cars there.

Thanks Daves Garage.
~ Ryan Robinson

I wish there was a way to give it more than 5 stars. They have hundreds of customers but always give you their attention as if you were their only customer for the day. I’ve called them from the road with a concern and they talked me through my options and even found a garage near me. I trust Jamie and Craig and their team completely. Finding a garage you can trust is not easy. End your search here.
~ Rebecca Roush

We were visiting traverse city when our car stalled and would not start up again. It was 5pm on Thursday and we had planned to travel back home by 2pm on Friday. The gentlemen that answered the phone on Thursday said they could get it in to take a look at it in the morning because they would be closed by the time our tow truck could get it there. Feeling assured we had it towed there. When we called at 8:30 that morning to be sure they got our keys and understood what happened they said it was already in the garage! Low and behold it was fixed and ready for us by 11:30am. We were so grateful they worked us in and if we ever have car problems again anywhere near traverse, we’ll be going to Dave’s!
~ Aleasha Wyma

I’ve taken my car(s) to Dave’s since I moved to Traverse City in 2013. With Dave and John, and also later with the new owners, Craig and Jamie, I have laughed and cried. They have always been there to perform outstanding routine maintenance, and also not-so-routine work. They’ve worked me in when my exhaust suddenly fell off my car on my way to work, and had it done in no time. They left me a holiday card on my front seat, with the interior warmed up when I picked it up from my oil change. When my vehicles have inconveniently decided to break down, or was in an accident they are always there to tell it to me straight, honestly, and never talk down to me (I’m a 27 year old female…car repair people often try to dishonestly sell you, or talk to you like you’re a toddler). During the time following a major accident, they took initiative and called my insurance company, taking a lot of stress and load off my shoulders through a tough time. I highly recommend this garage to anyone.
~ Brooke Feiger

“Dear Future Customers,
I had a summer full of car trouble! Amidst a cross-country road trip I found out that my AC was broken (in 90-degree weather) and soon enough my Honda Civic 2009 wouldn’t start. So I took it to Jaime and Craig at Dave’s Garage while stopped in Traverse City MI. They were so considerate and quick with their repairs, as well as very reasonable with their pricing. Although my car’s issues were complex and problematic, they were incredibly patient, super helpful and communicated honestly and directly. They totally saved me from a nightmarish meltdown with my poor car and were very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about my car’s AC system this summer! I give them 5 stars for customer service! I will for sure pay them a visit when I return to TC next year!

Thanks guys!”
~ Kacy in MD

“I needed to replace front brake pads and rotors on my Highlander and had an estimate prepared by the store where I purchased tires. I compared their costs to your estimate, and yours was less expensive. Your inspection identified that the rear brakes were not operating properly. I inspected them myself on the lift and I felt completely confident with your assessment even though I had never worked with you. You described the problem and solution in terms that I could understand, and went on to exceed my expectations. The brakes work great and are noticeably more secure. I am very impressed with your service.”
~ Jan and John Doerfer

“Thank you so very much for responding to my family’s emergent car repair needs last week. Your dedicated, prompt service is always appreciated”

“Thanks so much for always being there! And the car wash – very much appreciated! You guys are the best!”

“I’m not sure how many thank you notes you get, but we all agree you deserve one! Our family are all so pleased with how our daughter’s Subaru is running. It really is like a new car since you worked on it. We feel so much better to know she is safer while driving, too. You are a real talent, Dave, and we appreciate how you run your business with top-notch people and ethics!”

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