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San Diego's Best Value for Automotive Services

Brakes - Alignments - Mufflers/Exhaust - Catalytic Converters
Shocks & Suspension - Engine & Transmission Rebuilds
Scheduled Maintenance - Tune-Ups - Oil Changes - Diagnostics

Local Auto Repair Shop
  • Locally Owned Since 1941
  • One of San Diego's Oldest Car Repair Shops
  • Experts in All Makes & Models
  • Knowledgeable, Friendly Technicians
  • Excellent Yelp Reviews and Testimonials
  • FREE Visual Inspection w/Every Oil Change
  • FREE Engine Light Check
  • Walk Ins & By Appt.; Same-Day Service

Proudly Serving All of San Diego County Since 1941

Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive is proud to be San Diego's preferred auto repair shop. Since 1941, we have been dedicated to providing expert car repair services at highly competitive prices. Our services include exhaust system/muffler and catalytic converter installation, repair, and replacement; suspension and shock repairs; tire replacement; wheel alignments; brake repairs, flushes, and replacement; scheduled maintenance and tune-ups; and engine and transmission repairs, rebuilds, and replacements. Our car diagnostic, maintenance, and repair services are performed by highly trained and experienced technicians, and nearly all major engine work is performed by an ASE-certified technician. Our technicians average 20 years of experience and stay up to date on the industry's best practices for automotive repair. As a result of our superior quality of our work, above-and-beyond customer service, and fair and honest business practices, we have earned rave reviews on Yelp and tens of thousands of satisfied customers throughout San Diego.

What sets us apart from other San Diego auto shops are our extensive parts inventory, state-of-the-art facility, our ability to work on all types of cars, quality of service, and unbeatable value. We welcome all makes and models of cars as well as modified and high-performance cars. In fact, we're one of the few shops that have techs that can work on everything from your 1938 Roadster to your 2015 Corvette. Our fully equipped auto repair shop features nearly a quarter-million dollars in the latest diagnostic tools and equipment; three racks that are leveled with the ground; and one of San Diego's largest inventories of parts. We keep on hand stock and high-performance exhaust system parts (mufflers, catalytic converters, and tips), brakes, suspension parts, and more. By offering such a diverse selection of OEM and aftermarket parts, we give our clients the ability to replace just one or a few parts rather than a whole system as well as achieve a very specific look, feel, sound, or level of performance. As much as we keep pushing ourselves to keep our quality high, we do our best to keep our prices low. Compared to competitors, we have a much lower hourly rate and don't mark our parts up as much as the average shop does.

Walk in or call Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive today. Service is our number one priority and we'll work hard to keep your car running smoothly while minimizing the amount of money you put into it. Because we keep such a diverse range of parts in stock and have an exceptional team of technicians, we're able to offer same-day service for most repairs. As a result of our solid reputation, timely repairs, superior service, and fair prices, we routinely attract customers from all over San Diego, including Lemon Grove, South Bay, North Park, La Mesa, Chula Vista, and surrounding areas.

Exhaust System Repairs & Upgrades in San Diego: Pipe Repair, Performance Exhaust Installation, Stock Exhaust Replacement, Custom Piping and Tips, Muffler Repair, & More

Rely on Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive when your check engine trouble code indicates a problem with your muffler or exhaust system. We are one of San Diego's oldest muffler shops and have earned tens of thousands of satisfied San Diego customers, including many in South Bay, Lemon Grove, San Carlos, Spring Valley, and North Park. Our comprehensive muffler/exhaust services include pipe repairs, custom piping, performance exhaust installation, stock exhaust repair/replacement, and customizations. We have the ability to accurately diagnose any type of exhaust system issue and can recommend solutions to help boost vehicle performance and fuel efficiency. With our large range of aftermarket, brand-name tips and pipes, we can also help our customers get a very specific sound or look. Our prices are very competitive, and we can be trusted to only recommend the repairs you need. For example, we routinely recommend replacing damaged muffler and exhaust components rather than an entire system, because we carry the parts and know it can save our customers a substantial amount of money. (Most of our competitors prefer to swap out entire systems primarily because they don't have the experience, inventory, and/or equipment to customize their solutions.). Our selection of brand-name muffler/exhaust system parts includes MagnaFlow, Flowmaster, Flowsound, Walker, and Pro-Fit, all of which are backed by a warranty, in addition to our own 90-day service warranty. Walk in or call us today for San Diego's best value in muffler/exhaust system repair services and upgrades.

Catalytic Converter Installation/Replacement and Repair in San Diego

Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive is also your best choice for catalytic converter installation, replacement, and repair. We carry one of the largest inventories of OEM and aftermarket catalytic converters in all of San Diego. Our selection of brands includes MagnaFlow, Walker, Catco, Eastern, and Miller, which means that we have in stock nearly 80% of the catalytic converters that our customer need. Over the years, we've installed/replaced more than 10,000 catalytic converters and maintained an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction. Call today; no appointments are necessary, and we can usually get our customers in and out in an hour.

Brake Repair & Replacement in San Diego

Choose Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive for brake repair and replacement in San Diego We offer comprehensive brake services, including brake inspections, repairs, part replacements, fluid flushes, and drum/rotor resurfacing. We aim to help you drive safely and get the most out of your brakes. We'll never try to sell you on repairs you don't need, and will always look for ways to save you money. We are one of the few shops that can do every type of brake system, and have become the go-to shop for those who need high-performance brake upgrades, such as slotted rotors, drilled rotors, and colored brake calipers. To learn more about our expert brake repair, maintenance, and upgrade services, give us a call or walk in.

Wheel Alignment & Tires in San Diego

Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive offers high quality, affordably priced wheel alignment and tire rotation services. We've performed basic, custom-set, and speciality alignments and camber corrections for thousands of two-wheel, four-wheel, and all-wheel drive vehicles, including racing cars, drifters, and lowered cars. Whatever your wheel alignment needs in San Diego, we'll perform a complete suspension inspection beforehand and recheck your alignment for free six months after service. In addition, we sell and install the industry's best tires, including Michelin, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, and others. Call us today to learn about our competitive prices for wheel alignment, tires, and camber correction.

Scheduled Maintenance & Tune-Ups for All Car Makes & Models in San Diego

Rely on Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive for all of your car maintenance and tune-up needs in San Diego County. We're experts at maintaining new, used, and classic cars. Our prices are very fair and our expert vehicle maintenance services will make sure you protect the value of your car and help to prevent costly future repairs. We offer our San Diego clients both scheduled maintenance (including 30K, 60K, and 90K mile services), routine tune-ups, oil changes, cabin/fuel/air filter replacements, fuel system cleaning, and more. And, if our technician notice anything that might be problematic, we will notify you and provide you with our best recommendations. Call us today for all your car tune-up and maintenance needs in San Diego.

Suspension & Shock Repair & Replacement Services, San Diego

Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive is your go-to source for expert suspension and shock repairs at highly competitive prices. San Diego customers prefer us because we can correct driveability issues on all types of vehicles, including lowriders, sports cars, and drifters, as well as all makes and models of domestic and imported vehicles. Our team will determine the underlying reason why your vehicle is swerving, has a rough or bumpy ride, or is exhibiting excessive steering play and/or uneven tire wear. To correct such issues, our techs use state-of-the-art diagnostic and alignment machines, apply the best installation and repair techniques, and only work with high-quality OEM or brand-name, aftermarket parts. Additionally, they can tune suspensions and shocks to give our customers a lowered, rigid, high-performance, or custom ride. Call today and find out why we are San Diego's leading choice for suspension and shock repair and replacement services.

Transmission/Engine Repair, Rebuilding & Replacement in San Diego

Call licensed and insured Budget Muffler Brake & Automotive when you need high-quality engine work at a fair price. Our technicians are experts at inspecting and diagnosing engine and transmission problems, and can provide you with a long-lasting, reliable solution for any types of car, whether it has a standard, automatic, or 4x4 transmission. Our engine work ranges from engine maintenance services (30/60/90K service, oil/filter changes, transmission fluid changes, and timing belt changes) to engine repairs (valve jobs, head jobs, etc.) to engine replacement (complete engine changes and rebuilt motors). Additionally, we offer transmission repair, rebuilds, and exchanges; differential services; cold air intake installation; JBA Header installation to improve the performance of your exhaust system and increase the horsepower of your engine; battery replacement; coolant flushes; water pump repair/replacement; thermostat replacement; radiator service and repair; and more. Call today to schedule a free check engine light inspection.


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

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

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