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Kudos to Todd, Carlos, and the entire crew! Their expertise in suspensions worked wonders on my Toyota RAV - the lift kit installation was flawlessly executed. Exceptional care and professionalism throughout the process. Highly recommend their top-notch service!

Marquis R., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

They help me out so much. When it came to pricing they help a lot. I ended up getting lot fixed for a reasonable price. Todd was very nice and always made sure let me know what was wrong before do anything else. Definitely coming here to get my exhaust attached

Krystal Amador Via Google Review

Todd and his team run a great shop. They really know their stuff. I came in for installation of a stubborn aftermarket front pipe for the exhaust. Quickly found the issue was a factory weld-nut. Also identified the aftermarket part was not a perfect fit and was able to bore out the front flange to make it fit. No leaks and the car runs great. Fair prices and solid recommendations make this a go-to shop.

Steve M., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

I brought my MX-5 here for a muffler swap and came away very happy with the quality of the service I received. They fit me in right away and found the perfect muffler for what I was looking for. Shoutout to Jose for doing nice work and making sure I was happy with the finished product before I left.

Alex Holman Via Google Review

I made a last-minute visit for a battery replacement, and Todd, the owner, was absolutely fantastic and incredibly kind. He not only swapped out my battery but also provided me with a tutorial on how to do it myself, along with some valuable tips. Additionally, I received an outstanding deal. Will definitely coming back!

Melissa D., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

They did a great quick job on my car’s exhaust and at a reasonable price. Todd was also very helpful and a great person to talk to.

Ricardo Castelan Via Google Review

Had a catalytic converter stolen. Todd gave me the breakdown on my options and dealt with my insurance company. Fair prices and outstanding customer service. Don’t bother calling anyone else. Todd is now my mechanic moving forward.

PushpinsMedia Via Google Review

Todd and his staff are amazing! I have a Alfa Romeo and bring my car h St e because they are very trust worthy and knowledgeable! Good pricing, friendly, great service, and great quality of work.

Dan S., Central Malibu, Malibu, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

This shop does quality work and they go above and beyond to take care of you. I couldn’t be happier with the service. Thanks to all the guys at BUDGET!

Tony Corral Via Google Review

I was recommended this shop by a friend and I couldn't be happier with my service. Todd was so kind and helpful, i didn't feel taken advantage of like most shops. I didn't trust a lot of shops since i've had so many bad experiences with mechanics. Being told the opposite of what i needed, and charging me more then they should, but Todd has changed my view on that. The team treats you like a human and they give you the best deal possible.

I now finally have my go to shop & will continue going here with any other issues i have.

Dannah S., Tracy, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Great, speedy service at a reasonable price. They were able to do an exhaust repair for me on a Saturday afternoon without an appointment. I was in and out in 30 mins. I'll definitely be coming back!

Najeem Baysudee Via Google Review

Hmmmm Well ive been a customer at this location at least 30 years. Service and staff were amazing then, and it is Uber Amazing now. Thanks

Nate Wright Via Google Review

Needed some u-joints replaced on my 2004 Toyota 4Runner 4x4. Todd was very reliable and kept me in the loop with the repairs. Fair pricing and great communication have made me a returning customer.

Hans L., San Francisco, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Needed some u-joints replaced on my 2004 Toyota 4Runner 4x4. Todd was very reliable and kept me in the loop with the repairs. Fair pricing and great communication have made me a returning customer.

Hans Larson Via Google Review

Amazing guys here took care of me very very well. Good price amazing work. 100% recommend these guys

Ahmed Taher Via Google Review

I highly recommend this shop for all your automotive repair needs. I've been going to them for years and they always take care of me. Todd and his crew are top notch. Great customer service. Good prices. Quick turnaround and they back all their work. You can't go wrong taking your car here. I'm not one for writing reviews but they deserve my 5 stars.

Rick Bell Via Google Review

These guys are the best! The owner Todd took care of us from start to finish. We didn't know exactly what was wrong with our car, an older Volvo, and were afraid the cost might end up being more than the car was worth! Todd and his crew were super professional and know exactly what they are doing and do it quickly and with care. They diagnosed the issue, got the part delivered and fixed up the car by the next day. It runs like a brand new ride now! The best part for me is that you get genuine sense of honesty from Todd and you can't beat that when it comes to finding a mechanic. They have earned lifelong customers here. And I'd definitely recommend them to anyone who needs good, honest work for an amazing price.

Ashley Burns Via Google Review

Shoutout to Todd for giving the best support and taking care of me like family. I appreciate it and will definitely be back for any future work! Appreciate everything. If you need work done highly recommend this shop & he hooked it up since I was a brand new customer which was dope thank you guys for everything! Come get right at budget. 100% recommended

Devin Miller Via Google Review

I would like to thank Todd and his team for the awesome work they did on my 1999 Chevy Tahoe. They have decades of experience. I had a custom true dual exhaust system installed to meet my needs. Since noise is a major factor due to my TBI they had put on multiple mufflers on until I was satisfied with the the noise level I was comfortable with. Their professionalism shows. The ingenuity and craftsmanship to make this is happen is a total win! Cost was on point too. Very affordable. Will recommend to all.

Jose M., Fallon, NV Via Yelp Testimonial

Amazing technicians! Reasonable rates, quick, and super thorough and friendly!!! I send everyone to them and recommend them highly!!!!

Ms. Ma’am Via Google Review

Todd the owner is a very reasonable stand up guy. He has some very talented mechanics and thusly the shop is very popular.

Byron Hunt Via Google Review

They can do an array of assignments that will be substantially lesser than the dealerships. I mean they have made catalytic converter for me and also installed it for all for 1000. I can actually stand by thier work more then the any dealership i have been to in San Diego. The fixes they have made to my vehicles have stood the test of time and have never been back twice for the same thing.

William hodor Via Google Review

We had our catalytic converter stolen . We got 3 estimates and Budget Muffler was lowest. Abraham was very helpful , friendly and car got finished within a few hours as promised. Found out car also needed oxygen sensor which Abraham was able to get us a good price on also. I feel this is a honest shop that does quality work.

Andy j., Mission Valley, San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

I saw great reviews about this place on google and was also referred by a friend, the service was great and friendly I would definitely come back for future work, quick paced environment

Ulises Fernando Ayala Via Google Review

I really like these guys. They do good work, they don't suggest unnecessary things or try to "upsell" you on anything, and competitive prices. I trust them and they have good prices - that's my definition of a good mechanic.

David Biscan Via Google Review

I do understand the times during covid so things will take a little longer , but they do good work and see theyre honest. Im sure they get all the questions about modifying exhaust but they really do clean work ive been to a few places i think anything i cant do myself i bring here , only had good stuff

Kevin P., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Best customer service and excellent work!! Mike made us feel comfortable there after our bad experience with another shop. We will always bring our lovely 61 Cadillac DeVille to him from now on!! They installed a double exhaust system beyond our expectations!! Amazingly detailed and clean work!!

Cat E., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Bro in and out in a snap. Fixed my exhaust leak and made a few adjustments so it wouldn't keep happening. Nice guys. Highly recommend. They also have accessible ramps for low cars.

Carlos Romo. Via Google Review

Bought a catalytic converter online and took it to budget muffler...installed it super fast for under a 100! Mike was super friendly and efficient...thanks guys!

Brad S., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Such a great experience, took my car in, and it was out in 2 hours for a custom exhaust. The owner was friendly and so was the crew. Did great work on my car and the prices ain’t that bad either! definitely will be going there for future car things

Darokki Via Google Review

I went to budget muffler and brakes today to get an alignment after getting tires at Noah's. These are great guys running this place very thorough and professional I had to wait a little while but the alignment was an expensive and I really appreciate their service I will be back.

Kim K., Fountain Valley, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Took my car in to get the rims swapped out and had no issues. Excellent service, would definitely go here again! Cheap and easy! Mike, the owner is very helpful and willing to work with you.

Coco Bear Via Google Review

I just got my leveling kit done and needed a alignment and thanks to Abraham he was able to get me in very fast . They were a little busy and always give me great advice on what needs work on my truck . They carry a lot more options like exhaust tips and new shocks which I like because I can always rely on a shop like this . I will definitely recommend this location to all my friends and family if you need alignment or shocks for your vehicle . Very honest and great pricing can't go wrong just ask for Abraham.

Adnan F., Chula Vista, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

It was unbelievably fast and reliable. Ask for Mike. My emissions exhaust system needed to get fixed in a time crunch and Budget Muffler never gave up to help.

Endangered Phrog Via Google Review

I had scheduled some work at a different muffler shop and unfortunately it didn't work out. I call Budget to see if they can help me out and they schedule me for the same day about an hour after my call. I was in and out in less than 45min. Very happy with the Customer Service provided!

Jobriel N., Santa Barbara, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

They got it done quick and made my bmw sound amazing with the perfect balance of making it sound sporty and helped me chose from many exhast tips big ups good job.

Cordell Jones Via Google Review

These guys are really great. They lowered my dodge truck and did a great job. And a very reasonably price. Then I took my f150 and they installed a after market bumper and did a great job. If you have any aftermarket products you want to put on your vehicle, that you buy yourself they will install it. I will keep going bAck.

Pilt G., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Mike was extremely friendly. He and his crew worked hard and fast on taking off and replacing my exhaust. The prices were the best I found. This is the only place I will be bringing my 98 Dodge to have work done. Thank you, Mike and Crew, for the amazing job.

David D., Ridgeview - Webster, San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Jose did great semi-fabrication re-work on a short piece of exhaust pipe for a motorcycle that I had installed new mufflers on, to align both sides correctly, and welded the stainless steel collar adapters from the mufflers to the pipe. He has more skills than he thinks. I would like to use him to help me restore my 57 chevy soon (-: He understood the alignment issue, came up with a solution, all the time explaining to me what he was going to do. He even painted the new exhaust pipe section after installing. Everyone at this place is very friendly, including Abraham in the front office who says "gimme the money", lol. Acceptamos credito, dinero de "greenbacks", etc. (-: The price was very competitive, and the work was very good. Recommended.

Mike M., Escondido, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

I have been a customer 25+ years. Mike & his crew do excellent work at fair prices. I saw him and Abraham being honest with customers, telling them what was wrong and what it would take to fix. No upselling, just honest and that is a rarity. I will keep coming back for my repairs and they will be right there.

John Margolin Via Facebook Review

Don't let the location or overall appearance of this place fool you. If you car is no longer under warranty, this is the place you should have all maintenance performed at. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, their prices are reasonable, they will provide you a list of recommended repairs before you leave, along with how soon you should have them done and their approximate cost. These guys have been here for decades and decades, and most importantly? This is a company you can trust.

Steven C., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

This is the #1 place to go for catalytic repair and replacement. Great work done quickly and at am excellent price. Highly recommended!!

Mercedes M., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

I took a section of exhaust to them to be shortened after another welder got the measurement wrong. They got the units confused and used mm instead of cm, but after I rechecked the measurement they quickly fixed the issue, and were cool about it. I'd come back here.

Yoshi A., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Had to get the rear brakes on my silverado fixed so i took the truck to budget and they took good care of me. They Informed me about multiple things i needed done but didnt push replacing anything, the staff and owner treated me great and took very good care of my truck. Definitely my mechanic till i get new orders.

Allen Woo Via Google Review

Guys are pretty respectful and cool. Came in for alignment and ended up buying schocks from them. They do a inspection and told me I had original shocks and my odometer is at 170k ouch. They quoted me $350 for Monroe including installation. Can't go wrong I here.

Mauricio E., Chula Vista, CA Via Yelp Testimonial


I've been to this shop twice and received the great customer service on both occasions. Mike and his staff are very knowledgeable and professional. I first took my 2000 Honda Civic due to an exhaust pipe rotted out. It was producing a bad noise and it was leaking a lot. I got it welded up in about 30mins and I was on my way. The second time I went because I wanted a nice throaty sound for my 2007 F-150 and Mike suggested to go with a Magnaflow. Is been now over 6 months and my exhaust still going strong! Apart from exhaust services they also do brakes, suspension, wheel balancing, Oil Changes, Tune Ups and some minor engine work. I have already recommended a person over to their shop and I am positive she received the highest customer service they provide here. I also saw they install K&N Intakes... I might just order one for my F-150 and take it there haha

Keep up the great job guys!

Hector T., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

I wish ALL Auto repair could be like this place. Best price for anything that you need and super helpful with explaining what's wrong with you car and what need to be done. I used to go to Firestone for everything but not anymore. This place and everyone who works in it is AMAZING!

10/10 would recommend!

Damien Mitchell Via Google Review

I brought my Corvette in here recently for a new set of mufflers, and Mike and this shop are top notch. Very reasonable pricing, did the job quickly, and I would highly recommend this shop to anyone. I will be returning for future work.

Jon S., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

These guys are great! Honest and straight forward. Quick service, even when all the bays are full when you show up. I've taken my car here for basics (oil change, spark plugs, etc.) to the craziness of my most recent visit (bad ignition coil, rear bearing, rear shocks, rear tires, front shocks)

Bonnie D. Via Yelp Testimonial

Lived up to their name. Took care of my emissions & exhaust problems. Mike is a stand up person while getting the job done fast. Tyvm for taking car of the truck and doing so in a timely fashion.

Mark T.

I left with a big smile on my face as I drove away, and my car purred, and growled when I needed it to. The exhaust sounds awesome. I will definitely recommend anyone to come here. Did I mention that the price was right too?! I can't believe I hadn't gone to them before. Thank you guys!

Apolonio C., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Budget muffler is the bomb. Got my muffler from them sounds amazing, super good price as well. Thanks budget.

Giusseppe G., Chula Vista, San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Great place. Very friendly and professional staff. I needed to have work done to my muffler and also asked if they could take a look at my serpentine belt that has been making noises (I have had 3 other shops take a look at the belt to see if they could get it to stop squealing with no luck). They where able to take me right them and there and fix my muffler as well as fix my belt. Great shop with fast clean service and competitive pricing.

Don't hesitate to bring your vehicle here.

Big Blue V., Honolulu, HI Via Yelp Testimonial

As a female, it is hard to take my car to get looked at. Even a simple oil change often turns into a $500 excursion at most shops. Not at Budget Muffler.

The staff is friendly, knowledgable, kind, and honest. They will inform you of what absolutely needs to be done, what is recommended but not necessarily required, and what can wait for 6 months. It is evident that Mike and his staff care for the customers. It is refreshing to find a business like Budget Muffler.

I will always bring my car here first.

Amanda M., City Heights, San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Honest, independent muffler shop in "mid-city". Had 3 jobs done by them and no problems. Mike is very knowledgable and they carry all the major brands.

Matt D., Round Rock, TX Via Yelp Testimonial

There's a reason these guys have great reviews. Very good work and affordable. They go out of their way to go the extra mile seriously. I bring both of my cars to him. Thanks guys.

Stephen M.

I am new to the area and Budget was mentioned to me as a great place to go. Mike has taken care of me a couple of times. A real nice professional guy who will go out of his way to make your experience as quick and easy as possible. A total professional operation worthy of your money. Im happy to be a patron. Nice Job guys!

Thomas W., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

I just want to say one they work with you price wise. Service was fast and good quality I highly recommend this place!

Andrew H., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

You can come here with confidence knowing that you will get your car taken care of at a good price by friendly staff. That's why this place deserves five stars.

We got an exhaust tip added on to our Acura Integra and they were really informative and helpful in the options we had. The price was good and the exhaust ended up sounding great. No regrets and fully happy with our purchase.

If you want a reliable trustworthy mechanic than this is the place for you. You can come to Budget Muffler knowing that your money was well spent and you and your car were taken care of.

Robby G., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

These guys are awesome. I wanted quad tips/exhaust on my BMW e46 Sedan and they did an excellent job at a great price. I would highly recommend them to anyone who's looking to get custom exhaust work.

Dallas L., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Great staff with great customer service.

They did my alignment, installed shocks and leveling kit all within about 2 1/2 hrs for a great price.

No doubt I would use them again and would highly recommend them to anyone.

Jeremy W., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

So far I've only been here for oil changes and tire rotations. I come here because I know Mike (owner) is a stand up guy and provides excellent customer service! I've never had an unpleasant experience here.

Justin B., La Mesa, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Brought my H2 in for a Cat Back exhaust install and an oil change. Only took about an hour and a half. I have had a lot of work done to my cars and I have to say that I am very impressed. Awesome work. Staff is very knowledgable and take pride in what they do. I am very pleased and will definitely be back for all of my car needs.

Sean P., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial

Mike is a great guy. I always know I'm getting a fair deal. Put dual exhaust on my classic truck...was done super quick. Workman ship of the weld was fantastic!

Dave M., San Diego, CA Via Yelp Testimonial


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